Hobby projects 2020

This year it’s all about finishing remaining projects I’m still working on, as well as small projects that I’m building up over time. Last year was a big leap in terms of getting a lot of projects progressing towards the end goal, like my Black Templars project and Skaven project.

I’ve reached the point where I’m a decade over into the hobby and I’ve built and painted many factions over the years from WHFB to AoS. This year is the straight road towards the end, silly I know, but after a decade of a long, crazy, fun and creative journey, I want to take a break from the hobby.

A bit of a twist, but this has been a choice I wanted to make for over a year now. But I’ve been adamant on ensuring that I complete my projects. Who knows how long it’ll take me to get the remaining projects done?

I’ll be covering each project in its current progress and what o plan to do with it going forwards.

Warhammer 40k

Black Templars-

This project took some time to get get to the point where I’ve painted everything I current have, my Crusader Squad was going into the backlog for a long while due to the Primaris reveal years back. The Primaris had made my work on the Crusader Squad sluggish as I was unsure as to where the Firstborn future will be. Will it be Primaris only going into the future? Will my current BT collection be useless and consigned to Legends?

Despite my worries, I’d managed to finish my last five Crusader models as well as including a unit of five Intersessors (a painting experiment I wanted to try out for Primaris BT if I consider adding more). My project for the BT has reached its end once I’ve get some scouts to add into my CS.

I refused to purchase the Psychic Awakening book, Faith and Fury due to the fact that I’d be paying a Codex with only a few pages on the BT. The story I heard was bad too.

Crimson Fists-

A project I started last year that’s stopped expanding after a few months into 2019. I think it’s down to the reputation of the Crimson Fists always being few in number in the face of overwhelming odds. It feels right to keep this project small with only a few units to play.

I would like to expand more options for my army with more units and vehicles, but I just don’t feel like it would be the wrong thing to do. But I think it’s worth adding a Redemptor Dreadnought to finish off this project for good. A good send off in my opinion.

Night Lords-

Just paint removing old models and repainting them as Night Lords, not much to say so far but I do have a nice small army ready for gaming.

Exiled Iron Warriors-

Almost done, I just need a few character models to finish the project off.

Ork-

We’ll, the Greenskins are nearly done, there’s just the matter of painting a unit of kitbashed Flash Gitz and a spare Warboss. But will the Psychic Awakening provide anything to my Bad Moons?

Astral Bears Chapter-

By the latter half of 2019 was a change of direction after the new Codex Space Marines was released along with the White Scars supplement. Years ago I did a White Scars successor chapter project (way before I started blogging), which ended a few years later with badly painted models.

But in 2019 I mentioned that my Crimson Fists and Exiled Iron Warriors would be my last 40k army projects. However I had to be a hypocrite and start my Successor White Scars chapter, entirely on Primaris space marines.

After much research and planning I used a small reference in the supplement as my successor chapter, The Astral Bears. The goal was to build a Demi company sized army using the Primaris Marines.

The project gained a lot of traction with all of my command and specialist characters built and painted. Units in my army consist of a unit of Aggressors, a unit of Intersessors and a unit of Infiltrators.

Going forwards I have a Primaris Captain as 4th company Khan to replace my Khan on a bike, although the Khan on a bike will be used in some games but not as my official 4th company Captain. I’ve also got plans to build a unit of five Intersessor elites from 1st Company, who will act as my Khan’s elites.

I plan to end the project with the option of either getting the Know no Fear boxset, or individual units of my choosing. Hopefully I’ll have a Demi company sized force by the end of this year.

Warhammer AoS

Stormcast Eternals-

My Lords of the Pisces project was completed awhile ago now as I was able to build a Warrior chamber using 1/3 of warscroll battalions for my army. However I’m planning on rewriting the lore behind my Chamber as with the current progress with AoS, I thought it was time I needed to make a better backstory and give the Chamber a new name.

The Lords of the Pisces was a good name at the time, but doesn’t suit AoS considering the constellations are not like ours. So I’m going back to the retcon my factions lore and hopefully create something more appealing and fun to use in my project.

Anvils of the Heldenhammer-

In 2018 this project was based on the book, Soul Wars, by Josh Reynolds. Led by Lord Arcanum Belthas, the Anvils of the Heldenhammer were a major part in the story as they took on the Undead that ushered in the Soul Wars.

I took a break from this project for some time now, and I’ve been meaning to get a few things done before I finish it off. I’ve already kitbashed my Lord-Ordinator and Knight-Incantor ready for painting. On top of that I have two Sequitor models to add to my two units, which will make them a full minimal unit to play.

My only problem is my Evocators as I’ve only got two from the Tempest of Souls set. Technically I need five to be able to play this unit, so I’m playing an understrength unit. With the Mortal Realms collection out now, I’m hoping to collect some issue to cover my Evocator unit and boost my army with other units.

Ogors-

I’m pretty much nearly done with this project as I only need to get an Icebrow Hunter, and a scratch built mini pirate ship for my Gnoblars.

Nighthaunt-

For some time this collection has been gathering dust in a box after over a year since I last did anything. But with the weekly release of the Mortal Realms Collection, I’ve got some Chainrasp Horde to build up my battleline units. So far I have one unit of 20 Chainrasp Hordes and one painted unit of 10 models. I plan to add another ten models to the unit which will give me two solid units for gaming (they don’t last long, I lost my unit of ten ghosts pretty fast).

I’d expect many of my existing units and new units to be added over the coming weeks, now that I’m dedicated to only one Death faction.

Fyreslayers-

I had intended to add one more unit to the project to fulfil my two battling unit req, but I’ve not been enthusiastic about it. I think I’ll leave this project as an ally pool for my Stormcast Eternals. Maybe one day I might feel like adding more stuff to this project.

Mini projects

Rats from the Eastern war-

This project will be a very strange one to introduce, but I think it’ll be fun doing something small scaled and not constrained by faction and setting. Just imagine Apocalypse Now mixed with Skaven. In a matter of days I’ll be showing my first trooper, he likes his red lunch box.

Fan Fiction writing

After a few months of writing fan fiction stories based on the Fly on the Wall Podcast Post Apocalyptic Saga, I’ve decided to give it a break and focus on my hobby project work. I like writing the fan fiction work, but there’s a point where I feel like it’s taking over and trying to be my own thing rather than a fan fiction. I don’t hear much from readers about my fan fiction, so I can assume it’s just not worth putting much effort into.

But hey, at least I tried. I’m happy I was able to reference the late James Herbert into the story. I’ve had tons of fun doing this, it’s been my first engagement in an online community of sorts where I’ve contributed something. The Prologue story even got read by Waz on the podcast which was fantastic to listen too.

Warhammer Fantasy Battle

All army factions need rebasing and painted into a coherent army, Bretonnia project has additional units to be painted.

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So that’s what to expect on the blog coming soon. There may be some posts that cover off topics feature like my treasure hunting (looking for dusty old Warhammer items). I’ve also got my book reading challenge as well, which I’ve made a start on.

That’s all from me for today, until next time,

-Bjorn

Astral Bears project: Vanguard Marines

The warriors of Gobi Khan are known to be brash, arrogant and selflessly willing to go straight towards the enemy in fast past paced Skirmish counter attacks. They are the decedents of the White Scars who follow the chapters way of war in their own way.

But even the Astral Bears are known to lose many warriors for their reckless actions, and in these times of great uncertainty there needs to be a balance or else the chapter will lose it’s strength in numbers. The Vanguard Primaris Space marines are the answer to this balance.

I had some spare Reivers that were from a previous project, which I used paint remover to get a smooth clear plastic surface (not 100%). I then kitbashed the unit as an Infiltrator unit, using bitz that I could find that would look close to the official kit.

It’s saved me some money and I do like the end result of the unit, maybe it could be improved if I had the exact spray can I use for the project as I had to mix the metallic effect. Long story short, the spray can I got wasn’t available anywhere else and it was a small can. So I had to make my own for awhile.

Luckily I’ve got a new can of metallic red which I’m going to use over an under cost of red so I’m not using too much paint.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Astral Bears 4th Demi Company Collection: kitbashed Primaris Captain

I needed to include a Primaris Captain to my collection, so rather than buying the Primaris Captain kit, I’ve decided to kitbash my own using some spare bitz. Using a Sequitor model from the easy to build set, I’ve used parts from Primaris kits, Verminlord Deceiver head crest, Space wolf totem trinkets, Fyreslayer keys, an old space marine power sword and a Sister of Silence topknot.

My army had a Khan on a bike as a temporary leader of the demi Company, which at least linked my project to the White Scars (a Successor chapter without bikes is un-Chogorian). However, I wanted to make my project entirely Primaris based chapter, so I wanted a Primaris Captain even if he doesn’t have a bike option.

I’m half way through my demi Company project now, there’s just some units to include like a Fast attack unit and an elite unit. Maybe I might include some Rhinos to transport my squads (I dong care if it’s lore breaking, I’m not keen on paying transport Primaris vehicle that cost nearly as much as a Land Raider).

I’ve got a unit of Intercessors to paint as my third and final troop unit. Hopefully I’ll have them done very soon.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Book reading challenge 2020

My challenge has begun to read at least 20+ books until the end of this year, and the extra challenge of reading all of my Warhammer Army books.

This post will be updated when I’ve finished reading books, which I’ll add a small roundup on my thoughts on how it went.

Warhammer Army Books:

Warhammer Fantasy Army Book: Bretonnia (finished 6/1/20)

This was quite an enjoyable read for an army book that’s about twenty years and more old! Whilst it does use elements from existing fiction and tales, it does have a lot of interesting stories and structure for how Bretonnia is organised and function in the Warhammer world. If you put aside the glaringly obvious knightly tropes, the book actually has some interesting stuff like the False Grail, when Duke Maldred betrayed the Chivalry code and ended up being killed by the red pox.

There are pages in the book that explore the lore behind Mousillon as this once splendid and mighty land that was just as magnificently as the capital of Bretonnia. Comparing it to now as an abandoned place that’s overrun with undead and Skaven, a miserable ruin that is still rumoured to be haunted by the laughing ghosts of Maldred’s Court.

I’m not sure wether Mousillon is covered in the next ed of Bretonnia, but it would’ve made a great setting for a Warhammer Quest!

The short stories were enjoyable to read with some insights into the Bretonnia setting, where common men may need to arise to the challenge as a Knights Errant to slay an Ork Warboss, or to do a deed to earn his right as a Knight of the Realm. These aren’t silly stories that are just written up to fill in spaces, these stories really help the reader to understand the ideology of Bretonnia as a Chivalry coded society.

I like this book a lot, it’s got great imagery, lore and wealth of useful inspiration. Nigel Stillman, the writer of the book along with artists including Wayne England, John Blanche, David Gallagher, Des Hanley, Paul Smith, Mark Gibbons, Toby Hynes and John Wigley have done an amazing job at putting together this army book. I’d rate it on my top ten list of must have army books for any collector.

Astral Bears project: Sister of Battle

Today’s post isn’t a Space marine, but still kinda part of the project. I had a spare Sister of Battle model from the Imperium Triumvirate set, I thought I’d get it painted from the backlog. Since the SoB will be coming out in full this year, I wanted to test out a colour scheme that I had in my mind.

Whilst the red isn’t glossy in the photo, the model in hand has shiny red coat to fit in theme with my asian styled Space marine collection. I used enamel insignia red spray to coat over a silver metallic coat (although the silver isn’t required, it was going to be painted in a different way before I did red instead). Once dried it may look really terrible and thick, but applying a black shade will assure you that the enamel spray hasn’t blighted your work.

I’d like this to be a Canoness if I ever did a SoB detachment to my Astral Bears Collection, but only time will tell on the prices of the SoB release. I might go for a small group of flying Sisters for that hawkman vibe with Brown Blessed as a jump pack priest. He’d be shouting “S*, where’s Blackadder that blasted pest will get his due from my big battle axe!” Or “Guilliman’s alive!!!!!!” (don’t ask my why I think of these stupid idea, I listened to Pink Floyd’s ‘Bike’ and I’m just as confused as you are).

At least I’ve got a model plucked from the backlog and finished it. I like it despite how bad I am at painting feminine models.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Project Exiled Iron Warriors year 2: Daemons of Nurgle and the tech Wizard

My project, Death Guard Iron Warriors will now be named project Exiled Iron Warriors, for the sake of making the project titled simply and for thematic reasons. It’s been over a year since I’ve started my Iron Warriors project, so I’ve decided to make this a second series!

Today’s post will cover my new additions to the force via the warp, and my first steps on what will be coming into the project at some point in the future.

First up, rebased Daemons of Nurgle Plague Bearers!

Once, these were a part of my Maggotkin of Nurgle project before I scraped the project and made it into a Warriors of Chaos army for Warhammer Fantasy. Now my Plague Bearers will serve as a summonable unit for my Exiled Iron Warriors. Cast by a Nurgle sorcerer by the crackling backside of the warp, the Plague Bearers are literally pooped into real-space like they’ve been flushed down Nurgles rotting toilet.

If I have twenty Plague Bearers, just imagine the plumbing work Grandpa Nurgle would have to do……

up next, two Beasts of Nurgle.

Repurposed onto bigger bases using boarded card that I’ve made into two big circles bases, these lovely chaps will provide the hugs needed to my enemies with eye-popping results!

Also a summonable unit as reinforcements from the warp, my Beasts of Nurgle will be used as individual units or as a single unit depending on my task in a game of 40k.

Finally, the Dark Mechanicum has arrived to offer my Exiled Iron Warriors technical support.

I’m not sure what to class this model as yet as I don’t know the structure of the Dark Mechanicum hierarchy, but it’s definitely the big boss of tech wizards. This was once part of my Inquistion warband, Silence of the Shroud, but now its repurposed as a heretek.

That’ll be all for today.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Bretonnia

Treasure hunting is probably my greatest gift, and my greatest burden. Sometimes I find long lost books that are hard to track (well, not too hard if you look at places like eBay. For a steep price though). Other times I’m in the rain at a bargain sale with nothing to take back. But the hot dogs make up my day!

This year was a dry year with only a few findings, my usual carboot source hasn’t been at the sales for a long time now. Another stall I saw in the summer last year who had a wealth of old White Dwarfs and classic supplement books weren’t there this year. Only place I could find my classic Warhammer items were from a charity bookshop. So far it’s stocked a few of classic stuff like the original Rouge Trader book (I didn’t get that as it costed £40!!!), codex’s, novels and even some classic graphic novels.

The later half of this year had been more successful thanks to my regular visit to my local shop. I brought some really good stuff.

But nothing compared to what I found a week before Christmas.

Aye, the Bretonnia army book. This was my second encounter with this book face to face as I saw the same book way back when I got a copy of the Dwarf army book.

I’ve got a Bretonnia army built on historical miniatures that I’ve substituted for units within the army. This book will be very handy for playing my Bretonnia faction without relying on an online PDF, although there are a few units that I can’t have access to that are in the second Bretonnia army book. But if I’m lucky I might find a physical copy of that edition for Bretonnia.

Currently I’ve worked out a list that’s around 1,500pt, which is a fairly decent sized army to play with. It’s roughly consists of:

  • Bretonnia Lord on Warhorse
  • Hero
  • Hero
  • 20x Men at Arms
  • 20x Men at Arms
  • 9x Knights of the Realm
  • 10x Bowmen
  • 10x Bowmen
  • 1x Gryphon (substitute rules for Owlbear model)

It’s a small list, but it’s just enough for a good game of knightly fun. I’ve only got to paint two units of Bowmem for this project, and then that’s it for the project until I can find more historical miniatures that fit the scale of my army models.

I’m hoping to play some classic Warhammer next year with my dad using 1,000pt, this will be our first rank and file game (not my first, but my first in a long time). Dark Elves vs Bretonnia, I can almost see a knightly clash of Cold Ones against the steeds of Knightly deeds.

Oh and I found this too a few months ago…..

My Crimson Fists and Black Templars are deemed unworthy by this book supposedly. This books only worth keeping for historical purposes. At least the author did a better job for the Dark Elves 8th edition army book.

That’s it for 2019 treasure hunting! It’s been a good year despite the dry months of empty handed searches. I’m really looking forward to finding more stuff in 2020!

Until next time,

-Bjorn