Price hike (a rant)

On Saturday GW have released the preorders for CSM and the second book in the Vigilus series. Some of the models look pretty awesome, the marine squad look way better than the outdated sculpts from decades ago. Abbadon, what can I say? Just too amazing to describe for the sculpt.

However, I’m starting to notice how GW have price hiked their models to a ludicrous price. While yes I know that GW models are professionals sculpted to the best of the industry and it’s not a cheap business producing tabletop miniatures.

But £35 for a Chaos Space marine squad?!?

That’s just overpriced compared to their previous iterations being £20-£25. I’ve noticed this change for basic unit kits since Stormcast Eternals came out a few years ago, although I can kinda justify Liberators being £37 as their quite tough as a 5x unit even.

But over the years smore and more kits have got the same pricing from Fyreslayers, Nighthaunt, Deathguard, Daughters of Khaine, Idoneth Deepkin and Primaris Space Marines. It’s actually quite expensive now just to get a basic Troop/ Battleline unit from a new or update armies.

Sure there’s Start Collecting! box sets that are a money saver (even though GW decided to add extra VAT to all sets and paints!) and they are a great way to get started. But for new armies you’d have to wait a year or more until that army gets a box set. Take the Idoneth Deepkin for example, it took them a year to get their Start Collecting kit as well as the Maggotkin of Nurgle.

Wether you love or hate GW, I won’t tell you wether you should or should not still buy their new products. It’s your freedom to choose what you want.

I personally can’t justify this price hike as it makes my gut churn seeing that price. I can understand partly why it’s priced this way due to uncertain times in the U.K. at the minute, and growing demand for GW miniatures.

What do you think? Should GW price their models less, or keep it as it is? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Until next time

-Bjorn

Dark Future

Completely came as a surprise when I found this book at a secondhand book shop today! Beside a second copy of Storm Warriors by GW ( I got a copy at the same book shop!), this book was way down the book shelf that can easily be missed.

I think this might be the oldest book I’ve found from the GW IP so far. I have no idea what it’s about though, but I’ve heard Remleiz from 40k Theories mentioning Elvis Presley was in a Dark Future book.

From the few pages I’ve read it reads like some weird mad mans world written by Tzeentch.

It’s weird……

My First plastic kits

In between now and next Friday will mark my 10th anniversary starting the hobby (by estimation, as I can’t remember what date I started exactly in February), so I’ve decided to share pictures of my first two model kits I started with. Not Warhammer fantasy battles, nor Warhammer 40k, but instead from the LoTR franchise.

Way back during 2009 after I’ve found my local GW store, I chose the LoTR stater set which was the Mines of Moria Goblins. I didn’t like the Warhammer Fantasy started kit, as the Night Goblins looked boring (back in my early teens I thought so). I couldn’t get the Warhammer 40k set as my parents didn’t like the concept of a violent future where there’s only war.

Looking back, I didn’t really gel well with LoTR tabletop game as I felt I couldn’t really create my own characters, and the story wasn’t something you could change as it was already set in stone. Also, I didn’t enjoy the game that much, even at my local GW store I used to play at felt uninspiring to play LoTR. So it wasn’t long until I left LoTR and move onto Warhammer Fantasy Battles.

As you can see in the first photo, my painting was far from a decent beginners painting. I’m still surprised to this day that I used to paint like that compared to today’s model painting.

I’ve also had another kit which didn’t fair as good as my Goblins. You’ll notice both units don’t have round bases, that’s because I’ve used them for my Skaven and Dark Elves after AoS was released. So I have two very bad looking units that haven’t received a proper paint project since I’ve first brought them.

The last of my LoTR purchase was the big starter set I brought with my brother to share. On the one hand I had more cool looking Goblins, but on the other hand, both me and my brother stopped playing LoTR months later when we got more immersed into Warhammer.

And so that’s a short story of my first interaction with glueing and painting models. Not my finest beginnings like many would recount, but I’ve learnt much from those early days and got to this point in life.

As what I can do with these left over models, I’m not sure to be honest. On the one hand I’d like to re-paint them and base them as substitutes for AoS models (Free-Guild or mercenary warbands). But on the other, I want to leave them as they are as a reminder of those early days of learning and growing in the hobby.

That’s all for today. I’ve got more posts coming out this month to celebrate my 10th anniversary of tabletop hobby. Keep your eyes peeled, or if your a mutant, your third eye peeled.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

12 days of winter [day 9]: how many White Dwarf magazines?

Hi guys! I’m back with a new post today (and struggling to find something worth posting to fill the deadline), with a stack of White Dwarf magazines!

So this pile contains all of the magazines I’ve collected going far back as 2009, with my first issue of White Dwarf featuring the 7th ed Lizardmen being released. However, this year I’ve found issues at a car boot sale (and damn I wish I had more money to buy the rest of the classic issues 😦 ) going way back to 2000.

In total……pffff I have no idea how many White Dwarfs I own (I took this picture ages ago). So as a fun game, count how many issues are in the pile?

An added bonus, here’s all of my gathered research material for the Dark Elves of Warhammer fantasy.

Sorry if this post wasn’t too interesting, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m tight on deadlines so it’s been difficult trying to find something to post about for the 12 days of winter countdown. But I hope you have enjoyed this, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a new post!

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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

12 days of winter [day 3]: Who is Hadrios?

12 days of winter [day 3]: Who is Hadrios?

welcome back to 12 days of winter, a daily calendar countdown towards Christmas. Each day, I’ll be posting different subjects, ranging from my own artwork, to model collection.

Today, I want to base this post on a character called Hadrios, from ‘Slaughter at Giants Coffin’ by L J Goulding. The character in question is quite mysterious, having only appear from time to time with subtle clues about him.

I hope you’ll enjoy this detective theory post on Hadrios, and who he is. Enjoy!

Warning!: this post will contain major spoilers for the Novella Space Marine Battles: Scythes of the Emperor!

What we know about Hadrios?

In the Space Marine battles novella ‘Slaughter at Giants Coffin’, there’s a character who, in my opinion, is probably one of the books most fascinating and questioning character in the story (although his side plot is a bit sketchy, but I’ll explain why in an upcoming post). Hadrios’s motives are vague, as he never fully reveals who he is and how he came to have the knowledge he has on the real fate of Sothas fall.

Below I’ve gathered some facts on Hadrios in the book, which might be worth using as evidence for theory crafting.

  1. During the beginning of the story, we see Hadrios covered in blood laughing, shaken by what he saw onboard one of the Frigates of the Scythes of the Emperor. He was the only survivor onboard. He says, as I quote the book ‘ I had to be sure’. The book then says that he had to move quickly as ‘they’ are coming for him.
  2. We later see Hadrios on Miral Prime, coming to the Veterans in the bastion, with news for Chapter Master Thorcyra. Having been denied to see the Chapter Master with news about ‘Sothas fall’ (as he was told to inform his superiors, although he had none to report to) he left. However, not before he saw a Apothecarion who he noted as being one. The Apothacarion noted on Hadrio’s name, company and squad on his notes.
  3. A massive bomb shell drops when Hadrios speaks to Captain Thracian about the fall of Sotha, and how it might not have been entirely unavoidable….. What’s more intriguing however, is his evidence to support his allegation, although we never see or know what this might be. But from what we do know in the aftermath, Thoracian was completely dismayed by what he saw.
  4. In the last few pages, Hadrios assassinates a certain members of his legion who knew him too much, having known that the marine had been gathering information on him. It’s also mentioned that he was with the chapters psyker long periods (the Psyker himself had been at one point been maddened after using his gifts to warp travel away from Kraken, after trying to help the survivors of the Scythes warp jump away with severe problems) who might, as Hadrios notes as ‘being compromised’ which he killed the marine, along with others and their cargo of geneseed . We later see Hadrios and Thoracian, Hadrios now being ranked as Lieutenant, he now has authority to rout out members of the legion suspected of working against the Chapter in secret.

Theories

First theory- He’s the traitor

Whilst he may be a major part of the revaluation of Sothas true downfall, he isn’t exactly noble or entirely trustful. He seems too clean and his actions are more complex than simply working for the greater good.

The Apothecary marine who knew too much about Hadrios was innocent, having not been revealed as a traitor nor infected by chaos and so on . He was killed on the fact that he had gathered much information on Hadrios, and soon those around that marine will be killed for assurance.

Could Hadrios be part of the Kraken, mind controlled to do as they commanded, or is he actually a double agent, working against his own chapter to rise to the top for his own agenda? Since Thoracian is a young captain, he could easily be manipulated by Hadrios to betray the chapter and risk having innocent people be killed for Hadrios’s agenda.

Why else would he be the only survivor of his Frigate, and be unscathed? And finally, who was following him? Was it the Kraken fleet coming to Mirial Prime, or was he becoming a mad man by Krakens influences?

I believe for this theory could hold some truths, we don’t entirely know what Hadrios agenda is since he’s trying to cover up his past from the chapter. Could he have caused the downfall of Sotha?

Second theory- He was truthful

What redeems Hadrios despite his actions in the novella is that he might be entirely right about Sothas betrayal. Even Thoracian believed in what Hadrios had shown as evidence to the captain, something we don’t see in novella.

Whilst his actions on the murdered Apothecary marine is tragic, it might actually have been the right course of action due to a few reasons. The Psyker was affected by the Shadow in the warp by Hive Fleet Kraken, making him hear millions of alien voices in his head. He even started to act out of character and babble on about the incoming fleet. The Psyker may have infected his allies, including the Apothecary, which could, as Hadrios pointed out as being ‘compromised’ by the Tyranids. Or compromised as in his knowledge on the betrayal of Sotha could leak out from the Psyker, which could alert the traitors that they have been routed out?

Another point is the fact that he was the last survivor on the Frigate that was rolling in the void. His reaction is a stark contrast to his controlled manner throughout the book. The fact that he knew ‘they’ were coming suggests that he knew the Hive Fleet was coming after the Scythes of the Emperor sooner or later. Why was he the only survivor? Did the spores of the Kraken kill off the crew…….or did the crew get compromised by the Shadow in the warp? Did Hadrios survive because he killed his own brothers to survive?

There are many questions left unanswered to use, and likely we won’t know about Hadrios until the next book in the series comes out. Hopefully, we’ll get some answers soon now that the universe of 40k is moving on, we may get some progression on the Scythes of the Emperor, and how the Primaris will be involved into future stories.

If you guys need sources from where I’ve gathered my evidence and information, I have a list below on what used to back up my theories:

  • Space Marine Battles: Scythes of the Emperor, by L J Goulding, published by Black Library publications.
  • Warhammer 40k 8th Edition rule book, on the Tyranids section.

If you see anything on this post that you disagree with, or any new information on Hadrios, please let me know in the comments section (I will need citations for any new information on Hadrios to prove it’s valid).

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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

Note: Scythes of the Emperor is a novella written by L J Goulding, and property of Black Library publication under Games Workshop. I’m not affiliated with said owners, and I do not own names, location, characters and fiction mentioned in this post. This post is only theory based post for fun and speculation.

The good and bad times of 8th (2010 – 2014)

The good and bad times of 8th (2010 – 2014)

The second part to the trinity of posts based on my time collecting the hobby models. Last time I posted my early experiences of my first time joining the hobby when 7th ed was still around. But now I’m going to share my highs and lows of 8th ed, and how my perception of the hobby changed during the five year run. 

Marines, 7th ed, and a bombshell next year!

Christmas in 2009 was like the apocalypse, things weren’t like what they used to be. You see, Poltics used to be funny, the Tv used to have something decent to watch and a mediocre Doctor who xmas special. During this time, I was collecting my Dark Elves since the summer holidays (all unpainted, ah those were the days when I was less enthusiastic about painting). 

However, I was going to start the Tau battle force for xmas, since I wanted to get into Warhammer 40k. However, by a strange turn of events, I got a mega battle force of Chaos Space marines instead. A whopping great big bundle of marines in one big box! 

But the question came to me, what’s what? This was the start of a terrible decision to kit bash all my marines without first consulting an army book, as well as properly painting the models. Looking back now, I was a total noob.

As well as having a mighty abomination of Chaos Space marine models, I’ve also gotten myself a copy of Warhammer 7th edition. This was actually a really good book to read at the time, the faction section was an exploration of fantasy that never gets old even to this day. I’ve always liked the A4 colour illustrations of each faction, as well as the brief lore helping to bring these illustrations to life.  

But alas, my gaming skills and mental capacity for the rules weren’t great, in fact most games I’ve had for 7th edition ended up being me losing. However, it was meeting different people for games at my local GW that always inspired me to keep on playing Warhammer fantasy. I remember such players as the ‘Chaos kid’, erm the ‘Tree man’, umm, ‘Dwarf grudge bearer #1’, and err ‘Dwarf grudge bearer #2’. Yeah, my memory of my opponents names has faded into the sands of Nekherra.

A few months later, having been playing my crew of Dark Elves (which were boosted with new shiny metal models, god damn that metal hydra model was an awesome sculpt, but difficult to put together!), the news arrived that 8th edition was coming. My reaction to this news was quite disdainful, as the new rule book would cost around £50! (I can imagine the dread as parents would slowly realise their child will be spending bucket loads of money for a hobby that’s very expensive).

A new rule book, a new era for many and most importantly, a new faction for me. This was the start of my love for the hobby as I started investing into my second collection, the Skaven!

The Purple Warp tide and my first visit to Warhammer World (2010-2011)

The purple Warp tide, probably the cringe-ist name I’ve ever made up for a faction. But, in all fairness, I was young and still had barely read the full Skaven lore back then. 

My first visit to Warhammer world was a memorable time, seeing the models in the museum that was featured in White Dwarf and products was like a holy pilgrimage. I can remember to this day of one of the displays featuring diorama pieces that were contributed to the museum. One particular piece was the Clovkwork egineer, which won the Golden Daemon 2009 (or 2010, I can’t remember which year it was) Seeing that really inspired me to be a Wargamer and painter, eight years later, I’ve still been following that dream to this day.

The faction started out with a box of Rat Ogres as my special choice. Fun fact, these were my first plastic models I’ve brought from the main GW store in Warhammer World. Back then, I had the choice of either buying a Chaos Rhino or a kit of Rat Ogres. Thankfully I made the right choice!

Later my force would be bloated by two box sets of Island of Blood, a starter set that ties into the 8th edition release. Another fun fact, I’ve actually got to see the board that shown for the Island of Blood at Warhammer World. In person, it was quite big board that was professionally built. I just wish I could have played my skaven on it!

The force was swollen even more by kits, including the infamous Screaming Bell. This would also mark the end of my Dark Elves, as the Skaven took over my table top gaming. Looking back, the one thing I regret to this day is not finishing the collection, as well as play their 8th edition army book before the End Times ended the Old World.

Decline of gaming, and the end of the World-That-Was (2011-2014)

After a few years of gaming with 8th edition (still not getting used to the rules), I’ve become less enthusiastic with the hobby by 2013. I felt as though my inability to absorb the rules, and quality of painting not getting better has fatigued me. At this point, I was truly getting to the point of quitting the hobby and move on. No longer did I attend my local GW to play games (as well as a particular person wearing a black polo shirt insulting my intelligents with their ‘Maths degree’ smart-arse. Trust me, I’m like a grudgebearer to people who boast at me like I’m a dumb peasant). 

The only time I would engage in the hobby was painting models and playing games with my friend, apart from that not a lot of progress was made. Originally we were going to start a campaign using Storms of Magic expansion, but that never got around as life got in the way.

By the summer of 2014, the End Times came, something I didn’t realise was a big thing until I looked into it properly. It became apparent by book two that the world of Warhammer was going to end, and I wanted to play one more game before the world I was immersed in was going to end. So to mark the end of the world, I was going to have one final battle with my Dark Elves and Skaven against the High Elves. To prove once and for all that I can defeat the Elves of Ulthuan! But sadly, another time I regret was not having this final battle, and a bitter fruit to swallow.

Then as 2014 ended, 2015 would arrive with the biggest shock, the Age of Sigmar had arrived. A controversial beginning, but nonetheless, a change that would not only bring me back to Warhammer fantasy, but improve myself at gaming and painting. But that’s a story for another day

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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!

-Bjorndovah

[WIP] Khorne Bloodbound, The Axes of Skarbrand: progress so far (part 1 of 2)

[WIP] Khorne Bloodbound, The Axes of Skarbrand: progress so far (part 1 of 2)

For quite a few months now since February, I’ve been working on my Inquisition warband and my Black Templars army. However, recently a lot of my focus has been towards my Khorne allied army for AoS games and Path to glory. After playing Khorne Bloodbound during my last game in February, I’ve been inspired to build and grow this army to a 2,000pt force. 

The last time I’ve mentioned about this collection was way back in February where I showed off my Khorgorath (which was painted in a complex tonal shade changes for the skin). Since then, the force has been swollen with new units including a unit of Bloodletters, Flesh Hounds, Skull Canon and extra Blood Warriors. As of typing this post, I’ve nearly painted half of my Khorne collection already in matter of three months (but not the Bloodreavers, that’s gonna be a grinding challenge for me -.-)

Anyway, I thinks about time I’ll show you guys what I’ve done so far, I hope you enjoy part 1!

Avkar Skorvax
First up the leader of the warband, Avkar Skorvax, a might lord of Khorne who’s leading his warband under the banner of The Axes of Skarbrand. I’m currently planning on his lore backstory, but I plan for him to have ties in with Hexters origin in a big way. 

I really like how the model looks overall with my homebrew colour pallet. The silver armour is one of my favourite painting applications to the model, it has a matt finish that retains the silver basecoat. 

Skull Canon
This model has just recently been completed on Monday this week, a record of only two days of painting this monstrosity! The model is a useful artillery weapon used by the Daemons of Khorne to fire skulls at the opponents regiments with fire and fury!

The kit had two options for the skull canon or the Blood throne, I’ve chosen the former because I really needed some fire power against units of 10+ (especially against the undead legions from the Sandheart Dynasty, they have a lot of crypt ghouls in their arsenal). Just looking at this model gives me the chills just seeing it’s bloody trail from it’s last challenger…..

Bloodletters of Khorne
Finally, we’ve come to the bread and warp crumbs of Khorne’s legion, the Bloodletters of Khorne. I really like how the unit looks alive and hungry for battle, like an incoming tide of red rage. I’ve personally liked how the flaming sword effect looks, it’s a pretty cool painting technique that doesn’t require too much skill to achieve (if your interested in painting the same effect, post a comment below if you would like to know about how the process was done).

These were my first attempt at painting the Daemons of Khorne for my allied army. My painting focus for the unit was ‘contrast’, this is because I wanted to really flesh out the look of the Daemons with bright warm colours against dark cold colours (For example, the blue tongues work really well against the red skin). 

That’s all for now, however there will be more to come next Saturday in part 2. I hope to see you again next week!  🙂

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

I hope you guys have a fantastic day,

-Bjorndovah