Update on the hobby projects

I thought I’d update you guys on what’s going on with the hobby projects, and just general stuff. There’s a lot to tell from two weeks of big changes to what I’m working on.

Warhammer 40 projects

The Iron Warriors project is nearly wrapping up now with only two more units to paint, a unit of 5x Plague Marines and a Master of Possession. These two units were going to be next on my to do list, but I’ve had to put them on the back log due to some developments on another project.

Remember some of these guys?

They were part of my Chaos Space marines army project, The Harbinger Legion, a project of repainting all of my neglected CSM models into a proper painted army. This had been done for a few years now with later additions of DG models, making it as a big Nurgle army, at the time I thought this would be a good idea.

But as time goes on, I look back at this project and see many flaws that don’t sit well with me today, the army looked rushed on the painting. The army lacked the care and proper colour pallet that would inspire me when playing them on the tabletop. Unlike my other projects which bear some flaws but remain an overall great standard of painting, the Harbinger Legion has had its day.

Recently during my work on the Iron Warriors Death Guard project, I had an idea on what to do with The Harbinger Legion going forwards. After much reading and research on a particular traitor Legion, I decided that I would strip all of the painted CSM models I current have and paint them as the Night Lords Legion.

I came to this decision due to having read the Horus Heresy Primarch book, Konrad Curze: The Night Haunter, written by Guy Haley. A very engaging and enjoyable story of a demigods past, present and future accounts of his life and actions that shaped him as the Night Haunter.

My interest on the Night Lords stretch’s far back to my newcomer days when I started the hobby ten years ago. Me and a friend went to Warhammer World as a day trip, back during a time when the place had a small shop, a big room for gaming and a miniature showcase room that looked like a bond villains weaponry room of mass destruction.

During my visit, I came across the audio section in the shop, at the time GW had only started its audio drama production for about a year or two at this point. Anyways, I found a copy of Throne of Lies by ADB. At the time I hardly knew what the CSM were about, the lore, history and who was who in the grand scheme of things. However once I listened to the audio drama, I was very inspired and interested in the Night Lords Legion.

Whilst the Iron Warriors were always my number one favourite Legion, the Night Lords however have a place in my opinion as the most fascinating Legion to be explored in the lore.

Over the years I have read short stories and novels featuring the 8th Legion, mostly in the HH series that had a lot of good stories including ‘Prince of Crows’ ‘The First Heretic’ and a few others. It’s only when I found an index Astartes issue on the Night Lords that I got really engaged in the lore on the history behind the legions downfall.

So with the backstory out of the way, hows things going so far?

Well………

Striping paint of bloody boring, there’s a lot to do that takes time, dettle and waiting to get the best results.

However, I have made progress with the project by painting the requirements for a patrol detachment plus some other units. I’ll be revealing my current progress soon, I just need to paint a few more models (after I’ve gotten rid of the old paint) to keep my posting consistent as a weekly slot.

But, just to fill in the gap until I post my Night Lords collection post, here’s a smashing mix of lighting and eternal fears for you to feast your eyes on!

For now my main focus is to get my CSM models transferred over to my Night Lords Legion collecton, which will take some time to work on until all of the neglected models are bare plastic and ready to paint. I’m hoping to get this project done by a month or two if I focus on it from now on.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar projects

With everything focusing on Warhammer 40k on this blog lately, what about AoS? Well I’m thinking of going back to my Anvils of the Heldenhammer project to add a few more models to the project, after White Dwarf covered the Sempiterenals article with new rules, I wanted to cover all three battalion plans for my collection.

The good news is that I’ve got just about everything on the list required for each battalion plan, so I’ll only need a few more units to complete this project for good. Like my Lords of the Pisces Stormhost, I’m keeping this project as 1/3 of a Stormhost size for a fairly big sized force on the table.

I might weave this in between my 40k posts for diversity in blogging subjects.

Apart from the Anvils of the Heldenhammer project I have no plans set for my other AoS projects, most of them are tabletop ready and don’t need any additional units.

That’ll change when we see more golden hammer giants released soon…………or big Skaven machines the size of a truck……….yeah……….Warpstone cannon trucks………..

That’s all from me for today. Apologies for taking so long to reply back to everyone on the blog, I’ve been busy lately getting stuff done. I should be getting back to normal routine soon.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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The death of a project and some (undead) rebirth

For those of you who are new to my blog, years ago I did a post about going on a hiatus working on my Skaven project for AoS (I came back early this year to finish what I left off). I wanted to move on to building my first Death faction for AoS by starting a Flesh-Eaters Court army, after being inspired by the first Battletome. I was fascinated by the concept of deluded monsters and cannibals that see themselves as noble knights on crusades to defeat great and terrible foes.

My past attempts at transferring Death models to AoS weren’t as successful at the time, skeletons were a pain to paint due to my complex colour scheme I had painted them in. So starting a Ghoul army was an exciting opportunity to finally bring to life my own fully painted Death army.

Things were going good at the start as I started with a box (old WHFB box with squares) of ten Crypt Ghouls and one being a Courtier. Then I had two units of Ogres kitbashed as Crypt Horrors, a horror spin on these hungry giants becoming victim of their own cannibal affliction. Finally, I got the Start Collecting! Flesh-Eaters Court starter box, building a Abhorrent Ghoul King on a Terrorgheist, more Crypt Ghouls and three Coutiers.

It was all going well until I hit a wall, I just stopped adding to this project due to not having basing materials to base new units. Not only that, but my attention was wondering off to other projects on the backlog as well as new projects.

That’s when this project was going downhill into the backlog list, every time I’d mention that I’d be getting back into continuing the project (promises that I failed to commit to) I felt less motivated to paint and expand the collection.

However I did notice that my FEC was getting a lot of attention on Pinterest, and the only project that’s been on Pinterest. But still, this didn’t boost my motivation as I felt that I lost the spark that first got me into the project.

So today, I can announce that I’m officially shutting down the FEC project. It’s a sad thing to admit, but I’ve failed to finish this project towards 1,000pt.

But not all is lost! As ever a creative and artistic person that I am, I improve on failures and create something new. Nothing goes to waste.

A few months ago, I did a small Ogre army based on the cannibal horror theme for a Shyish inspired Destruction warband. I made a my Crypt Horror couturier units into two units, 2x Gorgers and one Butcher. My Battleline consisted of two units of three blood soaked Ogres.

What started out as a side project from my FEC soon became a project that could carry on where I failed.

But there was a problem, this project was going to need sacrifices in order to finish this project at 1,000pt, I’ve only assembled at least 500pt worth of models. I wouldn’t be able to afford new stuff as 1) my local GW store hardly has anything in stock, as it’s a small shop and most of the products are online exclusive and 2) price hike came.

I checked my previous projects in storage to see what I could work on, and I found four candidates to destroy and rebuild!

Now you might be thinking, well why not by some new kits? My answer to that would be GW’s recent price hike, it’s not a pretty sight to be honest. For a Tyrant you’ll have to save £25 just for one resin model. For Maneaters you’ll need £25 for one, but the unit is a minimum of three miniatures, meaning you’ll need to spend at least £75 for three resin kits! Madness!

I could proxy Maneaters using baseline Ogres, but that’s £25 for a unit that used to be (from what I can remember, don’t know if I’m right) £23.00 for six Ogres.

If you think that’s bad, check out the Giant and Butcher with cooking bowl prices, I think I’ll substitute Wizkid stuff for those units.

On my first year of blogging I did a unit of three Ogres of Nurgle for my Nurgle AoS army, and a Ogryn for my 40k inquisitor Warband, Silence of the Shroud. Whilst I’m gutted having to destroy my Ogryn model, I knew it was going towards a better cause than gathering dust in a box.

Now I have some WIP photos of my kitbashing work, a unit of Ironguts and a Tyrant.

But wait a minute, what about the Ghouls?

I have a few ideas on what I’ll be doing with my Abhorrent Ghoul king on a Terrorgheist, Abhorrent Ghoul Queen and Crypt Ghouls. The Abhorrents will be used as allies for my Nighthaunt collection as support units, although I might need to rebase them to fit alongside my whole collection. As for the Crypt Ghouls, they’ll be kitbashed into Ghoul Grots as I still have spare Grot heads from my Ork bitz box.

With that I think that’ll be all today. Check back tomorrow as I’ll be showcasing my Gutbuster collection! It’ll be a photography showcase in silvertone filter, then later on this week I’ll be showing new full colour photography of the collection like an army showcase.

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