We all know I love a good thematic army. Rules be damned, the thing that made me fall in love with theme forces in MkII was that they encouraged you to select models that went together per their backstory. There was fluff reasoning, more than just tweaking for a min/max rule exploit, and they encouraged taking models that might not otherwise see a lot of table time (ALL THE KICKY MONKS!!!!). We’ll soon have all the models needed to play a Blighted Ogrun list for the Legion of Everblight, the Exemplar CID is likely to make me squee a little, and of course, over the last month or so Cryx’s pirate fleet has been given a heck of a facelift with new blighted trollkin, satyxis, and of course, the heavy dockworkers of the Scharde Isles – the Black Ogrun. Today we get to unbox the third Black Ogrun unit in the game, the Smog Belchers.
Nice and neatly packed, the Smog Belcher grunts are two piece models, while the unit leader is three components.
If you’re a fan of the IKRPG, how can you not look at these and immediately think of conversions for Ogrun characters? There’s even one male and one female. I’ll let you figure out which is which. Hint: One has a soul patch that he’s refusing to shave until the Leafs are out of the playoffs.
It’s important, when your job is to heft a cannon laced with runes with the intent of belching toxic gas at landlubbers, to have a pouch to carry your potatoes in. Also to shove a dirty great knife, unsheathed, through your belt to look badass and maybe pick your teeth with. Just be careful drawing it, or you’ll need to buy a new belt.
Each of the Smog Belchers carries a smog belcher. Wait… the cannons are the smog belchers? So the unit shouldn’t be called Black Ogrun Smog Belchers, it should be called Black Ogrun WITH Smog Belchers? Dammit, who approved this?
Each Smog Belcher can put down a 3″ AoE cloud effect on itself whenever it fires its smog belcher, letting you block LOS to your squishier back lines if needed. Placement of models in the unit so as not to accidentally block LOS for friendly models who have yet to belch smog may be a thing.
And the unit leader – smog belcher held in one Smog Belcher arm, choppy blade in the other, and I’m going to pretend the bags of what is presumably gunpowder hanging from his harness is actually chicken drumsticks, to go with the potatoes that other guy was carrying earlier.
Black Ogrun Smog Belchers hit shelves this month, and are just waiting to add a new element to your fleet of Satyxis, blighted trollkin, Scharde pirates and maybe even the Revenant Crew of the Atramentous. 23