Hobby projects for late 2020

This year I’ve managed to get a hefty amount of backlog and neglected miniatures glued and painted. Being in isolation has forced me to be creative with what I have to work on the things I tend to put aside. If I keep up this approach I’ll have only one storage box left of neglected miniatures! But knowing myself I’ll probably only have two storage boxes left.

Most of my Skaven miniatures are all painted with barely a few spare parts left. Sometimes I can be creative with my projects if I have an idea. For example I’ve recently made five Gargoyle rats using a neglected Tyranid kit and Clanrat heads. A fine Clan Moulder creation!

Using my new camera (WIP learning the functions)

Speaking of new camera, I’ve recently gone for an upgrade after four years of using my other one. I’m still learning the basics with this new one, but I think it’s already done better job at capturing my miniatures.

The Grymthenian Lodge

Book reading challange

The first few months of the challenge was going really well. I had a few books read and managed to read a few army books in full. However due to the pandemic I’ve become very slow at getting more reading books completed.

Recently I finished reading Konrad as my tenth completed book. I’ve got six months left to read ten+ books before the 2020 challange ends. Therefore I’ll need to put more time into reading books just so I can catch up.

Hobby projects

Since my last post on hobby projects some of the projects were finished off or put aside. Below is a list of what I’m currently working on. Bear in mind though that I’m prone to changing things due to my nature of being creative.

Warhammer 40k-

  • Primaris Crimson Fists- just need one Dreadnought to finish the project.
  • White Scars Successor Chapter Astral Bears
  • Night Lords (completed)
  • Black Templars (completed)
  • DG Exiled Iron Warriors (completed)
  • Bad Moons Orks (completed)
  • Chaos Knight House Devine- considering getting a War Dog Moriax or one of the Chaos Knight kits

Warhsmmer AoS-

  • Anvils of the Heldenhammer Sacrosanct Chamber (completed)
  • Knights Excelsior Skirmish Warband (completed)
  • Knights of Mousillon Stormhost- need to paint two Knight-Incantors, one Lord-Arcanum and two units of Sequitors.
  • The Skullfiend Tribe (completed)
  • Nighthaunt (completed)
  • Ogor Mawtribe Bloodgullet Tribe (completed)
  • Skaven Clan Skelnix- few spare miniatures left including four Stormvermin.
  • The Grymthenian Lodge- completed as an ally force.

Warhammer Fantasy Battles-

  • Warriors of Chaos Nurgle warband- need to paint second unit of Chaos Warriors and a Wizard on horse.
  • Dark Elves- paint a unit of Spearmen and five cold one knights

Changing things around

Recently I’ve set up my own Instagram account as a way of broadening my reach for my table top miniature and artwork. It took me a bit of time to get the hang of things learning something new.

Rather than posting my latest works on here, I’ll be posting them on Instagram. That’s not to say there won’t be anymore content on here, instead my blog will be changing focus from WIP miniature painting to collection showcase and research into Warhammer subjects.

If you want to see my latest works or catch up on older miniatures I’ve painted in the past, you can check out my Instagram at BjornStormcast.

That’s all for today.

Currently I’m running a painting challange here on the blog, celebrating The Island of Bloods 10th anniversary. You can find out more info here: https://callumart.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/skaven-and-high-elves-painting-challenge/

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Summer of Hobbying 2019: The Skullfiend Tribe army showcase

Summer is here (for me at last), and it’s the start of my second year of Summer of Hobbying.

My first summer on the blog was a when I did my AoS Nurgle Collection with a minimal kitbash of a Great Unclean One using the Maggoth kit. Since then I’ve tried to do a yearly season of hobby challenge.

Last year I did this many models in the summer!

This year there’s going to be some changes to how I’m doing Summer of Hobbying, due to budget constraints and time. So rather than showing nothing, I’ve decided to make this summer a year of showing what I’ve done so far this year. A showcase of army collections that I’ve been working on this year and where they are currently.

So what better way to start off this years recap than my growing power house of slaughter, The Skullfiend Tribe. Enjoy!

The Daemons of Khorne

The Slaves to Darkness of Khorne

The Bloodbound of Khorne

A pretty big collection that’s been going on for about three years now, a slow but growing army that’s reached its end. It used to be the Axes of Skarbrand project until half way through I decided to change it into the Skullfiend Tribe.

I’m happy with the current gathering of the Blades of Khorne army. I do however think that this project has naturally come to the end of its journey. As much as adding new models to the project would be awesome, I think some things have an ending.

The only units I have left to include is my Chaos Troggoth group, with two substitute Troggoths and a Troggoth King.

Once these guys have been base decorated they’ll be added to the Slave of Darkness section. I wanted to add one more substitute Troggoth to the unit but I’d be left with a spare monopose champion. So an understrength unit of 2 out of 3 isn’t as bad.

Would I add anything else before I finish this project? I don’t feel like adding much else to be honest, most of the Blades of Khorne model range doesn’t interest me, most of the designs look too cartoony. It’s just the Endless Spell kit I need now, along with the updated Battletome.

Well that’s it for this army project post, a bloody…. ah never mind I’m getting wooden with my dry humour.

Next up, it’s the Primaris Crimson Fists!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Chaos Siege Giant (Khorne), The Skullfiend Tribe Collection

Yesterday I showed a WIP if my substitute Chaos Siege Giant, and sharing my thoughts on it. Now that the model is finally done, I can show you guys the final result of my 7-8 hours of kitbashing and painting this model. Enjoy!

I’ve also got five Chaos knights painted too!

All that’s left are my 20x Bloodreavers………not an exciting task to be honest. But… I’ve been curious about the D&D Wizkid model range and seeing what models they have that could fit into substituting units. I’m thinking of either having a unit of three Chaos trolls (and one spare model as a Troll king maybe?), 3x Chaos Ogres or anything else worth substituting and kitbashing Khorne bitz.

More skulls for the skull deck chair!

-Bjorn

WIP Chaos Siege Giant

Well, this was an unexpected but certainly worth the change! Originally I had planned to kitbash a Bloodthirster using the Fire Giant model from the D&D Wizkid model range. The wings I had spare didn’t look right when I was choosing the bitz to test out, the Exalted Daemon theme wasn’t going to work for this model.

After looking around the Warscroll app for inspiration, I came across the Chaos Siege Giant, a perfect fit for my armoured giant model! So I did some kitbashing to give the model a ‘Warhammer AoS’ aesthetic to make it look as though it would fit with the rest of the collection.

This is what I ended up creating as a result……..

Looks stunning, just jaw dropping for me to be honest. For just £15 this model is pretty decent to use as a substitute model. However, since it’s monopose and has the issue of bent parts (same as with any model in this range by D&D Wizkid range) that’s a drawback that can be seen. I can’t fix the issue as I’m very inexperienced at readjusting parts, so I’ll make some sort of excuse that it’s a bent weapon.

This Giant is what I call a ‘Magmadroth Slayer’, a Chaos Siege Giant who wears the hide of a slain Magmadroth and improvised it as armour.

Maybe I’ve been playing too much Dark Souls, but this model would look just right as a mini boss for the game. I’m pretty glad I got this model as it’s a great template for any Giant model to kitbash.

I’ll be posting the finished result very soon!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Slaughterpriestess and Aspiring Slaughterpriestess

My final two Gorechosen are here, this time being two substitute Slaughterpriests using D&D Wizkid kit of a Hag and a Death Hag. I really liked the Death Hag model as it fits perfectly as a female Slaughterpriest, a tall, evil, bloody and ruthless priest holding up her prize.

The Hag whilst being very small in scale looked equally menacing, although I might use her for something else if I decided to do a Chaos Dwarf as my eighth Gorechosen instead. But for now I’ll use her as the eighth Gorechosen, an Aspiring Slaughterpriestess as I’d like to call her.

Recently I’ve decided to do a unit of 5x Chaos Knights instead of 6x Skullcrushers as I’ve got a decent small pool of Slaves to Darkness including a unit of Khorne Chaos Warriors and a Warshrine of Khorne. So having a unit of Chaos Knights will fit into a small but diverse allies to the Bloodbound of Khorne. If I do get a kit of two Dwarfs from Wizkid D&D, I might make one a Slaughterpriest/ or Aspiring Deathbringer and the other as a Sorcerer/ or Chaos Lord. Then at least my Slaves to Darkness have a leader of sorts.

As mentioned earlier, I’m working on my 5x Chaos Knights that I’m painting WIP, I’ve still got to paint 20x Bloodreavers (if only contrast paints existed a year ago….) and finally I might possibly substitute a D&D Wizkid Giant model into a Bloodthister of Khorne.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Even more Khorne

More Khorne Bloodbound today!

I’m so very close to finishing this project now, so close to finally have a long going project done. I have two hero models painted today including a Lord of Khorne on a Juggernaut and a Skullgrinder, both being kitbashed to look unique in my collection of devoted berserkers to Khorne.

Lord of Khorne on a Juggernaut kitbashed from various Chaos/ Khorne kits and a metal helmed Cold One head from the Mallus Darkblade Model. I’ll be substituting this as a Juggernaut mount, which pretty much looks the part as a Bloodbound leader.

Skullgrinder using bitz from various Khorne Bloodbound kits. Is he/she a mortal or Daemon?

An updated progress on my Warshrine of Khorne using various bitz from Warhammer Fantasy Battles kits and Warhammer AoS kits. The floaty pillar is almost complete, just needs a spray Basecoat and paint.

All that’s left now is the Warshrine of Khorne, 20x Blood Reavers, 6x Mighty Skullcrushers, two more Gorechosen and possibly a substitute Bloodthister. Then that’ll be it for a 3,000pt collection from a two-three year long project.

Once I get my last two Gorechosen and paint my Warshrine, I’ll update my progress on the blog.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Rejuvenation for the Bloodbound of the Skullfiend Tribe

Following on from my last post I have more Khorne units painted, including a full unit of ten Blood Warriors finally completed! I’ve also got some WIP kitbashing stuff to be added with the army, since I’m feeling really good about the current pace this project is going at.

Originally after I’ve painted my last unit of twenty Blood Reavers I would finish this project for the foreseeable future. But then I found a selection of D&D Wizkid models that would be great as substitutes, then the cogs in my small brain started to turn.

Exalted Deathbringer using a D&D Wizkid miniature as a substitute for the role as lieutenant of the Gorechosen. I’m so thrilled to see how good the model looks once painted (like the Bear Owl I did a few weeks back), I’m gonna get a pack of Dwarf wizards or (Death) Hags to be as Slaughter Priest(ess).

Aspiring Deathbringer substitute from the same pack as the model above.

Last year (or was it the year before?) I did a unit of five Blood Warriors, I wanted to make the into ten so I added more models and started painting them. It took me until now to finally get this unit done. I hope to never paint anymore Blood Warrior models again as they are too detailed for my liking. They look great don’t get me wrong, but sometimes less means more as my art tutor once said. I would like some Duardin in armour as Blood Warriors though, that’ll be a great challenge…..

WIP Khorne Shrine that’s just about shaping up to look like a altar of sorts. Should I add more skulls?

Substitute Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut, I’m not paying £30 for the finecast one, so this kitbash will do fine. I like actually, it looks pretty metal. I’ve got six Chaos Knights spare unused, either they’ll be a unit of five Chaos Knights and a Chaos Lord on Horse or two units of three Juggernaut riders to substitute.

Finally my sixth Gorechosen champion, a Skullgrinder who seems to be on the verge of being possessed by a Daemon of Khorne. I love how he looks like he’s dancing as he reaches out to pin his foes down, and brings down his heavy burden in a red display.

That’s all from me for today. I’ve got more work to do with getting the WIP models finished and painted, and I need to get started on completing my unit of twenty Blood Reavers. Oh, and possibly more hero models to add, and maybe if I can afford a certain D&D Wizkid Giant model I can do a daring kitbash.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Red helms of the Skullfiend Tribe (update!)

sorry for the crap photos, I couldn’t find a suitable background and flat surface to take a photo of this lot. I really need to start using my painting table as a photo area (if I ever stop painting).

It’s been quite awhile now since I’ve shown my Skullfiend Tribe Collection, which has now grown a lot more to become a full fighting match play army. I’ve painted more models including 20x Bloodreavers, 10x Chaos Warriors (with mark of Khorne) and currently painting more Bloodreavers and Blood Warriors. The latter will be added into the two existing units, which will double the size to 10x Blood Warriors and 40x Bloodreavers.

With only two more units and two Hero models left to paint (one Bloodstoker and Aspiring Deathbringer), I’ve nearly reached the end of this collection. All that’s left after finishing my current tasks are to get a Mighty Lord of Khorne on a Juggernaut and a unit of Mighty Skullcrushers to finish off the mortal side of the army.

I don’t intend to add anymore models to the army for the mortal side after that, as I’m satisfied with what Ive got. I feel that this collection has run its course that’s now losing steam and enthusiasm for me, I want to move on to projects from my back log or projects that give me a sense of adventure and enjoyment. The Bloodbound to me is great to start off with, but easily loses it’s appeal once the painting the core units like the Blood Warriors and Bloodreavers.

I’ve never liked painting core Troop units unless it’s a small unit number, or the design is interestingly paint despite the unit size. I think it’s because of this that I’ve stayed away from my other projects like my Skaven, Dark Elves, Maggotkin of Nurgle and of Course Khorne Bloodbound armies. It’s because I have loads of deep ranks of infantry (I’m looking at you Clan Skelnix!) that pushes me away, which is why I’ve had more success painting my Stormcast Eternals and Chaos Space marine Nurgle collections.

It might be just because I’m lazy, or just too incompetent, but I can paint a few infantry units from time to time if my motivation is high.

Well that’s all from me, a short post but it’s a sign that I’m still working on this army (at a slow pace). Fingers crossed I might finally get five more Blood Warriors done for next week!

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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

Gathering of the bloody

Gathering of the bloody

As I continue to paint more Khorne Bloodbound models to my ever growing collection of the Skullfiend Tribe, I look back and see how far I’ve gotten with my finished models and take pride that my time wasn’t wasted on TV soap operas (and complain to my Xbox One’s lack of faith like one of Lorgar’s Dark Apostles) . Today, I’ll be showing you, my readers and fellow worshipers of the Blood god, my current progress of my Skirmish Skullfiend Tribe. Enjoy!

These two were featured in my first post on my Skullfiend Tribe Collection, both being done first after painting. Using the Thunder and Blood set as my starting point for the Skirmish warband, I’ve decided to base my warband around a Bloodstocker as the leader.

I wanted my Skirmish force to look more scarier, so I’ve opted to taking lessons from Fabius Bile and produced my own horrible creation of the Khorgorath. This beast has obvious hints as to what it used to before Khorne literally changed the thing to his desires. Question is, which head is the original one?

Next we have my first five Blood Warriors who have had a few alterations including a Icon bearer (centre) and a Blood Warrior with a kitbashed mace (far right). These were done to give my unit an icon for improved bravery in matchplay, and a different hand weapon cus I like the look of it.

This is where the full livery colours of the Skullfiend Tribe are applied as the Blood Warriors have both the full black and brass armour, and the blood red helmets that define the tribes livery. Unlike the Axes of Skarbrand colour scheme (which was hard to attempt on a batch load across several units) the Skullfiend Tribes colour scheme was more simpler to batch paint.

Finally, the current unit that I’m working on are the Skullreapers, so far painted three warriors and two WIP. Whilst I’ve had bad luck playing these guys so far, I think their still worth taking for Skirmish games.

This unit was actually a repainted unit that was originally in my Axes of Skarbrand collection, however, the colour scheme I’ve used was very lazy and looked dull from the outcome. So I’ve given these guys a second coating of armour painting to fit alongside the rest of my warband, they look much better now that they have a better colour contrast.

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That’s all I have for now on my current progress on my Skullfiend Tribe warband. The faction is already set for playing Skirmish games now that I’ve filled both the minimum requirements to play, and reach my goal of passing 50R. However, I want to add just a few more models to the warband to fill in the slots on my established units to maximum capacity (because ten Blood Warriors with 2 attacks will surely give the Skaven and Sylvaneth a hard time).

My next tasks will be to:

  • Paint 5x more Blood Warriors
  • Finish the last two Skullreapers
  • Paints 20x Bloodreavers

That will cover a fairly large sized warband for Skirmish with plenty of options to choose from. I plan to create a Path to Glory warband after finishing the list, so that I can use my Skullfiend Tribe for bigger games (If I ever get the chance to play anyone).

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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