Happiness is a pile of bitz…

Let me use today’s post for a spell of pointless rambling. Bear with me though, there might be something worthwile hidden along the way πŸ˜‰

Anyway, last week I bought a huge pile of Ogre Kingdoms bitz from fellow hobbyist Kar Tharog. When I got home from work yesterday, the parcel had arrived, and so I spent most of the evening with my very individual kind of R&R: sorting a huge pile of bitz into many smaller piles πŸ˜‰

While doing that, I realised that buying “surprise piles” of bitz may be one of the most delicious hobby activities for me, but more on that in a minute. You may ask yourself why I went for Ogre bitz in the first place.

While I am very unlikely to start an Ogre Kingdoms army (or any WFB army, for that matter) anytime soon, I have had my eyes on bitz from the various Ogre Kingdoms kits for quite a while now. Visually speaking, the Ogres are heavily based on a culture of hunters, for one. That means that the kits usually come with lots of trophies like skulls, hides, etc. — a perfect fit for Khorne’s Eternal Hunt.

Then there’s the fact that the recurring symbol of the Great Maw is fairly similar to the World Eaters’ legion badge: For instance, I am already using a certain Ogre Kingdoms gut plate as a legion symbol for my army. The newer bitz continue this trend, featuring stylised jaws and maws — once again, perfect for my World Eaters.

And even beyond the scope of my main army, Ogre Kingdoms models have a darkly funny and eclectic bend, which may not help with my World Eaters, but is sure to yield some really cool and interesting bitz.

So that was basically my reasoning behind this purchase, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed when I opened the parcel yesterday. Here’s a look at what I got out of the deal:

Ogre Bitz (1)
This is what I would call the really interesting part of the bitz haul: All the “regular” Ogre bull parts (heads, arms, weapons, accessories) have already been neatly sorted away. They will come in handy, too, but they are certainly not the meat of the purchase. So what you see above is the part that really sealed the deal for me, because I would have had to pick up some really expensive (and ultimately useless) kits in order to get my hands on some of this stuff.

Ogre Bitz (2)
So let me point out a couple of highlights. First up, I was thrilled to find an entire Stonehorn head among the bitz:

Ogre Bitz (3)
I had originally planned to simply use the skull-like “faceplate” as decoration on one of the army’s vehicles, a daemon engine or something similar. Yet that head is so brilliantly angry and detailed that I will probably hold on to it for a while yet: Maybe it could be used on a kitbashed Greater Daemon or something similar? One can always dream…

As a matter of fact, there was a complete Thundertusk head as well — two bitz I would never have gotten hold of normally.

I also got some really nice Mournfang cavalry weapons:

Ogre Bitz (4)
I imagine these will be really useful if I ever decide to add some more Forsaken to the existing three models. Note how the blades also seem to be emulating the great maw motif (and, once again, the World Eaters’ symbol).

I was also fortunate enough to receive this brilliant head:

Ogre Bitz (6)
Normally a part of a dead Imperial soldier kept as a “snack” by the Ogres, the head is just perfect for a twisted servant of the dark gods, don’t you think? Expect this part to make an appearance in my small Traitor Guard detachment (or my INQ28 collection) at some point…

I have already started playing around with some of the bitz. Here’s an early prototype: A World Eaters Terminator using a particularly cool Ogre gut plate as a pauldron:

Ogre Bitz (5)
So, did I post this just to gloat? No way! What I really want to talk about is that this kind of purchase is usually one of the high points of the hobby for me. Strange, huh?

I guess it’s the fact that there’s a certain thrill of the hunt, if you will: Taking a look at the – often fuzzy – photos online. Deciding if you’ll get enough useful bitz out of the deal, then ultimately taking the plunge. Waiting impatiently for the parcel to arrive, the immediately tearing it open and sifting through the contents and thinking of new conversions — sometimes coming up with ideas you would never have considered when buying your bitz the “conventional” way. Don’t get me wrong: Methodically hunting for a certain bit via ebay or one of the bitz sites can be pretty gratifiying as well. But “buying in bulk” like this just feels great every now and then!

Granted, it’s something we usually cannot indulge in too often: You have to be lucky to find a pile of bitz that warrants the purchase. You have to balance “wild card” purchases like this against more sensible additions to your army. But for a fanatical kitbasher like myself, digging through a huge pile of plastic crack and dreaming up some new conversions is really as good as it gets!

Oh, and by the way, I wasn’t disappointed on the “darkly funny and eclectic” front either: There where lots of grisly (but rather funny) trophies, some Ogre snacks (like steaks and plucked chickens) and lots and lots of very strange stuff — I am very confident that most of this will be useful in the end, though: If not for my World Eaters, then in one of my other hobby projects. The Orkheim Ultraz and my planned Mordheim Orc warband can always use some more silliness πŸ˜‰

So yeah, taking a plunge and getting a huge pile of random bitz like this was really fun! What about you? Do you agree, or do you prefer your purchase of new bitz to me more restrained and, shall we say, surgical in nature? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

In any case, have a great weekend! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

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8 Responses to “Happiness is a pile of bitz…”

  1. The pauldron works really well on the Terminator, Ogre Kingdoms bitz are very good for the more savage Chaos warbands and Legions I think.

    Got to love that bandaged prisoner head though!

    • Cheers, Feral! Agreed, some of those Ogre bitz are perfect for chaos, and it really doesn’t get any more feral than the World Eaters, does it? πŸ˜‰

      That bandaged head was a spectacularly lucky purchase, though!

  2. I definitely search ebay for good piles of bitz on a regular basis. It’s rare to come across a lot that looks like it has a bunch of cool/useful stuff in it and that’s also reasonably priced. But, when you find one and win it, it’s awesome!

    • Right on the spot! So many of those lots sold on ebay are rubbish, but you can’t beat the feeling of triumph when you actually find something worth the price.

      Fortunately enough, this was picked up from the trade section of a forum, though, so it was far less risky than an auction. KarTharog was even nice enough to provide some additional photos, when I asked for them.

  3. Thankyou so much for sharing!! And I am admittedly very new to the world of miniatures, but didn’t even know you could buy bags of ‘lucky’ bitz!! Where do you get these? πŸ˜€

    • You’re very welcome! Like I said, those were bought from a fellow board member over at one of the German boards. That reduced the risk of getting rubbish for my money, to be sure πŸ˜‰

  4. Kebekoi Says:

    Hi mate!! (long time no see, ain’t a lot of time) So back to the subject, i have to admit that I never bought bitz or anything on the net, personal quirk, but I use to buy pack of bitz hand to hand in “brocante” (second -hand trade), with fellow hobbyist and the like. As I love kitbashing I bought bitz from every GW range even if I’m not sure I could use them… I love that feeling of “good deal/bad deal” !! Sometimes I need a particular piece tough so I try to found someone having this particular bitz and trade directly or if I’m lucky enough I found a mate to command bitz on the net with his account and I pay my due to him…

    my 2cts, Keb.

    • Hey mate, great to hear from you!

      If there was any readily available option to get bitz from fellow hobbyists around here in some kind of exchange, I’d love to take that option. Unfortunately, the one bitz exchange I managed to enter during a tournament turned out to be a bit lacklustre: I got some sweet bitz out of the deal, but only one other hobbyist had brought a box of stuff to trade in the first place.

      The good news is that some reliable traders have appeared on (German) ebay as well, and they are usually well-stocked, so it’s possible to get pretty useful bitz from them — at a price, of course. But nothing beats buying in bulk and discovering real treasures, even if it’s not something I can do too often πŸ˜‰

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