Skirmish Warband: SE- Knights of Excelsior (part 1)

Skirmish Warband: SE- Knights of Excelsior (part 1)

Starting off a new project, I’ve decided to use some spare Stormcast Eternals from Thunder and Blood set to form a small warband of the Knights Excelsior. Inspired by short stories from the the Malign Portents on the Stormhosts action during the event. I liked how the Stormhost is highly devoted to Sigmar (similar to the Black Templars), to the point of purging anything touched by Chaos.

The Knights Excelsior is morally grey in their choices, on the one hand, they are the finest when they fight for the grand alliance of order to protect those who serve the Godking. However, they are also very extreme in their ways, to the point where anyone will be slain if there’s any hint or suspicion that they may be corrupted by Chaos. Narratively, the Stormhost is a unique one compared to other Stormhost who are more noble and not as zealous as the Knights of Excelsior.

I’ve started off my collection by painting three Liberators (including a prime), loosely following the painting guide on the Knights Excelsior from ‘How to paint Stormcast Eternals’.

My Skirmish warband will be based on the characters set in the Malign Portents story 13, Reaper’s Revelation, including Liberator-Prime Kronois, Warden of the Underlevels (seen above with two of his retinue) and the White Reaper. I liked the story as well as others relating to the Knights Excelsior, so I’ve used that as inspiration to build my warband.

Kronis, Warden of the Underlevels.

Tarnisk, Warhammer blessed.

Engris, Faithful smiter

Currently, I’m painting my Lord-Relictor as part of my 25 renown warband. I’ve also got three Prosecutors on standby to paint after my Lord-Relictor, which will fit nicely around 50 renown warband. I might also include three Retributors to the warband, as well as finishing the warband off with a Lord-Veritant as the White Reaper.

My next post in the series will be focusing on my Lord-Relictor model, as well as a painting guide on how I’ve achieved the colour scheme for the Knights Excelsior.


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There’s still time to vote your chosen Space marine chapter!

There’s still time to vote your chosen Space marine chapter!

There’s still time to vote for which Space marine chapter you would me to paint for my unused Space marine models! (No prizes for the winning vote)

More information and rules:

May the best Astartes win!


My thoughts on the Malign Portents supplement book

My thoughts on the Malign Portents supplement book

As the narrative for AoS continues to evolve and grow since it’s beginning in 2015, this year sees the time of hope twist into a dreaded and horrific times for the mortal realms. The Time of Tribulations has begun, as the dead rise, life decays, strange necromantic anomalies appear to all the realms and selected individuals called the Harbingers read the portents of future visions.

Today, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book and what it’s pros and cons are. Bear in mind though, I’m only focusing on the narrative and lore, as I haven’t used the gaming rules yet to judge on.

So without further or do, let’s dive deep into the nightmarish pages of the Malign Portents!

The narrative

The book itself isn’t a full length explanation on the events of the Malign Portents, but rather explains the AoS narrative so far with some bits of information on events that starts the Malign portents. This book is a great starting place for newcomers who need a digestible context on AoS story. Whilst it would have been a lot better if there were more context in the book about the Malign Portents, it does however give us hints at where the source of this time of dread comes from.

It’s heavily implying that Nagash has something to do with these anomalies, for the Realm of Shyish is strong with necromantic magic. As for his grand plan however, well that’s a heavily guarded secret that he nor the book will reveal. However, from what I can gather, his dabbling with magical sand substance (grains which take millennia to build a pyramid) that will have more dire consequences, for the sands when gathered into one location will have a very powerful magical effect. Wether intentional or not, Nagash will surely be more than happy that the mortal realms are plighted by necromantic oppression.

The book also gives more context about the mortal realms, how they function and how civilisations first formed in the Age of Myth. This is by far my favourite, as I’ve been unsure about what the mortal realms are for some time now.

There’s also some interesting information on Shyish, the Amethyst realm. I was pleased to read more about this realm, it’s very helpful for narrative story making for campaigns with information and inspiration in the book. I hope the other realms get more insight as well in future supplements, I’d be keen to read about Ulgu the realm of shadow.

The Harbingers

One of the events main focus in this book is the Harbingers, each representing their respective Grand Alliance that can foresee portents in their own unique ways.

For Order there is the Lord Ordinator, a mixture of an architect/ Engineer and seer. A Stormcast Eternal who serve Sigmar to foresee any events that might endanger civilisations of the realms from supernatural events.

The Darkoath Warqueen leads the Chaos alliance as a Harbinger who follows the Dark Gods will, they show her visions of events that the gods deem important to deal with. She leads her tribes with the her chosen patron or unaligned belief in the gods.

Next is the Fungoid Cave Shaman, a clever and deceiving little green skin that can foresee potential portents of madness that the Destruction alliance will go to war for.

Finally, the Knights of Shroud are traitors who have sold their souls to Nagash to eternally be submitted to his necromantic will. Out of the four Harbingers, I’ve really enjoyed reading about the Knights Shroud, their traitorous origins and how they came to serve Nagash. Whilst it’s mentioned that it’s only men that become a Knight of Shroud (I assume some women become Banshees instead?), I can imagine any mortal human can become a Knights Shroud, as death welcomes all by Nagash’s grasp.

My Overall thoughts

Overall, I think the book does a great job at setting up the story and location for where the event takes place. With scattering of information on all the realms plight, it can be a great source for inspiration to recreate these battles, or make your own story.

However, my doubts go into play when it comes to the books context on the Malign portents itself. Whilst I can understand that the event is yet to fully reveal itself, I do however wish that the book had more information on other locations and battles that hint towards the Time of Tribulations. I’m keen to know about Hammerhal and how the Soulblight vampires have been weaving plots behind the scenes, or The White Reapers backstory, what made him a feared Stormcast Eternal in his Stormhost of Excelsior?

I’d recommend this book for those who are just starting AoS and want to know the quick basics, and for those of you (like me) who love to read the background and narrative of AoS.

You decide!

You decide!

Hello, and welcome to a very special post about a project that I will be revealing today!

Since I’ve recently finished my first wave of Fyreslayers (taking a break now from collecting the faction), my Black Templars being delayed due to some decal problems and now having a gap between now until I get some Daughters of Khaine kits. I’ve decided to do an in between project to keep myself distracted from the long wait, using backlog and unused models to finish off.

But unlike my past projects, this project will be quite different as I’ll be giving you guys, yes you my readers the opportunity to vote on what I should do!

How this will work goes like this, I have a collection of unused space marine models from a failed project going back years ago. I want to bring the [chapter] back to a consistent quality and finally restore these models. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get the community involved by letting you vote on what chapter I should paint for the collection.

The Space marine collection consists of the following:

  • 5x Scouts with sniper rifles
  • 3x Reivers (will be x5)
  • 3x Intercessors (will be x5)
  • 1x Landspeeder
  • 10x Tactical squad
  • 1x Captain with power sword and bolt pistol
  • 1x unused classic marine
  • 3x Space marine bike squad
  • 1x Attack bike

(No photo of the collection as thry looks terrible currently, but I’ll add a photo if anyone would like to see them. But trust me, they look pretty bad….)

There are however some limitations on what you can vote on from the rules below:

  • It can’t be a traitor legion/ chapter, has to be a loyalist based chapter in current timeline of 40k (Alpha Legion can be a compromise)
  • No unofficial chapters (especially meme ones), this is a project that will be a lore friendly force.
  • Speaking of lore friendly, it can’t be a chapter that’s been wiped out, nor classed as Excommunicated by the inquisition (like the Soul Drinkers chapter for example).
  • It can’t be Black Templars, I’m already doing those nice chaps for Rogal Dorn.
  • Finally, Blood Angels, Dark Angels and Space Wolves related chapters and successor chapters will not be accepted. This is because the faction will be using the Adeptus Astartes Space Marines book.

To vote, simply comment below with the chapter name (First founding or Successor founding) and who their loyalist Primarch is. The deadline is the end of this month, and any votes after that will not be counted. I will reveal the most voted chapter in a few days time after the deadline.

Thank you for reading this post, and I’ll be looking forward to see what you guys have voted on!


Lodge Grymthenian (part 5): First wave journey

Lodge Grymthenian (part 5): First wave journey

“My ancestors once told me a tale of a great hero from the World-That-Was, a slayer king who inspired many Duardin to don the path of the Slayer, discarding the life they once had to a death oath to avenge their agenda and grudges, or repent for their past sins.

We aspire to be as determined, to be honourable and true to the oaths we bear like our ancestor Slayer king, we are the fire and steel that builds and destroys all things Chaos.

But we follow our patron gods ways, Grimnir the wrathful, the mountain splitter and the Duardin god who would challenge anyone. Even the Godbeast Volkatrix……..

My sons, remember that whilst Grimnir flows in our blood for the runes smelted in our flesh, we must remember the oaths that we have sworn to. Honour is honour, but gold is gold.

-Auric Runefather Bornjit Grimnir, telling his Auric Runesons the ways of the Fyreslayers.

It’s taken me about a month to paint what you see in the picture above, both the starter box for the Fyreslayers and the Auric Runemaster. A very intensive project, I’ve been pushing myself to paint as much as I can (with patients and detail) to get this lot painted up. Why the rush you may ask? Well I wanted to get this first wave done so that I can contribute to the Malign Portents event.

I’ve missed my chance to join in the first AoS global event (the Seeds of hope I think it was called?), but this year, I’m hoping to do my part to join in.

But it’s not just because of the Malign Portents event, for I wanted to collect the Fyreslayers for my growing collection as part of my Grey-mane Truce alliance. An Order Grand Alliance that consists of different races joining as one to reclaim their homeland of the Grey-mane Dynasty.

Although, the Fyreslayer are in it for the Ur-gold, for they had a bargain with the Lords of the Pisces Stormhost. The Lodge of Grymthenian live in another land in the realm of Aqshy, outside matters don’t interest them unless Ur-gold is involved (the Dynasty has lots of Ir-gold in its time, so rumours persist).

Now that my first wave of model are now completed, I can now detail through my process, thoughts and overall opinion on the collection so far. So without further or do, enjoy!

Auric Runemasterwhen it came to painting my first model, the Auric Runemaster, I was unsure as to what colour scheme I was going to paint him. After looking through some photos of fantasy/Greek art, I had a references to create a colour scheme that I wanted.

Paint the model was fairly simple, although it took me some time to paint it, as I’ve not been used to painting much Duardin sized models. My colour scheme can be recreated from the list I’ve put below.


  1. Basecoat- Flat Brown
  2. Shade- Druchii Violet
  3. Drybrush- Terminator Stone


  1. Basecoat- Khorne Red
  2. Shade- Reikland Fleshshade
  3. Drybrush- Evil Sunz Red
  4. Drybrush- Ryza Rust

Helmet Crest

  1. Basecoat- Incubii Darkness
  2. Basecoat (grey stripes)- Titanium White + Black Acrylic (1/3 est)
  3. Shade- Druchii Violet
  4. Drybrush- Sybarite Green
  5. Drybrush (grey stripes)- Administratum Grey
  6. Drybrush (grey stripes) Titanium White

whilst there’s more to list for painting the model, I’ve only detailed my own colour scheme on selected areas.

The Auric Runemaster was a fun model to paint, it was quite fresh for me at the time when painting something different for a change. I think if there were any faults with the model, I’d say it would be the head position, as I only just realised it was slightly at an angle once I’d basecoated it. However, it looked fine as it was, so I didn’t need to alter it.

This is one of my favourite Priest type model that GW have produced so far. It’s sculpting has so many details and textures that not only retain its Duardin race, but also given some uniqueness like the exquisite helmet crest design and magma staff.

Auric Rubefather on Magmadroth The big centrepiece for my collection had to be the Runefather on a Magmadroth, as I liked having my army being led by a wise old Fyreslayer with a big Latchaxe (he who opens many doors). This model was honestly the best in terms of letting my creativity go wild for painting. I wanted to experiment ways to present both the rider and beast as old and ancient, but at the same time trying to contrast both models without them looking too bland.

To realise my Magmadroth as an old beast, I’ve decided to use brown as my base colour, as compared to other brighter more colourful Magmadroths, this one would look more cooled down for its scales. I didn’t want to make this model look too plain and boring, so I’ve contrasted it with bright flame colours to show that there was still life left in the beast. (Lodge Grymthenian part 2 details the process for painting the flame effects).

I’ve really enjoyed painting this model a lot, however, I think the rider is a 50/50 when looking at it. He doesn’t look bad for the paint work, but I’m not quite keen on the outcome. Possibly worth having a second look to see if I could add anything to the rider (maybe gem effects or silver metal) to make him stand out a bit more (but not too much glare issue).

Auric Runeson and Auric RunesmiterMy next two models painted are the Auric Runeson and Auric Runesmiter, both painted in between breaks from painting my Vulkite Berzerkers. With these two, I had the constant motivation pace needed to get the Vulkite done (I can’t paint infantry with any speck of love and passion like other models).

I like the Runeson’s sculpt, at one point I was going to kitbash him as a Doomseeker (as the original model is now online only), but I thought the Runeson looked too good to pass. I would use him for Skirmish, as I like the idea of a young Runeson traveling around Shyish looking for treasure in forgotten and abandoned lodges.

The Runesmiter on the other hand looks fairly decent, but I find the helmet to be a marmite look. On the one hand, I like the model with its pose and details, but on the other hand, I think it looks odd for some reason I can’t put my finger on.

Overall, I like these two from the painting outcome, and hopefully I might add more hero models to the collection (cus having more Auric Runesmiters would surely make for some interesting ambushing attacks 😏).

Vulkite Berzerkers Finally, the final unit for the first wave is none other than the Vulkite Berzerkers. A vital unit for the army as a battleline unit, these guys are quite handy at rending when equipped with pickaxes (and their saving attempts being the highlight for this unit). Whilst ten is a good starting point (+1 to save roll) but I think twenty Vulkite (+2 save roll) would be a strong unit as my battleline, painting an extra ten models however would be daunting…….

You see, painting this unit in a batch was quite boring, it was a grind to get these lot done (but as I’ve mentioned earlier, painting my two Hero models did come in handy!). However, I did manage to get these guys painted eventually, although it took more time than expected to finish them.

Despite the set backs, this unit is by far my favourite battleline unit to paint for AoS, each model looks glorious with homages to the Slayers and AoS’s modern twist. These guys would also be fun to use for Skirmish, I can imagine them causing some damage to Nagash’s minions!


That’s it for my first wave of Fyreslayers for Lodge Grymthenian, I’ve had fun painting these guys all February. Whilst it will take me a few more years to fully understand AoS, I’m slowly getting more interested in the lore and background (But my thoughts on AoS will have to wait for another time).

What about a second wave you may ask? Well, that’s something I’ll commit to when I’ve finished my project on some units of the Daughters of Khaine. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen the Dark Elves (well, their decedent factions) have been revealed, so I’m eager to learn about Morathi and her cult.

But rest assured, I will be returning to Lodge Grymthenian some time later this year! Thank you to everyone who has followed this series, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.


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!


Lodge Grymthenian, first wave officially completed!

It seemed like forever painting this unit, doing a batch load was taking more time than I had expected. However, apart from that, I was able to finish my Vulkite Berzerkers off today (as the snow in the UK was bad, and I couldn’t attend my art course). I’m pleased with the outcome, it’s gratifying to see a fully painted unit for once in a while. If only I could do the same for my Clanrats 😒.

I’m currently planning my final thoughts for my first wave of Fyreslayers in part 5 of Lodge Grymthenian series. I’ve got the photography done, this time with an improved background and lighting (a long time coming considering I had advice months ago about the lighting issue). All that’s left is the annotation and stuff!

Since I’ve mentioned a lot of things this week on what I’m intending to do, I thought I’d give you guys and gals a schedule on what I’m planning to post for March. I think it was nows the time to change the way I post my content, by showing you guys and gals my schedule plan so you can see what interests you to mark on your colanders.

Here’s what I’ve got planned for March.

March time slot

  • Lodge Grymthenian part 5 (Friday 2nd/ or Saturday 3rd)
  • Malign Portents supplement Book, my thoughts on the book (Friday 9th)
  • Beastclaw Raiders Battletome (Friday 16th)
  • Daughters of Khaine Battletome and (maybe) some models painted (???)

Hopefully, I’ll rise up to the challenge and deliver great content without any major setbacks!

Until next time readers!


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The Everwinter is here……

The Everwinter is here……

Snow has come to the UK, covering the land in a blanket of white frosty snow. It can only mean one thing…..

The Beastclaw Raiders are here!!!

Not only will I be posting my thoughts on the Malign Portents book, but I’ll be doing a Beastclaw Raiders post as well very soon. I’m very excited to post my thoughts on these two supplements for AoS, watch this space for further updates!

Oh one final thing….

The dog didn’t like the snow, so he’s staying inside.

To my readers who are in the UK, stay safe and don’t do anything reckless in this weather!