Update on the hobby projects

I thought I’d update you guys on what’s going on with the hobby projects, and just general stuff. There’s a lot to tell from two weeks of big changes to what I’m working on.

Warhammer 40 projects

The Iron Warriors project is nearly wrapping up now with only two more units to paint, a unit of 5x Plague Marines and a Master of Possession. These two units were going to be next on my to do list, but I’ve had to put them on the back log due to some developments on another project.

Remember some of these guys?

They were part of my Chaos Space marines army project, The Harbinger Legion, a project of repainting all of my neglected CSM models into a proper painted army. This had been done for a few years now with later additions of DG models, making it as a big Nurgle army, at the time I thought this would be a good idea.

But as time goes on, I look back at this project and see many flaws that don’t sit well with me today, the army looked rushed on the painting. The army lacked the care and proper colour pallet that would inspire me when playing them on the tabletop. Unlike my other projects which bear some flaws but remain an overall great standard of painting, the Harbinger Legion has had its day.

Recently during my work on the Iron Warriors Death Guard project, I had an idea on what to do with The Harbinger Legion going forwards. After much reading and research on a particular traitor Legion, I decided that I would strip all of the painted CSM models I current have and paint them as the Night Lords Legion.

I came to this decision due to having read the Horus Heresy Primarch book, Konrad Curze: The Night Haunter, written by Guy Haley. A very engaging and enjoyable story of a demigods past, present and future accounts of his life and actions that shaped him as the Night Haunter.

My interest on the Night Lords stretch’s far back to my newcomer days when I started the hobby ten years ago. Me and a friend went to Warhammer World as a day trip, back during a time when the place had a small shop, a big room for gaming and a miniature showcase room that looked like a bond villains weaponry room of mass destruction.

During my visit, I came across the audio section in the shop, at the time GW had only started its audio drama production for about a year or two at this point. Anyways, I found a copy of Throne of Lies by ADB. At the time I hardly knew what the CSM were about, the lore, history and who was who in the grand scheme of things. However once I listened to the audio drama, I was very inspired and interested in the Night Lords Legion.

Whilst the Iron Warriors were always my number one favourite Legion, the Night Lords however have a place in my opinion as the most fascinating Legion to be explored in the lore.

Over the years I have read short stories and novels featuring the 8th Legion, mostly in the HH series that had a lot of good stories including ‘Prince of Crows’ ‘The First Heretic’ and a few others. It’s only when I found an index Astartes issue on the Night Lords that I got really engaged in the lore on the history behind the legions downfall.

So with the backstory out of the way, hows things going so far?

Well………

Striping paint of bloody boring, there’s a lot to do that takes time, dettle and waiting to get the best results.

However, I have made progress with the project by painting the requirements for a patrol detachment plus some other units. I’ll be revealing my current progress soon, I just need to paint a few more models (after I’ve gotten rid of the old paint) to keep my posting consistent as a weekly slot.

But, just to fill in the gap until I post my Night Lords collection post, here’s a smashing mix of lighting and eternal fears for you to feast your eyes on!

For now my main focus is to get my CSM models transferred over to my Night Lords Legion collecton, which will take some time to work on until all of the neglected models are bare plastic and ready to paint. I’m hoping to get this project done by a month or two if I focus on it from now on.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar projects

With everything focusing on Warhammer 40k on this blog lately, what about AoS? Well I’m thinking of going back to my Anvils of the Heldenhammer project to add a few more models to the project, after White Dwarf covered the Sempiterenals article with new rules, I wanted to cover all three battalion plans for my collection.

The good news is that I’ve got just about everything on the list required for each battalion plan, so I’ll only need a few more units to complete this project for good. Like my Lords of the Pisces Stormhost, I’m keeping this project as 1/3 of a Stormhost size for a fairly big sized force on the table.

I might weave this in between my 40k posts for diversity in blogging subjects.

Apart from the Anvils of the Heldenhammer project I have no plans set for my other AoS projects, most of them are tabletop ready and don’t need any additional units.

That’ll change when we see more golden hammer giants released soon…………or big Skaven machines the size of a truck……….yeah……….Warpstone cannon trucks………..

That’s all from me for today. Apologies for taking so long to reply back to everyone on the blog, I’ve been busy lately getting stuff done. I should be getting back to normal routine soon.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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1 year anniversary of Inspired Soul Wars Collection

It’s been over a year now since I started my project on the Soul Wars, an event in AoS that shook the mortal realms by Nagash’s plot to screw the living. Would’ve worked too if the Skaven didn’t mess up the plan. But Nagash still got what he wanted in the end!

Inspired by the novel Soul Wars, by Josh Reynolds, I wanted to recreate the characters and factions that fought during the crucial battle for Glymmsforge. Not only was the cities Realmgate (which led straight to Azyr) at risk, but what the city housed below could spell disaster for all.

My project was split into two factions, the Anvils of the Heldenhammer led by Lord-Arcanum Balthas and the Nighthaunt led by a Night of Shrouds, who’s history ties with the SCE.

A year on I now have a new model to add to this project to mark this first year anniversary. A Glymmsforge Freeguild Captain, wearing his golden badge of office on his dashing black and yellow dress code. Using a Warlord miniatures model as a substitute Captain.

Garyius Moorr, Captain of the Glymmsforge Freeguild garrison.

Because I haven’t got as much Order models for the Soul Wars project compared to the Nighthaunt, I thought it would be fitting to add some humans to my project. I also have some WIP Great swords to go along with my Captain as his bodyguards. Ooooh spooky!

If possible, I might boost this unit to ten models to fit the minimum unit size on their warscoll. With the Free cities of Sigmar on the horizon, I’ll be getting my army ready for a unified force of Stormcast Eternals, humans and other races to represent the Glymmsforge defenders.

Size comparison.

That’s all from me for today, I’ve got loads of work to do that’ll be on the blog very soon.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Summer of Hobbying 2019: combined Nurgle force (AoS)

Anyone order a slice of fungus toad bleak throat rot pizza? No?

These chaps haven’t been on the blog for a couple of years now, in fact they were still AoS 1.0 last time I checked. But now that Maggotkin of Nurgle and AoS 2.0 came out last year, it’s time to bring this project up to date.

Currently there’s only a unit of Blightkings to base and decorate, a second battline unit needed to play a 1,000pt game. As you can see, the army is a mixed bunch of Chaos models who bear the mark of Nurgle. Back in AoS 1.0, it was open to have a mixed army even if synergy was lacking. But I’m not sure if this army is up to scratch in its current state.

Because I’ve already got a lot on the list of stuff needed for my other projects, I don’t think I can add much to my Nurgle army. That said, I think having a blight tree will be a good start, as well as maybe a Start Collecting! Maggotkin of Nurgle. But I don’t feel like getting the whole Nurgle range, and I’ll leave adding stuff to this project as the last of my list.

Meanwhile I’ll be changing a few things in my army, like my substitute GUO who will now be a mutated Chaos Giant. Since I don’t have much other substituting options, a Chaos Giant fits well enough. Because there’s now a new GUO, my substitute model is no longer suitable for such a title.

On the good side, I think this army will be very beneficial to my Clan Pestilence portion of my Skaven army. Since both armies have a great deal in common about bad hygiene and spreading corruption, narrative stories will be so much fun with this strange alliance.

That’s all for today. Next up, it’s the Skaven! How in Sigmars name will I be able to take photos of the whole army in one?

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Summer of Hobbying 2019: The Skullfiend Tribe army showcase

Summer is here (for me at last), and it’s the start of my second year of Summer of Hobbying.

My first summer on the blog was a when I did my AoS Nurgle Collection with a minimal kitbash of a Great Unclean One using the Maggoth kit. Since then I’ve tried to do a yearly season of hobby challenge.

Last year I did this many models in the summer!

This year there’s going to be some changes to how I’m doing Summer of Hobbying, due to budget constraints and time. So rather than showing nothing, I’ve decided to make this summer a year of showing what I’ve done so far this year. A showcase of army collections that I’ve been working on this year and where they are currently.

So what better way to start off this years recap than my growing power house of slaughter, The Skullfiend Tribe. Enjoy!

The Daemons of Khorne

The Slaves to Darkness of Khorne

The Bloodbound of Khorne

A pretty big collection that’s been going on for about three years now, a slow but growing army that’s reached its end. It used to be the Axes of Skarbrand project until half way through I decided to change it into the Skullfiend Tribe.

I’m happy with the current gathering of the Blades of Khorne army. I do however think that this project has naturally come to the end of its journey. As much as adding new models to the project would be awesome, I think some things have an ending.

The only units I have left to include is my Chaos Troggoth group, with two substitute Troggoths and a Troggoth King.

Once these guys have been base decorated they’ll be added to the Slave of Darkness section. I wanted to add one more substitute Troggoth to the unit but I’d be left with a spare monopose champion. So an understrength unit of 2 out of 3 isn’t as bad.

Would I add anything else before I finish this project? I don’t feel like adding much else to be honest, most of the Blades of Khorne model range doesn’t interest me, most of the designs look too cartoony. It’s just the Endless Spell kit I need now, along with the updated Battletome.

Well that’s it for this army project post, a bloody…. ah never mind I’m getting wooden with my dry humour.

Next up, it’s the Primaris Crimson Fists!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Ghoul Gutbusters: Ghoul Grots unleashed!

Creeping in the undergrowth, clattering their bone charms, scratching on the walls, blood smeared on their decaying skin and a giggling madness from a small spiteful form. The Ghoul Grots are cunning in trap making and devious plots, but also cowardly when something bigger than them threatens them. But unlike most Grots, the Ghoul Grots are cannibals that eat their own kin with great delight.

Kitbashed using some spare Crypt Ghouls and heads from the Gretchin and Ogre kit, this unit takes a life of its own as an odd hybrid of cannibal Grots. Since I didn’t have enough Grot models to fit close to a unit of 20, I used my Crypt Ghouls instead to at least cover a unit at 15.

The I only had three other Ghouls, one used for another kitbash project and another not being built (still looking for the legs). So 15 Grots will have to do until I can fill in the rest at a later date.

Despite the understrength unit, I really like this unit for its weirdness of cannibal Grots theme. It’s also helped me use a neglected unit from my failed Flesh-Eaters Court project, and using it for a new project for a new purpose.

My Ghoul Gutbuster Collection has reached to around 1,020pt so far, I’m nearly at my goal of 1,250pt! I think I’ll add a Giant into the collection next as I think it’ll add some annoyance and heavy damage to my opponent. Or optionally I could add a legacy model of an Ogre Overtyrant for narrative and gameplay advantage. Although I’ll have to substitute a suitable model to into that role.

That’s all from me for today. Well this project had been a fun one by far this year, just creating, reusing old units and kitbashing neglected miniatures has helped me to create a Destruction army at last!

I’m not sure where I’ll be going once I’ve got to my planned goal of 1,250pt, I doubt I’ll go for 1,500pt for budget sake. I feel that 1,250pt is a nice goal to end on, but I’ll wait and see how I feel once I’ve achieved my goal.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Ghoul Grots

Already I’m hard at work with adding more stuff to my Ghoul Gutbusters collection, aiming at 1,250pt list as my new goal. My collection lacked something that all Gutbuster tribes have that is essential for their survival, a vital part of keeping the Ogres in line and fed well ( or to the Ghouls ones, some sort of tiny hope of being full).

I’m talking about the Gnob….. I mean Grots! These little cunning cowards are a vital part of Ogre society, as they bring food and manual labour needs in return for protection. But my Grots aren’t just like their kin, for mine are Ghoul Grots of course!

So far I’ve done 15x Grots with a mixture of heads from various kits, and kitbashed them into Crypt Ghoul models. To carry on the theme of Gutbusters and Shyish, this unit has both elements of the Grots and their horrible disfigured bodies. Ghoulisim has turned these cunning tricksters too as they have become hungry savage lunatics, but more cunning than the Ghoul Gutbuster Ogre.

I’ll be painting this unit in a couple of days using either contrast paint, or my own colour scheme.

That’s all I have for now, I’ll be back later on in the week to show the Ghoul Grots painted. Then decided what I’ll be doing next for my Ghoul Gutbusters project.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Army Showcase 2019: The Ghoul Gutbusters

Today marks the end of my current project on the Ghoul Gutbusters 1,000pt army collection, a project that was a rebirth from a failed Flesh-Eater Courts project that I did years ago. Whilst not all of my FEC models have moved over to the new project, I do intend to use the left over models (not including the Abhorrent Ghoul kings as they’ll be used as allies for my Nighthaunt) to fit into suitable units to substitute warscrolls.

But today I’ll be presenting my 1,000pt army showcase in full bloody glory! Enjoy!

The Tyrant (or Abhorrent Tyrant) was actually once the Ogryn model that I used for my Inquisition warband, Silence of the Shroud. I sacrificed the model and kitbashed it into a Tyrant with two club weapons, a helmet with a crest, a death styled knight shield emblem and a fancy bat wing cape.

I wanted my Tyrant to have elements of the Gutbuster themes mixed with Shyish/ death. Using cold colours to emphasis on the ghoul affliction that makes this Ogre different from the rest of his race. If I had a spare Crypt Horror I would’ve gone for the full horror by making a Abhorrent Tyrant that’s mutated like my Butcher model. But I think this model is a logical choice since a mutated deluded beast wouldn’t care to order or lead a tribe, rather it would feast on anyone and anything it comes across.

The Butcher is like any other Butcher in the Gutbuster tribe that roam the mortal realms, but this Butcher in particular is attuned to the winds of Shyish. A disfigured monster who is on a thin line between sanity as a powerful wizard, and becoming a mindless Gorger. He can summon spirits of the Gutbusters Underworld to do his bidding as he freezes the hearts of his foes to death (frozen food is always useful for long journeys).

Elites with a hunger to satisfy from their ghoul affliction, the Ironguts have become the bodyguard of the Tyrant and the Butcher (whoever they choose to join with for who will attract the most meat pickings). At this point from Ogre to Ironguts, the unit has become more savage, desperate, hungry and efficient in combat. Ironguts have two paths they can go down for they can either ascend to a Tyrant, or a Gorger, the latter will almost certainly male their past identity and glory dust by the hunger.

The Ogres are the main backbone of the Gutbuster tribe as it’s soldiers, they are giants made of steel who can deal with more than one mortal. Affliction by the ghoulisim starts off with the lowest ranks, the hunger isn’t as rabid as the Ironguts, Tyrants, Butcher and Gorgers. However, over time their need to feast encroaches and corrupts their thoughts and desires, glory and joy in battle becomes less enjoyable as the hunger demands it’s due.

The Gorgers are wild ferals who have lost their identity of their previous life as the hunger dominates their actions. Once they may have been proud warriors of Gork or Mork, or even powerful leaders or wizards of their tribe. But the affliction of the Flesh-Eater Courts has turned these mighty champions into abominations not worth remembering.

It’s not all ghouls and afflicted Ogres, as the tribe hire mercenaries of the same grand alliance that either honour tradition of war or debts owed. Gorgrunks mercenary warband are natives of Shyish who have a morbid view on life and death, they believe that Gork or Mork will reincarnate them after death as bigger and better Greenskins.

The group are exiles of an Orruk tribe for acts of un-Orky habits, bad omens follow these Orruks as their tribe had suffered greatly during the Age of Chaos.

The Ghoul Gutbusters have hired these morbid Orruks to cause maximum carnage in battle, finding more meat to bring back to the tribe from Skirmish missions. In return, the Orruks pay is Realmstone which they are using for unknown reasons……

That’s all of my 1,000pt Ghoul Gutbuster Collection that I’ve painted so far. I’m thinking of setting up a new goal of getting this project up to 1,250pt/ 1,500pt, adding Grots, a unit Ledbelchers, a Gorger to make a full unit of 3x and maybe another Hero model. I’ll have to plan out what I want to include in my army collection for some time before I make a decision. I won’t be extending the project any further to 2,000pt as I like this collection to be a small and thematic army.

It wouldn’t be a proper goodbye if I didn’t do one last photo of my last Flesh-Eater Courts, The Liverbone Court Abhorrent Ghoul King Ren. He’ll be rebasing him as I’ve mentioned earlier, and he’s the last model in my failed project. So I want to do some dignity by showing my failed project in a creepy and badass photo!

-Bjorn

(Ps: I’ve been listening way too much of ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ by Gary Moore, his version is pretty cool. I’m thinking of buying several versions of the song (sea shanty versions a must!) as it’s quite motivating as it helped me finish this project!)