Hobby projects for late 2020

This year I’ve managed to get a hefty amount of backlog and neglected miniatures glued and painted. Being in isolation has forced me to be creative with what I have to work on the things I tend to put aside. If I keep up this approach I’ll have only one storage box left of neglected miniatures! But knowing myself I’ll probably only have two storage boxes left.

Most of my Skaven miniatures are all painted with barely a few spare parts left. Sometimes I can be creative with my projects if I have an idea. For example I’ve recently made five Gargoyle rats using a neglected Tyranid kit and Clanrat heads. A fine Clan Moulder creation!

Using my new camera (WIP learning the functions)

Speaking of new camera, I’ve recently gone for an upgrade after four years of using my other one. I’m still learning the basics with this new one, but I think it’s already done better job at capturing my miniatures.

The Grymthenian Lodge

Book reading challange

The first few months of the challenge was going really well. I had a few books read and managed to read a few army books in full. However due to the pandemic I’ve become very slow at getting more reading books completed.

Recently I finished reading Konrad as my tenth completed book. I’ve got six months left to read ten+ books before the 2020 challange ends. Therefore I’ll need to put more time into reading books just so I can catch up.

Hobby projects

Since my last post on hobby projects some of the projects were finished off or put aside. Below is a list of what I’m currently working on. Bear in mind though that I’m prone to changing things due to my nature of being creative.

Warhammer 40k-

  • Primaris Crimson Fists- just need one Dreadnought to finish the project.
  • White Scars Successor Chapter Astral Bears
  • Night Lords (completed)
  • Black Templars (completed)
  • DG Exiled Iron Warriors (completed)
  • Bad Moons Orks (completed)
  • Chaos Knight House Devine- considering getting a War Dog Moriax or one of the Chaos Knight kits

Warhsmmer AoS-

  • Anvils of the Heldenhammer Sacrosanct Chamber (completed)
  • Knights Excelsior Skirmish Warband (completed)
  • Knights of Mousillon Stormhost- need to paint two Knight-Incantors, one Lord-Arcanum and two units of Sequitors.
  • The Skullfiend Tribe (completed)
  • Nighthaunt (completed)
  • Ogor Mawtribe Bloodgullet Tribe (completed)
  • Skaven Clan Skelnix- few spare miniatures left including four Stormvermin.
  • The Grymthenian Lodge- completed as an ally force.

Warhammer Fantasy Battles-

  • Warriors of Chaos Nurgle warband- need to paint second unit of Chaos Warriors and a Wizard on horse.
  • Dark Elves- paint a unit of Spearmen and five cold one knights

Changing things around

Recently I’ve set up my own Instagram account as a way of broadening my reach for my table top miniature and artwork. It took me a bit of time to get the hang of things learning something new.

Rather than posting my latest works on here, I’ll be posting them on Instagram. That’s not to say there won’t be anymore content on here, instead my blog will be changing focus from WIP miniature painting to collection showcase and research into Warhammer subjects.

If you want to see my latest works or catch up on older miniatures I’ve painted in the past, you can check out my Instagram at BjornStormcast.

That’s all for today.

Currently I’m running a painting challange here on the blog, celebrating The Island of Bloods 10th anniversary. You can find out more info here: https://callumart.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/skaven-and-high-elves-painting-challenge/

Until next time,


This week

As another week goes by I’m gradually painting more and more of my neglected/ backlog of miniatures, now that I have no excuses not to.

Everyone’s well so far, adapting to lockdown life is getting better now that we’ve all gotten used to the system. It’s still worrying that there’s so many people being affected by the virus, and so many lost their lives as the virus kills all in its path. How many more will be affected until we see the other side of this horrific period?

I hope everyone’s staying safe and well. Look after yourselves and your family, if we can just pull through and stop the spread of the virus, the more lives we will save and ensure our health services can better deal with the situation.

My week so far has been okay, I’ve done some more cooking this week (pasta mostly) with another homemade pizza made yesterday.

This week was also a time for more reading as I’ve been reading the Horus Heresy: Betrayer, by ADB after reading some HH short stories featuring the XII Legion. So far so good, I’m really enjoying Betrayer, it’s certainly earned a place in my top ten HH book list.

Finally last weekend (ending yesterday) I’ve been reorganising my collection of trading cards from MTG, Pokémon and YuGiOh. It’s taken me two days to reorganise storage, folders and what cards I’m giving away to charity. I want to get some card folders store all of my cards once the current global situation will improve.

Maybe I should do a post on my collections, might be a fresh change for me, and the nostalgia of the days when taking trading cards to school was like going to New Vegas to gamble at the Lucky Tops casino (although there was no MR House unless you counted the kid who had the biggest collection, with all the fake cards too. He probably had a platinum chip too somewhere in his DIY box full of cards).

Anyways, here’s some miniatures I’ve been painting this week.

Until next time,


4th Demi-company Astral Bears Collection [WIP]

When the White Scars received their index supplement last year, I wanted to start building a successor chapter built entirely from Primaris stock. Whilst I’d originally wanted to focus on finishing my Crimson Fists project as my last Space Marine Collection, the White Scars was a Legion I had always wanted to collect. My statement that the Crimson Fist project was my last SM project ever made me look pretty silly when I decided to start this project.

But hey, when had the White Scars ever got given their own supplement book all of their own, with lore, rules and a name chart?

After looking through the index and deciding on what my project should be, I went for the obscure successor chapter, the Astral Bears. Only mentioned once in name and their rapid victory tally they have amassed, I thought this would be a good challenge of building a Primaris faction from near scratch.

Now lore wise it’s all over the place with the introduction of the Primaris Marines, with much of the range giving me a mixed feeling of ‘alright’ to ‘meh’. But as a a creative individual, I thought I might try to carve a personality out from these basic miniatures into a unique chapter.

My interpretation on the Astral Bears chapter is that they are a fleetbased chapter who’s home-world was destroyed by the traitor invasion force. The main bulk of this devastating annihilation was orchestrated by exiled Iron Warriors, disgraced warriors cast aside by their Daemon Primarch, Perturabo, after they succumbed to Nurgles embrace.

Lurking in the shadows of this Invasion force is a warband of Night Lords, who had a history with the world of Khoros during the hellish nightmare of the splitting of the Cicatrix Maledictum.

The original chapter master of the Astral Bears, Gobi, was slain by the Nightlord warband’s leader as the chapter was surrounded by waves of diseased Iron Warriors. Taking on the role as next in command, Chighin made a valiant effort to hold ground, but sadly many warriors were killed forcing Chighin and his remaining brothers to flee off world.

Currently the chapter is rebuilding itself and it’s currently at 5 Company strength, thanks to Belisarius Cawl supplying new Primaris Marines to replace losses. All firstborn marines are extinct, the chapter now only uses Primaris stock.

It’s vague in parts, but it’s a basic outline of the hombrew I’m working on. Due to the lore being all over the place at the minutes, I’m giving it time until enough information is out so I can create something that can fit into the Post Indomitus Crusade era.

Anyways, here’s what I’ve collected so far. Enjoy!

Until next time,


12 days of Winter|The Astral Bears chapter, a fan made lore series part 2: Foundation of a new successor chapter

“How can Khoros be rebuilt? It’s cities are destroyed, civilian population decimated, its factory and man power production will take years to recover and even then it may not be at efficient tithe stability. How can my chapter see any future in Khoros now that it’s nothing but ashes?” Said Captain Izen Swordbane of the Dark Hunters as he paces up and down the briefing room. He along with other Captains of the successor chapters were debating the fate of Khoros to Arch Maigos Belesarius Cawl. “What say you, Arch Maigos”, Belesarius looked at the Captain, a marine who had deep hatred for the Adeptus Mechanicus from past bloody history, and he especially hated the Arch Maigos for creating the Primaris who bear his legions insignia. Belesarius spoke in a dry augmetic voice through his vox grill “It can be rebuilt and renewed if my calculations are right, the surviving natives will grow with the right resources and training to be equipped for military, political governance, factory output and tithe recruitment in an estimated twenty years or more. With a full chapter stationed on this world to protect it”.

“Who’s chapter will protect this world? My chapters has suffered greatly from the Cicatrix Maledictum, let alone other successor chapters of the Khan too. Even our ancestor chapter of the White Scars have suffered much from the Red Corsairs raids” Izen stopped paceing, his composure was calm but only just. He presses his knuckles on the desk and looked at the Arch Maigos straight in the eye. “Or would you dishonour me by replacing my fallen brothers with those abominations you call the Primaris? I’ll not accept them as mine nor will they bear our insignia that represents our sacred chapter. Give them to somebody else”.

– Council of the War Hawks

After the Crusade fleet had driven off the Night Lords Serotine warband from the planet, it was agreed that this world would be salvaged of what remained from the war. In its place would be a new Ultima chapter that would Guard this world and to serve the immortal Emperor.

Recovering from his injuries, Gobi had joined many meetings in the council of the War Hawks, a week long meeting between the successors of the Great Khan and the newly enlisted Primaris Marines. Izen, Captain of the Dark Hunters refused to bring In the Primaris into his chapter. It was then that Gobi offered to lead this new chapter of Primaris Marines as their Chapter Master.

Izen, disbelief and rage took hold as he questioned his brothers sanity and sheer betrayal to leave his oath to the chapter. Gobi argues that the Dark Hunters have become too backwards in their logic and that the chapter must take on the Primaris lest humanity will suffer greatly at the hands of the Archenemy.

Whatever happened after this confrontation is kept secret by all who were within the council. But one thing was for certain, Gobi was no longer a Dark Hunter, exiled from his chapter and sworn to take a new oath as he knelt before Belisarius Cawl.

He named his chapter the Astral Bears. For Khoros was full of these wild and ferocious hunters out in the plains, one such species thrived above all of their kind that was once thought to have been extinct on Terra millennia ago. The Gobi bears.

So it was that the chapter established itself on Khoros and it’s neighbouring planets, setting up greater defences on Khoros and it’s orbital defences thanks to the Arch Maigos. Over the next few decades the planet soon became a full functional Imperial world again, with varied warp attacks that caused some set backs to progression.

Gobi, now a Firstborn Chapter Master of the Astral Bears commenced the start of the chapters crusade efforts to bring back lost world to the Imperium. Such crusades earned them great reputation for they excelled at achieving their duty for the Emperor, although losses were high due to the chapters risky tactics.

such crusades included the following:

  • The Decade war
  • The Fall of Setarius
  • Execution of traitor Hive City Governor Tristern the Benevolence
  • The Red Star Crusade

These crusades had earned the chapter much praise by the Astra Militarm, the Eclisiarcy, Space marine chapters which most of them were from successor White Scars chapters and certain members of the Inquisition. All but a few were not so pleased with the chapter, and one in particular had deep rooted mistrust with the Astral Bears, The Dark Hunters.

All had gone well for the chapter, it had a world to build its chapter, a Fortress monastery built to safeguard its history, artefacts and geneseed stock. The chapters reputation had made them a notable Ultima Founding White Scars Chapter, giving them the respect and support they needed to be feared and respected.

But this would not last as the Cicatrix Maledictum would unleash an unexpected wave of warp attacks on the planet. A vast fleet of Nurgle corrupted Iron Warriors and Night Lords combined invasion fleet was heading towards Khoros.

This is where a World will fall, and a legend will rise.

12 days of Winter|The Astral Bears, a fan made lore series part 1, Origin

The Astral Bears are a relatively new Space marine chapter who were established during the early days of the Indomitus Crusade. Known for adopting similar tactics and aspects of their primogenitor Legion, the White Scars, who use hit and run tactics to weaken and exhaust the enemy with fast and precise groups of Skirmish engagements. However, the Astral Bears are known to be more aggressive and arrogant in their methods of engagement by charging into battle to bludgeon the foe with brute force, or by sheer rounds of fire power.

This tactic isn’t completely doomed to failure as the chapter have won many battles for their ferocious combat skirmishes. But it has led to the chapter suffering above average of losses.

Like many Ultima founding successor chapters, the Astral Bears are primarily built on Primaris Marines, creations made by the controversial Arch Magos Belesarius Cawl. The chapter is a Codex compliant force that follow the dictates of Guilliman’s Codex Astartes, although there are some changes that the chapter have made to infuse their culture into their chapters organisation, as well as meeting the requirements of the Codex guideline.

  • Command groups of each company have their own unique tribal marking to signify their role in the chapter, others in the company have tribal markings of the company they serve.
  • Names of the marines are similar to the ones the White Scars use, a cultural heritage that the Astral Bears carry on with pride.
  • Lieutenants have different tribal markings to not confuse their fellow marines and to identify who said individual is.
  • The chapters armoury uses unique cultural style of the White Scars and the home world of Khoros.
  • Primaris squads tend to be smaller than most chapter battleline squads, this is to spread squads out for wider tactics of hit and run engagements.
  • Librarians are called Stormseers, like the White Scars chapter.

The Great Rift

The chapter was founded during the time of the Indomitus Crusade and it’s mission to bring worlds, resources, isolated chapters and those still loyal to the Imperium back to the Emperors light. During this time, the successor chapter of the White Scars, the Dark Hunters, found the world of Khoros, a world that belonged to the chapter many centuries ago as a tithe resource for new recruits. Ruled by the Imperial order of Hive cities in a land of vast deserts and forests, this world had everything for the chapter to recruit warriors of the land and Hives.

The Astral Bears homeworld of Khoros [M.42].

But during the splitting of the Great Rift, Khoros suffered greatly during one of the Imperiums darkest days, as the entities of the warp spilled out across the galaxy to wreck carnage on a scale not seen since the Horus Heresy. The world of Khoros was defended by a company of Dark Hunters [company unknown by Imperial records] who originally came to collect fresh tithes for the chapter.

Brave were those of the sons and daughters of Khoros in the Hive cities as they gave their blood and souls to punish the invaders. But they were foolish to think that they could win and live to fight another day, for the Night Lords are born to hunt and kill without remorse. Led by Captain Elskri, Master of the Serotine Company, the Night Lords attacked Khoros to take the opportunity to collect new recruits, and bloody slaughter hunts they enjoy partaking in.

The Dark Hunters suffered greatly during the war as the Night Lords picked them off a bit at a time, a slow but effective method of dwindling the chapters strength. Because the chapter had come to collect new tithes to fill its company that was already below combat effectiveness, the Night Lords had an easy picking fighting off the Dark Hunters.

First the Hive city of Zhoto fell after four months of constant fighting in the shadow of eternal night caused by sickly dark unnatural clouds. Then two more fell a few months afterwards until nearly all of the Hive cities in the world died out, leaving the natives of the world on their own.

It was until the Crusade fleet finally arrived in system along with a company of Dark Hunters, did the Night Lords stop their invasion and flee from then fleet incoming to Khoros. What was left of the population of the Hive cities was carnival of a slaughter house, all around were skinless corpses of the defenders and the civilians.

As for the Dark Hunters who were stationed at Khoros, their remains were found in Zhoto, when a squad of Dark Hunters searched inside the underhive of the city. What they saw had shocked and disgusted them by the sight of a abomination shrine of flesh and bone. The long dead skinless faces still screaming in eternal pain as one mass of dead corpses, shapes into a throne of a corpse ruler.

All is not lost

All would be lost if not for two discoveries by the chapter and other successor chapters of the White Scars including the now forgiven Mantis Warriors, the Sun Hawks, the Dark Lunars and the Red Sons. They’ve found one of the last surviving Dark Hunter stationed on Khoros, trapped from fallen masonry and severely broken by the war both physically and mentally.

His name was Gobi, a marine who saw all the horror and devastation during the war, he was defending civilians fleeing from the fighting when suddenly part of a tower collapsed on him whilst he saved the last few survivors before they could be crushed. His memory after that went dark until he was finally found in a state of pain and failure. As for those he protected, it would be better to be left in mystery for the truth is grim and unpleasant to record.

As Gobi was checked over by the Apothecary who assessed his physical condition, his mind kept repeating his last memories of the battle before he was caved in. Like a nightmare repeating itself over and over as the horror he witnessed wouldn’t leave his mind, the screams of suffering and agony buzzed in his ear as if it were happening now.

After months of the invasion took its toll on the defenders of Khoros, the Dark Hunters were dwindling in numbers, squads of marines were losing men weeks or even days. With no reinforcements coming to bolster loses, they were on their own to defend Khoros.

Gobi was the last of his squad after months of hard fighting in the streets, conserving ammo and hiding in the shadows from groups of Night Lords until the way was clear. After the last Skirmish, his sergeant and squad brother were killed taking down a champion of Chaos.

As he traveled alone in the dark with the shadows as his cloak, he sees life signs of human survivors running away from something, a shadow with blazing red eyes darting after them.

A mother, child and father were seeking safety as they were stalked by a shadowy beast from the darkness. It’s eyes glowed with red passion for the hunt, claws glowing in blue arcs of lighting, as well as its darkest of blue armour cracking with lighting dancing around it’s surface.

Bolt pistol in hand and a prayer whispered under his breath, Gobi gazed into the darkness of the alleyway as the beast stared back. He knew this thing as a Night Lord, one of the traitor legions that turned their back from the Emperors light many millennia ago. Both he and the beast are sons of the night for they use the darkness to their advantage, although their ideologies are vastly different in the way they use darkness.

For Gobi it’s to conceal his form to surprise his foes in skirmish engagements, to catch the enemy unaware and take them out before returning to the darkness in a hit and run tactic.

For the Night Lords, the darkness is the weapon of fear as they blend into the shadows, moulding them as predators who stalk and hunt their prey. Tactics are simple, scare your enemies enough that they can’t fight back, then torture them slowly as they freeze their gaze at the monsters of the night.

The beast charged for the alleyway as the civilians ran down to seek safety, Gobi knew that they won’t make it alive unless he stopped the beasts hunt. He lets out a bolt round from his bolt pistol which traveled like a comet heading towards the beast. However, he misses his target as the beast dodged the bolt round. Rather than running down the ally the beast uses its jump pack to elevate above to reach safe perch on-top of a ruined city apartment, so it wouldn’t be confined by tight spaces.

It laughs at Gobi with vile amusement as he raises his bolt pistol at the beasts perch, it took Gobi a few seconds to realise why it was amused. Behind him, two more beasts creep out of the darkness with twin lightning claws, they laugh with vile amusement too at the cornering of the lone marine.

One tactical marine against three veterans of the long war is a fools end to engage combat in, but what choice does Gobi have when all of his brothers are dead? There’s no rescue party, no reinforcements, only faith and will can Gobi survive this battle.

He prays to the Emperor to give him strength and the will to smite his foes, then he charges towards the first Night Lord as he raises his bolt pistol head height. He fires but the shot only scratched the Night Lords armour, in turn the Nostraman charges towards Gobi with his dual lighting claws. He tried to shred Gobi but the Dark Hunter dodges the attack side ways, he takes out his chainsword and strikes the Night Lord from the left side. He nearly had the kill but the veteran Nostraman blocked the attack with his claws. Gobi could hear garbled wheezes from the traitors helm grill, as if laughing at Gobi’s amateur attempt.

Before Gobi could make his next move, the second Night Lord enters combat as he strikes his claws into Gobi’s back. Gobi tried to dodge the blow but got caught in the right arm by the lighting claw. A solid chunk of admantium fell to the ground, Gobi realised a second later that his chainsword fell to the floor along with his hand.

He carried on fighting with strength and conviction to fight until his last breath, “For the Khan!” He shouted as he lets loose another bolt round which hits the first Night Lord through the left eye lens. The traitor stumbles as he grips his helm but stumbles again as Gobi shoots again at the traitors face. The traitor falls to the ground with smoke spilling out of his helm, the body was still and spilling blood around the corpse.

The second Night Lord was unfazed by his brothers death as though he cared only for the kill. He slashed his claws towards Gobi and nearly sheers off Gobi’s other arm by a pin thread, he checks his pistol, no ammo left. He doesn’t have any ammo left on him.

“God Emperor, my gene father Jaghati Khan and my dead brothers who now serve the Emperors eternal service, I Gobi, son of the hunt and master of the dark will smite this traitor!!!

Seeing the futile position he was in, Gobi runs towards his foe but as soon as he accepts deaths embrace he suddenly gets pushed down by a force more heavier then he. Masonry fell on him caused by the unnoticed Night Lord who chased the family down the ally, he laughs with a strong accent of a dead long forgotten world.

“Now now little Dark Hunter, there’s no use in trying to pray to the Corpse Emperor. He’s nothing but a dead carcass like the ones we’ve skinned and decorated on your walls” a dry laugh escapes through the vox grill of the beasts helmet. He continues, “My father Curze hated me and my brothers because of who we are and what we have become. He wanted Order from the masses by any means, even subjugation to death, torture and suffering. What you see here is my fathers legacy that we carry on as our custom in war. I could kill you now, slowly and patiently like the rest……”.

The beast points up to the top of the city tops where dozens of corpses hang on nooses, all skinned like a butchery with screaming faces frozen in time.

“But…….I’d rather leave you here so you can witness the work we have created. What you see here will always be a part of you, your legacy, your failure, your future” the monsters laughs as he sees the futile look in Gobi’s eyes. “Before I leave, I think I might alter that face of yours……….”

Before his vision blurs the Dark Hunter could only vaguely hear the sound of claws being unleashed as the beast steps towards the family of pale frightened faces. They scream as the beast desecrated their mortal bodies with blades of lighting.


Gobi in his state of severe physical damage could only think about that last battle, he could only just barely turn his head to see the place where he saw the family screaming in his memory. No bodies were left behind just the smear of blood to mark their death.

A Space marine is built not only to sever the Imperium of mankind, to smite the Mutant, the Xenos and the Heretic. To march as an army of super soldiers with the physical power to cause destruction to the enemy wherever they are.

But Gobi failed the greatest test that an Astartes must take, to defend the people of the Imperium and to save mankind from harm. He failed in his duty, a broken warrior who’s glory and victory are nothing but ashes.

The second discovery was back at Zhoto where a Mantis Warrior found an infant child hidden in a secret storage space, its mother blocking the entrance with her cold corpse slumped to the ground. Why the mother was mostly intact and the child left unharmed was a mystery, for the Night Lords would never leave anyone alive even with such innocence as an infant.

These two individuals would be the soul and foundation of the beginning of a new Space marine chapter. Khoros would be rebuilt, repurposed and armed to fight back against the foes of Mankind.

The time for the sons of the Great Bear has just begun.

Black Templars 8th edition Collection, part 12

At long last the Crusader Squad is painted! It must have been about three or four years now since I first started this project…………

The only thing I haven’t done yet is the transfer decals for the squad, however, a few other models I’ve painted haven’t got the BT transfer yet. Because the transfer sheet is pretty old now, the transfer symbols disintegrate by the smallest of movement. So either I’ll be careful with my limited transfers I have left or I’ll wait for GW to release a BT upgrade pack with transfers.

what’s next for my Black Templars project? Well………..

That’s a difficult question as currently the BT are gone from the main army book and not included in the Imperial Fists supplement. I want to know If the BT will be fully Primarised in the future or mixed with old marines. I know that’s a stupid line of thinking for me to say, but I’m not wasting money buying the old space marine line if their going to be taken off by lore and model production and be replaced by Primaris Marines. I’m hoping an answer will come soon from GW.

In the meantime I’m just happy I’ve finally got everything for this project painted after so many years of slow progress. My dad played the BT against my Nurgle Iron Warrior army in a game of 40k a couple of weeks ago, I lost sadly, but it was fun to play a game again.

until next time,


The Astral Bears 4th demi Company Collection

This year was set to be my final year of army building after years of investing into projects, some taking years to complete. I thought I had been satisfied with my work after painting my last Imperial army, the Crimson Fists. But, things have changed after the release of the new Space marine Codex and new supplements.

Does this make me a hypocrite for changing my goal of not building anymore armies? Yes and no. Because I’m reusing painted Primaris models to build this project. But on the other hand, yes I broke my own rules because something shiny caught my eye.

I probably shouldn’t be saying things like ‘final army projects’ when it should be obvious that GW knows how to make people like me get stuff. I wanted to move on from army projects and focus on smaller projects, trying to focus more on getting my neglected models painted and placed in existing projects.

This wasn’t a complete failure as I did for awhile focus on existing projects, adding units to various projects like the Iron Warriors project, AoS projects and Night Lords Legion project. I’ve saved a lot of money on being more creative with what I’ve got and getting neglected models painted.

This new project sort of follows on from using neglected models and using them in a new unified faction colour scheme. Using all of my Primaris models (not including the Crimson Fists) I’m making a budget project that is fully Primaris Marines.

As a White Scar fanboy, well the temptation to build a Successor chapter was too good not to miss out on. I’ve always had a keen interest in the V Legion ever since I’ve read their HH book, Scars by Chris Wright. One of the best books for Heresy era lore on the Legion, and what defines them from the rest of the Astarte legions.

Fun fact, my first Space marine project was my own Successor chapter called the Sons of Shiban, which I built a modest collection of fast bikes and aircraft support. You can still see that project in photo in one of my older posts, my first Black Templars post showed what I had collected before being reused for the BT project.

The White Scars supplement was a long and slightly late release since I’d abandoned my successor project years ago. But now I can at least build a new and better army project, reusing all of my Primaris models (not including my Crimson Fists).

After researching the Legion and it’s successor chapters I’ve decide to go with the Astral Bears chapter, a relatively unknown chapter with no official colour scheme or background apart from having won many battles already. This is the perfect chance to create something that’s canonical in the lore but a blank canvas to paint my version of that chapter.

A lot of thinking and testing went behind my initial tests on creating my version of the Astral Bears chapter, figuring out wether I should paint them brown or metallic red. Colours represent the mood or theme that a faction paint their armour in, and I wanted to evoke the pride and cultural connection to the White Scars.

My tests resulted in this outcome.

Using Metalic red enamel spray paint with washed down Contrast Black Templar, the colour scheme is a metalic crimson that shines but not too glossy. It represents the blood spilt by the sacrifices of those before the Primaris stock, the old veterans who protected the Imperium to their last breath. The bear is a ferocious creature who would cause bloodshed to its foes, but protect its kin till the end.

The thunderbolt represents the ‘Astral’ in the chapters name, a bolt of lightning that would strike whenever the Gobi bears of legend come out to hunt. Because there aren’t any bear transfers nor can I do freehand designs consistently, I opted to give them the thunderbolt transfer from the SE.

Lore for my collection is WIP at the moment as they’re an Ultima founding chapter, there’s a lot to think about on the Indomitus Crusade, where the chapter came from, who leads it (that one’s already sorted) and what is the chapters goals in the current timeline.

For now though I have a selection of models that I’ve built and painted that represent the chapters command group.

Chapter Master Chighin ‘Gobi’ Khan

1st Lieutenant Batua Kandakh and 2nd Lieutenant Osmogai Kandakh

Stormseer Kulghu Otorogh

Apothecary Ganzogh J’ungah

4th Company Ancient Ghansukh Ujumm

4th Company Kuglai Khan

Chaplin Khajog Head-taker

That’s all for today, I’ll be back with more updates on this project soon.

Until next time,


Lords of the Night

It’s taken me some time to work on this project after weeks of paint striping, glueing and painting my neglected Chaos Space marines. I have way more to work on which is taking more time than usual (Warptalons are a pain to brush off), but thankfully I was able to get a few units ready for painting.

The project was inspired by years of reading the Night Lords lore, which all started with my first audio drams CD, Throne of Lies by ADB. I was torn between painting the 8th Legion or the Word Bearers, both have been my all time favourite traitor legions (but Iron Warriors will be #1 in my biased opinion). But I finally went for the Night Lords after being inspired by reading Guy Haley’s Primarch novel, Konrad Curze: The Night Haunter.

My army project was blessed with a good variety of neglected miniatures, as most of them fit well into a Night Lords Legion warband. No heavies, no tanks and no Daemons.

After doing the most boring job of scrubbing off the old paint, I looked through some painting guides to see which one would fit well for the Night Lords Legion colour scheme. It just so happens that I found just what I was looking for in one of this years WD magazines, which had an article on painting HH Legions. I followed the Night Lords Legion colour scheme, albeit using a drybrushing method to create as less thick/ build up layers as possible.

My army already had a good candidate for being the leader of this warband, HH character series Sevatar, 1st captain of the Night Lords Legion. Obviously I won’t be playing this model as Sevatar as he’s very much dead in the 41st millennium. But the model looked so good that I wanted it to be a captain of my warband.

Captain Elskri, Master of the Serotine company.

I then expanded the HQ roster by including two Chaos lieutenants, substitutes of Chaos Lords as there aren’t any rules for lieutenants in this edition. Both demi company leaders will give me more creative ways of building my army lists, so even though my collection will only be a demi sized army, I can at least play it by playing one lieutenant or the other to represent two demi companies.

Lieutenant Harix of Demi Company Nocturnal Serotine.

Lieutenant Isanstradtsa “Father of Sorrow”, Demi Company Fate Serotine.

Every Night Lords Legion has a couple of units of CSM as the backbone of terror tactics, for Skirmish or full on slaughter house fest. When rebuilding this unit I stayed away from the spiked helmets and horns, instead I went for a mix of scavenged armour marks and less cartoony looking marines. I would have liked to add some bat wings to the helmets but I didn’t have any spare bitz to replicate that. But I think that’s more fitting for the elite units as they’re the veterans who have been fighting since the Horus Heresy.

Serotine Company 1st terror squad, Crows talons

Sometimes a Captain or a Chaos Lord May bestow a great warrior, butcher or close ally with the rank of a champion. Both as a mark of respect and internal order to keep the eager throne takers a close eye on. One day they can be persuaded to rally at your side when you need “favours”, better to use your enemies ego of his new rank in your favour.

A rank of champion is a burden not only by your lord and master but also to the Dark Gods who also must be appeased with.

Champion Learo Hazraa, Serotine Chosen champion

Whilst it’s rare to see both the Word Bearers and the Night Lords working together from their hatred of each other, some warbands May employ a Dark Apostle in their ranks for spiritual empowerment, focus of the mind and worship to the Dark Gods.

The Night Lords loath the Word Bearers who have embraced the Chaos Gods, seeing them as Slaves and weaklings who have been possessed by Daemons. However the Word Bearers despise the Night Lords for their shallow state of affairs, lurking in the shadows like cowards who do not embrace the Dark Gods gifts. Instead they use Chaos to their own ends without praise or acknowledgement.

How a Dark Apostle would join a Night Lords Legion warband is a mystery, either accepted for spiritual guidance, a pawn in a grander scheme or even a slave by the Legion. Word Bearer Kranlus Grul, Dark Apostle of the Serotine Company

The Night Lords use bike squads as effective units for counter attack, encircling the weak close to the prey, or strong and capable fast cavalry to capture and secure key objectives. Whilst the legions bikers are a pale comparison compared to the White Scars speed, the Legion nonetheless would prefer to cause fear and terror as they pick on easy prey at high speed.

Bike Squad Claw of Serotine

When Konrad was slain by his forseen killer in his visions, his remaining sons left to spread out into the galaxy. Even his elite warriors, the Atramentar, left their farther to his destined fate to die by the assassin.

In the current day of the 41st millennium, the Atramentar are but shadows of their former roles as they seek only to kill the weak and helpless. Honour, pride, selflessness, valour and sacrifice means nothing to the elite sons of Konrad Curze. Instead they serve their Captain and his warband by brotherhood of gene kin, not by love or bond but in shared desire to prey in the shadows for the kill.

Atramentar Serotine

Hellbrutes or Chaos Dreadnoughts to some are prisons for the damned who have either betrayed their masters (or were betrayed themselves as lords of a warband), or ancient warriors who were interred in their coffins and hooked into their Dreadnoughts during the Horus Heresy. Some have remained unchanged for many centuries by luck, favour of the Chaos Gods or properly maintained.

But most go insane and be possessed by Chaos.

Librarian Dreadnoughts are a rare sight to see for its rare for a Legion to inter their librarians into a Dreadnought. For Chaos, this would prove valuable to inter those tainted by the warp as conduits of the warp. To use psykic powers and be heavily armoured would make you near invincible. Or so many would think until you realise that madness and horror will consume you much faster due to your talents in warp craft.

Over time the librarians remains will bond with the machine as it wraps and shapes into an abomination. His powers grown more powerful and unstable as he changes and loses his remaining humanity to his insanity. It’s better to be slain than to be put into a dreadnought and forever be trapped and cold in an unfeeling casket of darkness.

Dreadnought Librarian Kalkarlan, Warp tainted


With that comes the end of this part of the Night Lords project. I’ve done quite a lot of painting over the past few weeks as well as scrubbing paint off neglected models. Having put the photos up on this post, and seeing my shelf filled with this collection has made me really pleased.

I think it was right for me to redo my entire Chaos Space marine collection + neglected models, those that couldn’t fit into my Iron Warriors project can now be used for this project. Comparing this to the Harbinger Legion further makes this project look like an improvement compared to the old simple and less interesting colour scheme.

I will be posting more units soon to the blog once I’ve got more scrubbed and ready to paint. This next lot will cover some interesting units like my kitbashed Helldrake, an altered Stormtalon with four engines and two big flamers!

Until next time,


Two successor chapters of Dorn, now the third and final chapter for the trinity collection

In the early days of the blog I started my Black Templars project as my main Space marine army for the Imperium faction, a chance to paint my favourite successor chapter of Dorn’s gene stock. A challenging project that took time, patience and effort to paint a decent sized force.

Then earlier this year, I started my Primaris Crimson Fists project, another famous successor chapter of the son’s of Dorn. A small but thematic army that was inspired by Mike Lee’s Crimson Fist novel, Legacy of Dorn. This project is nearly done, with only just a few more units to add to finish off this project.

Today, I’ve decided that I wanted to combine my past two projects into one large army collection, because by chance they are the gene sons of Dorn who can be combined as one big army. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, as it’s like one big Space marine collection that’s very much linked by their gene farther.

Although they can be played separately as their respective chapter, there can be an option for creating one big gathering of space marines who’d join forces to fight against a common enemy (my Iron Warrior Death Guard project for example, which is by far larger than both successor chapter collections).

But I think there’s room for one more chapter to be include in this massive gathering (Apocalypse sized force maybe?), a chapter that is by lore a dead chapter.

But who’s to say they can’t be brought back as a Primaris Space marine chapter in the 42nd millennium.

It’s time to bring in the Soul Drinkers. Primaris Phobos Captain

Today I present my first miniature for the Soul Drinkers project, a Primaris Phobos Captain that I’ve kitbashed using a Reiver and other bitz to create my own Captain. I wanted to take advantage of my spare Reivers and save money on making my own HQ models.

I didn’t like the official Phobos Captain as it looked too clean and crammed with too many parts. My version takes elements from the official model and scales it back to make its function as a stealth marine. No capes, wearing a helmet, has small gothic style parts and of course, the servo skull.

On the base is a Necron Overlord, a resin model I’ve hated and regretted buying during the days of Finecast. It was very easy to break and sanding down to fit onto the base, which looks better than when it was a neglected model.

Of course the Necron is a reference to one of the books, which I haven’t read that one yet as I’m still reading the first Omnibus, but I think people who have read the Soul Drinkers series will get the reference.

Because I’m nearly done with the Iron Warriors DG project very soon, I’m just starting this project and another project (all will be revealed soon) that will be my primary focus.

For the narrative on why the Soul Drinkers are back is as of yet being worked on, I need some time to read the Soul Drinkers series to get a full grasp on the chapters philosophy and combat preference. I know the bear basics on the chapters fall and ending from watching some lore videos, but I hardly know the journey nor events that took place in the six part series. Years ago I did read the first book in the first Omnibus, but I got so sidetracked by Rl stuff and that I lost track of the story and characters.

Hopefully now I can get back into the book and really take in the story and lore of the Soul Drinkers. So far I find the first book to be a bit silly, however, it’s an interesting theme on the Imperium and it’s faults from its many organisations. I’m so looking forward to the Crimson Fists story!

I’ll be returning to this project later on when I’ve got my plans in order on what I want to add to the project.

Until next time,