Even more Khorne

More Khorne Bloodbound today!

I’m so very close to finishing this project now, so close to finally have a long going project done. I have two hero models painted today including a Lord of Khorne on a Juggernaut and a Skullgrinder, both being kitbashed to look unique in my collection of devoted berserkers to Khorne.

Lord of Khorne on a Juggernaut kitbashed from various Chaos/ Khorne kits and a metal helmed Cold One head from the Mallus Darkblade Model. I’ll be substituting this as a Juggernaut mount, which pretty much looks the part as a Bloodbound leader.

Skullgrinder using bitz from various Khorne Bloodbound kits. Is he/she a mortal or Daemon?

An updated progress on my Warshrine of Khorne using various bitz from Warhammer Fantasy Battles kits and Warhammer AoS kits. The floaty pillar is almost complete, just needs a spray Basecoat and paint.

All that’s left now is the Warshrine of Khorne, 20x Blood Reavers, 6x Mighty Skullcrushers, two more Gorechosen and possibly a substitute Bloodthister. Then that’ll be it for a 3,000pt collection from a two-three year long project.

Once I get my last two Gorechosen and paint my Warshrine, I’ll update my progress on the blog.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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Rejuvenation for the Bloodbound of the Skullfiend Tribe

Following on from my last post I have more Khorne units painted, including a full unit of ten Blood Warriors finally completed! I’ve also got some WIP kitbashing stuff to be added with the army, since I’m feeling really good about the current pace this project is going at.

Originally after I’ve painted my last unit of twenty Blood Reavers I would finish this project for the foreseeable future. But then I found a selection of D&D Wizkid models that would be great as substitutes, then the cogs in my small brain started to turn.

Exalted Deathbringer using a D&D Wizkid miniature as a substitute for the role as lieutenant of the Gorechosen. I’m so thrilled to see how good the model looks once painted (like the Bear Owl I did a few weeks back), I’m gonna get a pack of Dwarf wizards or (Death) Hags to be as Slaughter Priest(ess).

Aspiring Deathbringer substitute from the same pack as the model above.

Last year (or was it the year before?) I did a unit of five Blood Warriors, I wanted to make the into ten so I added more models and started painting them. It took me until now to finally get this unit done. I hope to never paint anymore Blood Warrior models again as they are too detailed for my liking. They look great don’t get me wrong, but sometimes less means more as my art tutor once said. I would like some Duardin in armour as Blood Warriors though, that’ll be a great challenge…..

WIP Khorne Shrine that’s just about shaping up to look like a altar of sorts. Should I add more skulls?

Substitute Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut, I’m not paying £30 for the finecast one, so this kitbash will do fine. I like actually, it looks pretty metal. I’ve got six Chaos Knights spare unused, either they’ll be a unit of five Chaos Knights and a Chaos Lord on Horse or two units of three Juggernaut riders to substitute.

Finally my sixth Gorechosen champion, a Skullgrinder who seems to be on the verge of being possessed by a Daemon of Khorne. I love how he looks like he’s dancing as he reaches out to pin his foes down, and brings down his heavy burden in a red display.

That’s all from me for today. I’ve got more work to do with getting the WIP models finished and painted, and I need to get started on completing my unit of twenty Blood Reavers. Oh, and possibly more hero models to add, and maybe if I can afford a certain D&D Wizkid Giant model I can do a daring kitbash.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Getting back to handling the bezerkers, Skullfiend Tribe Collection

Ah it’s good to be back! It’s been nearly a year since I’ve done anything with this project, way back in July last year. After the release of the Blades of Khorne 2.0 Battletome I thought it was about time Return to this project and get it done.

Last time, I mentioned that I’ve nearly done the mortal side of the army, with only a unit of 20 Blood Reavers and 5 Blood Warriors left to paint. Currently I’m half way through painting the Blood Warriors which will be part of a unit of ten. Sane as with the Blood Reavers who will be in a unit of forty models.

Some other units needed some basing like the Warriors of Chaos and a unit of Blood Warriors. Well now I’ve got those two units done and a repainted Mighty Lord of Khorne in the colours of the Skullfiend Tribe.

Once, my Blades of Khorne were originally done as the Axes of Skarbrand, a very small collection that were just units from AoS 1.0 box set. The colour scheme at the time was great at first, but over time it was difficult to maintain consistency as my methods were pretty stupid. I should have just drybrushed the black armour in greys rather than edge highlight, would have saved me a lot of time too.

However, after getting the cheaper starter set (no Mighty Lord of Khorne and Bloodsecrator included) for the Stormcast Eternals, I used the Bloodbound of Khorne models for a side project for AoS Skirmish. This would be where the Skullfiend Tribe started, a small fun experiment of kitbashing and painting a small Skirmish group.

But very soon, it was so good that I decided to absorb most of my Aces of Skarbrand into my new army project. To date I’ve only got two units left that still bear the colours of the Axes of Skarbrand, a unit of Blood Warriors and an Aspiring Deathbringer. Almost as if the Axes of Skarbrand are now the Skirmish collection and the Skullfiend Tribe as the army project. Funny.

The Mighty Lord of Khorne is the latest model to be Repainted in the colours of the Skullfiend Tribe, swapping the blood red and black armour for bronze trim and black plating. I think he looks better with these colours, more realistic and worn compared to the cartoony red and black.

I was going to use a Lord of Khorne on a Juggernaut, but considering it’s finecast at £30, I went for repainting my Lord instead.

For years I had a unit of Chaos Warriors with thick paint and were still on their square bases. The previous owner have them to me as they were leaving the hobby behind. Luckily, since you can technically add Chaos Warriors to the Blades of Khorne using the Keywords, I’ve included them into the project as a third battling unit.

A year later, I’ve finally got them painted. The little details like the kitbashing, Khorne aesthetics and painting make this unit seems like it was meant to be part of the Skullfiend Tribe. I’m not sure if I’ll be adding anymore Slaves to Darkness units for this project, but maybe when they get their update I might consider adding some to this project.

Next up, finishing off my five Blood Warriors, start painting my twenty Blood Reavers and possibly adding more Daemons of Khorne to cap off the collection for now. I might try some conversions/ kitbashing to add more unique characters and units.

Until next time,

-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

Skaven Terminator clad Wizard

With some spare bitz and an neglected Warmachine model that’s been left in a box, I decided to create my own Arch Warlock for my Clan Skryre army. I wanted to create an imposing iron clad killing machine that looked steampunk, but also has the appearance of Skaven identity.

Also, I made a unit of three Warplock Jezzails.

For the past few weeks I’ve been painting a lot of Skaven models, more than I would usually paint when I’m motivated to paint this army. It’s pretty much a relief now that I’ve only got four more units to paint, rather than ten or twenty units in the backlog.

I’ll be taking a break from painting my Skaven now that I’ve just about done nearly everything. Once I’ve taken a good long break I can come back fresh and motivated to finish off the last few units.

I think my Crimson Fists needs some attention now after weeks of silence.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

BL celebration stuff

A few weeks ago, I went to my local GW store whilst I was shopping around town (and remembered that it was BL celebration day), and got myself a limited print of Storm of Iron along with free gifts. I got my Mortarion badge, postcard and the free novella book with my purchase.

The novella is worth getting as the books inside are top quality, from Mortarion’s Primarch short story to a Severina Raine short story. Theres still some copies left at my local store yesterday (tons of postcards too, even a pile of Warhammer Adventures), which is better than last year when all the free novellas were gone.

I got Storm of Iron for many reasons!

  1. I’m an Iron Warriors devote, anything to do with the legion be it Horus Heresy or a 40k story I’ll read it!
  2. It’s a kinda a sequel to HH: Angel Exterminatus (by the same author) with many Iron Warrior characters returning like Kroger and Forrix. I’m really keen to know what happened to these characters after the Horus Heresy and what changes they’ve gone through in the last 10,000 years.
  3. I’ve got an (Nurgle) Iron Warriors Collection so this book will provide me with many inspirations for future ideas.
  4. It’s limited print so it won’t be out for long, very difficult when there are other new books on sale. Especially the last Horus Heresy book was nearly my choice until I saw Storm of Iron.

So far, Storm of Iron is a fun read with plenty of action and gripping moments. It’s more of an action war story than character development, but that’s not to say there aren’t any interesting character moments.

The first Titan battle was badass, can’t wait to read how March two will go!

Anyways, that’ll be all for today. I wish I could say more on the subject, but there’s not much for me to say apart from the fact that the postcard of Mortarion looks amazing! I’m seriously considering putting it in a photo frame.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

It’s Skaven again….

More Skaven today! It’s a never ending progress of getting Skaven models painted since February. I’m nearly reaching the end of this project with only few more units to paint, and the goal of getting Clan Skryre and Clan Pestilence at 1,000pt (including painting all of my Clan Verminus models). As well as kitbashed models recently done to fill in place of the Finecast version/ models I want to make alternate versions of.

I have one kitbashed Master Moulder who will be leading my Clan Moulder army, a very hideous and mutated lord who has become more monster than rat.

My second and final kitbashed model is the Plague catapult with a mixture of Skryre design. I had loads of spare bitz and a rectangle base left unused, so what better way than to use these unused parts and make myself a war machine!

Next up I’ll be showing my last two kitbashed Clan Skryre units of Ratling gun and Warplock Jezzails. These will be useful for my Skaventide lists as attachments for my Clanrats, bringing some much needed firepower.

Until next time!

-Bjorn