A.B.C Warriors tribute art, part 2: Joe Pineapples in the style of Simon Bisley

Rough sketch using one of Simon Bisley’s artwork of Joe as a reference (the one where he’s holding his badass rifle!)

Using Line Markers (0.3/ 0.8) to trace over the pencil sketch, then erasing the pencil marks to clean up the drawing.

Originally I was going to use a black pen marker to fill in the shadows, but I didn’t have any to spare and my line markers won’t be good enough for the job. So I used Procreate digital art app to fill in the shading areas in an oriental brush.

Continuing on with my A.B.C Warriors tribute art series, I’ve done my second artwork in the style of Simon Bisley for the best assassin bot, Joe Pineapples.

Joe Pineapples is a A.B.C Warrior who first appeared in the the series first prog, written by Pat Mills for 2000AD back in 1979 in prog #119. It wasn’t until Simons art run that Joe had a redesign to make him look more punk and sleeker, emphasising on his assassin qualities.

I wanted to recreate the scene where Joe uses his sniper rifle, but I’ve cropped my recreation as I’m terribly bad at full body anatomy composition. Originally I was going to use pen and black ink, but I didn’t have any black ink to spare, so I used digital art to cover the bigger shaded areas.

Next up, should I do Ro-Jaws or retired version of the A.B.C Warriors leader, Hammerstein? I think going for the Ro-Busters era would be awesome to try out!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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A.B.C Warriors tribute art part 1: Mongrol in the style of Mike McMahon

Original inked artwork using fine ink pens, ink colour pens, inks and blue glaze.

Photo editing version

Final artwork using Procreate art app

This blog post series is a tribute to 2000AD’s Sci-fi war series, The A.B.C Warriors written by Pat Mills and various artist who have illustrated the team over many decades.

I wanted to try this art project for two reasons, 1) I haven’t done an art project since my Kray Twins art project a year ago, I’m getting rusty from a lack of consistent art work. My break from art is long overdue. 2) I’ve always wanted to try and recreate the A.B.C Warriors ever since I first read them back in 2013, the first work of Pat Mills that I’ve enjoyed reading and got me into reading more of his 2000ad work. I liked how unique each character looked that suited their personality, like Hammerstein for example having a masculine and heroic physic wielding his heavy hammer. The members of the A.B.C Warriors personalities really adds weight to the story, and how each of them has a story to tell (well Blackblood is the least sympathetic bot of the lot).

The artists like Kevin O’Neil, Mike McMahon, Carlos Ezquerra, Simon Bisley, Clint Langley and many more have always made fantastic artworks for the A.B.C Warriors. Whilst the group have had big visual changes of the years stylistically, they still however retain their personalities and design over the past decades. From Bisley’s punk 80’s comic book art to Langley’s blockbuster Sci-Fi digital art, the A.B.C Warriors have a refreshing appeal for every decade and artist interpretation.

Inspired by the original cover art for A.B.C Warriors book one by Mike Mchaon, I wanted to recreate Mongrol in a similar style to Mikes work. I’ve gone for inks as I like the different effects it has when applied. Like the colour ink pens are great for covering big areas in a flat colour, and ink paints to shade areas like shadows and background. Sort of like old comic book art, but using more modern tools for the job.

The photo edit and digital art is used to refine the artwork and add a finishing touch. Hopefully this artwork will be at least a good enough tribute to the brilliant artwork of Mike McMahon.

My next subject is Joe Pineapples, one of the coolest and deadliest members of the A.B.C Warriors. I might do him in the style of Simon Bisley’s Black and White ink work, or try the deep end and go digital art like Clint Langley’s version of Joe.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

My final tribute to the Old World, a Bretonnia project (part 3): Grail Knight warden

I’ve been working on this collection on and off due to my new obsession with playing the original Dark Souls game (so far I’ve got the Lordvessel after two days of grinding against the twin bosses and currently on my way through The Dukes Archives), so progress has been very slow.

However, the game has given me some inspiration for my Bretonnia project that would add some creative additions to my collection. With a spare Stormcast Eternals Model, some kitbashing and a spare square base, I went about creating a character that’s fitting to the fantastical side to Bretonnia.

Less gold, more grim and spiky shoulder plates!

A WIP model, the Grail Knight Warden is a not a Stormcast Eternal, but rather a Knight who serves the Lady as her chosen guardian to protect her and those who serve her. They have abandoned their past life to serve and protect their patron, becoming giant knights who tower over mortals as the perfect manifestation of the chivalry code.

I was inspired by the giant guards (I don’t know what their official name is called) in Dark Souls, who guard the boss entrance to Ornstein and Smough, who guards Gwyndolin. Having these giant armoured knights adds to the power and protection the lady of the lake would have.

A scale comparison from Knight Champion to Grail Knight Warden. Notice the owl on his shoulder?

Here’s what I’ve painted so far for this project.

Once I get my Grail Knight Warden finished I’ll be showing the model in the usual photography presentation, then it’s back to painting block units starting with my last core unit of Bowmen.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

Book reading challenge 2019, progress so far

Back in February I did a post on my 2019 book reading challenge, after last years biggest record of reading books of twelve in total. This year I wanted to beat that record by reading more books, and expand my interests into literature.

So how have I done so far?

Well, I’ve done a lot of reading so far, a lot more faster than I used to read. In fact I’ve noticed how quicker I am at reading books and how I’m more imaginative reading the action/ character developments.

Here’s what I’ve read so far this year.

  • The Rats, by James Herbert
  • Lair, by James Herbert
  • Domain, by James Herbert
  • Chacarodons: The Outer Dark, by Robbie Mcniven
  • The Horus Heresy: Galaxy in Flames, by Ben Counter
  • The Horus Heresy: Crimson Fist, by John French
  • Nagash: The Undying King, by Josh Reynolds
  • Legacy of Dorn, by Mike Lee
  • Elric of Melniboné, by Michael Moorcock
  • A knight and his horse, by Ewart Oakshott

Ten books read so far! It’s only month four of twelve and I’m already near over the record mark! I must admit I wasn’t sure if I could read as much book with enough enthusiasm and interest. But I’m actually enjoying reading books now that I’m using instrumental music as background noise when I’m reading, as well as setting daily/weekly goals to read a certain amount of pages.

I’ve still got many more books to read yet before the year is done, I’m now planning on setting a goal of re-reading books I’ve read years ago. This is a fun way of having a new perspective on books that I’ve read before, and learn things that I’ve missed out on my first read.

For example, I’m currently reading Warhammer End Times: Return of Nagash, by Josh Reynolds, which covers the first of five stories in the apocalyptic event that broke the Old World. Last time I read this book was way back in 2014/ 2015, so there’s been enough of a gap since I’ve read it to consider trying it a second read. Oh Mannfred, such an ambitious schemer and a fool you were!

Until next time!

-Bjorn

My final tribute to the Old World, a Bretonnia Project (part 2): Knights Errant

Today I have a unit of Knights Errant that I’ve been working on for the past few days. They are knights that are learning the ropes of becoming fully fledged knights, from learning to fight on their rounsey horses and to follow the laws of chivalry.

Bretonnia is known to have noble blood (or very privileged families) that join the Knights Errant in service to a Bretonnia lord ( and to one day become a Knight if the Realm, a Questing Knight or if luck blesses them a Holy Grail Knight).

Unlike most kingdoms under Bretonnia, my Knight house will be slightly different in the way it’s organised and function. Inspired by Ewart Oakshotts book, ‘A Knight and His Horse‘, my collection will be based on historical chivalry from roughly 1066 to 1400. With that, I’ll be using words that aren’t usually associated with Bretonnia and force organisation names/ranks, so I’ve listed below what these words mean for easy reading in future posts.

  • Destrier- Jousting Horse
  • Rounsey- none noble/ men-at-arms (also known as Sergeants) horses for war
  • Jeannette- noble horse breed for royal ladies (damsel)
  • Valet- a noble born as a Knight Errant
  • Men-at-arms Knights- peasants/average lowborn who has proven their skills to join his Lords military by showing their worth In jousting matches

The worthy flock of Caistornor (Knights Errant of men-at-arms)

-Bjorn

My final tribute to the Old World, a Bretonnia project (part 1)

This post took me way longer to type up than it should’ve been. Having been distracted by playing Dark Souls every day trying to progress against the grind, and enjoying how rewarding the game is each time I finally beat a boss. Painting my models has been a lot slower than usual because of my time devoted to playing Dark Souls.

But I did eventually get a good sizeable batch of units painted in the last three weeks.

Lately I’ve been feeling very nostalgic about Warhammer, more specifically Warhammer Fantasy Battles and the years I’ve been experiencing it from 2009 to its last days. Looking through old rule books from 7th and 8th edition, Blood in the Badlands supplement and Storms of Magic supplement. It was a very different time and place back then, how things have changed since.

I’ve been keen to re-establish my mind with the Old World, reading books I’ve read before, and new ones I haven’t read. Recently, I got the novella, Dreadfleet, by Phil Kelly, which was a released alongside the standalone box game back in 2011. So far I’m really enjoying this book for its ‘straight to the action’ opening, and paces pretty well from chapter to chapter. Oh, and I found out in the book that Sigmarite existed before AoS!

Back to the subject.

The one thing I didn’t get to do was to paint a full army collection for WHFB, by the time AoS came around all of my WHFB collections were converted over to AoS. Although I still have a Dark Elves army painted, it’s counted as an AoS army as they’re all on circle bases and use the legacy rules.

I realised that I still have many spare square bases and movement trays, which I haven’t used since 2015. Then, a couple of weeks ago I found out that my local charity shop were selling boxes of historical model kits. An idea formed in my head.

Why not build a 7th/ 8th edition army? A Bretonnia army was something I’ve always wanted to do, well when an updated army book for 8th edition (but alas they were killed in the End Times before they could receive their book). So previous editions would have to do.

That’s if I can ever find myself a second hand copy of Bretonnia, as it’s kinda hard to find a second hand copy these days. So I’m relying on information from wiki, White Dwarf issues and anything relating to Bretonnia lore and rules.

Since GW have gotten ride of the Bretonnia range, I’ve tried other ways of building this army. I’ve used various kits from historical miniature companies, mostly from Hät miniatures. For more fantasy like models, I’ve gone for Wizkids D&D miniatures range for mystical beasts.

Below is my list that I’m working on for this project, which will change over the next few weeks as I’m working on the project.

Lords

  • Bretonnian Lord

Hero’s-

  • Nobel Champion
  • Nobel Champion
  • Damsel

Core-

  • 20x Men at arms
  • 20x Men at arms
  • 10x Peasant Bowmen
  • Knights Errant

Special-

  • 40x Peasant Battle Pilgrim
  • 10x Mounted Yeomen

Rare-

  • Holy Grail Knights

Storm of magic-

  • Owl Bear (substituting Gryphon warscroll)
    Great Stag

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Now onto the good stuff! I’ve already painted a few units for this project, and surprisingly I did a few units of 20x models! I tend to get really unmotivated to paint big block units when it comes to an army project, but this project was different. It was actually fun painting block units………..

This is my first unit of two blocks of 20x Men at arms, I thought these were a good looking unit as semi armoured peasants. Slightly better looking, but not as extravagant and stoic as the nobles of Bretonnia. I have a second unit already painted, but it looks the exact same but blue shields instead.

Next up, I have an Owl Bear as substitute for a Gryphon warscroll. I’d imagine Owl Bears are fierce but loyal creatures to the knightly order, who fight alongside the knights when a Damsel binds these creatures in times of great need.

For my Hero options, I’ve gone for two Knight champions to be added in my units of peasants.

Finally, the Bretonnia Lord who will lead this army.

There’s still a lot of work to do with this collection, all my models have now been undercoat primed and ready to be painted. I’m hoping in time I can get my Peasant Bowmen painted soon as my third painted core unit.

I’m just hoping Dark Souls doesn’t derail my project by a long delay…..

-Bjorn