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January 14, 2018: Ogre Painting Tutorials

With Ogre Miniatures Set 1 available and the forthcoming release of Ogre Miniatures Set 2, it is time to discuss painting these wonderful figures. Certainly they look good just as red or blue or green units on the board, but with the application of some paint they can really pop. Ben Williams has been painting a veritable army here at Steve Jackson Games, and we've been sharing the results of his craft. They are truly works of art!

"But Drew, Ben is an amazing artist capable of inspiring legions of men to lay down their lives in pursuit of these units. I am but a mere mortal, barely able to scrawl my name with fingerpaints on the cave wall!" As drool-inducing as Ben's work is, that shouldn't prevent the rest of us from trying our hand at painting Ogre miniatures. There are a number of resources out there to assist us less-than-Michelangelo-level painters in this task.

First up is Ben's own blog on painting miniatures. I would like to especially draw your attention to his post on cleaning the models as well as one on quickly painting the units to get them off the hobby bench and onto the game table. But please read his tutorial on painting an Ogre as well as his series on different camo schemes. You won't be disappointed.

The vast quantity of miniatures available in Ogre Miniatures Set 1 and Set 2 can be overwhelming. Looking at the pile of plastic can induce a sense of doom contemplating how long it might take to paint all of those units, but it need not be that way. A wonderful tutorial is this one posted by Ty Beard on Texas Wargamer. He describes how he painted 27 miniatures in 2.5 hours - all of the armored units plus the CP from Set 1 painted in less time than an average NFL or MLB game.

Yet another tutorial may be found at John Fleischer's blog, Ogre Miniatures. He discusses the steps he took in painting 74(!) GEVs in step-by-step detail. For those of you who backed at the "Too Many Minis" level during the Ogre Miniatures Set 2 Kickstarter, you might need his tips!

Some other websites and blogs that may be of help include The Miniatures Page and Paint-It-Pink. Painting Ogre Miniatures Set 1 was featured on GTM's Happy L'il Minis Show as well. The pdf Ogre Miniatures available at Warehouse 23 has an entire chapter dedicated to painting Ogre miniatures, detailing a number of techniques.

The Ogre forums, both at Steve Jackson Games and Board Game Geek, have lots of threads dedicated to assembling and painting miniatures. A simple search with specific key words like "painting" or "miniatures" yields copious information as well.

Hopefully these links can offer some assistance in "taking the next step" in regards to your Ogre miniatures. I'd be remiss if I didn't ask everyone to share their work on the forums! Good luck!

-- Drew Metzger

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What is Ogre?

Ogre and its sequel, G.E.V., are tactical ground combat games set in the late 21st century. In 2085 A.D., armored warfare is faster and deadlier than ever. Hovercraft, tanks and infantry slug it out with tactical nukes. But the most feared weapon of all needs no human guidance. It's the giant cybernetic tank called the Ogre.

Ogre was Steve Jackson's first design. It was originally released in 1977, as the first Metagaming Microgame. Since then, it has appeared in Pocket Box and "Deluxe" large-board editions, as well as a miniatures version and a computer game from Origin Systems (now long out of print).

Use this quick rules reference to speed up the learning process.

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