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Grinning Skull Miniatures: My growing Oggam warhosts…

20 Aug

DSCF2728 Although the title of this post, does sound a bit like some kind of medical condition, I can assure you even so my Oggams have been growing, I’m not in any pain!! Seriously though (Well, not too serious…) I just wanted to show you my warbands being prepared for some WAR PIGS playtesting, I still have a fair bit of painting, terrain making and writing left to do, but at least things are starting to come together slowly with the whole thing. In between sculpting new stuff, back logs of miniatures in my painting queue and so forth, the ideas continue to flow regarding the famous mutant pig ogres and the game universe of all things Grinning Skull, otherwise known as the “Carnage Continuum”, the messed up place born from my head!! I would show you here my latest creations in green, such as the now finished “Clukkatrix” and the treacherous canine Volpurgi troopers, but I forgot to take some photos in my haste for getting away this week! I do promise to get the pics up next week, along with some fluff concerning the whole Okvan Chukk and their oggam masters. (And some about the role of the Volpurgi and how they fit in…) Anyway, on to the real business. Above you can see two units of my League of Anthracks battle brothers and fire support from an accompanying Firrog Tor fire warrior. It’s highly likely that they will be joined by a couple more units of armoured brothers, and and an elite unit of heavy Okvan Stormtroopers too. I’m planning on some support from a Stank (Oggam sewage firing armoured vehicle) and a Trog troop transport, but that’ll be later. Anywhoo, here’s a few pics. DSCF2720 DSCF2721 DSCF2722 DSCF2725 DSCF2727 As for my opposing side from the Empire of Og, up to press I have two units of oggam light infantry done (well, there’s a unit away on photo duties elsewhere…) but, they do have vehicle support from a finished converted APC, complete with custom sculpted tank commander. I have a Trog transporter on the go as well, but that aint finished yet (you can see the undercoated vehicle in the pic) these dudes even have a allied Scrofa Truffle miner and his loyal pigdog in tow, hired to root out precious fungi for the boss! DSCF2332 DSCF2229  DSCF2231 DSCF2232 You might have noticed in the background of the first pic, some strange looking buildings, these are prototype designs for styles of oggam architecture which will be playing a big part of the WAR PIGS campaign rules, more about them later as I’m still working on a lot of designs and types. As you know all the standard figures used are from my Grinning Skull range available from 15mm.co.uk if you fancy getting some for yourself! Ciao!

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Grinning Skull Miniatures Released Today!!

24 May

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So, the day has come for my very own miniatures range, Grinning Skull Miniatures to be available on general release!

It’s been a long journey to get them from their humble beginnings to the fully fledged range as they are, and I’m really glad that this project has bore fruit! The excellent team at 15mm.co.uk have done an excellent job in turning my little piggies (and aliens) into great looking miniatures for everyone to enjoy!

Priced at just £1 each, or get all the first wave set of 24 for £22, they are more than a match for many a fighting force on the battlefield! The Oggam are big meaty, mean MoFo’s who mean business!

I feel a great relief that finally I achieved what I set out to do (with help of course!) and bring them from my imagination into war gaming reality. Even so that sort of sounds as if that’s it from my end, well you couldn’t be more further from the truth. This set of Grinning Skull Miniatures is just the first set of releases you’ll see in the line. It won’t be the last that you’ll see of the Oggam (or Oggum if you prefer!) as even more of my war pigs setting will be expanded upon to include everything that’s included in the Book of the Oggam (Available to download from here the bookof theoggam v2 or on the 15mm.co.uk website) and lots more that aren’t! These will even include fearsome Oggam war beasts and handlers like the psychotic Mugal minotaur, psionic giant intestinal worms called Stingworm, and the chemically resurrected  remains of fallen oggam known as “Zoggom”!!

There will be more troops and specials for the other races like the Kize, Reptiloids and the Pliim, as well as new alien types such as the Volpurgi, Draxxion, Charcodonians and the forces of OAM Corp meat farmers. There will be native alien flora and fauna, and lots of other interesting stuff too, you might even see a few mutant zombies and killer clowns as well!

I’ll be putting up any previews, concept stuff and greens here on the blog, as well as additional background and art, so please pop in from time to time to see what’s new!!

I do hope that you the end user, that I have served you well, after all, all these figures were created and brought to reality with you lot in mind, so that you’ll get a kick out of using them in your own games and to have fun with. Thank you!!

If you have any suggestions, questions or feedback on the range, please feel free to get in touch and let me know! (Don’t forget to fill in the survey at the side of the page to help influence the future of Grinning Skull Miniatures!!)

Peace out

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Oggam Faction Backgrounds: Empire of Og: Imperial Catering Corps.

2 Apr

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Since its a new month, I present to you a new instalment of official oggam fluff background, this time about the division within the Og empire dedicated to keeping the troops happy, the imperial catering corps.

The Great and Glorious Empire of Og: The Imperial catering corps

 To the Oggam soldiers who reside in the Og empire, none are more celebrated than these fine fellows. Catering for the many troops in their forces is a hard and unforgiving job, remember that an army marches on its stomach, so it is essential that they are fed the right nutrients needed to keep a healthy fighting spirit.

Since the preparation of food is considered an art form by most oggam, it is no surprise that the entry to the Imperial catering college is made up from the most privilaged children and individuals who have shown aptitude in the culernary arts. Even an Oggam who makes his way through the ranks in the corps, must also be a fearless warrior, so it is not unusual for Og Empire forces to bring a portable war kitchen with them to battle. This is said to motivate the troops beyond the norm, giving rise to acts of great bravery and sacrifice from oggam who have been inspired by the smell of the Big cook’s latest creations.

The war kitchen section is led by what is termed a “big cook”, an experienced officer in his own right, along with his “little” cook assistants. They are then accompanied by ranks of other inexperienced trainee chef’s, who tirelessly work as peelers, choppers, waiters, and pot washers. In order to prove themselves worthy, they are required to defend the kitchen to the death, so in battle they take up arms and rage just like any other oggam soldier. There are large numbers of Blander oggam within the college, eager to show just how much their devotion to food is, and considering many oggam regard food as life itself, they tend to become a fearsome force in battle, showing a zeal that puts some others to shame, and is a good reason that they are highly respected and feared in equal measure.

Their symbol is that of the silver spoon, illustrating what a privilaged part they play in the empire, this item is also what the big and little cooks always carry with them, proudly denoting who they are and what honours bestowed upon the bearers of the biggest and best spoons. While the assistant “suis” chef’s have to earn this right, they still all carry one of some sort, as sometimes while on the battle field they will be called to perform the “pan rattle”, a great din caused by banging these spoons against various pots and pans, so to raise morale, scare or flush out enemies, or allow broken troops to regroup if they are too scattered.

Any Imperial general who has his own war kitchen staff is regarded with class and envy by other nobles in society, as with them he is able to lay on huge lavish feasts for visiting leaders or notables. It is noted that sometimes a catering corps division may employ the odd Scrofa Truffle miner as well from time to time, as any form of truffle to the oggam is considered precious beyond belief. In addition, a Big cook might command his own pack of hunting pigdogs and handler, so that he may gain access to wild game food while out on a campaign. These additions can lead to the Kitchen running like an entire military operation by itself, often putting many infantry divisions to shame with the high levels of skill and organisation not usually found within the imperial infantry.

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Grinning Skull Preview: Wave #1 Oggam Light Infantry

25 Mar

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A preview of a few of the first wave of Grinning Skull miniatures, coming next month…..

 

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OGGAM FACTIONS: THE GLORIOUS GOLDEN EMPIRE OF OG

30 Sep

So finally I can get the background of the Oggam factions down. I regret this hasn’t been sooner but sometimes real life gets in the way! This presented here is a shortened version of the faction backgrounds, while the last part of the updated PDF, will go into more detail about them.
Here I present to you the first in a series of Oggam faction backgrounds to complement the forthcoming “Oggam War Pig Infantry” 15mm miniatures.

THE GLORIOUS GOLDEN EMPIRE OF OG

When the first kin started the revolt against their masters several centuries ago, the revolution was led by the first born kin, namely Anthracks, Scrofa, Ugg, and Ogi, the strongest and most intelligent Oggam born to the program. Anthracks, the most aggressive and violent, Scrofa, cunning and untamed, Ugg, the practical and vigilant one, while Ogi had the inventive and clever. There were others in this circle, Toch, Rasu, Clem and Okk to name a few, but the first four organised the rebellion as revenge to the keeper and his people in retaliation for their attempts of betrayal in trying to erase the secret experiments, and hide it from the authorities.
After the humans were killed and the warring had ended, the first kin parted their own ways along with their followers, into a new world they would have to forge themselves.

THE FIRST EMPIRE

Ogi, had great vision for an Oggam, probably the best for all those Oggam in those days, and took his people to the main administration sector complex of the planet and started from scratch, he had long studied the strange and complex machines of the keeper and thought it best to take shelter amongst the ruined buildings to make them their own. Having been taught to read, write and other skills, gave him much to pass on to his kin for the continued survival now the keeper was gone. Luck was in the favour of these first Oggam, and what resources had been left behind, Ogi and his people were able to survive the first few harsh years, due to the vast dried food stores held under the complex, and the food algae replicators used for deep space travel. After many years of successful living, Ogi was hailed as a hero and crowned emperor and king. This he held for many years, loved by the swelling population, basically educated from old earth knowledge, and taught to be productive.
He was venerated to almost godhood by his followers by the time he died. This tradition is still continued by the fore barer’s, although with scarce recorded data kept only by the elite of the faction, he is held in legend and lore and portrayed as a giant morbidly obese golden pig, serene and buddha like in statues and art. While his rule was kind and benevolent to the Oggam, the empire of today is a totally different place.

TODAY’S EMPIRE

The empire that exists now is far removed from the vision of Ogi. Years of good living, overly productive breeding and expansion, has caused on more than one occasion to create war and unrest within their society. When Ogi died, they were lost, electing leader after leader to take them forward. Without direction, the Oggam began to change the system, introducing new laws, different ideas and rules each time an emperor was ordained. Sections of the community waged secret and underhand ways to gain control of the empire, leading to a tradition of assassinations and murder. As a result, the title of Emperor is a job that changes frequently as the machinations of the golden council members play out, intregue and corruption for control mean the Emperor is not a career choice that lasts long….
This does not seem to put potential candidates off wanting to become supreme leader and the bad karma that goes with the job is almost treated like a usual occupational hazard!

THE FORCES OF WAR

Oggam belonging to this faction are distinguished from other sides by many cultural differences than the others. Firstly they are made up from a majority of snorts and blanders, the snorts are the politicians, community and battle leaders, due to their size and heft and supported by a large proportion of Blanders, filling the roles of technicians, learned types and intellectuals, few Blanders get the chance to fulfill the ambition of supreme leadership, but many emperors previous have been of the breed, with skill, cunning and resourcefulness key traits admired by the empire and its citizens.
Since the start of the great wars of Ungalatees and Styx  against the League of Anthracks, the Empire has become concerned with the greater good of all Oggam, awaiting the second coming of Og(i) to lead them to the coming together of the peoples of Oggam. The great wars gave the empire a reason to stop the fighting between themselves and go forth in force to combat “The Enemy” (Basically anyone who would differ in opinion from the Og philosophy) With many past generals, experts in the art of war and battle, it has left a great tradition of military organisation and the faction is probably the most ordered force on the planet. Pecking order is important, so a good soldier learns to know how to be a master by first learning to be a slave. The Royal guard are the vanguard of the faction, well armed and armoured, drilled in weapons and combat, one day they may rise the ranks and may well become Emperor if they behave in a way that inspires the populous. Many will die on the battlefield, forgotten and lost in the endless fighting over disputed territiory. The Royal guard wear the standard green body armour and helm with a characteristic slit visor. They are respected and feared by the past achievements in war. The other main bulk of troops is made up from irregular part time troops, these Oggam live usually productive lives farming and breeding, called up to service when needed. They accompany the guard into battle, armed with basic rifles and hand weapons and little armour.
Other warrior sects exist in the empire, among them, the Imperial Golden guard take priority only second to the golden council. With polished golden armour and ornamental crested helms, they serve unquestioning to their masters, trained in many skills of war and savage warriors to boot. The guild of eternal happiness boast more deadly trained killers than the Golden guard, only they work in secret, sent to do the dirty jobs no other Oggam would dirty themselves with. The Mechanog, with their invaluable knowledge of machinery, both of Oggam manufacture and salvaged vehicles accompany every Imperial force, giving heavy artillery support and logistics for battle. Known best for thier “Longsnouts” (Oggam double barreled tanks and guns) and sometimes insane Cybog battle scarred commanders with an insatiable appitite for combat, food and seeking thrills!
While some might see the Empire as one of the most noble and organised forces of Oggam, do not be fooled. They are as savage and dangerous as the rest, especially when it comes to any foreign visitors to the world. Many stranded or lost off worlder’s who get captured venturing into the boundries of Oggam space and territory, tend to either wind up in prison work camps to toil away the rest of their lives, or simply just killed for sport or fun. Sometimes an imperial general will employ Baahl mercenary units, famed for their sharpshooting skills, or even the odd human or alien in his retinue. All non Oggam are regarded with suspicion and tend to end employment by the faction’s treacherous ways and traditions, but unlike other factions, will tolerate other races for a time without trying to eat or sacrifice them!

NEXT TIME: OGGAM FACTIONS: THE LEAGUE OF ANTHRACKS

TTFN

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