The Skaven: an almost complete guide to 7th ed, 8th and the End Times. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Skaven 7th ed and Island of Blood

Celebrating 10 years of the release of the Island of Blood and Skaven 7th ed

This year marks a very important anniversary for many like myself who have been in the hobby for a decade or more. As Warhammer 8th edition was released back in 2010 a boxed game came out a month later, one of the best and sadly the last Warhammer Fantasy starting boxset. The Island of Blood.

The set pitted the stoic and noble High Elves against the malformed backstabbers of the Skaven. Introducing new plastic kits of existing units and brand new units, the set was designed as a starting point for both factions aimed at newcomers and current veteran collectors. The Island of Blood sees Prince Althraon stop Skreet Verminkin seizing the Phoenix Stone from the Island of Blood, a warped place of chaotic taint that Is guarded by Crimson guards who ward off trespassers daring to set foot on the island and it’s secrets.

I and many others who got the set (my friend shared two sets with me as he collected High Elves) were absorbed by the sculpted details that went into the kits. The Skaven having pretty much a good chunk of units as a starting point to play. Around this time I started collecting Skaven as my second Warhammer army, so the set was in many ways a blessing by the Horned Rat!

Today I wanted to try something that I haven’t attempted since my last FMP artwork at college, researching on a massive scale. I want to cover the timeline of Skaven 7th ed to End Times as much as possible, using resources from White Dwarf’, supplements and the army book. In fact my research has been sourced from old White Dwarfs, the army book and supplement books.

The post will be covering the following subjects:

  • The sculptors who designed the Skaven miniatures, writers who had written the background for the Skaven, artist who created visually stunning artwork and other contributors.
  • Battle reports featured during releases relating to the Skaven
  • Supplements and miniature releases

This will be quite a chunky blog post for sure so each of the subjects will have its own section for ease of reading. Sadly however I wont be able to cover the High Elves as I don’t have much information from 7th ed to Endtimes. It’s a shame, but I will in future post some sort of blog post covering the faction.

I want this post to celebrate the Island of Bloods 10th anniversary, the craft of writing, lore, art, sculpting and painting of the Skaven and to thank all those during the time of Warhammer Fantasy for their hard work.

Hobby projects for late 2020

This year I’ve managed to get a hefty amount of backlog and neglected miniatures glued and painted. Being in isolation has forced me to be creative with what I have to work on the things I tend to put aside. If I keep up this approach I’ll have only one storage box left of neglected miniatures! But knowing myself I’ll probably only have two storage boxes left.

Most of my Skaven miniatures are all painted with barely a few spare parts left. Sometimes I can be creative with my projects if I have an idea. For example I’ve recently made five Gargoyle rats using a neglected Tyranid kit and Clanrat heads. A fine Clan Moulder creation!

Using my new camera (WIP learning the functions)

Speaking of new camera, I’ve recently gone for an upgrade after four years of using my other one. I’m still learning the basics with this new one, but I think it’s already done better job at capturing my miniatures.

The Grymthenian Lodge

Book reading challange

The first few months of the challenge was going really well. I had a few books read and managed to read a few army books in full. However due to the pandemic I’ve become very slow at getting more reading books completed.

Recently I finished reading Konrad as my tenth completed book. I’ve got six months left to read ten+ books before the 2020 challange ends. Therefore I’ll need to put more time into reading books just so I can catch up.

Hobby projects

Since my last post on hobby projects some of the projects were finished off or put aside. Below is a list of what I’m currently working on. Bear in mind though that I’m prone to changing things due to my nature of being creative.

Warhammer 40k-

  • Primaris Crimson Fists- just need one Dreadnought to finish the project.
  • White Scars Successor Chapter Astral Bears
  • Night Lords (completed)
  • Black Templars (completed)
  • DG Exiled Iron Warriors (completed)
  • Bad Moons Orks (completed)
  • Chaos Knight House Devine- considering getting a War Dog Moriax or one of the Chaos Knight kits

Warhsmmer AoS-

  • Anvils of the Heldenhammer Sacrosanct Chamber (completed)
  • Knights Excelsior Skirmish Warband (completed)
  • Knights of Mousillon Stormhost- need to paint two Knight-Incantors, one Lord-Arcanum and two units of Sequitors.
  • The Skullfiend Tribe (completed)
  • Nighthaunt (completed)
  • Ogor Mawtribe Bloodgullet Tribe (completed)
  • Skaven Clan Skelnix- few spare miniatures left including four Stormvermin.
  • The Grymthenian Lodge- completed as an ally force.

Warhammer Fantasy Battles-

  • Warriors of Chaos Nurgle warband- need to paint second unit of Chaos Warriors and a Wizard on horse.
  • Dark Elves- paint a unit of Spearmen and five cold one knights

Changing things around

Recently I’ve set up my own Instagram account as a way of broadening my reach for my table top miniature and artwork. It took me a bit of time to get the hang of things learning something new.

Rather than posting my latest works on here, I’ll be posting them on Instagram. That’s not to say there won’t be anymore content on here, instead my blog will be changing focus from WIP miniature painting to collection showcase and research into Warhammer subjects.

If you want to see my latest works or catch up on older miniatures I’ve painted in the past, you can check out my Instagram at BjornStormcast.

That’s all for today.

Currently I’m running a painting challange here on the blog, celebrating The Island of Bloods 10th anniversary. You can find out more info here: https://callumart.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/skaven-and-high-elves-painting-challenge/

Until next time,

-Bjorn

House Devine: plug into the Throne Mechanicum

Lately I’ve been feeling distant from doing my 40k projects. Three reasons why this is the case is due to 1) being busy focusing my time with my AoS projects finishing two factions and working on other army projects. 2) I’ve finishd most of my 40k projects apart from the Primaris projects, I’ve been waiting for awhile to see close combat and fast attack units. 3) Giving myself a break from 40k and see how the Psychic Awakining series went lore wise.

In my storage space I saw my War Dogs of House Devine collecting dust. I soon realised that I could commit to my House Devine project!

First things first was dusting my War Dogs and see if there was anything I could improve on. I found that my original painting was good but just missing a few more highlights and details. The gold was more like bronze, wires needed more shading, faces needed more detail and vents looked too clean.

With my observation work done I went ahead and painted areas that I wanted to change. Bearing in mind that I needed to keep my miniatures close to the look of House Devine as described in HH: Vengeful Spirit. Going back to add a few more finishing touches was a great way of assessing what I could do to improve my work. Maybe a miniature I painted last year may have looked good back then, but taking a second observation and improving the flaws can improve your miniatures presentation.

This was what the War Dogs used to look like.

After some alteration painting work.

That’s my first unit completed (again) for the House Devine project. Once I’ve done with the project I’ll then start giving these two War Dogs their own backstory.

Last week I got my copy of the Chsos Knights codex. Whilst House Devine has only a mere mention in the book :(, it does however have some really fascinating lore on the other Houses.

I especially enjoyed reading House Khymere for their I’ll fated betrayal by those they once fought side by side with. I also liked the Dreadblade The Gilded King.

Where to next? Well it may surprise you that I’m actually not getting a titanic knight just yet. I’m thinking of getting the Moriax War Dog kit from Forge World. Since you can technically nominate a model from the faction as a Warlord. The Moriax with some additional bitz to make it look more Chaos tainted and nominating it as a Warlord will be the next step. So my force organisation will be two separate War Dog (1x each) units and one Moriax War Dog.

There will be a Chaos Knight (Rampager maybe?) that will take over the title as the Warlord of the army. However, that will take some time for awhile.

To fill in the gaps I have a small congregation of Slanneshi worshipers, cultists. These will be the common peasants that follow their giant masters to war. This gap filler can be filled with all sorts of weird stuff.

This project was once a mix of Chaos units based around the worshippers of Slannesh. Units included Primaris sized heretic marines, knights, Cultists and a rogue commissar. However this project was scrapped when I felt that the project didn’t work out for me. The Primaris models were redone as my Astral Bears chapter, so the Slanneshi marines were no more.

Cultists of Slannesh work for the Idolators to repair and praise the God Machines of Chaos.

The new direction is to not be limited by force organisation, but I want to have a planned gap filler of units by including a few of my neglected miniatures. Like how IRO and Wudugast do their smaller projects, I’d like to go small on the peasants and honoured folk of cult. I’ll share my plans very soon.

Leading this group will be the Idolators, those who were once the Scarsitans that repaid the Knights. Now corrupted by Chaos, these artisans are a vital part for the Chaos Knights World, for they ensure the corrupted engines of war can be maintained and improved.

Its early days to say who my Idolators will be but I’d imagine it might be a Tech priest or a Tech Marine.

That’s all for today. Until next time,

Bjorn,

Skaven and High Elves painting challenge

Skaven and High Elves painting challenge

I thought it would be a good idea to set up a painting challenge to celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Island of Blood release. That way everyone has a chance in getting involved with the celebration. Whilst its months away yet to celebrate, there plenty of time to build up, read and discuss one of the last Warhammer Fantasy Battles starter set edition (8th ed).

The challenge is to paint any High Elves or Skaven miniatures before the deadline. You can kitbash, make a diorama or go crazy on the theme of the Island of Blood for either Skaven or High Elves. Anything from a single miniature to a diorama display of your imagination.

However, not everyone owns Skaven or High Elves miniatures on hand to work on, nor even much of the High Elves kits still in production. But fear not, you can use AoS Aelves miniatures to represent the High Elves. Maybe the release of the Lumineth or the Idoneth could be painted in the style of the Aelves of the past?

Even if you don’t have any miniatures required for the project, you can still join in challenge with a unique opportunity to go creative. Maybe you want to recreate the guardians that oversee the Island as it’s mysterious protectors? Or maybe build a Skaven contraption like a mechanised Warp Grinder? A High Elves Mage on a really cool diorama? So long as it fits with the theme of the faction you can go anywhere with your project.

The starting date is July 6th and ends on September 1st. Rather than just a month long challenge I thought some extra time will help get the most out of your hard work, and gives everyone time to prepare their project.

Here are some of my past skaven miniature work I’ve done that might give you some inspiration. For High Elves, well, I only have Dark Elves so you’ll probably prefer looking at other places for inspiration (unless an ancient Elven/Aelven statue might help)

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Once your done all you need to do is link this post to your blog post entry, and I’ll include your post in the round up end challenge post.

Over to you,

-Bjorn

Book reading challenge 2020

My challenge has begun to read at least 20+ books until the end of this year, and the extra challenge of reading all of my Warhammer Army books.

This post will be updated when I’ve finished reading books, which I’ll add a small roundup on my thoughts on how it went.

Warhammer Army Books:

Warhammer Fantasy Army Book: Bretonnia (finished 6/1/20)

This was quite an enjoyable read for an army book that’s about twenty years and more old! Whilst it does use elements from existing fiction and tales, it does have a lot of interesting stories and structure for how Bretonnia is organised and function in the Warhammer world. If you put aside the glaringly obvious knightly tropes, the book actually has some interesting stuff like the False Grail, when Duke Maldred betrayed the Chivalry code and ended up being killed by the red pox.

There are pages in the book that explore the lore behind Mousillon as this once splendid and mighty land that was just as magnificently as the capital of Bretonnia. Comparing it to now as an abandoned place that’s overrun with undead and Skaven, a miserable ruin that is still rumoured to be haunted by the laughing ghosts of Maldred’s Court.

I’m not sure wether Mousillon is covered in the next ed of Bretonnia, but it would’ve made a great setting for a Warhammer Quest!

The short stories were enjoyable to read with some insights into the Bretonnia setting, where common men may need to arise to the challenge as a Knights Errant to slay an Ork Warboss, or to do a deed to earn his right as a Knight of the Realm. These aren’t silly stories that are just written up to fill in spaces, these stories really help the reader to understand the ideology of Bretonnia as a Chivalry coded society.

I like this book a lot, it’s got great imagery, lore and wealth of useful inspiration. Nigel Stillman, the writer of the book along with artists including Wayne England, John Blanche, David Gallagher, Des Hanley, Paul Smith, Mark Gibbons, Toby Hynes and John Wigley have done an amazing job at putting together this army book. I’d rate it on my top ten list of must have army books for any collector.

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Warhammer: End Times Thanqoul rules book (finished 7/1/20)

Not much to say on the book, but the info on the new Skaven units was pretty cool.

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Warhammer AoS: Malign Portents (finished 5/2/20)

This expansion was a prologue to AoS 2.0 marking the supernatural and paranormal events leading towards the Necroquake. The book features rules for the Harbingers, four seers of each grand alliance who can scry the portents and discern their meaning for the future. Along with these new characters are the Malign portents rules, where a Harbinger can use points to spend an ability each turn.

It also features rules for playing in Shyish, as well as expanded rules for Skirmish, narrative play and match play.

This book was the start of AoS becoming a much more appealing franchise, twisting the hopeful and colourful setting into a grim and morbid phase in the narrative. With a new AoS logo to represent the changes, Malign portents was the stepping stone for what would lead on to future instalments that retained the hopeful aspect and moving it with the darker side of the Mortal Realms.

I liked the background material, as it explained the setting from the Age of Myth to Age of Sigmar, as well as the events leading towards the Time of Tribulations. You get all sides of the event from prospectives of Sigmar, the Chaos Gods, Nagash and even the Grots.

Rule wise I can’t say much as I haven’t played them yet, I’ve been meaning to get some games played using the expansion book. My only criticism would be that the Harbinger Keyword should be available to selected hero models for factions like Wizards or priest. For example a Ogor Mawtribe Butcher can be a Harbinger as they are wizards, they’re like seers for the Mawtribe with their magics in cooking. I think having this rule apply to all factions would’ve been a really interesting addition to the game. But having it only got the new models tied to the expansion at the time was the selling point.

Overall, nice book. I wish later expansions had the same price tag, it was accessible due to the cost of it only being £15. I thought that was a sweet deal!

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Warhammer Age of Sigmar Chaos Battletome: Clans Pestilence (finished 7/2/20)

My first AoS Battletome during 1.0, a decent book to read with some interesting concepts. I liked the idea of Clans Pestilence searching for all thirteen Great Plagues to sway the Horned Rat into the aspect of the Pestilence.

However, because it was a standalone faction book away from the rest of the Skaven, it felt odd in a way that the faction was split up. Although back then AoS was more like a Skirmish game of small factions.

Comparing his to the Skaventide army book there are a lot of thematic differences in the way the book is presented. In terms of art, imagery, writing and style of presentation. Clans Pestilence was themed as a plague ridden faction but in a sort of hopeful presentation of AoS 1.0. With Skaventide, the book takes on a darker turn that harkens back to the Skaven 7th ed and the End Times book 4: Thanquol.

I don’t dislike the book as I at lest like some of the ideas and threads sown into the faction, however, it just wasn’t a Skaven book to me.

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Warhammer Fantasy Battles Army book: Skaven 7th ed, written by Jeremy Vettock (finished 20/5/20)

Ah yes! This army book is by far one of my all time favourite Warhammer Army books produced by GW. Written by Jeremy Vettock, a man who has much wisdom when crafting the villainous side of the Warhammer fantasy world. Especially the Under Empire and its many aspects of the Greater Clans and the backstabbing society, rules by the council of Thirteen.

As a kid I was absorbed by the way the book paints the different places and factions within the Skaven army, the marsh nightmare of Skavenblight, the hellish pit of Hellpit to the fallen Dwarf city of City of Pillars. The artwork was a very influential part of my teenage years being inspired by the imagery in the book, I’d even say it was the golden age of GW art (for Skaven).

The only down side was the lack of information on certain names characters, would’ve been interesting to learn more about the Lords of Decay and their rise (or fall) to power.

This book is a must for Skaven fans, even for AoS Skaven players as it’s the holy Horned Rat bible of all things verminous.

Reading books

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars, by Josh Reynolds (finished 28/1/20)

This is my second read on this book, as I needed to take notes on the lore and information on the Free-city of Glymmsforge. It took me longer than expected to read as I had to take notes for information on Glymmsforge, but it took me less time to read compared to my first read two years ago.

This book is still in my honest opinion the best AoS book to date, its one of the better AoS stories that not only focuses on the Necroquake event and the battle of Glymmsforge, but the setting of the Mortal Realms. AoS at the time had little to no background that really made sense, it was disjointed, very high fantasy that sounded silly.

But when Soul Wars came around, it paved away much of what would make AoS much more gripping, the setting had a lot more weight than just ‘a load of realm’. This book was the one that got me into AoS and see its potential despite my distrust with GW after the End Times.

Reading this book again, it’s actually presented a lot more things that I missed out, including stuff like Grungni using automata machines to mine Mallus, Glymmsforge having 12 saints for all twelve mausoleum gates and a character from one of Josh Reynolds books made a cameo appearance.

Overall, a fantastic book worth reading.

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The Island of Blood, by Darius Hinks (finished 3/2/20)

I liked reading this book as a short but fun story about a classic Warhammer Fantasy Battle pitying the High Elves against the Skaven. As this book will be reaching its tenth anniversary this year, I thought I’d read it again after nearly a decade ago since I last read it.

A lot has changed since this book was released and I’ve learnt much more about the lore, as well as being more attuned to reading. It’s still a fun story with the Skaven taking much of the centre stage as backstabbing mad rats, trying to scheme and weave plots to storm the Island of Blood to claim the Phoenix Stone.

Tied to the 8th ed release of WHFB, this novella story links to the narrative of the boxed game. The studio team even made a gaming board to represent the battlefield of the Island of Blood, a chaotic warped place that defies natural law. I was lucky enough to have seen the gaming board at Warhammer World way back during my early days in the hobby.

There’s not much to say about the book in terms of lore bombshells, but it’s a nice little story that sits in the history of WHFB. It’s a major inspiration to my hobby experience when I was developing my painting skills and collecting models. It’s also my pathway to collecting Skaven!

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Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realmgate Wars vol 2, Ghal Maraz-War in the Hidden Vale by Josh Reynolds (finished 4/2/20)

This was my first Warhammer AoS book I’ve read way back during 1.0, back when the setting was going through the rough phases of being established. Back then reading this book was confusing at times, I didn’t feel like I knew much about he works of AoS and who the Stormcasts were as individuals, to me hey seemed carbon copies of golems.

But recently I wanted to give this book a second chance and read Josh Reynolds story, since it’s a novella within a book. I didn’t want to read Guy Haley’s novella as I really disliked the pacing of the story. He’s a great writer, I enjoy a lot of his works, even his Primarch book, Konrad The Night Haunter was a good read despite conflicting material. But his story in Ghal Maraz, The Eldritch Fortress, was terrible to read. If it was written as a novel of its own, I’d say it would’ve been significant improved.

However, It’s not his fault as the setting was still expanding from fresh, and this book was a tie in to the second expansion of the Realmgate Wars. So I’d imagine Guy had to follow notes from the book to the letter.

Anyways what did I think to Josh Reynolds story? It was good, not the best of works but a decent story to read. It follows the story of the Hallowed Knights journey to find Alarielle and establish a connection of alliance with her and Sigmar’s armies.

The novella suffers the issue of feeling point a to point b plot, as the story is paced from event to event. Comparing it to Soul Wars, it lacks character that the time needed to establish character and places to fully immerse yourself in the setting.

The book does have a few good points such as Gutrot Spume, a jolly pirate who’s quite charming in his own sick way. The characterisation of Morbidex Twiceborn was quite enjoyable to read as a bloated Nurgling/Plaguebearer who’s a jolly loudmouth.

Whilst this book still feels very loose in my opinion, it does however lead on to expanded instalments by Josh Reynolds, relating to Gardus Steel Soul. Exploring more on his backstory and how his journey has developed. I’ve read only two instalments (one a short story and the other a novella), but I’ve found those to be much more enjoyable to read.

Speaking of which, I think it’s about time I gave Hammerhal a second read after reading it a few years ago. I need a refresh on the story.

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Yorkshire Ghost Stories, published by Bradwell Books (finished 10/2/20)

I got this book last year when I went to Yorkshire for a week, I thought I’d read up on Yorkshire’s supernatural side of things.

I was surprised to find that I really enjoyed this book! Some of the tales aren’t that spooky as it’s just sightings or odd events occurring. Some however……….

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Into the Flux, by Michael Moorcock (finished 12/2/20)

A short story about a descendent of the Von Bek line, as hes tasked by the distant future of Europe to travel in time. Tasked to the future to see how the world would be if the European machine carried as it were on its own decision making. However, as Von Bek tries to return to his time things go horribly wrong as he is casted across the time stream.

It’s not the best of Michael Moorcock’s work as I found the story not being as good as his other works. The way the Grail turns up in the story seemed to be just a reference in relation to the first Von Bek book.

That’s not to say it’s a terrible book, as the introduction to the Europe in the not too distant future has some relations to today’s European Union. Like how big it’s becoming like a colossal machine that’s constantly maintained by society living within it. Those within the background worry about its expansion where they can’t foresee where it may go, what choice is the right one to ensure its survival.

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Creed, by James Herbert (finished 25/2/20)

I didn’t like this book which is a shame as I really like James Herbert’s work. The paparazzi side of the story is the best part as James describes how they think and see in their day to day business.

The horror side of the story felt like a big let down, it just didn’t have that visceral horror like the Fog or The Rats Trilogy. I wanted to enjoy this book, alas the whole supernatural side of things just didn’t work for me.

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The Horus Heresy Primarch series: Magnus The Red, Master of Prospero (finished 11/3/20)

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The Horus Heresy: Betrayer, by Aaron Dembski Bowden (finished 6/4/20)

Also, I’ve read several short stories relating to Angron and Calth, before reading Betrayer. However, I won’t be including short stories for my reading challenge.

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Hamilcar Bear-Eater: Champion of the Gods, by David Guymer (finished 14/5/20)

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Konrad, by David Ferring (finished 24/6/20)

Not a bad book to read, but it’s very dated considering it’s about 30 years old pre Black Library. Whilst I liked certain aspects of the story like the female Dwarf character, Anvila, the mercenary called Wolf and chapter pages describing the encroaching horror of Chaos. However the book seems to go in different directions that ends abruptly.

I can forgive the author though as I did enjoy reading the book despite a few chapters being filler.

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Wolves of Fenris, by Chris Wraight (finished 12/7/20)

Nurgle garden gnomes

For the past month it’s been a very busy and stressful time with everything going on at the moment. Hobbying  has taken a backseat due to so many changes.

Someone I knew had shown symptoms of the pandemic, and after researching into it over and over said person had gone for a test. Thankfully it was a negative. It still added worry for me in terms of what would happen if any of my family had to go to the hospital if they had a positive result. Lastly I had a hobby and blog fatigue despite trying to get backlog work done.

Anyways, I’m currently working on my Warhammer fantasy battles Warriors of Chaos Nurgle Warband. I managed to put together a unit of ten neglected Chaos Warrios, and a wizard on a horse. This will give me a second core unit choice to my army and more magic assets to use.

After that I’ll try getting those kitbashed barbarian models on square bases. After that I’m free to put the project behind me and move on.

Currently I’m waiting for my model kit that was supposed to be sent last Friday. Seller turned out to be very reputable for late deliveries and poor customer service. I guess its a learning curve for me.

Apologise for this very depressing post, I’m not 100% myself after nearly a month long of changes and stress.

On the positive side. Noticed my profile picture of a dashing good looking skaven? Well, here a full version of the art work celebrating the tenth anniversary of TIoB boxset (The Island of Blood)

This is an ambitious project that’s taken me a few months to work on, mostly from a skaven prospective. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to do a blog post on an influential event.

From next month I’m planning to post my first of three celebration posts. It’s a treat for everyone as it’s a one off painting challenge! The post will be out by this weekend.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Last week in the middle of nowhere….

Weeks ago it was a sunny week so off in the car with the family to the countryside. Stopped by a nice roadside in the middle of nowhere to sit down and have a drink. I did some looking around a bountiful nature with trees blocking the sun, until I noticed something not quite right……

See this? Just a natural thing right? Look closer…….

See it? Yeah…….I thought it was just some rock graffiti that edgy people do to look cool. But as I went up the other way, things got even more weirder………

Faces, names….

I’m lost for words on how to describe this strange place, it’s out in the middle of nowhere in a obscure place. There was a bonfire near one of the trees that’s long been burnt out with the only evidence being the smokey ashes.

I came back last week to take some more photos.

I think I’ve entered a secret cult site. Must be, why do the faces keep staring at me………

-Bjorn

The Beasts of Lorllaras part 2 of 3 solo campaign

As the Lord-Arcanum climbed up the hill along with his trusted warriors surrounding him, he raised his hand to indicate the group to stop. With a silent demonstration he pointed the group towards an archway flanked by two Aelven statues that have aged for many centuries, like time erosion that kreeps into everything.

Would erosion ever affect a Stormcast Eternal? Are the reforged who can live out their eternal lives without constant reforming become broken, old and forgotten over time? The Lord-Arcanum would ponder this for many days if he had the time to spare. The noble must be found at all costs, alive preferably.

As he examined the distance, a Sequitor named leras approached the Lord-Arcanum. By the essence of her soul, she originated in the realm of Aqshy as her birth land. Fiery, determined, quick tempered and willing to battle against the over numbered foes. Second reforged. She’s still as one but the signs of change can be seen within, parts of her identity left missing by the process of rebirth.

She spoke in a heavy accent, sophisticated but hard like a instant statement in sharp clicks. “My Lord, why waste time observing? The path is set and we must go onwards, better to go in and face our foes rather than standing around planning”. Sometimes Leras can be infuriating to the Lord-Arcanum; despite her willingness to go in and fight. Battles are one thing, planning and executing a well placed plan is another.

“We could charge in and reach our destination point”. Said the Lord-Arcanum “But, you fail to observe the shadows that move in the veil of the fog. Observe, see that shadow over there near those trees. That’s one of the Ogors that attacked us yesterday, probably the tyrant knew we would come this way and wanted to trap us”.

Leras swallows her pride at her brash suggestion to go through without realising her error in judgment. “I’m sorry my Lord, I….”. She was cut off by her lords hollow, almost Crypt like chuckle at her apology. “No need to apologise, you suggested a plan rather than going against orders and charging in. You may have a fierce determination of Aqshy, but I can see wisdom beneath that fire that will be useful in times of need”.

Her lords honesty made her speechless as though he has taken her voice away temporarily. She finally spoke just barely “Thank you, Lord-Arcanum”.

The Lord-Arcanum spoke quietly like a wisp on the crypts of Shyshian deserts “Brothers, Sisters, let us plan our route through this nightmare…..”