AoS Skirmish 

AoS Skirmish 

This week I played my first game of AoS Skirmish using my Khorne Bloodbound faction, and I’ve got to say, it was really *fun! I’m really engaged to do more games with Skirmish, as I can see a lot of potential to create more focused narrative stories.

(*-Not because my Aspiring Deathbringer nearly destroyed a Branchwych during the first turn ‘Cough‘. I jest, I lost the match, but I was so close to winning!)

After the first match of Skirmish, I had a discussion with my opponent on our thoughts on the game, and wether it was worth playing into for future gaming. My thoughts on the match were fairly positive, I liked the simplicity of having smaller games that are more at stake with challenges for our factions. 

It opens up more deeper narrative stories that can be explored upon, for example, disrupting trade logistic supply’s, protecting your factions leader whilst traversing dangerous roads, ambushing the enemies camp in the night or even an assassination plot to gain more reputation and power. 

However, I do feel that there are areas in the Skirmish book that aren’t up to scratch, including some questionable choices for faction organisation. For example, for Nurgle Rotbringers, you can have one Gutrot Spume, one Lord of Plagues and up to five Blightkings. My criticism for this list is explained in bullet points below.

  • Gutrot Spume is a unique Hero character, as mentioned in the 2016 GHB. So how come he’s the only unique Hero model from the entire grand alliance for Skirmish? Is he now a leader model that’s not unique?
  • For Nurgle Rotbringers, we have no Sorcerer on the list, even though we have a Rotbringers Sorrcerer. Any particular reason why this character wasn’t included, as well as the Harbinger of Decay?
  • Considering if your sticking to Nurgle Rotbringers as your only faction choice (not including other Nurgle mortal and Daemon factions), wouldn’t it be an option to have ten Blightkings? having them and a Lord of Plagues would total to 90 Renown for a 100pt game would make sense. Whilst many would disagree that the unit in question will be quite powerful, as well as the re-roll difference chart being in the Nurgle players favour (which is a valid criticism). However, the opponent will be better off with their 100pt list against the standard 55pt Nurgle Rotbringers list, and never underestimate your opponent. I think I’ll let you guys debate on this with your own opinions.

But this is only part of the issue, as one of my gaming opponents had pointed out that Skirmish might have been a rushed book due to the success of Shadow of war: Armegeddon. Now it’s debatable on wether this is true or not, but I can see how the point being raised may be closer to the truth, when you can see the limitation on what factions can use for their warbands.

Factions like the Death alligence have hardly anything sustainable to use apart from the Flesh-Eaters Court. Factions like the Soulblight and Deathmages are lacking variety of options for warband creation. For the Greenskin faction, they don’t even have a Warlord or Hero character to use to lead their faction!

Wether the points I’ve raised here are agreeable or disagreeable, I hope they will help to improve AoS Skirmish to become a great expansion supplement, like Path to Glory.

Earlier this week, I’ve found a community site called tga community (The Grand Alliance Community), which has a thread on the unofficial AoS Skirmish points for more choices including FW models. I’d recommend checking out the unofficial expanded faction lists, press/click tga community if your interested to try the lists out.

My Skirmish factions

When deciding on what factions I’ll be using for Skirmish, I did some checklist work on what I can and can’t use for Skirmish (consulting the AoS Skirmish book). Luckily, most of the factions I’ve collected have a variety of options to build on, so I can now plan my army lists for future project works.

Each faction has it’s list combined with the amount of renown cost, that are within the rules guideline. Here are a couple of lists I’ve done so far.

Followers of the lost god (Darkling Covern)


  • 19x Darkspears
  • 20x Darkshards
  • 10x Black Guard
  • 1x Sorceress (Hero)

Total renown= 124 

Those of you who have been following my blog for some time now will know that I rant a lot about my Dark Elves from time to time. Part of me wants to rebuild this faction back to its glory days when I used to play them, however, the other half of me isn’t motivated to work on them after the old world was destroyed during the End Times.

Skirmish might just re-ignite my motivation to get this army onto the AoS world. I’ve based the faction on a group of Dark Aelves who follow the ‘lost god’, who has influenced these Aelves to he/she’s bidding.

Hexter’s Demi-Court hunting pack (Flesh-Eaters Court)


  • 3x Crypt Horrors
  • 18x Crypt Ghouls
  • 1x Abhorrent Ghoul king (Hero)

Total Renown= 95

Originally intended as a 1,000/ 2,000pt army for my Death Alligence, the Liverbone Court is now built just for Skirmish and Path to Glory games. The faction is built more on the fluff rather than gaming, a decision that I’ve not regretted. 

Near to completion, I’ll only need to paint 15 Crypt Ghouls, which will give me enough minions to buff with my Abhorrent Ghoul Kings magic and artefacts.

The Stagrot privateers (mixed Nurgle warband)


  • 1x Lord of Plagues 
  • 5x Blightkings
  • 10x Chaos Warriors

Total Renown= 95

My Nurgle warband is a mixture of mortals, some being disgustingly repulsive, whilst others being beyond mortal comprehension on hygiene. The Stagrot Privateers are part of the naval force that seeks to find treasure for wealth and reputation.

So far, the faction is nearly completed, having purchased a unit of Blightkings to go along with the force. Sadly, I can’t include a Rotbringers Sorcerer because they’re not included in the warband list (which is quite odd).

I’m really looking forward to playing this warband when I play my next game of Skirmish, especially now that I have a couple of tricks up my sleaves ;).
That’s all I’ve got for now for army lists for my AoS Skirmish factions. There’s a lot more to show, including Daemons of Nurgle, Stormcast Eternals, Khorne Bloodbound and much more. Sadly, I’m pressed for time as I needed to get this post done for today. But fear not, I’ll be posting more lists with narrative backgrounds next weekend. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, if you have a Skirmish warband that you’d like to share, post a comment below with your army list and narrative background (if you have a blog post of your skirmish force, drop a link too!). I can’t wait to see what you guys have crafted for your own warbands. 🙂

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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

The Harbingers Legion, part 1

The Harbingers Legion, part 1

Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the irradiated skies and plague decaying world known as Corrisvor. A death world of eternal nuclear storms of green polluted skies, that crackle and flashes shadows of the fallen hive citys below. The world itself is a gigantic garden dedicated to Nurgle as an offering for his gifts and mutations.

Here, a once proud world of imperial decree and discipline was erased by multiple atomic detonation, killing everyone on the planet. The cause for this atrocity is unknown, all that is certain is that it could be related to the Harbinger Legions arrival. 

What followed was the birth of monsters and madness, as the Harbinger Legion settled on this world with insidious intent. Leading the fallen chapter, a bloated, mutated, giant power armoured Daemon prince of Nurgle known as Lorkton the maggot butcher. Having served his legion, the Death Guard since the days of the Horus Heresy, he resides on this world as the ruler of his small but growing army. 

He seeks to destroy the one who ripped out his right eye during the Hollow wars of M40. His target is one of the Black Templars crusade company’s, led by his arch nemesis, Marshal Sorvan. 


The starting point
I’ve decided to start this collection by following the start collecting army box set, although I’ve already got the models to create my starting point. The force itself includes one Helbrute, ten Chaos Space marines and a Chaos Lord in Terminator armour* (*however, this model will be a kit bashed Lord of Contagion for my Death Guard detachment). 

My plan is to create three detachments representing the legions hierarchy structure for its military roles.

Following from the start collecting Chaos Space marines, I’ve made this force to have the essential units to start my collection.

The main bulk of the force will be under the ‘Harbinger Legion Renegades‘ which will consist of the renegade astartes that have joined the Legion. This will be using the ‘Battalion detachment’, as I have a lot of Troop infantry to cover.

The second section of the Harbinger Legion will be using the Death Guard army list (in index Chaos), using the ‘Patrol Detachment‘. This detachment will represent the legions old blood of Death Guard Space marines, very much like first company of veterans.

Finally, the third detachment will be my ‘Supreme Command Detachment‘, led by Lorkton the Maggot butcher and his favoured followers.

So just to recap and simplify what my collection will form into below.

Force organisation

  • Patrol detachment– Harbinger Legion veterans of the long wars [using Death Guard army list in index Chaos]
  • Battalion detachment– Harbinger Legion renegades [using Chaos Space marines army list in index Chaos army]
  • Supreme Command Detachment– Lorkton and his favoured followers [using either Deathguard army list, or index Chaos army list]

Now that the I’ve explained the how I’ll be structuring my force, next I’ll be showing what I’ve done so far for my collection.

Harbinger Legion Renegades 


So far, I’ve been able to paint a full troop squad of Chaos Space marines, and my HQ choice for a Chaos Lord. I wanted to represent the marines as Renegades by using spare helmets from the tactical squad kit, which makes the squad look slightly corrupted, but not fully changed yet.

With the Chaos Lord, I wanted to give him the appearance of a pale hooded Warlord, so I’ve used a spare Woodelves head from my spare bitz box. I like this conversion, mostly because he looks like a renegade pirate fleet captain/ fallen Space marine captain.

My next phase of planning for the detachment will be to include a unit of Chosen, and two units of Cultists. This will fill the required slots for my troop choice, however, I’ll need a second HQ model in order to unlock the full battalion detachment.



Harbinger Legion Veterans of the long wars 

As mentioned before, I’ve made my own Lord of Contagion using the Chaos Lord in Terminator armour and some spare bitz (from Chaos warriors, Chaos Spawn and Maggoth kit). 

I wanted to create a secondary leader (under the Daemon prince in command) to lead his diseased soilders into battle. The model was posed to appear like a looming giant, a corrosive knight of Nurgle who’s iron skull grin strikes fear into the hearts of all who witness his Pestilential aura.

Next we have a WIP Plague marines unit, which I’m currently painting. My plan is to include more models to the unit as a 5x troop unit, filling the troop slot in order to unlock the patrol detachment.

Finally, we have the Helbrute filling the first Elite slot in the detachment. I thought it would be fitting to have the Helbrute in this detachment as a veteran, rather than being a regular in the renegade battalion detachment. 

Going forward with this detachment, I want to complete my Plague marines unit as a five man squad unit. I’m also looking into kit bashing my own Malignant Plaguecaster as my Psykic defence and offence caster.


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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


Important announcement!

Important announcement!

As the title will suggest, I have an important announcement relating to my blog site. So without further or do, I’ll reveal the announcement!

I want to improve my blog site so that you, the reader, might be interested and inspired by content that I post every weekend. Already, I’ve been blogging over a year now, and I’m slowly improving my skills at being a blogger (specifically table top wargaming and art related posts),

However, I want to improve my blog  posts even more for you to enjoy, so I’ve decided to announce that I’m going to make an open hobbyist week on the future of my blog site!

How will this work and what do I do?

The aim for this open week is to share your ideas on where I should to take this blog site on for future projects to schedule. With the help of your choice, constructive criticism and advice, I can create better content thanks to your input in the open week.

Do I have to be a follower to contribute my input as well as like the post. Also, do I have to be a experienced in the hobby to vote?

No, you don’t have to be a follower of my blog and press the ‘like’ option  in order to contribute, nor do you have to be an experienced hobbyist. I want to make this open to anyone who would like to share their ideas, or just to share some advice and constructive criticism. 

Are there any restrictions on contributions?

None, if it’s relatable to the subject, I’m fine with anything. However, If I see comments that are unrelated to the subject or are out of line, they’ll be blocked.

How do I contribute?

Simple, share your thoughts in the comment section, with your choice that starts with the subject in capital letters (for example: TERRAIN DESIGN:). 

When can I start my input?

You can share your advice right now, this open week will continue until Sunday the 6th of August.


How to share your advice, ideas and criticism

In order to share your advice, ideas and criticism, choose one of the following subject points below that your idea is related to, in capital letters.

  • Art
  • Warhammer 40k
  • Warhammer fantasy
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar
  • Terrain design
  • Blood Bowl
  • Painting tips
  • Lore and background
  • Digital art tips

Once you’ve chosen your subject with advice, ideas or criticism, send it and I’ll reply to your comment as soon as I can. If I have time, we could possibly have a discussion to share hobby ideas, tips and skills.

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Thank you for reading this post. I’m really looking forward to seeing your suggestions, your input will really help improve my blog. I’m grateful for the hobby community who blog amazing content every week, it’s thanks to you ladies and gentlemen, that I’m inspired to post my collections every weekend. For that I’m happy to support you guys for your hard work.

Have a fantastic week, and I’ll hopefully be back with more hobby content this weekend,

-Bjorndovah

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 9

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 9

Welcome back to part 9 in the continuing series on my Black Templars collection. Today, the latest units to join my collection are the Intercessors and Primaris lieutenant.  

My unit of Intercessors are slightly different from the usual MkX Space marines, with kit bashing of MkIII helmets used for this unit. I like the look of this unit more now that they’re wearing MkIII helmets, it gives them the appearance of power armoured knight crusaders.

The unit itself is from the easy to build set Primaris marines, I took the advantage of buying these sets to create a full unit and a dashing lieutenant to lead them. Probably more cheaper than buying them from individual box kits!


Leading the squad is a grizzled but dashing swordsman, bearing the rank of Sword Brethren. My inspiration for this model was from my kit bashing testing, using different parts to create my own unique lieutenant. The decision and inspiration for ranking this model as a Sword Brethren was inspired by Maxime’s Black Templar force, from the current White Dwarf issue in the tale of four warlords article.

If your interested in what I’ve used to kit bash my lieutenant, the spare bitz I’ve used for this model are listed below:

  • Sword from MkIII Space marine kit.
  • Bolted from the Chaos Space marines kit.
  • Purity seals from Space marine vehicle kits.
  • Bronze emblem from the Dark Angels upgrade kit (old upgrade sprue).
  • Bare head from the Space Wolves tactical squad kit.

Surprisingly, the hands for the model are just right size for kit bashing with Primaris marines models, so you kit bash a lot of options for your own Primaris unit or character models. 

Before I finish today’s post, I want to announce that I’ve finally finished the Land Raider! I can’t remember what the deadline was for this model ( I’ve been pretty busy lately in all fairness), but I can finally say that this model is completed! 


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

-Bjorndovah

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 8

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 8

Welcome back to part 8, today I’ll be showing my latest WIP models that I’ve painted for my Black Templars collection, the Bike squad and Land Raider Crusader. As well as an overal army showcase photo, showing the whole army in its current progress. 

Bike Squad

First off, the Bike squad was originally from my old Space marine collection, the Sons of Shiban, a successor chapter of the 1st founding Legion, the White Scars. Shiban was a notable character in the Horus Heresy series, a White Scar who was very inspiring to read in both HH books ‘Brotherhood of the Storm’ and ‘Scars’.

The original collection, as you’ll see below this paragraph, was my attempt at creating an army that fitted both into the Codex Astartes and White Scars traditional twist of fast attack focus. Sadly, this collection died off when I gave up on the project, due to my lack of interest in the current rules at that time (6th/7th edition).Three down, eleven more models to go! (So much paint to dissolve off and scrub  😦 )

Having spent a lot of time getting this units old paint layer off, Im glad that I can finally use one of my old models for my new army. Now that they’ve been painted in the colours of the Templars, I can now use them for games without the worry of terrible paint job. like the end result for this unit, it’s a simple paint scheme, but good enough for table top standard.

 

Land Raider Crusader

Whilst still in WIP, this mighty fortress tank is looking more glorious with each painting session. It’s taking me longer than usual to finish models this size, mostly due to other tasks or study that distract me from painting. However, with little time spare in between my distractions, I’m slowly painting this model towards completion.

The Darkstar Crusade

The army so far follows the Patrol detachment and Lord of War detachment force, including the following units:
Patrol Detachment 

  • 1x Marshal
  • 1x Chaplin
  • 10x Crusader Squad
  • 5x Sword Brethren with a Rhino  transport
  • 3x Bikes
  • 1x Land Raider Crusade
  • 1x Stormhawk Interceptor
  • 5x Sister of Silence

Lords of War Detachment 

  • 1x Saint Lilith and the Sisters of Sorrow (based on Saint Celestine model) 


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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! 

I hope you’re all having a awesome day,

-Bjorndovah

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 7

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 7

Welcome all to my ongoing blog post series for my 8th edition army collection. Today, I’ll be showing some photos on my progression on my bike squad and Land Raider Crusader. So sit back, have a cup of tea or coffee and pray to the Emperor! I hope you enjoy this post!

This post series has now reached to part seven (as a Nurgle marine fan, I’m humbled to reach this sacred number. Papa Nurgle would be so proud 😭), a lot had progressed for this collection since the start back in April. With only three more units left to paint, I think I might be able to finish these units before half way through the summer (fingers crossed 🤞). Once these units are complete, I’ll show you guys the full army as an end of 1st season post special!

Now onto the current progress photos, first up is my unit of bike squad. These guys were originally part of my old Space marine collection, the Sons of Shiban. Now that they have been scrubbed off of the old paint and given a fresh coat, they don’t look too bad.

Ravern Guard? Nooo! Actually, I’m working on painting the shoulder pads White to fit with the units designation as a fast attack unit. ‘White on black? Wouldn’t that be difficult to paint?’ Well not exactly, I have a technique that I used for the Land Raider Crusader to create a consistent white paint layer using several layers of silver as a basecoat.
Finally, the Land Raider Crusader is slowly developing from painting, so far looking really promising. I’m hoping to get this model done in about two weeks time as a deadline for it. 

That’s all for now for my model progression development. Sadly I wasn’t able to put a continuation to my narrative story behind my Black Templars company. However, there will be a narrative backstory conclusion in my season final post for this collection. Until then, I hope have enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you guys for part 8!

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

Have a fantastic day!,

-Bjorndovah

Inquisitor warband, Silence of the Shroud (Ordo Hereticus) part 4

Inquisitor warband, Silence of the Shroud (Ordo Hereticus) part 4

My name is Malhett, and I’m the last of the original son’s of Prospero. The day when Prospero had fallen was the day my legion died by the wolves of Fenris. They mercilessly slaughtered my brothers with their incessant pride like a pack of hungry wolves, ready to tear our throats with savage satisfaction. Me and my brothers couldn’t hold the ‘Space Wolves’ at bay, so we we fled to the safest way we could. Our options were limited, we would never be able to reach our primarch in time as back up, nor would we be alive if we stayed on our dying world.

Our only option was to flee on our arcane craft away from Prospero. At first we left our planets orbit with ease, but then the wolves followed us with their weapons armed and loaded. Our craft was hit as we we’re about to jump into warp space, making our ships course go off its projected path way by the navigators. Thankfully we were able to exit the warp, and came out into the solar system to holy Terra itself. We might just be able to warn the Emporer of Horus’s betrayal and our Primarchs innocence in time.

But we were too late, 9,000 years later………

My memory after warp transition was hazy, I can only remember being knocked out after our ship was surrounded. The onboard incomes were humans of Terra, but bear iconography that I’ve never seen before. My last memory of the event before I became unconscious was seeing that symbol, an single ‘I’ in red with a skull in the middel of the icon.

My brothers and I were interrogated for what felt like an eternity from our captors interrogation attempts. All of my brothers onboard the ship had died from interrogation, except for me, the last son of Prospero.

8,000 years later, I was proven to be loyal to the Imperium and the Emporer. However, the sins of my legion are hung upon my shoulders and must pay the price for its heresy. I was assigned to join an inquisition warband named ‘the Silence of the Shroud’, lead by Inquisitor Heralock. My role is simply to fight until I fall on my last breath, to atone for my legions heresy.

However, if I do not die in battle, a worse fate will befall me by the ‘change’…….

Bearing the legion symbols of a forgotten age, Malhett is a rusting relic that will never be remembered once he finally falls. Either by a killing blow from battle against the Imperiums enemies, or be consumed by the ‘change’ and become a warp tainted monstrosity.
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I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorndovah