The Judges are here!

What do you get when you combine Mega city one judges and Bloodbowl? You get team Meg-1!

Long time readers may remember way back when I showed a few posts on my classic Bloodbowl team models, I think I called them something badgers? Anyways, that project went nowhere, as I didn’t like the colours scheme direction.

So I re-based these guys as a whole and painted them inspired by the colours of the city judges from Judge Dredd (created by John Wagner and Carlos E.). Originally I was going to paint them as Night Lords inspired team, but gradually I decided to go for the judge look.

As a fan of Judge Dredd and 2,000ad comics, this was a perfect opportunity to show my skills at painting something inspired by my hobby interests. Whilst the inspiration isn’t necessarily a nice subject (considering judges aren’t exactly morally the good guys), I still thought it would be something new to try out.

I do like how the team looks nearly similar to the judges of Mega city one, the right eagle shoulder plate and gear colours tie in quite nicely.

But alas, since I wasn’t able to get the full team from the charity shop years ago, I’ve basically got a team that’s missing a second runner. However, I think they’ll do just fine as a display piece for my collection.

That’s finally one delayed backlog done, now a thousand more to go!

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-Bjorn

Sh@t out of hell……

The fair looking, silver haired and majestic golden eyed questioner and I were sitting down at the table enjoying our tea, in the planes of torment and suffering. A plane of onyx earth, red skies and weird horrors lurking about. If Michael Moorcock was here, he’d write a fantastic story about this place called hell, in fact I’m in hell itself!

Anyways, the fair man next to me asked me a question, he asked me what was the rarest thing I own.

“If I were asked what’s the rarest item you own, I’d say Dominator the movie.” I said.

“What?” Asked the questioner, with a smooth almost angelic voice.

“Dominator, you know, the first ever British manga animation to be released back in the early 2,000’s?”

“Never heard of it, but I do have a friend named Dominator, the less said the better” he paused awkwardly before continuing “Is it a cheap dirty anime film?” Asked the questioner mockingly with a soft grin .

“No, definitely not one of those” I said before I gulped as I whispered “It’s worse than that…….”

Dominator the movie retrospective review coming soon! 😈

Another Big Mek, but this time on a Warbike

A new Mek has arrived on his warbike to join my Bad Moons Collection, and he’s got a pretty cool kustom bike to show off too! (Fancy git!)

I bloody love this model! I used a Build+paint Space Ork on Warbike and a Ork Nob, converted into a Big Mek with kustom decorations and improvements to the old kit. Either that or the tiny Ork riding the bike is a no brainier!

I wanted my Big Mek to have a look of motion on the bike, so I positioned him at an angle as if he was aiming at his enemy. Adding the flying bullet casings and a Dark Elf Warriors flag on the back helps to create still motion.

I hope GW will keep the rules for this variant of the Big Mek in the Ork Codex, however, since there aren’t any official models, they’ll likely scrap it’s rules. I’ll be sad if that is the case. But maybe GW will release one along with the new Cult of Speed range in October!

Anyways, I’m gonna head back to working on this chap for the next couple of days.

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-Bjorn

Big Mek in Mega armour (Bad Moons top Mek boy)

This model was converted using a spare old model from Warmachine and plethora of spare bitz, mostly from the Orks range. Since I would’ve had to spend a lot of money just to get the official Big Mek from GW, I decided to try and kit bash anything I could find that would look ‘big’.

Whilst I won’t be able to play this big chap at any GW stores, I can at least be proud that I used my imagination to create my own Mek.

My ever growing horse of Orks is gaining a lot of attention now with forty Gretchins, four Ork Commandos and a Big Mek on a Warbike to paint, I’ve still got plenty to do with 40k stuff.

Lately I’ve been feeling off-put from typing blog posts this month, not because I don’t like blogging anymore, but I just feel uninspired to do much. I think it’s down to two things 1) the whole AoS series I’m currently working on that’s making me less enthusiastic, from doing the same thing over and over, especially the SE models. 2) I need to take more breaks off painting, as I’m burning myself out with the amount of stuff I’m doing atm. I’ve got quite a few models ready for photography, but I don’t want to use up all of my photography backlog.

I don’t dislike SE, I think their amazing currently with the Sacrosanct Chamber released, however, the models get boring to paint for long period of time as they look nearly identical. The Nifhthaunt on the other hand were so much more appealing to paint, since every unit looks slightly different in design and form.

So I’m taking a break from painting AoS stuff whilst I get back into painting more Orks. With the announcement that Orktober will be a thing, I’m trying to paint as many Orks as I can to be ready for the Codex release.

So expect to see some more greenskins from me for the next couple of *weeks! 🙂

*- Also I’ll be featuring other stuff including a stand-alone Bloodbowl post, some Nighthaunt models and more!

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-Bjorn

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Ghostly reinforcements

More Nighthaunt have joined my growing collection, which is inspired by the characters and events in the novel, Soul Wars (by Josh Reynolds). Today I have a unit of ten Chainrasp Horde, Myrmourn Banshees and additional Grimwraith Stalkers.

Let me know if you like these filtered photo style or just white background photography, and post your suggestions in the comment section.

We serve Nagash, there is nothing but Nagash, and all is Nagash.

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-Bjorn

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Here comes the Jailor

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Here comes the Jailor

You might be thinking I’m working way too hard on this series of models (Sacrosanct Chamber and Nighthaunt) based on the characters from the novel, Soul Wars (by Josh Reynolds). Well yes, I’ve been painting these models intensively like a Khajit on 20x skooma, in fact, I haven’t done much besides these two factions for a few weeks now!

I’m enjoying this challenge a lot as I enjoy trying to bring to life some of the characters from the novel. In the past I wouldn’t dare paint models like the characters from books I’ve read (unless it was existing unique character sculpts), due to the cringe of a badly painted model. But this year I went out of my comfort zone to paint characters that I enjoyed reading about, and hopefully faithfully bring them to life in miniature form.

It’s also a challenge to build models that I couldn’t afford to get at the moment or can’t obtain, and today, I took on the challenge of building my own Spirit of Torment.

To build this faithful spirit, I used an easy to build Grimwraith Stalker body as the main form, then clipped off its weapon, head and sharp spine growth. Then I used two spare Stormcast Eternals Paladin shoulder plates for the back, to create armour plating like the original model from the Soul Wars starter set.

For the head, I (enthusiastically 😏) cut half of a Highelf Dragon rider’s head horizontally, which was even out to ensure it would fit into the surface for glue. The head was glued to the hood, making sure it fits evenly in place.

For the chains, I used spare Chaos marauder weapons and cut them into pieces and glued them onto the hands and gaps between the hands.

That’s basically what I’ve done with my own Spirit of torment model, and I’ve saved around £15 in total! Kitbashing is a god send to cut corners as well as producing really cool characters.

I won’t be going into detail on the Spirit of Torment character featured in Soul Wars yet, I’ve yet to paint this model yet, so it’ll have to wait. However, I hope you have enjoyed this post, and let me know in the comments below if you would like me to do more kitbashing posts!

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-Bjorn

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Evocator Helios and colour guide to painting the Anvils of Heldenhammer

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Evocator Helios and colour guide to painting the Anvils of Heldenhammer

Today’s post is a short one as I haven’t got much to say on this particular character from the Soul Wars novel (written by Josh Reynolds), however, he’s a badass swordsman that’s for sure!

I wasn’t sure if Helios was a Evocator Prime or just an Evocator, as the book didn’t mention that he was a Prime of his battlemage unit. Fun fact, this was my first test model for painting the Anvils of Heldenhammer colour scheme.

Speaking of which, I think it’s about time I let you guys know my colour scheme for painting this Stormhost. I’ve planned this colour scheme to be an alternative method of painting the Stormhost that doesn’t require much highlighting.

Painting black armour can be difficult for some who don’t have a steady hand, so this colour scheme should be easier and just as good as GW’s drybrushing method in ‘How to paint: Stormcast Eternals painting book’.

Armour-

  • Basecoat Model colour Matt black
  • Drybrush Skavenblight dinge
  • Lightly drybrush Dawnstone grey
  • Gold-
    • Basecoat 1/3 Model colours Bronze and Flat brown
      Shade Reikland Fleshade
      Drybrush Model colour Gold
      Shade Reikland Fleshade (on recesses for armour trim)

    Red Robes-

    • Basecoat Khorne Red
    • Shade Druchii violet
    • Highlight Evil sunz red
  • Cream Robes-
    • Basecoat Ushabti bone (2-3 coats)
      Shade Reikland Fleshade
      Highlight Model colour Off-white
      Shade Reikland Fleshade
      Highlight edges with Model colour Off-white

    I hope this colour scheme will help you with painting your own Anvils if Heldenhammer!

    That’s it for me for now, I’ll be posting another Soul Wars character-inspired model later on today. I think I’ll return back to the Nighthaunt with my recently kitbashed Jailor, as well as a guide on how to make the most out of the new starter box set releases for both Sacrosanct Chamber and Nighthaunt.

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    -Bjorn

    Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Knight-Incantor Miska

    Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Knight-Incantor Miska

    If there’s one wizard you can count on to make any Nighthaunt ghosties be purified and banished, it’s got to be Miska. Second in command of the Anvils of Heldenhammer’s Sacrosanct Chamber, she is a skilled Stormcaller using the light of high Azyr to burn the undead and chaos without doubt nor fear. (I would say in my opinion) She’s just as skilled in using the winds of Azyr as her leader, Lord Arcanum Balthas.

    Out of all of the characters in the Soul Wars novel, Miska would be my second favourite female character in the story (Liberator Prime Calys is first place, I’ll elaborate more on her later in a future post). I like how Miska is Balthas’s equal, as she points out his faults and keeps him on track to lead his Chamber to Glymmsforge to help with the war effort.

    Whilst she’s not the strongest and as attuned to the winds of Azyr as much as Balthas and Knossus, but Miska is still a deadly stormcaster who can get the job done.I would be thrilled if Miska was included in more stories in future AoS books, even e-short stories that explores more about Miska and her perspective of the mortal realms.

    We get some hints here and there about her, but since the story is largely focused on the battle for Glymmsforge, character focus is short. Now that Soul Wars has set the foundations for the Anvils Sacrosanct Chamber, it would be interesting to see more characters focused stories.

    If it were me, I’d do a whole novel* based on that Tomcat with a scar on its face, and write a whole backstory on how it came to Glymmsforge. But alas, a Jungle expert cat assassin-like Catachan wouldn’t fit well into the setting of AoS.

    *- I think BL wouldn’t accept it as a entry piece to join their writers guild, It would probably earn a bad reputation……….

    Anyways, that’s all I have for today! I know today was supposed to be focusing on the Evocator Helios, but I had to switch things around after I did a fairly good digital art on the Knight- Incantor. But fear not, I’ll be back very soon for another post this week.

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    -Bjorn