Grey Slayers WIP 02

The third pack is completely assembled. This pack being 15 totally new models (the previous packs already had a couple of completed models).

This completes the assembly of the grey slayers, leaving a little green-stuff work to tidy up some armour joints and add armoured gauntlets to the double handed axes to hide the wulfen hands.

The shield walls look great assembled in formation together, on to painting!

Until Next Winter…

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Grey Slayers WIP 01

With the release of the new Grey Slayer Upgrade kits work on three packs of shield wielding infantry has commenced.

The kit is really amazing, such nicely proportioned and detailed components that really mesh well with the MkIII plastic kits (MkIV would work well too, depending on your preference).

First Grey Slayer Pack (4 pack members with power axes are already complete and painted, not pictured):

Second Grey Slayer Pack (1 pack member with a power axe is already complete and painted, not pictured):

The third pack is progress. More to follow!

Until Next Winter…

Grey Slayers WIP 03

With the concept and plan for the Grey Slayer packs nailed down, bases built and kits ready for dissemination, the first characters of the Vlka Fenryka progress.

These first three Grey Slayers represent berserkers within the pack, warriors of the charge and counter charge. Warriors who’s role is a perfectly timed blow, much like that required of the weapons they wield. While their pack brothers form the shield wall and hold the line, these warriors trust to their protection and strike when needed, to slay an enemy or retaliate to a charge.

The axes themselves are from the 40k Wulfen sprue (a box-set i mostly deplore for cartoony nonsense), providing nice two handed weapons, which with a little work (removing pelts, fetishes, toothed necklaces and runes), make excellent additions.

In order to accommodate the two handed weapons the arms have been reposed, often cut above, and in come cases below the elbow, to allow for a different angle of the arm. All the time care was taken to maintain a natural positioning of the vambrace and elbow.

In some cases the vambrace was swapped, from MkII to MkIII for example. The arms were then offered up with blue-tac before gluing. Getting both arm positions right before adding the axe.

Once the axe was glued in, and all had dried, greenstuff armour plating was dded to the hands to make them look like armoured gauntlets, not the beastial hands of wulfen (as can be seen in the first images at the top of the page).

Until Next Winter…

 

Grey Slayers Pack WIP 02

Force into progression despite the Grey Slayers Upgrade Kit not having been released yet, fifteen bases have been crafted for the first Pack and the base plastic MkIII legs and space wolves upgrade torso are beginning to be assembled.

 

The bases are made using pre-moulded plasticard flagstone sheets, but into appropriately sized squares, glued to the bases and the once dry it is trimmed to the base’s shape. Rocks and sand are then added to create interest.

[A small update, but an important one!]

Until Next Winter…

Grey Slayers Pack WIP 01

With the tantalising preview of the Grey Slayer upgrade pack, and the rumour that it is one of three upgrade sets to be released, work has begun in earnest on re-imagined Grey Slayer packs for my Wolves. I would like to share a little of my process for creating units (especially infantry) within the wider force.

Concept: Initially the idea phase, in this case watching too much Viking film and media combined with an unhealthy obsession with shields in 30k, lead to the idea of a more traditional shield wall approach to the Grey Slayer Packs (made easy by the previewed upgrade kit).

Planning: This takes two parts:

1. Army List, how will the unit need to be kitted out to match the rules, translating my concept into a playable reality. Will the unit act how i imagine, how can i strengthen this?

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2. Models, how with the unit be built, what parts and kits do i need to buy, bastardise, convert and kit-bash to create the desired aesthetic? I plan this out meticulously, studying bits sites, kits online and my collection spares to make sure each model fits the unit correctly.

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Once all this is in place, the hunt begins, kits and parts are ordered in anticipation of construction.

Until Next Winter…