New blog banners 

New blog banners 

Just a short post today showing some of the new feature images I’ll be using for my three main blog posts category’s. As well as the blog header image (which you can see the full image on the main page). The text and borders were made from the Photo Collage app, whilst the images were made using the Procreate app.

The new feature image for the ‘Silence of the Shroud’ collection series has a mysterious and dark noir tone, keeping to the roots of the grim dark 41st millennium. 

The main image for the blog site, a more professional image that now graced the main page. I personally think it’s a better replacement for my main page, as it gives the blog site more of an identity that’s recognisable.

Continuing my homebrew lore series on the Grey-mane dynasty (set in the world of Warhammer AoS). I’ve created a collage that best represent the focus point for the blog post series. 

Most of you will have already seen this image from my first AoS faction collection post. I’ve used two of the same images back to back with a funky text style, I wanted a fresh and recognisable image that will be recognisable for readers.

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That’s all I have for now, I hope you have enjoyed this post I’m still working on the 40k image, nearly completed. I’ll let you guys know when that will be up very soon.

As usual, 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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Improving and planning on Bjorn the Stormborn

Improving and planning on Bjorn the Stormborn

This summer has been busier than past summer holidays for me, but nonetheless a great summer holiday.  Blogging has been a great time to share project works I’ve been doing each week.

Today, I want to share my thoughts on what the process of deadline posts have been like for me, and the changes I’ll be doing going forward with the blog.

Blogging schedule deadline

My blogging schedule for the most part has been an interesting and engaging time for me to be motivated to get my models painted. From my continuing 40k collection series on the Black Templars, Harbinger Legion, Axes of Skarbrand and Liverbone Court.

However, the deadlines were at times very stressful to achive, having to spare some time to paint models to an exceptional standard for weekend posts. It got to the point where I had to stall my blog with hombrew lore posts to give me time to create a backlog of posts for drafts. Since I’ll be back at college in a matter of weeks, I’ll be needing these backlogs to keep my blog alive to keep me motivated to paint.

My reasons for making weekend deadlines is down to my motivation to paint and improve my hobby skills, as well as getting unpainted backlog models done. From my announcement of doing weekend posts to now, I’ve been able to paint more models now that I’ve planned deadlines to push myself to improve my skills towards completing each task.

Motivation 

Recently, I’ve seen my process on posts gradually become more of a chore than a passion for the hobby, having to take photographs and typing about the subject post before deadline. It became less about being passionate for the hobby, and more about getting posts done on schedule.

Posts like the Harbinger Legion and Black Templars series are getting a lot of attention (mainly because of 40k 8th edition being released this year), making me more enthusiastic to produce more content on these posts. I feel like the reception I get from the posts gives me more motivation to continue these projects to push myself on, as I know my hard work has not been wasted.

However, on the other end of the blog, posts like Lore of the Grey-manes and some AoS posts don’t get the same amount as the 40k posts. Sadly, motivation to do more of these is mixed at times. I’m hoping now that the new GHB 2017 is released, I’ll be able to push on continuing my AoS related posts.

New blog name and changes

I’ve decided to rename my blog as ‘Bjorn the Stormborn’, a fitting title for a make over to the blog. As you’ll notice, the name and image is heavily AoS inspired, this is because I want the blog site to be more AoS focused than Warhammer 40k and my art work. However, this doesn’t mean that the lesser two aren’t going to be featured regularly on the site.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that I’m going to be going back to my old ways of blogging, where I’ll be posting one or two posts on any day of the week. While I still have a deadline to fulfil, at least I’ll be able to have free reign to not be as stressed for time as well as the task not being a chore.

Finally, I’m going to change a few things for AoS posts and the 40k posts. I feel that it’s about time to change the way I present the blog posts, and make them more appealing to read and see. Rather than making hundreds of series posts on different collections, I want to condense them into three blog post titles including: Art, AoS, and 40k (not including Silence of the Shroud series). 

So here’s a shortened list of what changes will be coming soon:

  • More focus on Warhammer AoS with painting guides, (novice) gaming advice, hombrew lore, faction related subjects and (uncommon) battle reports.
  • Warhammer 40k posts will still be around, but will be less frequent than AoS and art posts. The Bkack Templars, Harbinger Legion and Silence of the Shroud collection series will still be ongoing.
  • Art posts will be returning to the blog very soon now that I’m back doing my art projects. There will be process stage works, techniques, final evaluation and advice on each project.
  • Blog posting will be once or twice a week now, as well as making changes to the way I present my blog posts, 

While I can understand that some of these changes might sound weird and confusing (my wording can confuse even the ‘Changer of Ways’ itself), it’ll make sense through the coming weeks. If you have any suggestions of constructive criticism to share, post a comment below, and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.
That’s all from me for now, I hope this post was helpful enough to explain the changes that I’m planning for the blog. The next post to come out will either be next Wednesday or the week after. Watch this Space!

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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 Stormborn

The good and bad times of 8th (2010 – 2014)

The good and bad times of 8th (2010 – 2014)

The second part to the trinity of posts based on my time collecting the hobby models. Last time I posted my early experiences of my first time joining the hobby when 7th ed was still around. But now I’m going to share my highs and lows of 8th ed, and how my perception of the hobby changed during the five year run. 

Marines, 7th ed, and a bombshell next year!

Christmas in 2009 was like the apocalypse, things weren’t like what they used to be. You see, Poltics used to be funny, the Tv used to have something decent to watch and a mediocre Doctor who xmas special. During this time, I was collecting my Dark Elves since the summer holidays (all unpainted, ah those were the days when I was less enthusiastic about painting). 

However, I was going to start the Tau battle force for xmas, since I wanted to get into Warhammer 40k. However, by a strange turn of events, I got a mega battle force of Chaos Space marines instead. A whopping great big bundle of marines in one big box! 

But the question came to me, what’s what? This was the start of a terrible decision to kit bash all my marines without first consulting an army book, as well as properly painting the models. Looking back now, I was a total noob.

As well as having a mighty abomination of Chaos Space marine models, I’ve also gotten myself a copy of Warhammer 7th edition. This was actually a really good book to read at the time, the faction section was an exploration of fantasy that never gets old even to this day. I’ve always liked the A4 colour illustrations of each faction, as well as the brief lore helping to bring these illustrations to life.  

But alas, my gaming skills and mental capacity for the rules weren’t great, in fact most games I’ve had for 7th edition ended up being me losing. However, it was meeting different people for games at my local GW that always inspired me to keep on playing Warhammer fantasy. I remember such players as the ‘Chaos kid’, erm the ‘Tree man’, umm, ‘Dwarf grudge bearer #1’, and err ‘Dwarf grudge bearer #2’. Yeah, my memory of my opponents names has faded into the sands of Nekherra.

A few months later, having been playing my crew of Dark Elves (which were boosted with new shiny metal models, god damn that metal hydra model was an awesome sculpt, but difficult to put together!), the news arrived that 8th edition was coming. My reaction to this news was quite disdainful, as the new rule book would cost around £50! (I can imagine the dread as parents would slowly realise their child will be spending bucket loads of money for a hobby that’s very expensive).

A new rule book, a new era for many and most importantly, a new faction for me. This was the start of my love for the hobby as I started investing into my second collection, the Skaven!

The Purple Warp tide and my first visit to Warhammer World (2010-2011)

The purple Warp tide, probably the cringe-ist name I’ve ever made up for a faction. But, in all fairness, I was young and still had barely read the full Skaven lore back then. 

My first visit to Warhammer world was a memorable time, seeing the models in the museum that was featured in White Dwarf and products was like a holy pilgrimage. I can remember to this day of one of the displays featuring diorama pieces that were contributed to the museum. One particular piece was the Clovkwork egineer, which won the Golden Daemon 2009 (or 2010, I can’t remember which year it was) Seeing that really inspired me to be a Wargamer and painter, eight years later, I’ve still been following that dream to this day.

The faction started out with a box of Rat Ogres as my special choice. Fun fact, these were my first plastic models I’ve brought from the main GW store in Warhammer World. Back then, I had the choice of either buying a Chaos Rhino or a kit of Rat Ogres. Thankfully I made the right choice!

Later my force would be bloated by two box sets of Island of Blood, a starter set that ties into the 8th edition release. Another fun fact, I’ve actually got to see the board that shown for the Island of Blood at Warhammer World. In person, it was quite big board that was professionally built. I just wish I could have played my skaven on it!

The force was swollen even more by kits, including the infamous Screaming Bell. This would also mark the end of my Dark Elves, as the Skaven took over my table top gaming. Looking back, the one thing I regret to this day is not finishing the collection, as well as play their 8th edition army book before the End Times ended the Old World.

Decline of gaming, and the end of the World-That-Was (2011-2014)

After a few years of gaming with 8th edition (still not getting used to the rules), I’ve become less enthusiastic with the hobby by 2013. I felt as though my inability to absorb the rules, and quality of painting not getting better has fatigued me. At this point, I was truly getting to the point of quitting the hobby and move on. No longer did I attend my local GW to play games (as well as a particular person wearing a black polo shirt insulting my intelligents with their ‘Maths degree’ smart-arse. Trust me, I’m like a grudgebearer to people who boast at me like I’m a dumb peasant). 

The only time I would engage in the hobby was painting models and playing games with my friend, apart from that not a lot of progress was made. Originally we were going to start a campaign using Storms of Magic expansion, but that never got around as life got in the way.

By the summer of 2014, the End Times came, something I didn’t realise was a big thing until I looked into it properly. It became apparent by book two that the world of Warhammer was going to end, and I wanted to play one more game before the world I was immersed in was going to end. So to mark the end of the world, I was going to have one final battle with my Dark Elves and Skaven against the High Elves. To prove once and for all that I can defeat the Elves of Ulthuan! But sadly, another time I regret was not having this final battle, and a bitter fruit to swallow.

Then as 2014 ended, 2015 would arrive with the biggest shock, the Age of Sigmar had arrived. A controversial beginning, but nonetheless, a change that would not only bring me back to Warhammer fantasy, but improve myself at gaming and painting. But that’s a story for another day

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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

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