Speaker of the Dead, Priest of Fenris

Thorvard ‘the Dread’
Speaker of the Dead, Priest of Fenris attached to Onn Company under Jarl Gunnar Gunnhilt.

Wise beyond his years, which by Astartes standards are many, Thorvard’s standing within the Legion is beyond question. One of the most venerated of the Rout’s Priest he not only serves within Onn Company but on the Wolf King’s Einherja.

Thorvard walks to war armoured in Cataphractii pattern tactical dreadnought armour and armed with a Frost Claw and combi-bolter. As one of the Legion’s Priests and an inductee of the Cult of Morkai he is privileged with more exotic wargear; Garm-Blood Vials and Healing Balms.

Until Next Winter…

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WIP Speaker of the Dead

To sate the ever-hungering need for HQs in writing Vlka Fenryka army lists, work progressed in earnest on a Cataphractii clad Speaker of the Dead.

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Choosing a Varagyr Terminator as the base model, it was critical to ensure that the visual language of the model was subtly altered to represent the Priest, and not just look like a black Varagry terminator. Small wolf skull iconography was added to the grieves and in the form of a tilt shield on front of the right pauldron. One of the arms was clipped back to allow the addition of a Frost Claw.

The most dramatic addition (other than re-sculpting the fur) to the model is the large beast skull to the left pauldron, selected for a couple of reasons; to add a sense of beastial savagery to the model and to build on the idea that the wolves take Fenris with them into battle (the skull matches those on the Vorax conversions).

The resultant model shares several aesthetic cues with the Artificer clad Priest already in the army and is suitably distinct from the Varagyr Terminators, the latter will be even more pronounced when paint is applied.

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Einar ‘the thrice slain’ Sepp Company Herald

Einherjar to Hvarl Redblade and leader of the Jarl’s Wolf Guard, Einar is a warrior of kindred spirit to his Lord. Where some Jarl’s pick advisers to counter them and provide  contrast in their counsel, Redblade chose Einar for his ferocity and blood thirsty nature that echos his own.

Einar’s deed-name as earned during the Wheel of Fire, where he was believed dead and lost three times and yet returned. The first, defeated in combat by a mighty Greenskin and left for dead, only to be found breathing when his body was recovered by the flesh-makers. The second, his stormbird shot down and lost with all hands, but later accounted for in the thick of the fighting on the planet’s surface. The third, crushed below the foot of an Ork war machine in final days of the war, surviving his injuries and recovering over several years of the Priest’s administrations.

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WIP Priest of Iron [Legion Mortificator]

With the release of Book 8: Malevolence and the new consul types for all legions the opportunity to create a Mortificator to add to the Priests of Iron was too good to pass up.

Using the Iron Father model as a base, the crenelated shin, greaves and vambrace armour was filled and studs added to resemble more standardised Cataphractii trim. A cataphractii arch was added over the head recess and the voids filled. The pauldrons were replaced with the standard cataphractii type.

The Corposant Stave was mostly crated with an axe handle from Sevrin Loth’s bodyguard, the coil and tech from Asterion Moloc’s spear and cable from a terminator power axe. the Stave head was created from a Vorax Rad Cleanser, drilled out to be hollow.

To accompany the Mortificator the opportunity was seized to bring some mid-level fire power to the Rout, choosing to have Castraferrum Dreadnoughts with twin-linked autocannons. The Autocannons were created from Contemptor autocannons, cut and re-paired to suit the dreadnought. The targeting arrays from a Deredeo were added to space the cannons and add more detail.

WIP pair of Castraferrum with the Mortificator

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Hvarl Redblade, Jarl of the 4th Great Company, Headsman of Koltoc

Commander of the Fourth Great Company of the Rout, Hvarl Red-Blade has a reputation as a dourly humorous and often choleric-tempered warrior, whose greatest joy was to be found in the din of war and whose battle-cunning was something of a legend. Master of his Great Company for more than five decades at the time of the Razing of Prospero, he was a veteran warlord as renowned for his scourging tactics as he was for encouraging the taking of heads from the enemy fallen as a form of competition among his warriors. Though considered volatile and perhaps a little insane by his fellow Jarls and Thegns, Hvarl’s often striking insights into a foe’s plans and motivations made his voice one that was still well-respected in Russ’ Einherjar, while in battle his sharp-witted savagery was counted on by his Primarch to leave nothing alive in his Great Company’s wake.

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Legion Praevian & Vorax

Within the sixth legion the Priests of Fenris stand apart from their warrior brothers, under their mantle lie many specialists and disciplines, hierarchies and orders of vared skill and unique application. Some are keepers of the Rout’s spirituality, some gene-weavers and flesh-makers, others are techno-savants, adepts of the machine and keepers of the Legion’s armouries and wargear. These latter priests are the Priests of Iron, scions of the machine and mirror of other legion’s tech-marines.

A sub-sect of the Priests of Iron are the beast-keepers, warrior adepts that control inducted machines of Mechanicum, known among other legions as Praevians, they walk to war in the company of battle-automata and wreak bloody havoc on the enemies of mankind.

Favoured automata among the Priests of Iron are the Vorax class war-machines, developed for clearing the under-hives and culling the populous of indentured work forces on Mechanicum controlled worlds, their savagery and design for ruthless combat makes them ideal companions to the warriors of the Vlka Fenryka.

When inducting such battle-automata into the legion, the Priests of Iron do so by sacred ritual. Daubed in blood and under the light of the waxing moon, the Priests of Iron slit the throat of adolescent Saeneyti, native to the slopes of Asaheim, binding it’s spirit to the machine and bonding it with the soul of Fenris. The death of beast is significant, for only with sacrifice can life be created. The skull and hide of the Saeneyti is cleaned with sacred balms and mounted upon the battle-automata, giving the machine a shadow of its former life.

 

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Priest of Fenris: Speaker of the Dead

Among the ranks of the Rout, there are many who are considered Priests of Fenris, all fulfilling different roles among the legion; spiritual guides, medical assistance, technological support, masters of armouries, smiths and armourers. None are more revered than the Speakers of the Dead, for it is they who select recruits for admission into the legion and they who administer to those brothers afflicted by the Curse of Morkai. The Speakers of the Dead are there at the beginning and for some, they are there at the end.

The Priest pictured above is armed with Aether-Rune Armour and a Great Frost Blade.

Until Next Winter…