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.

Until Next Winter…

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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.

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Tartaros Command Squad WIP

Progress has continued on Hvarl’s command squad. The four veteran warriors complete and ready for painting.

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The idea was to make each warrior unique, and subtly converted in the style of Hvarl Redblade, making them and him feel like a cohesive unit. While the main part of this was the armour conversions (covered in the last post on these models), the follow up was the axes.

The unique axe style are actually plasticard conversions, made as a gift by very talented friend and Forge World’s weapon-smith; Will Hayes (thanks again bud, they’re amazing!).

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The axes really finish the models.

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Priest of Fenris: Speaker of the Dead WIP

This model represents a re-make of an older character with the Legion, a model i have converted before, but wanted to improve upon.

Where as before i used a plain MkIII body as a base, this time i have used one of the Deathsworn, their more ornate armour nicely fitting for Artificer or Aether Rune Armour. The masked head gives him a monastic and aggressive aesthetic. The Axe has been converted using the original crozius and chain blades from the Varagyr Terminators.

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Legion Praevian & Vorax WIP

Looking to explore the myriad forms of Fenrisian Priests, beyond that of Caster of Runes and Speaker of the Dead, attention has been turned to the Priests of Iron, of which several are planned. The first to find form is the Praevian, a master of automata:

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This model used the Legion Praevian as a base, spliced with parts from the Grey Slayer Kit and a plastic MkIII leg (to match the mkIII bionic). The raven skulls are from the Games Workshop Skulls Box (such a good converting aid).

To accompany the Praevian, Vorax have been chosen, perhaps not as tactical as the Castellax option, but more beastial and befitting of the Wolves.

The idea behind these creations is that the Priests of Iron sacrifice a Fenrisian animal to give the machines animus, binding their souls to Fenris and awakening them firmly in the service of the Rout. The skull, fur and hide is then draped over the automata like a headdress.

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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…