When it comes to mighty armies, there are few more impressive sights than a horde of Ogres ready to pummel the living daylights out of something. Unless, of course, it's a really big horde of mutant Chaos Ogres. Now that would be an impressive sight. Conveniently we have just such an army in our collection of pictures that we took at the Netherlands painting competition last weekend.
This impressive display, painted by Peter Zuitgeest, was the winning entry for the Armies on Parade contest at De Lage Landen Schilder Competitie, as voted for by all the people that turned up on the day. It got so many votes, in fact, that Dave (the staff member in charge of recording all the votes) actually ran out of paper to keep his tally. Rather than build and paint his Ogre army like the ones in the Ogre Kingdoms Army Book, Peter wanted to do something a bit different and settled on an Ogre force that had been corrupted by Chaos. Peter's story behind his army is that his Ogres didn't fall to the ruinous powers by worshipping false gods alone, but rather that they gorged themselves on so much tainted flesh that their bodies were mutated into what you see here.
As you can see from the pictures above, Peter has put a huge amount of effort into his army - there are conversions galore. Of particular note is his Thundertusk conversion, which uses the head from the Stonehorn combined with the horns from the Thundertusk. Most people don't notice that it's a conversion until Peter points it out to them (the sign of a great converter, that). You'll also notice his rather large and particularly gory Slaughtermaster, who normally leads his army into battle. Like every Ogre in the army it has also been converted, including parts from the Ogre Bulls and Minotaur kits. Peter has also made extensive use of parts from the Chaos Spawn kit, which fitted really well with the Ogre miniatures - the addition of pink and purple spikes and tentacles really bring the miniatures to life and provide a great spot colour for the army.