Topic of the week: Confession of a comic collector 

Topic of the week: Confession of a comic collector 

We all have something that we want to collect, from trading cards, to stamps, stickers, books and so on. For me, trading cards are one thing (I’ll get on to that in a future post) , but collecting comics is another but stronger obsession of mine. But not just any comic, no, I’m talking about 2,000ad comics!

It can be said that 2,000ad has gone through a lot of changes during its time, from paper material, to comic content and tone. But what hasn’t changed is its continuing focus on one particular mascot (if you could call him that, probably against Mega-city one laws), Judge Dredd! He’s a recognisable character, even when he’s aged a lot through the decades!

I’ve started collecting 2,000ad since way over a decade or so (2003/2004?) buying my first issue when I was really young (couldn’t really understand it back then to be honest). Then I brought my next issue in 2009 when I noticed it was in my local newsagent, and finally I found a whole stack of old issues at an antique shop in 2013. As to this day I’m still hunting down any classic issues that might appear in car boot sales or antique shops.

Why do I collect 2,000ad comics? It’s because I feel connected to the publication more than Marvel and DC. Yes, both publishers are top of the comic book industry and influence in the industry. However, I’ve lost interest in these two after reboots to their universes, which made me feel like I’ve wasted my interest in their characters and lore progression.

2,000ad on the other hand is different, it’s main star, Judge Dredd is a continuing story that throws all sorts of story’s and situations in the post apocalyptic America. For example in Prog 507 (prog meaning ‘program’) story about an Italian mobster boss known as Giovanni, who wants a Taxidermist to stuff his deceased goons body’s without the judges knowing. weird right?

However, the publication does have its flaws, as many antagonist characters in the story arcs are killed off or in prison, making it hard to re introduce these foes to the story. Whilst Judge Death is an eternal character, he can’t be overused for every story, or else be a boring villain. But never the less, Judge Dredd is certainly an interesting and unique comic run that aims to show no mercy to it antagonists. 

But what’s my favourite 2,000ad prog series? Well it’s actually a weird name to those who have never heard of it, but my favourite series is the ABC Warriors! Why you may ask? It’s because of the many personalitys that are shown within the featured characters in the series. Some are badass, others tragic, and some just plain psychotic. 

Whilst I’ve only glimpsed at a few combined issues from the series, it’s still impressive how much efforts the writers and artist put into each story part in the series arcs. My personal favourite is Prog 581, an absolutely jaw dropping display of art work by Simon Bisley. I recommend having a look at this issue yourself, as I can’t describe how detailed the art is in my own words.

[off topic paragraph on the Dredd movie, skip to the next paragraph if your not interested] I’ve even seen the Dredd movie (not the Stallone one……) which really captured the essence and tone of the Judge Dredd universe. Karl urban nailed the performance of Dredd from its source material, and for once was a film that was really enjoyable. Sadly, as many of you will know there won’t be a sequel due to its low box office result. Such a shame, the film was probably the best cinematography I’ve seen. Personally, I feel it should have had a second chance to really show itself as a contender in the comic book movie industry. But I guess it’ll be just a dream now.

Anyway, back to the subject. I think now is the time to show you guys what comics I’ve collected on 2,000ad. [Note: issue cover art, content and publication belong to 2,000ad and its respective creators. I dont own the art nor content within the issues. These are shown for visual display only]

Yup, quite a few comics, not a horde of comics but just a few in my collection, Spanning from 1986 to 2014. The reason why I haven’t brought any new issues is due to being distracted from buying them, and spending more time getting books and Table top miniature collection. But then again, do I need to buy new issues?  Feel happy with what I’ve gotten, incomplete story’s yes, but never the less a pleasure to look at now and then when I want to see some nostalgic comic books. 

Not only that, but I want to preserve these comics to future generations who want to see a piece of history. I feel it’s my obligation to make sure people see what creative talent was like back when the issue was made, showing what comics were like back in that decade it was produced. 

Whilst comic books of today have evolved from the use of inking and colouring to newer digital mediums, i still think the traditional use of comic book art is still amazing even to this day. 

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this very personal blog post on my particular interest in 2,000ad comics. I felt it was a great way of introducing old and new reads to something that they might want to have a look at. 

If you have stories to share on your experience with this subject, or even post you have made on your collection. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and opinions. 

I hope to see you guys again soon!

-Bjorndovah

[Note: I do not own the following; characters, story arcs and series mentioned in this post. They are owned by 2,000ad and its respective creators]

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Flesh-Eater Courts: Livebone court army [12/1/17]

Flesh-Eater Courts: Livebone court army [12/1/17]

Production has been going at a better pace now that I have my own workspace to do my modelling, surprisingly a lot more models are now completed! So far, I’ve managed to paint my Abhorrent Ghoul King, 3x Crypt Horrors, and based my two Crypt Ghast Courtiers and Ghoul king on foot.

Follow the link here if you haven’t seen the first post on the collection: Flesh-Eater Courts: Liverbone court army [31/12/16]

The collection is slowly showing its own identity now that a few units have been painted, showing diversity in each units colour scheme and alterations. I would like to add more races into the army, such as Fyrslayers and Elven models to be Ghoul Kings/ Crypt Ghouls.
Already I have a kitbashed model of a hybrid Wood elf/ Ghoul as a Ghoul king, a female sorcerer that stands over her minions as the elder hag witch of the army. She’ll be like the Queen/ close advisor for the Abhorrent king, guiding him on battle plans and etc.

Hope you guys enjoy the photography work! 🙂

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King Ren, Abhorrent Ghoul King on TerrorgheistThe king in all his majestic glory, riding upon his fabled beast as they take flight in a rainbow glow of light (that’s what Ren thinks in his grand illusion that is). In reality, the king is but a mad man in rags, riding on a corpse bat with the aroma of dark magic pouring out from the Kings being.

The model is probably my favourite so far out of the collection, it’s pretty big, especially the wings! Painting the model was a joy to do, as I’ve tried out different layer applications to the model. The wings especially, I like how they looked once they were painted.

Elder Hag Queen, Hexter (Sycophant)The Queen of the Ghouls, Hexter is the Elder Hag of the court, advising the king on serious matters involving magic based situations that threaten the court. She also makes bone charms for the worthy warriors who have earned them by battle, taking them from the excessive bone growth of the Crypt Horrors.

The model was kitbashed using a wood elf archer and some spare bitz from the Crypt Ghouls kit. I’ve altered the right foot to be slightly angled in place on a spare bone claw, so she can be glued in place on the rock easily. The pony tail was taken from the Verminlord kit and shortend down to fit onto the model at the right length.

Frostbone knights (Crypt Horrors)The Frostbone Knights serve their Haunter lord, who attend the court to prepare the kings feast. However, on the battlefield they serve as the living shield wall for their master from artillery strikes. 

Where these ogres come from is a mystery to scholars and bards across Aqshy, however, they predict that these ogres follow Gorkamorka in the aspect of death and endless hunger. They’re also concerned as to why the banner holders of the unit hold an icon of the stag, could it be linked to the courts past, or even its religious deity?

Crypt Haunter ‘Face of Nagash’Face hidden beneath a rusty iron helmet, the Haunter is an ambassador of the undead legion of Nagash. The court attendants distrust him with scrutiny to his every move, however Ren sees this have an opportunity to bolster his forces with alligence to Nagash. Only time will tell if this allegiance will be succeful, or dammning to the courts existence.

Crypt Haunter, attendant at courtThe butcher of the court, this Haunter is the kings closest friend as allies, fighting in the name of the Liverbone court. His skills are far superior to his Crypt Courtiers, who dally about whilst he does the reaping in battle.

I tried to make this model look similar to his warrior kin, whilst also making sure to make him look more old and wise. The old bones growing out of him are a testement to his age and wisdom to the court, which are cut down for trinkets to his favoured warriors of the Frostbone Knights.

The model isn’t completed yet, although he looks exceptionaly good so far in the painting process.

Prince Alister (Sycophant)Just as mad as his farther, Alister takes great pride in yapping about his excellence and grandure for his royal linage. Some of his men are aspired by his deeds and honour, whilst others just want to shove troll waste down his greasy mouth for peace of mind.

The Crypt CourtiersThese two are the kings frontline leaders, ordering the minions to advance, patrol and spy on the enemy territory for new land to take. One is the courts youngest partrol leader in the courts history, whilst the other is an outcast ghoul from a fallen court who’s joined the court for his experience as a leader.

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Hope you guys have enjoyed this post. They’ll be more updates on this collection in the near future, so keep an eye out in a couple of weeks for the next update.

If you have any questions, post a comment below, and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

Have a great week, and hope the winter snow doesn’t ruin your day this weekend.

-Bjorndovah

Small projects part |||

Small projects part |||

Just quick post on my current small projects that I’m currently working on. Including process work on photography  and digital art for my course work on protest art. 

The work is based on the theme of corporate slavery for my protest art in photography mixed with digital art. I wanted to create a piece that shows a side of corporate slavery that’s not known to a lot of people. It’s deeply rooted in the educational system, which I believe corporates take advantage of, therefore it has to change in my personal opinion (however, I respect others opionions if they don’t agree with it).

Enjoy! 🙂


If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thank you!

The fate of Slannesh? [part 1] 

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on the uncertainty future of the youngest chaos god in both Warhammer AOS and Warhammer 40k, Slannesh. For the past few years the youngest Chaos God has been on everyone’s mind at late, with AOS having Slannesh being captured and improsoned with he/she fate undecided. Whilst I could talk about the 40k aspect of slannesh, however since he/she is still active in the setting, I’ll mainly just focus on the AOS version.

Why the uncertainty?

Good question, why the uncertainty to one of the four Chaos pantheons who has a deep rooted lore to both the WHFB and AOS? It comes down to a lot of suggestive theory’s and speculations from the gaming community, ranging from sale statistics to the model designs suggestive appearance. Some say it’s because Slannesh related products aren’t selling well as the other three pantheons, which I personally feel may not be true unless there’s some solid proof on the statistics.

However, many say it’s because of Slannesh being related to excess, pleasure and lust that’s being frowned upon by many who see the God as inappropriate for young gamers who are joining the hobby. Design wise, the models evoke the gods influence in form and shape which is also questioned. This has been a controversial situation for years with both sides arguing wether Slannesh should stay as intended, altered to suite younger players or be killed off and replaced.

Why would the gods fate be questioned?

The theory’s/ speculations were made due to the current lore setting for Slannesh in AOS, for he/she became too fat from goring off the vast quantitys souls. This lead to an opportunity for he/she capture, currently imprisoned in a cage by Tyrion years after the End Times. Also something to note on is Archaon’s model only has the three pantheon daemon heads (minus Slannesh), but bears the gods mark on his shield. 

My thoughts on Slannesh’s and He/She’s fate?

To me, Slannesh was the first Chaos God that I’ve liked, since getting my first Chaos codex in 5th edition when I was 13. To be honest I never really saw Slannesh as the God of lust until I was 19, as I’ve imagined that the God was related to arts, luxury and obsessive addiction to music and colour  contrast/intensity. However, I’ve felt embarrassed by this because many would point out the God as being girly and being purple and pink (purple and pink by the way are awesome colours!). Which made me choose Nurgle for a few years.

Only recently have I now decided to go back and see Slannesh more in depth in the HH books. Reading the books have helped me to appreciate Slannesh as a deity not to be fooled with, as prejudice doesn’t define how this god is in any way ‘girly’ at all. In fact recently I’ve seen both male and female hobbyists on blogs and old white dwarf magazines that proudly display their dedicated collection to Slannesh.

As for my views on the fate of Slannesh? I think theirs a chance that the God will continue in the AOS narrative as a an important deity in the mythos. Considering it’s been over a year since AOS first started, and two sad demises of factions being taken off retail, since Slannesh products haven’t been scraped yet shows that GW have something planned up their sleeves for the future. 

In terms of how Slannesh will be continued in the mythos is not simple, as I’ve mentioned earlier there’s the issue of the designs that need addressing. It’s a case of wether the models will retain their forms as always, be altered to be more appealing to younger players or maybe an entire redesign altogether.

Personally, I’m fine with any of the above, as long as it stays true to the source material in a way that fits the lore for Slannesh. But I hope for a continuation either way, and not a scraped faction like Bretonia and the Tomb Kings.

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I hope you guys have enjoyed reading this, and I hope it might put some joy to those (Slannesh followers mostly) who are feeling worried about the factions future.

I would like to hear your feedback on the post topic, wether it’s your opinion on the matter or even sharing your collection of Slannesh themed army, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. ☺

Part 2 will be focusing on collectors thoughts and feeling on Slannesh’s fate, and why they’ve chosen to collect Slannesh themed army.

Thanks for reading this post!

-Bjorndovah
[note: this post is a topic post based on my opinion of Slannesh, all differing opinions on the topic are acceptable unless it’s hate based which is unacceptable. Slannesh, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Bretonia, Tomb Kings, Horus Hersey and Warhammer Age of Sigmar are owned by Games workshop and respective creators within the company. This post is discussion based post only.]