A tale of one Warlord: month 2

A tale of one Warlord: month 2

This month has been a mega month for me as I’ve had loads of units painted, from HQ’s to the horde of Gretchins. The challenge for this month was to paint another Troop slot and a Fast attack slot to add to the collection.

This was fairly easy as I chose a unit of 20x Gretchins to fill the second slot (cus Bad Moons have loads of the blighters in their tribe), and a unit of Stormboyz who will be useful for seizing objectives (if they don’t get caught out by a bolter round to the rocket fuel).

To start off with the Gretchins are one of my favourite small minions in the Warhammer 40k universe. The sculpturing for each model in the unit are very characterful with crazy expressions and menacing intent.

I was able to paint 20x Gretchins easily (their tiny so there’s not much hassle for being too detailed with a paint brush) all looking alive and crazy like extremely hyperactive sunny D drinkers (the stuff back in my younger days would really send you up the wall with the amount of sugar that was in the drink).

So far I’ve put together 20x Gretchins and one Runtherder (herder counts as a separate unit as an elite). These guys are my second troop choice for the collection, as in the lore, the Bad Moons tribe have many slaves of Grots to do their dirty work. I though twenty Gretchins would do average job on the battlefield, although like Clanrats, I doubt they’d last long against Space marines and Tyranids.

The army lacked leadership, and who would want some slacking Ork Boy being the Warboss? Said weakling who can’t tell the difference between Quantum-Morka-Gorka-stronomie and knowing his Tribe? So I’ve enlisted two of the best leaders including a Warboss (the Warboss is a Feral Ork Warboss) and a Weirdboy (He thinks Gork is a god in form of a goat that talks to him in his mind)

Ring, Ring!!! Ring Ring, Ring!!! Ello, Who is dis? Is it Mork or Gork, or Gork or Mork?

The Warboss was kitbashed from a Warchanter using spare bits from the Start collecting! Orks set, which resulted in a Warboss who’s a Feral Ork that’s rich with cybernetic replacements. Not original, but at least I made my own Boss.

meanwhile, my Weirdboy was built to look more like a Shaman, who by appearance looks very strange and crazy. I thought the bone stick would add more character to the model as it looks as if he’s on the phone to someone. I used a Runtherder with mixture of Ork Bitz to personalise my own Weirdboy.

Finally, coming in with rockets of fire and plenty of Dakka come the Stormboyz, being a good option as my Fast attack slot for more cunning means.

I do like the unit with the amount of options to customise each Stormboy in the unit, I do miss the early days when kits had more multipart bitz to kit bash.

It was time consuming to paint this unit as there were a lot more areas to paint with details of the straps, plating and etc. I didn’t want to take the lazy route so I did as much variety of colours as possible, without taking away the the attention of the yellow armour painting.


Thats month two out of the way! It’s been very busy this month getting all of these units done, however, I did achieve my goal of painting a Troop and Fast attack slots for this months challenge.

For next months challenge, my goal is to cap off this series by finishing my Ork Trukk and possibly adding another unit of Ork Boyz. Having a second unit of Ork Boyz will not only give me more infantry power, but also unlocks the Battalion detachment for my collection (3 or more troops). This will earn me +3 command points in battleforged games to use on command abilities, it’ll come in handy once the Ork Codex is released soon.

Recently it’s been announced that the Orks are getting their Codex released soon, by the time I’m done with this series I’ll be already set to play games of 40k using my Ork collection. I’m hoping that my Bad Moons Collection will thematically and game wise fit well with the ruleset for Bad Moon alliance.


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!


Summer of hobbying

Summer of hobbying

Ah it’s that time of year when the sun is out, the heat rises to a sweaty drench proportion and everyone goes out for the day to enjoy this refreshing wether. Meanwhile, I’m getting all of my blog drafts ready to be posted for the summer holiday.

Every summer I’ve made an effort to paint big models and infantry models as part of my year tradition here on this blog site. It goes way back two years ago when I did my first big model for the summer holidays, a kitbashed Great Unclean one as part of my AoS Nurgle Collection. Since then, I’ve made this a yearly tradition to try and paint one big model (or back log models like last year).

This year however I’ve taken on one of my biggest projects ever, as I’ll be painting a 1,000pt Renegade Knights Collection as part of my summer project. I’m either a fool or a lucky one if I can pull this off!

I won’t spoil too much on what the Renegade Knight collection will be based on, but I have a sneak peek photo for you guys!

As if giant Knights were the only thing on my mind, I’ve also risen to the challenge of painting more backlog models including my Black Templars, Blades of Khorne, Orks, Chaos Space marines, Stormcast Eternals and more!

This summer is going to be a very busy one compared to last year. Now that I’ve finished my course work and my college days are done, I can now focus back on painting more models and write more home brew fiction for my blog site.

Tomorrow will start off with part 2 of my Tale of one Warlord painting challenge, this time with loads of Greenskins (with added Gretchins)!

Until next time,


Looking back on old hobby memories

In this latest post, I’ll be uncovering some old photos of my early days of joining the Warhammer hobby. I haven’t realised I still had these, or even remembered having these photos taken, so this is going to be a fun trip down memory lane!

what your about to see is a an early history of my beginning into the table top hobby, and what they mean to me now when I look back on them. Just a warning though, a lot of these are very bad in quality due to shaky camera quality, and the model painted are not the most pleasing to gaze upon lol.

So without further or do, lets dive in!

HPIM0404Tomb kings scenery at Warhammer world 2010

HPIM0405Giant sized Rat Ogre (anyone know the what they call these?)



The Island of Blood game board was used for the 8th edition Warhammer Fantasy when the new boxed games was released back in 2010, featuring the High Elves and the Skaven. I got the opportunity to take some photos of the game board when it was available to play at Warhammer World, looking at it close up was amazing to see the depth of detail being done to create it. Sadly, its no longer available to play at Warhammer world (about eight years to be precise!).

Whilst playing at Warhammer World with my shoddy painted Skaven (today they’re not as bad now, check the Skaven tag on my blog if your interested in seeing how my army looks now), I took a few photos of a game I had with a friend. These photos remind me a lot about 8th edition and what it meant for me as a wargamer, it was hard to play back then, but I had fond memories of the games and people I’ve met when the world was still turning. Now, Mallus turns in it’s darkened state above the realm of Azyr.

This was a collection of photos showing both the Lizardmen vs Dark Elves, played on a grass mat with meh painted scenery. Back then my Dark Elves hadn’t been painted properly as I didn’t have a colour scheme in mind for the army. in fact, it would be eight years later until I’d finally applied a consistent colour scheme in the livery of red and silver. These photos were taken roughly around 7th/ 8th edition days.

Finally, one final photo that in my opinion is one the most important one from all shown here today…….

This photo isn’t the best one taken (and sadly the only one), its not a picture of the best painted miniature ever, not even me seeing my favourite BL author in person, nor is it me rejoicing at finishing painting 40x Clanrats for my Skaven army. for you see, this photo was important to me as its one of the earliest photos taken showing me gluing my army of Dark Elves at Christmas. This photo is a story of beginning, how at this moment of history captured was a record of my journey into the hobby of table top wargaming. 

To you, it might not seem much (I wouldn’t blame you as the photo quality is pretty bad), however to me, finding this photo this week after looking through old photos for my dog was a big thing for me. It reminds me of where I’ve started when I started the hobby, and where it’s led me today.

I hope this post has inspired you to look back in the past and remember your early days when you first went to your local GW or gaming club. It may remind of the good and bad days when looking back, but those memories remind you of who you are today as a hobbyist.

Until next time,


Recommended bloggers month (May and June 2018): Ork month

Recommended bloggers month (May and June 2018): Ork month

Welcome to very different recommend bloggers month, as this month will be focusing on all things Warhammer 40k Orks. I’m currently working on my own Ork collection, so I’ve decided to find some inspiration from experienced Ork collectors.

Let’s get ready to blast, crunch, stomp and Waaaaaaagggggghhhh!!!!


First up is one smashingly good Ork boy painted by tinybloodlust, great attention to detail and contrast to the model.

Next, greeskinz go all fast and red with Tablestandard’s Evil sunz army list.

Now here’s something for the Ork think tank to consider for a new invention, as Hobbyistgirlblog has kitbashed one really badass creation.

Lastly, something different from the rest as this one isn’t a blog post on WordPress, but instead a video by kitetsu, who primarily does Warhammer AoS videos. A few weeks ago he did a Warhammer 40k video on his Ork collection, check out the link below to watch his video on his YT page.


Thank you for reading this post. Sorry for this being late for May, I had a set back for personal reasons which unfortunately pushed back the post to June. I’ve decided that this will be both a May and June recommend bloggers post.

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


Hobby update and bad news….

Today I have some good news and bad news.

Great news is that I’m already nearly finished painting everything for month two for my Tale is one Warlord series, I’ve got both HQ painted, a Runtherder, twenty Gretchins and Stormboyz painted. All that’s left to do is my paint my kitbashed Trukk for this month.

Another great news is that I’ve been able to base all of my models in mud (who doesn’t like mud as a base for their Orks?), below is a sneak peak picture of what I’ve painted so far with basing added.

I’m glad to have finally based my orks with a nice contrast of mud brown to make the Yellow plating stand out. For my recently completed units for this months challenge, these will be featured later on for the 29th June for my second month of the project.

Now for the bad news…….

Sadly, last week on Wednesday afternoon my dog, Leo, had to be put down after having a stroke. This has obviously caused me a lot of stress and despair at the loss of a close friend and family member.

So I’ve decided to dedicate my Ork collection in memory of the passing of my friend. With only a few weeks and one month left, I’m trying to get on schedule now more than ever.

Before things get too dull, grim and depressing, I want mention that I’ll be doing one or two posts explaining why I’m not posting much on AoS related collections, as well as my thoughts on AoS 2.0.


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!


A Tale of one Warlord: a short post on an old Trukk

A Tale of one Warlord: a short post on an old Trukk

I’ve got myself an old Ork Trukk that costed way cheaper than the current kit (plus there are four Ork Boyz with the kit), the Trukk looks very odd nowadays, but I plan on kitbashing it for my upcoming post for this blog series.

Did you know about Build+Paint Warhammer 40k? If so, what did you think to the series, and would you like more classic models brought back on sale?

I’ll be back with another short post very soon on what I’ve kitbashed using this kit.

Until next time,


FMP project evaluation

FMP final piece evaluation

For my FMP work I’ve Chosen the subject of the Kray Twins relating to the projects theme of Tribe. I’ve chosen my project theme on the Kray’s, because of how gangs in Britain were in their own way a tribe of people, following the boss/ head of the gang as leader of their group.

The Krays are a unique example of their tribe, the Firm, being successful in its expansion as a criminal empire that gained both a reputation for fame and infamy in British culture. Their story is not a black and white narrative, for their history tells us a much more grey story for how the krays became what they are.

I wanted present my own perspective of the Kray’s (using factual evidence from media and books) in acrylic paintings/ digital art in A3 card frame prints that capture both the rise and fall of their criminal days. I felt that I needed to push myself to try something out of my comfort zone, so rather than doing just one print out of my work, I would do two to make this final project more challenging.

My strengths and weaknesses throughout the project

Whilst I did find it difficult at first, my proposal writing gradually got better with each draft as I refined it. I did well with planning and laying out what my plans are for the project, as I can think of ideas and translate it into planning. However, my weakness is with my grammar and wording, the former being not a severe issue (but has been a constant issue), and the latter being difficult to use the right words for the right terms. For example, I use ‘Mediums’ to describe more than one, however, it’s actually ‘Media’.

My mind maps were very straight forward with only minor changes later on in the project, but likewise it was an area that I had no problems with. I will say that my weakness in my mind map work is grammar, as I tend to make mistake when writing around the mind map.

My mood board came pretty late into the project, as o tend to do primary/ secondary work first, then do a mood board with subjects relating to my choices that I’ve made. Whilst this can be a good as it gives me a narrow and easier time to collect relevant pictures, it’s also a problem as I had to take time to collect my own artist research.

My primary source work was my strongest area when doing this project, as I do well with information gathering and finding artists, subjects and media resources. I found this area to be most enjoyable as I like to explore artist work and research into subjects that relate to my chosen theme. My faults would be when it took too long to nail down the project subject, as I’d taken longer to experiment and discover subjects.

As for secondary source work, that was difficult as I didn’t go to the Berlin trip, so I had to find anything relatable to my subject theme that can fit into the Kray Twins era. Since I couldn’t go to East End London due to travel and time, I had to make do with places that can fit the era. My practical work however was an improvement, as my photography at Caistor was helpful going forwards in the project.

My photography work at Caistor was an opportunity to test out the characteristics of photography, learning its functions and photo presentation options available. I found the process to be refreshing change from drawing, as I’ve never utilised my photography skill before until this project. I could do better with planning, as my photography was 50/50 for options to use into my work, more locations would have opens more avenues to experiment.

Experimenting work was an interesting experience when testing out filters, acrylic paint, photography and digital art. I’ve learnt a lot of new skills such as Freehand selection tool on Procreate app, tonal painting (using one colour) and photo editing. My strengths were trying out new options, as with digital art/ photography, I had more time to create many experiment pieces to refine and judge through the progress. Although I would have tried to do A3 thick card prints at this time, as later on in the project I had issues with print quality from file transfer on Procreate.

Thanks to my sample work being very broad in outcomes and medium testing, my development work was vastly more refined compared to my Heritage project last year. My use in acrylics was more fluent in producing more human like faces and proportions. It was also a great opportunity to really go freehanded in drawing the Krays (using photos of the Krays as visual reference). I liked the conceptual outcomes that I’ve produced, as I really pushed myself to produce more mature paintings (something that’s not in my usual comfort zone as fiction is usually my preferred subject for art).

My digital art skills came into great use when problem solving my concept artworks, as it improved any visual flaws in colour consistency, reforming shapes and adding touch ups to add more details and texture. I’ve also found ways around getting better printing by using the picture file to print, rather than using Word document for better quality A3 prints.

For my final piece prep, I had trouble at first on what to create as my final pieces, as my drawings lacked the same depth and visual design as my concept developments. So I chose to use one concept development as my first piece (a portrait of the Krays), and a new painting as my second and last piece. I did several test outcomes from digital art to see where I would like to take my work going forward. I think I could have better planned my imagery in the prep work as I felt I lacked an overall plan on my imagery.

For my final design work, I had more success at my digital editing now that I have built up a lot of experience for the past few months. I found my strengths at digital work had really enhanced my work to look more realistic with atmosphere. My decision to get rid of the flames in final piece #2 was a good choice, because the imagery looks a lot more mysterious and limbo in its presentation with half the picture shrouded in darkness. My only weakness would be that I was skeptical about gloss printing, as my worry if that the file will print the same as my A3 card versions, in terms of pixelation of the picture being the same.

My overall thoughts on the final piece project

My work had a quite a few successful outcomes including printing my A3 work, painting acrylic more refined and improved on past flaws and discovering new solutions by going out of my comfort zone. However, one of my biggest success would be combing acrylic art, photography and digital art into one, as my media choices resulted in two very unique pieces of artwork. I found that combing both traditional and modern media has not only been a gamble of trying something new, but also a new avenue to express art using old and new tools.

My final pieces has impressed me with the amount of time and effort I have spent building up my work towards this point in the course. I took a huge gamble with this project as I wanted to move away from 3D media and traditional Acrylic canvas painting. I feel that this gamble had been worth going for, as my works have pushed me interests into more gritty realistic subjects.

The materials I’ve used for the final piece were just right to express more darker imagery, acrylic and Procreate app can be combined to create more visual interest for the audiences eyes. The media were suitable to produce imagery that require more complexity such as smoke effects, lighting, tonal change and filter editing.

I think my work meets my project requirements, because I’ve tried to cover as many areas possible with this FMP work. My solution was to cover the seven key areas when it comes to project work; annotation, evidence/sources, evaluation, practical work, development, Outcome and context. These areas are always on my mind when I do my work each day, so that I can cover requirements naturally without back tracking too much.

If I could do more if I was offered to further the project, I would have done more printing work with gloss printing as I lacked time and experience to try it out. I think my original goals of just an A3 print was a good goal, but taking it further into gloss print would really create huge impact on my presentation for my FMP. I could also improve on my drawing skills, as at times, I was limited for time to produce more accurately drawn pictures of the Krays. If extended for time, I could draw more accurate portraits that can be more recognisable to my target audience.