Deathsworn Pack, The Black Cull

Within the Vlka Fenryka, those warriors plagued by dreams of the Death Wolf begin to lose their sanity, the all-consuming impulse to kill and kill again grows within them. These warriors are selected by the Speakers of the Dead, inducted into the Cult of Morkai and become the Deathsworn. These warriors who give themselves over became the a cursed and honoured brethren; marked by their wolf-skull helms, they are the embodiment of the hunger of death in the heart of the Legion and walk to war to earn an honourable death.

The Deathsworn kit is fanastic, including a wealth of parts and options:


Until Next Winter…


Vlka Fenryka 6000pts

Time seems to have passed at a such a considerable rate since this project was begun in April of 2016, so much so that a ‘whole army’ picture has failed to happen. So having broken the 6000pts threshold (6081pts to be exact) the warriors of the Rout have been assembled!

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Personae Dramatis:

  • Leman Russ & Russ’ Wolf Kin
  • Praetor (Cataphractii)
  • Legion Command Squad (Cataphractii)
  • Speaker of the Dead (Cataphracii)
  • Hvarl Red-Blade
  • Centurion (Tartaros)
  • Legion Terminator Squad (Tartaros) & Spartan Assault Tank
  • Legion Terminator Squad (Tartaros) & Spartan Assault Tank
  • Rune Caster
  • Veteran Squad, Apothecary & Rhino
  • Centurion
  • Veteran Squad, Apothecary & Rhino
  • Speaker of the Dead
  • Deathsworn & MkIIb Land Raider Phobos
  • Contemptor Dreadnought Talon
  • Legion Dreadnought
  • Leviathan Siege Dreadnought
  • Grey Slayer Pack & Rhino
  • Grey Slayer Pack & Rhino
  • Grey Slayer Pack & Rhino
  • Predator Strike Tank
  • Sicaran Battle Tank

All of these units, their construction and their painting have been included within this project log, easily accessible from the Navigation section of the sidebar.

Until Next Winter…


The Black Cull, Deathsworn, Cult of Morkai… the wolf waits in the darkness for us all!

The Deathsworn are the dark heart of the sixth legion, a curse that if left unchecked would one day find it’s vent in the transformation of flesh, seeing a warrior truely succumb to the call of Morkai.

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Out of all the twenty legions born from the All-Father’s machinations none understood death as well as the Vlka Fenryka, for they were his axe, his will made manifest and always on the cutting edge. Those warriors for whom the toll of war became consuming, those whom let their predatory urge to kill, and kill again, taint their very souls were taken to the priests. The Speakers of the Dead took their oaths, inducted them into the Cult of the Deathwolf, Morkai, and saw them unleashed to find solace in a good death, a death welcomed with axe in hand.

Until Next Winter…


Deathsworn, the Black Cull, the Curse of Morkai…

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Those wolf-brothers whose dreams stray to blood lust and the whispers of the beast within fight apart from their breathren, seeking death in battle whilst control is still theirs. These tireless hunters, slayers of the rout, are lead into battle by the Speakers of the Dead, Fenrisian Priests who see the warriors into the Legion and give them peace upon the red snow.

Until Next Winter…



Deathsworn, the Black Cull, the Curse of Morkai…  

Those wolf-brothers whose dreams stray to blood lust and the whispers of the beast within fight apart from their breathren, seeking death in battle whilst control is still theirs. 

Until Next Winter… 

Deathsworn WIP 02

Development on the Deathsworn pack has continued, with seven models now essentially complete.


Now the use of non Forge World / Games Workshop parts is somewhat of a departure for me, i am a strict believer in supporting the hobby and the company’s work, as such will not purchase non-official items. That said, FW/GW don’t currently sell wolf skull helmets, so these have been sourced from the Liber Daemonica Shop, whose sculpts are fantastic.

Greenstuff wolf furs have been added as plastic space wolf accessories to help better define the squad’s legion identity.

The Sons of Horus parts and the Wolf Skull Helms give a really striking and terrifying aesthetic, perfect for representing those souls given in to the Curse of Morkai.

Until Next Winter…


Deathsworn WIP 01

Deathsworn are an elite unit of warriors with the Curse of Morkai, whose minds were bent on blood lust and the impulse to kill and kill and again. These Warriors are banded together into packs to fight the enemy and earn an honourable death, overseen by the Speakers of the Dead (Priests of Fenris).

Aside from the aesthetic of having Wolf Skull Helms, there are little to no reference on their appearance. Referred to however as the ‘Black Cull’. The design intent for this squad therefore is to have a brutal looking squad, bereft of trophies and talismans, but with darker totems and marks of their curse.

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The models are thus created from the Sons of Horus Reavers and Sons of Horus Command Squad, adorned with chains, coin totems and spiked armour they have the aesthetic of barbarian headsman.

The Sons of Horus armour is a mix of MkII and MkIV, with additional armour plating and studded repairs (latterly referred to as MkV), this lends to the tired and brutal aesthetic intended for the Deathsworn.

Further work is to be done, some greenstuff fur details are to be added and skull helms are pending.

The power fist wielding pack member uses the claw from Geigor, albeit with the talons switched out for more regular power fist fingers.

Until Next Winter…