1 year of building and painting my Iron Warriors (nurgled) project

It’s nearly been a year since I’ve started this project alongside my Primaris Crimson Fists project. At the time it was just a side project for fun as I already had a Death Guard army that I was building. I wanted to try out a colour scheme I’ve planned to see how well it looked on a Death Guard model.

Little did I realise however, that this project would soon grow into a massive army project. By March I had amassed a fairly decent sized force, half way through this year I included model from my old Death Guard project into this project.

I had a lot of passion and enthusiasm for my Death Guard project due to my interests in the Iron Warriors Legion and the Death Guard. Mashing these two into one was like an unholy union of trench siege warfare and infantry endurance warfare. Soon enough I had enough models to rival my combined Sons of Dorn collection (Black Templars and Crimson Fists).

Now in December of 2019 I’ve just about reached my goal that my project has come to it’s creative end. There’s a point when you’ve done all you can to build something your proud of, investing time and patience to paint at your best, to build to your standards and assemble an army you’d proudly display in games of Warhammer 40k. For me, I feel like I’ve reached the peak for this project after months of adding models and adding neglected models for a new or kitbashed character.

Although I will be adding a few more models to this project before I finish it for good. Just small stuff to fill in the gaps that should give me enough options for when I play my Iron Warriors.

Here’s my current batch of painted models. Enjoy!

This unit was once part of my old Death Guard collection for The Harbinger Legion, until it was moved over to the Iron Warriors project. I didn’t paint this unit until inspiration came to me when I came across an issue of Warhammer Conquest. There’s only one shop in my county that still sells Conquest, unfortunately it’s difficult to buy weekly as it’s quite far from me to go to. But as luck would have it, I managed to grab a copy last week and assemble a Plague marine with an Icon of Despair.

Now that the unit is fully painted I have three troop units ready for gaming, four if I wanted to include my historical miniature unit of cultists. After playing a few games with my dad I’ve noticed that the Plague marines were pretty easy to kill off, even with their special ability to save roll. I wasn’t sure if it was worth me boosting my units to seven or ten models a unit, but because each set is £30 for seven models, I wasn’t keen on boosting them unless I really needed more options.

I forgot to include this disgusting and disturbing chap in my last post on the collection, it will be my Greater Possessed unit as a lieutenant for the Possessed side of the army. I think the picture can fill you in on the rest……

My second Daemon Prince needed a new base to add more intimidation and a suitable circle base that fits a Daemon Prince for balance. A spitting image of Mortarion as winged grim reaper who could melt your lungs just by seeing and breathing in his presence.

Because The Noxious Blightbringer is currently exclusive to the Warhammer 40k starter set, I’ve decided to kitbash my own version to save money and time waiting for the official model to be release. Rather than sticking a huge bell on a single model, I’ve gone for the ancient standard bearer look.

Just to make sure that this model at least had some bells, I’ve used some spare bitz from the Plague monks kit that had some bells. I think it looks pretty cool!

I think I might do a command squad to my Iron Warriors Collection to represent the warbands strongest and favoured soldiers. Currently I have this model and my Tallyman done, just three more models to add to complete my command squad.

Recently I’ve also added a unit of Chaos Spawns to my Iron Warriors project, my third first attack unit which I won’t show here as I’ve post pictures of them countless times before. My Daemons of Nurgle will also be transferred from AoS to my Iron Warriors project, which will give me some units to summon as support or backup units.

Now we come to the last of the batch of Iron Warriors that I’d consider to be my best painted unit from the whole project, the Death Shroud. Now lore wise this unit has deep ties to the Deathguard as they’re the tallymen of Nurgle, and Mortarion’s inner circle of trusted warriors.

The Iron Warriors don’t have a unit like the Death Shroud, so what made me go for this unit and how could I justify it? There was a way I could justify as the pre Heresy Iron Warriors had a special role in the Legion called the Trident, three exceptionally gifted and reliable leaders who Perturabo trusts as his advisors. It’s the greatest honour an Iron Warrior can achieve, but it’s also a great burden for if you mess up and waste valuable time and resources on failure, Perturabo would personally take away everything out had and sent you to the front line as a mere marine.

The Trident in the current 40k timeline isn’t known as of yet, the original three left Perturabo as their own warband led by the Warsmith. Who knows wether Perturabo still has a Trident, or wether he’s too self reliant to rely on mere mortals now that he’s a Daemon Primarch.

My Death Shroud unit will act as the Trident to my Lord of Contagion or one of my Daemon princes, three capable warriors who enact the will of their lord and advise him in turn. I like the idea of making them a Trident Council, it’s a Legion custom that in some way has carried on by this warband of Nurgle worshipping Iron Warriors.


That’s it for this years 12 days of Winter! 12 big posts that I’ve been working very hard to bring together and share with you guys. I hope you have enjoyed this and others too, I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Thank you for reading this post,


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,


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,


Iron Warrior project, the story so far

Iron Warrior project, the story so far

Project Iron Warriors started out as a side project that can be worked at any time, without deadlines or rush to paint models. It’s my way of painting a collection I’ve always wanted to display, using as much effort and attention to bring out the best of my abilities. That’s not to say I don’t make an effort with my other projects that I work on, but this project in particular is a scenario of ‘if I retire tomorrow this project will be my last and best’ sort of thing.

Over time in January, I’ve started to really enjoy this project as it’s given me free rein to go crazy. No grinding on fairly basic colour scheme and rush for deadline, I can just paint my best with a few models. During February, weeks after finishing the project I picked up a copy of Storm of Iron by Graham McNeill. A very inspirational book for all Iron Warrior fans that shows just how efficient these guys are in trench warfare. I was so inspired that I wanted to go back to my Iron Warriors project and add more models to the collection.

Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to collect an Iron Warriors army but I was crap at painting them at the time. My skills were not fully mastered at painting which resulted in clumpy painted models, I still have these models today that are kept in box of shame.

Anyways, as I hog older and read many stories about the IV legion and hobbyist articles of their own collection, I felt that one day I needed to paint my own collection of Iron Warriors before I leave the hobby, or just float in the astral realm when my time comes.

Unlike most Iron Warrior collections, this one is focused on those afflicted by Nurgle who praise him as their deity. A slow corruption that started all the way back during the war on Tallarn. These warriors of festering diseases were banished by the Daemon Primarch Perturabo for their weakness to fall to one god.

I liked how the design team at GW used MKIII and MKII (and others too) for the Death guard, adding some warp corruption and bringing to life the Death guard from the rich illustrations of the legion. Whilst I do agree a few of the ranges kits do look a bit too cartoony (the easy to build Blightlords suffer from this), I do however overall like the factions design.

Since the IV legion use a lot of MKIII and Cataphractii Terminators in their armoury, The Deathguard range more than fits the template to paint Iron Warrior colour scheme. My project so far looks impressive, the corrupted MKIII armour just fits well for Iron Warriors devoted to Nurgle.

Current project list

My side project is not tied to any specific detachment in mind, as I feel that having no limitations (apart from staying true to the legions doctrine and preference to warfare) will make this project more enjoyable and open for experimentation.

Ive had a few unused CSM models in the neglected box for awhile now including a Word Bearers Dreadnought, Chosen and cultists.

Below is a list of what I currently have in the project.

  • Lord Contagion
  • (Chaos Lord prox) Lieutenant
  • Tallyman
  • 4x Blightlords
  • 5x Plague Marines
  • Dreadnought
  • Blight Drone
  • Plagueburst Crawler
  • 10x Poxwalkers
  • 19x Cultists
  • 10x kitbashed Chosen as CSM (may not be included If experiment fails)

The list incorporates two of the notable units that the Iron Warriors have (with minor changes by Nurgle’s blessing), one being Slaves that are cultists and Poxwalkers, their the meat shields that drag the enemy whilst the IV legion Astartes Judge the enemy from afar. Secondly the list is starting to feature heavy support, the Plagueburst Crawler fits perfectly as a siege weapon like the Vindicator (but far more messed up).

If I expand this project further into the undivided Chaos portion when CSM release is fully done, I plan to add more none aligned CSM units and siege machines like Predators, Vindicators and Daomic infused monstrosity’s (maybe throw in a basilisk too!).

Project showcase

Over the past three months I’ve been painting any expanding this project, basically a whole season. Below is all of my Iron Warriors I’ve painted so far in this collection.

Next step

Going forwards, I want to focus on getting more none aligned infantry and war machines, as the Nurgle stuff is just about done. Possibly 1-2 CSM squads and maybe Havocs, as well as a Predator. After reading a few short stories about Tallarn, I’m keen to add some tanks to my army.

That’s all from me for now, typing this long post was tedious but I wanted to try a bit harder on making a longer post for my Iron Warriors Collection. Do you guys prefer my shorter blog posts or do you like longer posts?

With that, I’ll be back soon with a very special post on one of my biggest comic finds in my life, no joke!

Oh and one more thing, for those wretched Imperial Fist fan boys, here’s my artist depiction of one of your chapter masters, enjoy!😉

Until next time, Iron within, Iron without,

-Warsmith Bjorn

Nurgle month-week 3: Harbingers Death Guard

Nurgle month-week 3: Harbingers Death Guard

Today’s post is just going to be a visual post, as I’ve not planned any real backstory to the Harbingers Death Guard side.

The collection is only recently been started, after buying myself the Death Guard Codex and Mythitic Blight hauler after Christmas. My collection will only be a small warband, as I don’t want to build another big faction (I’ve got no more room left for new big armies to store up for now) as well as commitments to finishing off my Stormcast Eternals army.

Just a quick note, not all models have had their basing finished, as during the time I took these photos, I ran out of Astrogranite texture paint. I do apologise for any terrible basing.

Plague marines


Malignant Plaguecaster (converted)

Mythitic Blight hauler

Later on next month or so, I’ll be detailing how I’ve painted my Death Guard Faction with simple step by step process. I think you guys will be curious to know how I’ve done the rust effect and all, so I’ll be sure to let you know the colour scheme once I find a new pox subject (I mean volunteer) to paint.

That’s all from me for now. I hope you have enjoyed this post, your support and positivity has helped me to really get a lot of models painted lately.


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Nurgle month- week 2: Harbinger Legion

Nurgle month- week 2: Harbinger Legion

Back again with another Nurgle themed post for Nurgle month. This week, we return to the Harbinger Legion with more new units primed and ready. Including a flyer, Sorcerer, Warptalons and Havocs.

The Stormtalon (or Stormdrake) was made from two kits of Stormtalon/Interceptor, which I’ve used the spare parts to assemble this model. Since I’m basing the flyer on the Haldrake datasheet, I’ve equipped it with two flamers (although it will still be classed as on attack).

Next up are the Havocs, and by heck they’ve had a rough time!

Followed by some very enthusiastic Warp Talons, with some grizzly claws of fresh blood.

Finally, my personal favourite model, the Chaos Sorcerer!

That’s all for now for this week. I hope you have enjoyed this post! 🙂

My enthusiasm and energy is running low at the minute due to course work taking much of my time, as well as doing other projects. So either next week or the week after will be my final week of Nurgle month. The last post will certainly be a good finale!

As ever, a teaser for you guys and girls!


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!


New Years resolutions- 2018

Like last year, I do my own New Years resolution for my hobby work, wether it’s getting an army done on a deadline, or focusing on being more involved with communication with the community.

Before I do my 2018 resolutions, lets take a look at last years list and see if I’ve completed any (or none at all!)

Resolutions from 2017

  1. Finishing off my Flesh-Eater Courts army, including more Crypt Ghouls (human/Duardin/elves/Skaven) Crypt Flayers, kit bashing Varghulf, more Ogres and Morghast Archai. (Not completed, still have a few units to paint as well as not having a playable force for Match play. However, since I’ve changed plans for this faction, it was now used for Skirmish games until further change are planned)
  2. Build my Grand Alliance of order, consisting of; Stormcast Eternals (using Hammer and Anvil battalion) and Fyreslayers (either Lords of the lodge or Subterranean Fyrestorm battalions). (Not completed, since the Fyreslayers were expensive, so the Faction was changed to be primarily a Stormcast Eternals. All units are painted apart from four more Hero models)
  3. Completing my Grand Alliance of Chaos, with my Nurgle force needing a few units of Blightkings, Chaos warriors and Daemons of Nurgle stater set. (Whilst I was able to get a unit of Blight Kings, I wasn’t enthusiastic to work on this project due to a lack of lore inspiration. However, Maggotkin of Nurgle will hopefully reignite my interests this project)
  4. Communicating with the hobby community more, by commenting other bloggers posts that I like, and joining in discussion groups to contribute to the hobby. (I’ve been commenting from time to time on posts or on mine on different subjects, I’ve learnt quite a lot from communicating with other bloggers (who are more wiser and knowledgeable). Contributing wise, I think I’ll need to work on that. I’ll see if I can join in on painting challenges or a group project for either AoS and 40k)
  5. Discovering new styles and mediums in art projects, developing new designs that’s not in my comfort zone. (Thankfully I’ve learnt something new and pushed myself to do weird and interesting stuff. My Lord Tennyson canvas painting was a step in the right direction for my artist journey, moving away from manga art as my Chosen art focus.
  6. Telling the rest of the path to glory campagin story of the battles between Clan Skelnix, and the Whitebark Clan. (Nah, not going to happen. The rest of the campaign was fun, but I lost the rest of the matches (although I’ll never forget the first mission where I’ve actually won my first AoS game and table top game for 8 years since I’ve started the hobby!!). Sadly my enthusiasm was low on writing the story, but I’ll try doing a different approach for doing story/ battle report blog posts this year!)
  7. If the dark elves have a new release, I’ll be rebasing and painting my entire collection if I find the new lore for the faction to be satisfying. (I’m still bloody waiting GW, where the Aleves? It’s been two years since AoS started! On the positive side, I’ve been rebasing my Druchii and mange to paint quite a few models. This was done as I got bored of waiting for the Druchii to get their faction released, so I’m using them instead for Warhammer Fantasy Battles using AoS rules)
  8. Painting Skaven model inbetween hobby projects. (My first year for not painting much Skaven models, but I did get to paint a unit of 20x Clanrats. Many more Clanrats are still yet to be painted….)

Now that my 2017 Resolutions have been updated, I can now finally move on to 2018 list. This year, I’ve decided to make a list that will push me a bit further than last year.

Resolutions for 2018

  1. At least build a Death Guard army towards 1,000pt using the Patrol Detachment.
  2. Complete my Harbinger Legions (Chaos Space Marine Faction) as a corrupted Demi-company army. Including a kit of Warp Talons and painting two units of Chaos Space marines.
  3. Paint more Skaven.
  4. Complete my Stormcast Eternals army by painting all four remains Hero models. Also, finish painting all remains Khorne Bloodbound models.
  5. Join community challenges (primarily painting challenges), as well as communicating with the community and bloggers.
  6. Finish secret project [classified].
  7. Focus on painting more backlog models to paint for more storage space.
  8. Incorporate more hobby discussion posts on AoS and 40k.

With that, I would like to end this post by saying thank you for reading, commenting and liking my blog posts in 2017.

With luck, I may do better this year for fulfilling my resolutions. 😅


January- Nurgle month

January- Nurgle month

Hello, and welcome to the first post of 2018 on Bjorn the Stormborn.

It’s been heck of a year in 2017 working on this blog, I’ve got tons of models painted (including many units that I haven’t painted for over 7-8 years), I’m pleased that I’m making progress with getting backlogs done.

I’ve had loads of fun last year, and I hope this year tops that with more interesting and exciting hobby challenges. 2017 hasn’t been all that good though, having sadly lost a family member this year, as well as struggling to get my course work projects done. However, I have endured to the end of the year, all thanks to this blog and to my readers and followers.

As this month is the release of the Maggotkin of Nurgle, I’ve decided to celebrate release by dedicating an entire month to post all things Nurgle-y. With Warhammer factions from 40k to AoS, there’s loads of variety to show Nurgles blessed minions. I’ll be featuring my Death Guard and Chaos Space Marines of the Harbinger Legion, my Daemons of Nurgle and my mixed faction of Nurgle in AoS.

But I don’t want to be the only one celebrating the god of diseases, so if anyone would like to have a go at Nurgle month, all you need to do is paint unit relating to Nurgle. It’s that simple! (#NurgleMonth)

That’s all for now, later on today I’ll be doing my New Year’s Day resolutions, and comparing to see if I’ve past last years resolutions.

Happy new year!


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