​Hello everyone, my name is Amy and this is my first post on Tale of Painters. I am very happy to have been asked to showcase my work on here, having followed ToP since I started painting this is very exciting!

This is the first in a series of posts of showcasing my current project, my Ogre collection for Age of Sigmar! First up we have my unit of Ogres! Click to view more!

​First of all, I will introduce myself, my name is Amy and I am from the UK. I started painting in the summer of 2014 when my partner introduced me to the wonderful world of the hobby! In fact it was the tutorials on ToP which really helped me to understand how to paint, and to come round full circle to have my work featured here is a huge honour! Since I started painting I have managed to cram in a lot of projects, I fell completely and utterly in love with this hobby and have never had so much passion for a hobby before. I love seeing projects from start to finish, and I really love painting whole collections of miniatures. Since I started painting I have painted Space Wolves, Blood Angels, Skitarii, and a huge Lizardmen collection.

My passion for the hobby really increased when Age of Sigmar was released, I had never painted any Fantasy range before and never played, AoS completely changed that and now I love it so much. I spent a few months painting a very large Lizardmen collection which was so much fun, so when that finished I wanted to turn to a completely different project, and that project was the Ogres! My favourite thing about AoS is how you can buy any model you want to paint and can still use it in the game, for me painting is my favourite part of the hobby and I love that I can get whatever I like. I also really like the idea of creating collections rather than armies, so my method for collecting is to pretty much buy one of everything I possibly can.

I chose the Ogres because I wanted to really challenge my painting abilities, and I felt all of that flesh was a massive challenge. I also love the Ogre sculpts, they are so beautiful and detailed and all of the bits you get in the kits make for so much customisation. I bought a battalion box and built a unit of 6 Ogres, 6 Ironguts and 4 Leadbelchers. In this post are my unit of Ogres.

I am really happy with how the flesh came out, for this I really took my time with painting and used glazes instead of washes. The skin is built up from Bugmans Glow, Cadian Fleshtone and Kislev Flesh. In the recesses I gradually glazed in multiple thin layers of Druchii Violet and Carroburg Crimson. With this method it keeps the flesh looking neat and realistic.

With all of my models I really love thinking of creative bases that make the entire collection really stand out. For my Ogres I wanted to go for a cold, icy base scheme to symbolize them hailing from the mountains. The base effect has been achieved by applying texture paint, any will do I created my own to save money using sand, grit and grey paint, although GW's Astrogranite is very similar. Once dry, I drybrush on Ulthuan Grey and White Scar, then glaze it all Gulliman Blue. Once it is dry again I add another drybrush of White Scar, and then apply a clear crackle glaze on top. The crackle glaze I use is from Hobbycraft and is really good! Once this is dry I then add more glazes of Gulliman Blue and Waywatcher Green, and then more drybrushing of White Scar again. Once finished I then apply a thick coat of Anita's 3D Gloss in order to create the icy shine. Overall, I am very happy with how the bases came out and when viewing all the collection together it really ties them all together and looks very cool!

I hope you enjoyed reading through this post, the next series of posts will detail the other units I've completed so far for my Ogres. Thank you for reading, please let me know what you think of my Ogres or if you have any questions leave a comment below!