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

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Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Leading the cats

It’s not just Stormcast Eternals that are in this collection as I’ve included a new human miniature (hobbit size), Elya. Whilst she’s only a child in the story, Soul Wars, she does have some bizarre ability to attract cats to her. Don’t ask me why.

Since there’s no AoS civilian kits yet, I had to use my imagination by using a spare plastic Hobbit model from an old LoTR boxset. I painted her the best I could using colours that would fit both a street traveller and the colours of Glymmsforge.

Here’s a size comparison for those of you who want a visual contrast of height.

That’ll be it for today’s post, and I’ll be giving this series a break whilst I focus on getting other projects done. Hopefully I’ll be returning to finish off my remaining tasks by the end of December, or the new year.

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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

Inspired Soul Wars Collection short: Lord Ordinator Hagramities and Lord Relictor Dathus

My first OC that I’ve been kitbashing of a Lord Ordinator, which will be joining my Sacrosanct Chamber as chief engine-seer. What’s interesting about this character is his previous life before he was reforged, I won’t spoil it here for now, but I’ll hint that he was a captured slave in his past life in the World-That-Was.

Secondly, I have made a kitbashed model of a named character from the novel, Soul Wars, called Dathus. A Lord Relictor who’s responsibility was placed upon him to ensure his warriors guarded the under crypts at all costs. Like a Chaplin of sorts, he guided his fellow warriors on the best solutions to ensure their duty was done.

I’ll be sure to post these two models again once I’ve painted them, and hopefully they’ll be done by the time series one of Inspired Soul Wars Collection is done.

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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

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Skeleton warriors

Finally, I’ve managed to get a whole unit of Skeleton warriors done! Well ten more models painted, the other ten were done years ago. I’m happy to have gotten this neglected unit proper attention, now part of my growing undead collection.

This unit is based on one of the many vast legions of Deathrattle that served the Wight King, during the strike attack at Glymmsforge. Fighting alongside the Deadwalkers and Nighthaunt, the hordes of fleshless dead served their master by marching into battle with tireless resolve to breach the defences.

As part of my allied detachment for the Nighthaunt army, I’ve been trying to get as much Deathrattle done as possible (whilst I still have my enthusiastic energy going). It’s paid off so far, getting this lot painted is just another step closer to getting all of my neglected Death models painted.

In fact, I only need to paint a unit of Grave Guard for my Deathrattle force! It’ll be a lot more challenging as only two of eight were painted, and it’ll be hard for me to replicate the colour scheme. But fingers crossed I might get it done right!

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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

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Retributors

Just recently painted these two for my Stormcast Eternals collection, as part of the Warrior Chamber for the Anvils of Heldenhammer. I might include one more Retributor so that the unit size is at a decent number of models to play (even though it’s still under strength).

With this unit done, I only have the final task of getting the Shadespire Stormcast Eternals set to cover both my existing Liberator unit, and a Lord Celestant that I’ll be kitbashing. Then that’s it for the Stormcast Eternals for this series!

My Other collection in the series is nearly done, my Death alliance has only two more units left to paint. Currently the Skeleton warriors are nearly done, I just need to get their bases textured to finish them off.

I’m wondering what I should do to celebrate the series 1 finale post, I need more time to plan on that one….

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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

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Spirit Host (Nighthaunt final, for now…..)

Today marks the end of my Nighthaunt collection as I’ve finished painting my unit of Spirit Host. These three ethereal monsters have been neglected for so long since AoS came out, having transferred them onto new bases and ruining the paint work. I had this unit since they were released back during the End Times, which considering AoS was nearly a year later, these guys didn’t last long on square bases!

Now however, I’ve managed to get them back to tip top shape by re-painting them with brighter colours, but kept the bases thematically the same as the rest. The difference with these guys is that they don’t have the dry brushed effect like my previous models in the series. Instead using white acrylic Basecoat and shading/ drybrushing again for that ghostly essence effect.

Adding this to my collection will be enough to just about play a 1,000pt game of AoS, although I do have 60pt left for an endless spell. I might make my own endless spell model and base it on one of the three Nighthaunt exclusive ones.

What’s the plan going forward now that the Nighthaunt are done? Well, I plan to paint more undead models from the Deathrattle to boost this army further to 1,500pt. Maybe if I want to, I might add 500pt of Nighthaunt extras. I have yet to include the last Nighthaunt character, the Guardian of Souls, Dohl, to my collection.

So onto the next task of getting the skeleton ladz painted, something I’m not overly enthusiastic about. But to think if I can get these neglected models done would give me more storage space (and less neglected models in the unused model box!).

Until next time!

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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

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: The Rise and Fall of Pharus Thaum

Got myself a Night of Shrouds the other day, and I’ve already finished painting it yesterday!

Before reading further, Just to warn you that if you haven’t read Soul Wars novel yet, ignore this post. There will be loads of spoilers in here so best avoid it, but read on if your interested still!

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Once mortal of flesh and blood, a hero was slain on his final hours fighting the odds against his favour.

The Great Necromancer reaches for this soul to be sent back to his kingdom in the Realm of Shyish. A worthy soul to add to his unquestionable legion of the dead.

A God as old as the World-That-Was saw this hero’s deeds of heroism and sacrifice, so he reforged him as an immortal warrior clad in midnight black armour of Sigmarite. Bearing his lantern of judgment and his halberd in the other, Pharus Thaum, Lord Castellant of the Anvils of Heldenhammer was bearer of Sigmars light in the dark.

But his death should have belonged to Nagash, the Great Necromancer and god of the dead. A single soul stolen from Nagash is a missing tool to the great work. The Soul thief yet again is one step forward.

During his greatest challenge, Pharus Thaum protected the civilians of Glymmsforge from supernatural horrors. His efforts to protect the innocent have earned him both fear and respect of the citizens. Truly, nothing can defeat this hero?

Years, decades, even centuries go by and more souls are gone beyond his reach. Nagash in his deluded sense of justice sees this as an act of war. But who would steal what was rightfully his?

During the Necroquake, Pharus sacrifices himself to save a fellow Stormcast from deaths cold grasp. All would see him reforged and returned to the mortal realms again, but changed as expected by all who know the price of being a Stormcast Eternal.

The chaos gods? No, they couldn’t take every soul even the purest ones. The Aleves? They are mysterious creatures who could be the culprits behind this atrocity. No, no, it can be them. Could it be Sigmar?

Pharus Thaum’s reforging went astray when he was tormented as a gheist made from pure lighting. Rampaging in Azyr, he was finally lost to Sigmar as he fell through the many realms from the sky of Azyr, all the way down to Shyish.

What? That can’t be a comet, the sky is as dead as the dry soil and death sand of the deserts. There’s lightning coming off this fallen object, like it’s alive. Nagash plucks this soul from its full in his bony claw. After much thought and suggestion by Arkhan the Black, Nagash used this opportunity to rebuild this soul anew into his service.

All is on with Nagash, he endures even by fatal defeats. A legion of many and all serve him in death by his will. Pharus Thaum is now part of his legions, a half bred of Stormcast and undead. The man he was is now long dead and never to return, for he is now only a fragment of memories.

All is one with Nagash……..

I’ve just recently brought myself a Night of Shrouds kit the other day, which I’ve painted with much enthusiasm and determination to finish. I’ll be basing it on Pharus Thaum, a tragic character who would become a shadow of his former self as seen in Soul Wars.

One of my favourite villains in the story, Pharus morphs from a noble hearted warrior, to a slowly cold minded monster who would slay in the name of Nagash. You feel his pain as his story progresses with each chapter pulling him further into bitterness. It’s thanks to Nagash that Pharus would become the first victim of his Stormcast kin to be reshaped as a Night of Shrouds.

It raises a question of wether Nagash will create more of these lords from fallen Stormcast Eternals?

I personally liked Pharus Thaums story arc as it gave AoS a morbid story of fallen grace, where redemption to return as an immortal hero is impossible. He could have been a fantastic long running villain for AoS and Lord Arcanum Balthas’s nemesis, but alas he was finally defeated and gone from the world.

That’s only one of the few nitpicks I have with the novel, as Pharus could have been a really compelling villain to follow and see him evolve as a villain. He knows about Azyr and a life as a Stormcast Eternal, and his loss with bitterness against Sigmar for not saving him. I understand that he was necessary as an opponent to test Balthas to save/defeat Pharus that he failed to do the first time.

Lord Arcanum Balthas facing Pharus Thaum

But you might be wondering how I can play my Knight of Shrouds as Pharus if he’s gone for good? Well, with excuses and creative liberties, I have an idea! Basically this Knight of Shrouds is a shadow of Pharus, a copy you might say that Nagash created as an improvement from god first failed creation. This one still having the same spark of lighting (which Nagash saved for experimentation) as before, but smaller and less prominent. With hardly much memories left, this Pharus retains all the hatred and zeal against Sigmar and his creations.

Not the most unique excuse, but it at least gives me the best explanation to play my model as Pharus.

So now that my leader for the Nighthaunt collection is painted, I’ve only got one more unit left to paint before I’m done with the collection. What I do after that Is just some additional work with units and possibly adding endless spells onto my collection.

Spirt hosts await me!

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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