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………

Last week and Monday I painted things

There’s not been much progress with painting the backlog last week, I needed to take a break for few days as I wasn’t in the mood for painting. However, I did manage to paint a kitbashed Knight-Incantor using a Sequitor model from the Mortal Realms collection. I figured it would be better off being used as another wizard, since a Sacrosanct Chamber can have up to nine Knights in total.

It would have been a good Lord-Arcanum model, but, I decided to hold back on that.

A star staff, cus a Shyish star was all we had in the Forge. At least it glows better in the dark!

As well as hardly painting any models last week, I tried two games of the free AOS solo game PDF to test out. Whilst I did do some alterations with the Trolls to be two Ogors Gluttons and a Tyrant. It was a really fun game to play as the game is set on a smaller, more personal match against a randomised opponent.

I’ve already got a few photos ready to be drafted into my three part battle report/ mini story, I just need to play my third and last game to complete the series.

Lastly, today I’ve painted my second to last unit of Nighthaunt units, this time it’s an unusual substitute unit of undead riders……

Skeletal knights on skeletal horses? Ha! Ghostly raptor knights are way cooler, much cooler because their undead…….

That’s all I have for today. I may have a surprise to show this week depending on all things going ahead. If the surprise isn’t coming, then I’ve got my last unit of Nighaunts to show before wrapping the project for good (a sad but a great privilege to have worked on).

Until next time, stay safe,

-Bjorn

Pokémon cards (1/2)

Today I wanted to share a very special post, way before I got into Warhammer, before I wanted to become an artist and before I had any sensibility to know buying loads of booster packs was a waste of money. I got into collecting Pokémon cards.

Around the time of 2005/2006 I was joining a group club, I met someone there who just started out, he had a big folder of Pokémon cards that took with him. At the time I only had very few cards, we became friends and he shared his doubles with me (doubles were a pain to get rid of if it’s common cards, so lucky for him I could take the burden away).

At the time the 90’s cards were still about in trading circles, so if you knew anyone local who had them, you could get some decent cards for the right trade. So it was thanks to my friend that I started to collect Pokémon due to his generosity.

I could go on about my days of collecting, trading, school disputes and the TCG school mafia, but let’s just focus on my collection for today.

This week I’ve been reorganising my folders and card storage, as I wanted to get rid of my doubles and cards I have no use for my collection (full circle eh!). One of my folders contains my whole collection of 1995-2005 Pokémon cards.

Here’s a few photos I took showing the best of what I’ve collected for about 15 years now. Just to mention now, I’m not taking any offers for trading.

There’s a lot more cards to show, but they aren’t that interesting or rare to show. But what I haven’t shown is the support cards, I haven’t got enough room to store them so when I do eventually get a bigger folder I’ll post them up in the near future.

I’ve got more cards to show later on in the week including my 2006 to present Pokémon cards, my Yu-Gi-Oh collection and MTG too.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

This week

As another week goes by I’m gradually painting more and more of my neglected/ backlog of miniatures, now that I have no excuses not to.

Everyone’s well so far, adapting to lockdown life is getting better now that we’ve all gotten used to the system. It’s still worrying that there’s so many people being affected by the virus, and so many lost their lives as the virus kills all in its path. How many more will be affected until we see the other side of this horrific period?

I hope everyone’s staying safe and well. Look after yourselves and your family, if we can just pull through and stop the spread of the virus, the more lives we will save and ensure our health services can better deal with the situation.

My week so far has been okay, I’ve done some more cooking this week (pasta mostly) with another homemade pizza made yesterday.

This week was also a time for more reading as I’ve been reading the Horus Heresy: Betrayer, by ADB after reading some HH short stories featuring the XII Legion. So far so good, I’m really enjoying Betrayer, it’s certainly earned a place in my top ten HH book list.

Finally last weekend (ending yesterday) I’ve been reorganising my collection of trading cards from MTG, Pokémon and YuGiOh. It’s taken me two days to reorganise storage, folders and what cards I’m giving away to charity. I want to get some card folders store all of my cards once the current global situation will improve.

Maybe I should do a post on my collections, might be a fresh change for me, and the nostalgia of the days when taking trading cards to school was like going to New Vegas to gamble at the Lucky Tops casino (although there was no MR House unless you counted the kid who had the biggest collection, with all the fake cards too. He probably had a platinum chip too somewhere in his DIY box full of cards).

Anyways, here’s some miniatures I’ve been painting this week.

Until next time,

-Bjorn