Primaris Crimson Fists: part IV

Today I wanted to show my current progress for the Crimson Fists project, which is already nearly reaching its end! However, there’s still much work to do before I can officially say the project is done. I have some transfer work to do (tedious and irritating to attempt) and start painting my latest kitbashed model.

Fresh units are ready for the battle against the hated Ork menace, with Hellblasters and Intercessors. I’m still working on the transfers for the Intercessors with squad markings and chapter badge.

Regular readers of my blog will recognise the MKIII marines looking very similar to 2017 Iron Scarab’s. Since they weren’t much use to me for a year with no future plans, I’ve decided to repaint then as Crimson Fists in tribute to the MKIII marines that fought in the fleet battle of Phall.

Speaking of which, I’ve just recently finished giving a second read to John French’s Horus Heresy novella, The Crimson Fist. Reading it has given me a better understanding behind Alexis Pollux, an Imperial Fist marine who would later be the founding Chapter master of the Crimson Fists. I can see why Rogal Dorn gave Alexis the chance to form his own second founding chapter.

Also, my lieutenant finally had a new base to finish the model off. I’m still deciding which Ork head I should use for the base, I’ve got quite a few spare bitz to choose from.

I’ve added some honour badges to show his victory badges he earned.

This is what I’ve done so far with this project for this month.

One last picture to finish this post off, I don’t really need to say who this grim chap is. He seems pretty glad to have claimed his new trophy to add to the hall wall of stuffed Ork heads.

Once I’ve finished my transfer work and painting my kitbashed Chaplin, I’ll be deciding wether to have a unit of Aggressors, Redemptor Dreadnought or a unit of Reivers as my elite option. Since it’s my last choice for the collection, I’m thinking of either going for the cheap option of adding and repainting my current Reiver unit (currently Black Templars) as a 5x squad. Or I could alternatively add a heavy unit like Aggressors or Redemptor Dreadnought to add more heavy damage.

Either way, I’ll make my mind up soon and get this project done by next month.

Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

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Warhammer Pub Quiz book

Did you know, Black Library released two official quiz books for Warhammer and Warhammer 40k?

Neither did I!

Way before my time, back in 2007 BL released two quiz books full of questions, puzzles and other factual games. The main chunk of this book has questions for every faction/ race from easy to hardcore lore.

I found this by chance at a second hand book store, which had a few Warhammer books (mostly fantasy) but very few. Out of the selection were three pretty unique ones including this quite book, an Empire pirate book (I forgot the name!) and the limited print of Phil Kelly’s novel, Dreadfleet.

Out of the three, this book caught my attention as unlike the rest which are available as ebooks, this one hasn’t been reprinted since first publication.

Anyways, that’ll be all since there’s not much to say about a quiz book, but I’d thought I’d share this discovery today.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

Primaris Crimson Fists: part III, Captain Sandor Galleas, Lieutenant Titus Juno and those flying things

Took me awhile to get this project going as I had some issues with the project. I was nearly tempted to abandon the project and paint them as Black Templars instead (the hypocrisy of me). However, I pulled through and stuck to my original plan of painting a Crimson Fist army.

But I made one slight change, the Intercessors were added to my ongoing Black Templars army project instead. I’ll elaborate on this very soon in an upcoming post!

Anyways, I’ve painted my leader of the collection, Captain Galleas in Gravis armour, inspired by Mike Lee’s novel, Legacy of Dorn. Out of all the characters in the book, I’ve enjoyed reading about Galleas so much that I wanted to bring him to life as a Primaris Marine, and purge any filthy Ork armies!

You’ll notice that my captain has a different pose than the original pose of the kit, that’d because I prefer the model striding with the power sword lowered, rather than heroic sword raised high. I think the new pose looks fantastic, it gives a sense of weight as he walks in Gravis armour with determination to slay some orks.

I’ve also used a spare Deathwatch shoulder plate and Marneus Calgar head for kit bashing. I wanted to stay true to the look that Mike Lee described Galleas as (even though he wasn’t a Primaris Marine in the book), from the Deathwatch skull, the noble shaped head and his artefact power sword.

Next up is a WIP of Titus Juno, one of Galleas’s close allies during the war on Rynn’s World, who I’ve decided to make him as a Primaris Lieutenant. Honestly who wouldn’t be Galleas’s Demi company commander? A badass marine who can go toe to toe with any Ork double his size, even a mighty Warboss!

I won’t spoil the story of Legacy of Dorn, but I believe that Juno more than earned the rank of Primaris Lieutenant decades later after the Cicatrix Maladictum event. He shows great promise to be a leader who can teach many new generations the techniques he learnt during the invasion of Rynn.

I just need to put him on a base that’s the same as the lieutenant kits, just for the sake of getting the base size right (and fitting a decapitated Ork head on too!). Also notice the Corvus helmet? I thought I’d tie it to the Rouge Trader cover which featured a marine with a beaky helmet.

Finally with have these…

Not my favourite kit in the stater set and Primaris range, they look out of place for my taste anyways. However, painting them was fun and they look pretty cool once finished.

Now let’s see how my current progress is going with the collection so far!

I’d say I’m nearly done with this project now, I’m happy with the project so far with how it’s shaping up. Transfers are an arse to apply, but they are old so they would lose their quality understandably.

Anyways that it for today. I have one more unit, the Hellblasters, to show off and share my tips on painting them. After that it’ll be a break for this project until I can get a unit of 5x Intercessors, and hopefully a Redemptor Dreadnought/ or Agressors to top off this collection.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for part IV!

Until next time!

-Bjorn

The Rats and The City

Today I’ve found an old comic book from a comic store, but this isn’t your usual superhero story or even a Judge Dredd story (but I was very close to getting a Judge Dredd comic today!). Rather than buying my usual favourite comic books by 2,000ad, my eye was attracted by another comic that was just barely visible in the stacks. What I found was none other than The City, by James Herbert.

At first glance I thought I’ve found an Alien comic with strange alien, like architecture similar to the space jockey ship interior. However when I pulled it out of the comic stack, I was shocked to see this was actually a post apocalyptic comic book story.

I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t flick through the book to see if I liked it before purchase. It was in a protective pocket and I didn’t want to open it case the shop owner got angry. Anyways, what made me but this over Judge Dredd Yearbook (I think it was 1994?) was the sheer enormity of the front cover with it’s beautiful illustration. The back synopsis whilst very short was also very tempting to take a read.

So I brought this comic book and began to follow the isolation of a travellers journey into the city.

My impressions on the book overall?

The story telling is very limited throughout with only a few texts in each page, describing the journey the Traveller goes on. It’s difficult understanding what the characters goals are as it’s not mentioned until halfway through the story. By then, once it’s revealed that the protagonist is trying to rescue his family in the city, the empathy for the horror that takes place only works for the shock value. Any character building and the relationships is none existent, making you feel like you’ve missed out on those connections.

However, this isn’t to say that this comic book isn’t worth reading (well visually looking since there’s hardly much reading involved) as the art is the books strongest aspect. Ian Miller’s artistic talent is outstanding in the way he illustrates the downfall of the city from the landscape to the people who inhabit it. The buildings are crumbling with contorted structure that look eerie, with a mix of abomination like faces like a nightmare brought to life.

The use of colours is also used to great effect in the way Ian uses a mix of greys, dark blues, blacks and other dull colours to create a morbid and degraded city scape. Contrasting with the blood red sky really impacts the visual presentation of an alien like world, far from what our worlds environment and city scape looks like.

The main protagonist is also designed and coloured in a way as not to be a heroic good guy, or a badass action hero, but a lone man in a tin suit of armour. His humanity is hidden behind the suit disguising his true emotions throughout the first half of the story. He is an alien to the city, for he is a rust orange tin man in contrast to the grey and dull world that he contrasts to. When we do eventually see his true identity in the flesh, even he looks as dead and defeated as the rest of the people that suffer from the post apocalyptic nightmare.

As for James Herbert’s story telling, whilst I’ve mentioned above that there’s a lack story telling, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. These days we get dumped exposition in movies and books that drivel on about too much information, and by the time that’s done you feel bored or just distracted. However, The City gives you hardly any exposition dumps, instead the city and the action tells the story that you can piece together the world you see.

The back synopsis combined with the story makes sense as to what the story is about. It’s not a revolutionary story telling by no means, and it does lack context as to how the apocalyptic war started. There a reason why there’s a lack of information, but I’ll elaborate on that later on.

Overall, I’d recommend giving this a try if your into the illustration story based comic books, the art is worth observing and see the effort that’s been done to illustrate this story’s world. The story can be a downside to the book, it’s not terrible to the point of unreadable, it’s good if your wanting a short story to read.

What I found out afterwards

After reading this comic book, I wanted to find out more about this comic book and its creators. So I did some research and was surprised at what I’ve found, and it made more sense now that I look back on The City.

The City is a loose continuation of James Herbert’s best selling book trilogy series that started with his first book written, The Rats. Now I haven’t read The Rats in full, nor the two sequels from the series, but from what I can gather it’s clear what James had crafted.

The City is the result of what takes place from the trilogy, it’s a visual aftermath of what happen after the apocalypse, the main threat was the Rats. It’s the first and only graphic novel for The Rats book series, and the last story in the franchise.

I’m keen to find the books and read them myself now that I’ve found out more about the fictional world that James had created. If I didn’t pick up The City today, I would never have known about this flawed but beautiful and dark graphic novel.

With that, I’m going to wrap up today’s post and call it a night. Thank you for reading this post, and if you know about James Herbert and Ian Millers works, or The Rats trilogy, share your thoughts below in the comment section.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

How to paint Iron Warriors (with Nurgle’s Blessing)

In today’s post, I’m going to share my colour scheme for painting Iron Warriors with a mix of Nurgle influence. I’ll be splitting the colour guide into separate sections for simplicity and finding sections you might want to experiment with your own collections.

I managed to get over a week worth of painting done for all the models seen above, however, it might be less for you as I took time trying to decide what colours I was going to use! The aim of the project was staying true to the Iron Warriors recognisable silver, black and gold armour colours, but also making sure the Nurgle corruption wasn’t too cartoony (colour) and looked (u)natural in mutation.

I was Inspired by the art of Warhammer 40k/30k seen in GW publications and White Dwarf magazines. I used the Visions of Heresy art book as my guideline for getting the general idea of the image of the IV legion. Audio wise I’ve listened to two BL stories about the Iron Warriors, Primarch series: Perturabo by Guy Haley and Iron and Stone by Robbie Mcniven. These two fulled my inspiration to work harder at painting, which is exactly what Perturabo expects.

Paints

Before I share my painting processes, I’ve listed all the paints I’ve used for the project. Paints with ‘MC’ stands for Model Color paints, which I’ve shorten for simplicity.

  • Kantor Blue
  • Khorne Red
  • Hellion Green
  • Warboss Green
  • (MC) Refractive Green
  • Abaddon Black
  • Lahiman Medium
  • Reikland Fleshade
  • Averland Sunset
  • Leadbelcher
  • Retributor Gold
  • Nililkh Oxide
  • Typhus Corrosion
  • Kabalite Green
  • Sybarite Green
  • Nurgles Rot
  • Screamer Pink
  • Pink Horror
  • Emperors Children
  • (MC) Flat Red
  • (MC) Flat Brown
  • (MC) Foundation White
  • Zandria Dust
  • Ushabti Bone
  • Martian Desert

Painting Plague marine

Silver Armour

  1. Basecoat Abaddon Black
  2. Drybrush Leadbelcher
  3. Shade mix Abaddon Black and Lahiman Medium
  4. Drybrush Leadbelcher

Gold Trim

  1. Basecoat Retributor Gold
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Leadbelcher
  4. Add Nililakh Oxide and Typhus Corrosion for added rust effect

Warped Skin

  1. Basecoat Kabalite Green
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Sybarite Green
  4. Lightly drybrush Hellion Green
  5. Apply watered down Nurgle’s Rot

Pink bio-tubes

  1. Basecoat Screamer Pink
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Pink Horror
  4. Drybrush Emperors Children
  5. Apply watered down Nurgle’s Rot

Red Cape

  1. Basecoat Khorne Red/ or MC Flat Brown
  1. Shade mix Abaddon Black and Lahiman Medium
  2. Drybrush Khorne Red
  3. Drybrush MC Flat Red

Eye Lenses

  1. Basecoat MC Foundation White
  2. Shade mix Khorne Red and Lahiman Medium
  3. Make small white dots at the corner of the lenses

Plague Swords

  1. Basecoat Abaddon Black
  2. Drybrush Warboss Green
  3. Lightly drybrush Hellion Green

Bone/ Teeth

  1. Basecoat Zandria Dust
  2. Shade Reikland Fleshade
  3. Drybrush Ushabti Bone

Desert Base

  1. Basecoat MC Refractive Green
  2. Apply loads of Martian Desert on the base
  3. Drybrush Zandria Dust
  4. Apply patches of PVA glue and add green flock to the base for added environment effect.

Chevron

  1. Basecoat Averland Sunset
  2. Apply Shade of Reikland Fleshade
  3. Carefully apply Abaddon Black lines on the area in parallel lines
  4. Mix Averland Sunset and MC Foundation White
  5. Mix Abaddon Black and Lahiman Medium at the edges of the area

Rust

  1. Apply Typhus Corrosion on the desired area
  2. Drybrush Ryza Rust

Blue Plague Smoke

  1. Basecoat Zandria Dust
  2. Drybrush MC Foundation White
  3. Mix Kantor Blue and Lahiman Medium as a shade
  4. Drybrush MC Foundation White

Poxwalkers

For Poxwalkers, they have similar colour schemes as the Plague marines, however, they have a different colour scheme for skin.

Poxwalkers skin

  1. Basecoat Abaddon Black
  2. Drybrush MC Refractive Green
  3. Drybrush Warboss Green
  4. Lightly Drybrush Hellion Green

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I hope this guide will be useful for your painting of Iron Warrior models, or even an entirely different painting project. If you have any questions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

The Poxwalkers

The last unit to be painted from the Know No Fear starter Set is finally done, ten wretched Poxwalkers are now ready to spread the joy of Nurgle’s kindness to all!

It only took me about two days to paint this unit, using more simpler steps to get them done faster. Since I might want to add more Poxwalkers in the future, I needed an easy colour scheme for consistency.

I’ve now painted every unit from the Know No Fear set for the Deathguard models, a good achievement for getting it done in just over a week worth of painting! It seemed like a long time painting this project, especially the Plague marines as they had so many details to paint.

I’ll be taking a break from my Nurgle Iron Warriors to focus on my Primaris Crimson Fist Project. But I may add a few additional models to this collection to wrap things up. I’m going to be posting a full painting guide for this side project in an upcoming post, showing you how to paint everything from this side project so far.

That’s all from me for today! I hope you have enjoyed this side project so far, and if you have any questions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

As true as Iron

As true as Iron

Today I have finally finished my painted Iron Warriors corrupted by Nurgle, painting all of the marines and flyer from the Know No Fear starter set. Every day I painted my models slowly to get best results for the outcome, rather than rushing it for a day or two of lazy painting. The results speak for themselves.

There’s still another unit left to go before I can say I’m done with this project for the time being. The Poxwalkers were either going to be in my existing Death Guard army or this one, eventually yesterday I decided to keep them with this project. They’ll be done pretty soon depending on what my colour scheme will be for them.

So I’ll be back in a few days to show my final painted unit for this batch load of models from Know No Fear set. Then after that it’s back to the Crimson Fists Primaris Space Marines!

Until next time!

-Bjorn