The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series: Devoted of Malus (Order Serpentis)

The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series: Devoted of Malus (Order Serpentis)

After some time working on the new series banner and concept story lines, I’ve finally been able to get back into releasing new homebrew lore for Warhammer AoS. Today, I’ll be introducing the first of four Exile Aelves faction backstorys, starting off with the Devoted of Malus (Order Serpentis). I hope you’ll enjoy the post!

The fall of the Nippon warriors of Yanljia

Far into the mountains of the west side of Silver Throne, a small but growing army of Exile Aelves are gathering together for war. Having spent centuries living on the mountain sides as survivors of the fall of the Grey-mane dynasty. The Exiles have rebuilt themselves from the ash and dirt of the lands called Black shards, where they’ve built sky piercing towers of black monoliths, built by blood, dirt and slavery.

It is here that they’ve found a new purpose to live and grow as fractured misfits of Aelves, having built a work force of slaves captured from nearby villages. The Aelves were once proud and disciplined warriors of the shadows, now torn apart during the Age of Chaos. 

It is said that they were once mighty Nippon warriors of the ruthless assassin, Yanlija, the Grey-mane of Shadows. After her execution at the hands of the bloodthirsty Malthran, her remaining warriors fled to the far west to survive. Many were killed by hordes of Daemons, eaten and diseased by possessed civilians of the plague god and butchered by Malthrans newly anointed Blood Warriors.

The few that have survived lived a harsh life on the cold winds of the mountain sides, many had died trying to defend themselves from barbarian raiders and ferocious predators. Over time, the Aelves became selfish and cold hearted as they fought to survive by any means, even so far as backstabbing each other.

From this point onwards, the Aelves would be divided into different factions, from Darkling Coverns, Daughters of Khaine, Order Serpentis and Scourge Privateers. 

Origins of the Devoted of Malus 

One day, unrecorded of who or what started the root of origin, a cult following of a long forgotten legend was spreading around the Order Serpentis of Garneth-Tar. This mythical legend of the World-that-was had been through many trials and treachery in his life, having even earned himself a place as champion of the Witch King himself. A legend that was none other than the cold blooded Warrior known as Malus Darkblade.

Legends of Malus are passed down from generation to generation, his tale of his rise and fall is truly the path that all Drakespawn Knights would aspire to. His tale was so awe inspiring, that many who hear it become devoted to worship him as a god. Soon, all Aelves became fixated on this cult, which overtook the old ways of the Nippon code. Then, the Aelves finally declared their new military faction name as the Devoted of Malus, consisting of only the finest Drakespawn Knights and Beastmasters.

The Grand Marshal and the Avatar of Malus Darkblade

Leading them to war is the Grand Marshal (Dreadlord) by the name of Lorstoir the Bloody lancer, having earned that name for obvious reasons as the name suggests. He leads the Order with a sick twisted mind that only the most devious and paranoid Aelve would appreciate. The Grand Marshal is the highest rank of the army, having proved to the previous occupant his mastery of war by backstabbing him to earn the title.

However, a Grand Marshal is nothing compared to the avatar of Malus Darkblade, a role granted to rare Drakespawn individuals who are worthy enough to be reborn as a spitting image of the legendary Dreadlord himself. Although they are significantly weaker than what Malus had gained in his possesion, nevertheless, these avatars are still a force that can smite the enemy with devastating effect.

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

-Bjorn

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AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Prosecutors 

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Prosecutors 

As the war for the Grey-name dynasty continues, Joining the Lords of the Pisces are the angelic hammers of Sigmars wrath, the Prosecutors. These flight gifted warriors are seen as a sacred role in the stormhost, having ascended from the sea of eternal cycle to become the predators of the sky. 

Prosecutor prime, Tikor, leads his men to scout the outer bastions of the land, seeking to find any enemy territory and finding any weaknesses for the ground troops to target.

One of my favourite sculpts from the Stormcast Eternals range, it’s hard to believe that eight years from starting this hobby, would I see the major improvements of quality the sculptors have achieved. comparing this unit to the Dark Elves Manticore and Harpies is quite a big difference on how sculpting was done.


Painting this unit was pretty simple, since the colour scheme is the same as my previous entries for the army. The wings however was a new area for me, since its texture and form is meant to reflect on its sculpt as wings of pure light.

The colour scheme is very similar to the Dracoth, although the application of paint is done in drybrush sections of transitional blend. Whilst it’s not as simple as the quick methods many would use, I think the overall look of the wings are a fantastic contrast to the cold blue armour.

Next time, I’ll be showing not one, not two, but all of my Dark Aelves I’ve painted so far! I felt it was finally time to jump the schedule and show the current progress on the collection.
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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Lord Celestant Bjorn the Stormborn

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Lord Celestant Bjorn the Stormborn

Welcome back to AoS faction collection, a continuing series where I present models I’ve painted each week, based on the faction I’m currently collecting. Since I’m feeling under the weather from the cold flu, as well as an ever growing backlog of models completed, I’ve decided to post an extra AoS faction collection.

Today, I’ll be showing off my centrepiece for the army, a Lord Celestant by the name of Bjorn the Stormborn!

This model was surprisingly tedious to paint at first, it’s not as simple as your standard liberator or SC hero. There was a lot to consider when painting this model, from the colour scheme for textures, tones and techniques to apply for the Dracoth. As well as how to paint the model for both the rider and mount without too much complications of inconsistency to the painting.

I came to the conclusion that I’ll paint the dracoth first, as it’s the biggest part of the model to paint. I’ve used the black basecoat as a way of drybrushing over lighter paints for instant recess gaps. Once the Dracoth was done, I went on to paint the Lord Celestant without too much complication. 
Overal, painting the model in seperated parts helped me to overcome the task of painting this model. The colours chosen work well as contrast between the rider and beast, having a rich and mix tones of warmth (Dracoth skin) and coldness (Lord Celestant).

If your interested in recreating the Dracoth I’ve painted here, or want to use the colour scheme for other models, here’s my colour guide below.
Dracoth skin

  1. Basecoat the model in matt acrylic black
  2. Drybrush the model in Kabalite Green.
  3. Drybrush again in Sybarite Green.
  4. Mix 1/3 of Sybarite Greeb and acrylic model colour White and drybrush the neck and lower body.
  5. Use Druchii Violet shade on the lighter shade areas.
  6. Drybrush the shaded areas in acrylic model White.

Eyes 

    1. Basecoat the eyes in Evil Sunz Scarlet.
    2. Highlight the centre of the eyes in Ryza Rust.
    3. Carefully make a white dot at the corner of the eyes using acrylic model white.

    Teeth

    1. Basecoat the teeth in Yuriel Yellow.
    2. Shade the teeth in Reikland Fleshshade.
    3. Drybrush acrylic model white.


    Next time I’ll be covering my next Stormcast unit, the Prosecutors. These winged warriors are a sight to see, their design looks absolutely amazing for today’s wargaming plastics. Sadly, the wings can be fragile to break, as I’ll elaborate on this in my next post.

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

    -Bjorn

    AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Lord Relictor

    AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Lord Relictor

    Today I’m starting my reorganised Warhammer AoS based posts into a single new post series, AoS faction collection. To start this new continuing series, I’ll be introducing the Lord Relictor from the Stormcast Eternal stormhost, Lords of the Pisces. 

    It’s been months since I’ve last painted anything for this faction, being preoccupied with other projects that I’ve been working on. However, I was able to paint my Lord Relictor for the Stormhost, a cold stone warrior with little emotion or remorse on his emotionless skull helm.


    From what I’ve painted so far, I’m on a slow but steady pace towards my ultimate goal of painting a full 1,000pt list. For now though, the plan is to paint at least paint 700pt+ of models by the end of the year.

    Next up, I’ll be posting my first unit of allies from the Kharadron Overlords, serving the Lords of the Pisces. Both factions are united under the banner of the Grey-mane expedition, a combined force of order factions hailing from different realms.

    Descending from the skies of wealth and hard labour, the Arkanaut Company of Barak-Nar have offered their services to help their allies to retake the homeland of the Grey-name dynasty, for a price…

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    Thank you for reading this post. If you have any suggestions or thoughts on the new blog series, post below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

    -Bjorn

    AoS collection (progress so far)

    AoS collection (progress so far)

    After a few months of project work on my AoS collection since the last update post, I’ve had a few new additions to my Khorne alliance. The rest haven’t changed since last time, but that’ll change now that Skirmish is released.

    I’ve got my copy of AoS Skirmish, it’s a lot more focused on the narrative aspect for smaller games as a one off match or a campaign. From this I’m going to focus all of my effort to make a 50 renown point army for faction models that are keyed as [Skirmish]. At least I won’t have to invest much into these factions now that I can just use them for smaller games.

    The first faction to be on my Skirmish project will be my Liverbone Court army, which will be a 50 renown group led by Elder Hag Hexter. Since I’ve already given her a backstory, the campaign narrative will be easier for me to write a goal for Hexter and her Court minions. 

    For now though, here’s a list of factions that I’m currently working on for my AoS collection.

    Keys:
    ✔️= completed

    (*) = current progress

    [Skirmish] = for AoS Skirmish 

    The Grey-mane truce: Stormcast Eternals (Lords of the Pisces), and Kharadron Overlords (Admiral Blackstone’s privateers). 

    • Lord Celestant on Dracoth (currently being painted)
    • Lord Relictor (currently being painted)
    • Questor Knight ✔️ [Skirmish]
    • 5x Liberators (Basecoated)
    • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated) [Skirmish]
    • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated)
    • 4x Retributors (Not basecoated) [Skirmish]
    • 3x Prosecutors (Not basecoated) [Skirmish]
    • 5x Judicators ✔️ [Skirmish]
    • (Yet to be decided on the Skirmish Kharadron Overlords)

    Khorne Bloodbound, Axes of Skarbrand

    • Mighty lord of Khorne ✔️
    • Bloodsecrator ✔️
    • Bloodstoker (Currently being painted) 
    • Slaughterpriest (undecided for faction) ✔️
    • 10x Bloodletters ✔️
    • 10x Blood warriors (currently being painted)
    • Khorgorath ✔️
    • 25x Blood Reavers (Not basecoated) 
    • 5x Skullreapers (currently being painted)
    • Skull cannon ✔️
    • Flesh Hounds ✔️
    • Aspiring Deathbringer ✔️

    Combined Nurgle army, Stagrot Warband

    • Great Unclean One ✔️
    • Nurgle Sorcerer ✔️
    • Lord of Plagues ✔️
    • Harbinger of Decay ✔️
    • 2x Chaos Spawn ✔️
    • 10x Chaos Warriors ✔️
    • 2x Beasts of Nurgle ✔️
    • 10x Plague Bearers✔️
    • 3x Plague Ogres ✔️
    • Bray Shaman ✔️
    • Harbinger of Decay (Not basecoated)
    • Harbinger of Decay (Not Basecoated)
    • 5x Chaos Knights (re-based in progress)

    Flesh-Eaters Court, Liverbone Court

    • Abhorrent Ghoul king on Terrorgheist ✔️
    • Ghoul king ✔️
    • Ghoul king (Basecoated) [Skirmish]
    • 3x Crypt Horrors ✔️ [Skirmish]
    • 3x Crypt Horrors (Basecoated)
    • Crypt Haunter Coutier ✔️ [Skirmish]
    • Crypt Haunter Coutier (Basecoated)
    • Crypt Infernal Coutier (Not basecoated)
    • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️ [Skirmish]
    • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️
    • 10x Crypt Ghouls (Currently being painted) [Skirmish]
    • Varghulf Coutier (Kit bash process)

    Combined Skaven army, Clan Skelnix

    • Verminlord Corruptor ✔️
    • Screaming Bell ✔️
    • Warlord ✔️
    • Warlock Engineer ✔️
    • 6x Packmasters ✔️
    • 3x Rat Ogres ✔️
    • 3x Rat Ogres ✔️
    • 12X Giant Rats ✔️
    • Hellpit Abomination ✔️
    • Plague Priest ✔️
    • 20x Stormvermin (Currently being painted)
    • 40x Clan Rats (re-basing in progress)
    • Warlock Engineer (re-basing in progress)
    • Warlord (re-painting)
    • Doomwheel (re-painting)
    • 4x Weapon teams (re-basing)
    • Greyseer (re-painting)
    • Assassin (re-painting)

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    If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!
    Hope you all have a great day,

    -Bjorndovah

    AoS Project update [20/3/17]

    AoS Project update [20/3/17]

    Lately I’ve been put off painting my AoS collection and my Word Bearers warband, due to my motivation energy being focused on my course work. It’s been tiring trying to do both, as my course work is gradually taking a lot of my spare time and energy to get it all done for deadline.

    As of late, I’ve been trying to post more art based posts that are from my my course work, which has helped me post content on the blog without having major gaps in the month. Once the Easter holidays comes around I’ll be able to return to getting more projects done.

    The last time I’ve posted an update on my entire collection progress, I’ve had a lot on the go, alternating between each faction to gain motivation without the repetition of boredom. This time however, there’s been big changes in terms of planning each faction that I’m currently working on, as well as some being abandoned for lack of progression.

    Below are what I’m currently working on.

    Keys: 

    ✔️= completed

    (*) = current progress

    Stormcast Eternals and (?), Lords of the Pisces

    • Lord Celestant on Dracoth (currently being painted)
    • Lord Relictor (currently being painted)
    • Questor Knight ✔️
    • 5x Liberators (Basecoated)
    • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated)
    • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated)
    • 3x Retributors (Not basecoated)
    • 1x Retributor (Need two more models for minimum unit)
    • 3x Prosecutors (Not basecoated)
    • 5x Judicators ✔️ 
    • (?) to be decided 

    Khorne Bloodbound, Axes of Skarbrand

    • Mighty lord of Khorne (Currently being painted)
    • Bloodsecrator (Currently being painted)
    • Bloodstoker (Currently being painted) 
    • Slaughterpriest (undecided for faction) ✔️
    • 10x Bloodletters (Currently being painted)
    • 8x Blood warriors (Need two more models for a full unit)
    • Khorgorath ✔️
    • 25x Blood Reavers (Not basecoated) 

    Combined Nurgle army, Stagrot Warband

    • Great Unclean One ✔️
    • Nurgle Sorcerer ✔️
    • Lord of Plagues ✔️
    • Harbinger of Decay ✔️
    • 2x Chaos Spawn ✔️
    • 10x Chaos Warriors ✔️
    • 2x Beasts of Nurgle ✔️
    • 10x Plague Bearers✔️
    • 3x Plague Ogres ✔️
    • Bray Shaman ✔️
    • Harbinger of Decay (Not basecoated)
    • Harbinger of Decay (Not Basecoated)
    • 5x Chaos Knights (re-based in progress)

    Flesh-Eaters Court, Liverbone Court

    • Abhorrent Ghoul king on Terrorgheist ✔️
    • Ghoul king ✔️
    • Ghoul king (Basecoated)
    • 3x Crypt Horrors ✔️
    • 3x Crypt Horrors (Basecoated)
    • Crypt Haunter Coutier ✔️
    • Crypt Haunter Coutier (Basecoated)
    • Crypt Infernal Coutier (Not basecoated)
    • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️
    • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️
    • 10x Crypt Ghouls (Currently being painted)
    • Varghulf Coutier (Kit bash process)

    Combined Skaven army, Clan Skelnix

    • Verminlord Corruptor ✔️
    • Screaming Bell ✔️
    • Warlord ✔️
    • Warlock Engineer ✔️
    • 6x Packmasters ✔️
    • 3x Rat Ogres ✔️
    • 3x Rat Ogres ✔️
    • 12X Giant Rats ✔️
    • Hellpit Abomination ✔️
    • Plague Priest ✔️
    • 20x Stormvermin (Currently being painted)
    • 40x Clan Rats (re-basing in progress)
    • Warlock Engineer (re-basing in progress)
    • Warlord (re-painting)
    • Doomwheel (re-painting)
    • 4x Weapon teams (re-basing)
    • Greyseer (re-painting)
    • Assassin (re-painting)

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

    Hope you all have a great day,

    -Bjorndovah

    Lords of the Pisces

    Lords of the Pisces

    Today I was able to paint a full Judicator unit (apart from the arrow bags, they’ll be paint separately), with a good enough paint pallet that I was comfortable with. Since these guys were completed, I thought I might share some photos of the current progress on my Stormcast Eternals collection. 

    I don’t feel like adding much descriptions for the units, as I’m feeling pretty tired tonight. But anyways, Enjoy!

    Judicators


    Knight-Questor, Lancer Drakeoath

    Retributors #1

    Retributors #2

    Prosecutors

    Liberators #1

    Liberators #2

    Liberators #3

    Lord Relictor

    Lord Celestant on Dracoth

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

    Until next time,

    -Bjorndovah