Summer of Hobbying 2019: Death Guard Iron Warriors

Today’s post will be focusing on my Death Guard Iron Warriors, those of the sons of Perturabo who have succumbed to Nurgle’s blessings. As part of this years summer goal, I’ll be showing all of my current army projects works that I’ve done so far this year.

Starting off as just a passion project, my Nurgle devoted Iron Warriors soon got a lot of traction as a growing army project. Rather than boosting my first Death Guard project, The Harbinger Legion, instead I have given the Iron Warriors the big stuff after completing the Know no Fear set.

There was never a set goal on where I wanted this project to go, no set point list or detachment. Just a project I wanted to paint with as much effort, skill and passion. But still stuff kept getting added, as if limitations and goals being put to one side actually helped me?

Now that’s not to say there was no structure at least to follow, I have the basic army formation of at least a single troop choice and a HQ choice. But Know no Fear did cover the basics.

My last task for this project was painting a substitute 20x Cultists and a Tzeentch Aeldari Wizard. The cultist were substitute from a historical miniature kit (couldn’t remember what the company was called, nor the unit itself), but they fit the role as Olympian cultists of old.

As for the Tzeentch wizard, I had thought of using it as a Blades Khorne Bloodstoker substitute, but the design of the model looked perfect for an Aeldari Wizard. I used a Skorne kit from Privateer Press to substitute this model.

The wizard was used as a fun narrative story of an Aeldari Seer who instead of being consumed by Slannesh, offered her soul to Tzeentch to save her from being damned for eternity. Irony then that she became a slave to his whims of devious plots and threads of fate. Long story short, she’s now an ‘ambassador’ for the Iron Warriors warband afflicted by Nurgle. A point of diplomacy for the Tzeentch afflicted Iron Warriors and the Nurgle one’s.

If I feel the Nurgle aspect of the project is getting stale or naturally at an end, then I have an opportunity to continue this project by adding Tzeentch models to the project.

I just don’t know how to break the news to papa Nurgle that I’m seeing Tzeentch for my project, I think I’m longe overdue on my diseased library of infection returns……

With that direst of concerns that’ll be all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another army project, one that hasn’t been worked on this year, but will be the focus of my current works. Funny enough, it’s my Maggotkin of Nurgle!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Summer of Hobbying 2019: Primaris Crimson Fists

Welcome back to another Summer of Hobbying 2019, where this years challenge is to recap on my projects I’ve done so far. In today’s post I’ll be showing my Primaris Crimson Fists collection, a small but impressive collection of blueberry awesomeness!

Let’s pulverise the Greenskin menace!

Early this year, The Primaris Crimson Fists project was one of my last two Warhammer 40k army projects, an Imperial faction that I wanted to collect after my Black Templars. Because I’m getting older and running out of space to collect every faction under the sun. I wanted to make a Primaris army as my main Imperial faction to play.

Same as with the other two factions, Xenos for my Bad Moons Tribe and Death Guard Iron Warriors. Anything else is small scale collection, added allies or mini projects.

I do have a second Imperial faction, that being the Black Templars. However I think the mini marines have had their day, so the BT collection has stopped for the time being. I’ve collected enough models to end that project, apart from the scouts, and painting my last five marines.

Anyways what’s going on with the Crimson Fists? Well it’s still led by Captain Galleas (inspired by the same character from Mike Lee’s novel, Legacy of Dorn), who leads the 3rd or 4th company (being a bit flip flopy here as I don’t know what Mike will officially do with Galleas yet in current lore).

The project has been on pause for awhile now since I’ve painted everything in the collection. I’ve been preoccupied by other projects for some time now, but I’m hoping to return to this project when GW release the new Primaris range soon. That is however if I’m interested in any of the new models, the designs will either be cool or too out of place for me.

In the meantime I’m hoping to finish this project off with a Redemptor Dreadnought, a nice big killing machine! If the new Primaris release doesn’t impress me and I do get the Dreadnought, I have no interest to continue adding anymore units to this project. I’m always in the mindset that the Crimson Fist in a game should be few, outnumbered and read to fight or die in the name of the Emperor.

Thats all for today. I hope you have enjoyed this post on my favourite second founding chapter.

Up next, The Death Guard are here, in Iron Warriors colour scheme?

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Summer of Hobbying 2019: The Skullfiend Tribe army showcase

Summer is here (for me at last), and it’s the start of my second year of Summer of Hobbying.

My first summer on the blog was a when I did my AoS Nurgle Collection with a minimal kitbash of a Great Unclean One using the Maggoth kit. Since then I’ve tried to do a yearly season of hobby challenge.

Last year I did this many models in the summer!

This year there’s going to be some changes to how I’m doing Summer of Hobbying, due to budget constraints and time. So rather than showing nothing, I’ve decided to make this summer a year of showing what I’ve done so far this year. A showcase of army collections that I’ve been working on this year and where they are currently.

So what better way to start off this years recap than my growing power house of slaughter, The Skullfiend Tribe. Enjoy!

The Daemons of Khorne

The Slaves to Darkness of Khorne

The Bloodbound of Khorne

A pretty big collection that’s been going on for about three years now, a slow but growing army that’s reached its end. It used to be the Axes of Skarbrand project until half way through I decided to change it into the Skullfiend Tribe.

I’m happy with the current gathering of the Blades of Khorne army. I do however think that this project has naturally come to the end of its journey. As much as adding new models to the project would be awesome, I think some things have an ending.

The only units I have left to include is my Chaos Troggoth group, with two substitute Troggoths and a Troggoth King.

Once these guys have been base decorated they’ll be added to the Slave of Darkness section. I wanted to add one more substitute Troggoth to the unit but I’d be left with a spare monopose champion. So an understrength unit of 2 out of 3 isn’t as bad.

Would I add anything else before I finish this project? I don’t feel like adding much else to be honest, most of the Blades of Khorne model range doesn’t interest me, most of the designs look too cartoony. It’s just the Endless Spell kit I need now, along with the updated Battletome.

Well that’s it for this army project post, a bloody…. ah never mind I’m getting wooden with my dry humour.

Next up, it’s the Primaris Crimson Fists!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Fan art of the Corum trilogy (Knight of the Sword)

For the past three months I’ve been doing some work on a side project, that I’ve been working on in between my usual miniature painting projects. After finishing the Corum book Trilogy by Micheal Moorcock, I was inspired to illustrate the characters, locations, Gods and events that took place in the trilogy.

The Corum book trilogy is by far one of my favourite Eternal Champion book series, a story of pain, war, sacrifice, destiny and the complexity of the God pantheons. Each book not only has its own amazing adventure story, but each one expands on the lore of Corum’s world (or time age, in the Eternal champion series).

So I did some illustrations of what I would imagine the first book, The Knight of the Sword, to look like in my perspective whilst respecting the source material. This book is one of my favourite out of the three for it’s story of Corums journey. From being the last of his race and physically tortured by the rising Mabden race led by Glandyth-a-Kae, to a powerful tragedy to use his new ‘gifts’ to defeat Arioch to restore balance to the five realms.

I wanted to share my fan artwork with you today, mostly from the first half of the Knight if the Sword book, and hopefully it might inspire you to take a look at the Corum trilogy book series. There are other fictional works by Micheal Moorcock that deserve a read too, I can’t list them all here (and I’ve got a lot to catch up on reading the Eternal Champion series) but they are just as good if not better. Enjoy!

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Corum Jhaelen Irsei, Prince in the Scarlet Robe

Glandyth-a-Krae, Earl of the Denledhyssi.

The Horned Bear (Mabden vassal God) The Dog (Mabden Vassal God)The Giant of Laahr

Knight of Moidel Castel Moidel Earl Moidel of Allomglyl, the Margrave returned from the depths of the sea Shool the wizard ???

The Eye of Rhynn and the Hand of Kwll Arioch, Knight of the Swords (Chaos Lord)

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I hope you have enjoyed this art filled post! If you want to see me do more fan art for the second half of the first Corum book, post a comment below and if I get enough feedback I’ll do some more!

Again, I’d highly recommend reading The Eternals Champion series and other Micheal Moorcock literature works.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

note: I do not own the names, locations, story nor creation of Corum and The Eternal Champion series. All works of fiction mentioned here were created by Micheal Moorcock. This post is only for free expression and none profit.

Ghoul Gutbusters: Ghoul Grots unleashed!

Creeping in the undergrowth, clattering their bone charms, scratching on the walls, blood smeared on their decaying skin and a giggling madness from a small spiteful form. The Ghoul Grots are cunning in trap making and devious plots, but also cowardly when something bigger than them threatens them. But unlike most Grots, the Ghoul Grots are cannibals that eat their own kin with great delight.

Kitbashed using some spare Crypt Ghouls and heads from the Gretchin and Ogre kit, this unit takes a life of its own as an odd hybrid of cannibal Grots. Since I didn’t have enough Grot models to fit close to a unit of 20, I used my Crypt Ghouls instead to at least cover a unit at 15.

The I only had three other Ghouls, one used for another kitbash project and another not being built (still looking for the legs). So 15 Grots will have to do until I can fill in the rest at a later date.

Despite the understrength unit, I really like this unit for its weirdness of cannibal Grots theme. It’s also helped me use a neglected unit from my failed Flesh-Eaters Court project, and using it for a new project for a new purpose.

My Ghoul Gutbuster Collection has reached to around 1,020pt so far, I’m nearly at my goal of 1,250pt! I think I’ll add a Giant into the collection next as I think it’ll add some annoyance and heavy damage to my opponent. Or optionally I could add a legacy model of an Ogre Overtyrant for narrative and gameplay advantage. Although I’ll have to substitute a suitable model to into that role.

That’s all from me for today. Well this project had been a fun one by far this year, just creating, reusing old units and kitbashing neglected miniatures has helped me to create a Destruction army at last!

I’m not sure where I’ll be going once I’ve got to my planned goal of 1,250pt, I doubt I’ll go for 1,500pt for budget sake. I feel that 1,250pt is a nice goal to end on, but I’ll wait and see how I feel once I’ve achieved my goal.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Ghoul Grots

Already I’m hard at work with adding more stuff to my Ghoul Gutbusters collection, aiming at 1,250pt list as my new goal. My collection lacked something that all Gutbuster tribes have that is essential for their survival, a vital part of keeping the Ogres in line and fed well ( or to the Ghouls ones, some sort of tiny hope of being full).

I’m talking about the Gnob….. I mean Grots! These little cunning cowards are a vital part of Ogre society, as they bring food and manual labour needs in return for protection. But my Grots aren’t just like their kin, for mine are Ghoul Grots of course!

So far I’ve done 15x Grots with a mixture of heads from various kits, and kitbashed them into Crypt Ghoul models. To carry on the theme of Gutbusters and Shyish, this unit has both elements of the Grots and their horrible disfigured bodies. Ghoulisim has turned these cunning tricksters too as they have become hungry savage lunatics, but more cunning than the Ghoul Gutbuster Ogre.

I’ll be painting this unit in a couple of days using either contrast paint, or my own colour scheme.

That’s all I have for now, I’ll be back later on in the week to show the Ghoul Grots painted. Then decided what I’ll be doing next for my Ghoul Gutbusters project.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Army Showcase 2019: The Ghoul Gutbusters

Today marks the end of my current project on the Ghoul Gutbusters 1,000pt army collection, a project that was a rebirth from a failed Flesh-Eater Courts project that I did years ago. Whilst not all of my FEC models have moved over to the new project, I do intend to use the left over models (not including the Abhorrent Ghoul kings as they’ll be used as allies for my Nighthaunt) to fit into suitable units to substitute warscrolls.

But today I’ll be presenting my 1,000pt army showcase in full bloody glory! Enjoy!

The Tyrant (or Abhorrent Tyrant) was actually once the Ogryn model that I used for my Inquisition warband, Silence of the Shroud. I sacrificed the model and kitbashed it into a Tyrant with two club weapons, a helmet with a crest, a death styled knight shield emblem and a fancy bat wing cape.

I wanted my Tyrant to have elements of the Gutbuster themes mixed with Shyish/ death. Using cold colours to emphasis on the ghoul affliction that makes this Ogre different from the rest of his race. If I had a spare Crypt Horror I would’ve gone for the full horror by making a Abhorrent Tyrant that’s mutated like my Butcher model. But I think this model is a logical choice since a mutated deluded beast wouldn’t care to order or lead a tribe, rather it would feast on anyone and anything it comes across.

The Butcher is like any other Butcher in the Gutbuster tribe that roam the mortal realms, but this Butcher in particular is attuned to the winds of Shyish. A disfigured monster who is on a thin line between sanity as a powerful wizard, and becoming a mindless Gorger. He can summon spirits of the Gutbusters Underworld to do his bidding as he freezes the hearts of his foes to death (frozen food is always useful for long journeys).

Elites with a hunger to satisfy from their ghoul affliction, the Ironguts have become the bodyguard of the Tyrant and the Butcher (whoever they choose to join with for who will attract the most meat pickings). At this point from Ogre to Ironguts, the unit has become more savage, desperate, hungry and efficient in combat. Ironguts have two paths they can go down for they can either ascend to a Tyrant, or a Gorger, the latter will almost certainly male their past identity and glory dust by the hunger.

The Ogres are the main backbone of the Gutbuster tribe as it’s soldiers, they are giants made of steel who can deal with more than one mortal. Affliction by the ghoulisim starts off with the lowest ranks, the hunger isn’t as rabid as the Ironguts, Tyrants, Butcher and Gorgers. However, over time their need to feast encroaches and corrupts their thoughts and desires, glory and joy in battle becomes less enjoyable as the hunger demands it’s due.

The Gorgers are wild ferals who have lost their identity of their previous life as the hunger dominates their actions. Once they may have been proud warriors of Gork or Mork, or even powerful leaders or wizards of their tribe. But the affliction of the Flesh-Eater Courts has turned these mighty champions into abominations not worth remembering.

It’s not all ghouls and afflicted Ogres, as the tribe hire mercenaries of the same grand alliance that either honour tradition of war or debts owed. Gorgrunks mercenary warband are natives of Shyish who have a morbid view on life and death, they believe that Gork or Mork will reincarnate them after death as bigger and better Greenskins.

The group are exiles of an Orruk tribe for acts of un-Orky habits, bad omens follow these Orruks as their tribe had suffered greatly during the Age of Chaos.

The Ghoul Gutbusters have hired these morbid Orruks to cause maximum carnage in battle, finding more meat to bring back to the tribe from Skirmish missions. In return, the Orruks pay is Realmstone which they are using for unknown reasons……

That’s all of my 1,000pt Ghoul Gutbuster Collection that I’ve painted so far. I’m thinking of setting up a new goal of getting this project up to 1,250pt/ 1,500pt, adding Grots, a unit Ledbelchers, a Gorger to make a full unit of 3x and maybe another Hero model. I’ll have to plan out what I want to include in my army collection for some time before I make a decision. I won’t be extending the project any further to 2,000pt as I like this collection to be a small and thematic army.

It wouldn’t be a proper goodbye if I didn’t do one last photo of my last Flesh-Eater Courts, The Liverbone Court Abhorrent Ghoul King Ren. He’ll be rebasing him as I’ve mentioned earlier, and he’s the last model in my failed project. So I want to do some dignity by showing my failed project in a creepy and badass photo!

-Bjorn

(Ps: I’ve been listening way too much of ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ by Gary Moore, his version is pretty cool. I’m thinking of buying several versions of the song (sea shanty versions a must!) as it’s quite motivating as it helped me finish this project!)

The Ghoul Gutbusters

Gutbuster Tyrant bellows his lungs out as he demands more meat sacrifices for him to feast on.

The Gorgers aren’t worth doing diplomacy with…….

The Butcher has a strange affinity to the winds of Shyish, his magic can summon spirits from the underworld that his culture believes they’ll go to once they die in battle.

Gorgrunk’s mercenaries for hire, drenched in Shyish lifestyle and morbid existences compared to other Orruk cultures. They seek to find a worthy battle to win back their places in their tribe, exile for them seems like eternity…….

Afflicted by the curse of the Flesh-Eater Courts Ghoulisim, the Ogres desire for food is more extreme and eternal as they can never be full from a feast. Even a raid on a city will feel like a snack that quickly goes away.

The Ironguts are both the elite bodyguards of the Tyrant and the butchers with years of experience. Their years of constant hunger has less them to become more desperate in combat, seeking a foe of worthy skill and tender flavour to devour.

The Ghoul Gutbusters are marching on seeking their next meal, either dead or alive will do them fine. Hunger and emptiness will always be on their minds…..

That’s all for now, later on today I’ll be posting my final photography army showcase using a new experiment idea.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

The death of a project and some (undead) rebirth

For those of you who are new to my blog, years ago I did a post about going on a hiatus working on my Skaven project for AoS (I came back early this year to finish what I left off). I wanted to move on to building my first Death faction for AoS by starting a Flesh-Eaters Court army, after being inspired by the first Battletome. I was fascinated by the concept of deluded monsters and cannibals that see themselves as noble knights on crusades to defeat great and terrible foes.

My past attempts at transferring Death models to AoS weren’t as successful at the time, skeletons were a pain to paint due to my complex colour scheme I had painted them in. So starting a Ghoul army was an exciting opportunity to finally bring to life my own fully painted Death army.

Things were going good at the start as I started with a box (old WHFB box with squares) of ten Crypt Ghouls and one being a Courtier. Then I had two units of Ogres kitbashed as Crypt Horrors, a horror spin on these hungry giants becoming victim of their own cannibal affliction. Finally, I got the Start Collecting! Flesh-Eaters Court starter box, building a Abhorrent Ghoul King on a Terrorgheist, more Crypt Ghouls and three Coutiers.

It was all going well until I hit a wall, I just stopped adding to this project due to not having basing materials to base new units. Not only that, but my attention was wondering off to other projects on the backlog as well as new projects.

That’s when this project was going downhill into the backlog list, every time I’d mention that I’d be getting back into continuing the project (promises that I failed to commit to) I felt less motivated to paint and expand the collection.

However I did notice that my FEC was getting a lot of attention on Pinterest, and the only project that’s been on Pinterest. But still, this didn’t boost my motivation as I felt that I lost the spark that first got me into the project.

So today, I can announce that I’m officially shutting down the FEC project. It’s a sad thing to admit, but I’ve failed to finish this project towards 1,000pt.

But not all is lost! As ever a creative and artistic person that I am, I improve on failures and create something new. Nothing goes to waste.

A few months ago, I did a small Ogre army based on the cannibal horror theme for a Shyish inspired Destruction warband. I made a my Crypt Horror couturier units into two units, 2x Gorgers and one Butcher. My Battleline consisted of two units of three blood soaked Ogres.

What started out as a side project from my FEC soon became a project that could carry on where I failed.

But there was a problem, this project was going to need sacrifices in order to finish this project at 1,000pt, I’ve only assembled at least 500pt worth of models. I wouldn’t be able to afford new stuff as 1) my local GW store hardly has anything in stock, as it’s a small shop and most of the products are online exclusive and 2) price hike came.

I checked my previous projects in storage to see what I could work on, and I found four candidates to destroy and rebuild!

Now you might be thinking, well why not by some new kits? My answer to that would be GW’s recent price hike, it’s not a pretty sight to be honest. For a Tyrant you’ll have to save £25 just for one resin model. For Maneaters you’ll need £25 for one, but the unit is a minimum of three miniatures, meaning you’ll need to spend at least £75 for three resin kits! Madness!

I could proxy Maneaters using baseline Ogres, but that’s £25 for a unit that used to be (from what I can remember, don’t know if I’m right) £23.00 for six Ogres.

If you think that’s bad, check out the Giant and Butcher with cooking bowl prices, I think I’ll substitute Wizkid stuff for those units.

On my first year of blogging I did a unit of three Ogres of Nurgle for my Nurgle AoS army, and a Ogryn for my 40k inquisitor Warband, Silence of the Shroud. Whilst I’m gutted having to destroy my Ogryn model, I knew it was going towards a better cause than gathering dust in a box.

Now I have some WIP photos of my kitbashing work, a unit of Ironguts and a Tyrant.

But wait a minute, what about the Ghouls?

I have a few ideas on what I’ll be doing with my Abhorrent Ghoul king on a Terrorgheist, Abhorrent Ghoul Queen and Crypt Ghouls. The Abhorrents will be used as allies for my Nighthaunt collection as support units, although I might need to rebase them to fit alongside my whole collection. As for the Crypt Ghouls, they’ll be kitbashed into Ghoul Grots as I still have spare Grot heads from my Ork bitz box.

With that I think that’ll be all today. Check back tomorrow as I’ll be showcasing my Gutbuster collection! It’ll be a photography showcase in silvertone filter, then later on this week I’ll be showing new full colour photography of the collection like an army showcase.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

Gaming like it’s Sunday

I’m a painter and collector hobbyist first, gaming second and rarely do so on a regular basis. I don’t have the time or day to play out of town, since my local GW has an odd way of getting new gamers to meet up that’s not a Friday. I have to have a Facebook account in order for the shop to get me to meet up an opponent to play.

I remember a decade ago you could pop into the GW store and meet new people to play with, no booking needed. Just go with your case of miniatures and have fun. There used to be two big tables to play both Warhammer, Warhammer 40k and LoTR.

But for half of the decade the gaming has gone down hill as the shop now only has one table to play, the other used as a introduction table for new customers.

So for a few years I did some games with a friend every summer, with a massive board that was way too big for our 1,000pt/ 2,000pt armies. We eventually stopped as we both went our separate ways. I became a painter and collector with no interest in the gaming aspect of the hobby, and this wouldn’t be as a daily hobby until I started blogging.

Years later my friend contacted me and asked if I’d like to play some AoS games. This would not only take me back into the gaming side, but also my first experience playing AoS. I had tons of fun playing AoS, fuelled a lot of inspirations to my projects.

Sadly this only lasted a year, and I went back into painting and collecting only.

But now I’m back! I’ve got my dad to start playing AoS with me in the afternoon. We’ve had three games so far with a 1,000pt list with my dad using the SE Sacrosanct chamber and me using Clan Moulder, Nighthaunt and my own SE Warrior Chamber. Currently my dads using the gaming cards that come with the Tempest of Souls box set, which has made our games a lot more enjoyable, and quicker for me to teach my dad how to play.

Our last game was our first time using a battleplan which involved protecting our objectives in our zone and capturing the opponents objectives. It was a close one as my dad nearly won the game by a few inches, but I got enough models slain to win the match after turn 5.

Our next step is to try out Skirmish and see how long that’ll take us to play, as our usual 1,000pt games last for about an hour and a half. If Skirmish is quicker with just the recommended 250R game, then we’ll try playing more Skirmish as our regular game.

I’m currently getting my Destruction Skirmish warband organised with some Orruk Ard Boyz (substituting the Ironskull’s Boyz as Ard Boyz) added into my Shyish inspired Ogre force. I’m hoping to create a small but characterful warband that represents the unrelenting nature of the armies of Destruction.

That’s all I have for now, got plenty of work to do painting my Ard Boyz and other projects.

Until next time,

-Bjorn