Hvarl Redblade WIP 01

With the wyrd winds blowing in favour of the rout, i was lucky enough to pick up Hvarl Redblade from the Forge World Horus Heresy Weekender.

Components of the kit:

I intended to make some alterations to the kit, which will follow in the post and future posts, the proposed alterations will roughly be as follows:

  • Custom base to match the other sixth legion models.
  • Add a beard to the head.
  • Adapt the heavy bolter to be a single handed terminator heavy weapon, and improve the balance of the weapon. Add a magazine to replace the feed.
  • Increase the wolf pelt on the right pauldron.
  • Add a grenade harness.
  • Alter the axe to be held higher on the handle, below the head of the axe to carry the weight of the weapon more naturally.

 

Base

The base has been made with a cut down pillar from a resin building kit by Unreal Wargaming Studio, some embosed flagstone plasticard, slate and sand.

The base has had holes drilled to pin the model in place.

Beard

Hvar’s head sculpt is superb, a grizzled veteran through and through, but missing a beard. I carefully cur one from a Varagyr torso and added it. The mohawk was also removed as i think it makes the mode scarier.

 

Heavy Bolter

Upon inspection it is evident that Hvarl’s heavy bolter is grossly oversized compared to its infantry counterparts, so rather than just moving the grip forward it is being replaced with a more appropriately sized one.

The smaller heavy bolter looks much more balanced. The rear of the bolter has been cut down to further enhance the model and using plasticard a brace has been added to the inside of the arm and weapon to show how it secures to the terminator armour, in a similar way to other terminator heavy weapons.

Hvarl loose on his base to check the balance of the weapon and composition of the model.

Wolf Pelt 

The wolf pelt on Hvarl’s right shoulder pauldron looks strange, only covering the pauldron its self and not overhanging more of the model. The cloak has been fixed in place and a larger pelt sculpted over the armour.

With the pelt in place, the grenade harness has been added completing the torso armour.

Next up is the axe, which is going to take some planning.

Until Next Winter…