Primaris marines

Recently I found an issue of Warhammer Conquest at a local newsagent, three in fact too! One being some paints, another a scenery sprue (the easy build one) and a set of sergeants and a captain in Gravis armour. I knew which one I wanted!

So I’m working on some small diorama projects that won’t be part of any existing Space marine collection, as I don’t think the models will be useful for my Crimson Fists and Black Templars. Having these miniatures as side projects will be more fun trying out new chapter colour schemes.

Primaris Captain in Gravis armour, Spears of the Emperor chapter

Primaris Lieutenant in Gravis armour, Dark Angels Chapter.

I’ve got two more models to build, one being a Primaris Intercessors sergeant for the Carcharodons chapter and an undecided Primaris model to build.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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Bjorn finds more classic Warhammer books!

Today was a pretty good day, I’ve found more second hand stuff that caught my eye, including three GW stuff and a Judge Dredd annual 1981. But today I’m focusing on the GW stuff, as I’ll be doing a big 2,000AD collection post when I have time to dig out all of my recent findings (trust me, it’s a big one that I’ve been delaying for so long because I keep finding 2,000AD stuff!).

A guy at the local carboot has a few White dwarfs (mostly from the 90’s), a Tau Codex (same style as the Daemonhunters border Codex style) and the two Codex’s you see in the photo. The usual guy I go to for second GW stuff hasn’t been around since late Summer/ early Autumn last year, so it’s been a while for me to find really old GW treasures.

I first picked up the Daemonhunter Codex and the White Dwarf issue as I have tend to not spend too much in one carboot stall when there might be more around (in a big field mind you). After half an hour of searching around and nothing else of interest to find, I went back to the same stall to get some more GW stuff.

The guy gave me a good offer for all the stuff for £5, not a bad deal to be honest, but I couldn’t accept the offer as I was on a tight budget so I chose the Codex Imperialis.

With that, I had a really successful day finding these items of interest, they aren’t worth much, but to me it’s like finding information that’s not in print in current GW products. Like for example the Codex Imperialis has rules and lore on Squats, Squats! a race I haven’t known much since they died out first before I joined the hobby.

Such wealth of old lore, art, models and stories are full of inspiration and information, even if they are outdated and retconned today. The White Dwarf I’ve found today is one of the oldest ones I’ve picked up to date. Dating back to 1996, the contents of the magazine are far more colourful and in your face than today’s White Dwarf magazines. But I can’t deny that it’s a got some awesome content like the J files!

Oh by the way couple of days ago I found a copy of Rouge Trader, the place where Warhammer 40k started. It was on a shelf at an Oxfam store, tempted by this I really wanted it but checking the price my gob smacked the floor when I saw how much it costed, £45!!!

I put the book back on the shelf and moved on…….

Anyways, I’m rambling on at this point so I’ll end it here for today. Do you go second hand shopping at carboot sales for classic Warhammer books? If so, what was your best find?

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Lochos warriors and a damned Aeldari Tzeentch sorceress

With most of my collection now filled with the basic essentials of different unit types, and awesomely painted models, I now wanted to add more character to this collection. By chance I’ve found some second hand models that fit the part as Olympia guards.

Acting as cultists, this unit was made using Hät miniatures historical range, a primitive group who wield shields and spears as their weapons of choice. These Olympian look a-likes are remnants of their ancestors who once lived on Olympia, before fleeing just before their planet was destroyed.

Settling in the Eye of Terror, these survivors over time returned to their primitive lifestyle whilst adopting the skills and techniques that shaped them. Even today they have forged armour of a lost civilisation that harkens back to the grand warriors of Lochos.

Finally, I have a corrupted Aeldari sorcerer who has pledged her soul (unwillingly) to Tzeentch, possibly the only way to escape Slannesh. This miniature is from Privateer Press’s Horde range of the Skorn. I’ve forgot the name of the model in question (Packmasters maybe?), however, it looks great as a Tzeentch sorcerer model for 40k and AoS.

This might open up some creative concepts when I eventually start adding Tzeentch models to my Iron Warriors Collection. Maybe it’s a whole Aeldari warband who are Slaves to the Iron Warriors/ Tzeentch. Maybe it’s a mixture of corrupted mortals?

-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

Price hike (a rant)

On Saturday GW have released the preorders for CSM and the second book in the Vigilus series. Some of the models look pretty awesome, the marine squad look way better than the outdated sculpts from decades ago. Abbadon, what can I say? Just too amazing to describe for the sculpt.

However, I’m starting to notice how GW have price hiked their models to a ludicrous price. While yes I know that GW models are professionals sculpted to the best of the industry and it’s not a cheap business producing tabletop miniatures.

But £35 for a Chaos Space marine squad?!?

That’s just overpriced compared to their previous iterations being £20-£25. I’ve noticed this change for basic unit kits since Stormcast Eternals came out a few years ago, although I can kinda justify Liberators being £37 as their quite tough as a 5x unit even.

But over the years smore and more kits have got the same pricing from Fyreslayers, Nighthaunt, Deathguard, Daughters of Khaine, Idoneth Deepkin and Primaris Space Marines. It’s actually quite expensive now just to get a basic Troop/ Battleline unit from a new or update armies.

Sure there’s Start Collecting! box sets that are a money saver (even though GW decided to add extra VAT to all sets and paints!) and they are a great way to get started. But for new armies you’d have to wait a year or more until that army gets a box set. Take the Idoneth Deepkin for example, it took them a year to get their Start Collecting kit as well as the Maggotkin of Nurgle.

Wether you love or hate GW, I won’t tell you wether you should or should not still buy their new products. It’s your freedom to choose what you want.

I personally can’t justify this price hike as it makes my gut churn seeing that price. I can understand partly why it’s priced this way due to uncertain times in the U.K. at the minute, and growing demand for GW miniatures.

What do you think? Should GW price their models less, or keep it as it is? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Until next time

-Bjorn