Monday, December 25, 2017

Painting Bob Olley Ogres

It's that time of year again for the Secret Santa swap on the Old School Miniatures Facebook group. I decided to do something a bit above and beyond the usual for my recipient and paint a small unit of ogres for them. These were sculpted by Bob Olley and originally released by Ral Partha. They're still available, somewhat, by Iron Wind Metals and Ral Partha Europe. The ogre with the hook shaped cleaver seems to be MIA on these sites but might be available on Ebay.

These minis are quite simply some of the most fun I've ever painted. The character sculpted on the faces is amazing and lends itself to very minimal painting. The rest of the details are fully dimensional and clearly defined. Even the chainmail is wonderfully sculpted which makes it very easy to get a good painted result.

I had some questions about how I paint armor so here's the basic plan.

1. Prime Black.
2. Drybrush Copper.
3. Drybrush Chainmail and pick out brass details.
4. Wash with Agrax Earthshade.
5. Drybrush with Chainmail and highlight with Runefang Steel.

The Copper base color adds a richness that washes don't get easily and the Agrax Earthshade adds a realistic oxidized surface that works with even non-ogre miniatures.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to you all!


  1. As said before, those are just brilliant. Purchase inducingly brilliant.

    1. Thanks JB!

      I look forward to seeing your painted versions of them.

  2. Great stuff Brian! My favourite is the dude with the back banner :)


    1. Thanks man! The bearded head on the banner is based on the then president of Ral Partha.

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    1. Thanks Simon! It's a lot easier to paint them on these larger figures. :)