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…

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Tartaros Command Squad WIP

With the base details in place, a second phase of adding adornment to the Tartaros Command Squad has commenced. Primarily this has been studs to the shoulder pauldrons and skull trophies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Forge World Varagyr WIP 01

Following on from the review of the kit, work commenced in earnest.

A dremel was used to remove the fur from the waist and below the pauldrons, in preparation for re-sculpting the fur. This was done on all of the Varagyr.

Once removed fur was sculpted on using a 50:50 mix of Green Stuff and Miliput,this dries harder than just greenstuff, but keeps the tactile qualities while working it (thanks to @AnvilsofKonor for the advice, do check out his amazing work on Instagram).

The fur was sculpted by applying a layer of the mixed putty to the area i wanted fur, using a hooked and pointed tool this was gently scored in a downward direction, but not in a regular pattern, the downward scores were made at varying angles. This was then enhanced by using the flat of a scalpel blade to move the ‘fur’ into more natural directions and clumps.

The finer fur give more balance to the model’s aesthetic, giving contrast to some of the other bulky details and removing the cartoony feel.

Until Next Winter…