AoS collection (progress so far)

AoS collection (progress so far)

After a few months of project work on my AoS collection since the last update post, I’ve had a few new additions to my Khorne alliance. The rest haven’t changed since last time, but that’ll change now that Skirmish is released.

I’ve got my copy of AoS Skirmish, it’s a lot more focused on the narrative aspect for smaller games as a one off match or a campaign. From this I’m going to focus all of my effort to make a 50 renown point army for faction models that are keyed as [Skirmish]. At least I won’t have to invest much into these factions now that I can just use them for smaller games.

The first faction to be on my Skirmish project will be my Liverbone Court army, which will be a 50 renown group led by Elder Hag Hexter. Since I’ve already given her a backstory, the campaign narrative will be easier for me to write a goal for Hexter and her Court minions. 

For now though, here’s a list of factions that I’m currently working on for my AoS collection.

Keys:
✔️= completed

(*) = current progress

[Skirmish] = for AoS Skirmish 

The Grey-mane truce: Stormcast Eternals (Lords of the Pisces), and Kharadron Overlords (Admiral Blackstone’s privateers). 

  • Lord Celestant on Dracoth (currently being painted)
  • Lord Relictor (currently being painted)
  • Questor Knight ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • 5x Liberators (Basecoated)
  • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated) [Skirmish]
  • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated)
  • 4x Retributors (Not basecoated) [Skirmish]
  • 3x Prosecutors (Not basecoated) [Skirmish]
  • 5x Judicators ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • (Yet to be decided on the Skirmish Kharadron Overlords)

Khorne Bloodbound, Axes of Skarbrand

  • Mighty lord of Khorne ✔️
  • Bloodsecrator ✔️
  • Bloodstoker (Currently being painted) 
  • Slaughterpriest (undecided for faction) ✔️
  • 10x Bloodletters ✔️
  • 10x Blood warriors (currently being painted)
  • Khorgorath ✔️
  • 25x Blood Reavers (Not basecoated) 
  • 5x Skullreapers (currently being painted)
  • Skull cannon ✔️
  • Flesh Hounds ✔️
  • Aspiring Deathbringer ✔️

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) [Skirmish]
  • 3x Crypt Horrors ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • 3x Crypt Horrors (Basecoated)
  • Crypt Haunter Coutier ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • Crypt Haunter Coutier (Basecoated)
  • Crypt Infernal Coutier (Not basecoated)
  • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️
  • 10x Crypt Ghouls (Currently being painted) [Skirmish]
  • 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

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

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

Welcome back to the second part of my current WIP Khorne alliance collection, this time I’ve got four more units completed. These include my Aspiring Deathbringer, Bloodsecrator, Flesh Hounds and (a re-based) Slaughterpriest. 

I’m really digging into the new schedule that I’ve been using for a few weeks now, it’s really helped me to balance my enthusiasm and work effort on a weekend basis. These models shown today, as well as last weeks, have been painted using the new schedule plan. I’m hoping this will once and for all defeat my long running issue of burn out from painting. Fingers crossed! 🤞
Enough rambling from me, let’s get started with part 2, enjoy!

Galanar Gorrstros (Aspiring Deathbringer)
This model was actually a Blood warrior champion that’s been kit bashed using a Bloodletters left arm, a hornless helmet of a Chaos warrior and a decapitated remains of a Judicators helmet. The young Deathbringers identity is a mystery, save for his demonic bare arm that reveals his damnation towards Daemonhood.

Astros the bloody judge (Slaughterpriest with hackblade) 
Many of my blog followers my have recognised this model from a year ago, a free model from the new incarnation of White Dwarf monthly. At the time, I wasn’t sure wether to add him to my army due to his vastly different colour scheme that I’d painted before getting a Khorne army. Eventually I’ve decided to re-base him in the same base texture as the rest of the army to fit him seamlessly with the others. 

His armour livery may be different to the rest of the army, but I’m planning on making it an artefact that has its unique backstory ( I’ll be using the Blades of Khorne artefact chart to choose his unique gift). 

The Feasters of Alcazzanarc (Flesh Hounds)
Born from rage and hunger, these hounds serve the warband to hunt down and seek wizards, witches and sorcerers who dare use magic to defend themselves. It is said that these Flesh hounds had hunted down a Tzeentchian sorcerer named Alcazzanarc, who’s magic failed to protect ‘it’ from being feasted upon by the savage hounds maws. 

Not much to say apart from the fact that I’ve used Fenrisian wolves instead of the resin Flesh Hounds. I really don’t like resin models, I’ve found it to be a tedious process to paint from past experience. So instead I’ve used the wolves plastic, which look a lot more bloodthirsty once painted in the colours of my warband.

Tharvrinar the gore drenched bearer (Bloodsecrator)Finally we have the Bloodsecrator, one of my first attempt at painting my Khorne warband. It took me ages to get this model done due to the amount of detail and attention needed to paint it. 

Personally, I think he looks badass, just the sheer amount of attention for painting this model had paid off in the overal end result. However, he’s the second hardest model I’ve painted for this collection, I did find it difficult to be motivated to paint this model since February. But thankfully he’s completed!

That’s all for now, thank you for reading part 2 of my WIP Khorne alliance army. My next plan for this collection is to finish painting my Bloodstoker, Blood Warriors, Bloodmaster and Bloodreavers. 

I hope to see you guys next time! 🙂

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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 are having a fantastic day,

-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

Are Bloodreavers useful?

Are Bloodreavers useful?

This question has been on my mind for quite some time now, ever since I’ve used them in my 1,000pt Khorne Bloodbound army list. The end result was less than desired as the whole unit was wiped out in turn 2-3. So today I wanted to share my thoughts on this question, and what uses the unit can have in a Khorne allied army list.

Before the Blades of Khorne was released, the unit had no armour save, making them easy kill in battle by the dozen. But now that their rules have been updated, they have a 6+ armour save which is helpful in saving a few warriors, as well as the opportunity to use Mystic shield to help buff a +1 save during save rolls (although this won’t be an option If your going for an allied fluff friendly Khorne army). 
But what use is a 6+ unit of Blood Reavers? Well the unit isn’t meant to be a reliant weapon, but rather the front line to deal damage to the enemy, basically their role is to charge into combat and grind the enemy’s wounds. Then once the Blood Reavers are all decimated by enemy units, your hard hitting units like the Blood Warriors and Skullreapers can move forward into combat to finish the job. 

However, the attack characteristic for the unit is quite poor in comparison to Crypt Ghouls, who have 2 attacks each. My advice for improving the units combat effectiveness is to add a Bloodsecrator and an Aspiring Deathbringer with a Bloodaxe, to be in close proximity for their effects to work. The Bloodsecrator can provide a +1 attack totem benefit from the Blood Reavers rule effect, as well as another +1 attack and ignoring battleshock test during the turn you activate the Bloodsecrators totem ability. The Aspiring Deathbringer can improve this total by using his command ability as your general to give Khorne units near him +1 attack. Combing all of these effects total to around 4 attacks for each Bloodreaver! Now if you times that by the unit number (say 20) you’ll have a whopping total of 80 attacks! Whilst not all of the models will be in base contact to pile in their attack (unless you formation them in a way that can have a few more models in base contact), they can still deal a decent amount of damage to the enemy unit.

Battalion warscrolls offer extra benefits to units which can enhance the effectiveness of your unit, for example, a Bloodreaver based warscroll like ‘Dark Feast’ which can buff your units attacks as well as taking no battle shock tests after combat. 
Creating army lists using Bloodreavers can be done in any combination with other Khorne units, but bear in mind that you have to consider what role they will play in the battle and what the oppenent have in their army. Below is an improvised test army list, based on my 1,000pt game.

1,000pt Khorne Bloodbound

1x Slaughterpriest

20x Bloodreavers

20x Bloodreavers 

20x Bloodreavers

1x Bloodsecrator 

1x Bloodstoker

5x Blood Warriors

5x Blood Warriors

1x Dark feast Warscroll 

(If you would like to test this list out, please let me know how it played out and what flaws the list has during the game. Thank you!)

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Thank you for reading my first post on the tactical aspect on AoS, I’m not a pro by any means, but I’ve learnt a lot during each game I play. I hope this post has helped inspire you to test out your own combinations and tactics for your games of AoS.

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

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

[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

Hobby update!

Hobby update!

I’ve made some progress on my three Blood warriors, I’ve got them all basecoated, and painted the icon bearer (nearly completed). Wait a minute, he’s got a bolt pistol?


That’s right, he’s been kit bashed to look like a real butcher, Bezerker  marine! I felt it would have been more sensible to get the ten man unit set of Blood warriors for my Khorne Bloodbound, rather than a five man unit. With this decision,  I’ve decided to kit bash my icon bearer into a World Eater marine, (which looks awesome! 😉 ) that will be in a troop unit (since my lord is marked of Khorne in my Word Bearers Warband).

Compared to the current Bezerker marines set, the kit bashed model looks a lot more  menacing and in motion in his pose. I’m hoping to get the other two marines painted, with an additional two marines to complete the unit.

What will happen to my Bloodbound Warband? Well their still a thing, I’ve got the battalion warscroll called ‘Dark feast’, which will be a fun little Warband to use. Beside that will be my unit of Blood warriors and my Lord of Khorne as the final additions to the Warband. 

Finally, on a different subject matter, I’ve made my plans on what I’ll need for my Flesh-Eater courts army. This will be elaborated on its own post later on this afternoon, where I’ll explain what the plan is.

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