Hvarl Redblade, Jarl of the 4th Great Company, Headsman of Koltoc

Commander of the Fourth Great Company of the Rout, Hvarl Red-Blade has a reputation as a dourly humorous and often choleric-tempered warrior, whose greatest joy was to be found in the din of war and whose battle-cunning was something of a legend. Master of his Great Company for more than five decades at the time of the Razing of Prospero, he was a veteran warlord as renowned for his scourging tactics as he was for encouraging the taking of heads from the enemy fallen as a form of competition among his warriors. Though considered volatile and perhaps a little insane by his fellow Jarls and Thegns, Hvarl’s often striking insights into a foe’s plans and motivations made his voice one that was still well-respected in Russ’ Einherjar, while in battle his sharp-witted savagery was counted on by his Primarch to leave nothing alive in his Great Company’s wake.

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Storm Claws (Legion Assault Marines)

While the majority of the Rout is comprised of front-line infantry, formed into packs of Grey Slayers, younger warriors with a predilection towards speed are often referred to as Storm Claws and banded into packs to serve in such a role. Storm Claws take to field by jump-pack, on bikes and jet-bikes, the pilot land speeders and bring support to the front line infantry.

While less common among the Rout than the stalwart MkIII Iron Armour, MkIV Maximus Pattern power armour is still used in considerable numbers, its more advanced systems and lighter configuration preferred by reconnaissance and fast attack packs. MkIV armour was provided to the Legion en-mass prior to the Sanction of Prospero, shipments to the 6th Legion prioritised by order of the Warmaster (then believed to be loyal), to ensure Russ’ warriors were as well equipped as possible for their prosecution of the Thousand Sons.

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Legion Praevian & Vorax

Within the sixth legion the Priests of Fenris stand apart from their warrior brothers, under their mantle lie many specialists and disciplines, hierarchies and orders of vared skill and unique application. Some are keepers of the Rout’s spirituality, some gene-weavers and flesh-makers, others are techno-savants, adepts of the machine and keepers of the Legion’s armouries and wargear. These latter priests are the Priests of Iron, scions of the machine and mirror of other legion’s tech-marines.

A sub-sect of the Priests of Iron are the beast-keepers, warrior adepts that control inducted machines of Mechanicum, known among other legions as Praevians, they walk to war in the company of battle-automata and wreak bloody havoc on the enemies of mankind.

Favoured automata among the Priests of Iron are the Vorax class war-machines, developed for clearing the under-hives and culling the populous of indentured work forces on Mechanicum controlled worlds, their savagery and design for ruthless combat makes them ideal companions to the warriors of the Vlka Fenryka.

When inducting such battle-automata into the legion, the Priests of Iron do so by sacred ritual. Daubed in blood and under the light of the waxing moon, the Priests of Iron slit the throat of adolescent Saeneyti, native to the slopes of Asaheim, binding it’s spirit to the machine and bonding it with the soul of Fenris. The death of beast is significant, for only with sacrifice can life be created. The skull and hide of the Saeneyti is cleaned with sacred balms and mounted upon the battle-automata, giving the machine a shadow of its former life.

 

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Legion Assault Marines WIP 01

Legion Assault Marines, whilst not an amazing unit are, in my opinion, a must for the Vlka Fenryka, for several reasons;

  1. More dedicated close combat infantry
  2. The Rite of War; Bloodied Claw give them Furious Charge
  3. Independent Characters (with Jump Packs) can be allied to them.

The latter reason really was the decider for me, not wanting to slow down the Grey Slayers with an attached Character, means this another way of protecting a character in the army list.

Decided on pack of fifteen marines, arming the Huscarl with a Power Fist and three of the marines with Power Axes:

In an effort to make the marines fit the established aesthetic so carefully crafted among the rest of the legion units, particularly the Grey Slayers, totems, talismans, furs and trophies have been added to the models.

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MkIIb Phobos, Raider Pattern Battle Tank

The Raider pattern Battle Tank is among the most powerful transports commonly found in the Armouriums of the Legionnes Astartes. While there are several sub-classes of the Raider Tank, the Phobos is favoured by the warriors of the Vlka Fenryka for its transport capacity and frontal assault ramp. The MkIIb was widely distributed through the legions in the latter years of the Great Crusade, with its like finding even the exploratory fleets of the White Scars on the farthest frontiers.

The example pictured below is in the storm-grey of the Vlka Fenryka, serving the 6th Legion among many others of its kind.

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Priest of Fenris: Speaker of the Dead

Among the ranks of the Rout, there are many who are considered Priests of Fenris, all fulfilling different roles among the legion; spiritual guides, medical assistance, technological support, masters of armouries, smiths and armourers. None are more revered than the Speakers of the Dead, for it is they who select recruits for admission into the legion and they who administer to those brothers afflicted by the Curse of Morkai. The Speakers of the Dead are there at the beginning and for some, they are there at the end.

The Priest pictured above is armed with Aether-Rune Armour and a Great Frost Blade.

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Tartaros Command Squad WIP

Progress has continued on Hvarl’s command squad. The four veteran warriors complete and ready for painting.

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The idea was to make each warrior unique, and subtly converted in the style of Hvarl Redblade, making them and him feel like a cohesive unit. While the main part of this was the armour conversions (covered in the last post on these models), the follow up was the axes.

The unique axe style are actually plasticard conversions, made as a gift by very talented friend and Forge World’s weapon-smith; Will Hayes (thanks again bud, they’re amazing!).

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The axes really finish the models.

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