12 days of winter [day 12]: Merry Christmas!

Today’s the big day, I hope everyone is having a good Christmas morning and are happy (sorry if your one of the unlucky ones who have to wear a Christmas jumper). I’m eager to watch Shin Godzilla that I got for Christmas (I’ve seen the original 1954 movie a week ago, an awesome film to watch) on dvd.

So for the final day, I wanted to say thank you to all of my followers, readers and fellow hobbyists who have supported me this year. It’s thanks to your support that I’ve been working harder to improve content on Bjorn the Stormborn.

I’m going to take a break from painting/ Collection hobby blogging for about a month, as my creative energy is low and I want to start getting plans ready for next year. Don’t worry though, I won’t be gone for too long, as I’ll still be around to reply to your comments and post some update posts on what’s going on.

The break should help me feel like painting and collecting isn’t a chore, I like to be optimistic and full of creativity about painting my next unit. So for a month, I’ll be watching all three series of the Mighty Boosh to get back into the funky wonderland of creative things (Eels!)

Anyways, back to the subject. Again, I would like to say a big thank you for your support and advice this year. I promise to work even harder next year with new posts and content.

The 12 days of winter has worked out positively, I didn’t expect it would get much views, but you guys have proved me wrong! I’ll certainly be making a new 12 days of winter next year.

With that said, I would like to finish this post by wishing you guys a merry Christmas, and a happy new year!


12 days of winter [day 11]: Dark Millennium Faction Collection special: The Iron Scarabs- Ultima Founding

12 days of winter [day 11]: Dark Millennium Faction Collection special: The Iron Scarabs- Ultima Founding

Today’s post is a in-depth focus on the Imperiums greatest warriors, the Space marines. With the amount of new information as well as new models of the Primaris Space marines released this year, I’ve decided to do a small patrol detachment entirely on the new generation of Space marines.

After many days of researching and choosing wether to creat an existing chapter or a new chapter, I’ve narrowed down what my chapter will be. So without further or do, I present my own Ultima founding chapter, the Iron Scarabs!

The Iron Scarabs

  • Chapter founding- Ultima founding, M42.
  • Primogenitor- Ferrus Manus
  • Successor to- Iron Hands
  • War cry- “strength of the soul, purge the weak”
  • Home world- Anubious


The Iron Scarabs are a chapter that, like their ancestor legion, follow the discipline of logic and precision of the machine. Keeping some traditions of the Iron Hands, including heavy use augmentations and sacrificing the weak for strategic advantage by cold logic.

However, the Iron Scarab are a stark contrast from the Iron Hands in terms of chapter structure, traditions and even psychology. Some of which have caused distrust between the Iron Hands and the Iron Scarabs relations.

Raised on a world called Anubious, a name that relates back to the forgotten history of Terra of an ancient god called Anubis. A name fitting for a death world of nothing but fierce red sandstorms, and uninhabitable land of suffering by it’s inhabitants of Gigantic Fire Lizards and Gore-Serpents.

The chapter has its own fortress, The Numerical-front, built from the remains of an orbital drop crater of an ancient Space Hulk. Like Medusa, the people of Anubious are resilient and uncaring for the weak, leaving them to die or for sacrifices by the Ritualist’s.

Chapter command structure

Chapter Master and Council of the Scarab– Leading the Iron Scarabs chapter is their first Chapter Master, Khophilos. His title known to his battle brothers in their culture as Iron Pharo, a title and rank given to Khophilos after being voted by the council of the Scarab.

The council is made up of all company captains, Librarians, Chaplins and Techpriests, who decide on the best logical course for their chosen crusade, as well as electing new captains to lead a leaderless company. Like the Iron Council, the council of the scarab are not led by a single leaders command, but rather share a shared power who vote and decide on what course of action must be taken. The Chapter Master however, has a role as leader of the chapter to lead the chapter on crusades, but must adhere to the councils decisions.

Ritualist’s (Librarians)– The chapter is structured to employ Librarians called Ritualist’s, due to the chapters traditions of having Ritualist serve as guide to the Captain, sacrificing people in order to have visions from the afterlife of the battle to come.

They combine their psykic powers with augmented technology to enhance their powers. This can both be a useful asset, but also a major repercussion to the psykers allies if it backfires.

Priest Lords (Captains)– Captains are named as Priest Lords, who lead their respective company’s to war. They bear the weight of responsibility not only for the company’s success for war, it’s survival to carry on to reclaim worlds in the name of the Omnissiah, but as well as keeping order from the chapters ‘flaws’.

Priests (Lieutenants)– Lieutenants are similarly named as Priests, befitting both sub leaders who will command a shared amount of battle brother to war. The priests are also vital to keep the Priest Lord on a straight path of logic and efficiency, or else succumb to failure which will not be tolerated.

Watchers (Chaplains)– The Chaplains of the company are ominously named as the Watchers, wardens of the chapter who make sure not a single sign of Heresy nor doubt cloud the minds of his battle brothers. For Primaris, they have been proven to be untouched by Chaos and failure in mind. But such ignorance will not stop the Watchers from ensuring that their chapter never falls from the grace of the Emperor.

Scarab priests (Techmarines)– The Techmarines are gifted with the title of Iron Lords, a title that is given to these marines due to their cultural heritage linage. For they were skilled blacksmiths when they were once mortals on the red sands of Anubious. Like Librarians, the Iron Lords are more common in a each company, as little as three Techmarines in each company.


The Chapter heraldry represents the Iron Scarab, which has ties to the chapters cultural belief in strength and wisdom.

Many marines will engrave marking of scriptures on their armour in their native language. Most commonly, some engravings translate to ‘ Soul of Iron’.

Most of the Iron Scarabs traditions link back to the roots of the Iron Hands, with heavy augmentations to the body to become more machine than man. They also use the great warrior names of Medusa legend for each company, although these are represented on company banners by ancients, rather than company titles.

Hailing from the world of Anubis, the Iron Scarabs believe in the foresight and signs of the afterlife, guided by their ancestors. This is a contradiction to the chapter, for logic dictates that the afterlife doesn’t exist, and such voices are the stuff of the warp.

However, it can’t be denied that the voices don’t lie……..


having followed a more logical and efficient mind set rather than following ‘morality’ and ‘heart’. However, the chapter has a tendency to sometimes let their emotions boil to aggression, very similar to the faults of Clan Raukaan. This has caused some strains between both chapters, as the Iron Hands believe that their predecessor chapter will succumb to the same fate as their late Primarch, Ferrus Manus.

The Iron Scarabs argue that Ferrus was a fool, as unlike them, he couldn’t fully temper and train his aggression which led to his demise. As clearly shown, the Iron Scarabs have insulted the Iron Hands, which has torn relations to a distrustful state. Only Clan Raukaan has made some connections of truce with the Ultima founding chapter, for both have a similar stance on aggression.


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Merry Christmas!


12 days of winter [day 10]: AoS Faction Collection- a year of painting

Stormcast Eternals- Lords of the Pisces

Khorne Bloodbound- Axes of Skarbrand

Flesh-Eaters Court- Liverbone Court


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12 days of winter [day 9]: how many White Dwarf magazines?

Hi guys! I’m back with a new post today (and struggling to find something worth posting to fill the deadline), with a stack of White Dwarf magazines!

So this pile contains all of the magazines I’ve collected going far back as 2009, with my first issue of White Dwarf featuring the 7th ed Lizardmen being released. However, this year I’ve found issues at a car boot sale (and damn I wish I had more money to buy the rest of the classic issues 😦 ) going way back to 2000.

In total……pffff I have no idea how many White Dwarfs I own (I took this picture ages ago). So as a fun game, count how many issues are in the pile?

An added bonus, here’s all of my gathered research material for the Dark Elves of Warhammer fantasy.

Sorry if this post wasn’t too interesting, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m tight on deadlines so it’s been difficult trying to find something to post about for the 12 days of winter countdown. But I hope you have enjoyed this, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a new post!


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12 days of winter [day 8]: New Retro Gorkamorka (or is it Morkagorka?)

made using Procreate app

The Destruction God of AoS has been rebuilt by the planet Eating Chaos bringer, Unicron. Now, Gorkamorka (or Morkagorka) is reborn as a tetchy upgraded monster with more dakka lasers and ultimate strength compared to the punny Ironjaws Warboss.

(I very much doubt this will happen, but you never know……..😏)

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12 days of winter [day 7]: Dark Millennium Faction Collection- Daemon Prince of Nurgle

12 days of winter [day 7]: Dark Millennium Faction Collection- Daemon Prince of Nurgle

[A quick message to you guys readingthis] It’s strange now that I’m posting loads of Chaos Space marine models on the blog for months now, I would never have imagined that I would be able to paint as many as I am now. To be honest, many of the models you have seen so far have only been painted this, when I’ve actually had them for nearly eight years now!

It’s thanks to your support with likes and comments that’s really gotten me motivated to get this army painted. As of typing this post, my collection is just about inline with a demi-company (half a battle company size) with extra support and elite reserves.

I wouldn’t have been able to do it without your support. So from me to you, to papa Nurgles little Nurglings, thank you!


Now back to the post subject! Today, I have a model that’s not plastic, nor resin metal, but instead the dreaded Finecast!!!!!!

However, this is only one of the two Finecast models that haven’t been too messy for me, in fact, this Daemon Prince model came out pretty good ( but still, Finecast is still S#!£)

I love this model so much! The painting scheme works really well with the cracked armour, skin and glowing decay. I will admit that Finecast did have its pros when it comes to sharp crispier details from mould.

I plan to have this model be an equivalent to a Chapter Master of the Harbinger Legion, as I find it would suit the model being a wise, diseased, old and generous prince of Pestilence.


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12 days of winter [day 6]: The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series- the art of the Grey-mane, year 1

12 days of winter [day 6]: The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series- the art of the Grey-mane, year 1

This year was the start of a long series of my homebrew lore series on the Grey-mane dynasty for AoS. The lore was planned to tie all of my AoS factions from an origin root that would spread out and build many perspectives from different factions.

However, the story couldn’t be fully realised without the help of visual imagery art. So this year was an effort for me to not only build my lore series, but also to provide visual art of my stories.

Today, I would like to show you guys a whole years worth of art from ‘The Grey-mane Lore Series’, ranging from portrait art of the Grey-manes themselves to the landmarks that define the dynasty’s history and heritage. Enjoy!

Arashar The Master Alchemist, Grey-mane of Metal.

Future sight of the second fall

Realm map of the Grey-mane dynasty land in Aqshy.

The Corrupted constellation above mount Silver Throne.

Map of the Grey-mane city.

Roar of the Lighting God.

The Stagrot Gladiators heraldry.

A dynasty falls, the Dark Gods rejoice.

The birth of the land

Matron of the Shadows

Oaken the Ancient Ghuldryad, Grey-mane of the Beast.

Croscarvro, Whight king of the Frost Crosil Crypt, Grey-mane of Death.

Lord Celestant of the Grey-mane truce.

Towers is the Celestial Order.

Palace of the dynasty.

The Fire Horse Freeguild.


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12 days of winter [day 5]: Dark Millennium Faction Collection: Harbinger Legion- Dark Apostle

12 days of winter [day 5]: Dark Millennium Faction Collection: Harbinger Legion- Dark Apostle

We are now officially just near the halfway point in the calendar count down, and what better way to celebrate the season of joy, and happiness than to have a zealot priest cast you down to oblivion with his religious proclamations of the Dark Gods! That’s right. Doom and gloom descends down to this post to spread the grim darkness of the 41st millennium!

Since I’m on a tight schedule getting as many posts done as I can for the calendar count down, I won’t be able to add any lore background for this model today. But not to worry, as I have, instead, photos of my latest model painted to show you guys.

This model was part of the Dark Vengeance starter set for 6th/7th edition for the Chaos Space marines faction. Originally a Champion for the unit of Chosen, I’ve decided to make him my Dark Apostle as he looked more fitting with the gear he’s equipped with.

I’ve used the same colour scheme as usual, however, I’ve painted his shoulder pads and helmet strip red to represent his office as a Dark Apostle, being taught by the Word Bearers to preach the galaxy about the undivided Dark Gods (well, this one decided Nurgle was badass to be shared with the other three gods).


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12 days of winter [day 4]: AoS Faction Collection- Long Strike Raptors

Alas, the Stormcast Eternals collection is coming to a close. After many irregular weeks of painted models representing my Stormhost, this post marks the near finale to my collection. It’s been an exciting journey for me, only having brought the AoS starter set way back in February this year. To see all of the models painted and ready for gaming Is an achievement that I’m proud of whenever I’ve painted an army entirely.

Dose this mark the end of the collection as a whole? Not exactly, I want to give some time to finally play this faction on the table (yeah, I haven’t even played them yet!). I want to build more narrative to the Lords of the Pisces for games of AoS and make current stories to progress the fractions current standing.

I plan to include more models to the army once I’ve had enough games to see where I can improve my growing Warrior Chamber.

Anyways, I present my latest addition to the collection, the Long Strike Raptors. Enjoy!


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12 days of winter [day 3]: Who is Hadrios?

12 days of winter [day 3]: Who is Hadrios?

welcome back to 12 days of winter, a daily calendar countdown towards Christmas. Each day, I’ll be posting different subjects, ranging from my own artwork, to model collection.

Today, I want to base this post on a character called Hadrios, from ‘Slaughter at Giants Coffin’ by L J Goulding. The character in question is quite mysterious, having only appear from time to time with subtle clues about him.

I hope you’ll enjoy this detective theory post on Hadrios, and who he is. Enjoy!

Warning!: this post will contain major spoilers for the Novella Space Marine Battles: Scythes of the Emperor!

What we know about Hadrios?

In the Space Marine battles novella ‘Slaughter at Giants Coffin’, there’s a character who, in my opinion, is probably one of the books most fascinating and questioning character in the story (although his side plot is a bit sketchy, but I’ll explain why in an upcoming post). Hadrios’s motives are vague, as he never fully reveals who he is and how he came to have the knowledge he has on the real fate of Sothas fall.

Below I’ve gathered some facts on Hadrios in the book, which might be worth using as evidence for theory crafting.

  1. During the beginning of the story, we see Hadrios covered in blood laughing, shaken by what he saw onboard one of the Frigates of the Scythes of the Emperor. He was the only survivor onboard. He says, as I quote the book ‘ I had to be sure’. The book then says that he had to move quickly as ‘they’ are coming for him.
  2. We later see Hadrios on Miral Prime, coming to the Veterans in the bastion, with news for Chapter Master Thorcyra. Having been denied to see the Chapter Master with news about ‘Sothas fall’ (as he was told to inform his superiors, although he had none to report to) he left. However, not before he saw a Apothecarion who he noted as being one. The Apothacarion noted on Hadrio’s name, company and squad on his notes.
  3. A massive bomb shell drops when Hadrios speaks to Captain Thracian about the fall of Sotha, and how it might not have been entirely unavoidable….. What’s more intriguing however, is his evidence to support his allegation, although we never see or know what this might be. But from what we do know in the aftermath, Thoracian was completely dismayed by what he saw.
  4. In the last few pages, Hadrios assassinates a certain members of his legion who knew him too much, having known that the marine had been gathering information on him. It’s also mentioned that he was with the chapters psyker long periods (the Psyker himself had been at one point been maddened after using his gifts to warp travel away from Kraken, after trying to help the survivors of the Scythes warp jump away with severe problems) who might, as Hadrios notes as ‘being compromised’ which he killed the marine, along with others and their cargo of geneseed . We later see Hadrios and Thoracian, Hadrios now being ranked as Lieutenant, he now has authority to rout out members of the legion suspected of working against the Chapter in secret.


First theory- He’s the traitor

Whilst he may be a major part of the revaluation of Sothas true downfall, he isn’t exactly noble or entirely trustful. He seems too clean and his actions are more complex than simply working for the greater good.

The Apothecary marine who knew too much about Hadrios was innocent, having not been revealed as a traitor nor infected by chaos and so on . He was killed on the fact that he had gathered much information on Hadrios, and soon those around that marine will be killed for assurance.

Could Hadrios be part of the Kraken, mind controlled to do as they commanded, or is he actually a double agent, working against his own chapter to rise to the top for his own agenda? Since Thoracian is a young captain, he could easily be manipulated by Hadrios to betray the chapter and risk having innocent people be killed for Hadrios’s agenda.

Why else would he be the only survivor of his Frigate, and be unscathed? And finally, who was following him? Was it the Kraken fleet coming to Mirial Prime, or was he becoming a mad man by Krakens influences?

I believe for this theory could hold some truths, we don’t entirely know what Hadrios agenda is since he’s trying to cover up his past from the chapter. Could he have caused the downfall of Sotha?

Second theory- He was truthful

What redeems Hadrios despite his actions in the novella is that he might be entirely right about Sothas betrayal. Even Thoracian believed in what Hadrios had shown as evidence to the captain, something we don’t see in novella.

Whilst his actions on the murdered Apothecary marine is tragic, it might actually have been the right course of action due to a few reasons. The Psyker was affected by the Shadow in the warp by Hive Fleet Kraken, making him hear millions of alien voices in his head. He even started to act out of character and babble on about the incoming fleet. The Psyker may have infected his allies, including the Apothecary, which could, as Hadrios pointed out as being ‘compromised’ by the Tyranids. Or compromised as in his knowledge on the betrayal of Sotha could leak out from the Psyker, which could alert the traitors that they have been routed out?

Another point is the fact that he was the last survivor on the Frigate that was rolling in the void. His reaction is a stark contrast to his controlled manner throughout the book. The fact that he knew ‘they’ were coming suggests that he knew the Hive Fleet was coming after the Scythes of the Emperor sooner or later. Why was he the only survivor? Did the spores of the Kraken kill off the crew…….or did the crew get compromised by the Shadow in the warp? Did Hadrios survive because he killed his own brothers to survive?

There are many questions left unanswered to use, and likely we won’t know about Hadrios until the next book in the series comes out. Hopefully, we’ll get some answers soon now that the universe of 40k is moving on, we may get some progression on the Scythes of the Emperor, and how the Primaris will be involved into future stories.

If you guys need sources from where I’ve gathered my evidence and information, I have a list below on what used to back up my theories:

  • Space Marine Battles: Scythes of the Emperor, by L J Goulding, published by Black Library publications.
  • Warhammer 40k 8th Edition rule book, on the Tyranids section.

If you see anything on this post that you disagree with, or any new information on Hadrios, please let me know in the comments section (I will need citations for any new information on Hadrios to prove it’s valid).


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Note: Scythes of the Emperor is a novella written by L J Goulding, and property of Black Library publication under Games Workshop. I’m not affiliated with said owners, and I do not own names, location, characters and fiction mentioned in this post. This post is only theory based post for fun and speculation.