Stormvermin WIP

Recently I’ve been slowly painting my Stormvermin during my break, a unit that should’ve been painted nearly five years ago now.

Despite my delayed efforts, I’ve nearly reached the end of painting my armoured elite rat guards yes-yes. Thanks to Wudugast for the horde painting advice, I’ve slightly altered the way I paint hordes by painting it in batches of five minis, rather than a whole unit in a batch.

I only need to paint four more (not five as I used one for kitbashing my own Clawlord on a Brood Horror). Once painted, I can use this unit as a battleline unit for Skaventide lists, all together that gives me a total of three battleline units in my collection.

Then finally I only need to paint two more units of Clanrats to finish off my unpainted battleline units. I can’t wait to finally unshackle the chains of having neglected Clanrats in my box of backlogs!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

I’m back……

Yup, after two weeks of silence (of sorts) from blogging I’ve returned to posting the usual.

What happened?

Well things just got out of control for me due to several things that made me stop posting. I needed a break away from blogging to take a refresh and take a break. Constantly doing the repetitive cycle of making posts can fell daunting, it does get to you eventually.

So taking a step back and focus on editing drafts now and again was good change for me, as I had more time to get blog posts written up that I wouldn’t usually have time for.

Other reasons for my absence was due to the fact that I wanted to go outside more. After staying inside with barely much exercise going outside has made me uninspired and lacking the fresh air needed to think clearly. When the lockdown restriction on exercise was changed to unlimited in the U.K., that was when I wanted to do more outdoor exercise (following government guidelines).

None of my friends have contacted me during the pandemic. A few haven’t really contacted me much in months or years, last we saw each other was at P16 (these guys I don’t blame as we’ve quite far apart from each other today with our own lives). But my only contact with a friend who lives near me (or was a regular contact from time to time) has not said a word to me. I won’t go into details on the complexity of our friendship, but let’s just say I’ve been let down so many times (and at one time being tricked despite my feelings being very clear on the matter) that I don’t care about him anymore.

I feel like this pandemic has given me time to reflect on things like friendship. It’s made me realise that I need to move on and find new friends that are my equals. I’m at the age now where I’m not bound by those that I call friends that want to shape me as their biased agenda or opinions. I’ve grown to see that I can be capable of being a better person without being put down, feeling below said persons ego and having to be reminded of my emotional faults when said person can break said rule for themselves.

I need people that I and they can see as equals who I don’t need to agree with, but respect them for their individual opinions and decisions.

Rat-Thing!!!

I’ve taken a break away from my Stormcast Eternals painting to go back to one of my old projects: the Skaven! It’s been awhile since I’ve done anything with the Skaven so I wanted to get back into the project with a kitbashed monstrosity.

I wanted to build a mount for a new hero model to go face to face with mounted hero opponents. Unless it’s a Screaming Bell or a Plague Furnace, you’ll be a petty thing as a on foot Warlord against a Lord-Celestant on Dracoth.

I needed a disgusting mount that would inspire and scare my subjects to my cause. A beast of Clans Moulder design, a fierce fighter like the Warlord Clans and the diseased blessing of the Clans Pestilence. But what to base my latest creature?

Do you remember the Warlord on Broodhorror kit made by Forge World?

It’s not a particularly spectacular model unless your a Clans Moulder collector, the Brood Horror would make for a fine addition to the horde. But what if you don’t like the Warlord Version of the kit and prefer a plastic kit to customise?

Well, I made just that. Meet my Clawlord/ Plague Priest on Brood Horror.

This mounted Clawlord will be part of my Warlord Clans aspect for my hombrew Clan Skelnix. Having another Clawlord on foot would be boring as I’ve already got two on foot, so having this latest mounted model will spice things up.

As for his subjects? Well I only have two units of twenty Clan rats painted since starting the project. Not a lot of troops to command indeed. I’m not great at painting horde units as a fact.

Well, after learning some advice from a fellow blogger and horde painting expert, Wudugast, I’ll be using his/her advice on painting Hordes. That means painting more rat-men as part of my next project going forwards.

On the left is twenty Clanrats with hand weapons and shield, in the centre are fifteen Stormvermin and on the right are an extra twenty Clanrats to be added to one of my existing units to make a unit of 40x.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: The Marshal, the Raider king and the last retinues (finale)

After nearly two years working on this project at a gradual pace of collecting and painting my Sacrosanct Chamber, I’ve finally reached the end of the project.

At times I really wanted to leave this project for good and move on to my next phase in the hobby, I wanted to move away from army projects so I can just collect and build standalone projects. 11 years in the hobby for me seems like a lifetime, the days of army projects were starting to lose its appeal for me (cost and time to commit to it).

But I felt that if I was going to finish this project then I needed to put all my energy into this as the final push. Just this last push to reach the end and close this chapter in my hobby journey.

Reaching the end has given me the same feeling when I did my SCE Warrior Chamber project. A feeling of great achievement, a feeling of relief that I’ve done what I’ve set out to do and what I needed to improve on.

But a project never really ends. There’s always room for additional units should I feel the need to go back, it’s why projects will always grow. Whilst I’ve achieved the basic army size for my Sacrosanct Chamber, I can always go back someday and add more for the fun of it.

Enough talk from me, here’s the last of my Anvils of the Heldenhammer Sacrosanct Chamber project. Enjoy!

Marshal of Glymmsforge

Knight-Questor Æthelric

Evocators on Dracolines

Evocators

With that, the Anvils of the Heldenhammer project has reached its goal and done for until I feel the need to include new kitbash models.

I could go on but I’m sure this post has said enough on my thoughts overall on this project.

Now that one half of the Inspired Soul Wars Collection is done, there’s just the matter of getting my Nighhaunt project finished.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

From ages past…….

From ages past was a soul that once fought beside the greatest of hero’s, at a time of great strife and bloodshed in humanities darkest hour. His soul drifted across the void, lost, forgotten and trapped in a land of strangers in the spirit plane.
Then a bolt of lighting cast his soul into the forges in Azyr. There he was reforged as a Stormcast Eternal.

Arise, arise anew and once more take your staff and crush the legions of Chaos as though you were there at Kislev again. Defend the faithful of Shyish in Lethis, Glymmsforge and other cities of Sigmar that call for your aid.

Ride forth, Lord-Arcanum, Marshal of Glymmsforge.
War has called for you

Inspired souls Wars, The Anvils of the Heldenhammer Sacrosanct Chamber project concludes this weekend………

-Bjorn

This week it’s all about the Heldenhammer

Continuing on from my last blog post, I have two more units painted for my Anvils of the Heldenhammer Sacrosanct Chamber.

First up, my replacement Lord-Exorcist is a fine addition to the project, probably my second favourite HERO character from the range as I really like the design of the model. Not too cartoony, but not too generic (unlike me when I’ve drawn too many anime mechs).

Finally I have a unit of three Evocators on Dracolines just finished this morning. They need texture basing before it’s completely finished. However my supply of Stirland mud is in short supply, and I’ve only got just enough to cover my three remaining Evocators on foot.

I’ll be doing another painting guide on Dracolines at some point in the coming week.

That’s all for today, stay safe.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Inspired Soul Wars: Lord-Arcanum on Dracoline

After glueing most of the models from the Stormcast Battleforce set, I went ahead and started painting my Lord-Arcanum. However there was only one problem.

I didn’t have any matt black spray paint…..

Fortunately I had a can of spare matt white spray paint, and decided I would spray my Dracoline. The plan was to go completely out of my comfort zone and paint a bright and lighter colour scheme to contrast the dark pallet of the Lord-Arcanum.

I tend to paint the darker aspect in models as it I prefer to present my miniatures in grim, brutal and less high colourful fantasy choice of paints. I think it’s down to the fact that black is a great undercoat to build up layers of lighter colour, as recesses are already covered when drybrushing.

However, I needed to start trying out new and risky attempts at panting stand out models such as my general. The higher the risk, the better it looks (for painting before anyone decides to misinterpret what I’ve said).

Here’s what you’ll need to paint a Dracoline.

  • Citadel Contrast Nazdreg Yellow
  • Citadel Corax White
  • Model colour White
  • Citadel Shade Druchii Violet
  • Citadel Macragg Blue
  • Citadel Aliatoc Blue
  • Citadel Hoeth Blue
  • First, undercoat the Dracoline in Humbrol matt White spray.
  • Then shade the recess areas in Citadel Contrast Nazdreg Yellow, use minimal amount of contrast so it doesn’t pool on the model as well as areas you don’t want painted.
  • Next, drybrush the whole model in Corax White as you smooth out the dry edges of the contrast paint. This will give you a smooth transition of white to cream recess. Corax White for me was off white when applied so if you want the same lighter tone as the spray undercoat, I’d suggest using Model Colour White to drybrush instead.
  • Next, mix a small amount of Model Colour White and Citadel Corax White and drybrush that over the raised areas.
  • After that use Druchii Violet over the spine, claws, mouth and scales. Like contrast it will pool if not controlled, so use it sparingly to endure its even when dry.
  • For the scales I used Citadel Macragg Blue as a basecoat, followed by a small highlight of Citadel Aliatoc Blue (dotted at the top right of each scale) and finally a smaller dot of Citadel Hoeth Blue.
  • Finally, drybrush lightly over the scales and spines in Citadel Corax White, Make sure not to apply too much pressure as you drybrush the model. An even feathering will lighten the raised areas but retain the colours you’ve painted.

With that you’ll have something like this.

My Lord-Arcanum on a Dracoline will be Balthas Arum (main protagonist of the Soul Wars novel) as he rides to war on his steed. whilst I’m slightly breaking cannon as he rides a Gryph-charger, I’d like to think he has a range of mounts he can chose from depending on the mission he’s tasked to accomplish. Besides, Dracolines are badass models!

My only criticism for the kit is that the rider and mount cannot be separated when constructing. As both are segmented parts that have rider and mount together casted, so painting them separately is difficult. The Cold One Knights kit would let you separate the mount and rider, making it easier to paint them individually.

But apart from that, the kit is a fantastically detailed miniature that offers a great range of parts to customise your Evocators or Lord-Arcanum.

With that painted, I have only three more units left to paint including a Lord-Exorcist, three Evocators on Dracolines and three more Evocators.

I’ll be posting my unit of Evocators on Dracolines in the near future, where I’ll explain more of my thoughts on the kit.

Until next time Stormlings,

-Bjorn

Nearly there

With every project comes great opportunities to explore new colour schemes, miniatures to build and kitbash, to theme on existing lore or even your own homebrew story. To display your entire work before you and know that your hard work, the passion you’ve poured into the project, is earned by the end of your journey.

I’ve had the privilege of experiencing that feeling back when I finished my last unit of Decimators. My own Stormhost Warrior Chamber was a monumental task to collect and paint, getting that consistent blue mix was a task that I took on and tried to replicate throughout my collection. To see the last Decimators painted was like a long awaited confirmation that I could paint an army project to the end. No grey plastic insight, I did the impossible on such an ambitious project.

Whilst the Knights of Mousillon Stormhost is still receiving units to its ever growing force, to have 1/3 of a Warrior Chamber completed is no small matter. It’s because I motivated myself to get through to the end has in itself become the motivation to get me through the additional units. Whenever I get bogged down painting a Knight of Mousillon I’ll just remind myself and say ‘you painted a Warrior Chamber, in a day you’ll get this retinue done!’.

So what’s all this talk of getting to the end, finishing a project as if I’m actually there again? Well……

I’ve got all the units needed to finish my Anvils of the Heldenhammer Sacrosanct Chamber project! This project has been going on for the past two years (ever since I finished reading Soul Wars by Josh’s Reynolds), a slow but gradual progress of building 1/3 of a Sacrosanct Chamber force.

I was lucky enough to have gotten my hands on the Battleforce boxset for the Stormcast Eternals Sacrosanct Chamber. Inside the kit has a wealth of options for customisation and alternative build options. It’s great for new or current collectors of the Sacrosanct Chamber, as it has everything you need to play a decent sized army.

Since I have a Sacrosanct Chamber on the go, this was a perfect choice to fill in the gaps needed to finish the project, Inspired Soul Wars Collection series.

I decided to get the battleforce because I wasn’t able to continue buying the Mortal Realms collection, due to current world situation that’s halted life as we knew it. I was quite saddened to cancel my reserve as the price was worth collecting each issue, especially since I have both a Nighthaunt and Stormcast Eternals Collection.

So what did I do? Well I’ve split the set in two to reinforce my Anvils of the Heldenhammer project, and the other for my Knights of Mousillon project.

There are a few more units left including 2x Evocators on Dracoline and one spare Evocator on foot. I’m not sure what to do with the Dracoline unit as I only have two left (the third was built as a Lord-Arcanum). I’ll either use the for my Knights of Mousillon project, or as part of my Knights of Excelsior Skirmish project.

As for my last remaining Evocator, I think I’ll try and kitbash it into either a Knight-Incantor or a Lord Ordinator. Either way, both would be useful for my Knights of Mousillon project.

The real challenge is getting some matt black spray paint. I’ll have to wait till Friday or even next week until the DIY shop can deliver the spray cans. Such limitations of isolation eh?

Stay safe Stormlings,

-Bjorn

This week……I haven’t done much

Ah it’s that time of the week where I show my weekly miniature painting work. Yeah……..that’s usually the case, but not so much today. I’ve hardly done much tbh.

But! I have done some work, I always have work……..

First off, I painted two old metal Undead BloodBowl miniatures as Substitutes for Chainghasts, dudes that like to hang out with the Spirit Torment.

I found these two (and two others) in a charity shop years ago, and painted them up for a AoS project around the time I started blogging. Since then, I’ve stripped the old paint off so I could give them a brand new, cleaner look to fit with the rest of my Nighthaunt army.

Last time, I mentioned that my Nighthaunt collection was pretty much going to end. What I didn’t realise was that I have a few more miniatures kitbashed/ added from my backlog. The Backlog box disgorged it’s stomach of forgotten miniatures onto my desk and laughed at me for thinking I was done.

Always remember, your backlog is your worst friend.

Well, at least I’ve got some more undead stuff to paint. That’s if I had any Matt black paint left………

It’s not just the dead that’s been on my painting table (sounds disturbing but don’t worry, I’m a novice Necromancer!) I’ve also made a scenery piece of a long forgotten Aelven/Elven ruin.

This is part of my scenery set for areas that are obscure and long forgotten lands that were once inhabited. I did a similar scenery piece in the same style, you can see that one below.
Scenery piece I did awhile ago.

These two scenery pieces will be featured in my third and last solo battle report campaign. I can’t wait to do some immersive photography!

Next up, whilst I’m not sure if I’d say this is completed, however, it’s looks good enough to post here (I’ve got nothing else new to show so why not). This is my WWII diorama display representing the Lincolnshire Regiment.

Still WIP.

The last miniature for this week is a kitbashed Knight-Incantor of the Anvils of the Heldenhammer.

Morbid, depressing, dead, sinister, dark, brooding and metal x100.

It wouldn’t be a send if I didn’t show my latest efforts in cooking meals. This week it’s pasta again, but slightly improved after weeks of practicing.

I had planned to show something cool for this weekend, but sadly things didn’t go to plan. Maybe next week I might be able to do a post on it for when it arrives.

Stay safe Stormlings (yes, that’s what I’m going to call you for now on).

-Bjorn

The Beasts of Lorllaras, part 1 of 3 solo battle report

In the Realm of Ghyran, a unnatural thick fog spreads in the forests of Lorllaras. High into the mountains of undiscovered lands, hides the beasts that prey on travellers and foolish adventures. No one knows who or what these beasts are for no one can describe a thing that uses the fog to hide its true form. All the locals could say was that anyone caught in the fogs embrace would be lost, taken away and never to be seen again.

At first it was believed to have been fell spirits of the Nighthaunt, ghosts of long deceased victims or criminals who are enslaved to eternity of damnation. Tales of the Fog watchers spread through taverns and local settlements, a cautionary tale that no one really believed in.

That was until one day, a noble from a hold in the kingdom was traveling through the road leading to the City of Gladesdawn. He was summoned to meet his highness on matters relating to the tithes dispute, for he was a week behind his duty to give his tithe to the crown.

He never came to his kings court, for he was taken by the fog, and all of his guards too. A eye witness saw the whole thing as lumbering brutes twice the size of a man came charging in and stuffed the noble and his guards in sacks of meat and bones. They lumbered off back up the mountains from whence they came, the fog followed them like a magical veil.

As the news spread, the severity of the situation required aid from those who could understand the trickeries of magic, and put down whatever it is that’s killing innocent people before things could escalate beyond preventing. So the duty was given to the Anvils of the Heldenhammer Herengtha Chamber, led by Lord-Arcanum Elistraph and two of his finest Sequitor retinue to hunt down and slay the threat that looms in the fog. Their primary goal is to find the missing noble and bring him to safety, if he cannot be found then dire political upheaval could cause friction with the kingdom and the nobles hold. With no proof, speculation and conspiracy would create a distraction, such gaps could invite threats of small warband’s to larger gatherings to commence invasions.

The price of failure will spell portents if ill will for the people of lorllaras.

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This campaign was set up after the release of a free AoS Solo campaign PDF, pitting a three battle game using your miniatures against Trolls. Taking the opportunity, I wanted to try out this solo campaign and create a narrative story based on the campaign.

Warhammer Community did mention that even if you don’t have trolls on hand to play, you can alter the rules to include different adversaries including Flesh-Eater Courts (Troll boss being replaced by a Abhorrent Ghoul King). So for my campaign I’ve replaced my Trolls with two units of Ogors Gluttons and a Tyrant to lead the opposition.

For my army I’ve included a Lord-Arcanum (note: at the time my kitbashed model was going to be a Lord-Arcanum until I decided to make him a Knight-Incantor instead. But for this campaign the model was a Lord Arcanum) as my leader, and two retinues of Sequitors.

I’ve not added any additional game features like realm rules, Malign portents nor rules that are outside of the warscrolls. This was my first test run so I could get a good understanding of how the game would be played as was intended.

My first game was played using the Battleplan The Treasure of Strangleweed Swamp, an objective game to secure a treasure objective at the enter of the battlefield. For my army, when moving and charging, I have to roll each time to see if the swamp causes any damage to my units.

I present the first battle, enjoy!

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The game started off with all of the units on the table, Ogors being placed 15” away from my units. The aim of this game was to secure an objective until round six, whilst the Ogors mission was to kill all on site and steal the treasure.

For narrative purposes the treasure was the nobles last whereabouts, the objectives contains some loot, a sealed documentation proving it was the noble and any clues as to where he was taken.

First round, my unit of Sequitors made a normal move to secure the objective (and act as a defence line to push back the Ogors until the Lord-Arcanum can secure the objective himself). On the Ogors side only one unit made a move.
Sadly, the unit lost it’s first casualty as I failed the roll test which inflicted mortal wounds that killed a Sequitor. Only four remain……
Second round was an utter devastation as the Ogors Gluttons dealt a boulder sized cannonball blow to my second Sequitor unit. However, the unit did manage to almost slay the entire unit of Gluttons. The Lord-Arcanum and the other Sequitor unit stayed put for they still were near the objective.
By round 3 the Stormcasts made a valiant effort as the Lord-Arcanum charged into the last Ogre and killed it without a second thought. Revenge for his defeated retinue. However, the Tyrant finally made a move after staying still in a dream like trance. He moved a few feet away from the Sequitors but couldn’t charge in. Now it was the fight to see who could claim the objective once and for all!
Alas it was not meant to be a victory for the Stormcast Eternals. The Lord-Arcanum moved in to claim the treasure within grasps, but the Tyrant who was enraged that this spell weaver would steal his missing prize, charged in and smashed the Lord Arcanum into the distance. With no victory in sight, the remaining Sequitors retreated to find their lord and find an alternative route.

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As the Sequitor unit who were first beaten up and fled, led by Corvo II, retreated from the Ogors and later found their Lord in the foggy slopes of the mountain, they made a temporary camp to rest and find a new course of action as to how they may find the noble.

They were found later that night by the other Sequitor retinue, battered but still alive and well despite being beaten by the Gluttons. Lord Elistraph gathered his warriors and set out a new route that could help them find the noble, a dangerous route that could doom the entire mission if they all fail.

The new plan was simple, go through the ruins of a long abandoned Aelven site, dodge the Ogors and leap across to the other side of the fissure valley. From there, the Anvils of the Heldenhammer can find the lair of the Tyrant in the heaviest fog covered area of the mountain.

However, not all will survive this, and some may never return to Azyr again………