The Astral Bears 4th demi Company Collection

This year was set to be my final year of army building after years of investing into projects, some taking years to complete. I thought I had been satisfied with my work after painting my last Imperial army, the Crimson Fists. But, things have changed after the release of the new Space marine Codex and new supplements.

Does this make me a hypocrite for changing my goal of not building anymore armies? Yes and no. Because I’m reusing painted Primaris models to build this project. But on the other hand, yes I broke my own rules because something shiny caught my eye.

I probably shouldn’t be saying things like ‘final army projects’ when it should be obvious that GW knows how to make people like me get stuff. I wanted to move on from army projects and focus on smaller projects, trying to focus more on getting my neglected models painted and placed in existing projects.

This wasn’t a complete failure as I did for awhile focus on existing projects, adding units to various projects like the Iron Warriors project, AoS projects and Night Lords Legion project. I’ve saved a lot of money on being more creative with what I’ve got and getting neglected models painted.

This new project sort of follows on from using neglected models and using them in a new unified faction colour scheme. Using all of my Primaris models (not including the Crimson Fists) I’m making a budget project that is fully Primaris Marines.

As a White Scar fanboy, well the temptation to build a Successor chapter was too good not to miss out on. I’ve always had a keen interest in the V Legion ever since I’ve read their HH book, Scars by Chris Wright. One of the best books for Heresy era lore on the Legion, and what defines them from the rest of the Astarte legions.

Fun fact, my first Space marine project was my own Successor chapter called the Sons of Shiban, which I built a modest collection of fast bikes and aircraft support. You can still see that project in photo in one of my older posts, my first Black Templars post showed what I had collected before being reused for the BT project.

The White Scars supplement was a long and slightly late release since I’d abandoned my successor project years ago. But now I can at least build a new and better army project, reusing all of my Primaris models (not including my Crimson Fists).

After researching the Legion and it’s successor chapters I’ve decide to go with the Astral Bears chapter, a relatively unknown chapter with no official colour scheme or background apart from having won many battles already. This is the perfect chance to create something that’s canonical in the lore but a blank canvas to paint my version of that chapter.

A lot of thinking and testing went behind my initial tests on creating my version of the Astral Bears chapter, figuring out wether I should paint them brown or metallic red. Colours represent the mood or theme that a faction paint their armour in, and I wanted to evoke the pride and cultural connection to the White Scars.

My tests resulted in this outcome.

Using Metalic red enamel spray paint with washed down Contrast Black Templar, the colour scheme is a metalic crimson that shines but not too glossy. It represents the blood spilt by the sacrifices of those before the Primaris stock, the old veterans who protected the Imperium to their last breath. The bear is a ferocious creature who would cause bloodshed to its foes, but protect its kin till the end.

The thunderbolt represents the ‘Astral’ in the chapters name, a bolt of lightning that would strike whenever the Gobi bears of legend come out to hunt. Because there aren’t any bear transfers nor can I do freehand designs consistently, I opted to give them the thunderbolt transfer from the SE.

Lore for my collection is WIP at the moment as they’re an Ultima founding chapter, there’s a lot to think about on the Indomitus Crusade, where the chapter came from, who leads it (that one’s already sorted) and what is the chapters goals in the current timeline.

For now though I have a selection of models that I’ve built and painted that represent the chapters command group.

Chapter Master Chighin ‘Gobi’ Khan

1st Lieutenant Batua Kandakh and 2nd Lieutenant Osmogai Kandakh

Stormseer Kulghu Otorogh

Apothecary Ganzogh J’ungah

4th Company Ancient Ghansukh Ujumm

4th Company Kuglai Khan

Chaplin Khajog Head-taker

That’s all for today, I’ll be back with more updates on this project soon.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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Watch the skies!

Swooping down from the darkness of a starless sky, an aircraft in the colours of the 8th Legion ignites its two big flamers. Engineered by the Dark Mechanicum Warpsmiths in their hellforges, this aircraft’s role is to cause terror and pyroclast its victims in promethian fire. The Night Lords favour this for taking down the weak and defenceless targets, in cities where they can shepherd the citizens in dead ends.

They call this the Vulture Talon, a suitable name for it’s use as a terror that waits for the time to strike the weak.

Vulture Talon, Curze’s Talons

Joining the Night Lords are two ancient and evil machines of an age of darkness, not seen since the days of the Horus Heresy. In that dreadful time in Imperial history there was once a knight house called Devine, once serving the cause of the Great Crusade now turned to the whims of Slannesh.

It is a great boon to have Renegade Knights on your side, even if it’s only two Armigers at your disposal. For such power cannot be denied when these machines of such size and scale will inspire and terrify friend and foe. A greater boon it is if you pay the offering to an ancient and well known Knight House like Devine, for reputation and deep rooted history will certainly make your leadership undisputed to other backstabbing warlords.

But to deploy these god machines is at a risk far greater than death, for the Renegade Knight houses do not accept charity or call for need. They require an offering, sacrifices to the Chaos Gods (or chosen god) in order to lend their arms to war. Thousands of souls or fresh vessels are required to satisfy these throne bound carcasses, their long dead bodies bound to the machine still live and breath from the sacrifices to feed their hatred.

Some pacts may secretly involve the Warlords own soul as an offering in payment, wether by death in battle or by failure, no Knight would want their reputation mired by such loss by being on the losing side. Think of it as insurance for the machine spirit to be satisfied, or the Daemon possessing the Renegade Knight. Armiger Knights Harrixi and Lexia of House Devine

Sometimes a Renegade Knight house will have willing peasants or followers of Hive military join them on the contract. They serve only as playthings of the Knights who only see them as distraction units, entertained by the wanton death and destruction their followers cause. No strategic value is used when deploying these insane peasant, just a pathetic excuse for House Devine to cause the killing blow by laziness and luxury. Peasant flock Alpha

That’s all for today, I’ll be back soon with more Night Lords to show that’ll probably give you long term nightmares of bats.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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

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

The Fallen, The Daemon Prince and a Possessed opera

Today, I present my latest painted miniatures from my Iron Warriors project. From a Dark Angel traitor to a Daemon prince of Nurgle, this batch of miniatures is probably my best work yet for this project.

First up, someone’s ‘Fallen’ over to Chaos, wearing a really fancy cape!

Whilst he’s definitely not a gene son of the 4th Legion, it begs the question of how and why he joined up with the Nugle tainted warband? Was he running away from the Dark Angels, making a contract with the warband for hire, finding and regrouping with other Fallen or something far darker?

My very own kitbashed Daemon Prince of Nurgle with wings and a long rusty scythe. This model is full of character with the dead Tau suit that’s rusting away by the Daemons essence, a rat scurrying away and a happy Nurgling playing with his own intestines! But the Daemon Prince himself is a sight to behold, the smell not so much….

I’ve been thinking about entering this kitbash Daemon Prince as my first attempt into one of Azazels challenges, but confidence and doubts are bugging me one wether it’s good enough to enter it. If I do, photography would have to be better to show the best of this bloated nightmare.

Possessed that look less like clowns, and more like an opera group.

I couldn’t paint the Chosen for years, I hated the excessive details and the organic growths that looked too Possessed. So I made the unit of five into an actual Possessed unit. Worked pretty! I prefer how the unit looks compared to the OG unit of Possessed (I still have my original Possessed which looks crap), the organic parts on the Chosen sculpt help make kitbashing it more aligned with the daemonic takeover look.

All that’s left now with this project is a unit of Plague marines as my fourth Troop choice. After that I can move on to other projects that I’m working on, unless I have an idea on what I want to add to this project. It’s strange how this project has grown and evolved over the months of painting, I’m quite pleased with how well it’s going up to this point so far.

That’s all from me for today.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Update on my wargaming journey

I’ve had a lot of stuff going on for the past couple of weeks now that has distracted me from posting much on the blog. RL stuff and some work on two existing projects that I’ve been putting a lot of effort into.

For the first time in years I’ve had my first Warhammer 40k game (8th ed) with my dad, a fun and surprisingly quick game that at first was a slog going back and forth on the weapon rules. A Death Guard vs Primaris Crimson Fists battle using the Know no Fear datasheets.

I liked how the battle progressed throughout the game that relies on both shooting and combat, compared to AoS where there aren’t as many shooting units as the games tends to focus on charging in and commencing battle. Although, AoS is a lot less complicated with the warscroll sheet having everything in on place. With 40k, it’s the back and forth on finding the weapons stats and other rules in play.

But it could be due to the fact that this was my first time playing 8th edition and teaching my dad how to play the game. After a few more games I might have a better grasp on the different game system.

Anyways here’s what our battlefield looked like for our first 40k game.

The grass matt hasn’t been used for years so it’s been creased quite badly. But I didn’t fuss about it too much as it looked great along with my scenery, which I’ll be showing off in detail in a later post.

It looks less like a battlefield and more like a training course, but I hope to add more buildings and scenery to make it look more 40k grim dark. Currently I’m making some sandbag cover scenery like the barricades, just to add more cover for our gaming table. I’d like to make some scratch built buildings for better gaming opportunities, having cover, sniper nests and visual environment of the battle taking place in the grim dark.

Speaking of grim dark, I found this glorious tome today at my usual place of Warhammer treasure hunting!

This Mighty tome was Warhammer 40k’s 7th edition rulebook, packed with rules, art, lore and hobby material. How much did this cost? 99p, no joke, this costs as much as a bag of sweats! The reason why could be that the spine of the book is loose (but still intact to hold the pages) and the book is worn on the sides (with fold out pages being pressed by bad care).

I think this rulebook was the one that didn’t go down well with the community, I heard somewhere that 7th ed got a bad reputation like Fantasy 8th ed. To me, this book has too many rules to read just to play the game, no wonder I couldn’t get into Warhammer 40k back in the day.

Anyways that’s enough from me for today. I’ve got some more 40k goodness coming soon to the blog including my Iron Warriors project, my new 40k project built from neglected models, and more Primaris Soul Drinkers.

Until next time,

-Bjorn