Apothecaries in the Vlka Fenryka are somewhat of a minor dilemma for me, should they be more like their Apothecary counterparts in other legions or have a similar aesthetic and role to the Wolf Priests of warhammer 40,000 fame? The descriptions of flesh-makers and gene-weavers in Prospero Burns with with their Antler helms is amazing, but a difficult aesthetic to realise on the models. I have largely decided on the former, line apothecaries being more akin to those of other Legions.
MkIII Armour. As the apothecaries will be largely escorted (or escorting?) my Veteran squads into combat I wanted to have a complimentary aesthetic and silhouette of matching armour. As Forge World only currently have models in MkII and MkIV I decided to attempt making my own, albeit with a reduced amount of equipment than the official models.
Primarily the Narthecium was the challenge, this needed to look like a recognisable piece of wargear, that has a precedent among the official models and narrative. The answer came from a humble hand flamer, a chain blade attachment and the resin casting for the MkIII power packs.
The fuel bottle was carefully trimmed from the hand flamer, as was the length of resin attaching the power packs. The chainblade was glued in place on the side of the vambrace armour.
The fuel bottle was glued on at an obtuse angle and the length of resin sprue sharpened to a point and glued to the front, supported by the chainblade guard. Once attached the model, a cable was added to the back of the narthecium connecting in under the shoulder pauldron.
The final addition was to use the remainder of the hand flamer, trimming back the barrel and slighting drilling it to a concave finish. The apothecary additions are subtle by clearly show their specialist battlefield role.
There is a plan to build an apothecary in a similar style, but MkIV armour, and to build a Primus Medicae in terminator armour, the later one will look to take on more of the priestly aesthetic described in Prospero Burns.
Until Next Winter…