Sunday, October 16, 2011

12 Sunday Best #16: Fantasy

Fantasy is a women's fragrance by Elizabeth Arden, and is endorsed by Britney Spears. The ad's tagline is "Everybody has one"...Ummm let's try this again.  "Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting.  Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common.  Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of (pseudo-)scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three, all of which are subgenres of speculative fiction". (Wikipedia)  When it comes to table top gaming Games Workshops Warhammer Fantasy springs to mind.  It is indeed a world that uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element.  Today's "Sunday Best" each delve into this world by exploring the Ogre Kingdoms recent release.

After a few games under his belt with the Ogre Kingdoms new codex Adam-B feels the Ogre Hunter is an under utilized unit in the codex.  Not wanting to make a bold statement with nothing to back it up he goes over the Hunter in detail to examine his strengths and weaknesses.  From here he conjures up three viable ways that a Hunter can be employed that exploits his strengths and mitigates his weaknesses.

Ogre #2 - Wolves for the Wolf God: Ogre Kingdom (Slave) Giants are they Worth it?
Skarvald the Troll-faced could easily change his name to Skarvald the Ogre-faced as his is one hard blogger to look at.  His post this week on Ogre Kingdom Giants was pleasing to the eyes.  He explores three viable roles for the inclusion of a Giant while looking for ways that army as a whole can help exploit the Giant.  He makes for one hell of an argument and even managed to convince some of his followers to give one a try.

Ogre #3 - IMMATERIUM PRESS: Size Matters - Ogre Kingdoms First Impressions
Dan Byer leaves an Ogre sized footprint in the world of Blogging with his gut filling overview of the Ogre Kingdoms codex.  His words of wisdom are from that of an experienced Fantasy player and from that of an opposing general.  After the dust had settled he and his friend compared how the new army booked fared and examined the short falling of the army.  From here he leaves that Ogre sized footprint I mentioned by throwing up an all comers army list that address the concerns he saw his his opponents list while explaining each of his choices.

These three Ogres are but the tip of spear in terms of blog post about the new Ogre Kingdom army book.  I threw in my hat with a Haiku about Ogres earlier in the week while many others debated the finer points of the codex.  These three however dressed up in their Sunday Best and demonstrated that they each could wear Britney Spears' fragrance Fantasy with the elegance of woman.


  1. :( Am I REALLY that hard to look at? Hehe..
    Thanks for the mentions, buddy.

    But I'm still making you eat DONUTS if I win your little jib-jab-thingamajigger.

  2. Just when you take off the eye patch...and when you are eating a dnout cause for some weird reason you make the oddest face as you bite down on them. Thanks for the write up on the Giants as I am thinking Ogres would be the perfect gateway drug into Fantasy.

  3. Chewing on a soft, warm doughnut is the closest thing to enjoying a panda steak. :P
    I'm working on a pretty simple Ogre BSB conversion, so stay tuned.


  4. I'm wondering about the possibility of using a Butcher or Firebelly as my BSB any thoughts?

  5. Well, the only thing in the army that can be a BSB is a Bruiser, unfortunately. Or fortunately. I just finished my conversion - it's the Arabian Maneater holding a banner! I'm doing Araby Ogres. ;P

  6. I am so getting an army of these guys when I can afford it! Big guts, dubious facial hair, what's not to like?

  7. I'm in the same boat as you right now Antipope as I have to wait for the cash to start the army. Great thing though is going to be the low model count and all the giant monsters. MMM so HOT.

  8. I thought your BSB just had to be a hero and have access to magic items so that one could buy a magic banner??? New to Fantasy and still trying to wrap my head around some of the rules so please HELP ME!!!

  9. Well, I think what you're thinking of instead is an Army General. I am also new to Fantasy, but not everyone can be a Battle Standard Bearer for the army. Basically a BSB allows your units within 12'' to re-roll failed Ld tests and he's a Hero choice of some sort, depending on the army book.

    You can only have one Battle Standard Bearer and the way you get one is by painting extra points for that one specific Hero choice, which has the BSB option.

    For example, in the Orcs and Goblins book in the Heroes section there's a little box called Battle Standard Bearer, which states that ONE Big Boss of any type (so an Orc Big Boss, Savage Orc Big Boss, Black Orc Big Boss, Goblin Big Boss or Night Goblin Big Boss) can be the BSB for +25 pts. He may then cary any Magic Standard (no points limits), but if he chooses to do sohe may not choose any other magic items (this is done to discourage the stacking of two banners in a unit when you have a BSB and a normal dude holding a Magical Banner).

    In the Ogre rulebook the only Hero choice for a BSB (as stated in a similar Battle Standard Bearer box) is a Bruiser. Same thing, pretty much. 25 points extra, may carry any points-worth of Magical Standard, but then cannot have magical items. At 105 base for just 130 points you get a naturally resilient and tough immune to Killing Blow BSB with M6, WS5, BS3, S5, T5, W4, I3, A4, Ld8 character. While his Ld8 is not the highest in the book, there are only 2 other characters that with higher Ld - a Tyrant at 9 and Skrag the Slaughterer at 9.
    Hunters are also 9, but they can't be a General or join units. Skrag is awesome, but is a loooot of points. And a Tyrant pretty much gets +1 to all of his stats except for S and T for double the points pre-BSB upgrade (he is 210 points base).

  10. Only BSB and unit banner bearers may purchase banners. :)

  11. Cheers, Thanks for the help and see where you found this in the Big Rule Book. =)

  12. Thanks for the mention!

    Ogres are a very fun and rewarding army, you'll definitely enjoy playing the fatties.