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…

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Legion Champion Consul WIP

Developing a new consul to lead the Rout, a Thegn or Claw Leader to lead a detachment under the Jarl. With the first Claw complete (3x Packs of 15 Grey Slayers), this will form the start of the second claw, a fast attack and assault orientated detachment. This thegn will be equipped with an Jump Pack, keeping him fast and at pace with the troops.

Proposed wargear and selection:

  • Legion Champion Consul
  • Artificer Armour
  • Paragon Blade
  • Jump Pack
  • Refractor Field

To forge this champion, i have selected to use the Geigor model as a base, mostly as its ornate and detail totems lend to representing Artificer Armour. In order to adapt it to the correct and established aesthetic for Astartes with Jump Packs, the torso armour has been over-clad with additional plating (to match the MkIV Assault Marines).

The over armour was adorned with a wolf tooth/totem necklace from the Primaris Upgrade sprue.

The plan for the paragon blade is to use a combination of weapons to represent it, rather than a single prestigious blade. Taking reference from vikings in filmography, a long knife and axe will be the matched pair of weapons to represent the Paragon Blade, this will be complimented with a holstered bolt-pistol.

The blade was made from the hand and haft of a MkIII Thunder Hammer, clipped below the head. The Blade is from the Traitor Cataphractii Librarian, the serrated blade and patterning complimenting the Wolves’ aesthetic. The arm was built from a second set of Geigor’s arms, the left arm cut off below the elbow to remove the frost claw, and replaced with a carefully trimmed vambrace from Geigor’s right arm. This keeps continuity in the armour’s detailing, matching the two vambraces with the rest of the armour.

Until Next Winter…

Tartaros Command Squad WIP

With Hvarl Red-Blade previewed and added to the list of future acquisitions for the Rout, design and planning has commenced on a Tartaros command squad to accompany the Jarl. With the Cataphractii Varagyr’s aesthetic differing from the standard legion pattern and many of these design cues reflected within Hvarl’s Tartaros armour, it seems only fitting that the Tartaros Command Squad accompanying Hvarl should be equally representative.

Comparing the standard legion pattern of Tartaros Terminator Armour with Hvarl’s battle plate the following alterations are required;

  • Torso; the raised gorget is to be lowered and lined with a studded decorative plate.
  • Totems & Fetishes; The addition of rune stones, wolf tooth trinkets and similar decoration is required.
  • Leg Armour; Pyramid shaped molecular bonding studs are required on the shin armour.
  • Fur; the addition of wolf pelts and fur adornment.

These changes will help create a set of Tartaros Terminator armour that reflects the design cus of both the Varagyr and Hvarl Red-Blade.

 

Torso alterations

The gorget on the Tartaros torso was cut down and replaced with the arch from the Cataphractii plate, creating a lowered and suitably decorated gorget in the style of Hvarl’s.

 

Leg Armour

The legs were adorned with pyramid rivets (a one off gift from a friend), wolf skull decoration, strapped on with greenstuff and sculpted fur pteruges.

 

Totems and Decoration

The torso’s have been further enhanced with sculpted necklacess of wolves teeth and rune stones.

Studs were added to the shoulder pauldrons of those terminators that don’t have them on their leg armour.

Until Next Winter…

Hvarl Red-Blade – Critique & Reflection

For the wolves 2019 has started on a very positive note with Forge World previewing the much anticipated Hvarl Red-Blade model at the New Years Open Day.

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Hvarl Red-Blade is a mighty character and leader of the Rout, with a rules set that puts him up there among some of the leading characters in the Horus Heresy game. While for the most part the model meets the expectations that the rules have cultivated, there are a few areas where the model falls short of what could have made it exceptional (albeit leaps and bounds better than the Varagyr models, especially the fur!).

To critique the model, there are a couple of detail items that don’t quite make the mark;

  • The grenade harness is missing.
  • The heavy bolter is a power armour varient, not altered to be carried by a warrior in terminator armour, the result being it looks like he’s picked it up mid-battle rather than going into battle armed with it. To solve this the trigger and grip would look better if they were further forward on the gun casing, and the arm would look better with a guarding like that on the Tartaros Heavy Flamers and Tartaros Reaper Autocannon.
  • The shoulder fur doesn’t sit naturally upon the model, only seeming to be present on the pauldron itself. The model would greatly improved if the fur was a larger pelt, draped across the top of the armour and overlapping the cloak.
  • The hand on the axe is low for the stance and pose, it would be more natural to have the hand higher of the shaft better balancing the weight of the weapon (the axe blade being particularly large)

Whilst these are minor items, they would greatly increase the attention to detail on the model and put it on par with some of the more remarkable models the Horus Heresy Character Series.

The above observations not withstanding, the model really is fantastic. The additions of the wolf skull strapped to the leg armour, the inset rune stones and the pyramid stud plates seal the model as clearly of the Vlka Fenryka’s aesthetic. The lowered gorget and decorated surround mimic that of the Cataphractii Varagyr, a nice detail that frames the head well. The head is nicely detailed, with an aggressive expression and war-torn visage. The skull trophies are a particularly welcome detail, adding to Hvarl’s narrative as the headsman of Koltok.

The axe is remarkable and with some minor alterations to the hand position along the shaft, it will be a superb representation of the reforged Necron weapon from Hvarl’s background.

Until Next Winter…

Objective Markers

Using some resin skulls from a jewelry store on etsy (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LeanderOrnaments) objective markers have been created.  The bases were found on eBay.

The concept behind these is that they are symbolic makers, a Gothi’s collection of blood stained wolf skulls, marked with runes and blessed for protection or marked for death. I very much liked the idea that the Vlka Fenryka mark their passage with runes and shamanistic carvings, hung fetishes and totems. These are such an item, one of superstition and mystic belief rather than objective markers of weapons or information caches.

Until Next Winter…

Forge World Varagyr WIP 02

With all the fur re-sculpted on both the legs and below the pauldrons the Varagyr have been assembled.

Two of the Varagyr have had their posing altered, mostly through shortening their gaits (to reduce their stride length) and making minor adjustments to the arm and torso connections to get a better visual fit of the shoulder pads to torsos.

The combi-bolters were also swapped out to be replaced with standard pattern ones with the twin barrel magasins instead of the belt fed shells.

Until Next Winter…