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.
The 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.
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…