Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 10

Black Templars, 8th edition collection part 10

At long last, part ten has arrived with not only a comeback for my Black Templars Collection series this year, but also a chance for me to get back into painting this faction.

I can’t remember the last time I’ve actually painted my last Black Templars model, more than likely during Sumner or Autumn time? Anyways, so after my last post (part 9), I’ve made the decision to leave the Primaris marines (who would later become my own Ultima founding chapter, the Iron Scarabs) as the the scale difference was pretty bad for me. My motivation to paint the smaller old marines was admittedly sluggish, having only applied one edge highlight on one marine before I quitted.

After a long overdue break, I came across a trailer for part X of Helsreach, a fan made and unofficial series by Richard Boylan, based on the book by Aaron Dembski Bowden. (If your interested to watch the series for yourself, check out the link here to the creators YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTaGjGmcHYD2fqukCIVfjvQ)

I was inspired by the Black Templars in the series, after watching all ten episodes I was inspired by Grimaldus’ actions as a devoted Chaplin and a smart thinker.

With that said, it was time for me to get some painting done.

WIP unit, so far, five models are near completion with only a few touch ups and decal transfer.

Sword Brethren Anthonix

Crusader Bathenii

Crusader Davanti

Crusader Farnlok

Crusader Likenzo

As you can see, it’s a WIP production at the minute with the squad. I’ve got five more marines to paint (all with bolt pistols and chain blades like traditional Crusaders) which will total to unit of ten. It’s been a rough start getting my established routine back on track, but it’s improving as I’ve carried on. My only criticism is that my decal sheet is acting odd, my transfers seem to disintegrate once wet for 30 seconds. Wether it’s due to the water or the sheets old age, I’m not quite sure yet on it.

Next up, I’ll be continuing painting this unit with additional improvements, and getting my next five models finished. After that, I’ll see if I can finally get some Sisters of Silence painted and even a Landspeeder painted too.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any suggestions or questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

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Grimaldus!!! (During course work break)

Having lunch now, I’ll be reading this glorious book during my break. I was inspired to read it after last night watching all of the fan made videos of (unofficial) series on Helsreach (I’ve forgot who the creator of the unofficial series was called, but you’ll be able to find some links on Aaron Dembski Bowden’s blog, or search Helsreach on YouTube). Seeing how badass the Black Templars are, I’m getting prepared to get back into painting my Black Templars Collection tonight.

For those of you who are new to the blog, here’s a photo of my best works in the collection.

Now if you’ll excuse me, there are some heretics to purge!

-Bjorn

Looking back on January

Each month (if I’m bothered and not busy), I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the month that’s passed as well as how the blog is doing on that month.

So without further or do, let’s get started!

Art posts

Arguably one of my most viewed posts on the blog in January, many of you guys and gals have enjoyed my short visual posts on my clay sculpting.

My current art project is based on Pyroclastic, as well as the eruption that caused both Pompeii and Herculaneum. The mask represent two different outcomes in their own respective pieces, as well as a mixed pieces of samples.

Going forward, I have a few more clay sculpting posts to do, my final solutions posts will cover my final part in the project. I’m hoping to get everything done by next Friday.

As for my next and final project for my course work? Well, it’s in early planning stages, but I have a few options for my FMP theme including: The political spectrum, Fossil fuel wars, Dystopian authoritarian (inspired by Fallout New Vegas character, Mr House) and Synthwave. As of today, I’m still keeping these ideas as a starting point, but gradually once I’ve completed my current project, I’ll be making a decision.

The Leech Kings Crown campaign

This month was a start to constructing my plans for a campaign for my Stormcast Eternals and my friends Tomb Kings. After two drafts and one big post on the narrative side, I’m just about nearly done with the campaign planning. There’s only just the task of writing the gaming structure planning before it’s completed.

Due to uncertainty on when the campaign will be started, it’ll be a while yet until I can post anything on the campaign. Hopefully, if things go well, I might be able to start posting battle reports.

Table top hobby

It’s been a very quiet month on the hobby side at the start of the year, due to a lack of motivation, time and space. I’ve been able to create more storage space, thanks to the wisdom of Azzrel and Ann’s advice. I’ve got half the shelving space left for displaying my Order alliance, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for some Duardin from the Fyreslayers and Kharadron Overlords for my ally slot.

Also this month, I was able to produce a painted scenery, some Deathguard, some Stormcast Eternals (Collection all up to date with painted models) and some outside model products of cannons and crew. These should be up on the blog pretty soon.

My tribute piece

For those of you who have seen the blogsite ‘Tales of the Aaronorium’, you’ll be surprised to know that I’ve made tribute digital art paintings. Each picture represents each Aaronoughts with their respective faction as their own character.

This post has had an okay-ish response, digital art is something I’m still improving on. I know that so far only one Aaronoughts has seen the post, the other three I’m not sure have seen the post yet (or planning to take me down by a hired Clan Eshin asssassin!).

I’m tempted to do more digital art based on a few of my followers (AoS and 40k ones), it’ll be fun to test my art skills to draw more Orcs and Alves.

That’s all for this month. I hope you have enjoyed this post! If you’ve enjoyed this post and you want me to do more monthly look back posts, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Thank you!

Whilst doing some art course work on a rainy day in my study lesson, I had a look on WordPress to see this update….

I would like to thank you guys for helping me with my blog site with your comments, suggestions, criticisms and support. It means a lot to me that my hard effort for posting my blog posts is rewarded. It’s now nearly going to be 2 years since this blog was first set up. To reach 100 followers is a big stepping stone for me and this blog!

Again, thank you to everyone who has stuck around as well as new readers that have just joined.

I need to celebrate this with some sort of challenge 🤔…….

Ah I think I know what I’ll do! I’m going to start a small project for AoS, I’m keen to add the new Shadespire Fyreslayers set to my growing Order alliance (The Grey-mane Truce) I want to have a small warband of Fyreslayers that travel around the realms for adventure and plunder.

I’ll update you guys on this new small project in a few weeks time, see keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you’ll join me again soon!

-Bjorn

Big changes to come in 2018 on Bjorn the Stormborn!

I’m back today with a new post that’s going to be more of a serious subject, rather than my usual positive and humorous (very dry at times) tone. There some good news, and bad news…..

For nearly two years now, I’ve been posting weekly posts on my hobby for painting miniatures, which has been the most common subject I post on this blog (followed by my art projects). In that time, I’ve painted many weird and wonderful models, from immortal Stormcast Eternals, to backstabbing creatures of the Skaven and plague infested Death Guard.

Each faction has given me challenges and ideas to experiment with my creativity. Every painting task has challenged me to improve myself at painting, wether trying edge highlighting on black power armour, to complex skin painting for my kit bashed Great Unclean One. It’s always exciting to paint new and impressive models to add to my growing collection……

….but that’s the problem, my collection has grown too big to store. Nearly nine years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined collecting different factions from various races from the Warhammer fantasy and the Mortal Realms. Back then, I thought I’d be giving up by year four. But here I am today, still invested in the hobby that I love and still eager to learn more about it.

But space can be filled over time, and sadly, I’m nearly full of room. It’s a growing problem I’ve had for about a year now since I’ve brought many model for AoS and 40K that have slowly filled up storage. With an upcoming Destruction army on the table (500pt/ 50 renown army), I need to sort this problem out or else I’ll end up hoarding.

I have unwanted models from Death alliance models (was once going to be my summoned force for Storm of Magic expansion, but that died off when Warhammer fantasy was ended), to unused LOTR models that I can let go of easily. But finding someone who might want them is difficult, and I’m not keen on selling them on eBay. So I’m left with three options:

  1. Sell my unwanted Death alliance and other models to someone locally who will make better use with the models.
  2. Give most of my unwanted models to charity locally, or give to a local hobby club.
  3. End my journey with collecting models and stick to army books/BL books.

My hope is that 2. Will be the option that I’ll end up with, as it would make me happier to give (painted and unpainted models) to a club that might need it most. Selling the models would be great to cover the cost, but I doubt anyone will want a amateur painted models.

However, there are some good news from this situation!

Depending on what outcome will happen, I can see two options from now that will keep me posting new stuff on the blog (as well as building my armies for any future gaming).

  1. If I can’t give my unwanted models away: this option, I’ll be posting painted models as normal, but I’ll be pushing myself a lot harder to get the backlogs done. This may result in fewer weekly posts, as I tend not to push my motivation on units that take too longer to paint (like Clanrats). My blog will eventually shift to something new, like BL book reviews, in-depth lore analysis and sometimes on occasion a batrep. At least this way I won’t be worried about what to post when I’m painting units for a long time.
  2. Unwanted models are given away: great news for this option is that I can run this blog as usual, painting backlog models as well as new stuff in between. So far last year, my plan of painting backlogs in between new models has worked well. I’ve benefited from getting nearly half of my Dark Elves army painted last year, so motivation will be stable. Whilst making more space means more freedom, I will however be including only models that are related to my already owned factions (as well as small creative projects on the side). If I do get more space and better organise storage, my secret project (mentioned in my 2018 New Years resolutions) can continue.

With this in mind now, I can at least continue blogging without long overdue silence, and worrying about my future with the hobby.

That said, I’m also have a rethink on what to buy from GW, lately their prices haven’t sit well with me. The GUCO for example seems too steep for my tastes. Also, since the hobby is getting more expensive, I’m not going to invest as much as I used to, as I need to think about other things IRL.

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That’s all for this subject. I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile now, but I’ve been holding back as I wanted to explain it when I felt the time was right. I’m hoping to continue blogging in the future, as it’s helped me feel more included into the community, as well as learning and sharing hobby tips with fellow bloggers.

If you are in the same situation as I’m in currently, or have been able to deal with this sort of situation. Post a comment below, and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Nurgle month-week 3: Harbingers Death Guard

Nurgle month-week 3: Harbingers Death Guard

Today’s post is just going to be a visual post, as I’ve not planned any real backstory to the Harbingers Death Guard side.

The collection is only recently been started, after buying myself the Death Guard Codex and Mythitic Blight hauler after Christmas. My collection will only be a small warband, as I don’t want to build another big faction (I’ve got no more room left for new big armies to store up for now) as well as commitments to finishing off my Stormcast Eternals army.

Just a quick note, not all models have had their basing finished, as during the time I took these photos, I ran out of Astrogranite texture paint. I do apologise for any terrible basing.

Plague marines

Poxwalkers

Malignant Plaguecaster (converted)

Mythitic Blight hauler

Later on next month or so, I’ll be detailing how I’ve painted my Death Guard Faction with simple step by step process. I think you guys will be curious to know how I’ve done the rust effect and all, so I’ll be sure to let you know the colour scheme once I find a new pox subject (I mean volunteer) to paint.

That’s all from me for now. I hope you have enjoyed this post, your support and positivity has helped me to really get a lot of models painted lately.

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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

Nurgle month- week 2: Harbinger Legion

Nurgle month- week 2: Harbinger Legion

Back again with another Nurgle themed post for Nurgle month. This week, we return to the Harbinger Legion with more new units primed and ready. Including a flyer, Sorcerer, Warptalons and Havocs.

The Stormtalon (or Stormdrake) was made from two kits of Stormtalon/Interceptor, which I’ve used the spare parts to assemble this model. Since I’m basing the flyer on the Haldrake datasheet, I’ve equipped it with two flamers (although it will still be classed as on attack).

Next up are the Havocs, and by heck they’ve had a rough time!

Followed by some very enthusiastic Warp Talons, with some grizzly claws of fresh blood.

Finally, my personal favourite model, the Chaos Sorcerer!

That’s all for now for this week. I hope you have enjoyed this post! 🙂

My enthusiasm and energy is running low at the minute due to course work taking much of my time, as well as doing other projects. So either next week or the week after will be my final week of Nurgle month. The last post will certainly be a good finale!

As ever, a teaser for you guys and girls!

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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