The Time of tribulation month (1/3)- King Astortha, Ruler of Furiosious Hold

“I am the king of Furiosious!!! How dare you insult my people with your blight of falsehood and crazed devotions to that corpse of a Necromancer Nagash!!!” The king on his throne roars his lungs out like a grated blade sharpen by stone. He stared at the messenger, who’s appearance is concealed by a black hooded cloak. Still as stone and unshaken by the Kings outburst is silent as a grave.

Astortha continues his fury outburst with a deep tone, with some pride in his speach. “In Furiosious, the people learn to survive not by cheating death with magic or blasted prayers to the gods, we survive because we sacrifice ourselves so that a new generation can carry on our traditions. They carry the linage, the soul and the legends of Furiosious alive”.

“If Nagash wants me to bow down to his wretched rule after what he did to my Queen, he took her as a pawn for his legion of the undead. No, no I will not join his side, I’ll smite his face with my bare hands and drag him to the edge of the realm myself. I’ll cast every single necromantic abominations to the edge until all of the realms are free from Nagash’s vile magic”.

now the king rises from his throne, determined to set the record straight to the ‘thing’ in front of him, who dared Astortha to join Neferata’s conquest for Skorton, and join Nagash at his side once again. “My name is king Astortha, son of Darmik, ruler of the fire and soul of Furiosious! Tell your mistress Neferata to turn back, or face the men and women of Furiosious’s rage!

– king Astortha’s speech to the messenger of Neferata, in the Hold court of Blackfire spire.

Astortha is one that can either be a great ally in times of need, or an arragont b****** who could ruin a campaign if unchecked. It is for this reason that Lord Celestant Drayven, Lancer of Sigmar, must be vigilant and firm towards the king, lest Astortha’s rage consume himself.

The Model was originally from the starter set for Lord of the Rings: Mines of Moria. I’ve proxied this model as King Astortha, which suits the characteristics of a close combat warrior.

Once, a king who was considered a fair and noble leader who pitied the weak and cruel, his kindness wasn’t taken for granted by his compassion. He believed that all should be equal and be as one as a kingdom. Married to Queen Espheress, they both ruled Hold Furiosious with peace and harmony.

But such fairy tale is a hollow concept to the outside world, for such utopian life is a lie, the wicked and corrupted can pierce this reality like needles sinking into flesh.

The Hold was soon in madness as Duke Harton, a Soulblight vampire, raised an army of the undead to breach the kingdoms walls. Sent by Nagash to strip Astortha’s kingdom down for denying the god of the dead his payment of souls. Soon, the Queen would be slain and taken to the salt seas, where she would be casted into the cold black sea. Astortha, rage filled by the loss of his Queen was condemned to live the rest of his days as a rage-full shadow of his former self. His distasteful the undead his made him all the more hatefully towards the denizens of Shyish, ordering any sighting of Necromancers and dead alike to be killed on sight.

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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

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12 days of winter [day 6]: The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series- the art of the Grey-mane, year 1

12 days of winter [day 6]: The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series- the art of the Grey-mane, year 1

This year was the start of a long series of my homebrew lore series on the Grey-mane dynasty for AoS. The lore was planned to tie all of my AoS factions from an origin root that would spread out and build many perspectives from different factions.

However, the story couldn’t be fully realised without the help of visual imagery art. So this year was an effort for me to not only build my lore series, but also to provide visual art of my stories.

Today, I would like to show you guys a whole years worth of art from ‘The Grey-mane Lore Series’, ranging from portrait art of the Grey-manes themselves to the landmarks that define the dynasty’s history and heritage. Enjoy!

Arashar The Master Alchemist, Grey-mane of Metal.

Future sight of the second fall

Realm map of the Grey-mane dynasty land in Aqshy.

The Corrupted constellation above mount Silver Throne.

Map of the Grey-mane city.

Roar of the Lighting God.

The Stagrot Gladiators heraldry.

A dynasty falls, the Dark Gods rejoice.

The birth of the land

Matron of the Shadows

Oaken the Ancient Ghuldryad, Grey-mane of the Beast.

Croscarvro, Whight king of the Frost Crosil Crypt, Grey-mane of Death.

Lord Celestant of the Grey-mane truce.

Towers is the Celestial Order.

Palace of the dynasty.

The Fire Horse Freeguild.

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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

On the hobby table: None-official Freeguild models

On the hobby table: None-official Freeguild models

[Re-edit update (14/10/17)] 

After looking more into the subject, I want to correct some errors I’ve made on this post. The post was intended to be based around using outside miniature company models as substitutes for AoS warscrolls. This was my own journey on making my own Freeguild army using 17th/18th century French army models. 

My original edit didn’t clearly mention that this was focusing on GW related areas for using other company miniatures. I would like to apologise for this error.

My use of the word ‘controversial’ for this post was for anyone who invest in GW products, since this post is technically presenting an alternative that might hurt GW stores and Clubs, which will upset people. Again, my terrible structure in litriture and lack of research was at fault, again I apologise for this error.

For awhile I’ve been pondering wether or not to scrap this post and make new one. However, I felt it would be mature to keep the post up with minor alterations with better explinations for any future readers.

Thank you for reading this update, if you have any questions or anything that I’ve missed out, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

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There are times when a budget can only fit so much for a hobby project, especially when you’ll need multiple kits of models that are expensive. So when it came to collecting a Freeguild army, I went and purchased other model brands.

Positive aspects for buying different miniature company models

Going for miniature company’s that supply different ranges of models is a fresh landscape for kit bashing and unique looking armies. My Freeguild army is based on 17th-18th century French soilders, which look unique for their scale and uniform design.

Not only that, but having sets of x40 and x80 models in one kit is an easier way of filling up a full unit for match play. It’s great for hobbyist new and old who are either struggling to start an army or need a unique aesthetic look to display their collection.

Negative aspects for choosing this option

For those of you who are unaware of using proxy models for AoS, there are limitations for using other  miniatures manufacturers for your army. Since the models aren’t officialy part of GW’s products, they will be banned from any official GW stores. Examples of areas that won’t accept these models include:

  • Official GW gaming tournaments 
  • Gaming clubs that are part of GW (although there are many independent gaming clubs that are fine with substitute models, as long as they fit with the rules you’ll be using)
  • GW painting competitions instore and events.

Unless your going to a gaming/ tournament group that house rule unofficial models, or to a friends house, your options are limited. Any investments you make are down to you, just keep in mind of what I’ve mentioned above before making any decisions.

Some model brand will lack multi-part options for customisation for kit bashing, many kits are even just a single mould altogether. The quality is also an issue, as the models might be made from cheaper materials that could break easily.

A brief history on the collection

A few years ago, I’ve found a hobby store (now sadly closed down this year) in an indoor market. The open shop had a variety of models ranging from cars, WWI/WWII kits, planes and so much more. What caught my eye though was the historical model range, which had 17/18th century period French milita models. 

Grabbing myself three kits (unfortunately, I forgot the model brand name and kit names, I apologise for the obscure information) consisting of a set of 70 cream white troops, 4 cannons and 40 blue troops. 

Progress on the kits

So far I’ve divided the kits into units based on warscrolls that best fit the units. The cream white models will be the Freeguild Guard, a total of a full x40 unit, and an extra unit of x20 (and a few more models that need counting). The blue plastic kit will be Freeguild Gunners, since I have just the right amount of models to fill a full unit of x30, or two units of x20.

I’m planning on reposing the cannons and rebasing the models, which will be my ally units from the Ironweld Arsenal. These will be useful to shoot at prime targets weaken any unwanted advancing units.

The proxy Freeguild models are a lot smaller compared to other kits, which actually looks more immersive for scale. Here’s a selection of comparisons that will give you guys a visual scale on how tall the proxy models are.

I like the scale difference, especially comparing models like the Primaris sergeant and Rotbringers Blightking. The proxy model has a fragile, squishy appearance compared to its bigger comparisons.

My goal now for this side project is to get enough round bases to cover all of the models. Once that’s sorted, I’ll then consider finding a kit of horses that fit with the scale and aesthetic of the army. Or optionally, other kits of the same scale that will be close fit to proxy for warscrolls.

Then, I’ll be adding a Freeguild General on a Griffin as my final addition to the army. Finally, I’ll create a name and backstory for this faction once I’ve got enough models to cover 1,000pt.
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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