Flesh-Eater Courts: Liverbone Court [14/6/17]

Flesh-Eater Courts: Liverbone Court [14/6/17]

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve last posted an update for this faction, the last post about this army was my kit bash model of Elder Hag Hexter, which was way back in January. However, I’ve now returned to this WIP faction project after a long absence from other projects.

My plans for this faction have changed from my original goal of creating a 1,500pt army, to instead going towards a 100 renown Flesh-Eater Courts Skirmish hunting party. I think this is sensible decision because the army has deep lore that ties it to the Grey-mane dynasty, which would be better presented for small narrative skirmish games. Therefore I won’t need to invest much for this collection, as I’ll only need one warscroll for each unit to play skirmish. 

Now with that I’ve explained all that, let’s take a look and see what’s new for the faction.

Elder Hag Hexterlooking very grotesque and vile by the curse of King Ren’s gift, Hexter has been transformed into a creature of misery and morbidity. A Sychophant Ghoul Queen tied to the Liverbone Court, changed after nearly dying from intense magical burns by a ‘dead kings’ ring of ancestors old. Her hatred for her nemesis is raw to the core of her being, she would see that this undead king will perish by her alchemical magic, to encase him in enteral molten gold as punishment for her pain.

This is one of my favourite models I’ve painted so far for this faction, I like how her pose and facial expression gives off this animalistic intent to strike at her target. The Blood on her clawed hands and mouth creates a great touch to her ghoulish state, making her less human by her degrading appearance.

So far the collection includes 3x Crypt Horrors, 1x Crypt Haunter Coutier, 1x Crypt Ghast Courtier, 3x Crypt Ghouls and 1x Abhorrent Ghoul Queen. I’ve estimated that all of this totals to 80-90 renown, but I’ll check the proper calculation when I’ve got a few more Crypt Ghouls into the skirmish hunting party.

My plans for this project are to paint a few more Crypt Ghouls for a unit of 10x, as well as painting my Crypt Infernal Courtier. After that I’ll only need to get a unit of Crypt Flayers to finish off this project, which will give me a variety of options to choose my units for skirmish games.

As for my Abhorrent Ghoul king on Terrorgheist? Well, I’ll keep him on display in my model shelf as a display piece. The model is quite fragile to transport with me for gaming, which is sad. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean to say that Ren himself won’t be joining the skirmish battles, yet……

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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. Thank you!

I hope you have an awesome day today,

-Bjorndovah

AoS collection (progress so far)

AoS collection (progress so far)

After a few months of project work on my AoS collection since the last update post, I’ve had a few new additions to my Khorne alliance. The rest haven’t changed since last time, but that’ll change now that Skirmish is released.

I’ve got my copy of AoS Skirmish, it’s a lot more focused on the narrative aspect for smaller games as a one off match or a campaign. From this I’m going to focus all of my effort to make a 50 renown point army for faction models that are keyed as [Skirmish]. At least I won’t have to invest much into these factions now that I can just use them for smaller games.

The first faction to be on my Skirmish project will be my Liverbone Court army, which will be a 50 renown group led by Elder Hag Hexter. Since I’ve already given her a backstory, the campaign narrative will be easier for me to write a goal for Hexter and her Court minions. 

For now though, here’s a list of factions that I’m currently working on for my AoS collection.

Keys:
✔️= completed

(*) = current progress

[Skirmish] = for AoS Skirmish 

The Grey-mane truce: Stormcast Eternals (Lords of the Pisces), and Kharadron Overlords (Admiral Blackstone’s privateers). 

  • Lord Celestant on Dracoth (currently being painted)
  • Lord Relictor (currently being painted)
  • Questor Knight ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • 5x Liberators (Basecoated)
  • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated) [Skirmish]
  • 5x Liberators (Not basecoated)
  • 4x Retributors (Not basecoated) [Skirmish]
  • 3x Prosecutors (Not basecoated) [Skirmish]
  • 5x Judicators ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • (Yet to be decided on the Skirmish Kharadron Overlords)

Khorne Bloodbound, Axes of Skarbrand

  • Mighty lord of Khorne ✔️
  • Bloodsecrator ✔️
  • Bloodstoker (Currently being painted) 
  • Slaughterpriest (undecided for faction) ✔️
  • 10x Bloodletters ✔️
  • 10x Blood warriors (currently being painted)
  • Khorgorath ✔️
  • 25x Blood Reavers (Not basecoated) 
  • 5x Skullreapers (currently being painted)
  • Skull cannon ✔️
  • Flesh Hounds ✔️
  • Aspiring Deathbringer ✔️

Combined Nurgle army, Stagrot Warband

  • Great Unclean One ✔️
  • Nurgle Sorcerer ✔️
  • Lord of Plagues ✔️
  • Harbinger of Decay ✔️
  • 2x Chaos Spawn ✔️
  • 10x Chaos Warriors ✔️
  • 2x Beasts of Nurgle ✔️
  • 10x Plague Bearers✔️
  • 3x Plague Ogres ✔️
  • Bray Shaman ✔️
  • Harbinger of Decay (Not basecoated)
  • Harbinger of Decay (Not Basecoated)
  • 5x Chaos Knights (re-based in progress)

Flesh-Eaters Court, Liverbone Court

  • Abhorrent Ghoul king on Terrorgheist ✔️
  • Ghoul king ✔️
  • Ghoul king (Basecoated) [Skirmish]
  • 3x Crypt Horrors ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • 3x Crypt Horrors (Basecoated)
  • Crypt Haunter Coutier ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • Crypt Haunter Coutier (Basecoated)
  • Crypt Infernal Coutier (Not basecoated)
  • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️ [Skirmish]
  • Crypt Ghast Courtier ✔️
  • 10x Crypt Ghouls (Currently being painted) [Skirmish]
  • Varghulf Coutier (Kit bash process)

Combined Skaven army, Clan Skelnix

  • Verminlord Corruptor ✔️
  • Screaming Bell ✔️
  • Warlord ✔️
  • Warlock Engineer ✔️
  • 6x Packmasters ✔️
  • 3x Rat Ogres ✔️
  • 3x Rat Ogres ✔️
  • 12X Giant Rats ✔️
  • Hellpit Abomination ✔️
  • Plague Priest ✔️
  • 20x Stormvermin (Currently being painted)
  • 40x Clan Rats (re-basing in progress)
  • Warlock Engineer (re-basing in progress)
  • Warlord (re-painting)
  • Doomwheel (re-painting)
  • 4x Weapon teams (re-basing)
  • Greyseer (re-painting)
  • Assassin (re-painting)

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If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!
Hope you all have a great day,

-Bjorndovah

Lore of the realms: The Grey-mane Dynasty part 1, The founding (generation one and two)

Lore of the realms: The Grey-mane Dynasty part 1, The founding (generation one and two)

When the realms were born from the destructive aftermath of the The world-that-was, civilisation began anew from the ashes of the old world. Many would start out as farmers, tribal communities and small established villages. But, unlike most civilisations, the Grey-mane Dynasty started out as a mystery to outsiders. The legends behind the founding of the dynasty may hold the answers, or even more questions as to how the dynasty first established it’s place in the mortal realms.

The Founding
During the beginning of the Age of Myth, eight individuals were created by an unknown entity at the top of the Volcano known as Valixxinum. The entity in question may have been, as Scholars have predicted, to be one of the fabled ‘Old ones’ or possibly an ancient Slann from one of Aqshy’s many constellations. But none have so far produced sufficient evidence to prove these two theories.

The eight individuals were created to be unique in their talents for the eight magical winds, drawing their powers to do both battle and talents at their chosen field of specialty. In giving these powers to the individuals, the entity had set about rules and wisdom to start building a civilisation through peace and unity. Before the individuals began building their established hold, they were requested to meet the entity at the top of the tallest mountain called Silver throne.

The mountain was said to be a creation of the entity, a magical terraforming that created a mountain that could reach the sea of stars themselves. It was said that the mountain was formed to be the *peak of communication to the exalted beings from the stars.

(*However, as of current scriptures from Azyr scouts, this communication has been silent since the Age of Chaos. Although some rumours suggest that there has been sightings of a cult that are trying to re-communicate with these exalted entity’s).

It took the eight individuals a month to climb the mountain, it’s height was higher compared to it’s sibling of Valixxinum. For an average person, the trek up the mountain would surely take longer, without a map to show a quicker way of climbing the vast rocky slopes of Silver throne. This was intentional as a defence against trespassers and enemy tribes who would seek to claim the mountain as their own stronghold. 

As the eight figures arrived at the summit of Silver throne, the entity bestowed each individual a gift. Artefacts that represent each individual based on their chosen wind of magic, and their role in the newly created civilisation. Before the entity left, it decreed that these eight individuals will be named the Grey-manes, the highest authority and elders that will guide and teach the generations towards the path of enlightenment. The price for this rank is that these individuals will never own nor seek for reward or self indulgent. 

However, the price was far more deeper than the entity had predicted, its meddling with the winds of magic would have repercussions for this dynasty in the future. 

First and second generation
The transition from first to second generation is unrecorded and sketchy, since during that time no one had recorded but instead tell tales of legends to be passed down to future generations. In fact, no one really knew much about the first Grey-manes and how they successfully established their hold on Aqshy. All that is know, is that they have created a hold in the east as a starting point to build their dynasty.

The second generation however had a few surviving records that started to show the dynasty’s aspirations, culture and philosophy. Notable remaining records found on Grey-manes that lived were Aghrath the Fire born, Barathor the Shadow, Arashar the Metal and Allnaria the Light. It is assumed that the remaining four Grey-manes were traveling around different realms to find new sources of knowledge and people to join their growing dynasty. Also, the titles for the Grey-manes were simple ones, having not established much sophisticated knowledge to be named authentic.

Architecture was first established at this time period, having built simple huts and progressive knowledge on building stone walls for defence. This generation has simple ideals and concepts towards their dream architecture plans for the civilisation to thrive upon. Artworks and planning scrolls that show the future hold was an inspiring presence to many, as they started to build the new hold.

Second generation symbols of the eight magical winds.

By the time the second generation of Grey-manes had passed away, the third generation had carried on the great task of finishing the predecessors goal of building a fortified stronghold for their dynasty. Consistent records show that there has been an evolution for the title of the Grey-manes, with all eight elders being recorded from this generation. 

  • Tenvarskar, The Fireborn (the General of the strongholds army and chief of the ritual leader for Valixxinum day)
  • Arashar, The Alchemist (alchemy master and forger of metals)
  • Malinthor, The shadewatcher (unknown role)
  • Valenheim, The oakwise (ambassador for Alariella and agricultural chief for food and plant life)
  • Lixznumor, The Heaven listener (communicator to the entity and voice of wisdom)
  • Alcazzar, The Cryptkeeper (lord of the crematory and chief of the Crypt cult)
  • Alinaria, The lightseer (mistress of the light covern)
  • Gorkror, The Wildborn (ambassador to Gorrkamorka, and hunter of the wild)

By the time the stronghold was built, the Grey-manes were at their silver age, masters in the art of both battle and peaceful idealists. The Grey-mane dynasty was now fully established, drawing in many travellers and merchants who have flooded the stronghold with goodwill and trade. At this time, the fourth generation were at an age where they can take on more responsibility from their third generation parents. Carrying on the legacy of their ancestors to a new and bright age of peace and harmony.

Landscape art of the Grey-mane dynasty hold by Rangthir Ivo, Third generation era. The painting shows many landmarks that tie to the history of the Grey-mane dynasty, with Silver throne on the left, Volcano Valixxinum at the centre and the Grey-mane stronghold on the right. 

However, the repercussions of the past have now started to take its toll on the third generation, as they realise the full price of what it means to be a Grey-mane.

Next time, we’ll be looking into the next six generations of the Grey-mane dynasty, and how the rapid decline of the old ways leads the Grey-manes towards damnation.

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

Hope you all have a fantastic day, and I hope see you again next time,

-Bjorndovah

[WIP] Khorne Bloodbound, The Axes of Skarbrand: progress so far (part 2 of 2)

[WIP] Khorne Bloodbound, The Axes of Skarbrand: progress so far (part 2 of 2)

Welcome back to the second part of my current WIP Khorne alliance collection, this time I’ve got four more units completed. These include my Aspiring Deathbringer, Bloodsecrator, Flesh Hounds and (a re-based) Slaughterpriest. 

I’m really digging into the new schedule that I’ve been using for a few weeks now, it’s really helped me to balance my enthusiasm and work effort on a weekend basis. These models shown today, as well as last weeks, have been painted using the new schedule plan. I’m hoping this will once and for all defeat my long running issue of burn out from painting. Fingers crossed! 🤞
Enough rambling from me, let’s get started with part 2, enjoy!

Galanar Gorrstros (Aspiring Deathbringer)
This model was actually a Blood warrior champion that’s been kit bashed using a Bloodletters left arm, a hornless helmet of a Chaos warrior and a decapitated remains of a Judicators helmet. The young Deathbringers identity is a mystery, save for his demonic bare arm that reveals his damnation towards Daemonhood.

Astros the bloody judge (Slaughterpriest with hackblade) 
Many of my blog followers my have recognised this model from a year ago, a free model from the new incarnation of White Dwarf monthly. At the time, I wasn’t sure wether to add him to my army due to his vastly different colour scheme that I’d painted before getting a Khorne army. Eventually I’ve decided to re-base him in the same base texture as the rest of the army to fit him seamlessly with the others. 

His armour livery may be different to the rest of the army, but I’m planning on making it an artefact that has its unique backstory ( I’ll be using the Blades of Khorne artefact chart to choose his unique gift). 

The Feasters of Alcazzanarc (Flesh Hounds)
Born from rage and hunger, these hounds serve the warband to hunt down and seek wizards, witches and sorcerers who dare use magic to defend themselves. It is said that these Flesh hounds had hunted down a Tzeentchian sorcerer named Alcazzanarc, who’s magic failed to protect ‘it’ from being feasted upon by the savage hounds maws. 

Not much to say apart from the fact that I’ve used Fenrisian wolves instead of the resin Flesh Hounds. I really don’t like resin models, I’ve found it to be a tedious process to paint from past experience. So instead I’ve used the wolves plastic, which look a lot more bloodthirsty once painted in the colours of my warband.

Tharvrinar the gore drenched bearer (Bloodsecrator)Finally we have the Bloodsecrator, one of my first attempt at painting my Khorne warband. It took me ages to get this model done due to the amount of detail and attention needed to paint it. 

Personally, I think he looks badass, just the sheer amount of attention for painting this model had paid off in the overal end result. However, he’s the second hardest model I’ve painted for this collection, I did find it difficult to be motivated to paint this model since February. But thankfully he’s completed!

That’s all for now, thank you for reading part 2 of my WIP Khorne alliance army. My next plan for this collection is to finish painting my Bloodstoker, Blood Warriors, Bloodmaster and Bloodreavers. 

I hope to see you guys next time! 🙂

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If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

I hope you guys are having a fantastic day,

-Bjorndovah

[WIP] Khorne Bloodbound, The Axes of Skarbrand: progress so far (part 1 of 2)

[WIP] Khorne Bloodbound, The Axes of Skarbrand: progress so far (part 1 of 2)

For quite a few months now since February, I’ve been working on my Inquisition warband and my Black Templars army. However, recently a lot of my focus has been towards my Khorne allied army for AoS games and Path to glory. After playing Khorne Bloodbound during my last game in February, I’ve been inspired to build and grow this army to a 2,000pt force. 

The last time I’ve mentioned about this collection was way back in February where I showed off my Khorgorath (which was painted in a complex tonal shade changes for the skin). Since then, the force has been swollen with new units including a unit of Bloodletters, Flesh Hounds, Skull Canon and extra Blood Warriors. As of typing this post, I’ve nearly painted half of my Khorne collection already in matter of three months (but not the Bloodreavers, that’s gonna be a grinding challenge for me -.-)

Anyway, I thinks about time I’ll show you guys what I’ve done so far, I hope you enjoy part 1!

Avkar Skorvax
First up the leader of the warband, Avkar Skorvax, a might lord of Khorne who’s leading his warband under the banner of The Axes of Skarbrand. I’m currently planning on his lore backstory, but I plan for him to have ties in with Hexters origin in a big way. 

I really like how the model looks overall with my homebrew colour pallet. The silver armour is one of my favourite painting applications to the model, it has a matt finish that retains the silver basecoat. 

Skull Canon
This model has just recently been completed on Monday this week, a record of only two days of painting this monstrosity! The model is a useful artillery weapon used by the Daemons of Khorne to fire skulls at the opponents regiments with fire and fury!

The kit had two options for the skull canon or the Blood throne, I’ve chosen the former because I really needed some fire power against units of 10+ (especially against the undead legions from the Sandheart Dynasty, they have a lot of crypt ghouls in their arsenal). Just looking at this model gives me the chills just seeing it’s bloody trail from it’s last challenger…..

Bloodletters of Khorne
Finally, we’ve come to the bread and warp crumbs of Khorne’s legion, the Bloodletters of Khorne. I really like how the unit looks alive and hungry for battle, like an incoming tide of red rage. I’ve personally liked how the flaming sword effect looks, it’s a pretty cool painting technique that doesn’t require too much skill to achieve (if your interested in painting the same effect, post a comment below if you would like to know about how the process was done).

These were my first attempt at painting the Daemons of Khorne for my allied army. My painting focus for the unit was ‘contrast’, this is because I wanted to really flesh out the look of the Daemons with bright warm colours against dark cold colours (For example, the blue tongues work really well against the red skin). 

That’s all for now, however there will be more to come next Saturday in part 2. I hope to see you again next week!  🙂

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If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

I hope you guys have a fantastic day,

-Bjorndovah

Happy 40th White Dwarf!!

(I know I’m slightly late but trust me, this post has a justified reason! 😉 )

As you all might of known white dwarf has now turned 40, that’s a big achievement for the magazines success. The magazine has been an important source for great table top hobby content, as well as seeing the wider community’s contributions to the hobby. For me it has become an essential purchase every month, as each issue has always something new to show.

How I found out about White Dwarf?

If it wasn’t for my choice to pick up February 2009 issue of White Dwarf at my local newsagents, I would have been into hobby today. It was by some weird fate that I randomly picked up the magazine issue without any prior knowledge on what it was about. To this day I still have my first issue of White Dwarf, which says a lot for my continued enthusiasm for the hobby. It’s changed my life towards having aspirations to become an artist, a passion that I still strongly believe in thanks to White Dwarf for inspiring me.

A Carboot sale with a twist!

Strangely enough though, today I was looking around a car boot sale when I happen upon a random selection of old White Dwarf magazines! (Sadly a few were in bad condition, and I couldn’t buy them all so I only chosen a few that were worth buying). 

As you can probably tell, a few of these magazine issues are historically important, spanning from the two global campaign issues, 5th edition of Warhammer and of course the Third war for Armegeddon. 

These issues of White Dwarf are quite sentimental for me, as I really enjoy reading old content before my time in the hobby. My personal favourite from the five would be the last one (at the back of the pile), that was an interesting issue, especially the rules and kit bash models for Slannesh/Dark Elves. 

I really appreciated how much has changed since my first issue of White Dwarf, the hobby seems to be getting better and better with each new incarnation of the magazine. Many other publications that I’ve read other than the former have either been discontinued or gotten boring. But I can honestly say without a doubt that White Dwarf is still my favourite magazine to read.

Happy 40th anniversary White Dwarf!!! 🙂 🎉🎉🎉

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I hope you have enjoyed this special post today. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thank you!

Have a great day today,

-Bjorndovah

Update on the current progress of the blog

Update on the current progress of the blog

This week has been an interesting week for my blog, from looking at my current statistics on last weekends posts there’s been a lot of views and likes. Now I don’t usually tend to talk about views and likes, as I feel it would be me bragging on about myself rather than the people who have an interest in the posts content. But I can’t deny how you guys have really enjoyed my posts, there’s been more likes and views on those posts than my previous content. 
Ever since the new schedule has been introduced last week, I’ve seen a big difference from before and now in followers and new viewers interest. I’m glad that these changes have been a positive choice for the blog schedule, so for now on the schedule will stay like this for a long while.

The Bloodreaver post was a fresh attempt at showing off my tactical take on a units role. I’m not in any sense a tactical genius when it comes to table top gaming, I lose a lot from bad dice rolls and very poor decisions. However, It’s never about winning, but rather finding ways to improve and refine your army’s that you command. Since the post has been published, it’s been interesting seeing how much viewers read the post. I want to do more of these types of posts for the blog, as I feel I’ve not really looked into the gaming side of AoS.  

Moving on to the most popular of post from last week (Which surprised me the most) was the Black Templar collection, a lot of you guys seem to like that post from last week. I’ve really enjoyed painting these two models for a deadline, it’s a nice change from the usual comfort zone for painting. 

To be honest, since I’ve done those models last month I had trouble painting (now ruined) Emperors champion, because of the spray paint making acrylic layers chip off. But after this weeks statistic result, I feel like getting the problem sorted with more enthusiasm now.
Overall, this says a lot in terms of what you guys enjoy reading, therefore I feel more confident to produce more posts like these with the new schedule that’s been introduced. But…..

‘Wait a minute, you’ve published posts in the weekdays which have the same amount of  likes as the weekend. Not only that, but you specifically said you were only posting in the weekend. So what’s the difference?’

Well I’ll confess and say that the planned schedule wasn’t exactly 100% set, you see I wanted to separate my table top hobby collection and art projects into two schedules. One being the week days as my art project, and the other being my table top hobby weekend post days. 

I wanted to test and see wether there was any point in publishing my artwork projects on the blog post on a weekly basis. Since it would be time wasting if no one was interested in reading the posts. I was very wrong to doubt myself as you guys liked these posts as much as the hobby posts ( I didn’t count the views as I read the posts during study). 

From this, the schedule will be as followed;

  •  Unspecified weekdays will be art project related posts.
  • Weekends will be tabletop related hobby posts.

Since this post is a bit late from my intended posting schedule, I’m going to treat you guys with two new posts rather than one post for tomorrow. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, and I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow.

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I would like to thank everyone who took their time to read and analyse my blog posts every week, it means a lot to me when I see the community bloggers enjoying posts that I do with the hard work and effort that goes into the blog.

I try to continue improving and refining my blog to meet the standards of an enjoyable read, so if you have any suggestions, please send me a comment on your suggestions and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thank you!

I hope you all have an amazing day,

-Bjorndovah