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Miniature Design: Thoughts on the Oggam Militia

3 Aug

The time has come for me to start to think about some more additions to the Oggam, mainly for ideas pertaining to more Empire of Og troops. Sure, I know that there are plenty of light infantry troopers, but with quite a few people asking about how suitable the oggam would be for Duke Nukem style games, I thought I might as well investigate this for myself.

I did play the game many years ago (on the PC or playstation, I don’t remember too much about it) and vaguely remember bits, but folks keep telling me about the Pig cops etc. While I don’t want to infringe on anyones IP or design, to further flesh out the empire troops, I had written into the background (provisionally of course) that of the Guild of eternal happiness, which is the empire’s own law enforcers and secret police. Given that I am working on the notes/draft of the WAR PIGS ruleset to accompany the figures as well, now is as good a time as any to give a bit of thought to their design and function both in background and mini form, that way I can maybe please some of the gamers interested in a Pig cop type, and fill in some more detail.

For you who don’t know what I’m going on about, Duke Nukem Pig Cops actually aren’t that far removed from an Oggam in design, which is why all the questions I suppose. Let me show you.

Duke Nukem pigcop

As you can see, he looks like a Feral oggam (wild boar type) wearing a stereotypical action movie SWAT kind of cop outfit and gear, he’s quite a ringer for an Og don’t you think? Please for one moment think that these designs ever had any bearing on my concept for the oggam, it’s not until after I was drawn attention to them that this similarity was realised, the real inspiration was taken from the old french black and white pathe film “Le couchon Danseur” (the dancing pig) which is an old music hall act that features a performer in a pig bodysuit. Its one of the creepiest things I have seen (creepy in a cool way of course) Check it out:

As you can see, that film, coupled with the tried an tested generic orc, served me well inspiration wise, big creepy comical pigs!

Back to the Guild Militia, The Guild of eternal happiness is a sect of Oggam within the Empire of Og that is charged with the everyday policing of their peers within empire territories. While the Guild operates at the level of standard policing, they also act as the secret and intelligence service for the empire and include spies, assassins, enforcers and other similar types. While I’m not going to focus on the specialists in the guild yet, I really want to get some of the more standard “cops” fleshed out before I work on the rest. I have some concrete designs and ideas for them, its just the standard militia types I need to decide upon first.

My easiest route would be to carbon copy the pig cop design, but I don’t think that I would be happy with just doing that, besides the pig cop design is not as podgy as how I imagine them to be, the legs and waist are far too small and thin. Another thing would be to make them more like a snort than a feral, which will add more girth to them.

Another point I want to bring up, is that in no way am I poking fun at any actual police with the “pig” connection. The entire premise for the oggam is that based as much as I can on bad cliches around anything to do with pigs. Even down to the dwellings which the oggam reside, are too based upon the story “the three little pigs” with the preference to building with straw, wood and brick, now is standard to how the oggam create the sounder (Oggam roundhouses) Please let me know of any pig related cliches if I have missed any!

While most aspects of the pig cop I like and would like to assimilate into my design, its more likely that just one figure out of the entire set of standard militia will have some resemblance to  the DN pig cop, I’m in the UK, so I’d like to give them a more british feel to the standard uniform (while keeping the flak vest) including both a similar looking UK style helmet, and peaked cap (which will fit for those folks out there wishing for a more universal feel) I think it’s essential for the Militia to have a strong visual element like a bobbies helmet with the fact that the miniatures are at 15mm, that way they are more easily distinguished between in oggam based games, that way they will have a distinct look. Oggam tend to look similar to each other if your a casual observer, and for a designer it gets hard to create a different looking og in this scale, so it was always my intention to use the “hat system” of design for them!

For those who want to know what the hat system is, well this is the design system of getting a generic starting point (In my case, an Oggam) and giving it a hat, that way you change the entire aspect of the generic form. For example, an oggam given a top hat like in the film, will suddenly take on the form of a well to do gentleman, while add a viking helmet, he becomes a marauder, and so on! Add on another detail to match the hat, and bobs your uncle, you take one standard design to a specialised form. It works with anything, orcs, goblins, humans etc etc ad infinitum.

The whole hat system from the police helmet gives rise to further adaptions on the same theme, like motor hog militia, riot militia and so on. Although any final decisions have yet to be made, I welcome any suggestions, thoughts or snippets of webby goodness that might help in the inception of the militia’s design, please let me know!

I must be off now to work on the oggam terrain I am making. These prototype designs of building styles will feature heavily in the campaign rules of WAR PIGS, but more of that later…..

Peace out….

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2 Responses to “Miniature Design: Thoughts on the Oggam Militia”

  1. A August 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I agree that the Bobby Helmet is probably the best option, even as an American, that helmet is probably one of the most iconic signs of police. If you gave them one of the caps that American police currently use, he could be mistaken for an officer. But there is no mistaking a Bobby Helmet.

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    • grimace73 August 3, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

      Thanks for your comment A, I totally agree. Its probably the way to go with the design, I have a more solid design in mind now, and the symbol I designed for the badge fits perfect in the centre of the helm.
      I’m going to start with one later on Sunday when I get a little spare child free time (school holidays are always chaotic!) So I’ll post a WIP shot when I manage to!

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