Looking back on old hobby memories

In this latest post, I’ll be uncovering some old photos of my early days of joining the Warhammer hobby. I haven’t realised I still had these, or even remembered having these photos taken, so this is going to be a fun trip down memory lane!

what your about to see is a an early history of my beginning into the table top hobby, and what they mean to me now when I look back on them. Just a warning though, a lot of these are very bad in quality due to shaky camera quality, and the model painted are not the most pleasing to gaze upon lol.

So without further or do, lets dive in!

HPIM0404Tomb kings scenery at Warhammer world 2010

HPIM0405Giant sized Rat Ogre (anyone know the what they call these?)

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The Island of Blood game board was used for the 8th edition Warhammer Fantasy when the new boxed games was released back in 2010, featuring the High Elves and the Skaven. I got the opportunity to take some photos of the game board when it was available to play at Warhammer World, looking at it close up was amazing to see the depth of detail being done to create it. Sadly, its no longer available to play at Warhammer world (about eight years to be precise!).

Whilst playing at Warhammer World with my shoddy painted Skaven (today they’re not as bad now, check the Skaven tag on my blog if your interested in seeing how my army looks now), I took a few photos of a game I had with a friend. These photos remind me a lot about 8th edition and what it meant for me as a wargamer, it was hard to play back then, but I had fond memories of the games and people I’ve met when the world was still turning. Now, Mallus turns in it’s darkened state above the realm of Azyr.

This was a collection of photos showing both the Lizardmen vs Dark Elves, played on a grass mat with meh painted scenery. Back then my Dark Elves hadn’t been painted properly as I didn’t have a colour scheme in mind for the army. in fact, it would be eight years later until I’d finally applied a consistent colour scheme in the livery of red and silver. These photos were taken roughly around 7th/ 8th edition days.

Finally, one final photo that in my opinion is one the most important one from all shown here today…….

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This photo isn’t the best one taken (and sadly the only one), its not a picture of the best painted miniature ever, not even me seeing my favourite BL author in person, nor is it me rejoicing at finishing painting 40x Clanrats for my Skaven army. for you see, this photo was important to me as its one of the earliest photos taken showing me gluing my army of Dark Elves at Christmas. This photo is a story of beginning, how at this moment of history captured was a record of my journey into the hobby of table top wargaming. 

To you, it might not seem much (I wouldn’t blame you as the photo quality is pretty bad), however to me, finding this photo this week after looking through old photos for my dog was a big thing for me. It reminds me of where I’ve started when I started the hobby, and where it’s led me today.

I hope this post has inspired you to look back in the past and remember your early days when you first went to your local GW or gaming club. It may remind of the good and bad days when looking back, but those memories remind you of who you are today as a hobbyist.

Until next time,

Bjorn.

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Recommended bloggers month (May and June 2018): Ork month

Recommended bloggers month (May and June 2018): Ork month

Welcome to very different recommend bloggers month, as this month will be focusing on all things Warhammer 40k Orks. I’m currently working on my own Ork collection, so I’ve decided to find some inspiration from experienced Ork collectors.

Let’s get ready to blast, crunch, stomp and Waaaaaaagggggghhhh!!!!

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First up is one smashingly good Ork boy painted by tinybloodlust, great attention to detail and contrast to the model.

Next, greeskinz go all fast and red with Tablestandard’s Evil sunz army list.

Now here’s something for the Ork think tank to consider for a new invention, as Hobbyistgirlblog has kitbashed one really badass creation.

Lastly, something different from the rest as this one isn’t a blog post on WordPress, but instead a video by kitetsu, who primarily does Warhammer AoS videos. A few weeks ago he did a Warhammer 40k video on his Ork collection, check out the link below to watch his video on his YT page.

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Thank you for reading this post. Sorry for this being late for May, I had a set back for personal reasons which unfortunately pushed back the post to June. I’ve decided that this will be both a May and June recommend bloggers post.

If you have any suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Hobby update and bad news….

Today I have some good news and bad news.

Great news is that I’m already nearly finished painting everything for month two for my Tale is one Warlord series, I’ve got both HQ painted, a Runtherder, twenty Gretchins and Stormboyz painted. All that’s left to do is my paint my kitbashed Trukk for this month.

Another great news is that I’ve been able to base all of my models in mud (who doesn’t like mud as a base for their Orks?), below is a sneak peak picture of what I’ve painted so far with basing added.

I’m glad to have finally based my orks with a nice contrast of mud brown to make the Yellow plating stand out. For my recently completed units for this months challenge, these will be featured later on for the 29th June for my second month of the project.

Now for the bad news…….

Sadly, last week on Wednesday afternoon my dog, Leo, had to be put down after having a stroke. This has obviously caused me a lot of stress and despair at the loss of a close friend and family member.

So I’ve decided to dedicate my Ork collection in memory of the passing of my friend. With only a few weeks and one month left, I’m trying to get on schedule now more than ever.

Before things get too dull, grim and depressing, I want mention that I’ll be doing one or two posts explaining why I’m not posting much on AoS related collections, as well as my thoughts on AoS 2.0.

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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

A Tale of one Warlord: a short post on an old Trukk

A Tale of one Warlord: a short post on an old Trukk

I’ve got myself an old Ork Trukk that costed way cheaper than the current kit (plus there are four Ork Boyz with the kit), the Trukk looks very odd nowadays, but I plan on kitbashing it for my upcoming post for this blog series.

Did you know about Build+Paint Warhammer 40k? If so, what did you think to the series, and would you like more classic models brought back on sale?

I’ll be back with another short post very soon on what I’ve kitbashed using this kit.

Until next time,

Bjorn-

A Tale of One Warlord: Month 1

A Tale of One Warlord: Month 1

Its been a very tight month for my first challenge on building an Ork army using the Start Collecting! Set. I’ve had to take an on and off progress of painting my models as I’ve got course work mixed in during the month. The hardest part would have to be painting the Ork Boyz and the Deff Dread, as the former was time consuming to paint consistently, and the latter being my first model tested using my own colour scheme for that bright flashy yellow coat.

However, I was able to finish my start collecting! Set in under a month, as all of the models are painted (but not based). I do like the yellow colours scheme as it has a shiny matt coating that doesn’t look flat (thanks to some scratches and rusted edge highlighting).

My only criticism would be that I wished that haven’t mistakenly shaded the whole armour of the Nobz. This isn’t too bad as they still look good, but the yellow armour colour does look more darker than the rest of the collection.

So without further or do, here’s what I’ve done so far for month one of my army challenge. I’m not going to go into too much detail as The pictures say it all, Enjoy!

Dok Grubstokk, cunning and professional Dok*.

Deff Dread Dogrrak the Savage, just look at him running like he was just born yesterday**

Nob Boss Gobruk and da Boyz ready to start the party!

Mekboy Rugbourk, tiny fella (for an Oddboy) with da best skills for fixing and building things.

Nobz, cus every Ork warband needs one…..

That’s all I’ve painted for month one, I thought it wasn’t possible to get these models done in time, but Morka must be helping me (or was it Gorka?). I’ve been inspired by a lot of resources for the orks from BL book samples like the Evil Sun Rising (written by Guy Haley), lore on the Bad Moons, Feral Orks and of course, a hardback copy of Fifteen Hours by Mitchel Scanlon. I’m honestly asking myself now why I didn’t get into collecting Orks when I first started this hobby, they’re a faction that fit my style of humour/ creativity without any nonsense.

You may have noticed that I don’t have a HQ leading my force (since there was none in the starter set), so I’ve decided to kitbash my own HQ’s instead! Below are my Warboss and Weirdboy side by side ready to cause some carnage.

Its too early for me to go into details on these guys, but keep an eye out for these two for next month (or the month after that if I’m too fat and lazy to get them done).

Now that my first month of three is done ( my series is only going to be half of the traditional ATFW as I’m not committing to a big force, as well as other things), I can now move on to adding more greenskins to my growing army. Next month, my challenge will be to paint a second unit of Troops and a Fast attack option. Time to get some Gretchins ready…….

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any suggestions or suggestions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Preparing and Painting Jago ‘sevatar’ Sevatarion, 1st Captain of the Night Lords Legion (part 2 of 2)

Today, I’ll be presenting part two of my painting work on 1st Captain Sevatar of the Night Lords Legion, this time focusing on his diorama base.

I’ve had to delay this post due to distractions of late, so I needed this post done before I go on to my new army project. For my first every resin kit I thought it went really well, and I was glad to have been able to paint a pretty decent model.

The diorama represents Sevatar as he fights against the Dark Angels, slaying one marine below him. I can’t remember what the engagement was in HH (Tharamas Crusade?), but I thought it would be awesome to paint 30k Dark Angels as a little experiment.

Now that Sevatar is complete (over month now), I’m keen to add one or two more HH character series models for my display case. It’ll be either Conrad Curze, Perturabo, Lorgar, Jaghati Khan (when released) and Shiban, Khan of the Brotherhood of the Storm (if FW ever decided to sculpt him). I’m not planning to build a 30k army collection due to the current uncertainty of FW’s HH series and the prices (its even more expensive than GW).

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I hope you guys have enjoyed these two posts on Sevatar, and if you would like me to do more HH model posts or FW related items, comment below and I might do a post in the future.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Warboss Gondrakks Bad Moonz Tribe

Warboss Gondrakks Bad Moonz Tribe

With my motivation, self esteem and creativity coming back now after taking a break, I’m ready to start a new type of project that I’m looking forward to starting. Looking back on my past posts, I checked my past projects that were done and wondered why they were completed before my other projects.

For example, my completed projects were my Fyreslayer’s army, the Silence of the Shroud inquisition warband and my Clan Moulder army. Comparing them to my unfinished projects gave me an answer, and it’s due to my lack of motivation to do big projects in one go (for example, all of my current Khorne Bloodbound models, Stormcast Eternals and etc).

Having too much models before me has made me overthink about completing everything, rather than just taking it a chunk at a time. The Fyreslayer’s collection for example worked very well as it was an easier force to paint due to the low model count. Then recently a I was inspired by White Dwarf that gave a new idea for structuring my new project!

I was inspired by the Tale of Four Warlords article in White Dwarf magazine for the past year now, from both AoS and 40k series. I really liked the idea of starting ‘a Start Collecting!’ box and growing it from there for a few months, each month being a progress look at the army’s expansion.

I wanted to try out my own series like this, as I think it would be a great challenge to try and build an army in the style of the Tale of Four Warlords. Only thing is, I don’t have three opponents to face off with, so I’m in this on my own. I’ll be altering the rules to be primarily focusing on the building and painting aspect, as well as setting different challenges for each month.

So what will I be collecting? Well I’ve decided to collect a 40k faction from the Xenos side, I haven’t got a fully playable Xenos race yet (although I do have unused Tyranids of Gargoyles and Termigaunts, but I’m not too keen on the Tyranids tbh). I wanted to start fresh with a faction that had some character and great customisation to bring out my artistic side.

As you can guess by now, I’ve gone for da biggest and da best gitz on the block, the Orks! I’ll be starting my first month by painting a whole set of Start Collecting! Orks set to start things off, then the next month will be new challenge set for me, and so on.

My collection will owe its alliance to the Bad Moons tribe, known for their longer teeth and amazing arsenal of flashier dakka. Whilst Yellow has been a colour I’ve never used as a prominent colour in my collections (for obvious reasons), I wanted to overcome my reluctance and try painting something out of my comfort zone.

I have my colour scheme guide below for you guys to try out if your interested in painting your own Bad Moons.

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Bad Moons colour scheme

  • Basecoat: Humbrol acrylic spray, Sand.
  • Layer: medium yellow acrylic paint (WHSmiths)
  • Recess shade of Reikland Fleshade.
  • Mix acrylic white, acrylic thinner and Sunset yellow as a edge highlight.
  • Finally, add Ryze Rust to the edges to give the armour a damaged rusting effect on edges from being in many battles.

Ork skin (Nobz and Oddboyz)

  • Basecoat the model in Model colour Refractive Green.
  • Shade the model with a mix of 1:3 of WHSmith Black acrylic paint and Model colour Refractive Green.
  • Highlight the model with Warboss Green.

Ork skin (Da Ladz and da Boyz)

  • Basecoat the skin like above, but shade it afterwards in Druchii Purple.
  • Highlight layer with Warboss Green.
  • Edge highlight with Skarsnik Green.

As I’ve mentioned above, I have a Start Collecting! Ork boxset as a starting point for the collection, including 1x Painboy, 10x Ork boyz, 1x Deff Dread and 5x Ork Nobz with one ammo runt. But wait, aren’t there 11x Ork Boyz in a kit? Well, I can’t spoil too much, but I’m using the spare Ork as a kitbash for a HQ model (already I’ve had tons of fun kitbashing my HQ model!)

So when can you expect to see my first post for month 1 of the challenge? Well I’ll be posting at around the end of the month with update on the collection, as well as revealing my next challenge for month 2. Whilst traditionally it’s usually a six month project, I’m however going to lower mine to four due to budget constraints and wanting to keep this series fairly short (since the recent announcement for the Nighthaunt faction for AoS has me stoked for the Death Alliance!).

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That’s all from me for now, any feedback and suggestions for this project will be very helpful and appreciated.

Until next time,

-Bjorn