Iron Warrior project, the story so far

Iron Warrior project, the story so far

Project Iron Warriors started out as a side project that can be worked at any time, without deadlines or rush to paint models. It’s my way of painting a collection I’ve always wanted to display, using as much effort and attention to bring out the best of my abilities. That’s not to say I don’t make an effort with my other projects that I work on, but this project in particular is a scenario of ‘if I retire tomorrow this project will be my last and best’ sort of thing.

Over time in January, I’ve started to really enjoy this project as it’s given me free rein to go crazy. No grinding on fairly basic colour scheme and rush for deadline, I can just paint my best with a few models. During February, weeks after finishing the project I picked up a copy of Storm of Iron by Graham McNeill. A very inspirational book for all Iron Warrior fans that shows just how efficient these guys are in trench warfare. I was so inspired that I wanted to go back to my Iron Warriors project and add more models to the collection.

Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to collect an Iron Warriors army but I was crap at painting them at the time. My skills were not fully mastered at painting which resulted in clumpy painted models, I still have these models today that are kept in box of shame.

Anyways, as I hog older and read many stories about the IV legion and hobbyist articles of their own collection, I felt that one day I needed to paint my own collection of Iron Warriors before I leave the hobby, or just float in the astral realm when my time comes.

Unlike most Iron Warrior collections, this one is focused on those afflicted by Nurgle who praise him as their deity. A slow corruption that started all the way back during the war on Tallarn. These warriors of festering diseases were banished by the Daemon Primarch Perturabo for their weakness to fall to one god.

I liked how the design team at GW used MKIII and MKII (and others too) for the Death guard, adding some warp corruption and bringing to life the Death guard from the rich illustrations of the legion. Whilst I do agree a few of the ranges kits do look a bit too cartoony (the easy to build Blightlords suffer from this), I do however overall like the factions design.

Since the IV legion use a lot of MKIII and Cataphractii Terminators in their armoury, The Deathguard range more than fits the template to paint Iron Warrior colour scheme. My project so far looks impressive, the corrupted MKIII armour just fits well for Iron Warriors devoted to Nurgle.

Current project list

My side project is not tied to any specific detachment in mind, as I feel that having no limitations (apart from staying true to the legions doctrine and preference to warfare) will make this project more enjoyable and open for experimentation.

Ive had a few unused CSM models in the neglected box for awhile now including a Word Bearers Dreadnought, Chosen and cultists.

Below is a list of what I currently have in the project.

  • Lord Contagion
  • (Chaos Lord prox) Lieutenant
  • Tallyman
  • 4x Blightlords
  • 5x Plague Marines
  • Dreadnought
  • Blight Drone
  • Plagueburst Crawler
  • 10x Poxwalkers
  • 19x Cultists
  • 10x kitbashed Chosen as CSM (may not be included If experiment fails)

The list incorporates two of the notable units that the Iron Warriors have (with minor changes by Nurgle’s blessing), one being Slaves that are cultists and Poxwalkers, their the meat shields that drag the enemy whilst the IV legion Astartes Judge the enemy from afar. Secondly the list is starting to feature heavy support, the Plagueburst Crawler fits perfectly as a siege weapon like the Vindicator (but far more messed up).

If I expand this project further into the undivided Chaos portion when CSM release is fully done, I plan to add more none aligned CSM units and siege machines like Predators, Vindicators and Daomic infused monstrosity’s (maybe throw in a basilisk too!).

Project showcase

Over the past three months I’ve been painting any expanding this project, basically a whole season. Below is all of my Iron Warriors I’ve painted so far in this collection.

Next step

Going forwards, I want to focus on getting more none aligned infantry and war machines, as the Nurgle stuff is just about done. Possibly 1-2 CSM squads and maybe Havocs, as well as a Predator. After reading a few short stories about Tallarn, I’m keen to add some tanks to my army.

That’s all from me for now, typing this long post was tedious but I wanted to try a bit harder on making a longer post for my Iron Warriors Collection. Do you guys prefer my shorter blog posts or do you like longer posts?

With that, I’ll be back soon with a very special post on one of my biggest comic finds in my life, no joke!

Oh and one more thing, for those wretched Imperial Fist fan boys, here’s my artist depiction of one of your chapter masters, enjoy!😉

Until next time, Iron within, Iron without,

-Warsmith Bjorn

Going back to my Iron Warriors project

Recently my blog has reached its third birthday, so in celebration of this milestone I’ve decided to get myself some Death Guard models for my Iron Warriors side project.

Also today I’ve decided to include more models from my neglected box to this project, reusing Old Chaos Space marine models for a new purpose to my collection.

I’ll share more info when I’ve got all of my kitbashing work done by tomorrow.

Apologies for making this post short and bland, I’ve had some personal issues from loads of crap situations, which has pretty much ruined my week. So my mood has been terrible these past few days. But hopefully I’ll be back to blogging as usual.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Primaris Crimson Fists: part VI, Scouts

Now that my Skaven collection is on a break, I can now go back to my Primaris project. I have a unit of repainted scouts which I’ve done awhile back before the Skaven decided to crash the party.

I’m pretty much at the verge of finishing this project, now that I have a good variety of units for my collection. I’m either going to have a a unit of Reivers or a Redemptor Dreadnought as my final unit for the project.

Not much else to say, so I’ll wrap this post off.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

BL celebration stuff

A few weeks ago, I went to my local GW store whilst I was shopping around town (and remembered that it was BL celebration day), and got myself a limited print of Storm of Iron along with free gifts. I got my Mortarion badge, postcard and the free novella book with my purchase.

The novella is worth getting as the books inside are top quality, from Mortarion’s Primarch short story to a Severina Raine short story. Theres still some copies left at my local store yesterday (tons of postcards too, even a pile of Warhammer Adventures), which is better than last year when all the free novellas were gone.

I got Storm of Iron for many reasons!

  1. I’m an Iron Warriors devote, anything to do with the legion be it Horus Heresy or a 40k story I’ll read it!
  2. It’s a kinda a sequel to HH: Angel Exterminatus (by the same author) with many Iron Warrior characters returning like Kroger and Forrix. I’m really keen to know what happened to these characters after the Horus Heresy and what changes they’ve gone through in the last 10,000 years.
  3. I’ve got an (Nurgle) Iron Warriors Collection so this book will provide me with many inspirations for future ideas.
  4. It’s limited print so it won’t be out for long, very difficult when there are other new books on sale. Especially the last Horus Heresy book was nearly my choice until I saw Storm of Iron.

So far, Storm of Iron is a fun read with plenty of action and gripping moments. It’s more of an action war story than character development, but that’s not to say there aren’t any interesting character moments.

The first Titan battle was badass, can’t wait to read how March two will go!

Anyways, that’ll be all for today. I wish I could say more on the subject, but there’s not much for me to say apart from the fact that the postcard of Mortarion looks amazing! I’m seriously considering putting it in a photo frame.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

2019 book reading challenge!

2019 book reading challenge!

After counting how many books I’ve read last year, I was surprised to learn that I made a big record of reading twelve books (one being an Omnibus so it’s technically fourteen books), so this year I want to beat that record by reading more books this year. I still have some books left to read on my book shelf, including the Soul Drinkers six book series.

Below is a list of what I’ve read last year, (R) means re-reading books I’ve already read to have a second read to learn things I’ve missed, (S) means second hand book that I’ve brought and (C) means continuing a book I haven’t progressed further from reading years ago but finished this year.

Books I’ve finished reading in 2018

  • Gaunts Ghosts: The Founding, by Dan Abnett
  • (R) The First Heretic, By Aaron Dembski Bowden
  • (R) Horus Heresy: Brotherhood of the Storm, by Chris Wright
    (S) Horus Heresy: False Gods, by Graham McNeill
    The Primarchs: Fulgrim the Palatine Phoenix, by Josh Reynolds
    The Primarchs: Lorgar the Bearer of the Word, by Gav Thorpe
    The Primarchs: Sons of the Emperor, by various authors
    Warhammer AoS: Soul Wars, by Josh Reynolds
    Fifteen Hours, by Mitchel Scanlon
    Warhammer AoS: Winters Heart, by Nick Horth
    Warhammer AoS: The Red Hours, by Evan Dicken
    (C) United States of Japan, by Peter Tieryas

That’s quite a lot of book I’ve read last year, especially finishing an omnibus! Admittedly, some of the books on the list were an on and off progress that were a year or two ago started.

This year I’ve already finished four books, and today I’ve finished reading my fifth book!

Books read so far in 2019

  • (S) The Rats, by James Herbert
  • (S) Lair, by James Herbert
  • Legacy of Dorn, by Mike Lee
  • (R) Horus Heresy: The Crimson Fist, by John French
  • (S) Horus Heresy: Galaxy in Flames, by Ben Counter

In January things were pretty quite so I had tons of time to get reading some books. I’m hoping to get more of my backlog of books read this year as well as buying mire second hand books, only rarely buying new books unless I really like it.

So what’s on my list to read going forward? Well I’m currently reading the third and last book in James Herbert’s Rat trilogy series (and so far, holy sh!t is it a horror fest to read, guys a genius when it comes to writing fiction!). I’ve also got some Warhammer AoS and 40k books to read as well.

Here’s what’s on my incredibly long list of books to read, I won’t be able to finish all of these books this year tbh, but I’m hoping to pass my previous record.

  • Domain, by James Herbert
  • Warhammer AoS: Nagash, The Undying King, by Josh Reynolds
  • Titanicus, by Dan Abnett
  • Space Marine Hero’s, by various Authors
  • Souls Drinkers: Redemption, by Ben Counter
  • Soul Drinkers: Annihilation, by Ben Counter
  • Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at sixteen book 1 and 2 by Takaya Kagami
  • Horus Heresy: Path of Heaven, by Chris Wright
  • Horus Heresy: Betrayer, by Aaron Dembski Bowden
  • Horus Heresy- Primarchs: Magnus Master of Prospero
  • Inside the Firm, by Tony Lambrianou
  • Elric of Malniboné, by Michael Moorcock
  • The sailor on the Seas of Fate, by Michael Moorcock
  • The land Leviathan, by Michael Moorcock
  • Warqueen, by Darius Hinks
  • Drachenfels, by Jack Yeovil

Wish me luck!

-Bjorn

Primaris Crimson Fists: part V, Chaplin

Third in line to my HQ pool is the Primaris Chaplin, which was kitbashed using a Castigator model and spare Primaris bitz. I thought it would be cheaper to make my own Chaplin by using my imagination and parts I have spare. It’s saved me some money considering the official Primaris Chaplin is over £20!

I’ve got another unit to add to my collection to fill in the second slot for troops, that being scouts with sniper rifles. I’m aiming to at least have three troop units to bulk my collection and use the second detachment requirement.

After that, it’s just a matter of deciding which elite unit I want to add to my collection to finish off this project.

Until next time!

-Bjorn