Monday, August 7, 2017

Hobby Update: Varangur Horse Raiders & Ogre Allies

After my last post, the smart thing to do would have been to work on stuff I literally already had on my hobby table. By and large ...that is not what I did, though the KoM Knights have gotten some more paint. 

So what did I work on? Transitioning some old Warriors of Chaos models. I was reorganizing some storage and figured they'd be quick enough to convert. I was mostly right. I still have some infantry to finish up, but the Horse Raiders and Ogres are finished! Aside from painting the horses blue, these models were pretty much just rebased, so I won't post any "before" pics, just the final.

Horse Raiders
I never did actually buy a box of Marauder Horsemen back in the day. The unit was jumbled together from bitz purchases over time. I started gluing these from right-to-left... and quickly ran out of space for all five of my models, so I have a spare musician now. Oops. I may have some other bitz around though too. If I can squeeze out another unit of these down the road, I will.

They didn't see a lot of use in Warhammer for me, but I could see the appeal in Kings of War, since I don't need to point-buy to make them versatile. Mounted Scouts and Mounted Sergeants are two of my favorite units for Kingdoms of Men, and these Horse Raiders fulfill a similar medium-cavalry role with the bonus of having a ranged attack, even if the range is limited. If I can get this unit into a flank, I should have plenty of options to harry the advance of opposing units or flank or multi-charge with them. The unit seems pretty versatile, but not prohibitively expensive.

Ogre Berserkers
I loved my Chaos Ogres in Warhammer. The only "gear" they got was the Mark of Slaanesh, but they were the workhorses of my Chaos Army. They were cheap; they were speedy; and they hit decently hard. In Kings of War, their uses might be a little circumscribed (no cannonballs to catch; no charges to bait nor to flee), but I still think there's plenty to work with, and I think they'll do well when they hit the table.

By my count, the Raiders put me a little over 2000 points of pure Varangur (no marks or upgrades or items), and the Berserkers add another 450 points of allies. This evil army is coming along nicely!


  1. The units look really good! I like the masks for Ogres and the Horse Riders are ace!

    1. Thanks Swordmaster! I was proud of the masks back in the day. (Still am I suppose.) Nice and easy conversion with the Marauder Champion pauldron bit. Cheers