12 days of Winter is back for 2019!

A yearly tradition I do each year celebrating the hobby each day up till Christmas day, with posts ranging from hobby projects, art, stories and random stuff.

This year I’m going bolder with my plans for the 12 day challenge! I’ve got some big posts that I’m currently working on, which means November will be very quite from me.

So what to expect for the 12 days of Winter? Well, I can’t reveal all of what I’ve planned, but here’s what’s in store.

  • A three part post on the lore of the Astral Bears, including artwork!
  • My top ten books of 2019
  • Fan fiction of the Fly on the Wall podcast, Post Apocalypse story part 1 (unofficial and fan fiction)

There’s a lot more to come, but for now mark your calendars for December 13th!

Because I like treating you guys with sneak peaks, I’ve got this WIP artwork of a certain Chapter Master who will be featured in my Astral Bears lore series.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Update on my Ogor Mawtribe, the Bloodgullet Mawtribe

Last week I got my copy of the Ogor Mawtribes battletome, a fantastic book (for lore stuff in my opinion) that is probably one of GW’s best to date, and that’s a compliment I rarely give GW these days. It’s a shame that they decided to put the new plastic Ogor Tyrant as a box set exclusive (which sold out just like the Carrion Empire set with two exclusive models as well) rather than as a single pack release.

But let’s not get too deep into the ‘GW does another one’ rant post. It’s all about the Gorkamorkas biggest and meanest brutes that aren’t Greenskin, the Ogors.

Let’s recap my Ogor Mawtribe project and what’s changed since the army book came out.

After much reading I’ve decided to use the Bloodgullet tribe as a basis for my collection, as my models look exactly like a Bloodgullet. Since the faction is led by a Butcher (Tyrants rarely get overthrown by butchers, but for Bloodgullet Wargluts they are known to be replaced by the mystic chefs) I’ve nominated my Butcher as the leader of my army.

Originally I did have a Tyrant model to lead my army, but having read that Ironguts need at least 4x models, I instead made that model a champion of my Ironguts.

Other units have stayed the same including two units of three Gluttons, a unit of 15x Gnobblars and a unit of two Gorgers.

Now for the latest additions to the project, I have a ranged unit of a Gnobblar Scarplauncher, made using a Wizkid catapult kit and some spare models to follow the theme of ‘ghouls’ and ‘death’.

By the awesome might of the eternal hungry maw of Gorkamork do I love my medieval horror…………(°) W (°)

Next, my own kitbashed scenery version of the Great Mawpot. I didn’t want to spend £25 on the plastic kit so I went and created my own.

Thats pretty much everything I’ve done so far for my Ogor Mawtribe Collection. I have plans to push this project to 1,500pt list including a Giant as an ally unit, a unit of Leadbelchers which will let me unlock the Butchers warband battalion warscroll and possibly add some more Gnobblars this finish off my army.

That’s all for today!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Butchers tea party

Now for some freaky **** art work I’ve done in celebration of the Fly on the Wall podcast (hosted by Luke and Woz, not the other political podcast one) with their Post Apocalypse special.

So what made me want to do this artwork? Well it was around the time when the series started to build up, after the first appearance of the Butcher I thought I’d do some art for how I’d imagine the series would look like. I left the sketch awhile ago as I had other stuff to do with College and my hobby projects.

It wasn’t until my fan fiction story was mentioned on the podcast that I thought I’d go back to the sketch and do something to celebrate the podcast.

Here’s my sketch which I used as a template for building up my colour layers on the Procreate app. I took a picture of my sketch and added filters to make it sharp in black and white. Then I used the photo in the app and filled any gaps in the artwork in black line brush, which will help me fill drop colours without crossing areas that aren’t supposed to be filled.

Here’s what the basic first layer looked like with a few details done in airbrush for basic details and lighting.

With the Butcher needing more colours and making Luke and Woz look more dirty with the wasteland make. Blisters, blood, scars, sweat and tears of old age and diseases are the marks of what the wasteland has to offer!

looking much more grim and horror now that the Butcher and the hero’s are fitting into the post apocalyptic theme. I decided at this point to add more shading to the Butcher as he looked too visible and less threatening, having him in shadow would really help make him have the mysterious killer visual. As for Luke and Woz I wanted to add more grime to them to have emphasis on the rough life and physical toil that the apocalypse can have on people.

I’ve included a black and white version of the final artwork for the old horror aesthetic.

The final outcome was the best that I felt I could do to my fullest after days of working on this artwork. It’s a long process of building up layers of detail and colour to illustrate a simple artwork. I could’ve gone crazy and added explosions, mutants, zombies and mad max style vehicles. But I wanted to illustrate a basic artwork of the major players of the first arc of the series.

So there you have it, an artwork that I’ve done to celebrate Luke and Woz’s podcast series! Well done chaps!

I would recommend listening to the Post Apocalypse special which is full of content, including interviews, ethical questions, the ongoing story of the post Apocalyptic story and Woz doing an excerpt of my fan fiction story I wrote on my blog. If your new to this whole thing and wondering who or what is this post apocalyptic nonsense, check out episode six or seven of the Fly on the Wall podcast (not the politics one, it’s the one with the cool graffiti artwork of a fly).

Now then, I wonder if I should do that other sketch where the gang gets spooked by a group of killer flesh eating mutated Clowns………

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Books, books and more Warhammer books

Today’s post is another treasure hunting find that may or may not be worth much, but the history and content of these books are worth a lot to people like me! After months of nothing, my usual car boot hunting of items gone dry and my luck running I thought that would be it for me. But……a couple of weeks ago I’ve found some interesting findings!

Inferno vol 6 and vol 27, these books have some rare material that I haven’t seen be reprinted for years (well apart from GW’s limited reprint of Inferno issue in celebration of the return of the new Inferno).

Up next two very very old books that were published during the Boxtree years (old publication before GW set up the Black Library as their fictional book publication), Deathwing and Konrad. I also found other Boxtree books like Harlequin and Chaos Child. I picked the other two as I didn’t want to read the Ian Watson books as I’ll need the first book in order to read Harlequin and Chaos Child.

I’m currently reading Konrad which is so far a good book, still need some time to read it all and see who or what Konrad himself is. Is he the same Konrad as Konrad Von Carstein?

That’s all for tod……… wait, just today I’ve found this…..

I got Gileads Blood a few weeks ago and got Gileads Curse today. It was on sale at my local library as stock is changed over, only months ago it was still on the shelf. I’ll be reading this once I’ve done Konrad.

That’s all for today!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Bad Moons Tribe project: I missed Orktober….

Damn, I missed the opportunity to do Orktober stuff this month! But never fear, I always have a plan…….even though it’s the last day of the month. Today I present my weirdest kitbash and my new centrepiece for my Bad Moons project, a Warboss in Mega armour.

Using a neglected Warjack from Warmachine, I made a kustom Ork model using all manner of bitz to create my own Warboss. I like his assistant who’s perched on the Warboss’s shoulder, like a mutant human that looks like an small Ork.

Finally after a year of acquiring this lot of classic Gretchins, I’ve painted a batch of twenty little green Hitchers all today! Talk about motivation!

That’s it from me for today. Got loads of stuff to do with drafting more blog content, it never seems to end lately!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Black Templars 8th edition Collection, part 12

At long last the Crusader Squad is painted! It must have been about three or four years now since I first started this project…………

The only thing I haven’t done yet is the transfer decals for the squad, however, a few other models I’ve painted haven’t got the BT transfer yet. Because the transfer sheet is pretty old now, the transfer symbols disintegrate by the smallest of movement. So either I’ll be careful with my limited transfers I have left or I’ll wait for GW to release a BT upgrade pack with transfers.

what’s next for my Black Templars project? Well………..

That’s a difficult question as currently the BT are gone from the main army book and not included in the Imperial Fists supplement. I want to know If the BT will be fully Primarised in the future or mixed with old marines. I know that’s a stupid line of thinking for me to say, but I’m not wasting money buying the old space marine line if their going to be taken off by lore and model production and be replaced by Primaris Marines. I’m hoping an answer will come soon from GW.

In the meantime I’m just happy I’ve finally got everything for this project painted after so many years of slow progress. My dad played the BT against my Nurgle Iron Warrior army in a game of 40k a couple of weeks ago, I lost sadly, but it was fun to play a game again.

until next time,

-Bjorn