Forge World Preview: Varagyr Terminator & Future Kits

Had the absolute pleasure of attending the Forge World Studio Open Day today, great to catch up with the designers and see some of the fantastic new kits coming out… it’s a shame the space wolves offerings aren’t among them.

Had a lengthy chat with Rob MacFarlane the sculpter and designer for the Space Wolves Legion, he has confirmed the following releases:

  • Varagyr Terminators (full kit of 5)
  • Deathsworn (full kit of 5)
  • Praetor
  • Hvarl Red-Blade
  • Grey Slayer Upgrade kits, potentially five different kits with mixed weapon options.

No mention of Priests.

Rob had a singular Varagyr Terminator with him today:

 

This is a 3D print of a model which is essentially complete. I personally am not keen. I think the model has a lot of very strong positive elements, love the lower grieves in the style of Russ’ and the furs mimic those i have done on my Varagyr conversions, love the top knot and the concept of the knot-work… However the head position, and model posture is terrible, the coarseness of the detailing, particularly the hair, fur and knot-work is not to my tastes and reminds me of 80’s comic barbarians.

The concept art for the Space Wolves Terminators is rich and plentiful:

I hope that the final models will look better than this, but i am not hopeful, likewise i hope that the Deathsworn, Hvarl and other kits are to a finer quality.

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…

 

Terminator Priest of Fenris: Speaker of the Dead WIP 02

The Speaker of the Dead has been equipped with a Great Frost Blade.

The blade has been carefully built from a two handed heavy chain sword, the guard has been lengthened using parts from a second heavy chain sword, the hands, arms and the actual grip of the sword are from the Ltd Ed Praetor tribune, albeit shortened in length to suit the modified guard and the spacing of the hands. The arms have been trimmed at the shoulder to fit the modified torso and the Tartaros shoulder guards carefully filed back.

The arms have been topped with Cataphractii lower-pauldrons, the upper pouldron will sit over these. The arm joint has been filed in with sculpted fur in lieu of leather pteruges.

A volkite charger has been added to his belt, using a handle and chains from Geigor’s boltgun. This has been complimented with a wolf pelt claw, also from Geigor.

Until Next Winter…

Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators WIP 05

Progress continues on the Varagyr Terminators, aiming to have two squads operational within the not too distant future.

Built a second Thegn to lead the second squad, again armed with a Frost Axe and Frost Sword.

To keep some versatility within the squads, each will have a singular Cataphract wielding a Chain Fist and Frost Claw, bringing some anti-tank ability and the option for at initiative re-rolls.

Until Next Winter…

Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators WIP 04

Building in options, as well as increasing the Varagyr to a ten model squad, has produced the combination of Chain Fist and Frost Claw. The Frost claw is a standard Cataphractii lightning claw with the talons removed and replaced with those from Geigor’s claw to make them distinctive from other lightning claws.

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The remaining four squad members should follow shortly.

Until Next Winter…

Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators WIP 03

Minus a little tidying up and some attention to joints with liquid Green-Stuff the first five Varagyr Terminators are complete.

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Like the former three, the latest two Varagyr to be finished have Frost Axes and Frost Swords, furs cover the leather pteruges and an assortment of totems and trinkets to adorn their armour.

The shoulder pads have been made using plain cataphractii shoulder pads, then details added, the legion wolves heads have been carefully cut from resin space wolf shoulder pads.

Until Next Winter…

Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators WIP 02

Progress continues on the Varagyr Terminators, with three (of the intended five model squad) nearing completion.

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The Thegn pack leader has shoulder pauldrons added, complete with a rune/text inscribed detail from the Forge World space wolves terminator upgrade set. The detail was carefully cut from resin components and glued into place.

Two Varagyr have been assembled with Frost Swords and Frost Axes, the spiked Justaerin shoulder pauldrons combined with the spiked legs really gives the models an inherent brutality. Subtle details have been cut from various plastic space wolves kits to adorn the belts where the eye of horus icons were removed.

Like the Thegn, greenstuff furs have been added to the underside of the pauldrons and the loin cloth of the terminators.

Until Next Winter…