Recommend Bloggers month (April 2018)

My first post about bloggers that I had recommended went very well, I was happy to see that the post had a positive reception. I’m aiming to do this as once a month schedule, so I can take my time to find more talented bloggers.

Today I wanted to continue this by recommending more bloggers that I’ve read and followed.

Tales from the Aaronorium

First up is a blog site that’s not got only one blogger, but four talented hobbyist that form the Aaronirium. These four horsemen of Mortarion include: The-actual-colin, The-grim-docness, Ross and Aaron Dembski-Bowden.

Currently, the blog is doing an AoS series (like tale of four warlords) where each member of the Aaronorium build and grow their grand alliance to a fully painted Skirmish force. They’re also doing some 40k hobby posts (check Ross’s posts for his awesome 40k painting).

The reason why I’ve recommended this blog is because each of the hobbyists on the blog site have their own unique talents and skills for their growing collections. For example, The-grim-docness has a fantastic collection of Stormcast Eternals with one of the best kit bashed models I’ve seen for SE (you’ll have to check his posts as I won’t spoil the surprise here 😏). Another example is the Sylvaneth collection by Ross, who has put a great deal of effort to decorate his bases look natural and alive (like Ghyran, without any hint of Nurgle’s blessings).

The-actual-colin isn’t to be trifled with, for this Ork boss has a massive Ork army ready for stomping. The painting is really good, especially how Colin achieves a unique colour scheme to his green skins. When you read his opening paragraph with “this week I have been mostly been——“, you know someone’s been watching the Fast Show.

Finally there’s Aaron, if you’ve been reading Black Library books and read Warhammer Community blog, you’ll already know who he is. He’s the chapter master of the blogsite, and he’s actually really good at painting terrain.

I’d recommend looking into Tales of the Aaronorium If you want to learn more about the processes that go into building a new army. It’s also a great place to see AoS content, as currently there’s not much AoS content than 40k.

Link here to see each of the Aaronoughts posts from the beginning of their AoS series:

The Roost of Turkeydactyle

What do you get when nature decides to blend one of planet earths most terrifying airborne creatures, and one of Decembers favourite main course?

A Turkeydactyle!

I’ve been following Turkeydactyle for a few years now, and it’s still interesting to read his posts on his latest/ current projects. My favourite post would have to be his post series on his painting of St. Celestine, a really finely painted model indeed (you can see the process painting post here to the blog page).

Another post that like was the Spartember post series, where Turkeydactyle had a number of posts where he built his Spartan Land Raider. This is a good series that shows the amount of hard work that goes into preparing and building a resin kit. If your interested in reading more about Spartember, I have a link here to the blog page.

Turkeydactyle is a hard working hobbyist who has done lots of fantastic blog posts and model painting, I highly recommend looking at his blog site if you haven’t yet.

High times on the Eastern Fringe

Imagine if Tzeentch decided to weave a a thread of having a disciple in M2 to be the greatest pawn to the Great game, and would have completed his tasks for Tzeentch to win against his brother gods before the Horus Heresy ever happen. Only to be bested by a mortal by the name of ‘East’ who was also part of Tzeentch’s great game of conspiracies, through some complex planning and web weaving.

Well, the High times on the Eastern Fringe maybe just that very disciple, having an army of Thousand sons in his collection, with ‘East’ in his name. The plot thickens…..

I think East has a really good paint scheme for his TS marines, there’s a very magical and kinda eldritch look to his marines that makes them come to life. Whilst GW did a grand job with their TS painting, I felt that East really nailed the mystic element to the TS better.

I’ll list below some of my favourite TS blog post by East:

East does other posts on painting small projects, but his work on his TS collection is the spotlight on his talents. Again, I’d recommend seeing East’s blog if your a fan of the Changer of way, a great talent and enthusiasm for the hobby!

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I’m gonna end it here as I’m out of juice to carry on listing recommendations for now. But I’ve mentioned six (four on one blog site) to be fair though, so that’s a good excuse aye?

In all seriousness though, I’ve enjoyed typing and showing you guys these talented hobbyists hat I think deserve your attention. I’ve put a lot of effort into typing this one, so I hope it’s up to your standards of reading (if not, I’m a certified heretic that must be purged).

So I have until the end of May to type another recommendation post, so I’ll be seeing you guys this time next month for another recommended bloggers month.

-Bjorn (the certified heretic)

Preparing and Painting Jago ‘sevatar’ Sevatarion, 1st Captain of the Night Lords Legion (part 1 of 2)

Preparing and Painting Jago ‘sevatar’ Sevatarion, 1st Captain of the Night Lords Legion (part 1 of 2)

After five days (18th April) of getting this model cleaned, glued, primed and painted, I was finally able to finish it with arguably one of my best painted models to date. Originally I was planning on taking my time painting this model, but I got too invested in painting it with a lot of enthusiasm.

Recently, I’ve purchased my first Forge World kit from Warhammer World from the HH section. There were a few characters to choose from but unfortunately my budget was limited, so I had to choose between Alexis Pollux or Sevatar. I went for Sevatar as I’ve read more about him than Alexis in the fiction of HH, I liked his story in ‘The Prince of Crows’ (by Aaron Dembski Bowden).

The kit itself is a gorgeously detailed mini diorama featuring the convict himself, Sevatar and a fallen marine in a bloody mess (I’ll mention which legion I’ve painted for this poor fellow later on). Whilst plastic kits by GW are fantastic with details and textures by today’s standards, FW kits on the other hand really show their crispy details and exquisite sculpting.

Before I painted my first resin kit, I’d decided to watch video guides on how to prepare Forge World kits. My main two sources of guidance was the Forge World kit preparation leaflet included in the kit, and a YouTuber by the name of Leakycheese. A man of experience with a wealth of useful tips and guidance on preparing resin kits, he’s a great source of help for newcomers. I have a link to his YouTube channel below if your interested to see his videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/leakycheese

Preparing the resin kit

Like all resin models, before assembling and glueing is done, I had to check if all of the parts were in the box as well as the condition of the pieces. Luckily for my kit there were no moulding problems and major warping issues (apart from the dagger and staff).

Again, I’d recommend watching Leakycheese’s video on how to prepare your resin kit to know what to do if a problem arises from the parts. Cleaning the model was done using an old tooth brush (clean it first for hygiene sake) and a tub of warm water with washing up liquid. Since the model may have some greasy surfaces on the parts (the shiny surfaces that feels greasy), it’s best to remove with warm water and scrubbed with a tooth brush. This is important when it comes to priming your model, it will not apply well on said greasy surfaces. For a best outcome, leave the model parts in warm water over night, or for a day if it’s bigger parts.

Once left over time and taken out to dry for about an hour or so, the model should be ready for priming.

Painting Sevatar

The colour scheme I’ve used for Sevatar and the base were done by painting Sevatar first, then the base and the diorama base. This way, I wouldn’t have to worry about making any mistakes as I’m working from top down, rather than base to top. Painting Sevatar was done using the Night Lords Legion colour scheme in ‘How to paint Citadel miniatures: Burning of Prospero’, with some minor changes and additional colours. I used it as my main guide to painting a Night Lords Legion colour scheme, along with some visual inspiration which I’ve referenced in my mind.

Most of these visual imagery are from Neil Roberts artwork in the HH series, and FW own painted model of Sevatar.

Armour-

  • Basecoat the model in Matt black primer, followed by two thin coats of Kantor Blue.
  • Shade the recesses with Nul Oil.
  • Highlight the edges and lightning cracks with Ailotic Blue.
  • Finish off the armour with an edge highlight of Lothren Blue for the edge points and cracks for the lightning effect. Then a final touch up of Model colour Off-White for the thunder cracks.

Eye lenses-

  • Paint Model colour Off-White on the the eyes lenses, two or three coats may need to be applied for consistency.
  • Use Lahima Matt mixed with 1/3 Model colour Off-White and Model colour Plastic green. The paint should be translucent like water, and apply it with a small brush on the white eye lenses.

Bronze-

  • Basecoat the armour trims white a mix of Model colour Brass and Model Colour Brown (1/2)
  • Shade the bronze with Reikland Fleshade.
  • Edge highlight the trims with Model colour Brass.

Winged helmet-

  • Basecoat the wings in Khorne Red.
  • Shade using Reikland Fleshade.
  • Highlight the wings with Evil Sunz Red.
  • Final edge highlight of Ryza rust.

Skulls-

  • Basecoat the the skulls in Model colour Off-White.
  • Shade the skulls in Reikland Fleshade.
  • Final highlight of Model colour Off-White.

Cloak-

  • Basecoat the cloak in Model colour Flat Brown.
  • Shade the cloak in Reikland Fleshade.
  • Mix 1/3 Model colour Off-White and Flat Brown as a highlight.
  • Finally, add more Model colour Off-White to the mix as a edge highlight.

weapons/ silver areas-

  • Basecoat the blades and silver areas in Model colour Boltgun metal.
  • Shade the areas in Nul Oil.

After painting Sevatar, he ended up like this……

I like the dark blue armour as it’s very simple to achieve without any complex colour scheme. The contrast of colours benefits the model appearance without it looking too dull and confusing.

My goal was to stay true to the source material of visual depictions of Sevatar, but also try to improve my painting skills to a finer quality. I’ve just about achieved it, but a I think I could’ve improved on painting the chain glaive as it lacks much colour variety to make it look appealing visually (but Blood for the Blood God at least makes it look interesting).

I think I’ll finish this post off here, as I don’t like to drag the post on too long. However, I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and found something new today! Any suggestions and feed back is much appreciated.

Oh and before I finish this post, something for the Dark Angels to look at 😏………..

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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

Visiting Warhammer World

Visiting Warhammer World

Yesterday I went to Warhammer World as day trip to mark the end of my holiday, before I return back to studying at college. The visit was fantastic with the changes to the building, including new exhibition areas to look around. Just looking at the models up close to see the painstakingly detailed model paintings, makes me want to push myself to aim for a better painting quilt on my own miniatures.

I’ve taken a lot of photos too of the exhibitions on display which I would’ve shown you guys the photos, I can’t however as it would be against WW rules on taking photographs. However, I’d totally recommend visiting Warhammer World’s exhibition as it’s packed with loads of awesome displays and massive diorama pieces.

The hardest part of the visit was shopping around for stuff, let alone decide on what I wanted from a massive range of books, models and accessories to choose from. I think I must have spent 15min est choosing what book I wanted to buy from the biggest BL range I’ve ever seen. In the end, after much self debating on what to buy, I’ve finally made it through.

First up is an exclusive book only at Warhammer World ‘ Sons of the Emperor’, an anthology book that’s part of the Primarchs series for HH. Written by various authors of up to eight short stories, it tells various stories of pre heresy and stories during the heresy.

I didn’t actually knew that this book was on sale, so I was really intrigued to read it and find out more about these exclusive stories. It even includes an Iron warriors short story, so I’ll certainly be adding it to my Iron Warriors retrospective book series.

Next up, something that caught me by surprise was this treasure from the book shelf…….

There were a lot of signed copies of Lorgar’s, Bearer of the Word as well as a few other signed books by Gav Thorpe at BL. How there were only signed books of his at the bookshop was surprising when I went to the counter. The guy serving at the till said that Gav was at WW last week signing books, with a few copies left over that weren’t sold being on sale at BL instead.

I’m very happy to have gotten this book on the day, and I’m looking forward to reading it very soon!

Finally, we come to the last item….

Being the first ever Forge World resin kit I’ve purchased at WW and in my life, I was pretty excited to build this kit like some crazy pink horror. But who did I get?

It’s surprisingly Jago Sevatar of the Night Lords legion.

I couldn’t afford to buy a Primarch, so I went with one of the cheaper character models instead, that being the handsome convict himself, Sevatar. I’m glad to report that there was no major moulding faults, missing parts and warped problems with the kit. Only some areas needed scrubbing and resetting bent parts like the staff and dagger.

The overall look of the model is exquisite in detail and design, well worth paying for! However, I want to see if the primer paint will set on the model before anything else. I did what the instructions said on cleaning the models, so hopefully it should go well 🤞.

Some highlights from my visit to Warhammer World:

  • Seeing the massive diorama of Istvaan V with the dual between Fulgrim and Ferrus Manus, a very impactful display that visually captures that fateful day.
  • Seeing the early days of Citadel Miniatures with various resource books and classic models, including a dragon that looks too cute to be scary.
  • Looking at a Warlord Titan itself, holy s*** is it big! Too expensive to buy though 😣.
  • Seeing Perturabo himself (well not exactly) on display, I made sure I took a good photograph of him for my 2018 photo album.
  • Looking at the Stormcast up close, they look more shiny and details than they look on White Dwarf. The team behind painting the SE are really talented!
  • There’s actually two dedicated displays for armies of Warhammer fantasy battles, the Tomb Kings and Bretonnia. I think WW wanted to retain these guys to show that they won’t be forgotten any time soon. It was nice to see a small section dedicated to the old setting too.
  • There’s a 360 display of the End Times featuring the Skaven and the Dwarfs battling underground, did anyone visiting WW find Bugman himself?
  • A whole display of Black Templars, a glorious sight to see.
  • The Black Library Shop was like a book worms heaven with a vast array of books on sale. Anyone who likes BL books should visit WW at least once in their life!
  • The Forge World Shop was pretty cool, the staff were very helpful and enthusiastic.

Overall, I was very happy to have visited Warhammer World again after many years of not visiting. It’s a place that beats video games any day, just to see the creativity that goes into the hobby. I’m impressed by he changes that have been done to the place, and I’m certainly going to go back in the summer holidays if I can.

Before I finish, I would like to thank the WW staff for helping me and my dad for directions, as we were very unsure where to go for the exhibition. I’d also like to thank them for their enthusiasm and politeness, I rarely get to see great customer service outside of Games Workshop.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who worked on the exhibitions, as they’ve put a lot of effort to create a very memorable displays.

And so I finish here, thank you to everyone for reading this post and I hope you have enjoyed reading it. It’s wonderful to see a hobby like this become a world wide success thanks to hobbyists all around the world. To last this long from it’s early days is a massive achievement.

I know many of you may not be able make it to Warhammer World due to commitments and being far away from the UK. It’s sad to know that not everyone can make it, which is a downside to having one Warhammer World in the World. Hopefully, if Warhammer Cafe is a successful venture, I hope GW will start spreading Warhammer Cafes around the world in the future.

Did you visit Warhammer World before? What was it like for you, and what did you like from your visit? Leave a comment below, and I’ll see you guys very soon in my next upcoming post.

-Bjorn

And the winner is…….(late announcement)

With a lot of stuff behind the scenes lately, I was late to announce about the winning vote for what chapter I should paint my old Space marine collection. With two votes in total, it was a hard pick between the Nova marines, and the Ultramarines, both being owned by Robute Guilliman.

So who’s the winning chapter?

Well……

It’s been a tough choice but I have to go for the Nova marines, as their armour livery is quite intriguing as well as their lore. Whilst the Ultramarines are a really good chapter to start a hobby project, I felt that the chapter is too well known compared to their successor chapter.

Thank you to everyone who contributed by voting last month. I know this post was pretty late, however, I’ve had a lot going on for the past two weeks with my dogs health (he’s in good health now though thankfully).

In the next couple of months time, I will be starting my Nova marines collection series using my unused and old terribly painted models. Expect to see the first post go up either next month or the month after that!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Blog updates! (With the staleness of IVth Legion)

Blog updates! (With the staleness of IVth Legion)

Just a quick update on things with the blog and what I’m planning for the next couple of months.

Iron Warriors retrospective series

Currently, I’m writing several retrospective posts on the Iron Warriors during the Horus Heresy, focusing on several books by several Black Library authors. Having recently listened to both the short audio drama ‘Perturabo: Stone and Iron’ and ‘The Horus Heresy Primarchs: Perturabo, The Hammer of Olympia’, I’ve been inspired to dedicate a whole week to write my thoughts and views on the Iron Warriors.

Whilst I don’t own all HH books relating to the Iron Warriors (including Tallarn series), I do however have enough to cover a week of posts. The series will be a spotlight on a legion that doesn’t get as much attention as other more well known legions like the Sons of Horus, Ultramarines, Blood Angels and the Emperors Children.

Each day, I’ll be focusing on one book which I’ll give my thoughts and views on. Below is a list of what books I’ll be researching on each day.

  • Angel Exterminatus, by Graham MacNeil
  • Perturabo: Stone and Iron, by Robbie MacNiven
  • The Horus Heresy Primarchs: Perturabo, The Hammer of Olympia, by Guy Haley
  • The Crimson Fist, by John French
  • The Horus Heresy Primarchs: Magnus the Red, Master of Prospero
  • The Iron Within, by Rob Sanders

The series won’t be up right now, however, I will let you guys know when the first post in the series will be posted. So keep your eyes peeled (and your iron anvils hot).

Skullfiend Tribe Collection, towards Path to Glory

As this post is published, I have now completed not only a fairly decent sized Skirmish force, but also finished my Khorne Bloodbound from the Thunder and Blood set. I’ll be featuring my current progress very soon on the blog, and there’s been a heck of an increase of painted models since my last post on the collection.

Whilst I could finish this faction collection right now, I’ve decided to boost the collection towards a sizeable Path to Glory warband. This way, I can play another game system if I want to play more mission based campaigns.

The Horus Heresy Character Series, painting [Redacted]

Recently, I’ve visited Warhammer World (which was absolutely amazing!), the place has really changed since I’ve last visited Nottingham in 2011. Whilst I was there, I was able to purchase a character from Forge Worlds Horus Heresy character series.

Whilst I’m not revealing what the model in question is yet, I can announce however, that I will be doing progress posts showing my progress with painting the model. The model is already cleaned, scrubbed and glued, so there will be a post coming out really soon!

I’m very excited to start this project as I’ve never had a Forge World kit before, so this will be a trial and error attempt!

I’ve watched a YouTuber called Leakycheese, who does videos on Warhammer 30k/ 40k models. I’d totally recommend watching his How-to guides on preparing resin kits, and the positive and negative points of Forge World model kits. Thanks to his wisdom and advice on building resin kits, my model went well (I just hope spray painting goes well though).

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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

When faith in unity makes us stronger

When faith in unity makes us stronger

My last post featured my current progress on my Skullfiend Tribe for my Khorne Bloodbound collection. This time, I wanted to show my current progress on my Stormcast Eternals (Knights Excelsior stormhost), also from the Thunder and Blood starter set. Enjoy!

led by Liberator-Prime Kronis, Warden of the Underlevels, the retinue wear armour of pure white to signify their devotion to cleansing the corrupted. The blood covers their armour as a sign of their eagerness to do battle up close, as well as a darker story behind their deeds of ‘purification’.

For those of you who don’t know who Kronis is, he was featured in one of the Malign Portents short stories, Reapers Revelation story 13. He guards the underleves of the Consecralium, an underground prison in Excelsis that he is tasked with guarding. Cerrus Sentanus, the White Reaper, is a Lord Veritant (witch hunters and specialisation in seeking out corrupted magic users), who in the story, interrogates a Soulblight vampire for information.

The short story, along with previous story’s connected to the Knights Excelsior were inspiring to read. Unlike the Hammers of Sigmar, the Knights Excelsior are good nonetheless in their intentions to smite chaos’s corruption, however they can be easily be too devoted in their extreme actions to purge even the sick that can be easily cured.

Next up s my Palladin Retributor, clad in the thickest of Sigmarite armour. The Knights Excelsior colour scheme I’ve used for my collection has been fairly simple but great results, when used for the Palladin, it looks even better!

I plan to get two more Retributors done once I’ve finally got myself a new bottle of Reikland Fleshtone, as I’ve ran out of shade for a week now (longest delay for ink in ages!).

Finally, we have the Lord-Relictor by the name of Morticar. I’ve decided to use a spare woodelves hood rather than the skull helmet, as I wanted to the model to look more like a Priest of faith mystery rather than just a warrior.

Currently, this model will be leading my warband for Skirmish, as I don’t have a Lord-Veritant yet to represent the White Reaper. Narrative wise, I can imagine Kronis and his men are separated during battle (or trapped in Shadespire by magic logic) by the affects of the Malign portents.

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Thank you for reading my second collection in progress post, it’s great to share these kinds of post to you guys and read your comments. If you have any suggestions or questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

Before I finish off typing this post, I have an important announcement to make!

Visiting Warhammer World

After many years since I’ve last visited, I’m going to be visiting Warhammer world this weekend!

It’s been a very long time since I’d visited Warhammer World, not since 2010-11 have I visited the home of the hobby. This trip will be important as I’m excited to see the changes to the building, as well as of course an updated museum display to look at!

This will also be my first time in purchasing a Forge World kit, as I’ve never ordered any kits online from Forge World. So I’m very optimistic to see what kits will grab my hobby heart strings (that Perturabo model would be a dream to own).

Anyways, now that the gushing is over, I will be making a special post on my journey to Warhammer world and what it’s like to visit. Photos might be added, depending on wether I can take photos of display models if it’s allowed. Any advice or suggestions will be very helpful!

-Bjorn

Gathering of the bloody

Gathering of the bloody

As I continue to paint more Khorne Bloodbound models to my ever growing collection of the Skullfiend Tribe, I look back and see how far I’ve gotten with my finished models and take pride that my time wasn’t wasted on TV soap operas (and complain to my Xbox One’s lack of faith like one of Lorgar’s Dark Apostles) . Today, I’ll be showing you, my readers and fellow worshipers of the Blood god, my current progress of my Skirmish Skullfiend Tribe. Enjoy!

These two were featured in my first post on my Skullfiend Tribe Collection, both being done first after painting. Using the Thunder and Blood set as my starting point for the Skirmish warband, I’ve decided to base my warband around a Bloodstocker as the leader.

I wanted my Skirmish force to look more scarier, so I’ve opted to taking lessons from Fabius Bile and produced my own horrible creation of the Khorgorath. This beast has obvious hints as to what it used to before Khorne literally changed the thing to his desires. Question is, which head is the original one?

Next we have my first five Blood Warriors who have had a few alterations including a Icon bearer (centre) and a Blood Warrior with a kitbashed mace (far right). These were done to give my unit an icon for improved bravery in matchplay, and a different hand weapon cus I like the look of it.

This is where the full livery colours of the Skullfiend Tribe are applied as the Blood Warriors have both the full black and brass armour, and the blood red helmets that define the tribes livery. Unlike the Axes of Skarbrand colour scheme (which was hard to attempt on a batch load across several units) the Skullfiend Tribes colour scheme was more simpler to batch paint.

Finally, the current unit that I’m working on are the Skullreapers, so far painted three warriors and two WIP. Whilst I’ve had bad luck playing these guys so far, I think their still worth taking for Skirmish games.

This unit was actually a repainted unit that was originally in my Axes of Skarbrand collection, however, the colour scheme I’ve used was very lazy and looked dull from the outcome. So I’ve given these guys a second coating of armour painting to fit alongside the rest of my warband, they look much better now that they have a better colour contrast.

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That’s all I have for now on my current progress on my Skullfiend Tribe warband. The faction is already set for playing Skirmish games now that I’ve filled both the minimum requirements to play, and reach my goal of passing 50R. However, I want to add just a few more models to the warband to fill in the slots on my established units to maximum capacity (because ten Blood Warriors with 2 attacks will surely give the Skaven and Sylvaneth a hard time).

My next tasks will be to:

  • Paint 5x more Blood Warriors
  • Finish the last two Skullreapers
  • Paints 20x Bloodreavers

That will cover a fairly large sized warband for Skirmish with plenty of options to choose from. I plan to create a Path to Glory warband after finishing the list, so that I can use my Skullfiend Tribe for bigger games (If I ever get the chance to play anyone).

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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