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

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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

The Skullfiend Tribe Skirmish warband (part 1)

As part of my focus on my Skirmish warband factions, I’ve decided to start my Khorne Bloodbound from the Thunder and Blood starter set. I’ve decided to paint mine in the colours of the Skullfiend Tribe, as there’s less red to paint and the small bio on the warband was pretty cool!

I have two models done so far including a Khorgorath and the Bloodstoker (unofficial names: Ghor, Dhor, Mhor and Dave).

So far, I’ve painted a total of 32 renown points for my Skirmish force, already near halfway to my goal of 50R. I’ve still got loads to paint, including ten Blood Warriors, five Skullreapers, forty Bloodreavers (20 for Skirmish), two kitbashed Aspiring Deathbringers to paint, and finally my goal of kitbashing a female Exalted Deathbringer to lead my splintered warband.

Next up, I’ll be showing my first five painted Blood Warriors that I’ve been painting like a mad man (I’ll elaborate on this in the next post in this series).

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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

The Three Heads are better than one!

AoS Skirmish is a great opportunity to create unique and characterful models, making a small collection of models look really imposing on the table top. I’ve started my (second) Khorne Bloodbound collection based on the Skullfiend Tribe, who will don their red helms as sacrifice to Khorne’s growing throne of Skulls!

I’ll have a few posts coming up in a few days on my progress with this warband. But in the meantime, here’s a sneak peak of my painted Khorgorath.

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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

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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-Bjorn

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