40k Open Day – Insights from Mark Bedford

Having made the pilgrimage to Warhammer World for the 40k open day at the start of the month I had the pleasure of discussed the prospective direction that the Vlka Fenryka will be taking in the new book, Book 7 Inferno.

Part of the discussion was around a Heads Upgrade Kit, which Mark is keen for it to be a set of helmetless heads, with varying hair styles and facial hair that conveys a savagery but a practicality to  wearing a helmet over. So no tall mohawks or outlandish styles. We also discussed the knot-work leather masks described in the literature, looks likely that these won’t make an appearance as the aesthetic never looks right. These are some of Mark’s sketches:

We had a discussion about the units wolves would get, whilst not very forthcoming there was a lovely a sketch of a middle-ages warrior inspired suit of power armour, the idea being their armour would be gilded, inlaid with jets and ivories, not bright colour but subdued and more natural tones.

Mark was very excited to discuss a theory about Fenris, which he as pitched to Alan Bligh, but doesn’t know how much of it is included within the book. The premise being that Fenris isn’t a natural world colonised from before old-night, but a manufactured death world, wither physically built or terraformed and populated with monsters and extreme climatic conditions to breed the toughest warriors. He as keen to articulate that this could be another play on the phrase; ‘there are no wolves on Fenris’, because there wasn’t anything before they created it.

Another idea Mark was very animated about was the premise that Wolves Legion isn’t as old as it’s purported history, say 50 years old but with 200 years of sagas and traditions, how is this so? He suggested that this could be part of the dark and eerie psycho-conditioning of the Legion, giving them a noble background and a history to keep them calm and in check, rather than just being bred-executioners sent out to do the task too unsavory for the other legions to handle.

Whilst I’ve tried to interpret our discussion and recall it as best i can, i’m sure there are things I’ve missed above, but the general principles are there.

Until Next Winter…

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One thought on “40k Open Day – Insights from Mark Bedford

  1. Loving the look of some of those heads – much more in keeping with my mental image of the Wolves than the crazy hair-do’s currently available. Mind you I’ve always preferred the complex, shamanic culture of the Heresy era wolves to the over-the-top cartoony space Vikings of the 41st Millennium. I’m definitely very excited to see what they do with the Wolves going forward. Shame that the knotwork masks are unlikely to make an appearance but then again they’d probably have been a nightmare to paint (if you’ve ever tried to paint the Drune Kelts from Rackham they were a real headache as well).

    Fenris itself has always bothered me a bit too – again it’s too much of a cartoon world; almost entirely covered in ice but still supporting lots of large predators who fight each other all day long. The idea of pulling back the skin a little and delving into something more complex sounds right up my street – and both those ideas are amazing – although I wonder how many hardcore fans would be alienated by changing the history of the Wolves too much?

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