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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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

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

I swear It wasn’t coincidental……also, pray to Malice the outcast God!

Yesterday I found another book from GW past (lucky me) this time being the anthology book, Heroes of the Space Marines. Published back in 2009, this book hosted a selection of short self contained stories about both loyal and renegade chapters. Notable authors include Aaron Dembski Bowden, Nick Kyme, Gav Thorpe, Graham McNeill and many more.

What’s unique about this book is that it contains the only story print about Malice/ Malal, the outcast chaos god. The story was called The Labyrinth (by Richard Ford), featuring the renegade chapter, the Sons of Malice who pray to Malice in ritual and cannibalism.

I won’t spoil the story, but I’d recommend it as one of my top ten all time favourite Warhammer 40k stories (especially a horror focused one!).

I’m still in the process of reading the book (I’m picking and choosing stories that interest me from the short synopsis), next being either Nightfall (by Peter Fehervari) or And They Shall Know No Fear (by Darren Cox). I’ll let you guys know what my thoughts are after reading either of the two short stories.

Since this was an earlier find than expected, I thought I’d share some other finds that I found going months and a year back!

The first story in the Nagash trilogy by Mike Lee, I found this at a second hand book shop a few months ago along with a HH book, Legion, by Dan Abnett.

Whilst I’m currently enjoying and still reading Gaunts Ghost (I’m on the first arc, The Founding, book two), my first introduction to the life of a Commissar was Ciaphas Cain.

Another second hand book found on a shelf with a few other Warhammer books, which I also sadly picked up Descent of Angels (by Mitchel Scanlon). I couldn’t read this book after a few pages, too many ‘scum’ and ‘Chaos scum’ was used…..

Finally, whilst not a first edition print, this book was part of BL celebration that was voted to be reprinted along with Dan Abnett’s Iron Snakes novel. I wish I could have gotten the Iron Snakes book too, as I’m currently reading books relating to the Sabbat Crusade. However, Drachenfels is a classic I couldn’t ignore!

That’s it for my second hand book collection. I’ve decided not to include the Hattchet BL reprint books as I think it deserves its own post, which will be something I’ll do for another time. If I do find more books relating to Warhammer 40k and fantasy, You can bet this hoarding blogger will dish out a new post soon!

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I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you’d like me to do more posts like these, I can do a new post on either a look back on old White Dwarf magazines, or Warhammer Fantasy Battles army books. Comment below what you’d like to see. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Hunting for the lost tomes

I’ve found another old item from 40k past, whilst I was looking around a second hand book shop. To my amassment, I found two classic codexs that were 2nd and 3rd edition respectively for each book, these being Chaos space marines and Imperial Guard.

Sadly, I could only afford one if the books on that day, and being Chaos fanboy, I had to grab the CSM Codex! But I’ll be back for the IG book one day!

It’s apparent to me now that I’m quite good at finding old stuff relating to old GW books, including the oldest item being the 1996 Dwarf army book. Everywhere I go, some long abandoned book is there when I go searching the dusty book shelf.

Just as an example, below are my past findings that I’ve found and brought to preserve in my Warhammer archives.

I still have few items I haven’t even shown yet on the blog too, including a book called Ragnar’s Claws by William King. But I’ll show what I’ve found at another time.

Anyways, here’s proof of my find.personally, I prefer this edition of Chaos Space marines for the lore content and sheer bloody amazing artwork! Reading this gives me more dread and despair about chaos than it’s predecessor editions.

Another photo with my current gathering of all my Chaos Space marine codex’s.

As seen here, a lot has changed throughout the decade for the Chaos Space Marine codex’s. Each Codex has some unique lore content that hasn’t been copied over, which makes each edition worth keeping.

You might be asking why I’m so keen to find outdated codex’s, White Dwarfs, old miniatures and BL books is because I’m fascinated by what came before my time when I first started the hobby. From my first day starting the hobby and to now, a lot has changed for nearly a decade of lore material, art, books and sculpting.

I realised that looking back would give me an insight as to what shaped the fiction and hobby to where it is today. When I got my hands on the old 1996 Dwarfs army book, I couldn’t help but be surprised at the art of how the Dwarfs were depicted. It was then that I was hooked into finding more old items relating to the hobby.

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Well that’s my monologuing done for today, I hope you enjoyed this post! If you would like me to do more stuff like this, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Accept the truth and sacrifice your soul to the young god

Today I have a short post on what I’ve done with my small but reasonably fun side project, The Emperors Children warband. For the past few weeks I’ve had two Knight Armiger Helverin’s painted along with a few kitbashed models, one of which is a unit of proper sized Chaos space marines.

Like all squads of Chaos space marines there has to be a champion to lead his men into battle, out of self indulgent glory or wicked spite for attention. I wanted my Chaos Champion to physically look more dominating than his men, as well as kitbash more exquisite decorations from aristocracy.

The Emperors Children champion is equipped with a Plasma pistol, a power claw (a mutated one for sure) and a Siren upgrade in form of two bestial bronze hounds.

I’m more interested in kitbashing Primaris space marines now that my Emperors Children project has opened a lot of ideas for kitbashing. The scale works really well when compared to a guardsman, and Cultists too! Imagine kitbashing a unit of Reivers as skull horned Chosen marines, or if your creative, kitbash raptor jet packs onto the Reivers.

I’ve seen a lot of talented hobbyists make some impressive Chaos space marine kit bashes using Primaris marines. It’s a great way of having a ten man squad of C.S marines as an alternative to the current outdated C.S marines kit. However, if your a lore minded person, the MKX armour might be off putting as it’s far more sleeker than the bulky design of past Adeptus Astartes armour marks. But you can always use green stuff and spare bitz to make some lore accurate armour.

Today is mortal hunting, as the trumpets were raised to announce a knightly hunt for more ‘materials’ for tonight’s banquet.

Since the start of my summer of hobby painting, I’ve painted quite a few Slanneshi models (photo above is the latest showcase of what I’ve done so far). What started out as a crazy idea to build a small Knight House collection, turned into a disorganised lot of Slanneshi devotees.

I’ll be honest and say that if AoS 2.0 hadn’t been released this month, I would have stuck to my original plans of capping this collection off with a renegade knight. However, this turned out to be a positive change as I’ve actually gotten more black log work done.

I’m currently painting 19x Cultists with Autoguns to be added to the collection, since I want them to be finally painted and done with after so many years of neglect. Then another 19x cultist will be added as a second unit once the first is done, and finally any other unused models might be added. I might possibly add two more marines (kitbashed) to finish my Noise marine squad, as well as a HQ leader to represent the army.

Since this project is more of a side project, as well as just getting rid of neglected models, I’m not planning on continuing with this collection with new models or expanding it once my Summer holiday is over. I just don’t want to commit to another big project when I’ve got less time now that College is over. My goal is to try and get as much neglected models painted (with the Armiger knights being inspiration to get me started for the project), and achieve having no more neglected Chaos space marine models left).

However, it’s nice to do side projects once in a while as a break from bigger ones that take a lot of care and attention to complete. Speaking of which, I’ve just recently finished my final unit of Paladins (Decimators) for my Stormcast Eternal (1/3) Warrior Chamber. A post will be coming out soon to elaborate more on that as well as future plans for the collection soon.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Renegade Commissar Tarin Brakem, Divine executioner

Once a loyal and faithful Commissar to the corpse throne Imperium of mankind, I led the Ironsides Inglorium 4th regiment to retake Basilum nine with only a few hundred men left. We were glorious, flaws were rarely stained on our record, a few losses at most. My regiment fought at the forefront of the battlefield with unflinching loyalty to my command.

I swore an oath to the “Emperor” to take worlds in the name of mankind, until the day of realisation dawned upon me as my men were atomised by incoming fire from our side. On Basilum nine my reputation went down the sink hole like a spider pulled down the drain. Fear took me unexpectedly as I reeked in horror at the loses all around me, life extinguished one by one in a space of microseconds.

It was when fall back to the trench where I hid below that I started to ponder to myself. There was no god of mankind, it was heresy to even think of it, but it was true. My oath was just words, my deeds meant nothing to those wretched men of high command. They decided to fire on friendly ground to tarnish my reputation out of jealousy and pride. My pride was on the line!

A mutiny was in order, when I survived the trench bombardments, I took it upon myself to gather anyone still alive and turn our own bombardment cannons towards high commands HQ. I doubt my actions at first, my thoughts were fuzzy like something was distracting me by controlling my own actions………. . But my drilling in the worship of the Emperor and the imperial laws was slipping away, revenge must be achieved for the sake of the men that I’ve lost. My pride was tarnished for this record of losses (not that the men will know that my revenge was done out of self preservation, rather than moral sympathy for the men lost).

The faces of high command that I saw on the balcony were as red as vermillion, as my lust for revenge consumed me, they looked with horror and fear as the cannon unleashed its payload into HQ. All that remained of high command was a blazing fireball impact that looked like a hellish nightmare.

That day all sense of loyalty was abandoned as me and my men were overcome by the promises of true glory and the sensations of achievement. A faint whisper in our ears told us to join our new master, Slannesh, and give our souls to her patronage.

I took it upon myself to be the first of her chosen, by sacrificing the weakest of my men (and traitors to our cause) on totem poles. Ah a sight to see, it was a divine sight to behold as they yelled for help while the Daemons took these unwilling fools as hosts. Now the netherborn had physical forms to cause material carnage to our former allies and foes, how blessed we were that day.

My cravings were just about full from this carnage, but I needed more. I must have more, my pride must be fulfilled!!!

– The fall of Commissar Tarin Brakem [999.41M]

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn