Sunday, 25 August 2019

Ogre Berzerker - C23 Ogres


OK, quick one today, just a palette cleanser while doing long run work on other projects just to keep my motivation up ! Painting Gutlagg clearly showed me I need to paint some models for fun and with no project or commitment associated, just for the sheer pleasure of painting. Like I explained earlier, to paint more and better, getting stuff you like done instead if stuff you have to do can be rewarding, when you don't want to paint, painting more but something else can help, anyway, I just grabbed this guy on top of the leadpile (literally the first ogre I had around) and just started bocking colours for fun.
It took me little time (not many areas to paint) and then in a few hours I was mostly done ! Why did I pick that dark tone for hs skin ? I don't really know, I thought it would look cool and since he's mutated I thought he deserved a fancier skintone than usual.


What is completely a coincidence is how I knew I wanted blue pants and tartan and ended up with a pure 90's grunge look... Well I've been dressed like that enough to let it go right ? ^^'
I honestly didn't try to push things really far and stayed well far from the borders of my comfort zone but it's served its purpose, one model done, motivation levels up and I didn't plenty of other things in the meantime so there will definitely more of these !


19 comments:

  1. A 'palette cleanser'!!?? Wow. That's a nice standalone mini, you gave the old chap a more than decent paintjob, I love it!

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    1. It's a rushed one in a couple of hours between other things but it feels great to have it ticked, it gives me training for my favourite ones later. ^^
      Thanks !

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  2. He's great, but I've got to sayvthat the contrast between the two of them (on the bottom) is quite striking. Personally I struggle with having too much variance in "paintjob level" within my collection. I totally understand knocking out a quick one to boost the hobby mojo, but I find myself unable to do so as of late. Do you ever consider the consistency of your collection before attacking a new figure?

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    1. It's a great question ! I've actually never really considered the issue. There are a few factors that come into consideration regarding the level of painting and these two models are actually a good measure of that. There are models I paint with a specific project in mind, a game or a painting challenge and these will usually get the most attention and the troll falls into that category, then those for side projects but that I use as a break and paint with more freedom, then I have hobby breaks like the ogre above that I paint with little to no pressure just for the sake of it. Now the base model comes into play, I adapt to the level of the model, the troll is finely detailed and demands a bit of effort, the ogre is a fantastic sculpt but the casting was rather poor and surfaces were not exactly fun to work on so I didn't spend much time/energy on smoothing or blending to be honest, that makes them pretty different you're right.
      In this case it doesn't bother me much because the ogre is not part of any project and I believe that at tabletop distance, the colours, style and all make them tie with the other well enough, it usually works with models from other friends so I don't mind much. I can sympathise with your feelings because there are some shortcuts I couldn't take and so there is a bottom limit to what I could do ^^

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    2. Thanks for the great reply! I understand the idea of different projects demanding different levels of effort, and certainly different qualities of miniatures. Spending an inordinate amount of time on a crummy sculpt/cast can feel like spinning your tires in mud. In the last year or so I've reflected on miniatures which I've painted quickly and feel like they might as well not even be a part of my collection (for all I care), but the ones I push myself on (even though my skills were weaker in the past) I still cherish greatly. I think this bias will only deepen as I age.

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    3. I'm always between two monds about older models, a little time ago I was all about stripping and repaiting and there are some i've repainted 3 times or more in my life but now, I just aknowledge the progress I've made and the circumstances models were painted to just move on.
      I know I could also push my game a fair bit by taking less shortcuts and doing things properly sometims but thee's a compromise between quantity and qualiy that's very dear to me and helps me make the best of my hobby time so this is what I'm aiming for. I do believe everyone has this balance point.

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  3. Blue jeans and tartan is also a common punk look in the UK during the 80's. :3

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    1. It was but my look in the early 80's was a bit different then and involved nappies mostly ! It's why it evokes me of my teenage look I guess ! ^^'

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  4. He looks great! The dark skin tone really accentuates the Oni vibe for me. I totally agree, when you're painting a lot of stuff for a deadline, having one figure just for fun that you can finish is a real mojo boost. Wow, that was a long sentence.

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    1. That's how I feel it, I reckon some people don't and just need a break, the important thing is to know what works for oneself.

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  5. Palette cleanser or not, I think the colour choices are rather inspired. A Grunge theme'd Ogre rocks my world and makes me think of playing Shadowrun roleplay sessions with my then teen-aged mates.

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    1. Oh my, with all this cyberpunk tension in the air, you can't say shadowrun like that around ! I'm massively into that sort of stuff !

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  6. Looks great! I very much like the dark grey skin with the subtle colour variations (elbows, knuckles etc). Nice to see him rendered as something other than a big ugly Caucasian too!

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    1. I like to believe that ogres come in all sorts of hues so I gave this one a sort of coal like colour that suits the horn and overgrown toe nails, that makes him a mutant without being chaotic I think, just a natural evolution.
      I struggled to get these guys painted for years because I always imagined I'd rank a big unit of 12 of them but now I've decided to just do them as one shots it feels a lot better, my usual palette/style and basing will do enough to tie them all together I reckon. ^^

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  7. If we aren't careful the hobby can turn into a chore instead of being a pleasurable endeavor. By the way, the results you achieved here were excellent.

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    1. I entirely agree with you and I believe it's got to stay fun, thanks a lot !

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