For the wolves 2019 has started on a very positive note with Forge World previewing the much anticipated Hvarl Red-Blade model at the New Years Open Day.
Hvarl Red-Blade is a mighty character and leader of the Rout, with a rules set that puts him up there among some of the leading characters in the Horus Heresy game. While for the most part the model meets the expectations that the rules have cultivated, there are a few areas where the model falls short of what could have made it exceptional (albeit leaps and bounds better than the Varagyr models, especially the fur!).
To critique the model, there are a couple of detail items that don’t quite make the mark;
- The grenade harness is missing.
- The heavy bolter is a power armour varient, not altered to be carried by a warrior in terminator armour, the result being it looks like he’s picked it up mid-battle rather than going into battle armed with it. To solve this the trigger and grip would look better if they were further forward on the gun casing, and the arm would look better with a guarding like that on the Tartaros Heavy Flamers and Tartaros Reaper Autocannon.
- The shoulder fur doesn’t sit naturally upon the model, only seeming to be present on the pauldron itself. The model would greatly improved if the fur was a larger pelt, draped across the top of the armour and overlapping the cloak.
- The hand on the axe is low for the stance and pose, it would be more natural to have the hand higher of the shaft better balancing the weight of the weapon (the axe blade being particularly large)
Whilst these are minor items, they would greatly increase the attention to detail on the model and put it on par with some of the more remarkable models the Horus Heresy Character Series.
The above observations not withstanding, the model really is fantastic. The additions of the wolf skull strapped to the leg armour, the inset rune stones and the pyramid stud plates seal the model as clearly of the Vlka Fenryka’s aesthetic. The lowered gorget and decorated surround mimic that of the Cataphractii Varagyr, a nice detail that frames the head well. The head is nicely detailed, with an aggressive expression and war-torn visage. The skull trophies are a particularly welcome detail, adding to Hvarl’s narrative as the headsman of Koltok.
The axe is remarkable and with some minor alterations to the hand position along the shaft, it will be a superb representation of the reforged Necron weapon from Hvarl’s background.
Until Next Winter…