Accept the truth and sacrifice your soul to the young god

Today I have a short post on what I’ve done with my small but reasonably fun side project, The Emperors Children warband. For the past few weeks I’ve had two Knight Armiger Helverin’s painted along with a few kitbashed models, one of which is a unit of proper sized Chaos space marines.

Like all squads of Chaos space marines there has to be a champion to lead his men into battle, out of self indulgent glory or wicked spite for attention. I wanted my Chaos Champion to physically look more dominating than his men, as well as kitbash more exquisite decorations from aristocracy.

The Emperors Children champion is equipped with a Plasma pistol, a power claw (a mutated one for sure) and a Siren upgrade in form of two bestial bronze hounds.

I’m more interested in kitbashing Primaris space marines now that my Emperors Children project has opened a lot of ideas for kitbashing. The scale works really well when compared to a guardsman, and Cultists too! Imagine kitbashing a unit of Reivers as skull horned Chosen marines, or if your creative, kitbash raptor jet packs onto the Reivers.

I’ve seen a lot of talented hobbyists make some impressive Chaos space marine kit bashes using Primaris marines. It’s a great way of having a ten man squad of C.S marines as an alternative to the current outdated C.S marines kit. However, if your a lore minded person, the MKX armour might be off putting as it’s far more sleeker than the bulky design of past Adeptus Astartes armour marks. But you can always use green stuff and spare bitz to make some lore accurate armour.

Today is mortal hunting, as the trumpets were raised to announce a knightly hunt for more ‘materials’ for tonight’s banquet.

Since the start of my summer of hobby painting, I’ve painted quite a few Slanneshi models (photo above is the latest showcase of what I’ve done so far). What started out as a crazy idea to build a small Knight House collection, turned into a disorganised lot of Slanneshi devotees.

I’ll be honest and say that if AoS 2.0 hadn’t been released this month, I would have stuck to my original plans of capping this collection off with a renegade knight. However, this turned out to be a positive change as I’ve actually gotten more black log work done.

I’m currently painting 19x Cultists with Autoguns to be added to the collection, since I want them to be finally painted and done with after so many years of neglect. Then another 19x cultist will be added as a second unit once the first is done, and finally any other unused models might be added. I might possibly add two more marines (kitbashed) to finish my Noise marine squad, as well as a HQ leader to represent the army.

Since this project is more of a side project, as well as just getting rid of neglected models, I’m not planning on continuing with this collection with new models or expanding it once my Summer holiday is over. I just don’t want to commit to another big project when I’ve got less time now that College is over. My goal is to try and get as much neglected models painted (with the Armiger knights being inspiration to get me started for the project), and achieve having no more neglected Chaos space marine models left).

However, it’s nice to do side projects once in a while as a break from bigger ones that take a lot of care and attention to complete. Speaking of which, I’ve just recently finished my final unit of Paladins (Decimators) for my Stormcast Eternal (1/3) Warrior Chamber. A post will be coming out soon to elaborate more on that as well as future plans for the collection soon.

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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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Renegade Commissar Tarin Brakem, Divine executioner

Once a loyal and faithful Commissar to the corpse throne Imperium of mankind, I led the Ironsides Inglorium 4th regiment to retake Basilum nine with only a few hundred men left. We were glorious, flaws were rarely stained on our record, a few losses at most. My regiment fought at the forefront of the battlefield with unflinching loyalty to my command.

I swore an oath to the “Emperor” to take worlds in the name of mankind, until the day of realisation dawned upon me as my men were atomised by incoming fire from our side. On Basilum nine my reputation went down the sink hole like a spider pulled down the drain. Fear took me unexpectedly as I reeked in horror at the loses all around me, life extinguished one by one in a space of microseconds.

It was when fall back to the trench where I hid below that I started to ponder to myself. There was no god of mankind, it was heresy to even think of it, but it was true. My oath was just words, my deeds meant nothing to those wretched men of high command. They decided to fire on friendly ground to tarnish my reputation out of jealousy and pride. My pride was on the line!

A mutiny was in order, when I survived the trench bombardments, I took it upon myself to gather anyone still alive and turn our own bombardment cannons towards high commands HQ. I doubt my actions at first, my thoughts were fuzzy like something was distracting me by controlling my own actions………. . But my drilling in the worship of the Emperor and the imperial laws was slipping away, revenge must be achieved for the sake of the men that I’ve lost. My pride was tarnished for this record of losses (not that the men will know that my revenge was done out of self preservation, rather than moral sympathy for the men lost).

The faces of high command that I saw on the balcony were as red as vermillion, as my lust for revenge consumed me, they looked with horror and fear as the cannon unleashed its payload into HQ. All that remained of high command was a blazing fireball impact that looked like a hellish nightmare.

That day all sense of loyalty was abandoned as me and my men were overcome by the promises of true glory and the sensations of achievement. A faint whisper in our ears told us to join our new master, Slannesh, and give our souls to her patronage.

I took it upon myself to be the first of her chosen, by sacrificing the weakest of my men (and traitors to our cause) on totem poles. Ah a sight to see, it was a divine sight to behold as they yelled for help while the Daemons took these unwilling fools as hosts. Now the netherborn had physical forms to cause material carnage to our former allies and foes, how blessed we were that day.

My cravings were just about full from this carnage, but I needed more. I must have more, my pride must be fulfilled!!!

– The fall of Commissar Tarin Brakem [999.41M]

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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

Painting Emperors Children

After painting my two Knight Armiger Helverin’s for my small House Devine force, I wanted to try and add some Emperors Children to the force to make it more thematically. Adding a unit or two of Noise marines was a fitting choice, why have average marines when you can have a unit of ear bursting noise specialists?

Only problem was that the current Noise marine kit was a very old upgrade kit, which look outdated now. FW own kit of Noise marines was an option, but I don’t buy stuff online and the price wasn’t to my liking. So I went and started an experiment to kitbash Primaris Space marine models to create true scale heretic Astartes.

I’ve used various Chaos space marine bitz as well as other bitz to make a fairly decent looking Noise marines. I wanted to paint a Primaris sized marine model because I find these to be more enjoyable to paint compared to the smaller old kits. I was inspired by a post on Iron Sleet that really inspired me to try to do something similar, I have a link here to the post if your interested.

Below is my painting scheme for painting quick and simple Emperors Children models whiteout too much complexity.

1) Basecoat the model in Screamer pink with Model colour black for the bolter, followed by a shade of Druchii Violet.

2) Drybrush the model using Pink Horror.

3) Then make a second drybrush using Emperors Children, as well as paint black for plating as seen in the photo. Use Model Colour off-white for the eye lenses.

4) Use a mix 1/3 of Warboss Green and Lahmian Medium, use Ardcoat for the black painted areas.

5) To paint the blue nerve pattern, use Kantor blue as a basic line, then layer over (not completely covering the Kantor blue lines) with Alaitoc blue, use Lothren blue to end points of the pattern. To finish off, paint small white dots on the patterns.

For the base, use Stirland mud followed by a shade of Reikland Fleshade. Then drybrush using using Model Colour flat brown, and finally a mix of flat brown and off-white and drybrush over the base. Then gloss the base using Ardcoat.

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Here’s another model I did using the same colour scheme on my kitbashed Noise marines.

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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

House Devine, Armiger Knights

In the darkest times of the Horus Heresy, nothing could prepare the Imperium of man for the betrayal of Molech, when House Devine turned its weapons on its allies as the Knights were ensnared into Slannesh’s tender whispers. Once a house ruled by nobility of the knightly order that banished its traditions of the old ways to embrace the new age of the Imperium of man, but is now nothing more than a depraved and twisted name that is all but erased from history.

They say not all of the old ways died out, for the Serpent Cult still lived in secret to perform insidious and depraved rituals, even some say that House Devine’s previous king ,Cyprian, own son and daughter were part of this cult. However one thing is certain is that the Imperial Knight House was damned when it turned away from the Emperor. To this day, they say that the traitoris Knight house lives on in the Eye of Terror, hunting for prey and to better sensations that they hunger for. One day, when the Devine blood gathers together again after many years of separation of agendas, they’ll bear to arms the weapons of the corrupted Knights to strike back to retake their birthright of Molech………

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Finding what livery colours Devine was?

When the Imperial Knights were released recently, I was thinking “Cool, awesome stuff! But when will Chaos get some Knights?”. I’ve always liked the concept of Traitoris Knight Houses that have been warped and preserved by the Eye of Terror, a spitting image of noble knights that lack order and nobility like the Imperiums loyal Houses.

But then Renegade Knights was released as a free PDF and I was like “now we’re talking!”. So after my final day at College I decided to treat myself to a box of Armiger Knights to kick off my small Knight House. I’ve read Horus Heresy: Vengeful Spirit many years ago that mentioned about a Knight House called Devine, which had one of the sickest and barbaric backgrounds I’ve ever read, and that’s the sort of army I wanted to represent my Traitoris Knight army! With the kit glued and the spare spiky bitz glued on (for that Slanneshi effect!) there was just one problem, what colour was House Devine?

…….you wouldn’t believe the amount of confusion I’ve had narrowing down what colour the Knights were…….

Since I was too lazy at the time to read Vengeful Spirit for the answer, I went on Warhammer 40k Wiki for details and any images of the livery. It said that the House was a livery colour of green and black and I thought this sounded right at first, considering the whole house was based around slaying giant lizards called Naga (even their heraldry has a lizards being entwined with a glorious golden eagle, representing the Imperium).

But then there was a problem, as the Naga has black and white scales (which didn’t even mention green), So why did the wiki have black and green as the livery colours? Hmmm. Well what about the post Heresy colour scheme? Pastel pink, meh, it’s too generic for Slanneshi Knight, and I preferred to keep the Heresy version if there was one.

So then I checked on Lexicanum to see what they had to say on the colour of the Knight house. Interestingly, they put it as ‘unknown’ even for post Heresy colour scheme. This was contradictory as both sites have two completely different information about House Devine’s colour scheme. What about the sources? Well the sources were okay-ish, but no visual evidence on what the colour scheme was. However, I do have both Horus Heresy books of Vengeful Spirit and Devine Adoratrice for lore on the Knight house.

With these in hand I checked to see any description on what the colour scheme might be from the current publication of lore on House Devine. Since the book is the most current lore update on the house, it would be the factual answer to date (unless retconned in future publications).

The result was…………an odd one, so in the short story Devine Adoratrice, Cyprian’s Knight, Hellblade, is green and black (House Adoratrice page 29). However, in the book Vengeful Spirt, Reaven’s (Cyprians son) Knight is Vermillion/ Crimson and Ebony.

Yeah, completely different from what both sites have mentioned, as well as both books. It turns out House Devine wore red carapace as described during the first paragraph about Raeven’s Knight, Banelash (Vengeful Spirit page 66) and also described during Albards illusion of two House Devine Knights in Crimson (Vengeful Spirit page 295).

It’s odd now to think that there’s a conflicting information on a simple matter of a Knight Houses colour livery, a lack of context as to why Reavens Knight is coloured differently to Cyprians is most confusing. I’m hoping that in the future Forge World will elaborate more on the livery of House Devine in a HH book. Explaining what was the original livery and state wether or not the red knights were just a rank of colour, or an editorial error to be retconned.

In the end, I went for vermillion and Ebony, because it was the latest lore content about the house, and what Reaven and Albards description about the Imperial Knights. I’ll base mine on my Knights being in alliance to Albard, painting the Knights carapace red and black to show their allegiance to the last son of Devine.

Painting House Devine

To paint the livery of House Devine (the red and black carapace knights like Banelash), you’ll need the following paints.

  • Model colour off-white
  • Model colour matt black
  • Model colour flat brown
  • Model colour gold
  • Model colour boltgun metal
  • Khorne Red
  • Evil Sunz Red
  • Ardcoat
  • Lahimia medium
  • Knator blue
  • Lothren blue
  • Alaitoc blue
  • Screamer pink
  • Emperors Children
  • Pink horror
  • Warboss green
  • Reikland Fleshade
  • Druchii Violet
  • Light silver acrylic spray

Below is a step by step guide on painting the Armiger Knights.

Colour scheme:

  1. Basecoat- light silver spray, shade after with Druchii Violet.
  2. Drybrush Model colour off white lightly.
  3. Basecoat red in Khorne Red, and Black areas in Model colour Matt black.
  4. Mix 1/3 Gold and brown Model colour acrylic as a trim paint.
  5. Basecoat the symbol in Screamer pink.
  6. Shade the stubbed gun in Reikland Fleshade.
  7. Shade the edges and gaps with Nul Oil on the carapace (not on flat surfaces).
  8. Shade the trim in Reikland Fleshade.
  9. Shade the symbol in Druchii Violet.
  10. Drybrush the the trims with a mix of 1/3 Model colour off white and boltgun metal.
  11. Use lahimia medium mixed with Warboss green as a shade, and paint over the eye lenses of the Knight. Finish this off with a gloss coat of ardcoat.
  12. Highlight the edges of the red carapace in Evil Sunz Red.
  13. Drybrush the symbol with Pink horror followed by Emperors Children.
  14. Highlight the black carapace with skavenblight dinge.
  15. To paint the glass view on the door, basecoat the window in Kantor blue, highlight with lothren blue and edge highlight with Alaitoc blue. Then add spots of Modek colour Off-white to create light reflection, followed by a gloss coating of Ardcoat.
  16. Finally, use texture paint of Stirland Mud, shade it in Reikland fleshade and drybrush in flat brown. Then do a 1/3 mix of off-white and flat brown and drybrush, to cap off, use Ardcoat on the base to make the mud look wet as if it was raining.

The result should look like this.

I’ve decided to make the metal sections a purple tint with white drybrush to make it look pastel pink. This pays homage to the post Heresy livery, as I didn’t want the metal parts looking too rusty or grimy to be mixed up with Nurgle and Khorne. The pastel pink helps to visual tie the model to the patron of Slannesh, who House Devine pledged their devotion to.

I’ve used transfers from the current Chaos Spacemarine decals, mostly using the Slanneshi symbols and Emperors Children icon. I’d imagine these two knights have been part of many battles alongside the Emperors Children post Heresy.

I’ve used spare parts from various Chaos Spacemarine kits, mostly from tanks and vehicles decorations. These added additions completed changes the Armiger knights appearance to look more terrifying and barbaric. Rather than adding tentacles, warp plating, Slanneshi warped madness and etc, I’ve gone for limiting my knights customisation as little as possible. I wanted to limit myself as I felt that adding too much kitbashing would ruin the models, having too much decoration will take the focus away from the model with all manner of parts.

Overall, I’ve had a great time with building these two Armiger knights. It’s been a fun project researching about a renegade knight house that was tainted by the prince of pleasure, as well as finding out what the livery colour was in lore.

If possible, I’d like to add a knights Paladin Knight to the army to cap it off, or even more Armiger knights as a collection of hunters. However, imperial (I mean Renegade knights) aren’t cheap. If I can’t fill in my 1,000pt list with knights in time, I do have a plan B just in case!

Oh and for those of you who want to get a visual scale on how tall the Armiger knights are, I have a comparison photo below!

on the left is a ‘chaos-not primaris’ Noise marine, a Lord Celestant on a Dracoth and an Knight Armiger Helverin

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That’s all from me for today. I hope you have enjoyed this very long 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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For sources on where to find out more about House Devine, and where I got my facts and information from, I have a source list below that you can check out!

  • M. Graham, Horus Heresy book 29: Vengeful Spirit (2014), Black Library publication.

-Livery colour sources p.66 and p.295

  • M. Graham, Horus Heresy: House Adoratrice (2014), Black Library publication.

– livery colour of Cyprian Devine’s knight sources p.29

The Grey-mane Dynasty Lore series guide post

The Grey-mane Dynasty Lore series guide post


Welcome to The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series, a fan made collection of stories in the setting of Warhammer Age of Sigmar. The individual and multipart stories have links to the rise and fall of a once proud and united dynasty, and how it affects those who have survived in the aftermath. 
Each story tells a tale of locations, characters and events that tell of the events from the Age of Myth, to the fall during the Age of Chaos and hope anew in the Age of Sigmar. 

Below are links to the lore series in chronological order:

More stories and fan made lore will be coming soon, which will be added to the link list above. I plan to repost this post when I’ve done a new lore post, so new readers won’t be confused.

I hope to continue this series to the point where I have enough story narrative/ lore content to help me start an AoS campaign, or additional fan made material for AoS games. With your feedback and help, I can be confident and guided on the right path to achieve this goal. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, if you have questions, advice or anything that comes to mind, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thank you!

-Bjorn
[note: this is completely fan made lore series and is in no way affiliated with Games Workshop. All names, locations and other material related Games Workshop are owned by their respective creators].

The fate of Slannesh? [part 1] 

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on the uncertainty future of the youngest chaos god in both Warhammer AOS and Warhammer 40k, Slannesh. For the past few years the youngest Chaos God has been on everyone’s mind at late, with AOS having Slannesh being captured and improsoned with he/she fate undecided. Whilst I could talk about the 40k aspect of slannesh, however since he/she is still active in the setting, I’ll mainly just focus on the AOS version.

Why the uncertainty?

Good question, why the uncertainty to one of the four Chaos pantheons who has a deep rooted lore to both the WHFB and AOS? It comes down to a lot of suggestive theory’s and speculations from the gaming community, ranging from sale statistics to the model designs suggestive appearance. Some say it’s because Slannesh related products aren’t selling well as the other three pantheons, which I personally feel may not be true unless there’s some solid proof on the statistics.

However, many say it’s because of Slannesh being related to excess, pleasure and lust that’s being frowned upon by many who see the God as inappropriate for young gamers who are joining the hobby. Design wise, the models evoke the gods influence in form and shape which is also questioned. This has been a controversial situation for years with both sides arguing wether Slannesh should stay as intended, altered to suite younger players or be killed off and replaced.

Why would the gods fate be questioned?

The theory’s/ speculations were made due to the current lore setting for Slannesh in AOS, for he/she became too fat from goring off the vast quantitys souls. This lead to an opportunity for he/she capture, currently imprisoned in a cage by Tyrion years after the End Times. Also something to note on is Archaon’s model only has the three pantheon daemon heads (minus Slannesh), but bears the gods mark on his shield. 

My thoughts on Slannesh’s and He/She’s fate?

To me, Slannesh was the first Chaos God that I’ve liked, since getting my first Chaos codex in 5th edition when I was 13. To be honest I never really saw Slannesh as the God of lust until I was 19, as I’ve imagined that the God was related to arts, luxury and obsessive addiction to music and colour  contrast/intensity. However, I’ve felt embarrassed by this because many would point out the God as being girly and being purple and pink (purple and pink by the way are awesome colours!). Which made me choose Nurgle for a few years.

Only recently have I now decided to go back and see Slannesh more in depth in the HH books. Reading the books have helped me to appreciate Slannesh as a deity not to be fooled with, as prejudice doesn’t define how this god is in any way ‘girly’ at all. In fact recently I’ve seen both male and female hobbyists on blogs and old white dwarf magazines that proudly display their dedicated collection to Slannesh.

As for my views on the fate of Slannesh? I think theirs a chance that the God will continue in the AOS narrative as a an important deity in the mythos. Considering it’s been over a year since AOS first started, and two sad demises of factions being taken off retail, since Slannesh products haven’t been scraped yet shows that GW have something planned up their sleeves for the future. 

In terms of how Slannesh will be continued in the mythos is not simple, as I’ve mentioned earlier there’s the issue of the designs that need addressing. It’s a case of wether the models will retain their forms as always, be altered to be more appealing to younger players or maybe an entire redesign altogether.

Personally, I’m fine with any of the above, as long as it stays true to the source material in a way that fits the lore for Slannesh. But I hope for a continuation either way, and not a scraped faction like Bretonia and the Tomb Kings.

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I hope you guys have enjoyed reading this, and I hope it might put some joy to those (Slannesh followers mostly) who are feeling worried about the factions future.

I would like to hear your feedback on the post topic, wether it’s your opinion on the matter or even sharing your collection of Slannesh themed army, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. ☺

Part 2 will be focusing on collectors thoughts and feeling on Slannesh’s fate, and why they’ve chosen to collect Slannesh themed army.

Thanks for reading this post!

-Bjorndovah
[note: this post is a topic post based on my opinion of Slannesh, all differing opinions on the topic are acceptable unless it’s hate based which is unacceptable. Slannesh, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Bretonia, Tomb Kings, Horus Hersey and Warhammer Age of Sigmar are owned by Games workshop and respective creators within the company. This post is discussion based post only.]