Steam punk Skaven suits

Steam punk Skaven suits

Over the past couple of days I’ve been researching all things Skaven, from new lore in the sample Battletome preview and updated rules for the Skaven in the AoS app.

All things went well. Lore so far was good with the established location of Blight City, and some small bits about post End Times history. But when it came to looking at the AoS warscroll app for the updated Skaven rules, well, I’ll be honest I was not happy with some of the changes implemented.

I’ll list my reasons.

  1. No more Shock prod Pack Master option
  2. Poisoned Wind Mortar is no longer an option
  3. Warlord (Clawlord now) has only one weapon option
  4. Giant Rats are a joke, their old rules were worth building a unit of 30+.

The positives

  1. The Master Moulders are back, and has a useful ability of restoring defeated units back into the field.
  2. Pack Master can be taken in units of three, I can see that being a useful change.
  3. Grey Seers are mad as ever
  4. The option to have a United Skaven army is a dream come true for many long time Skaven players

Anyways, on a brighter subject, I have more units painted for my Skaven army. Plague Priest

Plague Censer Bearers

Poisoned Wind Globadires

That’s all from me for today. I’m planning on doing more of my 10th anniversary posts, as I haven’t done many for the past week with the Skaven being my main focus at the minute. Hopefully after my next batch of Skaven models are painted I can go back to my original post work.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

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New reinforcements for Clan Skelnix

New reinforcements for Clan Skelnix

With the announcement of Battletome Skaven being on preorder last week, I thought it was about time I got back into painting my Skaven collection in time for the new release this weekend. I’ve got a few units now ready for painting including four new kitbashed hero’s, two kitbashed battleline units for Clan Skryre and Clan Pestilence and two Giant Rats.

This is my kitbashed version of a Grey Seer using parts from various Skaven kits and a Grimwraith Stalker model. I like to imagine the Grey Seer is leaping from the broken masonry as he begins to cast his foul spell.

Another kitbashed model this time being a WIP Plague Priest with Warpstone tipped staff, and extra limbs to wave his bell and book of plagues. Still WIP with painting this model, but I think it looks fantastic for a fun kitbash experiment.

This Plague Priest is just about done, my third one for Clan Pestilence!

I have no real desire to purchase the Carrion Empire box set as £95 seems too much for my liking, so I kitbashed my own Warlock Bombadire! I’m already loving this kitbash because it looks so ridiculous with the ott wargear, but also really cool in the way the Warlock looks menacing with that big rocket he’s firing.

A Warlock Engineer with a Renaissance flare with his boisterous wargear and swagger that some Skaven will find ‘Alien’ to see. But this little schemer cares not for his underlings, for he’d use them as test subjects for his many mad and demising experiments for his critics!

My maddest kitbashing yet, my very own Poison Wind Globadiers, who look like knock off mini Big Daddies from Bioshock. They look silly I know but I didn’t have much spare bitz to make good gas masks, so I used spare Armiger Imperial Knight heads as head gear. Saves me money from having to buy the Finecast versions…..

Finally there’s the kitbashed Plague Censer bearers, looking mad with devotion to a greater cause for their deity. I’ve also found two more Giant Rats which I’ll be adding to my Giant Rat horde (30x in total).

I’ll have more update posts coming up this week for when I’ve finished painting each unit. I’ve also got a post coming up on what I’ll be using for my Skaven army lists.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

2019 book reading challenge!

2019 book reading challenge!

After counting how many books I’ve read last year, I was surprised to learn that I made a big record of reading twelve books (one being an Omnibus so it’s technically fourteen books), so this year I want to beat that record by reading more books this year. I still have some books left to read on my book shelf, including the Soul Drinkers six book series.

Below is a list of what I’ve read last year, (R) means re-reading books I’ve already read to have a second read to learn things I’ve missed, (S) means second hand book that I’ve brought and (C) means continuing a book I haven’t progressed further from reading years ago but finished this year.

Books I’ve finished reading in 2018

  • Gaunts Ghosts: The Founding, by Dan Abnett
  • (R) The First Heretic, By Aaron Dembski Bowden
  • (R) Horus Heresy: Brotherhood of the Storm, by Chris Wright
    (S) Horus Heresy: False Gods, by Graham McNeill
    The Primarchs: Fulgrim the Palatine Phoenix, by Josh Reynolds
    The Primarchs: Lorgar the Bearer of the Word, by Gav Thorpe
    The Primarchs: Sons of the Emperor, by various authors
    Warhammer AoS: Soul Wars, by Josh Reynolds
    Fifteen Hours, by Mitchel Scanlon
    Warhammer AoS: Winters Heart, by Nick Horth
    Warhammer AoS: The Red Hours, by Evan Dicken
    (C) United States of Japan, by Peter Tieryas

That’s quite a lot of book I’ve read last year, especially finishing an omnibus! Admittedly, some of the books on the list were an on and off progress that were a year or two ago started.

This year I’ve already finished four books, and today I’ve finished reading my fifth book!

Books read so far in 2019

  • (S) The Rats, by James Herbert
  • (S) Lair, by James Herbert
  • Legacy of Dorn, by Mike Lee
  • (R) Horus Heresy: The Crimson Fist, by John French
  • (S) Horus Heresy: Galaxy in Flames, by Ben Counter

In January things were pretty quite so I had tons of time to get reading some books. I’m hoping to get more of my backlog of books read this year as well as buying mire second hand books, only rarely buying new books unless I really like it.

So what’s on my list to read going forward? Well I’m currently reading the third and last book in James Herbert’s Rat trilogy series (and so far, holy sh!t is it a horror fest to read, guys a genius when it comes to writing fiction!). I’ve also got some Warhammer AoS and 40k books to read as well.

Here’s what’s on my incredibly long list of books to read, I won’t be able to finish all of these books this year tbh, but I’m hoping to pass my previous record.

  • Domain, by James Herbert
  • Warhammer AoS: Nagash, The Undying King, by Josh Reynolds
  • Titanicus, by Dan Abnett
  • Space Marine Hero’s, by various Authors
  • Souls Drinkers: Redemption, by Ben Counter
  • Soul Drinkers: Annihilation, by Ben Counter
  • Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at sixteen book 1 and 2 by Takaya Kagami
  • Horus Heresy: Path of Heaven, by Chris Wright
  • Horus Heresy: Betrayer, by Aaron Dembski Bowden
  • Horus Heresy- Primarchs: Magnus Master of Prospero
  • Inside the Firm, by Tony Lambrianou
  • Elric of Malniboné, by Michael Moorcock
  • The sailor on the Seas of Fate, by Michael Moorcock
  • The land Leviathan, by Michael Moorcock
  • Warqueen, by Darius Hinks
  • Drachenfels, by Jack Yeovil

Wish me luck!

-Bjorn

The Skaven are here!

Holy heck GW did it, after three years of waiting and waiting and waiting, the children of the Horned Rat are finally getting their own Battletome! Not only that, their finally going to be united in one book!

As a Skaven fan boy, this is what I need for AoS and it’s coming really soon. The dread of having to buy six Battletomes for each clan is no more, just a single book that covers all factions. Not only that, but I can finally learn what the f@£k happened to the Skaven after the End Times, as AoS is vague on the Skaven society as a whole, with only Pestilence getting the most background fleshed out.

Before I lose my head and explode from excitement, I’d like to make a wish list/ things I would like to see for the Skaven Battletome.

1- Make Clan Moulder awesome

Playing Clan Moulder a year or two ago was a fun experience as I’ve never played them much before, but I found playing them to be less enjoyable. I’m hoping GW will give use more unit options like different breeds of Giant Rats, different breeds have different characteristics and effects in play. Or even a Master Moulder option as a leader, rather than just Packmasters (we only get one HQ option so far!).

2- Make some units universal to all clans

My biggest issue with the divided factions by GW is how it made some armies lose their identity as separate small armies, and made a lot less sense for me to collect them. For example, Skaven Slaves used to be the bread and butter for all Skaven factions, wether as hordes for Clan Pestilence, Clan Moulder or Clan Skryre. But when GW decided to separate the Skaven into sub factions, some units became battleline only to their faction. Skaven Slaves got completely taken out and put as an Old World warscroll.

So far only Clanrats are a universal battleline for the Skaven, which is limiting to the variety of options that used to be open for 8th ed. You had the option for many core units including Stormvermin, Giant Rats, Night Runners and etc.

I’ve listed below my suggestions as for what I’d consider to be a universal battleline option, based on the 7th ed Skaven book. I’ve left some out, like for example Stormvermin would be a good unit as a Verminous exclusive Battleline.

  • Clanrats
  • Giant Rats
  • Rat Swarm
  • Skaven Slaves.

I think these options will open up more ways to build a Skaven force, as well as a variety of ways to create lore friendly lists if players want to recreate battles using points.

3- Don’t make the Horned Rat plain

If there’s one universal rule to the Skaven is that Skaven, Skaven never change. Their selfish, cowardly, backstabbing evil little vermin that have no concept of love and respect. Now it’s silly to suggest GW would change the Skaven and their traits that make them fascinating and frightening.

However, such gods like Khorne have become generic as being just being all about the skulls, blood and violence. Now that’s always been part of Khorne’s characteristic for many years, but what made Khorne fascinating was his aspect of honour of fair combat when it came to war, he will not tolerate backstabbing or trickery for he despises such things. He rewards the strongest for not being a coward who hides behind trickery to prove he/she’s power, but for their near fanatical ability to face their foes with their own strength.

For the Horned Rat, don’t just make it a plain god (nor that he is one) but add more dynamic lore to his deity. The idea set by the Clan Pestilence Battletome about the clan swaying the god to the ways of Pestilence is an interesting concept. Are other clans trying to sway their god to their cause? What if Clan Esher swayed their god to the aspect of the assassin?

4- More Verminlord variants

We already have five different variants of the Verminlords including a named character, but out of all six clans, only four clans have these demi gods. Hopefully when the Skaven do get more models made in the future (as I doubt GW are doing any new units for the upcoming Battletome), I’d like to see Clan Moulder and Clan Skryre get their own Verminlord demi gods.

If I remember right, in the Skaven Endtimes novel by Guy Haley, there was a Verminlord that was described as Skryre geared being.

5- Have Jeremy Vetock write the Battletome

Last time the Skaven had a unified army book was way, way, way back at the near end of 2009 (with a second wave splash release in 2010 I think). That’s nearly a decade! Well, they did have the Thanqoul End Times book for expansion rules and new units, but that’s not an entirely whole army book.

What made the last Skaven army book so awesome was the writer of the 7th edition book, Jeremy Vetock, who I think may or may not have also written the Clan Pestilence book for AoS. He knows how to write the Skaven, their culture, phycology and organisation for war. As well as a few background writers who have also contributed interesting lore, I think the Skaven book will feel like a natural continuation from its old world ancestor army book.

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I could add more to this post, but it would take forever to write and be too long to read! So I’ll stop it from here for today. I’m thinking of posting my plans for my collection leading up to the new release, maybe an army list or ideas that I might have.

But for now, I think Sektretch needs my assistants for his “nefarious” plans………

Until next time!

-Bjorn

10th hobby anniversary month

In February I’ll be celebrating my 10th anniversary starting my hobby in Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy battles and Warhammer 40k. All because of a White Dwarf magazine appeared on a magazine shelf for me in 2009, like some secret gateway……..

I’ve got some ideas ready to roll out for the month (I have at least 3-4 on draft at the moment!) sharing some stories, old crap painted models and other stuff. I’m not certain what the my timetable will be for posting, as I don’t want to promise a schedule that might be changed. But I’m sure to do my best to make good content*.

I wanted to include you, my readers to vote on which artwork you want to be featured for the month of celebration. Just comment which numbered artwork your voting for (and only one vote), and by the end of this week I’ll reveal the winning artwork.

Here’s the lineup!

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Thank you for reading this post. Keep your eyes peeled next week for the start of a month long celebration. If you have any questions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

*- content that may or may not be worthy for the High Lords of Terra.

What’s next in 2019 for Bjorn the Stormborn?

Last year was a great year all round for hobby and art work content, having done a lot of projects from Orks, Sacrosanct Chamber and Primaris sized Emperors Children. I’ve even finished some old ones too like my own Stormcast chamber, The Lords of the Pisces and Clan Moulder.

This year will continue on with current projects from 40k to AoS that I’m still working on. I’ve listed below the current projects I’m working, not including new projects.

Warhammer 40k

  • Black Templars Space Marines
  • Orks (Bad Moons Tribe)
    The Harbinger legion, Chaos Space Marines
    The Harbinger Legion, Death Guard
    Slannesh warband (kitbash crew)

Age of Sigmar

  • Anvils of Heldenhammer, Sacrosanct Chamber
  • Pharus Thaum’s Nighthaunt
  • The Skullfiend Tribe, Blades of Khorne
  • Skaven Alliance (all clans)
  • Maggotkin of Nurgle
  • Abhorrent Ghoul Ogres

There are also new projects added starting this year, which are the following three listed below (more will come later on in the year). One being my last army project.

  • Primaris Crimson Fists army
  • Warlock Scrattscretch’s pack (AoS Skirmish)
  • Iron Warriors, rust within, rust without

There’s still much to do, but compared to last year at least there’s not as much on the lists this year. I’m crossing my fingers that at least two or three projects get done this year.

I’ve decided to bring back the Stormcast Eternal artwork I did as my blog profile photo, I felt it was time to bring back this memorable piece since it suits my blog.

This year I’m also going to try more art work for the blog, as later half of 2018 looked empty with not much art. I’m hoping to do more weekly/ fortnight of doodles so my blog isn’t too exclusive to GW stuff. New Grim project will also be starting this year with tons of stuff lined up that I’ve saved several months ago. I’d originally planned to reveal the project back on the last day of 2018 due to not having confidence with the final draft. I do apologise yet again for promising and delaying things, I’ll be working on that this year and improve.

Just recently I’ve reached 200 followers on WordPress! A milestone achieved for the work I do for my passion for the hobby. I hope to continue working hard to produce great content for art and table top miniature collection!

Finally, this year will mark my 10th anniversary starting my hobby of playing, collecting and painting table top miniatures. I’m almost surprised that Its been that long since I started, and I’m glad that I had the opportunity get into the hobby looking back now. I have no plans yet on how I’ll be celebrating this milestone, but keep your eyes out next month for my celebration post!

There’s lots of work to be done this year, but I can see some progression coming along now with my painting and miniature building. I’m looking forward to seeing how my projects fair this 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

My top nine posts of 2018

My top nine posts of 2018

It only seemed like yesterday when I started my new year project in February, Grymthenian Lodge Fyreslayers, looking back it’s surprising how much work I’ve done since then. From Chaos Tainted Knights to spectral Nighthaunt, I’ve tried to experiment more with colours and hobby work.

With 2018 drawing to a close, I decided to pick my top ten favourite posts of 2018 (not in order of favouritism) that I’ve done. I’ve included links to each post so you can see my greatest triumphs and weaknesses through this year. Enjoy!

1. Grymthenian lodge (Fyreslayers)

Starting off with my first big project, the Grymthenian Lodge, a new army I started early in the year using the ‘Start Collecting!’ Box set as my starting point. The journey was an exciting challenge of trying out new techniques with painting, I really wanted to make a stunning display for this collection.

Painting the Magamadroth was inspired by White Dwarf coverage on the model and Yourube vids by JobbytheHong, his Kiju toy review videos gave me a rough idea on how to make a giant lizard look more scary.

If your considering starting a new army next year and need inspiration, I’d recommend seeing this post!

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/03/02/lodge-grymthenian-part-5-first-wave-journey/

2. 4th edition Dark Elves

I’ve been in the hobby for nearly a decade now starting with the Dark Elves, so when I found 4th edition supplement of the faction, it was like full circle. I haven’t felt that excited about the Dark Elves since I first started collecting them back in 2009, that feeling of discovering new info on the factions lore and history.

This wouldn’t be the last, as I discovered more classic Warhammer items this year, but this one tops them all as my favourite find.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/druchii-chapter-iv-the-saga-ends/

3. Old WD and BT Codex

Another finding in a car-boot sale this time being the Black Templars Codex. After months of not working on my Black Templars Collection, this book came along and gave me more info on the chapter to inspire me.

I also found some old White Dwarf magazines from late 90’s to early 2000’s, including the well renowned 13th Black Crusade world wide campaign issue. I always like looking back on old White Dwarfs as they inspire me to paint and build models, it’s like a false nostalgia for me.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/hunting-for-the-warhammer-stuff/

4. Sacrosanct Chamber Collection finale

From Summer to Autumn, I did my final AoS army collections pitting the Sacrosanct Chamber of the Anvils of Heldenhammer against Pharus Thaum’s Nighthaunt. Inspired by the novel Soul Wars by Josh Reynolds, I wanted to recreate the first battle between Lord Arcanum Balthas and Pharus Thaum.

This series was a fun project to do, learning new painting skills along the way and making a final send off to my fantasy army collection days (I’ll explain why in a future blog post). I even got the confidence to show my work to Josh Reynolds, and he even shared it on Twitter! I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if I wasn’t blogging today, so having the confidence to show my collection was an improvement to my self esteem.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/10/20/inspired-soul-wars-collection-second-cohort-of-sequitors-sacrosanct-chamber-final/

5. Primaris Emperors Children

What was meant to be a Chaos Knight collection instead became a perfect collection (pardon my excessive ego “cough”), the Emperors Children mini project was an uplifting experience. Everything’s just about came together really, ideas came out with funky looking marines from Noise Marines, to Raptors and a sick badass Chaos Lord.

Whilst Primaris marines are a mixed bag to many, but they do however open up opportunities to experiment true scale Space marine projects! Heck, I might even do a Primaris mini project in the near future 😉.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/talons-of-molech-warband/

6. Summer of painting final

This summer was a very productive one from all collections and mini projects, from Bad Moon Orks to Black Templars and so on. I wanted to push myself to get as much done in the summer before going back into study work, and my hard efforts have paid off well!

This post is my proudest achievement this year for not only getting new models painted in a short space of time, but also getting long overdue backlog models done too. It’s a relief to finally open some space in my unused box of models, and add them to existing collections.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/over-month-worth-of-miniature-painting-end-of-summer-of-hobbying/

7. Painting Sevatar (Nightlords Legion)

Having dreamed of one day getting my first Forge World kit, I would get the opportunity to finally have one this year, choosing HH character series: Sevatar as my first model. I took with this model, preparing it by watching the wise resin master YouTuber, LeakyCheese, to ensure the model was ready for painting.

The final results was pretty gobsmacking! I had no idea resin would look really crisp once paint was added, just the sheer details of sculpt was spectacular. I’m no E’avy metal painter by a long stretch in comparison, but I will say that I think this is one of my best painted models of this year and current my best miniature I’ve painted so far.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/preparing-and-painting-jago-sevatar-sevatarion-1st-captain-of-the-night-lords-legion-part-2-of-2/

8. Warhammer World

I never thought I’d be able to see Warhammer World again (the family aren’t keen about going there which is understandable), but this year I had the chance to go back and see it again. Last time I went it had one long exhibition room with all the classic models on display, but now it’s several rooms full of amazing displays.

The whole place has changed now, including a bigger shop, a whole BL corner and a Forge World store. It’s worth going to Forge World now that it’s expanded, I almost didn’t want to leave at the end of the day.

I’ll let the link below explain how it all went as I’d be monologging too much if I carry on.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/visiting-warhammer-world/

9. The Bad Moons

An ambitious three month project of mine was to build my first Xenos army as a playable Patrol detachment, so I’ve chosen the Orks as my new army project. I wanted to challenge myself with painting this army to add some difficulty, so I went for the Bad Moons Tribe as yellow never worked for me before.

This series at the end had two outcomes, one being that this was the fastest (surprising since no Red was painted for the tribe) army I’ve painted, only taking three to four months to finish. On the other outcome, my dog sadly passed away during the time I was working on this project. So in honour of my dogs memory, this collection was dedicated to him and the life he lived.

https://callumart.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/a-tale-of-one-warlord-month-2/

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So that ends my highlights of 2018! I’ve done so much this year getting a variety of projects started and finished, at least this year I’ve achieved at least two finished projects that started on the same year.

I’m hoping 2019 will be my finest work yet to out beat this year, I’m going to work harder at getting my older projects progressed towards the end. I want to also move away from bigger projects and start smaller ones that won’t consume too much of my time.

So I hope you have enjoyed this post, I hope to see you guys next year for mor…………………………………………………………………..[GRIM][GRIM][GRIM]……………JOIN-THE-GRIM………………………. . The day of Grim approaches. By the will of Huston Ferren, join us on the eve of new year as a new era dawns.

Project New Grim will be revealed on Monday 31st December!