Ghoul Grots

Already I’m hard at work with adding more stuff to my Ghoul Gutbusters collection, aiming at 1,250pt list as my new goal. My collection lacked something that all Gutbuster tribes have that is essential for their survival, a vital part of keeping the Ogres in line and fed well ( or to the Ghouls ones, some sort of tiny hope of being full).

I’m talking about the Gnob….. I mean Grots! These little cunning cowards are a vital part of Ogre society, as they bring food and manual labour needs in return for protection. But my Grots aren’t just like their kin, for mine are Ghoul Grots of course!

So far I’ve done 15x Grots with a mixture of heads from various kits, and kitbashed them into Crypt Ghoul models. To carry on the theme of Gutbusters and Shyish, this unit has both elements of the Grots and their horrible disfigured bodies. Ghoulisim has turned these cunning tricksters too as they have become hungry savage lunatics, but more cunning than the Ghoul Gutbuster Ogre.

I’ll be painting this unit in a couple of days using either contrast paint, or my own colour scheme.

That’s all I have for now, I’ll be back later on in the week to show the Ghoul Grots painted. Then decided what I’ll be doing next for my Ghoul Gutbusters project.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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Army Showcase 2019: The Ghoul Gutbusters

Today marks the end of my current project on the Ghoul Gutbusters 1,000pt army collection, a project that was a rebirth from a failed Flesh-Eater Courts project that I did years ago. Whilst not all of my FEC models have moved over to the new project, I do intend to use the left over models (not including the Abhorrent Ghoul kings as they’ll be used as allies for my Nighthaunt) to fit into suitable units to substitute warscrolls.

But today I’ll be presenting my 1,000pt army showcase in full bloody glory! Enjoy!

The Tyrant (or Abhorrent Tyrant) was actually once the Ogryn model that I used for my Inquisition warband, Silence of the Shroud. I sacrificed the model and kitbashed it into a Tyrant with two club weapons, a helmet with a crest, a death styled knight shield emblem and a fancy bat wing cape.

I wanted my Tyrant to have elements of the Gutbuster themes mixed with Shyish/ death. Using cold colours to emphasis on the ghoul affliction that makes this Ogre different from the rest of his race. If I had a spare Crypt Horror I would’ve gone for the full horror by making a Abhorrent Tyrant that’s mutated like my Butcher model. But I think this model is a logical choice since a mutated deluded beast wouldn’t care to order or lead a tribe, rather it would feast on anyone and anything it comes across.

The Butcher is like any other Butcher in the Gutbuster tribe that roam the mortal realms, but this Butcher in particular is attuned to the winds of Shyish. A disfigured monster who is on a thin line between sanity as a powerful wizard, and becoming a mindless Gorger. He can summon spirits of the Gutbusters Underworld to do his bidding as he freezes the hearts of his foes to death (frozen food is always useful for long journeys).

Elites with a hunger to satisfy from their ghoul affliction, the Ironguts have become the bodyguard of the Tyrant and the Butcher (whoever they choose to join with for who will attract the most meat pickings). At this point from Ogre to Ironguts, the unit has become more savage, desperate, hungry and efficient in combat. Ironguts have two paths they can go down for they can either ascend to a Tyrant, or a Gorger, the latter will almost certainly male their past identity and glory dust by the hunger.

The Ogres are the main backbone of the Gutbuster tribe as it’s soldiers, they are giants made of steel who can deal with more than one mortal. Affliction by the ghoulisim starts off with the lowest ranks, the hunger isn’t as rabid as the Ironguts, Tyrants, Butcher and Gorgers. However, over time their need to feast encroaches and corrupts their thoughts and desires, glory and joy in battle becomes less enjoyable as the hunger demands it’s due.

The Gorgers are wild ferals who have lost their identity of their previous life as the hunger dominates their actions. Once they may have been proud warriors of Gork or Mork, or even powerful leaders or wizards of their tribe. But the affliction of the Flesh-Eater Courts has turned these mighty champions into abominations not worth remembering.

It’s not all ghouls and afflicted Ogres, as the tribe hire mercenaries of the same grand alliance that either honour tradition of war or debts owed. Gorgrunks mercenary warband are natives of Shyish who have a morbid view on life and death, they believe that Gork or Mork will reincarnate them after death as bigger and better Greenskins.

The group are exiles of an Orruk tribe for acts of un-Orky habits, bad omens follow these Orruks as their tribe had suffered greatly during the Age of Chaos.

The Ghoul Gutbusters have hired these morbid Orruks to cause maximum carnage in battle, finding more meat to bring back to the tribe from Skirmish missions. In return, the Orruks pay is Realmstone which they are using for unknown reasons……

That’s all of my 1,000pt Ghoul Gutbuster Collection that I’ve painted so far. I’m thinking of setting up a new goal of getting this project up to 1,250pt/ 1,500pt, adding Grots, a unit Ledbelchers, a Gorger to make a full unit of 3x and maybe another Hero model. I’ll have to plan out what I want to include in my army collection for some time before I make a decision. I won’t be extending the project any further to 2,000pt as I like this collection to be a small and thematic army.

It wouldn’t be a proper goodbye if I didn’t do one last photo of my last Flesh-Eater Courts, The Liverbone Court Abhorrent Ghoul King Ren. He’ll be rebasing him as I’ve mentioned earlier, and he’s the last model in my failed project. So I want to do some dignity by showing my failed project in a creepy and badass photo!

-Bjorn

(Ps: I’ve been listening way too much of ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ by Gary Moore, his version is pretty cool. I’m thinking of buying several versions of the song (sea shanty versions a must!) as it’s quite motivating as it helped me finish this project!)

The Ghoul Gutbusters

Gutbuster Tyrant bellows his lungs out as he demands more meat sacrifices for him to feast on.

The Gorgers aren’t worth doing diplomacy with…….

The Butcher has a strange affinity to the winds of Shyish, his magic can summon spirits from the underworld that his culture believes they’ll go to once they die in battle.

Gorgrunk’s mercenaries for hire, drenched in Shyish lifestyle and morbid existences compared to other Orruk cultures. They seek to find a worthy battle to win back their places in their tribe, exile for them seems like eternity…….

Afflicted by the curse of the Flesh-Eater Courts Ghoulisim, the Ogres desire for food is more extreme and eternal as they can never be full from a feast. Even a raid on a city will feel like a snack that quickly goes away.

The Ironguts are both the elite bodyguards of the Tyrant and the butchers with years of experience. Their years of constant hunger has less them to become more desperate in combat, seeking a foe of worthy skill and tender flavour to devour.

The Ghoul Gutbusters are marching on seeking their next meal, either dead or alive will do them fine. Hunger and emptiness will always be on their minds…..

That’s all for now, later on today I’ll be posting my final photography army showcase using a new experiment idea.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

The death of a project and some (undead) rebirth

For those of you who are new to my blog, years ago I did a post about going on a hiatus working on my Skaven project for AoS (I came back early this year to finish what I left off). I wanted to move on to building my first Death faction for AoS by starting a Flesh-Eaters Court army, after being inspired by the first Battletome. I was fascinated by the concept of deluded monsters and cannibals that see themselves as noble knights on crusades to defeat great and terrible foes.

My past attempts at transferring Death models to AoS weren’t as successful at the time, skeletons were a pain to paint due to my complex colour scheme I had painted them in. So starting a Ghoul army was an exciting opportunity to finally bring to life my own fully painted Death army.

Things were going good at the start as I started with a box (old WHFB box with squares) of ten Crypt Ghouls and one being a Courtier. Then I had two units of Ogres kitbashed as Crypt Horrors, a horror spin on these hungry giants becoming victim of their own cannibal affliction. Finally, I got the Start Collecting! Flesh-Eaters Court starter box, building a Abhorrent Ghoul King on a Terrorgheist, more Crypt Ghouls and three Coutiers.

It was all going well until I hit a wall, I just stopped adding to this project due to not having basing materials to base new units. Not only that, but my attention was wondering off to other projects on the backlog as well as new projects.

That’s when this project was going downhill into the backlog list, every time I’d mention that I’d be getting back into continuing the project (promises that I failed to commit to) I felt less motivated to paint and expand the collection.

However I did notice that my FEC was getting a lot of attention on Pinterest, and the only project that’s been on Pinterest. But still, this didn’t boost my motivation as I felt that I lost the spark that first got me into the project.

So today, I can announce that I’m officially shutting down the FEC project. It’s a sad thing to admit, but I’ve failed to finish this project towards 1,000pt.

But not all is lost! As ever a creative and artistic person that I am, I improve on failures and create something new. Nothing goes to waste.

A few months ago, I did a small Ogre army based on the cannibal horror theme for a Shyish inspired Destruction warband. I made a my Crypt Horror couturier units into two units, 2x Gorgers and one Butcher. My Battleline consisted of two units of three blood soaked Ogres.

What started out as a side project from my FEC soon became a project that could carry on where I failed.

But there was a problem, this project was going to need sacrifices in order to finish this project at 1,000pt, I’ve only assembled at least 500pt worth of models. I wouldn’t be able to afford new stuff as 1) my local GW store hardly has anything in stock, as it’s a small shop and most of the products are online exclusive and 2) price hike came.

I checked my previous projects in storage to see what I could work on, and I found four candidates to destroy and rebuild!

Now you might be thinking, well why not by some new kits? My answer to that would be GW’s recent price hike, it’s not a pretty sight to be honest. For a Tyrant you’ll have to save £25 just for one resin model. For Maneaters you’ll need £25 for one, but the unit is a minimum of three miniatures, meaning you’ll need to spend at least £75 for three resin kits! Madness!

I could proxy Maneaters using baseline Ogres, but that’s £25 for a unit that used to be (from what I can remember, don’t know if I’m right) £23.00 for six Ogres.

If you think that’s bad, check out the Giant and Butcher with cooking bowl prices, I think I’ll substitute Wizkid stuff for those units.

On my first year of blogging I did a unit of three Ogres of Nurgle for my Nurgle AoS army, and a Ogryn for my 40k inquisitor Warband, Silence of the Shroud. Whilst I’m gutted having to destroy my Ogryn model, I knew it was going towards a better cause than gathering dust in a box.

Now I have some WIP photos of my kitbashing work, a unit of Ironguts and a Tyrant.

But wait a minute, what about the Ghouls?

I have a few ideas on what I’ll be doing with my Abhorrent Ghoul king on a Terrorgheist, Abhorrent Ghoul Queen and Crypt Ghouls. The Abhorrents will be used as allies for my Nighthaunt collection as support units, although I might need to rebase them to fit alongside my whole collection. As for the Crypt Ghouls, they’ll be kitbashed into Ghoul Grots as I still have spare Grot heads from my Ork bitz box.

With that I think that’ll be all today. Check back tomorrow as I’ll be showcasing my Gutbuster collection! It’ll be a photography showcase in silvertone filter, then later on this week I’ll be showing new full colour photography of the collection like an army showcase.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

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. 😅

-Bjorn

12 days of winter [day 10]: AoS Faction Collection- a year of painting

Stormcast Eternals- Lords of the Pisces

Khorne Bloodbound- Axes of Skarbrand

Flesh-Eaters Court- Liverbone Court

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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

Post- AoS game evaluation [scrapped blog post]

Post- AoS game evaluation [scrapped blog post]

[Note: Originally I was going to post this battle report a few days after a game of AoS, Khorne Bloodbound vs Death alligence. However, I ended up scrapping the post, as I wasn’t sure it was interesting or even worth posting. I quickly jumped to the end of the report, having felt I wasn’t doing a good job at writing the report.

Now I’ve decided to post this scrapped attempt battle report, as I’m interested to see what opinions and advice you guys have on the subject. It’ll be interesting to see how this post will fare (as a casual gamer, err it didn’t go well for me lol. I’m not that good at wargaming, the dice gods tend to mock me……)

Anyways, enjoy the post!]

Last week, I’ve played a game of AoS against my friend, a 1000pt game using my Khorne alliance against Death allegiance. The battleplan objective was to capture the opponents objective from their respective zones, as well as defending our own objective.

For my tactical plan against my opponent, I did some research on my opponents army from previous games, as well as seeing the army’s warscroll effectiveness. Overall, I’ve written a two page essay style research on my opponents army, and what tactical choices I can make using the models I’ve got. Now, I’m renown for losing most tabletop games, as well as having bad luck with dice rolling at around turn 2 and 3, so I needed to really focus on defeating the Death allegiance with what I’ve gathered from my research.

Back in February, I played my first game of Khorne Bloodbound against the Death alligence, which I had some success for a few rounds. Whilst I nearly won the game, the Death army screwed my Khorne alliance pretty badly. This is in part due to my casual play style of not taking the game too seriously (I mean sending a unit of 20x Bloodreavers against the Necropolis Knights is a great idea, right?). 

Also, have you guys ever played against a unit of Necropolis Knights? Their damn op as a unit! (it almost makes the Tomb king players badass for fielding a whole army of these abominations!).

Therefore, I needed to take my opponent out by using the units weakens to my advantage. My plan was set when I placed my units in my deployment zone.


Keys=

  • Black= scenery
  • Blue= objectives
  • Red= Khorne allegiance
  • Purple= Death allegiance
  1. 5x Flesh Hounds
  2. 10x Bloodletters of Khorne
  3. Bloodsecrator
  4. 5x Skullreapers
  5. Mighty Lord of Khorne
  6. Khorgorath
  7. Skull cannon
  8. 10x Blood warriors 
  9. 3x Necropolis Knights
  10. 10x Tomb Guards
  11. 3x Ushabti 
  12. 10x Crypt Ghouls
  13. Abhorrent Ghoul king
  14. 10x Crypt Ghouls
  15. 10x Crypt Ghouls
  16. Tomb king


The image above is my movement plan that I did on my first turn, moving my units up to either charge or flank any enemy’s that try to slip through the gaps. Whilst this plan was going smooth at first, it soon became apparent that things got chaotic from the constant annoyance of the Necropolis Knights (curse that icon bearer!).


What nailed the break line was the Tomb king slaying 9/10 of my Bloodletters of Khorne in one turn! However, my Flesh Hounds were resilient enough to deny the Ghoul king his magic and defeated him in combat. Sadly my Warlord was killed by the Necropolis Knights, even his reality axe didn’t have any worth against this abomination unit.

Skipping to the end, a few units were left standing on my side but couldn’t stop the outcome of the Tomb king taking hold of my defended zone. Ultimately, I’ve lost the battle.

So what did I learn from this battle?

  • Necropolis Knights are becoming a tedious thorn at my side, it’s a unit that can withstand anything as long as the Icon bearer is alive. My only option is to find a way to dish out multiple wounds on the unit using my Blood Warriors and Khorgorath.
  • The skullcannon was okay, it did some damage on a lucky roll, although it’s 1 attack for range attacks is a hit and miss. 
  • Skullreapers were actually useless, they defended the objective till the end, but were slaughtered easily by the Tomb King. 
  • Flesh Hounds were one of the top units I’d recommend for this battle report. Not only did they nullifie the Abhorrent Ghoul Kings Magic, but they also slain him in combat!
  • The Mighty Lord of Khorne did a good job of holding the Necropolis Knights at bay, but even he was slain by the unit. Possibly bestow him with gifts for my next game
  • Bloodletters of Khorne didn’t even stand a chance……….
  • Bloodsecrator did a fine job of buffing my units, although I think he could have been more useful if my Blood Warriors had joined him.
  • Blood warriors didn’t get a chance to cause any attacks, it all ended too soon for them to deal any damage to the foe.

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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