AoS faction collection: Axes of Skarbrand, Blood warriors

AoS faction collection: Axes of Skarbrand, Blood warriors

In the realm of Aqshy, in the lands of a fallen dynasty, a bastion on the outskirts of the dynasty stands as a corrupted vigilante mockery of it’s past purity. At the top of the Gorespite bastion, a heavily armoured warrior in black trim and red plating is watching the landscape ahead of him as the thunder clouds roll in. It’s an unusual sight to see a thunderstorm like this before, not a natural one either. Clenching his axe tightly, the Aspiring Deathbringer called Mel’virk the Carnage, senses a battle is brewing.

He, along with his warband, prepare to defend the bastion not out of compassion or noble means, but rather protect their dominance over this station. Mel’virk needs to prove his place as the strongest and toughest of the warband, or else he will never be worthy in the eyes of Malthran, or worse, the Blood God. 

Mel’virk’s Blood Warriors

This unit took me ages to paint, I’ve found the highlights for the black trim to be difficult to paint, which is odd considering that I can do Space marines in black power armour. I think it’s due to the model design detail making it difficult for me to paint (better than red and brass though!)

Aside from that, the unit looks great! The red and black are pretty much near accurate to the colour scheme of the Axes of Skarbrand. I might need to improve on the banner hilt though, as it looks slightly off angle from kit bashing. The transfer image on the banner was from the Crimson Slaughter transfer in the Chaos Space marines transfer sheet.

Next time, whilst I had no luck playing this unit in AoS matches, the Skullreapers are by no means a laughing matter. Zealous to the point of searching eight worthy skulls everyday to survive, they are Khorne’s most savage and deadliest warriors in the bloody realm of wrath and glory.

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

-Bjorn

Photography work- Alfred, Lord Tennyson statue 

Photography work- Alfred, Lord Tennyson statue 

As part of my development work for painting using oil and acrylic on canvas, I’ll be using photographs I took today to help me improve on my accuracy for painting secondary source. I’ve chosen to paint the Lord Tennyson statue because of its historical place in Lincoln, as the statue represents the famous poet and his dog. I like how the statue has depth with expression on Lord Tennyson’s face, as he holds leafs in his hand from the Autumn fall.

The chosen photos from the collection below will be used for grid drawing on canvas (a simpler way of accurate drawing), which will then be painted using Oil or Acrylic paint.


I’ll be posting an update soon on my progress with the canvas paintings, with photos of the progress.

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

-Bjorn

Grey-mane dynasty lore series: Silver Throne

Grey-mane dynasty lore series: Silver Throne

Once a place of serenity on the highest mountain point in the dynasty, seeing the clear night skies of the gleaming constellations. Burning bright in the cold night sky, the stars are themselves alive like sparks. 

This mountain is known to many historians and philosophers as Silver Throne. A mountain that shines silver in the day light, due to its smooth and reflective surface of encrusted cold glass. 

Records of Silver Thrones past are obscure to the point of shrouded in mystery, some say the Celestial Order knows more than they let on. Whatever their dark secret is, it might be connected to the entity, or even clues as to who the entity’s identity could be.

Silver Throne was also a monumental point in history, a place where the first generation of Grey-manes were first gathered after being created on Valixxinum, who were then contacted directly to the ‘entity’, their creator. Each were donned as Elders with artefacts of power, to be leaders of their people to lead an age of prosperity and unity.

However, the Age of Chaos had torn the dynasty apart, surviving refugees took shelter on the mountainside of Silver Throne. The entity itself left its creations and their people behind, either out of regret or pure malicious satisfaction of entertainment.

Now the skies above Silver Throne are ghastly with green glowing orbs staring down, like a thousand of judgemental eyes open wide. They burn with corruption and wickedness, gazing below at the devastation brought by the Age of Chaos. 

Below the sickly constellation, inhabitants around the mountainsides live in towers of stone and pyroiron. Residing in these constructions are the Morvankie, reminants of the Celestial council lead by the last Celestial Grey-mane, Talvar.

It is Talvar who defended this sacred mountain from the incoming legions of the maniacal Chaos gods. Using all of his magical ability’s to eternally barricade anyone from reaching the inhabitants of Silver Throne. His acts of self sacrifice had earned him the trust of the refugees, believing him to be the last great noble soul of the entity’s creations.


However, at a costly price, Talvars health had gradually degraded towards death, having to harness his inner magical talents and his inherited winds of magic of the Celestial winds of Azyr to summon the Celestial barricade. In doing so, his genetical faults, an error varied in all Grey-manes, accelerated his degrading health.

Talvar died on his deathbed, and later preserved down into the crypt of the sky priests as a ceremonial icon for future generations. Since then, the outside world has not heard from the Morvankie, for they have cut their ties to the affairs of the outside world. Instead they are focused on finding a cure for the sickly constellation above them, for it’s existence is a mockery of the old pure lights of the stars, and a bad omen for things to come…….

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

-Bjorn

On the hobby table: Objective markers

On the hobby table: Objective markers

Hello, and welcome back to ‘On the hobby able’. Today, I’ll be showing you three markers I’ve made for my AoS Skirmish campaigns, ranging from a priceless treasure chest, to a decaying Crypt Horror that’s been buried (or clawing out) in the damp soil.

These markers can also be used for different battle plans that require objective markers, or objects to defend. So when it came to creating my own markers, I didn’t need to wait long to find some bitz that would look great as markers.

Below are three markers I’m currently working on, I hope you’ll find these markers to be inspiring and odd!

A severed hand from a Verminlord Warpseer, still clenching his glowing artefact of corruption. This marker would be a good choice for Chaos alliance players, especially Skaven players seeking to reclaim or retrieve a rival clan artefact.

The remains of a Crypt Horror can be both a well earned reward, and a bad omen. For their bones can be used by the Flesh-Eater Courts to create bone weapons and magical trinkets  for both champions and their delusional leaders. This objective is easily built using spare parts from the Crypt Horror kit, as well as using a spare square base (which is great for objective markers, as I have too many square bases that I don’t use anymore).

Last but not least, the goal of all plundering raiders and treasure seekers, the good old treasure chest! This chest was taken from Games Workshops Lord of the Rings starter set (no longer produced), which came with other small objective markers for the game (whatch this Space for more objective markers from the set soon!). It was a simple step of glueing the chest onto a circle base, which looks pretty cool after painting the marker.

That’s all for now, I’ll be back with more objective markers soon, as well as some new markers for buffs and effects to represent warscroll effects. Until then, I hope you have enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you guys next time!

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

-Bjorn 

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Retributors 

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Retributors 

Having charged into the thick of battle, the Lords of the Pisces have started their bloody crusade to take back their inherited lands. Their enemies, taken aback by these demigod warriors of midnight dark blue, flee as they’re crushed by the boots of sigmarite.However, as the weaklings flee and die in their wretched forms, the real battle begins when the Blood Warriors enter the fray. Charging into battle like charging rhinos, they fear not the blade nor hammer, for fear is hazy under the influence of rage and wrath.

The tides have turned, now that the forces of Order are being pushed back by the skilfully trained warriors of the Blood God. That is, until they face Sigmars elite warriors, the Pallador Retributors!

Retributor PrimeRetributor with Starsoul maceRetributorsFull Palladin Retributor unit

I’ve decided to keep this post short, as there’s not much to say on the painting process. However, I’ve enjoyed painting this unit from my Stormcast Eternals collection. I like the contrast of the red plumes clashing with the midnight blue armour, it gives the unit a rich appearance in my opinion.

Next time, I’m taking a break from the Stormcast Eternals, and returning back to my Khorne Bloodbound collection, showing off my newly painted units I’ve done for my Axes of Skarbrand army. Starting off with Blood Warriors!

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

-Bjorn

The Grey-mane Dynasty Lore series guide post

The Grey-mane Dynasty Lore series guide post


Welcome to The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series, a fan made collection of stories in the setting of Warhammer Age of Sigmar. The individual and multipart stories have links to the rise and fall of a once proud and united dynasty, and how it affects those who have survived in the aftermath. 
Each story tells a tale of locations, characters and events that tell of the events from the Age of Myth, to the fall during the Age of Chaos and hope anew in the Age of Sigmar. 

Below are links to the lore series in chronological order:

More stories and fan made lore will be coming soon, which will be added to the link list above. I plan to repost this post when I’ve done a new lore post, so new readers won’t be confused.

I hope to continue this series to the point where I have enough story narrative/ lore content to help me start an AoS campaign, or additional fan made material for AoS games. With your feedback and help, I can be confident and guided on the right path to achieve this goal. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, if you have questions, advice or anything that comes to mind, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thank you!

-Bjorn
[note: this is completely fan made lore series and is in no way affiliated with Games Workshop. All names, locations and other material related Games Workshop are owned by their respective creators].

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Liberators

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Liberators

Leading the front lines with shields of Sigmarite and Warhammers of wrath, the Liberators are both the defence and hammer of the Stormhost. For the Lords of the Pisces, the Liberators are deployed in masses to take the fury of Sigmar to their foes.

During the process of scouting by the prosecutors, once they have found a weak point in the enemies frontier bastion, they will return to report their findings. Once the Lord Celestant Bjorn and his command echelon have drawn their plans, they’ll start marching towards enemy territory. 

In the front and center of this march Is the Liberators, shields raised in flanks as they block incoming projectiles and incoming attacks by frantics and delusional madmen. Once in close range, the unit will then charge into the enemy with unquestionable faith as they hurl themselves into the slaughter of their foes.


Painting the Liberators was a slow pace to paint in a production line process. Because the unit had to be the same consistency of paint in order to have a great painted unit. Therefore, I took my time doing stages with all the models in the unit, to make sure they are all on the same page in the process.


However, trying to keep this process for three units of Liberators is going to be a daunting task. So my solution was to break up the task between to other projects to keep it fresh and enjoyable. For example:

1. I would paint my first unit of Liberators.

2. Then a unit of Prosecutors.

3. Followed by a unit of Liberators.

4. Painting a unit of Retributors.

5. Finally, painting the third and last unit of Liberators.
Next time, the Retributors are arriving at the thick of battle with major devastation. These Palladors are the masters of the hammer strike, as they crush even the most hardy of foes foolish enough to face them.
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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

[unofficial] Tomb Kings Battletome on Mengel Miniatures

A few days ago whilst I was looking through some hobby blog sites, I’ve found something that I had to spread the word on. A website called Mengel Miniatures has an article about an unofficial and fan made Tomb Kings battletome!

Tyler M and contributors have created a jaw dropping battletome, that many Tomb King players would be inspired to read and play. What’s even better is the fact that the battletome is on PDF, so it can be read anywhere on the go.

I have a friend who has a Tomb Kings army that he’s been using for a few AoS games now, creating an amazing backstory and colour scheme to represent his army. Sadly it’s a shame that the faction is no longer being supported in AoS, only carried on in the compendium download.

However, this stunning fan battletome has all of the existing warscrolls with new battalion warscrolls, alligence ability’s and so much more. If your a Tomb King collector, I would highly recommend you check out Mengel Miniatures website which I’ll link below:

http://www.mengelminiatures.com/2017/03/the-unofficial-tomb-kings-battletome.html?m=1

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Thank you for reading this post. If you can, check out Mengel Miniatures and spread the word about the site. Fan made projects like this deserve praise for the hard work and effort being put into the project.

Until next time guys, 

-Bjorn

On the hobby table: None-official Freeguild models

On the hobby table: None-official Freeguild models

[Re-edit update (14/10/17)] 

After looking more into the subject, I want to correct some errors I’ve made on this post. The post was intended to be based around using outside miniature company models as substitutes for AoS warscrolls. This was my own journey on making my own Freeguild army using 17th/18th century French army models. 

My original edit didn’t clearly mention that this was focusing on GW related areas for using other company miniatures. I would like to apologise for this error.

My use of the word ‘controversial’ for this post was for anyone who invest in GW products, since this post is technically presenting an alternative that might hurt GW stores and Clubs, which will upset people. Again, my terrible structure in litriture and lack of research was at fault, again I apologise for this error.

For awhile I’ve been pondering wether or not to scrap this post and make new one. However, I felt it would be mature to keep the post up with minor alterations with better explinations for any future readers.

Thank you for reading this update, if you have any questions or anything that I’ve missed out, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

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There are times when a budget can only fit so much for a hobby project, especially when you’ll need multiple kits of models that are expensive. So when it came to collecting a Freeguild army, I went and purchased other model brands.

Positive aspects for buying different miniature company models

Going for miniature company’s that supply different ranges of models is a fresh landscape for kit bashing and unique looking armies. My Freeguild army is based on 17th-18th century French soilders, which look unique for their scale and uniform design.

Not only that, but having sets of x40 and x80 models in one kit is an easier way of filling up a full unit for match play. It’s great for hobbyist new and old who are either struggling to start an army or need a unique aesthetic look to display their collection.

Negative aspects for choosing this option

For those of you who are unaware of using proxy models for AoS, there are limitations for using other  miniatures manufacturers for your army. Since the models aren’t officialy part of GW’s products, they will be banned from any official GW stores. Examples of areas that won’t accept these models include:

  • Official GW gaming tournaments 
  • Gaming clubs that are part of GW (although there are many independent gaming clubs that are fine with substitute models, as long as they fit with the rules you’ll be using)
  • GW painting competitions instore and events.

Unless your going to a gaming/ tournament group that house rule unofficial models, or to a friends house, your options are limited. Any investments you make are down to you, just keep in mind of what I’ve mentioned above before making any decisions.

Some model brand will lack multi-part options for customisation for kit bashing, many kits are even just a single mould altogether. The quality is also an issue, as the models might be made from cheaper materials that could break easily.

A brief history on the collection

A few years ago, I’ve found a hobby store (now sadly closed down this year) in an indoor market. The open shop had a variety of models ranging from cars, WWI/WWII kits, planes and so much more. What caught my eye though was the historical model range, which had 17/18th century period French milita models. 

Grabbing myself three kits (unfortunately, I forgot the model brand name and kit names, I apologise for the obscure information) consisting of a set of 70 cream white troops, 4 cannons and 40 blue troops. 

Progress on the kits

So far I’ve divided the kits into units based on warscrolls that best fit the units. The cream white models will be the Freeguild Guard, a total of a full x40 unit, and an extra unit of x20 (and a few more models that need counting). The blue plastic kit will be Freeguild Gunners, since I have just the right amount of models to fill a full unit of x30, or two units of x20.

I’m planning on reposing the cannons and rebasing the models, which will be my ally units from the Ironweld Arsenal. These will be useful to shoot at prime targets weaken any unwanted advancing units.

The proxy Freeguild models are a lot smaller compared to other kits, which actually looks more immersive for scale. Here’s a selection of comparisons that will give you guys a visual scale on how tall the proxy models are.

I like the scale difference, especially comparing models like the Primaris sergeant and Rotbringers Blightking. The proxy model has a fragile, squishy appearance compared to its bigger comparisons.

My goal now for this side project is to get enough round bases to cover all of the models. Once that’s sorted, I’ll then consider finding a kit of horses that fit with the scale and aesthetic of the army. Or optionally, other kits of the same scale that will be close fit to proxy for warscrolls.

Then, I’ll be adding a Freeguild General on a Griffin as my final addition to the army. Finally, I’ll create a name and backstory for this faction once I’ve got enough models to cover 1,000pt.
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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Art experiment 

Art experiment 

Today’s post is an experiment for my art work, showing my attempts on photography, drawing and digital art. 

The process was done by using the photograph as a visual guide for drawing, trying to create an accurate drawing as possible from visual reference. Whilst the grid method would be more reliable for accuracy, instead I used freehanded attempt at drawing to improve my skills and techniques.

Original photograph taken at the Lincolnshire Life Museum.Drawing using graphite pencils, based on the photograph above.

Next, I took a picture of the drawing, and loaded it onto Procreate app to use the digital art tools. Making layers of applications over the photograph of the drawing, using basic colours as the base layer of the picture. This was then gradually built up with lighter colours, until I felt satisfied with the layer outcome.

Once done, I then used the blend tool to create smooth transitions from light and dark areas, creating a seamless blends of colours. Finally, after cleaning up areas and adjusting any mistakes, the digital art was then saved in its final outcome to be filtered. 

Original none filtered outcome
Filtered final outcome

Final thoughts 

Having tried out this experiment with no expections on what the final outcome would look like, I was impressed with the new skills and techniques I’ve learnt from this task. I’ve found using one of my own photographs as a guideline for drawing has really helped me to draw near-realistic imagery. 

The digital art process has also been a fun tool for experimenting my digital art skills. learning how to make smoother blends of light and dark areas, and building layers colours for skin.

Areas that I will need to improve on is proportion to the face, as the length of the the nose is too long compared to the image (although I didn’t change it at the time because I  though it looked fine). Also, I’ll need to improve on drawing ears, because the design of the ears in the final outcome look out of place now that I’m judging this piece.

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

– Bjorn