Friday, January 20, 2012

Ogre Character Fitout

During the past week I have had a couple of games with the Ogres against Lizards. Mike King has used a list built around a Light Slaan in Temple Guard, two blocks of Saurus with Scar-Vets on Cold Ones, Ancient Stegadon, three skink and two chameleon skink units and two Salamanders.

As an aside I think Mike is very brave using Slaan/TG without miscast protection. My view is that if you take that setup it pretty much compels you to take “Life” magic.

I found out over the two games that the Light buffs on the Saurus and TG make them a tough proposition for the Ogres. With Focused Rumination Mike was generally able to get at least one, and sometimes two or three, of the Light “Augment” spells.

Due to the WS3 of the Ogres and the Saurus blocks (sometimes buffed to WS10, sometimes -1 to hit, sometimes ASF so re-rolls vs. Ironguts) the combats became very dicey (pun intended) with small deviation from average rolls having marked effect. This made the games a real rollercoaster ride with momentum passing between the two armies several times.

The list I used was essentially the same in both games. I used the Slaughternaster – Bruiser BSB – Firebelly trio in each but varied the fitout of magic/mundane items.

My first character setup was:

Slaughtermaster – Level 4, Great Weapon, 2+ Armour, 4+ Ward, Ironcurse Icon

BSB Bruiser – BSB, 3+ Armour, 5+ Ward, Sword of Striking

Firebelly – Scroll, Potion of Strength, Dragonhelm

I think this kitout is very good and one that I’ll persevere with. It is a very strong combat build with the SM effectively acting as a mini-Tyrant. However it does lack magic defence, something the Slaan was able to exploit with his focused Rumination.

Also I found that I was forgetting to declare the Potion of Strength at the beginning of the turn and saw that as an ongoing risk.

In the second game I used:

Slaughtermaster – Level 4, Fencer’s Blades, Glittering Scales, Dispel Scroll, Opal Amulet

BSB Bruiser – BSB, 3+ Armour, Dragonhelm, Luckstone, Ironcurse Icon, Sword of Striking

Firebelly – Great Weapon, Hellheart

This has a stronger magic defense – though my first attempt at the Hellheart yielded a D6 roll of 1 and failure – while not taking too much away from its combat defensive qualities. I intend to continue to look at differing setups over the coming weeks until I find one I am fully comfortable with.


  1. What does your typical core fit out at 2400pts look like when you take Ogres Pete? Curious as to whether you take big blocks of Ogres say 6+ models or just run them in units of 3