Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 1

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 1

With the news of 8th edition coming soon to Warhammer 40k and the constant screaming of warp daemons inside my mind, I’ve decided to re-boot my whole unused Spacemarine collection into a fine Black Templars force. 

Ah yes, I remeber how terrible I was at painting white for my White Scars successor chapter, the Sons of Shiban. 

Since I’ve got a fair few models as a starting point for my collection, I didn’t need to commit too much to buying kits to fill in the gaps. However, paint removal is one thing I’m very concerned about (models shown in the picture above) because they have a lot of paint layers. But I digress, that worry will have to wait, as I now needed to get some fresh models to prime and paint. 

The reason why I’ve picked Black Templars as my chosen faction is because of their lore as being devoted crusaders for the Emporer, which shows in their zealous brutal close combat tactics, as well as not being part of the whole codex Astartes rubbish. The whole concept of having crusaders in space is a nice change from the other astarte chapters, although I still have respect for the White Scars chapter.

After days of planning, lore research and buying acrylic paints, I’ve finally got preparations ready for starting my black Templars collection. I’ve brought a Dark Angels transportation kit with one rhino with a unit of tactical marines and one kit of MKIII marines.

Here’s what I’ve done so far;

  • Completed the Rhino kit and painted it.
  • Completed painting the captain.
  • Built 8 MKIII Sword Brethren.
  • Built 10 tactical squad.


Overal, I’m really impressed with how the grey edge highlights looked on the black basecoat, usually I’m terrible at edge highlighting. This has given me a confidence boost to use edge hilighting on my marine models, fingers crossed that it’ll go smoothly! 

One of the lower points in my painting presentation is the white application, as it looks slightly chalky on the surface. I’ve tried several techniques including layering from dark to light, but sadly it didn’t look great either. Therefore, my top priority is to find out a way of getting an even white coating on the shoulder pads. 

But looking at the bright side, at least I’ve got something out of painting these two models, and they both look smashing!

Next time, I’ll be presenting my MKIII Sword Brethren unit, which I’ll be sharing some painting tips on how to paint your own Black Templars. 

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Thanks for reading this post, I hope you found it inspiring and interesting to read. If you have any questions. Post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

Hope you all have a great day,

-Bjorndovah

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Are Bloodreavers useful?

Are Bloodreavers useful?

This question has been on my mind for quite some time now, ever since I’ve used them in my 1,000pt Khorne Bloodbound army list. The end result was less than desired as the whole unit was wiped out in turn 2-3. So today I wanted to share my thoughts on this question, and what uses the unit can have in a Khorne allied army list.

Before the Blades of Khorne was released, the unit had no armour save, making them easy kill in battle by the dozen. But now that their rules have been updated, they have a 6+ armour save which is helpful in saving a few warriors, as well as the opportunity to use Mystic shield to help buff a +1 save during save rolls (although this won’t be an option If your going for an allied fluff friendly Khorne army). 
But what use is a 6+ unit of Blood Reavers? Well the unit isn’t meant to be a reliant weapon, but rather the front line to deal damage to the enemy, basically their role is to charge into combat and grind the enemy’s wounds. Then once the Blood Reavers are all decimated by enemy units, your hard hitting units like the Blood Warriors and Skullreapers can move forward into combat to finish the job. 

However, the attack characteristic for the unit is quite poor in comparison to Crypt Ghouls, who have 2 attacks each. My advice for improving the units combat effectiveness is to add a Bloodsecrator and an Aspiring Deathbringer with a Bloodaxe, to be in close proximity for their effects to work. The Bloodsecrator can provide a +1 attack totem benefit from the Blood Reavers rule effect, as well as another +1 attack and ignoring battleshock test during the turn you activate the Bloodsecrators totem ability. The Aspiring Deathbringer can improve this total by using his command ability as your general to give Khorne units near him +1 attack. Combing all of these effects total to around 4 attacks for each Bloodreaver! Now if you times that by the unit number (say 20) you’ll have a whopping total of 80 attacks! Whilst not all of the models will be in base contact to pile in their attack (unless you formation them in a way that can have a few more models in base contact), they can still deal a decent amount of damage to the enemy unit.

Battalion warscrolls offer extra benefits to units which can enhance the effectiveness of your unit, for example, a Bloodreaver based warscroll like ‘Dark Feast’ which can buff your units attacks as well as taking no battle shock tests after combat. 
Creating army lists using Bloodreavers can be done in any combination with other Khorne units, but bear in mind that you have to consider what role they will play in the battle and what the oppenent have in their army. Below is an improvised test army list, based on my 1,000pt game.

1,000pt Khorne Bloodbound

1x Slaughterpriest

20x Bloodreavers

20x Bloodreavers 

20x Bloodreavers

1x Bloodsecrator 

1x Bloodstoker

5x Blood Warriors

5x Blood Warriors

1x Dark feast Warscroll 

(If you would like to test this list out, please let me know how it played out and what flaws the list has during the game. Thank you!)

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Thank you for reading my first post on the tactical aspect on AoS, I’m not a pro by any means, but I’ve learnt a lot during each game I play. I hope this post has helped inspire you to test out your own combinations and tactics for your games of AoS.

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

Have a great day today,

-Bjorndovah

Art project, influenced by artists work [WIP]

Art project, influenced by artists work [WIP]

Today I wanted to share a few photos of my current art project, which is based on the theme of ocean and horror. The sample designs are influenced by various artists including H.R. Giger, Francis Bacon and John Blanche.

Enjoy!

Alien arm (Tape moulding), inspired by H.R. Gigers works



Tech Priest (paper folding), inspired by John Blanches artwork


Figure (Paper folding + Tape moulding), inspired by Francis Bacons artworks


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

Hope you all have a great day,

-Bjorndovah

Blog changes and schedule update

Hi guys, it’s been a while since I’ve last posted anything since the Easter holidays, mainly due to the fact that I needed a break from blogging. But now I’m back from my break with some exciting news for you guys!

There will be some changes to my blog posts, my routine on schedule and presentation of the site. Below are a list of changes I’m introducing to the blog very soon.

  • My blogging schedule will now be on a Saturday and Sunday, which means that content I’m posting will now be on those two days each week. This will help me to keep on a structured timetable where I can post new content without it clashing with my study work.
  • Content that I’ll be posting will be in different series and subjects, including; AoS army collection, Journey to 8th ed collection, hombrew lore spotlight, Art projects and Silence of the Shroud Warband.
  • The blog site page will have some alterations to reflect on the new changes being introduced. 

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

I hope you all have a great day,

-Bjorndovah

Inquisitor warband, Silence of the Shroud (Ordo Hereticus) part 3

Inquisitor warband, Silence of the Shroud (Ordo Hereticus) part 3

To start this post off, I apologies for not posting this part yesterday as noted in my last post, I had to delay it due to a stressed muscle in my left arm. Thankfully it’s much better today, so I can continue painting my models! 

In part three, I have not one, but two models painted as part of my growing inquisition warband collection. You’ll probably have noticed these two in my first post, although they were WIP, so they weren’t officially completed at the time of the first post.

Sadly I couldn’t get the backstory done for Inquisitor Heralock on deadline, this is because I’m researching more about the inqusition and other related Terran organisations, to get a better understanding for building a lore friendly character. However, Salvador and Crunch will be explored today!

Anyways, it’s about time to present the next two characters, Inquisitor Heralock of the Ordo Hereticus and Slavdor and Crunch. Enjoy!

Inquisitor Heralock

Salvador and Crunch 

The inquisition warband of the Silence of the Shroud contains many strange and unusual members, that serve Heralock on her quest to eradicate affiliate members of corrupt priests and rouge pskers of the Dawn seekers. In contrast to the members of the warband, Salvador and Crunch are probably the stranger aspects of the group. 

Salvador is a Halfling who, unlike his kin, has an ambition in life to become a soilder for the imperium. But due to his biology and traits of his kin, he couldn’t fit in with the Cadian troopers who mocked him for his ambitious goals (although ironically, those Cadian soilders who mocked Salvador were moked and killed by 9ft Black Legion marines during the 13th Crusade, the Fall of Cadia). So it was that Salvador became a sniper for two years, serving as the eyes for the Cadian troopers on Cadia, until he was tragically wounded by an acid gas grenade. Supposedly, the solider in question thought Salvador was a small Chaos spawn that tried to ambush him. It was later revealed that the trooper was turned renegade who was delusional from staring at the Eye of Terror for too long.

With his face broken beyond repair and unable to serve the Cadian war effort, he was cryo frozen and given to a very curious Tech Priest by the name of Intarnix IV. The priest took Salvadors frozen body back to his Forge world to be repaired. After two weeks of intense surgery and cybernetic upgrades, Salvador returned to life with a new shiny head in a shape of a grinning skull. 

However, Salvador didn’t fully recover, in fact his memory’s were wiped clean from his surgery and upgrades. Wether it was down to his wound being a fatal blow to his memory function, or tampering by the priest was a mystery for him at the time.

For the next ten years, Salvador re-learned how to eat, walk, talk, remember fractions of his past and using his old sniper. In that time of rebuilding himself, Intarnix had been intergrated into the Inquisiton as an ambassador for the Adeptus Mechanicus. He was to join Inquisitor Heralock on her duty to hunt down an organisation called the Dawn Seekers, a heretical group who employ Psykers and Priest to corrupt worlds away from the imperial truth. The Tech Priest took Salvador with him to join the warband as his unofficial assistant, along with his servitor, Crunch. The servitors story is a vague and horrible tale of a begger priest (or doom seeker if I was totally honest) known as Hugos. He lived in the Hive city slums, where he bellowed events of doom and misery for humanity. Whilst Inquisitor Heralock was leading her group down the slums, Hugos caught sight of the Tech priest and insulted him with false gospel. This triggered Intarnix’s logic function for blasphemy of the ommnisiah being false. The doom seeker was dragged from his slum home by Intarnix IV to be ‘repurposed’ for the Tech priests ideal assistant. Now the doomseeker is nothing but a mindless rotting servitor with nothing but one arm to hold an electro whip and carrying military bags of supply’s. 

Salvador could only guess as to what role he will play for the warband, but now he can see himself as a solider serving not only for the inquisition, but for the master of mankind himself.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post, and looking forward to seeing more of the warband collection coming up soon. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

Hope you all have a great day,

-Bjorndovah

Inquisitors final hour

Inquisitors final hour

So far I’m really getting into building my inquisition warband, having already gotten everything I need for an eight model warband and successfuly painted one of the harder models (Intarnix IV). Surprisingly enough, the inquisitor is already completed from painting today, but I won’t be showing her off until tomorrow since I haven’t gotten her backstory written up yet (gotta be consistent with lore continuity).

However, I wouldn’t be posting this if I hadn’t had anything to show to you guys on the project, so I’ve done some test photography work on the inquisitor, with what appears to be a group of Null-Maidens. Defending a cryo crypt against a horde of Bloodletters, in a scenic-gothic noir style collection of photos.  Enjoy!


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

Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you all have a great day,

-Bjorndovah

Inquisitor warband, Silence of the Shroud (Ordo Hereticus) part 2

Inquisitor warband, Silence of the Shroud (Ordo Hereticus) part 2

Today I was able to finish painting my 3rd character for the warband, with a few alterations to make Tech priest Intarnix IV look unique. I’ve also been able to write up his backstory for the warband too, hope you guys enjoy the post!

Intarnix IV, Tech priest and ambassador for the Silence of the Shroud inquisition warband

 Joining the Silence of the shroud warband collection today is an ancient tech priest by the name of Intarnix IV. Not only is he a representative of the Adeptus Mechanicus on the forge world of Tritonicus XXVI, but is also part of the inquisitions tech expert for the warband. 

Records of his apotheosis to the grace of the Ominssiah is vague, considering all records on the forge world of X11-XX was purged by traitor forces of the Nightlords and Alpha Legion. Having witnessed the horrific events that doomed his home world, he lectures on about his vivid memory’s from time to time, detailing the horror as his whole family were being assassinated from the shadows. The emotional response was cold and plain, his humanity was all but erased by his transition to the Mechanicum, during the latter half of the Horus Heresy.
Since that day, Intarnix vowed to protect the ancient knowledge in his new position as tech priest, as part of the Omnissiahs great plans. His devotion to tech alterations and taking the flesh away for machine parts is clear to see, a living abomination of machinery blessed by the machine god. Intarnix did all he can to protect the inhabitants and artefacts under his bionic gaze.
This isn’t necessarily a path of righteousness for Intarnix, for even he himself is a sadistic and cruel being in the eyes of human citizens, although he believes that his causes are true to unification. One such act was when the Halfling, Salvador, had his face melted by acid gas grenades by renegade imperial guards during the hollow pits of Hive city, Vandalisicore. Intarnix kindly moulded a new iron skull face for Salvador, with augmetic upgrades and improved vision. Sadly, the tech priest overdid his work, erasing the Halflings memories and filling half of his grey matter with static vision. Salvador, in a sense has had his mind wiped, having to re-learn how to talk, walk and regain shards of memory’s for over ten years. The Halflings views on the priest with his recovering memory’s is a bitter note, always keeping his distance from the priests grasp to tinker his head even more.
Another act of malice was the fate of beggar priest Hugos, a heretic in the eyes of the tech priest for denial of the Omnissiahs existents. When Intarnix was visiting a hive city with the inquisition warband, ‘Silence of the Shroud’, he saw the priest shouting and bellowing lies to the masses about the none existents of the Machine god. Intarnix decided to drag Hugo away from the hive city’s slums to be ‘repurposed’, gone from existents, such irony. Today, Hugos is now known as Crunch, a rotting corpse of a servitor who Carries his electro whip, following his handler, Salvador.
His current occupation is sorting and maintaining the spirit engines on a expedition vessel named Maria’s spear, making sure the ship runs at an efficient state for warp travel across the outer rims of imperial territory. His robes are black in cog red trim to represent his affiliation with the Mechanicus and the Inqusition. This is a position that is highly regarded as an ambassador role of two organisations. When his services are needed for wytch hunting, he’ll crawl out in his station to help Inquisitor Heralock with her hunting warband. Providing technological means of stunning and crippling rouge Psykers and heretic spies.
Ive had a lot of fun painting this model for the warband, it’s not as difficult to paint as it looks if you do it in sub assembly of the top and bottom half separately. Although I really found the face to be difficult to paint, the eyes are always an issue for me paint. 

However, this was a smooth task that didn’t have much backfire from the end result for a 40k model (unlike the Chaos Spacemarines ‘cough’ ‘cough’). If I could improve the model, I would have probably tried to use more time to finish the face and red trim off, as they still needed a bit more layering and contrast. 

This colour scheme was inspired by Forge Worlds Horus Heresy paint style, where the colours aren’t as vibrant like GW models, but rather more grim and dirty looking. I was also inspired by the current edition of White Dwarf, specifically the Pylgrim article featuring Kari Hernesniemi’s warband, House of Marguardt. 

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has liked and commented on the first part post on the project, and encouragement about the warband that I’m currently working on. I’ve made sure to put all my creative efforts in getting this project done, as a lot of people have taken an interest at my work. So I hopefully I’ll be able to reveal the next character very soon. 

Thanks for reading!

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

Hope you all have a great day!,

-Bjorndovah