WIP Priest of Fenris: Caster of Runes 01

In much the same vein as the work in progress Jarl, a Caster of Runes is in development to compliment the Varagyr and the new wolf lord.

Using one of the 40k upgrade torsos, the power plant has been converted with a plastic Cataphractii one to better resemble the mark of armour more appropriately and Varagyr legs have been appropriated. All the poorly-sculpted fur has been removed with a Dremel and re-sculpted. Again a top-knot has been added to help the character stand out.

The priest will be armed with a staff, held in a low and relaxed position, and a combi-melta. The combi-melta has been created from a plastic combi-bolter with resin upgrade attachment.

Until Next Winter…

 

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WIP Jarl (Praetor)

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.

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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…

Forge World Varagyr WIP 03

With the original five Varagyr converted to correct some posing issues and all of the fur resculpted attention has turned to the sixth pack member. With five unique models making the sixth posed a challenge to achieve a differing aesthetic, as such the potential duplicate model was chosen to be the Squad’s Thegn allowing for a little more customisation.

the fur was resculpted to match the rest of the squad and his frost-axe switched out for a chainfist. A grenade harness as added to the top of the carapace.

Whilst building this model a second thegn was converted up to lead the second proposed varagyr pack.

Until Next Winter…

Geigor Fell-hand (re-imagined) WIP 01

With the construction of a swathe of new Grey Slayer packs the decision was made to revisit to Geigor Fell-hand and bring his aesthetic into line with the core of the army.

Design Note: There are a couple of minor things that have never sat right with my about the official Geigor model; 1, his armour is particularly ornate, more so than many other characters within the heresy series yet by profile he only wears power armour, not artificer armour, i felt a more spartan aesthetic would suit the claw-leader more. 2, excessive wargear, the official model wields a combat blade which isn’t listed in his wargear serves no practical application on the model other than to make him look cluttered by having his bolter slung. 

Using one the upgrade torsos and a collection of MkIII parts a replacement Geigor has been developed.

A couple of parts from the original model have been retained to keep his identity as a character, the variant should pauldron and accompanying legion symbol adorned pauldron. A combat knife in its scabbard has been added as nod towards the original model.

Until Next Winter…

Grey Slayers WIP 02

The third pack is completely assembled. This pack being 15 totally new models (the previous packs already had a couple of completed models).

This completes the assembly of the grey slayers, leaving a little green-stuff work to tidy up some armour joints and add armoured gauntlets to the double handed axes to hide the wulfen hands.

The shield walls look great assembled in formation together, on to painting!

Until Next Winter…

Grey Slayers WIP 01

With the release of the new Grey Slayer Upgrade kits work on three packs of shield wielding infantry has commenced.

The kit is really amazing, such nicely proportioned and detailed components that really mesh well with the MkIII plastic kits (MkIV would work well too, depending on your preference).

First Grey Slayer Pack (4 pack members with power axes are already complete and painted, not pictured):

Second Grey Slayer Pack (1 pack member with a power axe is already complete and painted, not pictured):

The third pack is progress. More to follow!

Until Next Winter…