A tale of one Warlord: month 3 (Final!)

A tale of one Warlord: month 3 (Final!)

Alas, after a total of three months of painting all da greenskins I can muster for this collection, today marks the end of this collection. Whilst it’s half of the traditional six month challenge, I took on the task of getting at least one unit done per month (first month was the hardest challenge).

This project at first was a challenge to see if I can build a patrol formation in three months, using a colour scheme that I’ve never used before that would prove challenging. However, back in May, my long time friend, Leo (my pet dog) was put to sleep after suffering from neural disease. I decided that I would dedicate this collection in his memory of passing, as this was the last project he would have seen before leaving this world.

Today I have one sweat Trukk that’s a kitbash based on the old Trukk model. I’ve made sure to make this model look as Orky as a scrap kan on wheels.

This Trukk will carry my Ork Boyz with shootas around to drop them off at a safe area to get closer into shooting range. Since I have ten Ork Boyz, they can fit into the Trukk (not practicals though, only four can fit into the back).

So will this be the last ever Ork kit? Nope, as if you’ve seen my previous post from last Sunday, I’ve found some classic Grots from a car boot sale. I didn’t have time to paint them due to time constraints and running low on yellow paint to cover them all. I’ll be painting them at some point in the near future along with some Ork Boyz (the four models I got with the Trukk) to completely finish this collection off.

Whilst I would like to continue adding more Orks to the project, I feel that this three month task should end today and nothing else should be added. Luckily I got those Grots and four Ork Boyz before the deadline, so they still count. I might paint them as a bonus challenge maybe?

Anyways, that about wrap things up here. I hope you have enjoyed this blog post series challenge, and if your keen to start your own three month challenge (or six if your crazy), I’d say go for it!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Mercenary for hire!

Meet Sgotsnitz, a Gretchin mercenary who can put a round or two with his bulky bolter.

This was my sample painting of a Gretchin using my colour scheme of the Bad Moons, which I’ve used across my Ork army. I wanted to see how the model will look once painted, so I have a visual guide for painting the rest of the unit in batch’s.

I really like the sculpt of the model, there’s a look of glee on the little greenskins face, as if he’s really keen to cause mayhem. I was lucky to have found the unit to be relatively intact with details still visible, the old paint job by the previous owner was hardly much layers of paint.

Anyways, one down, twenty four more Gretchins to go!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

A Tale of One Warlord: Month 1

A Tale of One Warlord: Month 1

Its been a very tight month for my first challenge on building an Ork army using the Start Collecting! Set. I’ve had to take an on and off progress of painting my models as I’ve got course work mixed in during the month. The hardest part would have to be painting the Ork Boyz and the Deff Dread, as the former was time consuming to paint consistently, and the latter being my first model tested using my own colour scheme for that bright flashy yellow coat.

However, I was able to finish my start collecting! Set in under a month, as all of the models are painted (but not based). I do like the yellow colours scheme as it has a shiny matt coating that doesn’t look flat (thanks to some scratches and rusted edge highlighting).

My only criticism would be that I wished that haven’t mistakenly shaded the whole armour of the Nobz. This isn’t too bad as they still look good, but the yellow armour colour does look more darker than the rest of the collection.

So without further or do, here’s what I’ve done so far for month one of my army challenge. I’m not going to go into too much detail as The pictures say it all, Enjoy!

Dok Grubstokk, cunning and professional Dok*.

Deff Dread Dogrrak the Savage, just look at him running like he was just born yesterday**

Nob Boss Gobruk and da Boyz ready to start the party!

Mekboy Rugbourk, tiny fella (for an Oddboy) with da best skills for fixing and building things.

Nobz, cus every Ork warband needs one…..

That’s all I’ve painted for month one, I thought it wasn’t possible to get these models done in time, but Morka must be helping me (or was it Gorka?). I’ve been inspired by a lot of resources for the orks from BL book samples like the Evil Sun Rising (written by Guy Haley), lore on the Bad Moons, Feral Orks and of course, a hardback copy of Fifteen Hours by Mitchel Scanlon. I’m honestly asking myself now why I didn’t get into collecting Orks when I first started this hobby, they’re a faction that fit my style of humour/ creativity without any nonsense.

You may have noticed that I don’t have a HQ leading my force (since there was none in the starter set), so I’ve decided to kitbash my own HQ’s instead! Below are my Warboss and Weirdboy side by side ready to cause some carnage.

Its too early for me to go into details on these guys, but keep an eye out for these two for next month (or the month after that if I’m too fat and lazy to get them done).

Now that my first month of three is done ( my series is only going to be half of the traditional ATFW as I’m not committing to a big force, as well as other things), I can now move on to adding more greenskins to my growing army. Next month, my challenge will be to paint a second unit of Troops and a Fast attack option. Time to get some Gretchins ready…….

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any suggestions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Warboss Gondrakks Bad Moonz Tribe

Warboss Gondrakks Bad Moonz Tribe

With my motivation, self esteem and creativity coming back now after taking a break, I’m ready to start a new type of project that I’m looking forward to starting. Looking back on my past posts, I checked my past projects that were done and wondered why they were completed before my other projects.

For example, my completed projects were my Fyreslayer’s army, the Silence of the Shroud inquisition warband and my Clan Moulder army. Comparing them to my unfinished projects gave me an answer, and it’s due to my lack of motivation to do big projects in one go (for example, all of my current Khorne Bloodbound models, Stormcast Eternals and etc).

Having too much models before me has made me overthink about completing everything, rather than just taking it a chunk at a time. The Fyreslayer’s collection for example worked very well as it was an easier force to paint due to the low model count. Then recently a I was inspired by White Dwarf that gave a new idea for structuring my new project!

I was inspired by the Tale of Four Warlords article in White Dwarf magazine for the past year now, from both AoS and 40k series. I really liked the idea of starting ‘a Start Collecting!’ box and growing it from there for a few months, each month being a progress look at the army’s expansion.

I wanted to try out my own series like this, as I think it would be a great challenge to try and build an army in the style of the Tale of Four Warlords. Only thing is, I don’t have three opponents to face off with, so I’m in this on my own. I’ll be altering the rules to be primarily focusing on the building and painting aspect, as well as setting different challenges for each month.

So what will I be collecting? Well I’ve decided to collect a 40k faction from the Xenos side, I haven’t got a fully playable Xenos race yet (although I do have unused Tyranids of Gargoyles and Termigaunts, but I’m not too keen on the Tyranids tbh). I wanted to start fresh with a faction that had some character and great customisation to bring out my artistic side.

As you can guess by now, I’ve gone for da biggest and da best gitz on the block, the Orks! I’ll be starting my first month by painting a whole set of Start Collecting! Orks set to start things off, then the next month will be new challenge set for me, and so on.

My collection will owe its alliance to the Bad Moons tribe, known for their longer teeth and amazing arsenal of flashier dakka. Whilst Yellow has been a colour I’ve never used as a prominent colour in my collections (for obvious reasons), I wanted to overcome my reluctance and try painting something out of my comfort zone.

I have my colour scheme guide below for you guys to try out if your interested in painting your own Bad Moons.

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Bad Moons colour scheme

  • Basecoat: Humbrol acrylic spray, Sand.
  • Layer: medium yellow acrylic paint (WHSmiths)
  • Recess shade of Reikland Fleshade.
  • Mix acrylic white, acrylic thinner and Sunset yellow as a edge highlight.
  • Finally, add Ryze Rust to the edges to give the armour a damaged rusting effect on edges from being in many battles.

Ork skin (Nobz and Oddboyz)

  • Basecoat the model in Model colour Refractive Green.
  • Shade the model with a mix of 1:3 of WHSmith Black acrylic paint and Model colour Refractive Green.
  • Highlight the model with Warboss Green.

Ork skin (Da Ladz and da Boyz)

  • Basecoat the skin like above, but shade it afterwards in Druchii Purple.
  • Highlight layer with Warboss Green.
  • Edge highlight with Skarsnik Green.

As I’ve mentioned above, I have a Start Collecting! Ork boxset as a starting point for the collection, including 1x Painboy, 10x Ork boyz, 1x Deff Dread and 5x Ork Nobz with one ammo runt. But wait, aren’t there 11x Ork Boyz in a kit? Well, I can’t spoil too much, but I’m using the spare Ork as a kitbash for a HQ model (already I’ve had tons of fun kitbashing my HQ model!)

So when can you expect to see my first post for month 1 of the challenge? Well I’ll be posting at around the end of the month with update on the collection, as well as revealing my next challenge for month 2. Whilst traditionally it’s usually a six month project, I’m however going to lower mine to four due to budget constraints and wanting to keep this series fairly short (since the recent announcement for the Nighthaunt faction for AoS has me stoked for the Death Alliance!).

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That’s all from me for now, any feedback and suggestions for this project will be very helpful and appreciated.

Until next time,

-Bjorn