Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators WIP 02

Progress continues on the Varagyr Terminators, with three (of the intended five model squad) nearing completion.

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The Thegn pack leader has shoulder pauldrons added, complete with a rune/text inscribed detail from the Forge World space wolves terminator upgrade set. The detail was carefully cut from resin components and glued into place.

Two Varagyr have been assembled with Frost Swords and Frost Axes, the spiked Justaerin shoulder pauldrons combined with the spiked legs really gives the models an inherent brutality. Subtle details have been cut from various plastic space wolves kits to adorn the belts where the eye of horus icons were removed.

Like the Thegn, greenstuff furs have been added to the underside of the pauldrons and the loin cloth of the terminators.

Until Next Winter…

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Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators WIP 01

With little more than rumours on when and what the Forge World Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators will be a plan has been put together to create a squad of five until some official models are released.First up the Aesthetic… the Varagyr are fortunate enough to get a beautiful graphic in Inferno (Book VII from Forge World) showing their decorated cataphractii plate, draped wolf pelt and spiked shoulder pauldrons.

17015064_10154788064290865_1228480413_oThe spiked shoulder pauldrons have given the perfect excuse to purchase some Sons of Horus Justaerin Terminators to use as the basis for the squad, an idea that has been heavily stoked by the fantastic work of all the hobbyists in the 30k Space Wolves facebook group. The spiked Sons of Horus gear fits in nicely with the Deathsworn conversions from the Reaver kit too.

So the plan is to use the Justaerin legs, arms and shoulder pauldons with the plastic cataphractii torsos to keep the aesthetic more in line with the graphic (the Justaerin Torsos are too much of a divergence for the design intent).

Torso’s have been clipped out to better hold bare heads from the space wolves upgrade sprue. To better give the terminator squad character and help it stand out from Legion Terminator squads on the battlefield, all the models have been given bare heads.

The squad leader, a Varagyr Thegn (same rank as a centurion/claw leader) has been built around the Calth Terminator Character as a base. The model had been intended for a different use in the legion, but with some careful conversion work has been purposed with leading the Varagyr.

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The original model’s head, arms, leather pteruges and left sub-shoulder pauldron have been removed and the cloak thinned as it was very broad. One arm war reposed to hold the raised Frost Axe and a resin cataphactii arm was added to hold the Frost Blade. Greenstuff fur was added with a pelt over the cloak to the model’s back. The warrior was also given hair and his beard filled out.

Design note: the legion building so far has only used chain-blade type weaponry for those with an increased in-game Strength characteristic, chain fists, frost blades, frost swords, etc… this aesthetic is being carried through as an easy visual indicator for WYSIWYG gaming.

Shoulder pauldrons will follow once the Justaerin kit arrives. The Thegn’s base has a dead marine on it, his armour rent open by chain weaponry, suitably telling for the model’s pose and character.

Until Next Winter…

Arn Thorvard, ‘Castle Breaker’, Lord of the Void Hunters

A leviathan of ancient providence among the legion, Arn Thorvard was a Terran warrior of the Rout known for his aptitude in void combat. Broken beyond repair fighting in the Dulan Campaign, Thorvard was committed to torture and life support of a dreadnought sarcophagus.

In his proto-death state, Arn Thorvard serves alongside Hvarl Red-Blade and the Fourth Great Company, a walking tank and bringer of ruin.

 

Until Next Winter…

Deathsworn WIP 02

Development on the Deathsworn pack has continued, with seven models now essentially complete.

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Now the use of non Forge World / Games Workshop parts is somewhat of a departure for me, i am a strict believer in supporting the hobby and the company’s work, as such will not purchase non-official items. That said, FW/GW don’t currently sell wolf skull helmets, so these have been sourced from the Liber Daemonica Shop, whose sculpts are fantastic.

Greenstuff wolf furs have been added as plastic space wolf accessories to help better define the squad’s legion identity.

The Sons of Horus parts and the Wolf Skull Helms give a really striking and terrifying aesthetic, perfect for representing those souls given in to the Curse of Morkai.

Until Next Winter…

 

Hvarl Red-Blade

Hvarl Red-Blade, Jarl of the Fourth Great Company, ‘The Ravager’, ‘The Headsman of Koltok’

The commander of the Fourth Great Company of the Space Wolves, Hvarl Red-Blade had a reputation as a dourly humorous and often choleric-tempered warrior, whose greatest joy was 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 Raising of Prospero, he was a veteran warlord as renowned for scourging tactics as he was for encouraging the taking of heads from the enemy fallen as a form of competition among his warriors. Each gory trophy was to be accompanied by a tale of how it was taken around the Great Company’s fires after battle, and without a grand tale, the head-taking was held of little account and the warrior scorned, and so were his Space Wolves pushed to greater reaches of valour.

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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 the Einherjar – his Legion’s war council – whilst in battle, his sharp-witted savagery was counted on by his Primarch to leave nothing alive in his Great Company’s wake.

Hvarl Red-Blade’s famed axe was not of Fenris as might have been expected, but a stone-grey power blade re-forged by the Iron Priests from a battlefield trophy taken from a huge machine-warrior made in the shape of a long-dead king he battled on the edge of the Maelstrom. This battle, fought on the dead world of Koltok, saw him elevated to Thegn, and first earned him the name of the ‘Headsman’. In a thousand battles since it has never failed him.

Until Next Winter…

Deathsworn WIP 01

Deathsworn are an elite unit of warriors with the Curse of Morkai, whose minds were bent on blood lust and the impulse to kill and kill and again. These Warriors are banded together into packs to fight the enemy and earn an honourable death, overseen by the Speakers of the Dead (Priests of Fenris).

Aside from the aesthetic of having Wolf Skull Helms, there are little to no reference on their appearance. Referred to however as the ‘Black Cull’. The design intent for this squad therefore is to have a brutal looking squad, bereft of trophies and talismans, but with darker totems and marks of their curse.

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The models are thus created from the Sons of Horus Reavers and Sons of Horus Command Squad, adorned with chains, coin totems and spiked armour they have the aesthetic of barbarian headsman.

The Sons of Horus armour is a mix of MkII and MkIV, with additional armour plating and studded repairs (latterly referred to as MkV), this lends to the tired and brutal aesthetic intended for the Deathsworn.

Further work is to be done, some greenstuff fur details are to be added and skull helms are pending.

The power fist wielding pack member uses the claw from Geigor, albeit with the talons switched out for more regular power fist fingers.

Until Next Winter…

Wulfgar Heimdallsson ‘the Guardian

Wulfgar Heimdallsson, Priest of Fenris, ‘the Guardian’, Speaker of the Dead, a warrior of dry humours and known for his apparent calm in even the most dire of circumstances. Wulfgar is charged with watching those warriors fallen to the Curse of Morkai, the so called ‘Black Cull’ packs of Hvarl Red-Blades Great Company.

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Wielding a Great Frost Blade, a kraken tooth edged chain sword of mighty proportions, Wulfgar is a fearsome fighter, skilled with a blade the sagas tell of many an enemy head taken for the accounts.

Design note: whilst 40k wolf- priests are clad in black armour, there is little evidence to suggest that the Speakers of the Dead are likewise clad. The idea here is that all warriors, regardless of rank are clad in the storm-grey of the Legion, using a black cloak and omitting the usual red spot colours on other units the model has a darker feel, implying black without being so.  

Until Next Winter…