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[5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownWillmark 12-30-2016

As many of you know I play 3rd edition Warhammer and I am also assembling a Nippon Force that can be used for 3rd Edition or as a 5th/6th Edition Dogs of War force.

An outgrowth of that is I've also been working on Regiments of Renown. One good thing is I have two old school RoR. The first is Golgfag's Ogres. Now, I've had a love hate relationship with these guys for 20 years. I got them fairly cheap (looking at it) back in the day as it were; plus I got the set with eight ogres. So not a bad score.

The problem? I've never quite liked the minis themselves as I truly like the rest of Jes Godwin's ogres much more as well as the Marauder giant ogre minis. These guys have always left me as meh... Their poses and weaponry; some of them having really primitive weapons (like the stone headed club on the musicians hip), etc didn't really help.

Despite all this they saw lots of action with middling results back in the late 80's/early 90s, mainly in my 3rd edition Empire Army. Sometimes they even served as mercenaries for my 3rd Edition chaos army (when not using them as a Khorne force under Slaves to Darkness rules) in larger battles, and even my for dark elf host, likewise a 3rd edition army of mine.

Even though I used them frequently, I never liked their paint jobs either. Before I settled into their latest paint job (see below) I probably tried three different times to give them an adequate appearance. Each time my heart wasn't in it and it showed. I even tried to sell them with no takers from 2009 onward. I also got into "Oldhammer" to a degree and tried to trade them away with no success. So for the last 4 years they had been sitting in a box for labeled for trades.

Here is how they appeared prior to the paint being stripped off for the billionth time; I have no idea what I was thinking for the standard? Looks like crap! The rest of them? Ugh.


About 8 months ago I tried yet again to give these minis some attention. This time around I worked on retooling their weapons utilizing the sprues left over from my black orcs. I added spears for some troopers, helmets and different weapons, even for Golgfag himself. I set them aside and got busy with everything else in life this spring, summer and fall. About a month ago I looked at them again. They looked absurd with their modifications. Fortunately, I didn't do too much modification to the lead itself.

So once again I repaired them back to their original configuration and glued them onto their battered 40mm bases where they sat until last night, then a breakthrough.

Now to backup: the very first White Dwarf I ever bought was #140 which had the 1991 Golden Demon Awards in it. Since I was poor back then I rarely sprung for WD as I'd rather put my $ towards minis. On Page 29 however was a modified version of the command group of Golgfag's Ogres with modeling putty for hats, added feathers, etc. While well done, it didn't really fit my style of modeling or painting, let alone the fact that I didn't really start to convert armies or units to any real degree until around 2005. But the fact that minis that I had were in White Dwarf and I was struggling with the look of mine didn't really click or at least I tried not to consciously mimic what was presented. Maybe that was the issue? I liked the look of them, but didn't want to wholesale copy them.

Flash back to a month ago and I primed the ogres and they set on my desk until last night. I picked one up then another and the rest. Before I knew it I was onto something. I broke out WD #140 again and decided to use it as a guide for my unit, but paint them and add modifications I wanted: a skull here, some old school mushrooms, shields etc. And as I went I found I liked the look of them, at least better. I hacked off the items I didn't like and modified one to carry a flail (his mace head is missing). The end result? A unit of 8 ogres usable as true mercenaries for my various armies with a paint job I actually like. I painted the bases and their movement tray a more neutral brown unlike my chaos dwarf army that features gray bases to mimic rock; I wanted the ogres to be more universal that can be used by any army that can pay them among by 3rd edition armies.

Anyways if you read this far, here they are:










One thing I kept was the orange "skunk hair" for the unit champion, I was inspired by the cover of the 1st Edition WFRP book so it stayed.

Pics are still meh, I need to get some more lights for my light-box. Suffice to say the minis look far better then the pictures indicate.

Next up? I have 11, 3rd Edition Mengil Manhide Dark Elves at the ready! They have undergone some mods over the years too but largely back to their 3rd edition form, but that is another post for another time...

EDIT: I actually have three Regiments of Renown from 3rd edition, I forgot my Throg's Hobgoblin Despoilers for my Dark Elf army.




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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownAbecedar 12-30-2016

Very nice work and I admire your persistance as I too love the olde RoR but have no time to give them some TLC.


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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownMalorndk 12-31-2016

Well painted and cool. Dogs of war was the bomb in hindsight xD


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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownWillmark 01-01-2017

Dogs of War were/are indeed "the bomb". I truly think their greatest failing was that the army was all metal, no plastics. That more than anything did them in.




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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownMalorndk 01-01-2017

I completely agree. The work done on the regiments of renown with stories, characters and lovely miniatures was some of GWs best ever.

It deserved so much more than it got, but at least it had more support than Chaos Dwarfs in 6th and 7th edition :S


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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownCarcearion 01-01-2017

Wow! A twenty year long battle with your ogres. Congratulations on your well deserved victory, they look great! I always liked ogres in red.


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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownWillmark 01-01-2017

Thanks guys.

Next up in this space will be as I noted Mengil Manhide's Dark Elves. I have thought about using them as Shadows in my 3rd Edition Dark Elf force but I'm not sure. I have 11 and I need to fill out another unit of 20 warriors (dark Elves in 3rd have very high compulsory choice: 40 warriors, 20 crossbowmen and 10 Witch Elves). I might just suss out 9 more and field them as a warrior unit, they are too cool of units to do otherwise in my opinion. Plus the flesh hide cloaks are all kinds of awesome on the minis.

Here they are underway:




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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownAdmiral 01-03-2017

What a facelift to the Ogres. Well done! The bases add a lot of character to them as well. Good luck with the Druchii.


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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownWillmark 01-14-2017

I was just rummaging around through my boxes of minis and realized I have yet another RoR. In this case its Scarloc's Wood Elf Archers all 22 strong but in need of being repainted for my Wood Elf force obviously.

And now thinking of it I have a unit of 20 Dwarf RoR in the form of Prince Ulthar's Imperial Dwarfs. I use him as my general for my dwarf force. I'll need to get picks up of them. I will not be repainting them and they their paint-jobs date from around 1992!




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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownWillmark 02-05-2017

My Regiments of Renown quest continues. I dug out my chaos cultists of which I found 8 of them. I then realized that some were missing. I then pinged my gaming group realizing that the other 4 were sitting at my friends house for the last 8 years!

My thought is somewhere down the road I may strip them of paint (they are painted red and yellow right now) and repaint them green for use in a small Nurgle war-band I might create at some point in the future.

For those not in the know they are these minis: http://www.solegends.com/citcat88/0110fighters-02.htm




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RE: [12-29-16] Willmark's Regiments of RenownAbecedar 02-06-2017

I like them too.  I have a few hiding in amongst my Necromunda redemptionists


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RE: [5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownWillmark 05-21-2017

NOTE: All my natural light bulbs broke so need to get a few more, but in the meantime you get the gist of how they look.

Here is the latest update to my Regiments of Renown. In this case Skarloc's Wood Elf Archers:

Full details on the blog here: Willmark's Darkside Blog

In the meantime here are some pics:









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RE: [5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownTheHoodedMan 05-22-2017

Thank you for painting and showing that unit. Even with bad light they look already superb. I love that unit and their style. Cheers!


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RE: [5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownAbecedar 05-22-2017

Awesome.  Even if they is dastardly Elfs.


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RE: [5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownAdmiral 05-23-2017

Agreed, that unit's paintjob brings out much of the best of the old Woof Elf sculpts. Keep at it!


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RE: [5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownNicodemus 05-23-2017

Love these older, slightly rarer models. Great work on the painting also!


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RE: [5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownCarcearion 05-23-2017

Really great unit! Love the banner particularly!


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RE: [5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownTertius 05-25-2017

Why do the guys in the back rank have shields? Does the unit get a bonus or special rule for that?

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RE: [5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownWillmark 05-25-2017

Guards or Lord's bowmen in the 3rd edition Wood Elf Army lists have the option for bows.

Also I'll try to get some better pictures.




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RE: [5-21-17] Willmark's Regiments of RenownWillmark 07-07-2017

Bump, first thread I'm working on in terms of moving my photos to my server.




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