Unfortunately for me, the 15mm-28mm divide appears to have fractured the gaming group of guys who are most immediately local to me. Quite of few of them only use 28mm figures, and they also seem to prefer smaller scale games with individually based figures. I like games that feel more like a clash of battle lines representing armies of tens of thousands - this was always my biggest objection to Warhammer Ancient Battles. A fine game, but with its long distance shooting with no priorities, lack of pre-measuring, and super-powered characters, it seemed more representative of a Viking village raid than the Battle of Cannae. At least there is a reasonably large group of Field of Glory gamers within a longer drive distance of me (but still within 2 hours) that I can scratch my gaming itch with, but occasionally one does long for something more.
Anyway, while moving things around from one side of my gaming storage space to another, I came across these spiffy Ogre figures that I painted up a few years ago:
They are 28mm GW figures, but from a time when that company modeled in a more realistic style. These are ruffians that I can picture appearing in a fantasy novel, while the newer lines are so silly, I can only imagine them like anime characters. These are much more to my taste, and maybe I'm simply turning into another grumpy old man, but they are an aesthetic that I really miss.
Here are a few more photos of the individual figures:
I don't know what exactly I'll do with these Ogres. I love the way they look with their outfits reminiscent of Landsknecht mercenaries. I'm sure that someday I'll find a place for them in a fantasized version of a Late Medieval or Early Renaissance army.