Iron Warrior Death Guard project, what’s to come

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AoS Maggotkin of Nurgle Blightkings

It’s not only my Warhammer 40k project that’s getting the Nurgle treatment, as I’ve also managed to paint a unit of Blightkings after a some delay. These giant warriors of pure hideousness are slow and clumsy but can cause a bad flu.

As part of my mixed warband of Nurgle models these guys will act as a Battleline for my Maggotkin of Nurgle army. This will for now be my last unit for the project for some time, as I’m focusing on other projects.

I hope to return to this project at some point in the future and get a few more Maggotkin of Nurgle units to cap off the project.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Boosting the Iron Warriors Deathguard Project

The week before, I started my Summer of Hobbying project collection showcase, an up to date posts on how the project is so for and what’s next. One post in particular was my passion project for my last Chaos army, the Iron Warriors Death Guard. A combination of the Death Guard aesthetics and model range mixed with the trench warfare/ siege demolition masters of the Iron Warriors. A mixture of diseases, despair, corruption, decomposition, rust and decay with grime, blood, hard work, single minded, paranoid, reliable tools, hard as iron from within and without.

As I was sorting out my model storage last week, I found my other smaller Death Guard project, the Harbinger Legion. This was originally my main Death Guard collection that was connected to my renegade Chaos Space marine army.

Here’s some old photos of the Harbinger Legion army models that I’ll be repainting, apologies for the terrible photo quality.

This year I got the Know no Fear Starter set and used the Death Guard in the set for a new project. This later proved to be a good choice in my opinion as the quality of painting was far better than my previous work on the DG, as well as the concept of using the Iron Warriors colour scheme added a lot more character to the project.

This is my current collection gathering of Iron Warrior Death Guard.

Therefore I’ve decided to now focus on getting all of my DG Harbinger Legion models repainted, and added to my Iron Warriors project. This way I can add more models to the Iron Warriors project to make it bigger and more diverse with different unit options.

This is part one of two posts of all of my repainted Death Guard models for this project. Below I have a Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour, a Malignant Plaguecaster, Mythitic Blight hauler, Helbrute, poxwalkers and a Daemon Prince of Nurgle.

That’s all for today. I’ll be posting the next part in a couple of days showing my final few repainted models.

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

Scrapping historical wargaming projects

Originally I was going to start my first historical miniature series for my blog. My first project was based on the war on the Eastern Front of 1941/2. I did have a post the week before last on my first Tamiya kit, the German 88mmGunFlak 36/37, which was going to be displayed alongside my Red Army defenders. But I’ve deleted that post as I wasn’t comfortable with it in the end.

What I would have started the project with is now going to be a short end. I had some other stuff to post including a new unit and scenery barricades. But I’ve now had to scrap those for the project, although the scenery will be used for my Warhammer 40k gaming.

This happened because of recent news and articles I’ve read about historical wargaming, which has put me off doing this project.

In Wargames Illustrated issue 379 (May 2019), there was an article on opinions of whether wargaming should be more PC. In current times historical wargaming is seen with controversy because of it’s real life inspiration, In the U.K. this is definitely an issue of discussion especially in schools.

Recently I saw a video on YouTube by Neckbeardia who shared a video by Imperator Vespasian, on the subject of his sons being called a fascist for collecting historical miniatures.

Here’s the link to the original video. https://youtu.be/OUrAfp2A1bw

It’s a shame that Imperator and his son stopped their historical wargaming, however, it’s good to see that they’re continuing the table top wargaming hobby with Warhammer 40k. Best of luck to them!

After thinking long and hard about what I’ve learnt from all the above, I feel it’s best that I don’t do any historical miniature blog posts. My intention was to present painted models that show a recreation of a historical event during the Second World War, my first project would have been Germans own downfall as the Red Army strikes back in defiance in the Eastern Front.

I’ll be sticking with Warhammer AoS/ 40k and other fantasy projects for now.

It’s a shame as I was really motivated by reading a book called Stalingrad by Antony Beevor, which cover events from multiple perspectives and events. He covers some of the most disturbing and brutal events in the war, something school wouldn’t bother teaching.

I will still be reading historical books as I want to learn and know what life was like back in those days. It would be disrespectful of me to stop learning history and be oblivious to the stories and perspectives of those who suffered.

Probably a decade ago I could do WWII projects as a hobby without being labelled as a communist or a fascist, but now it’s not worth investing in these dark days of madness.

I apologise for any inconvenience or fault from this.

-Bjorn

Cast me some rat magic

Magic? The Old World? Skaven?

For many this might be something you’ve never seen before, and for a few you might remember this card reference set. Like many of the other Warhammer factions, it wasn’t on sale for long. Truth is, GW used to have a habit of limited time products for Warhammer 8th ed. From Storms of Magic assets, a few limited print expansions like Blood in the Badlands and even the End Times paperback editions (kinda limited since they went in months when AoS came out).

Magic cards are like AoS gaming cards of today, easy to read and accessible for quicker gaming sessions. The Skaven had their magic cards back in their second wave release, after their 7th edition army book came out a year before.

Limited by a few packs per store, this set would’ve never got into my hands by the time it was released. Luckily I got my pack from my local GW a few days earlier before its release date. I can remember the manager showing me all the new Skaven stuff that came in the second wave, I don’t think he was allowed to. But as a compromise, I didn’t open the pack or become an ass by selling it on eBay until release day.

I got the cards for ease of play. Did I get better at playing Warhammer? Nope, but at least I didn’t get moaned at for taking time to read the text.

Looking back, wouldn’t Warhammer 8th edition be so much better if it had AoS profile cards? It would’ve made the game way easier for me back then.

Anyways, what’s in the pack?

you get three gorgeous art backing of the three magic lores in Skaven society, Clan Skryre magic, Clan Pestilence magic and a Greyseer exclusive spell. In total there are thirteen cards (it had to be), whilst only two clans could do magic on their respective lores, the Greyseers and I think even the Verminlords can pick both spells and their own single exclusive spell.

For the Clan Skryre they get six spells

Pestilence get the same amount of spells, but with a topping of infections.

Finally, the big one!

Fun fact, I did mange at one time, and only one time to this day to have successfully cast this spell! I think about four High Elves got turned into Skaven Clanrats!

Thats all for today. Yesterday I came back from my four day holiday, refreshed and ready to do some blogging. I’ve still more Summer of Hobbying 2019 posts to do for next week. I’ll be working on my AoS Nurgle army showcase post, which will be out a day or two.

until next time,

-Bjorn

Summer of Hobbying 2019: Death Guard Iron Warriors

Today’s post will be focusing on my Death Guard Iron Warriors, those of the sons of Perturabo who have succumbed to Nurgle’s blessings. As part of this years summer goal, I’ll be showing all of my current army projects works that I’ve done so far this year.

Starting off as just a passion project, my Nurgle devoted Iron Warriors soon got a lot of traction as a growing army project. Rather than boosting my first Death Guard project, The Harbinger Legion, instead I have given the Iron Warriors the big stuff after completing the Know no Fear set.

There was never a set goal on where I wanted this project to go, no set point list or detachment. Just a project I wanted to paint with as much effort, skill and passion. But still stuff kept getting added, as if limitations and goals being put to one side actually helped me?

Now that’s not to say there was no structure at least to follow, I have the basic army formation of at least a single troop choice and a HQ choice. But Know no Fear did cover the basics.

My last task for this project was painting a substitute 20x Cultists and a Tzeentch Aeldari Wizard. The cultist were substitute from a historical miniature kit (couldn’t remember what the company was called, nor the unit itself), but they fit the role as Olympian cultists of old.

As for the Tzeentch wizard, I had thought of using it as a Blades Khorne Bloodstoker substitute, but the design of the model looked perfect for an Aeldari Wizard. I used a Skorne kit from Privateer Press to substitute this model.

The wizard was used as a fun narrative story of an Aeldari Seer who instead of being consumed by Slannesh, offered her soul to Tzeentch to save her from being damned for eternity. Irony then that she became a slave to his whims of devious plots and threads of fate. Long story short, she’s now an ‘ambassador’ for the Iron Warriors warband afflicted by Nurgle. A point of diplomacy for the Tzeentch afflicted Iron Warriors and the Nurgle one’s.

If I feel the Nurgle aspect of the project is getting stale or naturally at an end, then I have an opportunity to continue this project by adding Tzeentch models to the project.

I just don’t know how to break the news to papa Nurgle that I’m seeing Tzeentch for my project, I think I’m longe overdue on my diseased library of infection returns……

With that direst of concerns that’ll be all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another army project, one that hasn’t been worked on this year, but will be the focus of my current works. Funny enough, it’s my Maggotkin of Nurgle!

Until next time,

-Bjorn