Sunday, 13 August 2023

Inquisition Kill Team

 I'm almost done with my Inquisition Kill Team (modelling wise of course) - and of course the Kill Team design team had to go and throw a wrench in the wheel with their balance dataslate! 

It's all good, and maybe it was needed, but now I have to figure out if I replace the pistolier, give the servitor a heavy bolter or use a grenade launcher gunner Kasrkin. Decisions, decisions... 

Anyway, I've grown a bit tired of the same old black cardboard background I'm using, so this post was mainly an excuse to experiment a bit with a new backdrop. I think I like it, but I need to let it simmer for a while. 

I was really excited when news of a bespoke Inquisition team broke, but the excitement became kinda "meh..." when I saw the miniatures; for a Kill Team practically dripping in potential character, the miniatures are pretty boring. Oh well, luckily I love building stuff, so armed with a roster, I began dreaming up some characterful (IMO) models. 

The main part of the Kill Team: 

Servitor, Mystic, Interrogator, Death World Veteran, Pistolier, Questkeeper

(Kasrkin) Gunner, Vox-Trooper, Recon-Trooper, Medic, Sharpshooter

Sunday, 6 August 2023

A reboot - of a sort.

Dear readers of this blog - it's time for a change. 

If you are a regular visitor, you'll know that I'm horrible at updating. Sometimes it's a few days between updates, sometimes it's a year. Such is life, when you are swamped with tiny humans craving attention, care and even food, and you are trying to fit some hobby-time into your life as well - then updating the blog is pretty far down the list. 

Another de-motivational factor is the lack of interaction as well. I recieve very few comments here, and 95% of them are useless spam. Therefore, I've decided to deactive comments - it's just useless clutter. 

Most of the interaction one gets these days, on hobby posts, are on social media. I've tried to hop on that bandwagon as well, as you can see here to the right (Facebook and Instagram). 

As such, the SoMe platforms are where we are doing our comments, interactions with questions, etc, but this blog will be kept alive as an online picture gallery for the projects (which is nice to have, since FB and Instagram both have pretty bad image compression, and we like our nice hi-res pictures.)

So - please stop by our FB page or my Instagram profile, and leave a comment or two - and have fun browsing this site. I've tried to give it a bit of a facelift as well, as I grew a bit tired of the very dark theme. 

On another note, the crew is changing a bit. Andreas, while still a member of this blog, hasn't been active for quite a few years, and I need a Bitter Old Painter Partner-In-Crime to keep me motivated, so some time ago I approached a good buddy of mine, and he agreed to join. It's been quite some time ago, but we're only now really starting to get this motor running, so it's time for a proper introduction of... 


DigitAllan (or Allan, as I usually call him) is a great guy that I met a my workplace (a public school in Copenhagen) about ten years ago. It took a few years for us to realise that we're both miniature-geeks, but then our friendship took off. 3 years ago, Allan moved 300 km away, to a small town outside Aarhus, but if that #&€% Covid pandemic taught us anything, it is that social interaction can come in many forms. Thus, Allan, a few other cool dudes and myself regularly have Facetime painting sessions where we spar, critique and mostly goof around and joke with each other. It's a great way to keep motivation up, when sometimes it's so much easier to just get caught in some YouTube rabbithole. 

Anyway, Allan is the new Bitter Old Painter to join the blog. I hope you'll enjoy his contributions, he's a really good painter and a ditto modeller, and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with as well. He'll write a few words about himself shortly. 

So what's in the future for Bitter Old Painters? 

To be honest? We don't know. We'll try to make the updates happen somewhat regularly, but no promises made. This is a Hobby (with a capitol H) to both of us and motivation has a tendency to fluxuate. However, we are both very much enjoying GW's Kill Team 2021, and are playing lots of games, busy getting ideas for new teams and building and painting them - so expect a lot of 40k skirmish content in the future. Allan also has a weird infatuation with Blood Bowl (which he likes to play with his two boys), so we'll probably get some of that as well. 

As for Warcry, I still really like it and I WILL get around to painting my warbands one day, but for now we're so inspired by Kill Team that it takes up most of the hobby time. 

Remember - always follow inspiration. 

Best regards, and hoping to hear from you on FB or Instagram, 


Thursday, 3 August 2023

Blessid is the Omnissiah

"From the moment I understood the weakness of my flesh, it disgusted me. I craved the strength and certainty of steel. I aspired to the purity of the blessed machine."

I'm on a hefty Kill Team hobby-streak, and have been for the last year or so. I've actually done quite a bit of work on various teams, and I thought I'd finally get round to sharing it here. 

I've been working on a Mechanicus Kill Team. Problem is, I don't find the Hunter Clade very inspiring. I know they're pretty good ruleswise, but I felt like I wanted something more - the Hunter Clade feels a bit like a "slightly better than human" team to me, and I wanted to convey the weirdness that is AdMech - big robots, strange combat-automatas, etc. 

I know it's a bit of a stretch, but the closest thing I could find to what I wanted was actually Hive Fleet (Tyranids). They have big guys, smaller warriors and Synapse rules, which convey noosphere communication pretty well, IMO. 

Without further ado - here they are. They are still in progress, but the basic concept is pretty much locked down, and just need final detailing and greenstuffing. 

Magos Rho Verulac, flanked by the two Confrontation-Class Combat Automatas, L4Z4RU5 023 and 067

(Tyranid Warrior Leader, Tyranid Warrior with Deathspitter and Boneswords, and Tyranid Gunner with Venom Cannon and Boneswords). 

5 Electro-Gheists, experimental Automatons: 

(5 Genestealers)

Tuesday, 1 August 2023

Painted Kill Teams from the start of 2023

Death Guard Legionary Kill Team:  

White Templars Intercession Kill Team: 

Monday, 9 August 2021

Here come the Noise Marines...

 A small teaser of what I'm up to at the moment - the new Kill Team has spurred my imagination, and I figured it's time I tackle the concept of Noise Marines. 

More to come, and hopefully soon I'll get some pics of the Warcry war bands I've been working on up here. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Dear lord - painted miniatures???

Yup, I actually did it. I finished a project. That has to be the first time in a couple of years.

It feels great, and I am really looking forward to fielding these guys in a Warcry game once these strange times hopefully soon takes a turn for the better.

Without further ado, pics!

(I apologise for the pic quality - for some reason my camera phone has difficulty taking pics of more than one painted miniature at a time - I have a new phone on the way, hopefully that will get better)

Monday, 13 April 2020

More Warcrying!

Hey, what's this? A blog update less than a year since last time? Madness, I know.

I wanted to share my latest Warband - Legions of Nagash. The conversions that are in here are pretty simple, but I particularly like the Liche leader and the Seneschals.

Anyway, here they are; Drekhar the Risen and the shambling horde

Drekhar was once a necromancer of the Drak in Shyish. When Tamra ven Drak attracted Nagash' fury, by summoning the broken kings (which Nagash had imprisoned many centuries earlier) during the siege of the Rictus clans, in a desperate attempt to save her people, Nagash punished her by sucking out the lifeforce of all her people, the Drak, turning them into the undead, and made her a Deathlord, so she could forever protect them - a fitting punishment for her obsolence, in Nagash' twisted mindset.

Shards of Drekhars spirit however, him already being a powerful necromancer in life, hung unto his emaciated corpse. During the coming years, the embers of his soul grew stronger, eventually becoming sentient and he eventually regained his power, becoming a liche in service of Tamra ven Drak.

However, he sorely missed his brother, Draugan, them having been closely knit in life. Draugan was a physician in the Drak society, a man with the greatest respect for life and esteemed for his healing skills. Drekhar searched long and hard in the years to come, scouring the sea of souls for any sign of Draugans spirit - and at last he found him. He carefully siphoned out Draugan spirit, not to attract Nagash' attention. Alas, the Drak and their souls were being closely observed by Nagash, thanks to their leader Tamra being of interest in Nagash' eyes, and Nagash discovered the soul being siphoned out. Nagash, angered by the soultheft committed by Drekhar, decided to punish him - and so twisted and remade the gentle healers soul of Draugan into a being of pure evil, torment and cruelty.

When Drekhars ritual of summoning was completed, the skeleton body which Drekhar had prepared by scrimshawing every bone himself lay motionless. Instead a freezing cold engulfed his chambers, and through the shadows a coldhearted nighthaunt appeared - a Lord Executioner. Drekhar was heartbroken as he recognized the tattered remains of the its soul as his brother, but could not bring himself to banish it - now Draugan follows Drekhar and his undead warriors in Drekhars quest to undo the curse Nagash has brought upon his brother.


Apologies for the long lore - feel free to skip it. ;)

The warband consists of Drekhar the Risen, liche (necromancer), his brother Draugan (Lord Executioner ally), his two guards (Seneschals) and 6 skeleton warriors.

 Also, another couple of Warbands, though still lacking some lore;


And Tzeentch Arcanites:

I've also been a busy little bee, and constructed myself a gaming table. For the last few weeks I've been working on a dedicated skirmish gaming table for my man cave - (not that this has taken weeks, but spare time is limited with a toddler and a table full of sprues crying out for a attention) - both for my recent interest in 40k Kill Team, but mostly for my head over heels infatuation with Warcry. I wanted a nice gaming table, that gave a nice playing experience, more than just a cardboard mat thrown on the table. So I set to work;

I've made a 4 x 3' table from 18 mm flightcase plywood (really solid stuff), and framed it with wood moldings. I cut down a 4 x 4' mousepad gaming mat to fit, and I cut out some sheets of 5mm mdf, which I've covered with black felt (to give a nice feel, and soften the roll of dice), which can be laid out on the gaming mat, to give different gaming table sizes. The first one is 30" x 30" which I'm very curious to try out for Warcry - imo a symmetrical gaming field gives less of a direction, so to speak. It can also be laid out to give a standard 30" x 22" Warcry gaming field (second pic) or removed almost completely for 36" x 36" (third pic) or altogether for 3 x 4'. Very flexible.

The ruins are actually two sets of Warcry starter ruins - I've assembled one set standard, and went to town on the other set, so they look different, and can be built upwards to a second storey.

The felt covered mdf also gives a nice sideboard for things like models, dice, cards, etc. The ruins are still in the process of being painted (which takes forever), but will end up looking like the fourth pic. I still need to mount the legs, which are cheap screw on legs from Ikea, so it can be stowed away behind a door.

I hope you can find some inspiration in this - I thought a lot about how to do this in the most flexible way.