My top nine posts of 2018

My top nine posts of 2018

It only seemed like yesterday when I started my new year project in February, Grymthenian Lodge Fyreslayers, looking back it’s surprising how much work I’ve done since then. From Chaos Tainted Knights to spectral Nighthaunt, I’ve tried to experiment more with colours and hobby work.

With 2018 drawing to a close, I decided to pick my top ten favourite posts of 2018 (not in order of favouritism) that I’ve done. I’ve included links to each post so you can see my greatest triumphs and weaknesses through this year. Enjoy!

1. Grymthenian lodge (Fyreslayers)

Starting off with my first big project, the Grymthenian Lodge, a new army I started early in the year using the ‘Start Collecting!’ Box set as my starting point. The journey was an exciting challenge of trying out new techniques with painting, I really wanted to make a stunning display for this collection.

Painting the Magamadroth was inspired by White Dwarf coverage on the model and Yourube vids by JobbytheHong, his Kiju toy review videos gave me a rough idea on how to make a giant lizard look more scary.

If your considering starting a new army next year and need inspiration, I’d recommend seeing this post!

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/lodge-grymthenian-part-5-first-wave-journey/

2. 4th edition Dark Elves

I’ve been in the hobby for nearly a decade now starting with the Dark Elves, so when I found 4th edition supplement of the faction, it was like full circle. I haven’t felt that excited about the Dark Elves since I first started collecting them back in 2009, that feeling of discovering new info on the factions lore and history.

This wouldn’t be the last, as I discovered more classic Warhammer items this year, but this one tops them all as my favourite find.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/druchii-chapter-iv-the-saga-ends/

3. Old WD and BT Codex

Another finding in a car-boot sale this time being the Black Templars Codex. After months of not working on my Black Templars Collection, this book came along and gave me more info on the chapter to inspire me.

I also found some old White Dwarf magazines from late 90’s to early 2000’s, including the well renowned 13th Black Crusade world wide campaign issue. I always like looking back on old White Dwarfs as they inspire me to paint and build models, it’s like a false nostalgia for me.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/hunting-for-the-warhammer-stuff/

4. Sacrosanct Chamber Collection finale

From Summer to Autumn, I did my final AoS army collections pitting the Sacrosanct Chamber of the Anvils of Heldenhammer against Pharus Thaum’s Nighthaunt. Inspired by the novel Soul Wars by Josh Reynolds, I wanted to recreate the first battle between Lord Arcanum Balthas and Pharus Thaum.

This series was a fun project to do, learning new painting skills along the way and making a final send off to my fantasy army collection days (I’ll explain why in a future blog post). I even got the confidence to show my work to Josh Reynolds, and he even shared it on Twitter! I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if I wasn’t blogging today, so having the confidence to show my collection was an improvement to my self esteem.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/10/20/inspired-soul-wars-collection-second-cohort-of-sequitors-sacrosanct-chamber-final/

5. Primaris Emperors Children

What was meant to be a Chaos Knight collection instead became a perfect collection (pardon my excessive ego “cough”), the Emperors Children mini project was an uplifting experience. Everything’s just about came together really, ideas came out with funky looking marines from Noise Marines, to Raptors and a sick badass Chaos Lord.

Whilst Primaris marines are a mixed bag to many, but they do however open up opportunities to experiment true scale Space marine projects! Heck, I might even do a Primaris mini project in the near future 😉.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/talons-of-molech-warband/

6. Summer of painting final

This summer was a very productive one from all collections and mini projects, from Bad Moon Orks to Black Templars and so on. I wanted to push myself to get as much done in the summer before going back into study work, and my hard efforts have paid off well!

This post is my proudest achievement this year for not only getting new models painted in a short space of time, but also getting long overdue backlog models done too. It’s a relief to finally open some space in my unused box of models, and add them to existing collections.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/over-month-worth-of-miniature-painting-end-of-summer-of-hobbying/

7. Painting Sevatar (Nightlords Legion)

Having dreamed of one day getting my first Forge World kit, I would get the opportunity to finally have one this year, choosing HH character series: Sevatar as my first model. I took with this model, preparing it by watching the wise resin master YouTuber, LeakyCheese, to ensure the model was ready for painting.

The final results was pretty gobsmacking! I had no idea resin would look really crisp once paint was added, just the sheer details of sculpt was spectacular. I’m no E’avy metal painter by a long stretch in comparison, but I will say that I think this is one of my best painted models of this year and current my best miniature I’ve painted so far.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/preparing-and-painting-jago-sevatar-sevatarion-1st-captain-of-the-night-lords-legion-part-2-of-2/

8. Warhammer World

I never thought I’d be able to see Warhammer World again (the family aren’t keen about going there which is understandable), but this year I had the chance to go back and see it again. Last time I went it had one long exhibition room with all the classic models on display, but now it’s several rooms full of amazing displays.

The whole place has changed now, including a bigger shop, a whole BL corner and a Forge World store. It’s worth going to Forge World now that it’s expanded, I almost didn’t want to leave at the end of the day.

I’ll let the link below explain how it all went as I’d be monologging too much if I carry on.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/visiting-warhammer-world/

9. The Bad Moons

An ambitious three month project of mine was to build my first Xenos army as a playable Patrol detachment, so I’ve chosen the Orks as my new army project. I wanted to challenge myself with painting this army to add some difficulty, so I went for the Bad Moons Tribe as yellow never worked for me before.

This series at the end had two outcomes, one being that this was the fastest (surprising since no Red was painted for the tribe) army I’ve painted, only taking three to four months to finish. On the other outcome, my dog sadly passed away during the time I was working on this project. So in honour of my dogs memory, this collection was dedicated to him and the life he lived.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/a-tale-of-one-warlord-month-2/

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So that ends my highlights of 2018! I’ve done so much this year getting a variety of projects started and finished, at least this year I’ve achieved at least two finished projects that started on the same year.

I’m hoping 2019 will be my finest work yet to out beat this year, I’m going to work harder at getting my older projects progressed towards the end. I want to also move away from bigger projects and start smaller ones that won’t consume too much of my time.

So I hope you have enjoyed this post, I hope to see you guys next year for mor…………………………………………………………………..[GRIM][GRIM][GRIM]……………JOIN-THE-GRIM………………………. . The day of Grim approaches. By the will of Huston Ferren, join us on the eve of new year as a new era dawns.

Project New Grim will be revealed on Monday 31st December!

Crimson

A new year, a new project, a new blog series and my final 40k army collection series.

The end is near, but the Crimson Fists will sacrifice all to ensure mankind lives another day. From near extinction, Pedro Kantor led his few remaining brothers from the ashes of defeat in an all out final last stand at Rynn’s World.

Even against all odds, the sons of Dorn fought with valour and fortitude to retake their world from the Orks. Though after the aftermath they are a fragment of their once full military might, the Crimson Fists yet live to purge the Xenos scum for the Emperor.

Now, after the opening of the Cicatrix Maladictum and the Indomitus Crusade’s end, the Blood on their fists will bleed crimson once more!

Coming soon in 2019…….

12 days of Winter: day ten, change of plans

Originally I was going to dedicate day ten as a gathering of my Sacrosanct Chamber and Nighthaunt models into a photo final. However, plans were changed after I found this softcover comic….

A first edition print by Titanbooks in 1983, Judge Death collects all of the ‘Return of Judge Death’ storyline created by John Wagner and Brian Bolland. This softcover comic collection features Judge Death, a Dark Judge from alternate dimension called Deadworld, who punishes all for their crimes by living, and sentenced to death!

A lot of the imagery in the storyline is iconic not only in the history of Judge Dredd, but also for the Dark Judges who have been a thorn in Dredd side for many years. The first introduction of the Dark Judges is quite horrifying and cool at the same time, as they stand together in a two page spread like they’ve got your attention (almost like a horror film).

My first proper introduction to the Dark Judges was The Dark Judges book one: The Fall of Deadworld, a prequel story that explores the decline and nightmarish world of Deadworld. It’s a fun comic book story which shows your a darker world that’s even worse than Megacity one’s average citizens life. I’m still waiting for book two to be released at my local book shop!

I’m eager to read this story along with the Judge Dread Megazine comics through Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

That’s all for today! I think this year has been a 2,000AD thrill ride finding old comic, and buying new progs for ABC Warriors and Savage storylines. I’m hoping 2019 will be just as good if not better!

Join me tomorrow as we reach the second to last 12 days of Winter post series. Until next time!

12 days of Winter: day eight, Megazine collection

A short post today about recent finding of old sister 2,000ad comics, the Judge Dredd Megazine volume 2!

In total I have 19 issues from #1 to #20, only missing issue #5 in the bundle. I found this collection at my local car boot sale, all for £5! As a 2,000AD fan, I couldn’t miss my chance to get these classic issues, and thank god I got them.

Originally published as a monthly release, Judge Dredd Megazine was a sister comic that expanded the world of Megacity one. It was until 1992 that the comic would go fortnightly, hence why it started with volume two issue one.

I’m still reading through the collection at the minute, as I’ve only got up to issue #8. My favourites so far would be Devlin Waugh: Swimming in Blood and Armageddon: The Bad Man. Both are exciting to read with top notch artwork and story writing.

Thats day eight done as we reach close to Christmas Day (they’ll be a special one too 😉). I’ll be back tomorrow with more 12 days of Winter posts!

12 days of Winter: day seven, Warhammer Battle Bestiary (1992)

Today I want to show a recent item I found last week, an old copy of Warhammer Battle Bestiary.

What’s interesting about this book is that it contains all the factions with profiles, from Dwarfs to the undead. I have no idea about what edition this book was, judging by the release of 4th edition Dark Elves (1993), I’d say this book was a 3rd edition supplement. If anyone can correct me on this, please let me know and I’ll correct the post.

A few bits I thought were interesting about this book compared to later editions and AoS.

  • No points for units, just basic profiles and rules. I’m guessing it’s either in the rulebook or no points were made at the time.
  • Tomb kings and Bretonnia weren’t mentioned in the book.
  • The undead faction have very little lore besides being dead.
  • Haflings were a thing!
  • Ogres aesthetically look way different from their eastern redesign in the early 2000’s.

That’s I can point out so far as I’m still reading the book, but I’m learning new information as I go along!

What’s really good about the book is the artwork! Many of which haven’t been reprinted in supplements for years (maybe White Dwarf and expansion book?), an early look at the world of Warhammer in the early 90’s.

There’s a dark view of the Old World that’s been expressed with various styles and artistic expression. You see a grounded world that is always on the brink of despair and chaos, with nightmarish realms and graphical depictions of immorality. Traditional paintings and drawings always inspire me with the way the artist uses various media, to tell a story and explore the world visually.

Whilst today’s artwork at Games Workshop is still impressive with digital art being the main focus, it does however lack the consistency and standard that used to go into the visual aspect of supplement artwork. For example, I enjoy more of Paul Daintons traditional paintings rather than his recent works, and whilst the recent works are still impressive to look at (some even just as good as old!) they do however lack the quality especially some of the backgrounds looking lacklustre.

Here are few example art works I found in the book, I do not own them, they belong to their respective creator and GW’s IP.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find sources for who created the artworks by their creators, since the book doesn’t list contributors apart from the writers.

I haven’t got much else to say now about the book, but I’ll be sure to share more of my thoughts at a later post on the books contents!

12 days of Winter: day six, Red moon (Before New Grim)

The Red moon rises as the Grim cult causes untold damage to the county

During the night on the 18th December, 1999, at 18:37pm, eyewitnesses saw a strange sight as the moon arose in glowing red. At first it was believed just gossip from the locals at the beach, until many eyewitnesses across the county saw the same anomaly.

It’s theorised that it might be climate change that’s causing the earths atmosphere to turn far distant astrological objects red. Caused by a mix of chemical pollutants, the atmosphere is weakened by as of yet unknown substance thats causing a faster rate of climate disorder.

However, other researchers have disproved this theory as earths atmosphere seems to be normal in America, China, Greenland and many other countries. Instead oversea researchers believe it’s just one small area that’s affecting the sky.

Whatever the cause might be, the public have taken this sight with a mix of surprise, curiosity and fear. Recent rise of a small religious group calling themselves the Grim, proclaim this is a prophecy of things to come. They believe the world will end by the first day of 2000, destroyed by mankind’s own sins.

The group has been growing since the 12th May of last year after the Wolds incident, which saw their leader Huston Ferren, 48, display a gathering of followers on the Wolds northern area. He was convicted of modern slavery and acts of cruelty to the helpless, he was jailed for 26 years for acts of pure evil and may likely never see the outside world in his life time.photo taken of graffiti of the Grim cult symbol at the Wolds incident.

But since his imprisonment, his cult religious group have grown vastly with reports of increased violence and property damage by the group. As of last week, the group have been deemed by the authorities as an extremist group, and will be arrested on site by local enforcers of the GJS.

The question that everyone has on their minds right now is when will order be restored and how long will the government take before anarchy ensues?

Written by Garrneth Derrick

12 days of Winter: day five, False Gods and serpents (just my thoughts)

I mentioned in day three on my tribute model on the sons of Horus how I was inspired by the Horus Heresy books. I took inspiration from various books relating to the Sons of Horus including Horus Rising, Vengeful Spirit and various short stories in the series.

Recently I read Graham McNeil’s first book in the series, False Gods, a continuation from Horus Rising following the aftermath of the genocide of Interex. The story really caught my attention with lots of questions about the Emperor and his “Great Crusade”, religion and how things could have gone if Horus acted differently to the events that take place.

Having read Erebus in other books (a majority of books I own has Erebus in it, and most are Word Bearers story!), I was intrigued to learn how he enacted the downfall of Horus with the help of the Serpent Lodge. I was almost glad when Akshub killed him, it was good to finally see the old wretch get what he deserves after all the terrible things he’s done. But alas, the First Chaplin survives and the rest is history.

What interested me was how Graham McNeil interwove religious and historical myths on snakes, and how they are portrayed by human cultures. What would be said by Kyrle Sinderman about what the serpent represents would be shocking when everything starts to align, even the revelation has not yet really dawned on Loken, the protagonist of the story, just how dire Horus’s resurrection would spell for the galaxy.

There’s an interesting part of the story where the Sons of Horus meet a human world that is to be in compliance, with peaceful arrangement to discuss relations. What’s fascinating is that the Brotherhood, the armed forces of the planet, share nearly the same power armour design as the Sons of Horus. This is strange as the civilisation of this world hasn’t made contact with outside communication for many decades. Now the military do pale in contrast to the Astartes due to being biologically enhanced, but nevertheless appear very much like their brethren.

The mystery as to why they look the same is unclear, but their wealth of STC templates were very promising to the 63rd expedition and Horus’s own Mechanicum expert, Regulus. Shame any good will was established since Horus thought putting a bullet to the Brotherhoods ambassador was a good idea!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel with an engaging story that really asks a lot of questions, and very few answers. I’ve got a lot of inspirational ideas from reading this book, including my own tribute to the Sons of Horus with my display model (you can find that on day three in this years 12 days of Winter!). Im currently stuck between making a tribute piece on Legio Mortis using AT Titan miniatures or Primaris sized tribute models of the Mornival.

Either way, I’m getting back into painting something new thanks to this inspiring book. The Horus Heresy book series has been a long line of stories that really expands the universe of Warhammer 30k, not all of the stories are perfect, but on the whole it’s great Sci-Fi historical journey!

12 days of winter: day four, My top ten recommended Black Library books

Apologies for getting Day 4 of my seasonal blog post late, it took me some time to edit this post right before deadline schedule!

After four months of reading The Founding Omnibus for the Gaunts Ghost series, I felt like I’d achieved not only that I had read three books in a short space of time (very rare of me to do that). Ive also learned a lot more about the Warhammer 40k universe even more through the eyes of mortal characters. Dan Abnett is truly a master at writing very engaging and unique characters and stories that are relatable.

I’ve decided that I wanted to do my own top ten books I’d recommend reading for new and old readers. I’m a bookworm by heart, reading is one of my many hobbies in my past time.

My rules for picking this list goes like this:

  • Only one author per slot and only one book that they’ve written, if it’s in a anthology, I’ll mention where the book.
  • Can’t be multiple books/ series in one slot, for example, Gaunts Ghosts, Horus Heresy, The Beast Arises and etc. Only one title in the series can be chosen.
  • Must be books I’ve read and finished.

So with the rules set, I’ll now reveal my chosen top ten Black Library books I’d recommend. Enjoy!

10) Space Marine Battles: Slaughter at Giants Coffin, by L.J Goulding

My first pick is this novella story by L.J Goulding, featuring the near decimated chapter of the Scythes of the Emperor. This story is very action packed with one of the best Space marine vs Tyranids I’ve read so far. Following the fall of their home world of Sotha, the Scythes of the Emperor arrive on a Death world, where they prepare to rebuild their numbers after narrowly surviving the clutches of Hive Kraken.

This story is a sad tale of loss to he eyes of the space marines, what it truly means to be a space marine during times of darkness.

If your interested in reading more action packed stories with Tyranids involved, this book is certainly one to read.

9) The Dance of the Skulls, By David Annandale

A short Age of Sigmar story about Neferata and her ways of politics, this story focuses more on character motivation and discovering how the undead aristocracy functions. It’s an interesting insight into the lives of the living and dead celebrating and dine in the realm of death.

This short story is a great read if your keen to know more about the Soul Blight vampires, as well as the Neferatas personality and actions when dealing with obstacles from rival houses.

8) The Emperors Architect, by Guy Haley

One of my favourite traitor Primarchs got his own pre Heresy books a few years ago as part of the Primarchs Horus Heresy book series. Then about year ago or so, a short story Written by Guy Haley about Perturabo was included in the Sons of the Emperor Anthology.

It adds onto the early years of Perturabo and how the people of Olympia view him as either a monster or a saviour. Personally, this short story was by far the best one out of all of the stories in the anthology, as it added more mythos to character that isn’t widely known.

The Emperors Architect is a fascinating story about Olympia after Perturabo reunited with his father, the world now in imperial compliance. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to see what life was like during the Great Crusade.

7) Time of Legends: Malekith (part of The Sundering trilogy series), by Gav Thorpe

My first Black Library book was Time of Legends: Malekith, The Sundering Trilogy. This book got me started in the world of Warhammer and it’s fictional setting, a tale that grips me still to this day.

It’s a tragic story that not only shows what Malekith was like before he was corrupted, but it also showed the Warhammer World before the time of men.

I recommend reading the whole trilogy if your keen to learn more about the Durchii’s past, and what started the whole elven civil war.

6) The Labyrinth, by Peter

Need a horror story to read that’s not Genestealers? Well, The Labyrinth reads like an unfolding nightmare as it plunged one Sons of Malice marine into a nightmarish battle for survival.

I really liked the flow of this story as it unravels mysteries about the horrors that the Sons of Malice will face, the end twist is jaw dropping! I can’t spoil the story here, but I’d recommend reading it if your into horror/ Sci Fi Horror.

5) Fifteen Hours, by Mitchel Scanlon

This book to me feels very much like a Sci Fi story that is inspired by WWI, a young adult at a very young age joins the army to fight a war far away from his home. If I could describe this book in one word, it would be “tragic”. You see the Imperium not as a glorious force like the propaganda would have you believe, but instead a disorganised power that is slowly crumbling away.

Take my advice when reading this book, skip the first chapter and read on, and stop before the last chapter and read the first one. Trust me, it’ll make the story worth reading without spoilers, as it ruins the story by revealing too early the main protagonists fate.

4) The Horus Heresy- Vengeful Spirit, by Graham McNeill

I have many favourite books from the Horus Heresy series which I can’t include them all here, but I picked my personal favourite which is Vengeful Spirit. Drawing story lines from many books (by the same author and others) into a plot that would be epic in scale and drama that unfold.

Want full on Astarte action? Imperial knights? Titans? Lore? Mystery? Well this book has it all, as the battle of Molech sees the Sons of Horus take on the loyalist in a full on warfare.

3) The End Times: Return of Nagash by Josh Reynolds

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include the End Times onto my top ten list, even if I haven’t read many books from the series. This book is arguably my favourite so far, with unexpected deaths, more deaths and probably my favourite team up of Arkhan the Black and Mannfred Von Carstein.

It’s sad that the End Times (supplement gaming books) didn’t do well with the community, with only five books that hardly covered every faction and story plots. However, BL did the best it could to make the End Times enjoyable to read, with Josh Reynolds writing a the rise of Nagash.

Interestingly enough, Josh Reynolds had the opportunity to return to writing the undead in several AoS stories including the Realmgate Wars, Soul Wars and short stories.

2) Into the Malestom (part of the anthology book by the same name), by Chris Pramas

Now you may be wondering why I’ve picked this short story for second place. It’s a story that not only shows what Warhammer 40k is like in the grim darkness of the far future, but also how loyalty means nothing in a galaxy that neither cares nor remembers your sacrifices.

A lone Astarte named Sartak returns to his chapter after years of absence, that chapter is none other than the Red Corsairs. With a White Scar marine in on the plan, they attempt to take down Huron Blackheart!

Sartak considers himself to still be an Astral Claw, disowning his legions new identity. But his loyalty is tested as gradually the story takes a turn for the worse. The ending (which I won’t spoil) has got to be one of favourite endings where it really sticks with the theme of Warhammer 40k.

1) Necropolis, A Gaunts Ghost novel, by Dan Abnett

You’ll have already gussed I would put a Gaunts Ghost novel as my number one recommended book. I’ve chosen Necropolis as my chosen book due to it’s sheer gripping rollercoaster ride of a story of Hive city siege warfare, as Gaunt and his ghosts most defend a city against a vast chaos military might.

Dan not only writes characters that we already get aquatinted with in previous books, but also adds new characters that are funny, tragic, strong, intelligent and some being complete aresholes.

If your into grand scale siege warfare and want to see what Hive society is like when war hits home, I’d recommend reading this book!

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With that, my top ten book recommendation is done! I hope you have enjoyed this post and maybe interested reading a sample or two of the books I’ve mentioned. I haven’t read every single BL book and popular books, so I’m still reading so many books!

I’ll be back again today with day 5 of 12 days of Winter. See you soon!