Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ogres: a short story about Flamegrot, a human slave


If you have followed progress on my budding Ogre Army, you might know I didn't include any gnoblars, instead using humans in that army spot. The idea behind it was reasonable to me, since the Ogres seem like ravaging, nomadic hordes, who would scoop up plenty of human slaves along the way. The slave were put to work until they we worn out, and then In the Pot, or left for the sabretusks. Not a pretty picture.

But there was one human, who was revered by my Ogres, and they named him Flamegrot. This human, whose name was Hendrik, was blessed with fire powers and used them for the good of the mountain community he was part of. He had no idea of warhammer world politics and was solely focused on doing his part as a healer, shaman and leader in his birth village, high on the mountain plateau.
Then the Ogres razed the town and Hendrik got corralled with the other survivors, waiting for their doom. At that point Hendrik showed his fire powers, channeling energy through his hands and create immense heat until the green, white flames shot up in the sky. His people were comforted, since Hendrik had used his skills for good things all their lives, but the Ogres were aghast.
Full of fear for the little person and his fire hands, they instantly killed every villager and gave Hendrik a little hut, showing him some respect but keeping him locked up. They fed him some tidbits and kept him alive. Eventually they allowed him to walk around their camp, but with a heavy ball and chain. The Ogres, fearful but mindful of their little prisoner, named him Flamegrot. Years passed and Hendrik forgot his real name, his history as a respected villager and he became mentally unstable, due to hardship, limited diet and emotional distress endured during the aftermath of battle for his village. He became the Ogres Firebelly, unstable, empty and lonely but very powerful.


I have always had a love hate relationship with the firebelly model from GW. I always thought his body looked too athletic and I didn't like the naked look. I couldn't find a suitable replacement from a different company. And then the 40 dollar price tag has helped me get over myself and buy it. So I started thinking about the little human, the extremely superstitious Ogres and my bitz box. Here's the build:
Body is from a empire wizard, with the removal of the side ribbons
arms are from the fleeing human of the giant kit
head is from the human in giant hand in the giant kit
flames are from the skaven Doombell kit

I raised the model a bit, so he would be on the same height as his Ogre compadres.

Hope this inspires to think outside the box once in a while!

SC Mike

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