Accept the truth and sacrifice your soul to the young god

Today I have a short post on what I’ve done with my small but reasonably fun side project, The Emperors Children warband. For the past few weeks I’ve had two Knight Armiger Helverin’s painted along with a few kitbashed models, one of which is a unit of proper sized Chaos space marines.

Like all squads of Chaos space marines there has to be a champion to lead his men into battle, out of self indulgent glory or wicked spite for attention. I wanted my Chaos Champion to physically look more dominating than his men, as well as kitbash more exquisite decorations from aristocracy.

The Emperors Children champion is equipped with a Plasma pistol, a power claw (a mutated one for sure) and a Siren upgrade in form of two bestial bronze hounds.

I’m more interested in kitbashing Primaris space marines now that my Emperors Children project has opened a lot of ideas for kitbashing. The scale works really well when compared to a guardsman, and Cultists too! Imagine kitbashing a unit of Reivers as skull horned Chosen marines, or if your creative, kitbash raptor jet packs onto the Reivers.

I’ve seen a lot of talented hobbyists make some impressive Chaos space marine kit bashes using Primaris marines. It’s a great way of having a ten man squad of C.S marines as an alternative to the current outdated C.S marines kit. However, if your a lore minded person, the MKX armour might be off putting as it’s far more sleeker than the bulky design of past Adeptus Astartes armour marks. But you can always use green stuff and spare bitz to make some lore accurate armour.

Today is mortal hunting, as the trumpets were raised to announce a knightly hunt for more ‘materials’ for tonight’s banquet.

Since the start of my summer of hobby painting, I’ve painted quite a few Slanneshi models (photo above is the latest showcase of what I’ve done so far). What started out as a crazy idea to build a small Knight House collection, turned into a disorganised lot of Slanneshi devotees.

I’ll be honest and say that if AoS 2.0 hadn’t been released this month, I would have stuck to my original plans of capping this collection off with a renegade knight. However, this turned out to be a positive change as I’ve actually gotten more black log work done.

I’m currently painting 19x Cultists with Autoguns to be added to the collection, since I want them to be finally painted and done with after so many years of neglect. Then another 19x cultist will be added as a second unit once the first is done, and finally any other unused models might be added. I might possibly add two more marines (kitbashed) to finish my Noise marine squad, as well as a HQ leader to represent the army.

Since this project is more of a side project, as well as just getting rid of neglected models, I’m not planning on continuing with this collection with new models or expanding it once my Summer holiday is over. I just don’t want to commit to another big project when I’ve got less time now that College is over. My goal is to try and get as much neglected models painted (with the Armiger knights being inspiration to get me started for the project), and achieve having no more neglected Chaos space marine models left).

However, it’s nice to do side projects once in a while as a break from bigger ones that take a lot of care and attention to complete. Speaking of which, I’ve just recently finished my final unit of Paladins (Decimators) for my Stormcast Eternal (1/3) Warrior Chamber. A post will be coming out soon to elaborate more on that as well as future plans for the collection soon.

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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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Black Templars 8th edition collection, part 11

Black Templars 8th edition collection, part 11

At long last I have more Black Templar models painted! I thought it was about time I got back to painting more my 40k collection, and finish off more Black Templars.

This time I’ve added more models to the collection including a Land Speeder, 3x Reivers, 5x Sisters of Silence and an Emperors champion, which were primed in black matt spray paint. There were others units added too including another 10x Crusader squad and 3x Bike Squad, however, I didn’t have enough spray paint left to cover these (as well as new bases for the Crusader squad). So they were left for later on down the line.

Originally I was only going to paint five more Crusaders for my 10x squad, and 5x Sisters of Silence to cap off this collection. However, I felt that it would be a miss if I didn’t include my unused space marine models, that by this point were going to be going nowhere and stay in the box of damnation (I’ll elaborate on this box for another time).

so without further or do, I’ll let the photos do the talking!

All this was done in one week, the Sisters of Silence took longer to paint as I needed patience to paint their exquisite armour. I’m happy now that this collection has finally been worked on again after many months of being shelved.

My favourite model to paint would have be the Emperors Champion, a repainted kit bash model that looks really badass. I liked the test drybrushing for the lighting effect on the sword (a Dark Angels one curiously enough?), using dark blue up to white acrylic paint. The model has this mysterious look with the eye lenses being completely black to add mystery and fear to the character.

All that’s left now is a Attack bike, 3x Bike squad (attached to my current squad to make 6x), 5x more Crusaders and possibly one more Crusader squad if I’m interested to add another squad. I’m not planning anymore additional models to the collection as I’m happy with the current collection I have (but I might add some Neophytes to my Crusader squad).

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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

Renegade Commissar Tarin Brakem, Divine executioner

Once a loyal and faithful Commissar to the corpse throne Imperium of mankind, I led the Ironsides Inglorium 4th regiment to retake Basilum nine with only a few hundred men left. We were glorious, flaws were rarely stained on our record, a few losses at most. My regiment fought at the forefront of the battlefield with unflinching loyalty to my command.

I swore an oath to the “Emperor” to take worlds in the name of mankind, until the day of realisation dawned upon me as my men were atomised by incoming fire from our side. On Basilum nine my reputation went down the sink hole like a spider pulled down the drain. Fear took me unexpectedly as I reeked in horror at the loses all around me, life extinguished one by one in a space of microseconds.

It was when fall back to the trench where I hid below that I started to ponder to myself. There was no god of mankind, it was heresy to even think of it, but it was true. My oath was just words, my deeds meant nothing to those wretched men of high command. They decided to fire on friendly ground to tarnish my reputation out of jealousy and pride. My pride was on the line!

A mutiny was in order, when I survived the trench bombardments, I took it upon myself to gather anyone still alive and turn our own bombardment cannons towards high commands HQ. I doubt my actions at first, my thoughts were fuzzy like something was distracting me by controlling my own actions………. . But my drilling in the worship of the Emperor and the imperial laws was slipping away, revenge must be achieved for the sake of the men that I’ve lost. My pride was tarnished for this record of losses (not that the men will know that my revenge was done out of self preservation, rather than moral sympathy for the men lost).

The faces of high command that I saw on the balcony were as red as vermillion, as my lust for revenge consumed me, they looked with horror and fear as the cannon unleashed its payload into HQ. All that remained of high command was a blazing fireball impact that looked like a hellish nightmare.

That day all sense of loyalty was abandoned as me and my men were overcome by the promises of true glory and the sensations of achievement. A faint whisper in our ears told us to join our new master, Slannesh, and give our souls to her patronage.

I took it upon myself to be the first of her chosen, by sacrificing the weakest of my men (and traitors to our cause) on totem poles. Ah a sight to see, it was a divine sight to behold as they yelled for help while the Daemons took these unwilling fools as hosts. Now the netherborn had physical forms to cause material carnage to our former allies and foes, how blessed we were that day.

My cravings were just about full from this carnage, but I needed more. I must have more, my pride must be fulfilled!!!

– The fall of Commissar Tarin Brakem [999.41M]

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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

Painting Emperors Children

After painting my two Knight Armiger Helverin’s for my small House Devine force, I wanted to try and add some Emperors Children to the force to make it more thematically. Adding a unit or two of Noise marines was a fitting choice, why have average marines when you can have a unit of ear bursting noise specialists?

Only problem was that the current Noise marine kit was a very old upgrade kit, which look outdated now. FW own kit of Noise marines was an option, but I don’t buy stuff online and the price wasn’t to my liking. So I went and started an experiment to kitbash Primaris Space marine models to create true scale heretic Astartes.

I’ve used various Chaos space marine bitz as well as other bitz to make a fairly decent looking Noise marines. I wanted to paint a Primaris sized marine model because I find these to be more enjoyable to paint compared to the smaller old kits. I was inspired by a post on Iron Sleet that really inspired me to try to do something similar, I have a link here to the post if your interested.

Below is my painting scheme for painting quick and simple Emperors Children models whiteout too much complexity.

1) Basecoat the model in Screamer pink with Model colour black for the bolter, followed by a shade of Druchii Violet.

2) Drybrush the model using Pink Horror.

3) Then make a second drybrush using Emperors Children, as well as paint black for plating as seen in the photo. Use Model Colour off-white for the eye lenses.

4) Use a mix 1/3 of Warboss Green and Lahmian Medium, use Ardcoat for the black painted areas.

5) To paint the blue nerve pattern, use Kantor blue as a basic line, then layer over (not completely covering the Kantor blue lines) with Alaitoc blue, use Lothren blue to end points of the pattern. To finish off, paint small white dots on the patterns.

For the base, use Stirland mud followed by a shade of Reikland Fleshade. Then drybrush using using Model Colour flat brown, and finally a mix of flat brown and off-white and drybrush over the base. Then gloss the base using Ardcoat.

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Here’s another model I did using the same colour scheme on my kitbashed Noise marines.

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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

House Devine, Armiger Knights

In the darkest times of the Horus Heresy, nothing could prepare the Imperium of man for the betrayal of Molech, when House Devine turned its weapons on its allies as the Knights were ensnared into Slannesh’s tender whispers. Once a house ruled by nobility of the knightly order that banished its traditions of the old ways to embrace the new age of the Imperium of man, but is now nothing more than a depraved and twisted name that is all but erased from history.

They say not all of the old ways died out, for the Serpent Cult still lived in secret to perform insidious and depraved rituals, even some say that House Devine’s previous king ,Cyprian, own son and daughter were part of this cult. However one thing is certain is that the Imperial Knight House was damned when it turned away from the Emperor. To this day, they say that the traitoris Knight house lives on in the Eye of Terror, hunting for prey and to better sensations that they hunger for. One day, when the Devine blood gathers together again after many years of separation of agendas, they’ll bear to arms the weapons of the corrupted Knights to strike back to retake their birthright of Molech………

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Finding what livery colours Devine was?

When the Imperial Knights were released recently, I was thinking “Cool, awesome stuff! But when will Chaos get some Knights?”. I’ve always liked the concept of Traitoris Knight Houses that have been warped and preserved by the Eye of Terror, a spitting image of noble knights that lack order and nobility like the Imperiums loyal Houses.

But then Renegade Knights was released as a free PDF and I was like “now we’re talking!”. So after my final day at College I decided to treat myself to a box of Armiger Knights to kick off my small Knight House. I’ve read Horus Heresy: Vengeful Spirit many years ago that mentioned about a Knight House called Devine, which had one of the sickest and barbaric backgrounds I’ve ever read, and that’s the sort of army I wanted to represent my Traitoris Knight army! With the kit glued and the spare spiky bitz glued on (for that Slanneshi effect!) there was just one problem, what colour was House Devine?

…….you wouldn’t believe the amount of confusion I’ve had narrowing down what colour the Knights were…….

Since I was too lazy at the time to read Vengeful Spirit for the answer, I went on Warhammer 40k Wiki for details and any images of the livery. It said that the House was a livery colour of green and black and I thought this sounded right at first, considering the whole house was based around slaying giant lizards called Naga (even their heraldry has a lizards being entwined with a glorious golden eagle, representing the Imperium).

But then there was a problem, as the Naga has black and white scales (which didn’t even mention green), So why did the wiki have black and green as the livery colours? Hmmm. Well what about the post Heresy colour scheme? Pastel pink, meh, it’s too generic for Slanneshi Knight, and I preferred to keep the Heresy version if there was one.

So then I checked on Lexicanum to see what they had to say on the colour of the Knight house. Interestingly, they put it as ‘unknown’ even for post Heresy colour scheme. This was contradictory as both sites have two completely different information about House Devine’s colour scheme. What about the sources? Well the sources were okay-ish, but no visual evidence on what the colour scheme was. However, I do have both Horus Heresy books of Vengeful Spirit and Devine Adoratrice for lore on the Knight house.

With these in hand I checked to see any description on what the colour scheme might be from the current publication of lore on House Devine. Since the book is the most current lore update on the house, it would be the factual answer to date (unless retconned in future publications).

The result was…………an odd one, so in the short story Devine Adoratrice, Cyprian’s Knight, Hellblade, is green and black (House Adoratrice page 29). However, in the book Vengeful Spirt, Reaven’s (Cyprians son) Knight is Vermillion/ Crimson and Ebony.

Yeah, completely different from what both sites have mentioned, as well as both books. It turns out House Devine wore red carapace as described during the first paragraph about Raeven’s Knight, Banelash (Vengeful Spirit page 66) and also described during Albards illusion of two House Devine Knights in Crimson (Vengeful Spirit page 295).

It’s odd now to think that there’s a conflicting information on a simple matter of a Knight Houses colour livery, a lack of context as to why Reavens Knight is coloured differently to Cyprians is most confusing. I’m hoping that in the future Forge World will elaborate more on the livery of House Devine in a HH book. Explaining what was the original livery and state wether or not the red knights were just a rank of colour, or an editorial error to be retconned.

In the end, I went for vermillion and Ebony, because it was the latest lore content about the house, and what Reaven and Albards description about the Imperial Knights. I’ll base mine on my Knights being in alliance to Albard, painting the Knights carapace red and black to show their allegiance to the last son of Devine.

Painting House Devine

To paint the livery of House Devine (the red and black carapace knights like Banelash), you’ll need the following paints.

  • Model colour off-white
  • Model colour matt black
  • Model colour flat brown
  • Model colour gold
  • Model colour boltgun metal
  • Khorne Red
  • Evil Sunz Red
  • Ardcoat
  • Lahimia medium
  • Knator blue
  • Lothren blue
  • Alaitoc blue
  • Screamer pink
  • Emperors Children
  • Pink horror
  • Warboss green
  • Reikland Fleshade
  • Druchii Violet
  • Light silver acrylic spray

Below is a step by step guide on painting the Armiger Knights.

Colour scheme:

  1. Basecoat- light silver spray, shade after with Druchii Violet.
  2. Drybrush Model colour off white lightly.
  3. Basecoat red in Khorne Red, and Black areas in Model colour Matt black.
  4. Mix 1/3 Gold and brown Model colour acrylic as a trim paint.
  5. Basecoat the symbol in Screamer pink.
  6. Shade the stubbed gun in Reikland Fleshade.
  7. Shade the edges and gaps with Nul Oil on the carapace (not on flat surfaces).
  8. Shade the trim in Reikland Fleshade.
  9. Shade the symbol in Druchii Violet.
  10. Drybrush the the trims with a mix of 1/3 Model colour off white and boltgun metal.
  11. Use lahimia medium mixed with Warboss green as a shade, and paint over the eye lenses of the Knight. Finish this off with a gloss coat of ardcoat.
  12. Highlight the edges of the red carapace in Evil Sunz Red.
  13. Drybrush the symbol with Pink horror followed by Emperors Children.
  14. Highlight the black carapace with skavenblight dinge.
  15. To paint the glass view on the door, basecoat the window in Kantor blue, highlight with lothren blue and edge highlight with Alaitoc blue. Then add spots of Modek colour Off-white to create light reflection, followed by a gloss coating of Ardcoat.
  16. Finally, use texture paint of Stirland Mud, shade it in Reikland fleshade and drybrush in flat brown. Then do a 1/3 mix of off-white and flat brown and drybrush, to cap off, use Ardcoat on the base to make the mud look wet as if it was raining.

The result should look like this.

I’ve decided to make the metal sections a purple tint with white drybrush to make it look pastel pink. This pays homage to the post Heresy livery, as I didn’t want the metal parts looking too rusty or grimy to be mixed up with Nurgle and Khorne. The pastel pink helps to visual tie the model to the patron of Slannesh, who House Devine pledged their devotion to.

I’ve used transfers from the current Chaos Spacemarine decals, mostly using the Slanneshi symbols and Emperors Children icon. I’d imagine these two knights have been part of many battles alongside the Emperors Children post Heresy.

I’ve used spare parts from various Chaos Spacemarine kits, mostly from tanks and vehicles decorations. These added additions completed changes the Armiger knights appearance to look more terrifying and barbaric. Rather than adding tentacles, warp plating, Slanneshi warped madness and etc, I’ve gone for limiting my knights customisation as little as possible. I wanted to limit myself as I felt that adding too much kitbashing would ruin the models, having too much decoration will take the focus away from the model with all manner of parts.

Overall, I’ve had a great time with building these two Armiger knights. It’s been a fun project researching about a renegade knight house that was tainted by the prince of pleasure, as well as finding out what the livery colour was in lore.

If possible, I’d like to add a knights Paladin Knight to the army to cap it off, or even more Armiger knights as a collection of hunters. However, imperial (I mean Renegade knights) aren’t cheap. If I can’t fill in my 1,000pt list with knights in time, I do have a plan B just in case!

Oh and for those of you who want to get a visual scale on how tall the Armiger knights are, I have a comparison photo below!

on the left is a ‘chaos-not primaris’ Noise marine, a Lord Celestant on a Dracoth and an Knight Armiger Helverin

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That’s all from me for today. I hope you have enjoyed this very long 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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For sources on where to find out more about House Devine, and where I got my facts and information from, I have a source list below that you can check out!

  • M. Graham, Horus Heresy book 29: Vengeful Spirit (2014), Black Library publication.

-Livery colour sources p.66 and p.295

  • M. Graham, Horus Heresy: House Adoratrice (2014), Black Library publication.

– livery colour of Cyprian Devine’s knight sources p.29

A tale of one Warlord: month 2

A tale of one Warlord: month 2

This month has been a mega month for me as I’ve had loads of units painted, from HQ’s to the horde of Gretchins. The challenge for this month was to paint another Troop slot and a Fast attack slot to add to the collection.

This was fairly easy as I chose a unit of 20x Gretchins to fill the second slot (cus Bad Moons have loads of the blighters in their tribe), and a unit of Stormboyz who will be useful for seizing objectives (if they don’t get caught out by a bolter round to the rocket fuel).

To start off with the Gretchins are one of my favourite small minions in the Warhammer 40k universe. The sculpturing for each model in the unit are very characterful with crazy expressions and menacing intent.

I was able to paint 20x Gretchins easily (their tiny so there’s not much hassle for being too detailed with a paint brush) all looking alive and crazy like extremely hyperactive sunny D drinkers (the stuff back in my younger days would really send you up the wall with the amount of sugar that was in the drink).

So far I’ve put together 20x Gretchins and one Runtherder (herder counts as a separate unit as an elite). These guys are my second troop choice for the collection, as in the lore, the Bad Moons tribe have many slaves of Grots to do their dirty work. I though twenty Gretchins would do average job on the battlefield, although like Clanrats, I doubt they’d last long against Space marines and Tyranids.

The army lacked leadership, and who would want some slacking Ork Boy being the Warboss? Said weakling who can’t tell the difference between Quantum-Morka-Gorka-stronomie and knowing his Tribe? So I’ve enlisted two of the best leaders including a Warboss (the Warboss is a Feral Ork Warboss) and a Weirdboy (He thinks Gork is a god in form of a goat that talks to him in his mind)

Ring, Ring!!! Ring Ring, Ring!!! Ello, Who is dis? Is it Mork or Gork, or Gork or Mork?

The Warboss was kitbashed from a Warchanter using spare bits from the Start collecting! Orks set, which resulted in a Warboss who’s a Feral Ork that’s rich with cybernetic replacements. Not original, but at least I made my own Boss.

meanwhile, my Weirdboy was built to look more like a Shaman, who by appearance looks very strange and crazy. I thought the bone stick would add more character to the model as it looks as if he’s on the phone to someone. I used a Runtherder with mixture of Ork Bitz to personalise my own Weirdboy.

Finally, coming in with rockets of fire and plenty of Dakka come the Stormboyz, being a good option as my Fast attack slot for more cunning means.

I do like the unit with the amount of options to customise each Stormboy in the unit, I do miss the early days when kits had more multipart bitz to kit bash.

It was time consuming to paint this unit as there were a lot more areas to paint with details of the straps, plating and etc. I didn’t want to take the lazy route so I did as much variety of colours as possible, without taking away the the attention of the yellow armour painting.

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Thats month two out of the way! It’s been very busy this month getting all of these units done, however, I did achieve my goal of painting a Troop and Fast attack slots for this months challenge.

For next months challenge, my goal is to cap off this series by finishing my Ork Trukk and possibly adding another unit of Ork Boyz. Having a second unit of Ork Boyz will not only give me more infantry power, but also unlocks the Battalion detachment for my collection (3 or more troops). This will earn me +3 command points in battleforged games to use on command abilities, it’ll come in handy once the Ork Codex is released soon.

Recently it’s been announced that the Orks are getting their Codex released soon, by the time I’m done with this series I’ll be already set to play games of 40k using my Ork collection. I’m hoping that my Bad Moons Collection will thematically and game wise fit well with the ruleset for Bad Moon alliance.

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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

Summer of hobbying

Summer of hobbying

Ah it’s that time of year when the sun is out, the heat rises to a sweaty drench proportion and everyone goes out for the day to enjoy this refreshing wether. Meanwhile, I’m getting all of my blog drafts ready to be posted for the summer holiday.

Every summer I’ve made an effort to paint big models and infantry models as part of my year tradition here on this blog site. It goes way back two years ago when I did my first big model for the summer holidays, a kitbashed Great Unclean one as part of my AoS Nurgle Collection. Since then, I’ve made this a yearly tradition to try and paint one big model (or back log models like last year).

This year however I’ve taken on one of my biggest projects ever, as I’ll be painting a 1,000pt Renegade Knights Collection as part of my summer project. I’m either a fool or a lucky one if I can pull this off!

I won’t spoil too much on what the Renegade Knight collection will be based on, but I have a sneak peek photo for you guys!

As if giant Knights were the only thing on my mind, I’ve also risen to the challenge of painting more backlog models including my Black Templars, Blades of Khorne, Orks, Chaos Space marines, Stormcast Eternals and more!

This summer is going to be a very busy one compared to last year. Now that I’ve finished my course work and my college days are done, I can now focus back on painting more models and write more home brew fiction for my blog site.

Tomorrow will start off with part 2 of my Tale of one Warlord painting challenge, this time with loads of Greenskins (with added Gretchins)!

Until next time,

-Bjorn