Following the release of the Varagyr kits and the latterly released Grey Slayer upgrade kits I am working on a new Jarl to lead the Rout into war.
A few key factors and design choices have influenced the build:
- My existing Cataphractii praetor with lightning claws does not do well.
- Really need the punch of an AP2 weapon on my Praetor.
- To incorporate design features and aesthetics of the Varagyr within the character.
- Make use of Russ’ pelt/cloak which I have removed from the Primarch.
Starting with the torso, I am keen to keep the same basic identity of the previous praetor, so elected to use the same base 40k resin upgrade torso, it’s a beautiful sculpt. In much the same manner as before I have converted the back to have a Cataphractii style power plant.
The legs are those of the Varagyr, the existing torso has simply bee cut away with a saw. Using a Dremel all of the poor-quality fur has been removed and re-sculpted. Like wise the fur has been removed from around the shoulder pauldrons in the same manner and re-sculpted.
The great frost axe has been converted from a pair of frost axes, re-ordered to be doubled headed and with a longer handle to better represent the swing of a two-handed weapon and justify the ‘reaping blow’ special rule. After playing with the handle I decided the slightly more barbaric look of the twisted and gnarled shaft worked well and added to the ferocity of the model.
After careful deliberation the top knot was added to emphasise the seniority of the model and further make him stand apart from the Varagyr, whom I have not used top-knots upon. Russ’ pelt has been cut down, re-shaped (with a hair dryer) and added to the model.
Until Next Winter…