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

Where’s my chapter decal sheet?

Where’s my chapter decal sheet?

[Just to warn you guys on this post, the post is a rant/ criticism on the decal sheets for the Space marine range].

To those who don’t know what decal sheet (or transfer sheet) is, the title might probably make some of you scratch your head question ‘what missing chapter decal sheet?’. Well I’ll be explaining what a decal sheet is first (for those of you who already know what a decal sheet is, skip to the the first subtitle).

When you buy a model set, you would usually have a decal sheet included in the set (though some kits won’t include them), which you can use to decorate your models after painting them. The decals can be applied to create extra touches to your models that look professional and less hassle to paint free handed.

Ultramarines taking over the decal sheets!

So why am I asking about my chapter decal sheets for? Well, with some of the Space marine kits being reboxed for the new base sizes a couple of years ago having new decals of Ultramarine only. As well as the new Primaris kits being released, I’ve found that the decal sheets also have Ultramarine decals only!

I’ll be honest, I dislike the 13th legion with a passion (I’m a Word Bearer fan, so that gives a clearer picture on my views on the Ultramarines), and this limitation of Space marine kits having only this chapters iconography decal really irritates me.

Before the reboxing of the 32mm bases, the Space marine range had decal sheets of other chapters, including all Codex compliant first founding and Imperial Fist successor chapters. The great thing about this was that there was the option to use your favourite chapter decal without the need for free hand painting (I’m terrible at freehanded painting, especially when it’s for a whole unit of ten marines). However, now that the transfer sheets have changed to 13th legion only, I’m beginning to worry that I’ll run out of decals for my Black Templars collection. 

I know that Forge world have decal sheets for different factions, which is an alternative to getting chapter iconography, rather than eBay. However, I’m focusing  more on the mainstream GW stores, in the  prospective of a new or existing hobbyist that have different chapter armies.

I’m personally not happy with the way GW is pushing the notion in their products that the Ultramarines are more important than the other chapters. While yes it can be argued that now Robute Gulliman, Primarch of the 13th legion, has returned to lead his chapter and the Imperium against mankinds greatest foes. This giving the Ultramarines more attention for newer players to join the hobby.

But saying that, it’s annoying for others who aren’t an Ultramarine player to have to stay on the side lines like extras on a movie set. Just imagine how it must feel as a Salamander player to have no decal chapter icons for your collection? Would a new hobbyist want to paint freehanded icons throughout their collection, whilst somebody else has a quicker time with their Ultramarine decal sheet?

If your buying a product that shows different iconography decals that aren’t included into the set, then I personally feel that’s a rip off. If the new GW wants to make a difference, then at least release the option to have inclusive chapter transfer sheets.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, views/opinions on the subject, constructive criticism or discussion on this subject, 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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I hope you’re all having a awesome day,

-Bjorndovah

My thoughts on the Primaris Space marines

Hi guys, it’s been a crazy week as usual for me, since I’ve done my course work I can enjoy the summer break without doing anymore paper work! (although there’s plenty of chores to do…). Also, my blog schedule will be returning to normal this weekend with two posts on Saturday and Sunday, however, the schedule for next week will change. I’ll elaborate on this further this Saturday.

Today I thought now was the time to share my opinions on the Primaris Space marines, as well as wether or not to include them in my Space marine force.

The positive aspects of the Primaris marines is the scale of the models, which I’ve honestly preferred compared to the tactical squad size. I like how the models are designed to look more engaged in combat rather than squatting pose, which makes the tactical squad look very odd compared to the Primaris. My final positive point would be how the Primaris could have some interesting narrative role for future story’s for 40k, including their role with different chapters, relations to that chapter and ultimately wether or not their advanced superiority could threaten the Adeptus Astartes that we all know and love (The Adeptus Astartes civil war perhaps?)

Looking at some collections that include the Primaris marines, I’m really liking how hobbyists have made their marines with awesome painting schemes and badass kit bashings (If anyone’s interested in seeing some inspiring Primaris marine models, ask me at the comment section and I’ll post a link to the sites). I can’t remember which blogger I follow did the head swaps for his/her Primaris marines, but I was really inspired by the MkIII helm Swap. I personally like the MkIII marines, so seeing not only a true scale marine and an MkIII marine from kit bash was a joy to look at.

My final point for my positive outlook on the new marines would be the new lore on these marines being implemented to chapters that have suffered major losses. Take for example the Scythes of the Emperor, a chapter that had been nearly decimated by Hive fleet Kraken. If this chapter is still alive during the current event of 40k (during or after the Indomitus Crusade) than we could see some interesting narrative continuation for this chapter. Possibly the chapter could take their revenge on the xenos filth of the Tyranids, or help other chapters against this deadly threat with the knowledge and skill to effectively destroy the hive minds? Anything can be possible now that the lore of 40k is moving on towards an uncertain future.

Now onto my critical disagreements for the Primaris marines. My view on the prices for both Captain and Librarian is that I completely disagree with the cost, at £22.50 for each model is way too high! For that price I could have brought a (power armour) Librarian and a pot of paint, I just don’t see the point in buying something at that price when I can buy a cheaper model at a lower price (whilst maybe inferior to the new Librarian, I haven’t read the new rules yet for the new Librarian). 

I’m also concerned about the prices for other kits for future releases, especially if newer players are starting the hobby and wanting to build their collections. For example, for those of who are collecting  Stormcast Eternals from their first release will know that the original 5x Liberators kit costed around £30 (back then I thought the price was a joke), however, this year the kit was repackaged to be a 10x Liberators kit for £37.50. Now I can understand that the unit would last longer as a 10x unit, but the price change must have insulted a lot of players who had to buy the original 5x unit for £60. The point I’m trying to say is that I don’t want this kind of situation where GW will release a kit like the Liberators at a high price, then re-release at a slight cost increase and shrug back at angry consumers who had to pay double the price before this repackaging. I’m hoping this won’t happen, hopefully GW have learnt their lesson on this error and won’t repeat it again.

My next point is how the Primaris would affect the chapter structure and recruitment in the future (as well as the future of the smaller Space marine kits). Whilst this is a hypocritical point as I mentioned this as a positive point earlier, however, I’m concerned as to what will happen when the Primaris sell more profitabley than the older Astarte models. Whilst I’m not an expert on retail and marketing, I can however understand that if one product sells better than the other, than that could mean the older product could be discontinued from future sales. As for lore implications, how will they fit into existing chapter for structure, especially complex structures like theBlack  Templars, who don’t follow the Codex Astartes? Does a Neyophite earn a rank as an initiate and then a Primaris/ or Sword Brethren? I’m hoping this will be looked at and explored in the new Space marine codex, which might hopefully answer this problem. 

(Warning: ranting like a crazy Elccisiarchy priest ahead) However, if it’s a half arsed single page saying “Black Templars are not Codex compliant so we can’t be bothered to demonstrate a typical force organisation for you to build on” would be a poor example. Heck, I hope it isn’t like 6th edition for Black Templars, because I had no idea on how to structure my force from that editions lack of examples. 

I personally think that including the old White Dwarf article on Codex Astarte approved pages (like the Salamander chapter for example, which I found more interesting to read than 6th edition content on them) would actually give a comprehensive guid to the chapters history, structure and traits that can help new players start their collections. Getting rid of the usual two or three page spread of the chapter with condensed information, instead present something that can really inspire new players to have everything they need for context on the chapter. 

But I digress from the posts subject, I think overal the Primaris marines are a great looking kit that can open a lot of conversion opportunities and gaming challenges. As well as being vastly better in design and scale compared to the tactical marines. However, it’s no secret that there are lore implications on their introduction to the lore, as well as how the pricing structure will affect the models future interest by both old and new players.

Would I buy any Primaris marines? Well, I think I could if I really wanted to, but I’m not so keen on a full fledge faction of these marines. Instead I’d rather mix the old and new marines into a force that can present interesting narrative story, as well as playing this mixed force for games. Since I’m not going to build a massive army for my 40k army, I want to condense my options to just two or three units of Primaris marines to fill in the gaps in my chosen detachment list.

I hope you’ve found this topic to be interesting to read. If you have any comments on anything I’ve mentioned here, or your views on the Primaris marines, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

I’ll be back on Saturday to show my current progress on my Black Templars collection. I hope you are all having a fantastic day today! 

-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

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 4

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 4

Hello, and welcome back to part 4 of my 8th edition collection blog post series. Today, there’s not one, but two new additions to the collection that I’ve added to my Black Templars collection. The first being the 1st Crusader squad, led by Sword Brethren sergeant Salvador and the second addition is a surprising one (I’ll mention later on), a Stormhawk Interceptor.

Darkstar crusade company 1st Crusader squad1st company Crusader squad of the Darkstar crusade company.It ain’t a Black Templars army without some good o’l fashion Bolt pistol and chainsaw. The other half of the squad are equipped with Bolters, a flamer, a Grav gun and plasma pistol/ power fist (sergeant).

Now for the interesting centrepiece for this post, a Stormhawk Interceptor was something I wasn’t originally going to add into my collection, but after seeing its reduced price tag to £20, I had to buy it. For that price alone I was really satisfied and thankful, the Interceptor looks way better than the Stormtalon counterpart in my personal opinion. (which reminds me, I seriously need to paintstrip my Stormtalon at some point).

Now that those two additions have been glued and based, I’ll start spray painting them in Black primer and paint them for this week. I’ll be posting an update on these two for either this Saturday or Sunday.
But before I finish this post, I have more hombrew lore on the Darkstar crusades journey towards the current events of Warhammer 40k. I hope you enjoy the story, and I’ll see you guys next time for part 5. ✌️

Captain Sorvan of the Black Templars Darkstar crusade, is currently onboard his ancient vessel ship of the Serapharc, heading for the Solar system (or Sol system in the tounges of his men’s language). After the current crusade he had taken command of was interrupted by the astronomican of holy Terra, he cast aside his agenda on his current crusade to return to Sol, the purest and divine of all systems in the galaxy.

The ship had suffered minor damage from warp travel as warp entity’s tried to breach into the vessel, but failed to achive any major damage due to the ships stable shield. The Serapharc finally returned to the material realm, arriving to the Sol system in just two weeks from warp travel. Thankfully, the ship was still intact thanks to the God Emperor’s divine power.

The designated destination was an Imperial Fists fortified world known as Antronim two, second moon orbiting around Antronim prime. Located on the the eastern edges of the system, this fortified stronghold was built to ensure that no xenos and renegade forces would take advantage of Antronim primes rich resources. 

Once Sorvan arrived on the moons docking port, he was requested to meet the Black Templars Exterminus crusade company Captian, Avermon in the command room. Arriving alongside his trusted comrades, 2nd Squad Sword Brethren marine, Sven ‘Old born’ and 2nd squad Sword Brethren Sergent, Dicalinar.

When they entered the command room, Avermon was standing beside an Ultramarine emissary. Clad in ancient Catapharactii armour, Avermon looked bitter and dismayed as Sorvan approached. The terminator captain greeted Sorvan with a warm gesture, but troubled expression. “Ah brother Sorvan, it’s been too long since we’ve last met. I’m glad that you have received the holy message from Terra to arrive here”.

Avermon turned to the emissary as his features turned bleak, the emissary was unfazed by the captains expression as he stepped forward to greet Sorvan with stoic pride in his posture. He wore Ultramarine blue robes, and bionic attachments to his arms and legs. He was too damaged and unstable to return to the Ultramarines for battle, leaving him as an emissary for the 13th legion. “Greetings captain Sorvan, my name is Icarsus, emissary of the Ultramarines legion. Lord commander Robute Gulliman has tasked me with the duty of informing all legionary of the Black Templars chapter of new reinforcements”. 

Sorvan laughed as he heard this blasphemy from the Ultramarine, why would the primarch offer reinforcements to the Black Templars? He’s not even their gene farther, let alone the master of mankind to offer such resources. The captain noticed Avermons disgust as he listened to Icarsus’s message, does his brother know something that he hasn’t ? Something was deeply disturbing about this meeting. Sorvan replied back with a raspy grate of metal through his rebreather “Is there something your hiding Icarsus, Avermon? Why would an Ultramarine be offereing us reinforcements?”

As stoic as ever, Icarsus Smiled at Sorvan with a prideful stature “No Sorvan, for I have news of great hope and prosperity, for our primarch has graced us with new reinforcements. These warriors are far more superior and adept than the mere Astartes that current operate for the Imperium. I present to you, the Primaris Space marines!”

The door behind Icarsus opens as five giant figures walk towards them. They were twice as bigger than the average Astarte height, as well as their armour looking newer with upgrade equipment. The primeris Space marines wore the same armour livery as the Black Templars of ebony black and polished white. In front of the new Astartes, the sergeant stopped and kneeled before Sorvan. He spoke through his distorted rebreather with a heavier tone than Sorvans “My lord, my name is Von Lancer, it is an honour to meet you at this time of prosperity and union. My brothers and I are at your command”. As he got up from kneeling he saw his new captains stone cold expression of disbelief.

Sorvans reply was uttered with a single yet cold response to Icarsus “This, Icarsus, is heresy!”.

To be continued.

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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. Thank you!

I hope you guys have an awesome day today,

-Bjorndovah

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 3

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 3

The Serapharc shuddered and screeched as it sailed through the warpstorms of the imaterium. Warp entity’s scratched and screamed against the ships Gilli field, clawing towards their prey like savage animals. Any attempts to claim fresh kill was useless, as the ships shield kept the entity’s at bay from it’s passengers. 

This ancient battle barge was the home of one of the many Black Templar crusade fleets, under the command of Marshal Sorvan of the Darkstar crusade. The crusade they had currently been tasked with was a disaster, half the crusade force had been wiped out by renegade forces of the Lords of the Harbinger, who serve the vile taints of the plague God.

The decision to abandon the crusade was a shameful choice on Sorvans part, for he wanted to purge these heretics to the last astartes in the name of the God Emperor of mankind. However, abandoning the crusade was a blessing from the Emperor himself, for the fleet was interrupted during the crusade by a message from holy Terra, they were to meet the nearest planet in the Sol system for an important briefing  and reinforcements.

Right now, the Marshal can only pray that his ship might survive this hellish realm, and live to fight back the heretics that dare mock him. 

Welcome back to part three of my continuing series on my 8th edition collection. This time I have completed a whole unit of Sword brethren (2nd veteran company). 

Yes, I know the “2” numeral on the sergeants pole is slightly off, couldn’t move it due to the transfer being stuck in place. But it looks alright overal.

Asterlore, 2nd Sword Brethren squad.

Sven ‘old born’, 2nd Sword Brethren squad.

Dicalinar, 2nd Sword Brethren squad sergeant.

Sinderval, 2nd Sword Brethren squad.

Halvax, 2nd Sword Brethren squad.

I’ve enjoyed painting this unit, even though it took me longer than planned to get completed painting. It’s a good break from painting AoS models, since as of late I’ve been trying to get a fully painted Khone alliance army. 

My only criticism for this unit is the eye lenses being a difficult task to paint right, and the colour scheme being too similar to the Ravern Guard tactical marines (I couldn’t find any white icons of Black Templars chapter symbol transfer). But apart from these set backs, I’m pleased with the overal presentation for this unit.

Next time, I’ll be painting my first tactical squad for the force, as well as revealing what Sorvan will find out once his fleet reaches the Sol system. I hope to see you guys again soon for part 4! 🙂

The Black Templars of the Darkstar crusade prepare themselves for the dark path that is set before them, when they find out what Gulliman has install for them……
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Pray to the Emperor, and have a fantastic day (apart from heretics, it’s exterminartus day for you 😉 ),

-Bjorndovah