On the hobby table: Objective markers

On the hobby table: Objective markers

Hello, and welcome back to ‘On the hobby able’. Today, I’ll be showing you three markers I’ve made for my AoS Skirmish campaigns, ranging from a priceless treasure chest, to a decaying Crypt Horror that’s been buried (or clawing out) in the damp soil.

These markers can also be used for different battle plans that require objective markers, or objects to defend. So when it came to creating my own markers, I didn’t need to wait long to find some bitz that would look great as markers.

Below are three markers I’m currently working on, I hope you’ll find these markers to be inspiring and odd!

A severed hand from a Verminlord Warpseer, still clenching his glowing artefact of corruption. This marker would be a good choice for Chaos alliance players, especially Skaven players seeking to reclaim or retrieve a rival clan artefact.

The remains of a Crypt Horror can be both a well earned reward, and a bad omen. For their bones can be used by the Flesh-Eater Courts to create bone weapons and magical trinkets  for both champions and their delusional leaders. This objective is easily built using spare parts from the Crypt Horror kit, as well as using a spare square base (which is great for objective markers, as I have too many square bases that I don’t use anymore).

Last but not least, the goal of all plundering raiders and treasure seekers, the good old treasure chest! This chest was taken from Games Workshops Lord of the Rings starter set (no longer produced), which came with other small objective markers for the game (whatch this Space for more objective markers from the set soon!). It was a simple step of glueing the chest onto a circle base, which looks pretty cool after painting the marker.

That’s all for now, I’ll be back with more objective markers soon, as well as some new markers for buffs and effects to represent warscroll effects. Until then, I hope you have enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you guys next time!

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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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Clan Skelnix returns!

Clan Skelnix returns!

For many Warhammer AoS players, today is an exciting day as the GHB 2017 is finally released. I thought this would be a chance for me to dust the labyrinth of unpainted Skaven models, rebasing and painting the models to fit with my existing force.

For long time readers of my blog site will know my Skaven force by the name of Clan Skelnix, led by Verminlord Corruptor, Sektretch. This faction has been my first force to be transferred over to AoS, having painted a demigod Verminlord Corrupter and completed a 1000pt+ Clan Moulder force. If your interested to know more about Clan Skelnix and its backstory, see Clan Skelnix backstory to learn more about the faction.

This was my first step to establishing my Skaven force for AoS, as well as my first faction to play for AoS. The faction grew as I’ve painted various Clan units to add to my growing force. I thought my old habits of not painting a whole army would finally go away.

However, I’ve stopped painting my Skaven when it came to the Clanrats, Stormvermin and etc. I’ve always had a lack of motivation for painting block units, as it’s very slow to get a unit of 20+ painted.

This time last year, I did a post about my plans to stop collecting Skaven after seven years of growing the force (You can check the post here to learn more about it). A year later, I’ve not added any new models since that decision. However, Since a lot of changes have happen this year, I’ve decided it was about time I came back to continue building my Skaven force for AoS. 

It all started this week, as I suddenly had a gut feeling to attempt to paint at least 20 Clanrats. Strangely enough, I’ve actually done it!It took me a total of four days to paint this horde unit, not bad. There are a few areas that need finishing for basing the models, but apart from that, they’re just about finished. 


Leading this unorganised unit of selfish rats is the one and only, Scarrus the Left Claw!


Scarrus was part of my Skaven army for a Path to Glory game, War for Ghyran. Since then, I’ve made a new kit bashed model of the Warlord to represent Scarrus after the campaign and beyond. To make him stand out, he has a shield artefact, given to him by Verminlord Sektretch during the campaign. I thought this would be a nice addition to the models appearance.

My next goal is to paint another twenty clanrats with rusty blades, making a total of two worthy battline units of twenty filthy rat-men. After that, I’ll only need to paint two weapon teams from Clan Skryre, a fully painted Island of Blood Skaven models set. Although, I have two sets rather than just one, so there’s a lot more to paint…..

Finally, I’ll be adding twenty more Clanrats for both units to make a unit of forty Clanrats. With the cost of a full horde unit discounted, I’ll be able to add more to my army with a strong battle line units.

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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

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

Rage of the forest spirits

Rage of the forest spirits

A recap of the first part of the war for the Whitebark Clan Glade:

Corruption and chaos spreads across the realms by the tides of unified Chaos forces, many would say this was the end of prosperity forever.

Many had fallen or even tainted by the taints of the laughing gods cursed influences. Even legends of old were no match in the Age of Chaos.

However, some have not yet given up hope for the lands they protect and sacrificed for. Especially the Whitebark Clan, who have guarded their sacred glade home for centuries, even if it’s now half the size of the once bountiful and vibrant woodland that it used to be.

But as the saying goes, all things must come to an end, Clan Skelnix was the hammer that ended the stronghold. A great defeat at the hands of Scarrus the Right Claw ensured victory from his attempt at opening the Wormhole for his master, Verminlord Sektretch

Duke Cuirithir retreated, dragging his broken ally treeman back to the glade household, unable to stop the ritual. Only this isn’t the end for the Whitebark Clan, as the Duke retreated from the scene, his eyes and spirit flared with unstoppable rage like a ignition of some sort of deeper energies within him. He may have lost the stronghold, but not his home, not until he rips the Warlord with his own iron bark claws without mercy.

It’s time for nature to strike back at the Chaos tainted creatures and restore the realm to it’s purer life. 

This is the sylvaneths war, and no mercy will be offered.

More information on part two of the path to glory inspired story coming soon.

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

Best of 2016

Best of 2016

A bit late for this post to be made, considering it’s the first of February tomorrow! Also, it’s soon going to be a year since Ive first started blogging!

But anyhow, today I want to show some of the best posts of 2016 from my blog that I thought deserved some spotlight treatment. It’s a mix of  table top hobby mixed with my own art work. Enjoy!

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Skaven Warlord, Scarus the left claw

This was probably one of my favourite painted small miniature from last year, I had tons of fun painting the model for my combined Skaven army (although at the time he had a different name for the model, before I changed it to Scarus). The purple skin tone marks him as one of the enlightens followers of Pestilens, in service to Verminlord Sektretch.

This year I’m hoping to make a second Warlord as Scarus after the events of the campagin that he was in. He won’t be the same as he is in the picture, but I won’t spoil the surprise. 😉

Link to the post:https://callumart.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/side-project-clan-verminous-warlord-serathitius-final/

Project: Sci-fi inspired scratch built robot 

The biggest project of 2016 was my scratch built robot (none-functioning of course), which had to be made on a six week deadline with process notes, design sketches, prototypes and the final outcome design. Thankfully I was able to complete this project a week before the deadline, with just a few annotation work to finish off.

When I look at this project, nostalgia just hits me like an incoming paper duck on superglue. It’s a big achievement to me, as the task was something I didn’t want to fail. I was a lot more prepared for this task with a calm mindset, in a mirror reflection of my near stress anxiety levels of my GCSE art project final design.

I’m hoping to do a project that will be more elaborate and a successor to this design, pushing for more creativity and professional standards.

Link to the post:https://callumart.wordpress.com/2016/06/08/3d-model-robot-extra/

Gorthblox, Greater Daemon (SEVEN!!!!!!)This big fella was done during the summer holidays, a time when all manner of Nurgle priests and Nurglings came to my door for crusty coffee and plague cakes (no kidding!). They offered me a rust encrusted lantern that can summon a Great Unclean one from the realm of chaos for free! (Well they jabbered on about in exchange for my soul or something….).

All jokes aside, I brought this model as a treat for getting a merit in my Level 2 art and design course. This model in particular I’ve been pushing new techniques and colour pallet that I’ve not tried out before, resulting in form of a really disgustingly badass Daemon!

Link to the post:https://callumart.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/gorthoblox-greater-daemon-of-nurgle/

Completing my first AoS army!It took me nearly a year to get this army completed before I finally had my first game of AoS last year. This army would be the starting point for my combined Skaven force for Clan Skelnix, lead by a very old Verminlord.

This was a massive achievement in terms of actually getting a fully painted 1,000+ pt, where as before I could never paint a full army for WHFB. Not only that, but an army that looks great from painting all the models in consistency. 

Funnily enough, just months after this army was done, I was able to have a fully painted 1,000pt Nurgle force done as well! I’m hoping to reach up to 2,000pt for my Skaven force, with at least two units of 20x Clanrats (that’s gonna be nightmare to do 💀).

Link to the post:https://callumart.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/clan-moulder-army-so-far/

Blog Persona profile imageBased on my stuffed toy monkey ( if you must know his name is Jeff), who inspired me to use his face as a reference to create a digital art picture of him. Whilst people might use selfies or logos for their profile, I’ve decided to take a different route to have some sort of recognisable image associated to my blog site.

After ten years of being in the loft, I’ve finally found inspiration to take Jeff from his retirement to be use for art project. Hopefully he’ll be used for future projects.

Link to the post:https://callumart.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/improving-my-blog-posts/

Verminlord SektretchThe post that started it all off, this model was my first project for my blog site. This model is an important piece in a personal way, as it got me to where I am today with my painting standards.

At first I found the task to be difficult to undertake for professional standards. But I continued the project with determination to finish the model by pushing my techniques and styles to the limit. 

The result is astoundingly amazing, back then I thought this would be the only model that can achive with the best of my talent at art. However, it was only just a stepping stone for the posts that followed on from it. As you’ve seen above, I’ve since painted a lot more models that far exceed the standard of this model. But to me, this model derseves a personal place as the model that really got me into painting table top miniatures.

Link to the post:https://callumart.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/clan-pestliens-update-on-verminlord-sektretch-final-part/

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It’s thanks to you guys that I’m still blogging for nearly a year now, your comments and compliments have given me that much needed inspiration to do the best that I can. I can’t thank you guys enough at how your comments have helped me through a very mixed year.

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

Until next time,

-Bjorndovah

War for Ghyran: part two coming soon

War for Ghyran: part two coming soon

After Thursdays climatic result from the campagin game on round three, I can now start writing part two! So I thought I might give you guys the current campagin score and Warband rewards we’ve got from part one.

The campagin was about the Skaven defending a Wormhole gate, adding up the dice (with modifiers) each turn until it reached twenty to win. The Sylvaneths task was to reach the Wormhole gate and destroy it before it reached twenty.

The game finished off with the skaven winning a grand victory, earning victory paints up to 3. I’ve rewarded my Arch-warlock, who was rewarded with a re-roll wound   Saves (the unit chart didn’t seem to fit right with the model, so I agreed with my opponent that the model will use the champion chart instead). The Sylvaneth however only revived one point from the game, and the Treelord ancient was rewarded from the champion chart. 

After I’ve finished writing part two, I’ll also do a post on the games battleplan, scores and rewards to show what the gameplay resulted in. Also, I might add some reflective aftermath thoughts on the battle, as it’s good to analyse on what went well and what needed improving.

Anyway, I think that’s all I needed to say for now, although I could boast about how amazing my Arch-Warlock was during round one. But it doesn’t reflect him well currently in the campagin, he’s been squished to death by two angry Treemen. I’ll elaborate on this for another day.

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

[note: names and locations used include- Ghyran, Skaven and Sylvaneth are owned by Games Workshop. This is a fanfiction based post only.]