Before New Grim: #3- The day the world stopped turning

Date: 8/10/Y2K-045

Subject: Recovery of video recordings of F.day

To: BRM HQ

Recently our recent scout team operation had found old recordings from damaged but still recoverable CCTV information, out in the ruins of Freeman area. Theses recordings and still Picts recorded the hours leading up towards F.day, as the city was decimated by three atomic warheads by [classified]. I have stored these recordings into the historical archives of F.day files, to ensure City Grims fate will not be forgotten.

I request that I may be given permission by General Brandon to meet Atom, to discuss F.day and the next phase of reclamation of New Grim.

Regards,

Marina J. Hester

City Grim, 30/12/99 at 18:00pm

City Grim, 30/12/Y2K at 12:00am. The day F.day began after New Year celebration.

City Grim, 30/12/Y2K at 12:02am. The day City Grim was bombarded by atomic warheads.

Before New Grim: #2- No longer here but still here

01000001 01110100 01101111 01101101 Assembled, destroyed, re-assembled and back again. Neither here nor gone but nowhere. Consciously connected to a billion minds as it’s creators link it to the minds of many, feeding it with the thoughts, feelings and knowledge to live. But it’s neither alive nor dead for it has no heart and soul like mortal man, so too does it lack humanity.

The clock strikes twelve at midnight when the new year arrives ////(Y2K)////, and the world will be changed forever…….

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: More souls forged on the Anvils of apotheosis

Short one again, as I haven’t got much to say on the units as they aren’t notably fleshed out as characters (well apart from the Gryphound, but I’d be spoiling too much). However, they were part of Lord Arcanum Balthas’s Sacrosanct Chamber that helped the Order alliance defend the Free-city of Glymmsforge.

For those of you new to this blog post series, Inspired Soul Wars is a series dedicated to painting two full armies of both Nighthuant and the Sacrosanct Chamber. Both factions that I’m painting mine on are based on the characters and events in the novel, Soul Wars, by Josh Reynolds.

Here’s my current models painted for the Anvils of Heldenhammer Sacrosanct Chamber. Enjoy!

Castigators

a near enough plastic model that could be great for a kitbashing as a Reaper Bolthrower (just saying).

The first two Liberators that will be part of a unit lead by Liberator Prime Elis, I’m currently waiting for the right time to get a female Stormcast after other tasks are done.only the faithful! (Sorry, wrong Stormhost…). This Gryphound (forgot its name!) was once a companion to Lord Castellant Pharus Thaum, until he was sadly slain and sent back to Azyr to be reforged.

So another chapter is done, and very few models left to paint and show for this long series. I apologise for the long overdrawn gaps for this series, it’s been difficult trying to paint the Stormcast models due to the colour scheme I’m using. But fear not, I’ve got more models to show very soon!

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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

Primaris Hero’s, First founding Legions part 1

When Warhammer Conquest magazine first hit the shelves weeks ago, I had two ideas form in my mind, 1) bolster my Emperors Children project (which I’ll show my current progress soon!), and 2) start a new small project relating to the Primaris marines. I’m 50/50 on the Primaris as on the one hand I really like the scale and poses for the models, as they look more fluid in their form (no squating poses now!) and easier to paint for bigger scale. But on the other hand, they look very plain with the same armour and weapons, as well as their lore still being okay-ish as ‘good’ guys (although DA Primaris are shaping up really nicely like their legion).

So I wanted to try my hand at creating nine marines from all of the loyalist first founding legions, customising my Primaris with spare bitz to create unique and more appealing characters. Obviously II and XI were left out for obvious reasons….

Today, I wanted to show my first four fully painted Primaris marines from the Deathwatch Ultramarines, Imperial Fists, Blood Angels and Slamanders legions. Enjoy!

Ultramarines Deathwatch Lieutenant Arstus

Blood Angels Intercessor Luixus, 3rd squad

Salamanders Intercessor Su’tain, 5th squad

Imperial Fist Intercessor Sergeant Falix, Fifth company

Each Primaris marine has its own unique look to define its legion and personality. For example, Su’tain wears a rebreather and a modified flamer, tying him closer to his legions culture and weapon of choice. I didn’t want to kitbash the models too much, as the Primaris are still early in their experience of warfare.

I’m currently working on painting another four 1st founding legions, before doing a final post on the ninth and final legion chapter.

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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

Dominator the movie, is it a good film?

As of typing this post and doing research on the film/ franchise, I found out that the original creator of Dominator and founder of Renegade Arts Entertainment, Tony Luke had sadly passed away in 2016 from a long battle from cancer. My sympathies goes out for the family, friends and the loss of a very talented creator.

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If you haven’t heard of Doninator the movie, well your in luck! Created by Tony Luke, Dominator a story about a rouge Demon who deserted his master, Lord Desecrater, with the key that can unlock the gates of hell. Summoned by a girl rock band who used a satanic book as lyrics for their song, Dominator was sent to the mortal plane of earth where he must (begrudgingly) protect against paranormal and demonic horrors. Lord Desecrater, in his rage, has sent his greatest warriors to retrieve back the key in order to traverse from hell to take over earth.

Whilst for its time the film was a good attempt at bringing British talent to produce an anime film (or Brit-anime to be exact). This film is actually a big mark on British media history, as it was a self run Brit-anime company that produced a low budget film, the first British made anime to U.K. audiences. After the success of Archangel Thunderbird TV movie, Tony Luke would go on to make the first Dominator movie, based on his manga series back in the 80’s.

Looking back on the film, it hasn’t aged well, with terrible CGI mixed with some cheesy dialogue (but most of it was funny) doesn’t quite fit well to today’s standards. However, I thought the plot was a fairly decent story with a good mix of comedy and lore.

A notable voice talent for the film was Dani Filth (frontman of Cradle of Filth) who played as the protagonist anti hero, Dominator. His intro when he arrives on earth was seriously a good laugh!

The film also featured the voice talent of Doug Bradley who starred as Dr Payne, one of the most British Exorcist I’ve ever seen!

But is the movie qualifies as a bad movie?

Well, comparing it to other CGI films like Food Wars, it’s far better in standards for consistent story telling and interesting lore for it’s mythos. However, considering the deadlines that the team behind the film had to reach, it’s understandable why the CGI looked unfinished. Taking into account that this film was done on a low budget, in a front room rather than a studio, it was a new and unknown territory that Renga media (set up by the creator, Tony Luke) was treading on was a big step to make.

But In all fairness there are a few good stuff to see in the film, like the sweat heavy metal tracks and some funny comedic moments. The film did at least gave Britain a start with CGI animation industry, which has evolved over the years to amazing quality we see today.

This Brit-anime film in my opinion, is a very special piece of history because it shows us not only the early days of British animation (although Toy Story does beat this film by a long way). But it’s also interesting to watch, yeah, I still enjoy watching this film! The characters are interesting, the plot is interesting and at least it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

It’s not easily available to purchase anywhere else (Amazon has a few copies for under £6) and not a widely known franchise outside of the original comic strips from Metal Hammer magazine. Which as of this year it will be Dominators 30th anniversary since his debut in the magazine back in 1988.

Tony Luke isn’t like most creators, there’s clearly been a lot of work being done on Dominator the Movie. With communication between voice actors, staff and the creator himself, to produce a good film for it’s time.

From looking at the extras on the dvd with interviews of Tony, Doug Bradly and Alan Grant show, there was an effort and motivational force behind the film. Although the film is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and I wouldn’t blame you for not liking it.

There were two more films of Dominator, on being a short crossover with another character from Metal Hammer magazine comic strip. Dominator’s last appearance would be the now abandoned reboot, Dominator X, which, based on it’s trailer, would have looked amazing if it had been completed.

Overall, if you like heavy metal with a mix of comedy and a decent film to watch on a Sunday, this film is just right for you. However, I wouldn’t say it’s a must see film with its outdated visuals and animation.

I think it’s fitting to end this post using the quote from the movie “If you think rock is dead, you will be”.

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I swear It wasn’t coincidental……also, pray to Malice the outcast God!

Yesterday I found another book from GW past (lucky me) this time being the anthology book, Heroes of the Space Marines. Published back in 2009, this book hosted a selection of short self contained stories about both loyal and renegade chapters. Notable authors include Aaron Dembski Bowden, Nick Kyme, Gav Thorpe, Graham McNeill and many more.

What’s unique about this book is that it contains the only story print about Malice/ Malal, the outcast chaos god. The story was called The Labyrinth (by Richard Ford), featuring the renegade chapter, the Sons of Malice who pray to Malice in ritual and cannibalism.

I won’t spoil the story, but I’d recommend it as one of my top ten all time favourite Warhammer 40k stories (especially a horror focused one!).

I’m still in the process of reading the book (I’m picking and choosing stories that interest me from the short synopsis), next being either Nightfall (by Peter Fehervari) or And They Shall Know No Fear (by Darren Cox). I’ll let you guys know what my thoughts are after reading either of the two short stories.

Since this was an earlier find than expected, I thought I’d share some other finds that I found going months and a year back!

The first story in the Nagash trilogy by Mike Lee, I found this at a second hand book shop a few months ago along with a HH book, Legion, by Dan Abnett.

Whilst I’m currently enjoying and still reading Gaunts Ghost (I’m on the first arc, The Founding, book two), my first introduction to the life of a Commissar was Ciaphas Cain.

Another second hand book found on a shelf with a few other Warhammer books, which I also sadly picked up Descent of Angels (by Mitchel Scanlon). I couldn’t read this book after a few pages, too many ‘scum’ and ‘Chaos scum’ was used…..

Finally, whilst not a first edition print, this book was part of BL celebration that was voted to be reprinted along with Dan Abnett’s Iron Snakes novel. I wish I could have gotten the Iron Snakes book too, as I’m currently reading books relating to the Sabbat Crusade. However, Drachenfels is a classic I couldn’t ignore!

That’s it for my second hand book collection. I’ve decided not to include the Hattchet BL reprint books as I think it deserves its own post, which will be something I’ll do for another time. If I do find more books relating to Warhammer 40k and fantasy, You can bet this hoarding blogger will dish out a new post soon!

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I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you’d like me to do more posts like these, I can do a new post on either a look back on old White Dwarf magazines, or Warhammer Fantasy Battles army books. Comment below what you’d like to see. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Hunting for the lost tomes

I’ve found another old item from 40k past, whilst I was looking around a second hand book shop. To my amassment, I found two classic codexs that were 2nd and 3rd edition respectively for each book, these being Chaos space marines and Imperial Guard.

Sadly, I could only afford one if the books on that day, and being Chaos fanboy, I had to grab the CSM Codex! But I’ll be back for the IG book one day!

It’s apparent to me now that I’m quite good at finding old stuff relating to old GW books, including the oldest item being the 1996 Dwarf army book. Everywhere I go, some long abandoned book is there when I go searching the dusty book shelf.

Just as an example, below are my past findings that I’ve found and brought to preserve in my Warhammer archives.

I still have few items I haven’t even shown yet on the blog too, including a book called Ragnar’s Claws by William King. But I’ll show what I’ve found at another time.

Anyways, here’s proof of my find.personally, I prefer this edition of Chaos Space marines for the lore content and sheer bloody amazing artwork! Reading this gives me more dread and despair about chaos than it’s predecessor editions.

Another photo with my current gathering of all my Chaos Space marine codex’s.

As seen here, a lot has changed throughout the decade for the Chaos Space Marine codex’s. Each Codex has some unique lore content that hasn’t been copied over, which makes each edition worth keeping.

You might be asking why I’m so keen to find outdated codex’s, White Dwarfs, old miniatures and BL books is because I’m fascinated by what came before my time when I first started the hobby. From my first day starting the hobby and to now, a lot has changed for nearly a decade of lore material, art, books and sculpting.

I realised that looking back would give me an insight as to what shaped the fiction and hobby to where it is today. When I got my hands on the old 1996 Dwarfs army book, I couldn’t help but be surprised at the art of how the Dwarfs were depicted. It was then that I was hooked into finding more old items relating to the hobby.

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Well that’s my monologuing done for today, I hope you enjoyed this post! If you would like me to do more stuff like this, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: more ghosts!

More Nighthaunt today, I’ve decided to finally release these guys after several weeks of a break. Already the end goal is in sight with just a few more posts, with the finale post being the leader of the collection (I won’t spoil it here as it’ll ruin the surprise from the Soul Wars novel!)

These two units have no real background relating to the Soul Wars novel (but I’d like to think they were there during the battle at the command of Nagash), so again this post is a short one.

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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