New Years resolutions- 2018

Like last year, I do my own New Years resolution for my hobby work, wether it’s getting an army done on a deadline, or focusing on being more involved with communication with the community.

Before I do my 2018 resolutions, lets take a look at last years list and see if I’ve completed any (or none at all!)

Resolutions from 2017

  1. Finishing off my Flesh-Eater Courts army, including more Crypt Ghouls (human/Duardin/elves/Skaven) Crypt Flayers, kit bashing Varghulf, more Ogres and Morghast Archai. (Not completed, still have a few units to paint as well as not having a playable force for Match play. However, since I’ve changed plans for this faction, it was now used for Skirmish games until further change are planned)
  2. Build my Grand Alliance of order, consisting of; Stormcast Eternals (using Hammer and Anvil battalion) and Fyreslayers (either Lords of the lodge or Subterranean Fyrestorm battalions). (Not completed, since the Fyreslayers were expensive, so the Faction was changed to be primarily a Stormcast Eternals. All units are painted apart from four more Hero models)
  3. Completing my Grand Alliance of Chaos, with my Nurgle force needing a few units of Blightkings, Chaos warriors and Daemons of Nurgle stater set. (Whilst I was able to get a unit of Blight Kings, I wasn’t enthusiastic to work on this project due to a lack of lore inspiration. However, Maggotkin of Nurgle will hopefully reignite my interests this project)
  4. Communicating with the hobby community more, by commenting other bloggers posts that I like, and joining in discussion groups to contribute to the hobby. (I’ve been commenting from time to time on posts or on mine on different subjects, I’ve learnt quite a lot from communicating with other bloggers (who are more wiser and knowledgeable). Contributing wise, I think I’ll need to work on that. I’ll see if I can join in on painting challenges or a group project for either AoS and 40k)
  5. Discovering new styles and mediums in art projects, developing new designs that’s not in my comfort zone. (Thankfully I’ve learnt something new and pushed myself to do weird and interesting stuff. My Lord Tennyson canvas painting was a step in the right direction for my artist journey, moving away from manga art as my Chosen art focus.
  6. Telling the rest of the path to glory campagin story of the battles between Clan Skelnix, and the Whitebark Clan. (Nah, not going to happen. The rest of the campaign was fun, but I lost the rest of the matches (although I’ll never forget the first mission where I’ve actually won my first AoS game and table top game for 8 years since I’ve started the hobby!!). Sadly my enthusiasm was low on writing the story, but I’ll try doing a different approach for doing story/ battle report blog posts this year!)
  7. If the dark elves have a new release, I’ll be rebasing and painting my entire collection if I find the new lore for the faction to be satisfying. (I’m still bloody waiting GW, where the Aleves? It’s been two years since AoS started! On the positive side, I’ve been rebasing my Druchii and mange to paint quite a few models. This was done as I got bored of waiting for the Druchii to get their faction released, so I’m using them instead for Warhammer Fantasy Battles using AoS rules)
  8. Painting Skaven model inbetween hobby projects. (My first year for not painting much Skaven models, but I did get to paint a unit of 20x Clanrats. Many more Clanrats are still yet to be painted….)

Now that my 2017 Resolutions have been updated, I can now finally move on to 2018 list. This year, I’ve decided to make a list that will push me a bit further than last year.

Resolutions for 2018

  1. At least build a Death Guard army towards 1,000pt using the Patrol Detachment.
  2. Complete my Harbinger Legions (Chaos Space Marine Faction) as a corrupted Demi-company army. Including a kit of Warp Talons and painting two units of Chaos Space marines.
  3. Paint more Skaven.
  4. Complete my Stormcast Eternals army by painting all four remains Hero models. Also, finish painting all remains Khorne Bloodbound models.
  5. Join community challenges (primarily painting challenges), as well as communicating with the community and bloggers.
  6. Finish secret project [classified].
  7. Focus on painting more backlog models to paint for more storage space.
  8. Incorporate more hobby discussion posts on AoS and 40k.

With that, I would like to end this post by saying thank you for reading, commenting and liking my blog posts in 2017.

With luck, I may do better this year for fulfilling my resolutions. 😅

-Bjorn

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12 days of winter [day 11]: Dark Millennium Faction Collection special: The Iron Scarabs- Ultima Founding

12 days of winter [day 11]: Dark Millennium Faction Collection special: The Iron Scarabs- Ultima Founding

Today’s post is a in-depth focus on the Imperiums greatest warriors, the Space marines. With the amount of new information as well as new models of the Primaris Space marines released this year, I’ve decided to do a small patrol detachment entirely on the new generation of Space marines.

After many days of researching and choosing wether to creat an existing chapter or a new chapter, I’ve narrowed down what my chapter will be. So without further or do, I present my own Ultima founding chapter, the Iron Scarabs!

The Iron Scarabs

  • Chapter founding- Ultima founding, M42.
  • Primogenitor- Ferrus Manus
  • Successor to- Iron Hands
  • War cry- “strength of the soul, purge the weak”
  • Home world- Anubious

Origins:

The Iron Scarabs are a chapter that, like their ancestor legion, follow the discipline of logic and precision of the machine. Keeping some traditions of the Iron Hands, including heavy use augmentations and sacrificing the weak for strategic advantage by cold logic.

However, the Iron Scarab are a stark contrast from the Iron Hands in terms of chapter structure, traditions and even psychology. Some of which have caused distrust between the Iron Hands and the Iron Scarabs relations.

Raised on a world called Anubious, a name that relates back to the forgotten history of Terra of an ancient god called Anubis. A name fitting for a death world of nothing but fierce red sandstorms, and uninhabitable land of suffering by it’s inhabitants of Gigantic Fire Lizards and Gore-Serpents.

The chapter has its own fortress, The Numerical-front, built from the remains of an orbital drop crater of an ancient Space Hulk. Like Medusa, the people of Anubious are resilient and uncaring for the weak, leaving them to die or for sacrifices by the Ritualist’s.

Chapter command structure

Chapter Master and Council of the Scarab– Leading the Iron Scarabs chapter is their first Chapter Master, Khophilos. His title known to his battle brothers in their culture as Iron Pharo, a title and rank given to Khophilos after being voted by the council of the Scarab.

The council is made up of all company captains, Librarians, Chaplins and Techpriests, who decide on the best logical course for their chosen crusade, as well as electing new captains to lead a leaderless company. Like the Iron Council, the council of the scarab are not led by a single leaders command, but rather share a shared power who vote and decide on what course of action must be taken. The Chapter Master however, has a role as leader of the chapter to lead the chapter on crusades, but must adhere to the councils decisions.

Ritualist’s (Librarians)– The chapter is structured to employ Librarians called Ritualist’s, due to the chapters traditions of having Ritualist serve as guide to the Captain, sacrificing people in order to have visions from the afterlife of the battle to come.

They combine their psykic powers with augmented technology to enhance their powers. This can both be a useful asset, but also a major repercussion to the psykers allies if it backfires.

Priest Lords (Captains)– Captains are named as Priest Lords, who lead their respective company’s to war. They bear the weight of responsibility not only for the company’s success for war, it’s survival to carry on to reclaim worlds in the name of the Omnissiah, but as well as keeping order from the chapters ‘flaws’.

Priests (Lieutenants)– Lieutenants are similarly named as Priests, befitting both sub leaders who will command a shared amount of battle brother to war. The priests are also vital to keep the Priest Lord on a straight path of logic and efficiency, or else succumb to failure which will not be tolerated.

Watchers (Chaplains)– The Chaplains of the company are ominously named as the Watchers, wardens of the chapter who make sure not a single sign of Heresy nor doubt cloud the minds of his battle brothers. For Primaris, they have been proven to be untouched by Chaos and failure in mind. But such ignorance will not stop the Watchers from ensuring that their chapter never falls from the grace of the Emperor.

Scarab priests (Techmarines)– The Techmarines are gifted with the title of Iron Lords, a title that is given to these marines due to their cultural heritage linage. For they were skilled blacksmiths when they were once mortals on the red sands of Anubious. Like Librarians, the Iron Lords are more common in a each company, as little as three Techmarines in each company.

Traditions

The Chapter heraldry represents the Iron Scarab, which has ties to the chapters cultural belief in strength and wisdom.

Many marines will engrave marking of scriptures on their armour in their native language. Most commonly, some engravings translate to ‘ Soul of Iron’.

Most of the Iron Scarabs traditions link back to the roots of the Iron Hands, with heavy augmentations to the body to become more machine than man. They also use the great warrior names of Medusa legend for each company, although these are represented on company banners by ancients, rather than company titles.

Hailing from the world of Anubis, the Iron Scarabs believe in the foresight and signs of the afterlife, guided by their ancestors. This is a contradiction to the chapter, for logic dictates that the afterlife doesn’t exist, and such voices are the stuff of the warp.

However, it can’t be denied that the voices don’t lie……..

Psychology

having followed a more logical and efficient mind set rather than following ‘morality’ and ‘heart’. However, the chapter has a tendency to sometimes let their emotions boil to aggression, very similar to the faults of Clan Raukaan. This has caused some strains between both chapters, as the Iron Hands believe that their predecessor chapter will succumb to the same fate as their late Primarch, Ferrus Manus.

The Iron Scarabs argue that Ferrus was a fool, as unlike them, he couldn’t fully temper and train his aggression which led to his demise. As clearly shown, the Iron Scarabs have insulted the Iron Hands, which has torn relations to a distrustful state. Only Clan Raukaan has made some connections of truce with the Ultima founding chapter, for both have a similar stance on aggression.

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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!

Merry Christmas!

-Bjorn

12 days of winter [day 1]: For Sotha!

12 days of winter [day 1]: For Sotha!

Starting off my Calendar count down is a short but interesting look at a Black Library publication that I’ve been reading, Space Marine Battles: Scythes of the Emperor by L J Goulding. As part of the collection of short stories (including a novella) I’ll be sharing my thoughts on a short story called The Aegidan Oath.

Just to be clear, I won’t be spoiling the short story, as I think you’ll find it more interesting and absorbing if you read it yourself. However, there might be a small spoiler relating to Pharos and the 13th Legion after HH.

My thoughts on The Aegidan Oath

This short story is surprisingly filled with some interesting information and opinions on the Ultramarines, and how Robute Guilliman is described by both his greatest achievement, and his greatest failure. For those of you who know about the Imperium Secondus will know that it is in fact one of the Primarchs greatest failure, which his legion have tried to cover up post Heresy. This revelation was surprising to me, as I didn’t know much about the Ultramarines chapter apart from some basic information.

This story offers an insight into the Ultramarines and how they aren’t as perfect as current events would show them to be. The Imperium Secundus and the secret phantom 11th company, which, if found out by the High Lords of Terra, could not only Jeopardise the Legion branded as heretics , but also the Codex Astartes itself! I like how L J Goulding has fleshed out Guilliman for both his glory and faults, which makes him more relatable and more compelling as a character.

How is this story tied to the Scythes of the Emperor? Well first off, the story is set on Pharos, on the world of Sotha, which is very much part of the 3rd Successor chapters culture. This story takes place many centuries after the Horus Heresy, as well as the death of Guilliman (well, in stasis to be exact). It tells a tale about two Ultramarines who have come to deliver news to a certain “legend” on Pharos, news of which will lead to two major choices.

The story, whilst leaves many questions than answers, at least it gives you some prospective on events of then, and how the Scythes of the Emperor were established.

My overall thoughts on the short story

The story overall is a fantastic read for a short story, it shows you a historical event on how the Scythes were established, as well as adding more mythos to the cannon. Whilst I lacked much knowledge on Pharos during HH, I did however, enjoy the story which thankfully had some context on post HH on Pharos.

I’d recommend this as a good short read for traveling, or if you want to know more about the origins of the Scythes of the Emperor.

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Thank you for reading this post. This was my first attempt at typing my thoughts down on reading a short story, so I might be a little bit amateur on description and format of the post. However, it was difficult not to spoil the story.

If you have any questions or anything about this post that you want to ask me (no spoilers), post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

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

I hope you’re all having a awesome day,

-Bjorndovah

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