[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!  ðŸ™‚

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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

Happy 40th White Dwarf!!

(I know I’m slightly late but trust me, this post has a justified reason! 😉 )

As you all might of known white dwarf has now turned 40, that’s a big achievement for the magazines success. The magazine has been an important source for great table top hobby content, as well as seeing the wider community’s contributions to the hobby. For me it has become an essential purchase every month, as each issue has always something new to show.

How I found out about White Dwarf?

If it wasn’t for my choice to pick up February 2009 issue of White Dwarf at my local newsagents, I would have been into hobby today. It was by some weird fate that I randomly picked up the magazine issue without any prior knowledge on what it was about. To this day I still have my first issue of White Dwarf, which says a lot for my continued enthusiasm for the hobby. It’s changed my life towards having aspirations to become an artist, a passion that I still strongly believe in thanks to White Dwarf for inspiring me.

A Carboot sale with a twist!

Strangely enough though, today I was looking around a car boot sale when I happen upon a random selection of old White Dwarf magazines! (Sadly a few were in bad condition, and I couldn’t buy them all so I only chosen a few that were worth buying). 

As you can probably tell, a few of these magazine issues are historically important, spanning from the two global campaign issues, 5th edition of Warhammer and of course the Third war for Armegeddon. 

These issues of White Dwarf are quite sentimental for me, as I really enjoy reading old content before my time in the hobby. My personal favourite from the five would be the last one (at the back of the pile), that was an interesting issue, especially the rules and kit bash models for Slannesh/Dark Elves. 

I really appreciated how much has changed since my first issue of White Dwarf, the hobby seems to be getting better and better with each new incarnation of the magazine. Many other publications that I’ve read other than the former have either been discontinued or gotten boring. But I can honestly say without a doubt that White Dwarf is still my favourite magazine to read.

Happy 40th anniversary White Dwarf!!! 🙂 🎉🎉🎉

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I hope you have enjoyed this special post today. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thank you!

Have a great day today,

-Bjorndovah

AoS Project update [20/3/17]

AoS Project update [20/3/17]

Lately I’ve been put off painting my AoS collection and my Word Bearers warband, due to my motivation energy being focused on my course work. It’s been tiring trying to do both, as my course work is gradually taking a lot of my spare time and energy to get it all done for deadline.

As of late, I’ve been trying to post more art based posts that are from my my course work, which has helped me post content on the blog without having major gaps in the month. Once the Easter holidays comes around I’ll be able to return to getting more projects done.

The last time I’ve posted an update on my entire collection progress, I’ve had a lot on the go, alternating between each faction to gain motivation without the repetition of boredom. This time however, there’s been big changes in terms of planning each faction that I’m currently working on, as well as some being abandoned for lack of progression.

Below are what I’m currently working on.

Keys: 

✔️= completed

(*) = current progress

Stormcast Eternals and (?), Lords of the Pisces

  • Lord Celestant on Dracoth (currently being painted)
  • Lord Relictor (currently being painted)
  • Questor Knight ✔️
  • 5x Liberators (Basecoated)
  • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated)
  • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated)
  • 3x Retributors (Not basecoated)
  • 1x Retributor (Need two more models for minimum unit)
  • 3x Prosecutors (Not basecoated)
  • 5x Judicators ✔️ 
  • (?) to be decided 

Khorne Bloodbound, Axes of Skarbrand

  • Mighty lord of Khorne (Currently being painted)
  • Bloodsecrator (Currently being painted)
  • Bloodstoker (Currently being painted) 
  • Slaughterpriest (undecided for faction) ✔️
  • 10x Bloodletters (Currently being painted)
  • 8x Blood warriors (Need two more models for a full unit)
  • Khorgorath ✔️
  • 25x Blood Reavers (Not basecoated) 

Combined Nurgle army, Stagrot Warband

  • Great Unclean One ✔️
  • Nurgle Sorcerer ✔️
  • Lord of Plagues ✔️
  • Harbinger of Decay ✔️
  • 2x Chaos Spawn ✔️
  • 10x Chaos Warriors ✔️
  • 2x Beasts of Nurgle ✔️
  • 10x Plague Bearers✔️
  • 3x Plague Ogres ✔️
  • Bray Shaman ✔️
  • Harbinger of Decay (Not basecoated)
  • Harbinger of Decay (Not Basecoated)
  • 5x Chaos Knights (re-based in progress)

Flesh-Eaters Court, Liverbone Court

  • Abhorrent Ghoul king on Terrorgheist ✔️
  • Ghoul king ✔️
  • Ghoul king (Basecoated)
  • 3x Crypt Horrors ✔️
  • 3x Crypt Horrors (Basecoated)
  • Crypt Haunter Coutier ✔️
  • Crypt Haunter Coutier (Basecoated)
  • Crypt Infernal Coutier (Not basecoated)
  • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️
  • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️
  • 10x Crypt Ghouls (Currently being painted)
  • Varghulf Coutier (Kit bash process)

Combined Skaven army, Clan Skelnix

  • Verminlord Corruptor ✔️
  • Screaming Bell ✔️
  • Warlord ✔️
  • Warlock Engineer ✔️
  • 6x Packmasters ✔️
  • 3x Rat Ogres ✔️
  • 3x Rat Ogres ✔️
  • 12X Giant Rats ✔️
  • Hellpit Abomination ✔️
  • Plague Priest ✔️
  • 20x Stormvermin (Currently being painted)
  • 40x Clan Rats (re-basing in progress)
  • Warlock Engineer (re-basing in progress)
  • Warlord (re-painting)
  • Doomwheel (re-painting)
  • 4x Weapon teams (re-basing)
  • Greyseer (re-painting)
  • Assassin (re-painting)

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

Hope you all have a great day,

-Bjorndovah

The old world nostalgia: setting foot into the hobby

The old world nostalgia: setting foot into the hobby

Today I thought I’d take a break from painting models and art projects, to talk about my earlier days when I first started getting into table top wargaming. I hope you enjoy this post, as well inspiring you to share your own story’s of your early years of hobbying.

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First encounter

How it all started was a completely random fate of destiny, when I’ve found a copy of White Dwarf at my local newsagent, way back in 2009 (I feel really old now….). At the time I had no idea what table top hobby was about, so when I found White Dwarf for the first time, It was like finding a new species in the forests of magazines and newspapers.

I remember looking at the front cover of the magazine, an illustration of the lizard men preparing for war with their crude weapons raised up as they charged in. To me, this was something interesting and new for my young mind, so I brought it, not knowing from that day onwards, I’d be getting into a new hobby that would literally change my life forever. 

As I read through the magazine, I’ve found a whole new hobby to explore and learn from, although I didn’t really start the hobby until a few months later when I finally stepped into my first GW store.

A beginners experience

Ah, even looking back now is really nostalgic for me, now that I look back to my first visit to a local GW store. Yet again, a random chance of fate was presented to me when I was shopping at my nearest city, I took a different route than normal to go down a side street. This street had a GW store (even today I found it odd that they don’t have stores open on main shopping streets) as I went inside the small shop, it was packed full of people playing table top games, painting models and conversations, like a proper community! (Sadly, as the years have passed the store hasn’t had such a mass crowd, there are still some at the shop now and then, but not like it used to be).

Back then, the stores had two staff members, I think one of them was a trainee as he wore the blue shirt (I’ll elaborate on the trainee later). The manager greeted me, having a conversation with me about the hobby, a very nice person at the time. However, I couldn’t even understand a word he said as his front teeth were missing, I kept saying ‘what?’ to him to rephrase the question. He asked wether I’d like to start a beginners set (the small boxed starterA  kits), I imediatly said yes as I was about to embark on my first step in being part of the community. 

At the time you had three choices, either a starter box of Space Marines, Night goblins or Mines of Moria goblins. The manager explained each franchise to me and my family, a general explination on the franchises lore. My mum immediately said no to 40k as she didn’t like it’s explaintion, so it was just down to two. The Night goblins looked boring, so I’ve opted to buying the LoTR kit instead, with a copy of White Dwarf of course. This was the first kit I’ve ever brought from my local GW store, and I’ve still got the models to this day!

A noob at LoTR, A total noob at strategy and rules!

You might be curious as to why I’ve never posted about my LoTR collection on my blog post? Well, let’s just say the passion died very fast from boredom after a few games with others. Every Sunday I’d come to my local store to play games with others, this was a time when LoTR still had a few players at the store. However, I didn’t like playing it, I’ve found the rules to be difficult for me and I was pretty much alone as my own force. I left after a few turns as I had to go home, a bitter taste of defeat.

After buying the stater box for LoTR, I thought I’d get better at the game, but alas it was hopeless for me. My mind was not processing information like the others at the store, I was almost put off from ever playing again. That is until I’ve introduced the hobby to one of my friends, which lead on to what I still collect to this day, Warhammer!!!

Old world

My first game of Warhammer fantasy was a multiplayer game of Empire vs the Orcs and Goblin, a battle that pitted the might of engine technology against the masses of greenskins. I remember having to roll for the canons to blast some of the Orcs to meat bags, that was a fun engagement indeed. The army I was playing was shared by a local hobbyist who let me, my kin and the owner himself play against three other players. This game cemented my decision to start playing Warhammer as a hobby to invest in for the long term. A good choice too, as the LoTR group was slowly disappearing over time, which would of left me alone with no one to battle against.

The veil falls down (a bit of a rant)

The manger of the store was acting very different from my first encounter with him, he seemed very serious and not as fun as before though. This was because back in my early years, I’ve used the stater armies for beginners about two times from the store to play. The manger explained to me that I needed to buy an army now, and let new beginners use the starter armies. All fair enough to be honest, It’s only fair that I needed to invest on my own army. But the way the manger delivered his explination was quite snarky if I’m honest, almost as if he wanted me to buy something or not bother at all.

This was when it clicked in my mind, I forgot this was a shop and not a social club, I understand that I was stalling others (even though no beginners were at the shop when I’ve used the starter set) but the manger was a bit out of line with his response. So I just use my good manners and agreed, I looked at the model ranges and picked my first box set, Dark Elf Corsairs. 

Did the mangers attitude change after that? Not much. He would treat me like anyone else that came through which was a relief, however when it came to gaming that was a different side. I was still getting to grips with the rule set, and he clearly knew I was a beginner from the way I was playing the game. At times I really felt depressed for being a failure at playing at my local Gw store. Soon enough he left, whilst I have no ill words or hate towards him as I see that he was a good manger at his job, I did feel as though he needed a bit more understanding with those with difficulties like myself. Best of luck to him!

First army

My first army was the Dark Elves, a faction so dear to me that they have lost every single game to this day. But that’s not the point, the point is I’ve had fun playing them as I always get the satisfaction of at least battling against the high Elves in 7th edition and 8th edition. Remember that trainee I’ve mentioned earlier? Well he was actually an inspiration to me, as unlike the manager, he treated me with a bit more respect. He was a Dark Elves player too, having a whole unit of metal Corsairs in his collection. He was a great opponent and ally at gaming on Sundays Warhammer games, a great rolemodel for the community.


I played Dark Elves (and Skaven Yes-Yes) right up until the End Times came around. Looking back now, I miss playing the old world of Warhammer and its deep lore saga. I can understand why many gamers felt bitter and cold when the End Times took everything and discarded existing factions such as the Tomb Kings and Bretonnia. Even myself was skeptical about my future with the hobby after the End Times, would my army’s even be used again? Whilst the answer is clear as day as I still post old and new collections, the fact that the old world ended was a big deal to me.

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

Hope you guys have a great day,

-Bjorndovah

[WIP] Khorne Bloodbound: The Axes of Skarbrand painting 

[WIP] Khorne Bloodbound: The Axes of Skarbrand painting 

Once again, Khorne has been the focus for my hobby time this week. I found an awesome red primer at Halfords for reasonable price, which did an awesome undercoat job for my collection. I’ve already nearly completed painting the Khorgorath, just need a few more areas tidying up.

The whole army is inspired by the guide imagery of different Khorne Bloodbound warbands from the AoS starter box, The Axes of Skarbrand being chosen as a guideline for my collection. I’ve chosen this guide because I like the concept of a warband being mixed in with a Deamon warhost, who follow Skarbrand to battle. Also, no bronze trim for the guideline image, which is a relief for me.

The colour scheme for the model skin is done in two sets, one for the main body and the other being the darker areas of mutation. If your interested in having the same effect for your models, I’ve noted down the process below as a guideline;
1) Basecoat the model in Plastic primer red (Halfords spray paint).

2) Shade the model in Reikland Fleshtone all over.

3) Then use Agrax Earthshade on the legs and shoulder areas, drawing out the shade for a blended transition of shade tones.

4) Finally, shade the above mentioned areas again in Druchi Violet, again draw out the shade to transition from the previous shade layer.

5) Drybrush the model using Mephiston Red, but don’t dry brush over the dark shade areas, just lightly drybrush the edges of the the shade areas.

6) Finally, Drybrush the light areas with Ryza Rust, again don’t Drybrush over the dark shade areas.

7) For the dark shade areas, I started with a drybrush of Screamer Pink, followed by another drybrush of Pink Horror and finally dry brush using Emporer’s Childern.

8) The scar wounds were done using a layer of Pink Horror, followed by a hilight of Emporer’s Children.

The latest addition to the force are a unit of Bloodletters, all undercoated in the same spray as the rest of the army. These will be painted slightly different from the rest, as I don’t like uniform colour being the same on Deamon skin. 

The Mighty Lord of Khorne and his Bloodhound show slightly different tones of shade, the lord being shaded in Reikland Fleshtone and the Bloodhound shaded in Agrax Earthshade. This will develope over time to show two different colour paths for the models, the Bloodhound’s colour scheme being a prototype for Deamon flesh painting.

The Bloodsecrator is slowly looking close to the guideline image of ‘The Axes of Skarbrand’, although it’s far from being complete. I’m trying out a few techniques on the model to see what I can achive in terms of painting skills that are out of my comfort zone. 

Finally the Bloodstoker, the skin is going to be alter as the white basecoat was pretty sloppy of an attempt on my part. Thankfully it’s nothing major to worry about for now.

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

Have an awesome day today,

-Bjorndovah

Crispy ‘Khorne’ flakes, and the World’s pain

Crispy ‘Khorne’ flakes, and the World’s pain

“If there’s one thing about Khorne’s Bloodreavers that I’ve come to realise, is that they really need to wear some decent winter coats. Probably because their so warm blooded by their curse, that they’ve forgotten that they themselves are cold blooded in reality…….”.

– Brother Gregor of the chapel of Sigmar, wearing his thermal bright yellow robes before losing it to a Reaver champion.

Hello, and welcome back to another AoS collection post. Today I wanted to show how my Khorne Bloodbound (part of my combined Chaos Grand Alliance) collection is going so far. As well as an off topic end subject on a book that I’ve been reading lately.

It’s flakey business

First off, we have a full unit of 25 Blood Reavers as the backbone of the army. So far so good, but painting twenty five models is going to be a stretch considering my enthusiasm for painting big units is lackluster.

  My recent game of AoS had my Warlord in a sticky situation, staying at the sidelines as a backup didn’t sit well for him. It bored Khorne so much that he left my General to be bested by a tomb king. No worthy skulls for the skull throne that day…..

One of my favourite models from the range, the Bloodsecrator was the most effective model in my collection when it came to thursdays battle.

This model might not be part of the collection for future games, as the baseing and colour scheme is going to be different from this model. So he might be used for Warhammer Quest, or just as a centrepiece once I’ve brought another priest.

In all honesty, I prefer the Blood Warrior models from the starter set rather than the models in 10x unit kit box. The designs looks less cartoony than the current set kit, looking more grim and close to their lore description as heartless savages. 

As you can see from the photo, I’ve made my own banner man (who might have a big lore role in the future), kit bashing it from space wolves, Plauge monks, Cold one Knights and tank bitz.

Fantasy from the labyrinth

Currently I’ve been reading a few books during my spare time, one such book in particular that I’ve really enjoyed reading was ‘The Warhound and the Worlds Pain’.

For those who don’t know about this book, it was written by Michel Moorcock who has written a few Sci-Fi and fantasy books in his career. I won’t give the story synopsis due to copyright and spoilers, so you’ll have to research that part yourselves. However, the story’s theme revolves around the concept of being your own master, not Bowing down to gods/deitys to control your destiny. 

Who knew that going to a second hand book shop in an antique buissness area would be a source of thousands of old second hand Sci-Fi/Fantasy books (and old DC/ Marvel comics too!). I’ve really enjoyed this book so far, the story, setting and characters are impressively structured by the author. So much so, that it’s firmly got a place in my top 20 books of all time.

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

Hope you all have a great day,

-Bjorndovah

Battle report: Priest Ritual

Battle report: Priest Ritual

Todays post is a test battle report post in a game of AoS, which pits the rage-full zealots of Khorne Bloodbound against the undead legion.

Setting up the scenario
The game involved a lot of carnage from my Khorne Bloodbound, trying to complete their ritual in time to appease their God, Khorne. They have captured a feeble Ghoul Queen from an undead faction, who seek to take her back from the zealots of Khorne. 

We used the battlescroll ‘condemned’ from the Generals Handbook, which fitted perfectly with our factions that we’ve used for the game. Below is a list of what we’ve used for this battle, capping at 1,000pt.
Khorne Bloodbound:
* 1x Mighty Lord of Khorne

* 1x Bloodsecrator

* 1x Bloodstocker

* 1x Slaughterpriest (ritual priest)

* 1x Khorograth

* 25x Bloodreavers 

* 8x Blood Warriors

Combined undead:

* 1x Tomb king

* 1x Abhorrent Ghoul King

* 3x Necropolis Knights

* 3x Ushabti

* 10x Crypt Ghouls

* 10x Crypt Ghouls 

* 10x Crypt Ghouls

* 10x Crypt Ghouls

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Battle outcome

For at least three rounds, I was able to get the first turn in each battle round, and successfully score a wound roll for the captive ritual. However, my army was quickly diminishing from the enemy faction, mainly from the Necropolis Knights who dealt some serious attacks on my BloodReavers and Blood warriors. 

Vice versa, I’ve done some major attacks on the undead, taking out units of Crypt Ghouls as well as taking down one Necropolis Knight twice (it came back on the field due to its units ability). But overall, during the fourth turn, my priest was defeated, units wiped out and my Mighty Lord of Khorne was bested by a Tomb King (sadly, didn’t even get a six to slay the king with my lords reality tear axe in his final moments!).
What went well? 
One of the most significant achievements I’ve done in a long time was successfully rolling dice, unbelievably getting the first turn every battle round was a big advantage for getting closer to my objective goal. Also, I was able to wound the captive model in a clear streak of successful rolls. 

Combinations with unit abilities was also a hi-light for me, as my Bloodreavers got pretty lucky with their bonus attacks from my Bloodsecrator being keyworded of ‘totem’ and ‘chaos’, totalling in 2 attack. Not only that, the Bloodsecrator using his totems ability each hero phase can boost all units within 18′ with an extra attack characteristics and ignoring battkeshock test. That’s a total of 3 attacks for each Bloodreaver (4 for champion) that ignors battleshock tests, pretty sweet indeed!
The Blood warriors also had some success during their battle against the Necropolis Knights, with their back up ability to deal combat when they’ve been wounded and slain by combat phase. This would be very useful against heavy wound units such as Verminlord Corruptors, Screeming Bell and Hellpit Abomination.
What could be improved?

I did some evaluation mind mapping on what could be improved for my army in terms of strategy and army list structure. Below is a list of what I personally feel could be improved:

1. Full strength units could have made a small difference for the game, giving me more time to complete the ritual. I had two units under strength that had been beaten up by turn 2-3. I’ll elaborate on my disagreements with pitch battle points for understrength units in another post soon.
2. My original plan was to reserve my Mighty lord of Khorne from battle as a back up for the ritual if ever should my Slaughterpriest be bested. However, my lords combat abilities could have been useful if he’d stayed with the Blood Warriors. This would be helpful against the Necropolis Knights, as my Blood warriors could deal some damage to the Knights, as well as their Lord deal the final blow.

3. My army was below its 1,000pt limit by 100pt, which I could have used to boost units or add units with that much points. However I haven’t got any more models to fill that space up, so I might invest in boosting my Blood Reavers to a unit 35x, a hero model to boost units by its ability or adding a unit of Khorne Deamons to the army. There’s a variety of options to create new lists, so I can pick and mix units and characters to suit the battleplans objective goal.

4. Since this was my first game using Khorne Bloodbound, I had a bit of luck using them in battle, however I think I need to understand my army a lot more in play style to fully grasp its pros and cons for AoS games.

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this post-battle report post, I’ve very much enjoyed playing the Khorne Bloodbound faction for the first time. I want to do more battle reports  with photos in the future, to show how the battle developed throughout the battle rounds.

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

Hope you all have a good day today, and I hope to see you guys next time,

-Bjorndovah