Update on my wargaming journey

I’ve had a lot of stuff going on for the past couple of weeks now that has distracted me from posting much on the blog. RL stuff and some work on two existing projects that I’ve been putting a lot of effort into.

For the first time in years I’ve had my first Warhammer 40k game (8th ed) with my dad, a fun and surprisingly quick game that at first was a slog going back and forth on the weapon rules. A Death Guard vs Primaris Crimson Fists battle using the Know no Fear datasheets.

I liked how the battle progressed throughout the game that relies on both shooting and combat, compared to AoS where there aren’t as many shooting units as the games tends to focus on charging in and commencing battle. Although, AoS is a lot less complicated with the warscroll sheet having everything in on place. With 40k, it’s the back and forth on finding the weapons stats and other rules in play.

But it could be due to the fact that this was my first time playing 8th edition and teaching my dad how to play the game. After a few more games I might have a better grasp on the different game system.

Anyways here’s what our battlefield looked like for our first 40k game.

The grass matt hasn’t been used for years so it’s been creased quite badly. But I didn’t fuss about it too much as it looked great along with my scenery, which I’ll be showing off in detail in a later post.

It looks less like a battlefield and more like a training course, but I hope to add more buildings and scenery to make it look more 40k grim dark. Currently I’m making some sandbag cover scenery like the barricades, just to add more cover for our gaming table. I’d like to make some scratch built buildings for better gaming opportunities, having cover, sniper nests and visual environment of the battle taking place in the grim dark.

Speaking of grim dark, I found this glorious tome today at my usual place of Warhammer treasure hunting!

This Mighty tome was Warhammer 40k’s 7th edition rulebook, packed with rules, art, lore and hobby material. How much did this cost? 99p, no joke, this costs as much as a bag of sweats! The reason why could be that the spine of the book is loose (but still intact to hold the pages) and the book is worn on the sides (with fold out pages being pressed by bad care).

I think this rulebook was the one that didn’t go down well with the community, I heard somewhere that 7th ed got a bad reputation like Fantasy 8th ed. To me, this book has too many rules to read just to play the game, no wonder I couldn’t get into Warhammer 40k back in the day.

Anyways that’s enough from me for today. I’ve got some more 40k goodness coming soon to the blog including my Iron Warriors project, my new 40k project built from neglected models, and more Primaris Soul Drinkers.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Two successor chapters of Dorn, now the third and final chapter for the trinity collection

In the early days of the blog I started my Black Templars project as my main Space marine army for the Imperium faction, a chance to paint my favourite successor chapter of Dorn’s gene stock. A challenging project that took time, patience and effort to paint a decent sized force.

Then earlier this year, I started my Primaris Crimson Fists project, another famous successor chapter of the son’s of Dorn. A small but thematic army that was inspired by Mike Lee’s Crimson Fist novel, Legacy of Dorn. This project is nearly done, with only just a few more units to add to finish off this project.

Today, I’ve decided that I wanted to combine my past two projects into one large army collection, because by chance they are the gene sons of Dorn who can be combined as one big army. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, as it’s like one big Space marine collection that’s very much linked by their gene farther.

Although they can be played separately as their respective chapter, there can be an option for creating one big gathering of space marines who’d join forces to fight against a common enemy (my Iron Warrior Death Guard project for example, which is by far larger than both successor chapter collections).

But I think there’s room for one more chapter to be include in this massive gathering (Apocalypse sized force maybe?), a chapter that is by lore a dead chapter.

But who’s to say they can’t be brought back as a Primaris Space marine chapter in the 42nd millennium.

It’s time to bring in the Soul Drinkers. Primaris Phobos Captain

Today I present my first miniature for the Soul Drinkers project, a Primaris Phobos Captain that I’ve kitbashed using a Reiver and other bitz to create my own Captain. I wanted to take advantage of my spare Reivers and save money on making my own HQ models.

I didn’t like the official Phobos Captain as it looked too clean and crammed with too many parts. My version takes elements from the official model and scales it back to make its function as a stealth marine. No capes, wearing a helmet, has small gothic style parts and of course, the servo skull.

On the base is a Necron Overlord, a resin model I’ve hated and regretted buying during the days of Finecast. It was very easy to break and sanding down to fit onto the base, which looks better than when it was a neglected model.

Of course the Necron is a reference to one of the books, which I haven’t read that one yet as I’m still reading the first Omnibus, but I think people who have read the Soul Drinkers series will get the reference.

Because I’m nearly done with the Iron Warriors DG project very soon, I’m just starting this project and another project (all will be revealed soon) that will be my primary focus.

For the narrative on why the Soul Drinkers are back is as of yet being worked on, I need some time to read the Soul Drinkers series to get a full grasp on the chapters philosophy and combat preference. I know the bear basics on the chapters fall and ending from watching some lore videos, but I hardly know the journey nor events that took place in the six part series. Years ago I did read the first book in the first Omnibus, but I got so sidetracked by Rl stuff and that I lost track of the story and characters.

Hopefully now I can get back into the book and really take in the story and lore of the Soul Drinkers. So far I find the first book to be a bit silly, however, it’s an interesting theme on the Imperium and it’s faults from its many organisations. I’m so looking forward to the Crimson Fists story!

I’ll be returning to this project later on when I’ve got my plans in order on what I want to add to the project.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

The heavy siege of the Iron Warriors

I’m back with some more Iron Warrior Death Guard project stuff (I should change the project name to something more digestible and interesting than just two legionary names mashed together). This time I have two models that are part of the army’s armoured transport and heavy siege machinery. It’s not Iron unless it’s heavy, tough and loaded with devastating destructive power.

This abomination has been a pain to paint for years, but now in its current incarnation in the coat of the Iron Warriors, its way more visually appealing. I’m so glad GW included the Defiler into the Death Guard Codex as it fits nicely into my Nurgle infected Iron Warriors.

Another miniature that’s been repainted in many colours for years, I’ll let the final outcome photos tell the results of my current repaint.

You may have noticed that I did a short post a few days ago, showing a sneak peak at my upcoming additions to the Iron Warrior Death Guard project. Originally I had the Defiler, Rhino and Plague marine squad to paint as my final batch. But, I had done some kitbashing and used some backlog work that I could mould into my project.

The project basically just got extended.

This is good news as the more I can add to this project the better it’ll be for storage and gaming purposes. My passion project has gotten many old models of neglected miniatures a new place, even absorbing my models from my Renegade Chaos Space marine army, The Harbinger Legion.

In the early days of this project I had four Chaos Space marine projects which included two Harbinger Legion armies (Renegade and Death Guard), Emperors Children and Iron Warriors. A bit too many for such a spread out Chaos collection. Now I have three Chaos Space Marine collections, sacrificing the Harbinger Legion Death Guard (my first Death Guard project) to boost my Iron Warriors project.

If I’m really committed, I might even give up my Harbinger Legion Renegade marine army, and paint them as undivided Iron Warriors. But that’s a project that’ll have to wait for now.

The goal is to get all of the miniatures painted, then I’ll see what else I might want to include into the project. I’ve got some ideas on what I want to add using more neglected models repurposed as substitute miniatures. Who knows, maybe I might add a ‘Fallen’ marine………..

That’s it’s from me for today!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

AoS Maggotkin of Nurgle Blightkings

It’s not only my Warhammer 40k project that’s getting the Nurgle treatment, as I’ve also managed to paint a unit of Blightkings after a some delay. These giant warriors of pure hideousness are slow and clumsy but can cause a bad flu.

As part of my mixed warband of Nurgle models these guys will act as a Battleline for my Maggotkin of Nurgle army. This will for now be my last unit for the project for some time, as I’m focusing on other projects.

I hope to return to this project at some point in the future and get a few more Maggotkin of Nurgle units to cap off the project.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Boosting the Iron Warriors Deathguard Project

The week before, I started my Summer of Hobbying project collection showcase, an up to date posts on how the project is so for and what’s next. One post in particular was my passion project for my last Chaos army, the Iron Warriors Death Guard. A combination of the Death Guard aesthetics and model range mixed with the trench warfare/ siege demolition masters of the Iron Warriors. A mixture of diseases, despair, corruption, decomposition, rust and decay with grime, blood, hard work, single minded, paranoid, reliable tools, hard as iron from within and without.

As I was sorting out my model storage last week, I found my other smaller Death Guard project, the Harbinger Legion. This was originally my main Death Guard collection that was connected to my renegade Chaos Space marine army.

Here’s some old photos of the Harbinger Legion army models that I’ll be repainting, apologies for the terrible photo quality.

This year I got the Know no Fear Starter set and used the Death Guard in the set for a new project. This later proved to be a good choice in my opinion as the quality of painting was far better than my previous work on the DG, as well as the concept of using the Iron Warriors colour scheme added a lot more character to the project.

This is my current collection gathering of Iron Warrior Death Guard.

Therefore I’ve decided to now focus on getting all of my DG Harbinger Legion models repainted, and added to my Iron Warriors project. This way I can add more models to the Iron Warriors project to make it bigger and more diverse with different unit options.

This is part one of two posts of all of my repainted Death Guard models for this project. Below I have a Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour, a Malignant Plaguecaster, Mythitic Blight hauler, Helbrute, poxwalkers and a Daemon Prince of Nurgle.

That’s all for today. I’ll be posting the next part in a couple of days showing my final few repainted models.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Summer of Hobbying 2019: combined Nurgle force (AoS)

Anyone order a slice of fungus toad bleak throat rot pizza? No?

These chaps haven’t been on the blog for a couple of years now, in fact they were still AoS 1.0 last time I checked. But now that Maggotkin of Nurgle and AoS 2.0 came out last year, it’s time to bring this project up to date.

Currently there’s only a unit of Blightkings to base and decorate, a second battline unit needed to play a 1,000pt game. As you can see, the army is a mixed bunch of Chaos models who bear the mark of Nurgle. Back in AoS 1.0, it was open to have a mixed army even if synergy was lacking. But I’m not sure if this army is up to scratch in its current state.

Because I’ve already got a lot on the list of stuff needed for my other projects, I don’t think I can add much to my Nurgle army. That said, I think having a blight tree will be a good start, as well as maybe a Start Collecting! Maggotkin of Nurgle. But I don’t feel like getting the whole Nurgle range, and I’ll leave adding stuff to this project as the last of my list.

Meanwhile I’ll be changing a few things in my army, like my substitute GUO who will now be a mutated Chaos Giant. Since I don’t have much other substituting options, a Chaos Giant fits well enough. Because there’s now a new GUO, my substitute model is no longer suitable for such a title.

On the good side, I think this army will be very beneficial to my Clan Pestilence portion of my Skaven army. Since both armies have a great deal in common about bad hygiene and spreading corruption, narrative stories will be so much fun with this strange alliance.

That’s all for today. Next up, it’s the Skaven! How in Sigmars name will I be able to take photos of the whole army in one?

Until next time,

-Bjorn