Lords of the Night

It’s taken me some time to work on this project after weeks of paint striping, glueing and painting my neglected Chaos Space marines. I have way more to work on which is taking more time than usual (Warptalons are a pain to brush off), but thankfully I was able to get a few units ready for painting.

The project was inspired by years of reading the Night Lords lore, which all started with my first audio drams CD, Throne of Lies by ADB. I was torn between painting the 8th Legion or the Word Bearers, both have been my all time favourite traitor legions (but Iron Warriors will be #1 in my biased opinion). But I finally went for the Night Lords after being inspired by reading Guy Haley’s Primarch novel, Konrad Curze: The Night Haunter.

My army project was blessed with a good variety of neglected miniatures, as most of them fit well into a Night Lords Legion warband. No heavies, no tanks and no Daemons.

After doing the most boring job of scrubbing off the old paint, I looked through some painting guides to see which one would fit well for the Night Lords Legion colour scheme. It just so happens that I found just what I was looking for in one of this years WD magazines, which had an article on painting HH Legions. I followed the Night Lords Legion colour scheme, albeit using a drybrushing method to create as less thick/ build up layers as possible.

My army already had a good candidate for being the leader of this warband, HH character series Sevatar, 1st captain of the Night Lords Legion. Obviously I won’t be playing this model as Sevatar as he’s very much dead in the 41st millennium. But the model looked so good that I wanted it to be a captain of my warband.

Captain Elskri, Master of the Serotine company.

I then expanded the HQ roster by including two Chaos lieutenants, substitutes of Chaos Lords as there aren’t any rules for lieutenants in this edition. Both demi company leaders will give me more creative ways of building my army lists, so even though my collection will only be a demi sized army, I can at least play it by playing one lieutenant or the other to represent two demi companies.

Lieutenant Harix of Demi Company Nocturnal Serotine.

Lieutenant Isanstradtsa “Father of Sorrow”, Demi Company Fate Serotine.

Every Night Lords Legion has a couple of units of CSM as the backbone of terror tactics, for Skirmish or full on slaughter house fest. When rebuilding this unit I stayed away from the spiked helmets and horns, instead I went for a mix of scavenged armour marks and less cartoony looking marines. I would have liked to add some bat wings to the helmets but I didn’t have any spare bitz to replicate that. But I think that’s more fitting for the elite units as they’re the veterans who have been fighting since the Horus Heresy.

Serotine Company 1st terror squad, Crows talons

Sometimes a Captain or a Chaos Lord May bestow a great warrior, butcher or close ally with the rank of a champion. Both as a mark of respect and internal order to keep the eager throne takers a close eye on. One day they can be persuaded to rally at your side when you need “favours”, better to use your enemies ego of his new rank in your favour.

A rank of champion is a burden not only by your lord and master but also to the Dark Gods who also must be appeased with.

Champion Learo Hazraa, Serotine Chosen champion

Whilst it’s rare to see both the Word Bearers and the Night Lords working together from their hatred of each other, some warbands May employ a Dark Apostle in their ranks for spiritual empowerment, focus of the mind and worship to the Dark Gods.

The Night Lords loath the Word Bearers who have embraced the Chaos Gods, seeing them as Slaves and weaklings who have been possessed by Daemons. However the Word Bearers despise the Night Lords for their shallow state of affairs, lurking in the shadows like cowards who do not embrace the Dark Gods gifts. Instead they use Chaos to their own ends without praise or acknowledgement.

How a Dark Apostle would join a Night Lords Legion warband is a mystery, either accepted for spiritual guidance, a pawn in a grander scheme or even a slave by the Legion. Word Bearer Kranlus Grul, Dark Apostle of the Serotine Company

The Night Lords use bike squads as effective units for counter attack, encircling the weak close to the prey, or strong and capable fast cavalry to capture and secure key objectives. Whilst the legions bikers are a pale comparison compared to the White Scars speed, the Legion nonetheless would prefer to cause fear and terror as they pick on easy prey at high speed.

Bike Squad Claw of Serotine

When Konrad was slain by his forseen killer in his visions, his remaining sons left to spread out into the galaxy. Even his elite warriors, the Atramentar, left their farther to his destined fate to die by the assassin.

In the current day of the 41st millennium, the Atramentar are but shadows of their former roles as they seek only to kill the weak and helpless. Honour, pride, selflessness, valour and sacrifice means nothing to the elite sons of Konrad Curze. Instead they serve their Captain and his warband by brotherhood of gene kin, not by love or bond but in shared desire to prey in the shadows for the kill.

Atramentar Serotine

Hellbrutes or Chaos Dreadnoughts to some are prisons for the damned who have either betrayed their masters (or were betrayed themselves as lords of a warband), or ancient warriors who were interred in their coffins and hooked into their Dreadnoughts during the Horus Heresy. Some have remained unchanged for many centuries by luck, favour of the Chaos Gods or properly maintained.

But most go insane and be possessed by Chaos.

Librarian Dreadnoughts are a rare sight to see for its rare for a Legion to inter their librarians into a Dreadnought. For Chaos, this would prove valuable to inter those tainted by the warp as conduits of the warp. To use psykic powers and be heavily armoured would make you near invincible. Or so many would think until you realise that madness and horror will consume you much faster due to your talents in warp craft.

Over time the librarians remains will bond with the machine as it wraps and shapes into an abomination. His powers grown more powerful and unstable as he changes and loses his remaining humanity to his insanity. It’s better to be slain than to be put into a dreadnought and forever be trapped and cold in an unfeeling casket of darkness.

Dreadnought Librarian Kalkarlan, Warp tainted

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With that comes the end of this part of the Night Lords project. I’ve done quite a lot of painting over the past few weeks as well as scrubbing paint off neglected models. Having put the photos up on this post, and seeing my shelf filled with this collection has made me really pleased.

I think it was right for me to redo my entire Chaos Space marine collection + neglected models, those that couldn’t fit into my Iron Warriors project can now be used for this project. Comparing this to the Harbinger Legion further makes this project look like an improvement compared to the old simple and less interesting colour scheme.

I will be posting more units soon to the blog once I’ve got more scrubbed and ready to paint. This next lot will cover some interesting units like my kitbashed Helldrake, an altered Stormtalon with four engines and two big flamers!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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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

The Fallen, The Daemon Prince and a Possessed opera

Today, I present my latest painted miniatures from my Iron Warriors project. From a Dark Angel traitor to a Daemon prince of Nurgle, this batch of miniatures is probably my best work yet for this project.

First up, someone’s ‘Fallen’ over to Chaos, wearing a really fancy cape!

Whilst he’s definitely not a gene son of the 4th Legion, it begs the question of how and why he joined up with the Nugle tainted warband? Was he running away from the Dark Angels, making a contract with the warband for hire, finding and regrouping with other Fallen or something far darker?

My very own kitbashed Daemon Prince of Nurgle with wings and a long rusty scythe. This model is full of character with the dead Tau suit that’s rusting away by the Daemons essence, a rat scurrying away and a happy Nurgling playing with his own intestines! But the Daemon Prince himself is a sight to behold, the smell not so much….

I’ve been thinking about entering this kitbash Daemon Prince as my first attempt into one of Azazels challenges, but confidence and doubts are bugging me one wether it’s good enough to enter it. If I do, photography would have to be better to show the best of this bloated nightmare.

Possessed that look less like clowns, and more like an opera group.

I couldn’t paint the Chosen for years, I hated the excessive details and the organic growths that looked too Possessed. So I made the unit of five into an actual Possessed unit. Worked pretty! I prefer how the unit looks compared to the OG unit of Possessed (I still have my original Possessed which looks crap), the organic parts on the Chosen sculpt help make kitbashing it more aligned with the daemonic takeover look.

All that’s left now with this project is a unit of Plague marines as my fourth Troop choice. After that I can move on to other projects that I’m working on, unless I have an idea on what I want to add to this project. It’s strange how this project has grown and evolved over the months of painting, I’m quite pleased with how well it’s going up to this point so far.

That’s all from me for today.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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

Update on my wargaming journey

I’ve had a lot of stuff going on for the past couple of weeks now that has distracted me from posting much on the blog. RL stuff and some work on two existing projects that I’ve been putting a lot of effort into.

For the first time in years I’ve had my first Warhammer 40k game (8th ed) with my dad, a fun and surprisingly quick game that at first was a slog going back and forth on the weapon rules. A Death Guard vs Primaris Crimson Fists battle using the Know no Fear datasheets.

I liked how the battle progressed throughout the game that relies on both shooting and combat, compared to AoS where there aren’t as many shooting units as the games tends to focus on charging in and commencing battle. Although, AoS is a lot less complicated with the warscroll sheet having everything in on place. With 40k, it’s the back and forth on finding the weapons stats and other rules in play.

But it could be due to the fact that this was my first time playing 8th edition and teaching my dad how to play the game. After a few more games I might have a better grasp on the different game system.

Anyways here’s what our battlefield looked like for our first 40k game.

The grass matt hasn’t been used for years so it’s been creased quite badly. But I didn’t fuss about it too much as it looked great along with my scenery, which I’ll be showing off in detail in a later post.

It looks less like a battlefield and more like a training course, but I hope to add more buildings and scenery to make it look more 40k grim dark. Currently I’m making some sandbag cover scenery like the barricades, just to add more cover for our gaming table. I’d like to make some scratch built buildings for better gaming opportunities, having cover, sniper nests and visual environment of the battle taking place in the grim dark.

Speaking of grim dark, I found this glorious tome today at my usual place of Warhammer treasure hunting!

This Mighty tome was Warhammer 40k’s 7th edition rulebook, packed with rules, art, lore and hobby material. How much did this cost? 99p, no joke, this costs as much as a bag of sweats! The reason why could be that the spine of the book is loose (but still intact to hold the pages) and the book is worn on the sides (with fold out pages being pressed by bad care).

I think this rulebook was the one that didn’t go down well with the community, I heard somewhere that 7th ed got a bad reputation like Fantasy 8th ed. To me, this book has too many rules to read just to play the game, no wonder I couldn’t get into Warhammer 40k back in the day.

Anyways that’s enough from me for today. I’ve got some more 40k goodness coming soon to the blog including my Iron Warriors project, my new 40k project built from neglected models, and more Primaris Soul Drinkers.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Two successor chapters of Dorn, now the third and final chapter for the trinity collection

In the early days of the blog I started my Black Templars project as my main Space marine army for the Imperium faction, a chance to paint my favourite successor chapter of Dorn’s gene stock. A challenging project that took time, patience and effort to paint a decent sized force.

Then earlier this year, I started my Primaris Crimson Fists project, another famous successor chapter of the son’s of Dorn. A small but thematic army that was inspired by Mike Lee’s Crimson Fist novel, Legacy of Dorn. This project is nearly done, with only just a few more units to add to finish off this project.

Today, I’ve decided that I wanted to combine my past two projects into one large army collection, because by chance they are the gene sons of Dorn who can be combined as one big army. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, as it’s like one big Space marine collection that’s very much linked by their gene farther.

Although they can be played separately as their respective chapter, there can be an option for creating one big gathering of space marines who’d join forces to fight against a common enemy (my Iron Warrior Death Guard project for example, which is by far larger than both successor chapter collections).

But I think there’s room for one more chapter to be include in this massive gathering (Apocalypse sized force maybe?), a chapter that is by lore a dead chapter.

But who’s to say they can’t be brought back as a Primaris Space marine chapter in the 42nd millennium.

It’s time to bring in the Soul Drinkers. Primaris Phobos Captain

Today I present my first miniature for the Soul Drinkers project, a Primaris Phobos Captain that I’ve kitbashed using a Reiver and other bitz to create my own Captain. I wanted to take advantage of my spare Reivers and save money on making my own HQ models.

I didn’t like the official Phobos Captain as it looked too clean and crammed with too many parts. My version takes elements from the official model and scales it back to make its function as a stealth marine. No capes, wearing a helmet, has small gothic style parts and of course, the servo skull.

On the base is a Necron Overlord, a resin model I’ve hated and regretted buying during the days of Finecast. It was very easy to break and sanding down to fit onto the base, which looks better than when it was a neglected model.

Of course the Necron is a reference to one of the books, which I haven’t read that one yet as I’m still reading the first Omnibus, but I think people who have read the Soul Drinkers series will get the reference.

Because I’m nearly done with the Iron Warriors DG project very soon, I’m just starting this project and another project (all will be revealed soon) that will be my primary focus.

For the narrative on why the Soul Drinkers are back is as of yet being worked on, I need some time to read the Soul Drinkers series to get a full grasp on the chapters philosophy and combat preference. I know the bear basics on the chapters fall and ending from watching some lore videos, but I hardly know the journey nor events that took place in the six part series. Years ago I did read the first book in the first Omnibus, but I got so sidetracked by Rl stuff and that I lost track of the story and characters.

Hopefully now I can get back into the book and really take in the story and lore of the Soul Drinkers. So far I find the first book to be a bit silly, however, it’s an interesting theme on the Imperium and it’s faults from its many organisations. I’m so looking forward to the Crimson Fists story!

I’ll be returning to this project later on when I’ve got my plans in order on what I want to add to the project.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

The heavy siege of the Iron Warriors

I’m back with some more Iron Warrior Death Guard project stuff (I should change the project name to something more digestible and interesting than just two legionary names mashed together). This time I have two models that are part of the army’s armoured transport and heavy siege machinery. It’s not Iron unless it’s heavy, tough and loaded with devastating destructive power.

This abomination has been a pain to paint for years, but now in its current incarnation in the coat of the Iron Warriors, its way more visually appealing. I’m so glad GW included the Defiler into the Death Guard Codex as it fits nicely into my Nurgle infected Iron Warriors.

Another miniature that’s been repainted in many colours for years, I’ll let the final outcome photos tell the results of my current repaint.

You may have noticed that I did a short post a few days ago, showing a sneak peak at my upcoming additions to the Iron Warrior Death Guard project. Originally I had the Defiler, Rhino and Plague marine squad to paint as my final batch. But, I had done some kitbashing and used some backlog work that I could mould into my project.

The project basically just got extended.

This is good news as the more I can add to this project the better it’ll be for storage and gaming purposes. My passion project has gotten many old models of neglected miniatures a new place, even absorbing my models from my Renegade Chaos Space marine army, The Harbinger Legion.

In the early days of this project I had four Chaos Space marine projects which included two Harbinger Legion armies (Renegade and Death Guard), Emperors Children and Iron Warriors. A bit too many for such a spread out Chaos collection. Now I have three Chaos Space Marine collections, sacrificing the Harbinger Legion Death Guard (my first Death Guard project) to boost my Iron Warriors project.

If I’m really committed, I might even give up my Harbinger Legion Renegade marine army, and paint them as undivided Iron Warriors. But that’s a project that’ll have to wait for now.

The goal is to get all of the miniatures painted, then I’ll see what else I might want to include into the project. I’ve got some ideas on what I want to add using more neglected models repurposed as substitute miniatures. Who knows, maybe I might add a ‘Fallen’ marine………..

That’s it’s from me for today!

Until next time,

-Bjorn