Runewatchers (Nullificator Squad)

Within the war-host of the Vlka Fenryka there are those warriors who stand apart, inductees of the Fenrisian cults, priests in training and in more rare cases fated individuals who’s wyrd has set them upon a differing path to that of their battle brothers. It is common for these individuals, as a rare as they are, to be adopted into the services of the Priests of Fenris. It was within the ranks of these unofficial appointments and divergent elements of the Rout that the formation of the Nullificators stemmed, specifically among the Rune Watchers who served as guards and adjutants to the Rune Casters, clad in bone white armour and daubed in runic inscriptions and talismans. As the daemonic threats grew and the Gothi turned their attention to combating the nether-born menace, these warriors took to the field alongside their masters, their ranks bolstered with other inductees chosen by the Priests. Trappings of protection adorned these warriors in the form of inscribed runic designs, bone talismans and charms of precious stones and metals. It was the power embodied in these Hexagrammatic wards that although pagan in appearance, gave them the protection they needed to face the maleficarum head on. While few of these valiant warriors would survive, the wisdom bought with their lives armed their successors all the better and by the final years of the Horus Heresy, the newly codified Nullificators had become a highly disciplined arm of the Legions, the Rune Watchers of the Sixth Legion being counted among their numbers.

The colour scheme for this unit was derived from a fantastic piece of lore in the book Wolf King, were the Rune Priest Kva is protected by a bodyguard of two warriors clad in bone-white armour etched with runes. Nullificators were the perfect opportunity to bring this concept to the table.

Extracts from Wolf King, by Chris Wraight;

‘The first two down the ramp were warriors in bone-white Mark II Legion armour, the overlapping plates covered in black-inked runes. They bore images of Morkai on their breastplates and carried long-handled, single-bladed axes the length of force halberds.’

‘One of the Runewatchers raised his axe, ready to bring it down across the warrior’s neck.’

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Gothi (Primus-Nullificators)

With the increase in uncontrollable occurrences of Daemonic incursion across the galaxy, and the unimaginable threat they posed, the Jarls of the Rout turned to their Rune Casters for solutions. The Rune Priests employed their wisdom of arcane and superstitious means to counter the little-understood threat. So, it came to pass that the Gothi of the Vlka Fenryka focussed their attentions on the combat of maleficarum in all its abhorrent forms, delving more deeply than they had previously dared into the wellsprings of their power in hope of salvation. But the Priests of Fenris stood not alone, for in other Legions, psychically gifted pioneers sanctioned research into esoteric artefacts and weapons, and openly sought prohibited lore in the hope that it would provide wisdom capable of combatting the galaxy’s intangible horrors.

These commanders, who would be later codified as first among the Nullificators, forged an example that would be adopted across all the loyal legions. Thus, the rank of Primus Nullificator was born, albeit terminology that would never be adopted by the Sixth Legion, making no visible distinction between their Rune Priests.

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WIP Nullificator Squad

A dedicated unit to accompany the legion’s Rune Priests in to battle against the daemonic hordes. They stand apart from their warrior brethren, and will form a part of the mystic-heart of the Vlka Fenryka.

Keen to give them an identity, a wolf skull (the symbol most frequently associated with the cult of morkai) was added to the breast plate.

Developed around the standard core of plastic cataphractii, the mauls are from the forge world upgrade kit and work well as aether-shock mauls. The flamers were a little more challenging, based on a heavy flamer, with a barrel/nozzle removed an the lower half cut down, then enhanced with an additional tank (magazine from a combi-bolter) and some custom greenstuff cabling for a more rugged feel.

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Legion Terminators; Modinsson’s Pack

Lead my the indomitable Kettril Modinsson, pack leader of Jarl Redblade’s Wolf Guard, and second to Thegn Einar. The Varagyr of Sepp Company are blood thirsty and relentless in their prosecution of their foes, even my Astartes’ standards. Even by sixth legion standards. They carry the reputation of their liege, embodying the epitaph of ‘headsmen’.

Armoured in variant Tartaros pattern tactical dreadnought armour, and sporting a variety of weapons, the Terminators of Sepp Company are capable of taking on armour and infantry alike.

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Einar ‘the thrice slain’ Sepp Company Herald

Einherjar to Hvarl Redblade and leader of the Jarl’s Wolf Guard, Einar is a warrior of kindred spirit to his Lord. Where some Jarl’s pick advisers to counter them and provide  contrast in their counsel, Redblade chose Einar for his ferocity and blood thirsty nature that echos his own.

Einar’s deed-name as earned during the Wheel of Fire, where he was believed dead and lost three times and yet returned. The first, defeated in combat by a mighty Greenskin and left for dead, only to be found breathing when his body was recovered by the flesh-makers. The second, his stormbird shot down and lost with all hands, but later accounted for in the thick of the fighting on the planet’s surface. The third, crushed below the foot of an Ork war machine in final days of the war, surviving his injuries and recovering over several years of the Priest’s administrations.

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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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