[unofficial] Tomb Kings Battletome on Mengel Miniatures

A few days ago whilst I was looking through some hobby blog sites, I’ve found something that I had to spread the word on. A website called Mengel Miniatures has an article about an unofficial and fan made Tomb Kings battletome!

Tyler M and contributors have created a jaw dropping battletome, that many Tomb King players would be inspired to read and play. What’s even better is the fact that the battletome is on PDF, so it can be read anywhere on the go.

I have a friend who has a Tomb Kings army that he’s been using for a few AoS games now, creating an amazing backstory and colour scheme to represent his army. Sadly it’s a shame that the faction is no longer being supported in AoS, only carried on in the compendium download.

However, this stunning fan battletome has all of the existing warscrolls with new battalion warscrolls, alligence ability’s and so much more. If your a Tomb King collector, I would highly recommend you check out Mengel Miniatures website which I’ll link below:

http://www.mengelminiatures.com/2017/03/the-unofficial-tomb-kings-battletome.html?m=1

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Thank you for reading this post. If you can, check out Mengel Miniatures and spread the word about the site. Fan made projects like this deserve praise for the hard work and effort being put into the project.

Until next time guys, 

-Bjorn

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On the table: None-official Freeguild models

On the table: None-official Freeguild models

[Re-edit update (14/10/17)] 

After looking more into the subject, I want to correct some errors I’ve made on this post. The post was intended to be based around using outside miniature company models as substitutes for AoS warscrolls. This was my own journey on making my own Freeguild army using 17th/18th century French army models. 

My original edit didn’t clearly mention that this was focusing on GW related areas for using other company miniatures. I would like to apologise for this error.

My use of the word ‘controversial’ for this post was for anyone who invest in GW products, since this post is technically presenting an alternative that might hurt GW stores and Clubs, which will upset people. Again, my terrible structure in litriture and lack of research was at fault, again I apologise for this error.

For awhile I’ve been pondering wether or not to scrap this post and make new one. However, I felt it would be mature to keep the post up with minor alterations with better explinations for any future readers.

Thank you for reading this update, if you have any questions or anything that I’ve missed out, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

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 There are times when a budget can only fit so much for a hobby project, especially when you’ll need multiple kits of models that are expensive. So when it came to collecting a Freeguild army, I went and purchased other model brands.

Positive aspects for buying different miniature company models

Going for miniature company’s that supply different ranges of models is a fresh landscape for kit bashing and unique looking armies. My Freeguild army is based on 17th-18th century French soilders, which look unique for their scale and uniform design.

Not only that, but having sets of x40 and x80 models in one kit is an easier way of filling up a full unit for match play. It’s great for hobbyist new and old who are either struggling to start an army or need a unique aesthetic look to display their collection.

Negative aspects for choosing this option

For those of you who are unaware of using proxy models for AoS, there are limitations for using other  miniatures manufacturers for your army. Since the models aren’t officialy part of GW’s products, they will be banned from any official GW stores. Examples of areas that won’t accept these models include:

  • Official GW gaming tournaments 
  • Gaming clubs that are part of GW (although there are many independent gaming clubs that are fine with substitute models, as long as they fit with the rules you’ll be using)
  • GW painting competitions instore and events.

Unless your going to a gaming/ tournament group that house rule unofficial models, or to a friends house, your options are limited. Any investments you make are down to you, just keep in mind of what I’ve mentioned above before making any decisions.

Some model brand will lack multi-part options for customisation for kit bashing, many kits are even just a single mould altogether. The quality is also an issue, as the models might be made from cheaper materials that could break easily.

A brief history on the collection

A few years ago, I’ve found a hobby store (now sadly closed down this year) in an indoor market. The open shop had a variety of models ranging from cars, WWI/WWII kits, planes and so much more. What caught my eye though was the historical model range, which had 17/18th century period French milita models. 

Grabbing myself three kits (unfortunately, I forgot the model brand name and kit names, I apologise for the obscure information) consisting of a set of 70 cream white troops, 4 cannons and 40 blue troops. 

Progress on the kits

So far I’ve divided the kits into units based on warscrolls that best fit the units. The cream white models will be the Freeguild Guard, a total of a full x40 unit, and an extra unit of x20 (and a few more models that need counting). The blue plastic kit will be Freeguild Gunners, since I have just the right amount of models to fill a full unit of x30, or two units of x20.

I’m planning on reposing the cannons and rebasing the models, which will be my ally units from the Ironweld Arsenal. These will be useful to shoot at prime targets weaken any unwanted advancing units.

The proxy Freeguild models are a lot smaller compared to other kits, which actually looks more immersive for scale. Here’s a selection of comparisons that will give you guys a visual scale on how tall the proxy models are.

I like the scale difference, especially comparing models like the Primaris sergeant and Rotbringers Blightking. The proxy model has a fragile, squishy appearance compared to its bigger comparisons.

My goal now for this side project is to get enough round bases to cover all of the models. Once that’s sorted, I’ll then consider finding a kit of horses that fit with the scale and aesthetic of the army. Or optionally, other kits of the same scale that will be close fit to proxy for warscrolls.

Then, I’ll be adding a Freeguild General on a Griffin as my final addition to the army. Finally, I’ll create a name and backstory for this faction once I’ve got enough models to cover 1,000pt.
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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

AoS faction collection: Exile Aelves

AoS faction collection: Exile Aelves

Welcome back to another post of AoS faction collections, a series dedicating to both the ongoing narrative and progression of my faction collections. Today, I’ll be presenting my Exile Aelves (or Dark Elves) that I’ve been painting for the past few weeks.


Rather than posting each unit a week, I thought it would be more sensible to post a reflective post on my current progress. For those of you who have been following my blog for a long time now, will know about my on and off rants and failed post series to revitalise my Dark Elves army. 

Anyone new to my blog site, I’ll sum up my main points why this faction in particular has been difficult to work on.

  1. Lore wise, it’s difficult to fully grasp the Exile Aelves, as the lore from Warhammer Fantasy to Age of Sigmar has dramatically changed. For example, it’s uncertain if Malerion (or Malekith for old-hammer) retains the same opinions and personality as he was during the World-that-was.
  2. Since the lore from Warhammer fantasy is now out of current cannon, making a lore-friendly army will be more difficult (as of publishing this post, the factions of the Exile Aelves have so far Not received Battletomes). So making a faction under the banner of Ghrond or Naggroth are not likely to be an option.
  3. Painting an army can be difficult if the concept behind the army is lacking in established lore, and guidelines on what that armies role is in AoS. Without inspiration and motivation, the project will quickly fall apart in failure.
  4. Finally, my thoughts on the Exile Aelves being part of the Order alliance are not too positive. For their old lore defines them as selfish, cold hearted and malicious elves, who are spiritually corrupted rather than physically. However, since they’re now an Order faction, I’m worried that their lore will be a lot less cruel than their original background.

Now that your all up to date on my situation with the faction, you’ll be wondering why I’m doing a post on the faction?

Well, it all comes down to the fact that I won’t be around forever if I leave this army in the storage room, I’d rather pass away with a fully painted army than waste it. As well as my desire to return this faction on to the table top to once again be used for wargaming. 

It’s sad that this army has not been used for a long time now, I hope this revitalised project will finally get the collection back to being playable.

With the over exposition done, here’s a collection of photos of my current Exile Aelves that I’ve painted. Enjoy!

Next time, going back to the Stormcast Eternals with three units of Liberators. Equipped with hammers and shields, they’re both the defence and wrath of Sigmars immortal warriors.

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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

The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series: Devoted of Malus (Order Serpentis)

The Grey-mane Dynasty lore series: Devoted of Malus (Order Serpentis)

After some time working on the new series banner and concept story lines, I’ve finally been able to get back into releasing new homebrew lore for Warhammer AoS. Today, I’ll be introducing the first of four Exile Aelves faction backstorys, starting off with the Devoted of Malus (Order Serpentis). I hope you’ll enjoy the post!

The fall of the Nippon warriors of Yanljia

Far into the mountains of the west side of Silver Throne, a small but growing army of Exile Aelves are gathering together for war. Having spent centuries living on the mountain sides as survivors of the fall of the Grey-mane dynasty. The Exiles have rebuilt themselves from the ash and dirt of the lands called Black shards, where they’ve built sky piercing towers of black monoliths, built by blood, dirt and slavery.

It is here that they’ve found a new purpose to live and grow as fractured misfits of Aelves, having built a work force of slaves captured from nearby villages. The Aelves were once proud and disciplined warriors of the shadows, now torn apart during the Age of Chaos. 

It is said that they were once mighty Nippon warriors of the ruthless assassin, Yanlija, the Grey-mane of Shadows. After her execution at the hands of the bloodthirsty Malthran, her remaining warriors fled to the far west to survive. Many were killed by hordes of Daemons, eaten and diseased by possessed civilians of the plague god and butchered by Malthrans newly anointed Blood Warriors.

The few that have survived lived a harsh life on the cold winds of the mountain sides, many had died trying to defend themselves from barbarian raiders and ferocious predators. Over time, the Aelves became selfish and cold hearted as they fought to survive by any means, even so far as backstabbing each other.

From this point onwards, the Aelves would be divided into different factions, from Darkling Coverns, Daughters of Khaine, Order Serpentis and Scourge Privateers. 

Origins of the Devoted of Malus 

One day, unrecorded of who or what started the root of origin, a cult following of a long forgotten legend was spreading around the Order Serpentis of Garneth-Tar. This mythical legend of the World-that-was had been through many trials and treachery in his life, having even earned himself a place as champion of the Witch King himself. A legend that was none other than the cold blooded Warrior known as Malus Darkblade.

Legends of Malus are passed down from generation to generation, his tale of his rise and fall is truly the path that all Drakespawn Knights would aspire to. His tale was so awe inspiring, that many who hear it become devoted to worship him as a god. Soon, all Aelves became fixated on this cult, which overtook the old ways of the Nippon code. Then, the Aelves finally declared their new military faction name as the Devoted of Malus, consisting of only the finest Drakespawn Knights and Beastmasters.

The Grand Marshal and the Avatar of Malus Darkblade

Leading them to war is the Grand Marshal (Dreadlord) by the name of Lorstoir the Bloody lancer, having earned that name for obvious reasons as the name suggests. He leads the Order with a sick twisted mind that only the most devious and paranoid Aelve would appreciate. The Grand Marshal is the highest rank of the army, having proved to the previous occupant his mastery of war by backstabbing him to earn the title.

However, a Grand Marshal is nothing compared to the avatar of Malus Darkblade, a role granted to rare Drakespawn individuals who are worthy enough to be reborn as a spitting image of the legendary Dreadlord himself. Although they are significantly weaker than what Malus had gained in his possesion, nevertheless, these avatars are still a force that can smite the enemy with devastating effect.

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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

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Prosecutors 

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Prosecutors 

As the war for the Grey-name dynasty continues, Joining the Lords of the Pisces are the angelic hammers of Sigmars wrath, the Prosecutors. These flight gifted warriors are seen as a sacred role in the stormhost, having ascended from the sea of eternal cycle to become the predators of the sky. 

Prosecutor prime, Tikor, leads his men to scout the outer bastions of the land, seeking to find any enemy territory and finding any weaknesses for the ground troops to target.

One of my favourite sculpts from the Stormcast Eternals range, it’s hard to believe that eight years from starting this hobby, would I see the major improvements of quality the sculptors have achieved. comparing this unit to the Dark Elves Manticore and Harpies is quite a big difference on how sculpting was done.


Painting this unit was pretty simple, since the colour scheme is the same as my previous entries for the army. The wings however was a new area for me, since its texture and form is meant to reflect on its sculpt as wings of pure light.

The colour scheme is very similar to the Dracoth, although the application of paint is done in drybrush sections of transitional blend. Whilst it’s not as simple as the quick methods many would use, I think the overall look of the wings are a fantastic contrast to the cold blue armour.

Next time, I’ll be showing not one, not two, but all of my Dark Aelves I’ve painted so far! I felt it was finally time to jump the schedule and show the current progress on the collection.
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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

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Lord Celestant Bjorn the Stormborn

AoS faction collection: Lords of the Pisces, Lord Celestant Bjorn the Stormborn

Welcome back to AoS faction collection, a continuing series where I present models I’ve painted each week, based on the faction I’m currently collecting. Since I’m feeling under the weather from the cold flu, as well as an ever growing backlog of models completed, I’ve decided to post an extra AoS faction collection.

Today, I’ll be showing off my centrepiece for the army, a Lord Celestant by the name of Bjorn the Stormborn!

This model was surprisingly tedious to paint at first, it’s not as simple as your standard liberator or SC hero. There was a lot to consider when painting this model, from the colour scheme for textures, tones and techniques to apply for the Dracoth. As well as how to paint the model for both the rider and mount without too much complications of inconsistency to the painting.

I came to the conclusion that I’ll paint the dracoth first, as it’s the biggest part of the model to paint. I’ve used the black basecoat as a way of drybrushing over lighter paints for instant recess gaps. Once the Dracoth was done, I went on to paint the Lord Celestant without too much complication. 
Overal, painting the model in seperated parts helped me to overcome the task of painting this model. The colours chosen work well as contrast between the rider and beast, having a rich and mix tones of warmth (Dracoth skin) and coldness (Lord Celestant).

If your interested in recreating the Dracoth I’ve painted here, or want to use the colour scheme for other models, here’s my colour guide below.
Dracoth skin

  1. Basecoat the model in matt acrylic black
  2. Drybrush the model in Kabalite Green.
  3. Drybrush again in Sybarite Green.
  4. Mix 1/3 of Sybarite Greeb and acrylic model colour White and drybrush the neck and lower body.
  5. Use Druchii Violet shade on the lighter shade areas.
  6. Drybrush the shaded areas in acrylic model White.

Eyes 

    1. Basecoat the eyes in Evil Sunz Scarlet.
    2. Highlight the centre of the eyes in Ryza Rust.
    3. Carefully make a white dot at the corner of the eyes using acrylic model white.

    Teeth

    1. Basecoat the teeth in Yuriel Yellow.
    2. Shade the teeth in Reikland Fleshshade.
    3. Drybrush acrylic model white.


    Next time I’ll be covering my next Stormcast unit, the Prosecutors. These winged warriors are a sight to see, their design looks absolutely amazing for today’s wargaming plastics. Sadly, the wings can be fragile to break, as I’ll elaborate on this in my next post.

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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

    AoS faction collection: Arkanaut company of Barak-Nar (allies)

    AoS faction collection: Arkanaut company of Barak-Nar (allies)

    The Duardin of Barak-Nar have lend their aid to the Lords of the Pisces in their direst need. For the Stormhost need as many allies as they can rally to retake the lands of the once great Grey-mane dynasty. Led by the warrior chamber commander, Lord Celestant Bjorn the Stormborn, he seeks to retake his homeland and destroy his arch nemesis, the Mighty Lord of Khorne, Malthran.


    The Kharadron Overlords have seen great promise in this alliance of the Grey-manes Expedition, as the outcome can produce a future trade line for the navy. Taking on the request from the Stormcasts, Barak-Nar have offered to help the Stormhost with a privateer crew and their frigate. Whilst it’s only a small offering (for a high price in gold), it’s more than worth its fire power and capacity to smite the foes of Chaos.


    Painting this unit was a simple task, since the majority of the models were coated in silver spray paint. I tried to keep the colour scheme as close to the Barak-Nar imagery, so the unit will be recognisable on the field as part of Barak-Nar.

    On their right shoulder guards, you’ll notice some Duardin runes inscribed on each Kharadron Overlord. The runes are actually from one of the old Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf supplement books (can’t remember which edition number it was, but I think it was released around 1995 onwards?), which has loads of runes to equip (not for AoS sadly). So I’ve inscribed two runes for the unit, one being used through most of the troops, and a unique rune for the unit champion.

    I think this is a great way of connecting the old Dwarfs of Warhammer fantasy to the new Kharadron Overlords of Warhammer AoS. Can you guess what the runes mean? (No prizes by the way)


    My only criticism for the unit would be the shade I’ve used for the bronze, due to the glossy finish. Whilst I’m not keen on the gloss effect, overal I like the paint scheme.

    My goal now for my allies option will be to add a Frigate to the roster, which will be perfect along with Arkanaut company for a 2,000pt game. However, since I’m only using a 1,000pt army list currently, it’s none essential to get a Frigate for now.
    Next time, we return to the Lords of the Pisces, as the Stormhost finally taken it’s first steps out of Azyrheim. leaving the Celestial realm to wage war in the lands of a lost dynasty. Leading the thunder strike is none other than Lord Celestant Bjorn the Stormborn, riding on top of his faithful Dracoth, Kivendorr. With hearts of cold vengeance tighten within each and every Stormcast Eternal, none are more cold and unforgiving as the Lord Celestant.

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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