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Does anyone have any good suggestions for miniatures/kits/bitz to use for reasonably inexpensive dragon ogre conversions? The GW ones look kinda gimpy and outdated so I thought I'd have a crack at making my own.
Something like a Kroxigor would do well for the legs, but I don't really want to spend that kind of money on a miniature to hack up - especially if it goes wrong.
Try plastic cold ones....easily available from various "bitz" sites online, not sure what you'd use for the "top half" though.....
(Completely agree about the dragon ogres - they're awful. The shaggoth is fantastic, but I never understand why the dragon ogres weren't re-done at the same time - I think GW missed a trick there. Also Why aren't they in the beastmen range? In my view they're a better "fit" there.....but then, I would re-combine Woc and Daemons too).
I'm doing some research myself on this matter.
So far what I have found is this:
-Lizardmen Cold ones.
-Dark elf Cold ones.
-Chaos Steeds. this does require some more gs'ing.
-Old Cold ones.
-Ogre Bulls/Iron Guts.
-Plastic Daemon Prince.
But allot of those have issues.
To small, to fat, to expensive, metal is hard to convert, etc.
It all depends on what you think looks best, what you actually want them to look like, and how much work/money you want to invest in this.
I've decided to wait a bit longer with making my own. Perhaps in the not so distant future we get new models.
Besides, I actually think the old ones look pretty good.
What would probably be the fastest/cheapest way is Coldones with Black Orc bodies.
Plenty of weapons to choose from, all armored bodies, best size match IMO.
Here is a pic for the most original version (and best looking) I found recently, enjoy:
From the sides it looks amazing, but I think the shoulders are to broad for its lower body.
Ill look into the Knight lower body with Black Orc upper body soon.
That looks a little too big to be a dragon-ogre though.....It appears to be shaggoth sized....
I think you're right about the black orc bodies though.
I got it from CMoN, it was actually labeled Shaggoth, that might explain the base size.
I have some other Daemon Prince bodies lying around, I'll check the size combination on those as well.
If you can get your hands on older Cold Ones (before they made them all sleek and agile) the best route is to run with Black Orcs on the top of them. Chaos Steeds work well too, but they almost look too armored for the job.
There's a guy at my local who made his using Lizardmen bitz. I think it was a Salamander for the legs, and then a Kroxigor upper body with the mask from a 40k Defiler to cover up the fact that he planed the face flat. They look pretty good, although the upper body is too long and the legs are too short.
I have a couple of those, but the way the back hunches makes it difficult to erect an upper body from.
Plus they have the T-rex arms. Just looks silly.
I'm doing some Instant Mold work on Be'lakor, and if everything goes well, I'll have a workable torso by tonight.