My final tribute to the Old World, a Bretonnia project (part 1)

This post took me way longer to type up than it should’ve been. Having been distracted by playing Dark Souls every day trying to progress against the grind, and enjoying how rewarding the game is each time I finally beat a boss. Painting my models has been a lot slower than usual because of my time devoted to playing Dark Souls.

But I did eventually get a good sizeable batch of units painted in the last three weeks.

Lately I’ve been feeling very nostalgic about Warhammer, more specifically Warhammer Fantasy Battles and the years I’ve been experiencing it from 2009 to its last days. Looking through old rule books from 7th and 8th edition, Blood in the Badlands supplement and Storms of Magic supplement. It was a very different time and place back then, how things have changed since.

I’ve been keen to re-establish my mind with the Old World, reading books I’ve read before, and new ones I haven’t read. Recently, I got the novella, Dreadfleet, by Phil Kelly, which was a released alongside the standalone box game back in 2011. So far I’m really enjoying this book for its ‘straight to the action’ opening, and paces pretty well from chapter to chapter. Oh, and I found out in the book that Sigmarite existed before AoS!

Back to the subject.

The one thing I didn’t get to do was to paint a full army collection for WHFB, by the time AoS came around all of my WHFB collections were converted over to AoS. Although I still have a Dark Elves army painted, it’s counted as an AoS army as they’re all on circle bases and use the legacy rules.

I realised that I still have many spare square bases and movement trays, which I haven’t used since 2015. Then, a couple of weeks ago I found out that my local charity shop were selling boxes of historical model kits. An idea formed in my head.

Why not build a 7th/ 8th edition army? A Bretonnia army was something I’ve always wanted to do, well when an updated army book for 8th edition (but alas they were killed in the End Times before they could receive their book). So previous editions would have to do.

That’s if I can ever find myself a second hand copy of Bretonnia, as it’s kinda hard to find a second hand copy these days. So I’m relying on information from wiki, White Dwarf issues and anything relating to Bretonnia lore and rules.

Since GW have gotten ride of the Bretonnia range, I’ve tried other ways of building this army. I’ve used various kits from historical miniature companies, mostly from Hät miniatures. For more fantasy like models, I’ve gone for Wizkids D&D miniatures range for mystical beasts.

Below is my list that I’m working on for this project, which will change over the next few weeks as I’m working on the project.

Lords

  • Bretonnian Lord

Hero’s-

  • Nobel Champion
  • Nobel Champion
  • Damsel

Core-

  • 20x Men at arms
  • 20x Men at arms
  • 10x Peasant Bowmen
  • Knights Errant

Special-

  • 40x Peasant Battle Pilgrim
  • 10x Mounted Yeomen

Rare-

  • Holy Grail Knights

Storm of magic-

  • Owl Bear (substituting Gryphon warscroll)
    Great Stag

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Now onto the good stuff! I’ve already painted a few units for this project, and surprisingly I did a few units of 20x models! I tend to get really unmotivated to paint big block units when it comes to an army project, but this project was different. It was actually fun painting block units………..

This is my first unit of two blocks of 20x Men at arms, I thought these were a good looking unit as semi armoured peasants. Slightly better looking, but not as extravagant and stoic as the nobles of Bretonnia. I have a second unit already painted, but it looks the exact same but blue shields instead.

Next up, I have an Owl Bear as substitute for a Gryphon warscroll. I’d imagine Owl Bears are fierce but loyal creatures to the knightly order, who fight alongside the knights when a Damsel binds these creatures in times of great need.

For my Hero options, I’ve gone for two Knight champions to be added in my units of peasants.

Finally, the Bretonnia Lord who will lead this army.

There’s still a lot of work to do with this collection, all my models have now been undercoat primed and ready to be painted. I’m hoping in time I can get my Peasant Bowmen painted soon as my third painted core unit.

I’m just hoping Dark Souls doesn’t derail my project by a long delay…..

-Bjorn

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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

Skaven Terminator clad Wizard

With some spare bitz and an neglected Warmachine model that’s been left in a box, I decided to create my own Arch Warlock for my Clan Skryre army. I wanted to create an imposing iron clad killing machine that looked steampunk, but also has the appearance of Skaven identity.

Also, I made a unit of three Warplock Jezzails.

For the past few weeks I’ve been painting a lot of Skaven models, more than I would usually paint when I’m motivated to paint this army. It’s pretty much a relief now that I’ve only got four more units to paint, rather than ten or twenty units in the backlog.

I’ll be taking a break from painting my Skaven now that I’ve just about done nearly everything. Once I’ve taken a good long break I can come back fresh and motivated to finish off the last few units.

I think my Crimson Fists needs some attention now after weeks of silence.

Until next time!

-Bjorn