Every now and again we get a truly inspiring army appear in our inbox that we just have to share with you all, and today is one of those days. This combined force of Lizardmen and Ogres was sent in to us by Ben and Jen Carter, a husband and wife team that took their army to the recent Warhammer Doubles event at Warhammer World.
"The theme for the army revolves around an Ogre tribe lost in the jungles of Lustria," explains Ben, "which is why all the Ogres have warpaint mimicking the colours and markings of the Skinks that they fight alongside. They also have few no iron weapons any more - they've adapted pretty easily to the stone and bronze weapons of the Lizardmen."
King Tarzog is the leader of the Ogre half of the army or, to give him his full title, King Tarzog the Inexplicably Unclothed. A conveniently placed loincloth however, does preserve his modesty. The conversion is based upon a plastic Minotaur with sculpted toes and neck. Ben pointed out that while the head and the body look great together, the join between the two required a fair amount of Green Stuff.
His lieutenant is Flashbang Wallop the Ogre Firebelly. He is, according to Ben, the only mammal to successfully wear a Stegadon's headgear, though what happened to the Stegadon that wore it has not yet been explained.
"To reflect their shipwrecked, jungle-bound status, there is an absolute minimum of metal in the unit (and indeed the army), and that which is there is generally bronze," comments Ben on his conversions. "Gutplates have been replaced with Saurus shields, and the warpaint on non-character models tends to ape the colouration of Jen's Skinks."
Meanwhile, the scaly side of the army is lead by a duo of Skink Priests - the Revered Eki'Eki and the Revered P'tang, priestesses of Comets and Lightning respectively. We're not sure which one is which, but they certainly pack a serious punch in the magic phase.
Jen is also in charge of their scenery collection and created this Lizardman temple using polystyrene foam, the Arcane Ruins set and some spare pieces from the Stegadon. They will often take the temple with them to tournaments where it is used as an Acropolis of Heroes.
Ben and Jen are still adding to their respective armies. Both of them are currently working on a high level wizard for their force - Jen a Slann Mage Priest and Ben a Slaughtermaster. However, as befits his Lustrian-themed Ogres, Ben's Slaughtermaster has taken a leaf out of the Slann's book and also hovers into battle on a palanquin. The model has been converted using the legs from the Firebelly combined with a regular Ogre torso, the arms from a Thundertusk rider and a large wedge of Green Stuff. Oh, and the Slann Palanquin, of course.
And in other news:
This weekend the Warhammer 40,000 Munitorum Dice will be going on sale on our website. They will not be on advance order, but ready to purchase immediately. As shown in White Dwarf, each set comes with a Lasgun magazine dice tin to keep them safe and a set of Servo-skull dice holders should you need to mark something with them (such as an objective, a destroyed weapon or a wounded character). Bear in mind that they will only be available while stocks last, so if you do want them then make sure you roll over to the website (see what I did there?) and order them quickly.