The Harbingers Legion, part 1

The Harbingers Legion, part 1

Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the irradiated skies and plague decaying world known as Corrisvor. A death world of eternal nuclear storms of green polluted skies, that crackle and flashes shadows of the fallen hive citys below. The world itself is a gigantic garden dedicated to Nurgle as an offering for his gifts and mutations.

Here, a once proud world of imperial decree and discipline was erased by multiple atomic detonation, killing everyone on the planet. The cause for this atrocity is unknown, all that is certain is that it could be related to the Harbinger Legions arrival. 

What followed was the birth of monsters and madness, as the Harbinger Legion settled on this world with insidious intent. Leading the fallen chapter, a bloated, mutated, giant power armoured Daemon prince of Nurgle known as Lorkton the maggot butcher. Having served his legion, the Death Guard since the days of the Horus Heresy, he resides on this world as the ruler of his small but growing army. 

He seeks to destroy the one who ripped out his right eye during the Hollow wars of M40. His target is one of the Black Templars crusade company’s, led by his arch nemesis, Marshal Sorvan. 


The starting point
I’ve decided to start this collection by following the start collecting army box set, although I’ve already got the models to create my starting point. The force itself includes one Helbrute, ten Chaos Space marines and a Chaos Lord in Terminator armour* (*however, this model will be a kit bashed Lord of Contagion for my Death Guard detachment). 

My plan is to create three detachments representing the legions hierarchy structure for its military roles.

Following from the start collecting Chaos Space marines, I’ve made this force to have the essential units to start my collection.

The main bulk of the force will be under the ‘Harbinger Legion Renegades‘ which will consist of the renegade astartes that have joined the Legion. This will be using the ‘Battalion detachment’, as I have a lot of Troop infantry to cover.

The second section of the Harbinger Legion will be using the Death Guard army list (in index Chaos), using the ‘Patrol Detachment‘. This detachment will represent the legions old blood of Death Guard Space marines, very much like first company of veterans.

Finally, the third detachment will be my ‘Supreme Command Detachment‘, led by Lorkton the Maggot butcher and his favoured followers.

So just to recap and simplify what my collection will form into below.

Force organisation

  • Patrol detachment– Harbinger Legion veterans of the long wars [using Death Guard army list in index Chaos]
  • Battalion detachment– Harbinger Legion renegades [using Chaos Space marines army list in index Chaos army]
  • Supreme Command Detachment– Lorkton and his favoured followers [using either Deathguard army list, or index Chaos army list]

Now that the I’ve explained the how I’ll be structuring my force, next I’ll be showing what I’ve done so far for my collection.

Harbinger Legion Renegades 


So far, I’ve been able to paint a full troop squad of Chaos Space marines, and my HQ choice for a Chaos Lord. I wanted to represent the marines as Renegades by using spare helmets from the tactical squad kit, which makes the squad look slightly corrupted, but not fully changed yet.

With the Chaos Lord, I wanted to give him the appearance of a pale hooded Warlord, so I’ve used a spare Woodelves head from my spare bitz box. I like this conversion, mostly because he looks like a renegade pirate fleet captain/ fallen Space marine captain.

My next phase of planning for the detachment will be to include a unit of Chosen, and two units of Cultists. This will fill the required slots for my troop choice, however, I’ll need a second HQ model in order to unlock the full battalion detachment.



Harbinger Legion Veterans of the long wars 

As mentioned before, I’ve made my own Lord of Contagion using the Chaos Lord in Terminator armour and some spare bitz (from Chaos warriors, Chaos Spawn and Maggoth kit). 

I wanted to create a secondary leader (under the Daemon prince in command) to lead his diseased soilders into battle. The model was posed to appear like a looming giant, a corrosive knight of Nurgle who’s iron skull grin strikes fear into the hearts of all who witness his Pestilential aura.

Next we have a WIP Plague marines unit, which I’m currently painting. My plan is to include more models to the unit as a 5x troop unit, filling the troop slot in order to unlock the patrol detachment.

Finally, we have the Helbrute filling the first Elite slot in the detachment. I thought it would be fitting to have the Helbrute in this detachment as a veteran, rather than being a regular in the renegade battalion detachment. 

Going forward with this detachment, I want to complete my Plague marines unit as a five man squad unit. I’m also looking into kit bashing my own Malignant Plaguecaster as my Psykic defence and offence caster.


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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!

-Bjorndovah


Important announcement!

Important announcement!

As the title will suggest, I have an important announcement relating to my blog site. So without further or do, I’ll reveal the announcement!

I want to improve my blog site so that you, the reader, might be interested and inspired by content that I post every weekend. Already, I’ve been blogging over a year now, and I’m slowly improving my skills at being a blogger (specifically table top wargaming and art related posts),

However, I want to improve my blog  posts even more for you to enjoy, so I’ve decided to announce that I’m going to make an open hobbyist week on the future of my blog site!

How will this work and what do I do?

The aim for this open week is to share your ideas on where I should to take this blog site on for future projects to schedule. With the help of your choice, constructive criticism and advice, I can create better content thanks to your input in the open week.

Do I have to be a follower to contribute my input as well as like the post. Also, do I have to be a experienced in the hobby to vote?

No, you don’t have to be a follower of my blog and press the ‘like’ option  in order to contribute, nor do you have to be an experienced hobbyist. I want to make this open to anyone who would like to share their ideas, or just to share some advice and constructive criticism. 

Are there any restrictions on contributions?

None, if it’s relatable to the subject, I’m fine with anything. However, If I see comments that are unrelated to the subject or are out of line, they’ll be blocked.

How do I contribute?

Simple, share your thoughts in the comment section, with your choice that starts with the subject in capital letters (for example: TERRAIN DESIGN:). 

When can I start my input?

You can share your advice right now, this open week will continue until Sunday the 6th of August.


How to share your advice, ideas and criticism

In order to share your advice, ideas and criticism, choose one of the following subject points below that your idea is related to, in capital letters.

  • Art
  • Warhammer 40k
  • Warhammer fantasy
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar
  • Terrain design
  • Blood Bowl
  • Painting tips
  • Lore and background
  • Digital art tips

Once you’ve chosen your subject with advice, ideas or criticism, send it and I’ll reply to your comment as soon as I can. If I have time, we could possibly have a discussion to share hobby ideas, tips and skills.

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Thank you for reading this post. I’m really looking forward to seeing your suggestions, your input will really help improve my blog. I’m grateful for the hobby community who blog amazing content every week, it’s thanks to you ladies and gentlemen, that I’m inspired to post my collections every weekend. For that I’m happy to support you guys for your hard work.

Have a fantastic week, and I’ll hopefully be back with more hobby content this weekend,

-Bjorndovah

Harbinger Legion (coming soon)

After much success with my 8th edition Black Templars collection, I’ve decided to make a new series for 8th edition, this time on the heretical side. 

Now just before I continue, I’m not abandoning the Black Templar series. I’m still planning on continuing that series as my main priority for this blog (I mean, heck, part 1 one was the highest viewed post on my blog site), so no worries.

Back to the subject, I’ve chosen to dedicate my heretical Astartes to the great unclean one himself, uncle Nurgle! This series (titled the same as this posts title), will be a dual collection of both Deathguard and renegade Chaos faction/ with some Daemons of Nurgle as a summoning reserves. This gives me the opportunity to choose either Chaos Space marine army list and Deathguard list to create some interesting combos.

Just to tease what’s to come, I have a WIP Terminator lord that I’m currently painting. 

Unlike most Terminator Lords (excluding Lords of Contagion), this mighty Warlord wields a power scythe of Nurgle. Truly, he is blessed by the great unpleasant uncle Nurgle himself!

When will the Harbinger Legion series be posted? Well, I’m planning on starting this series either this time next Sunday or the weekend after. I’m trying to build more back log models painted so that I can have more time to post updates on the collection, rather than being pressed for time to paint models for deadlines. 

Anyways, I can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve got install for this project series, unlike my current 8th edition series, my dual Nurgle collection is already planned out with a start and an end goal! So there’s no excuses from me for errors on my deadlines now.

That’s all from me for now, The Harbinger Legion will (hopefully) be up by next Sunday, or the next one after. Oh and before I go, I’ve got an important announcement tomorrow that both readers and followers of my blogsits will want to see. I hope to see you guys again tomorrow. ✌️

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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 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