Varagyr, ‘The Wolf Guard’

The Varagyr are the chosen warriors of Leman Russ, hand-picked from his own Great Company to form his personal guard and close companions in war and council. To have attained such a rank and position, each has distinguished himself in battle many times over, and each has forged his own saga worth the telling.

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More so than any other of his sons they are the wolves of his pack, marked by the great beast pelt which adorns their armour, and to adopt this honour means more than simply to walk in the Wolf King’s shadow and lay down their lives for him if needs be, it means something much more. It means that at least for a time they have foregone the chance to lead their brothers in battle, to watch while others strike, to stand fast and not to seek out the glory of battle save when their lord commands. When such coldly withheld fury is unleashed however, it falls like a thunderbolt against the foe.

Armoured in mighty suits of Cataphractii pattern tactical dreadnought armour the Varagyr are nigh unstoppable force in battle. Wielding might chain axes with teeth forged from the very bones and rock of Fenris, the fury of their uncompromising assaults has become legend.

Design note: the weapons arms have been re-organised and poses changed on these Varagyr to differentiate them from the other pack. 

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Fire Raptor Gunship ‘Hrafnagud’

The Hrafnagud, translated in low-gothic means ‘Raven God’, and the Fire Raptor truely is a fearsome lord of the skies.

Favoured by the warriors of the Rout, the Fire Raptor Gunship is a close support aircraft armed with an incredible amount of fire power, capable of strafing the battlefield engaging armour and infantry alike.

Like the recently completed Spartans and Vindicator, the Fire Raptor has been finished in a muted colour scheme, epitomising the ‘storm grey’ of the Vlka Fenryka.

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Spartan Assault Tanks

An armoured transport of truly massive proportions, the Spartan is a heavy assault tank previously all but unknown outside of the revered Adeptus Astartes and the secretive Adeptus Mechanicus. The Spartan is a huge armoured conveyor whose purpose is to carry a large body of troops into the very heart of an enemy’s battle lines, weathering weapons fire that would be the death of any lesser vehicle. It is this very reason that the tank is favoured by the warriors and commanders of the Rout.

Its design bears clear connections with that of the mighty Land Raider, and its genius is such that the greater proportion of its interior space is given over to a transport capacity greater than any other Imperial vehicle save the super-heavy Gorgons – being capable of carrying twenty-five power armoured Astartes warriors into battle. It is, however, considerably faster on the battlefield thanks to potent reactor-driven motive drives, and it boasts an equally potent armament in the form of sponson-mounted quad lascannon batteries and secondary heavy bolters. If the tank is considered to be fearsome, its cargo is ever more deadly!

The spartans have been finished in the storm grey of the Vlka Fenryka, with iconography and details picked out in rich brasses and gold tones, representative of their role as transports for the Legion’s elite, the Varagyr.

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Legion Vindicator Siege Tank

The Vlka Fenryka favour these powerful assault tanks, mostly because the Vindicator’s principal armament is a heavy-calibre demolisher cannon capable of shattering fortifications and breaching the armour plates of tanks with equal ease. It is invaluable in urban warfare as it can blast and shunt its way through barricades and obstacles, enabling troops following behind free passage through streets that might have otherwise swiftly degenerated into kill zones.

The vindicator will support the three Grey Slayer packs as they advance, eliminating the largest threats to the infantry.

The vindicator colour scheme has the storm grey of the legion, complimented with a white ablative shield and red knotwork to match the Great Company colour scheme to which it is attached.

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Armoured Reinforcements WIP

With the majority of the infantry done on the re-imagined wolves, attention turned to providing them with some tanks and fire support. The decision on what to add was fairly straight forward. Keen to keep the Vlka Fenryka as a heavily infantry based force, tank choice was prioritised to those units that would either transport infantry or directly support the theme of a fast assault force.

A pair of spartans were required to transport the two terminator units, with no other vehicle being able to match their transport capacity and surety of delivery. These would form the core of the armoured force.

Next up was the selection of a vindicator (with demolisher cannon), this seemed like a good fit with the fast moving force, the tank is aggressive, short to mid range with its primary weapon and feels like a homage to the battering rams employed in ancient sieges.  I added heresy-era tank tracks by Extra Armour (https://extra-armour.com/).

The final choice was a Fire Raptor, a close support gunship to give direct fire support to the infantry and assault tanks. The fire raptor has some fairly large gaps that required filling (the next step).

All in all these four armoured support units will form the core of the vehicle support for the Vlka Fenryka. All brutal and aggressive units that put themselves in harms way to support the infantry.

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‘Best Loyalist Army’ – Legion of Peterborough

In June of last year the Legion of Peterborough held a fantastic Heresy event, ‘Blood & Steel: The Battle of Laernan Prime’ which consisted of a number of small centurion based games.

It was humbling and pleasing to get the peer vote from my fellow hobbyists for the ‘Best Loyalist Army’

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(re-sculpting all that Varagyr fur was clearly worth the effort)

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Jarl Skunnr, The White Wolf, The Bloodied Hunter. Lord of Sesc Company.

Jarl Skunnr, The White Wolf, The Bloodied Hunter. Lord of Sesc Company.

Known among Russ’ Einherja for his particularly direct manner, cutting to the heart of any debate or discussion like a spear through powdered snow. Skunnr is a great bear of an Astartes, rumoured to be one of the largest of their trans-human kind standing tall with Alexis Pollx of the Seventh Legion and Ezekiel Abaddon of the Sixteenth Legion. With this great size he carries a mountain of ferocity, suffering fools not at all his temper measures far shorter than that of his Great Frost Blade, it is said that Skunnr has killed warriors from his own Company in fits of rage, whether there is truth in this it is unclear, but upon questioned Skunnr simply looks on with a warriors’ predatory stare. It is said that Skunnr never forgets, grudges are held and blood debts paid without fail. It is perhaps because of this reputation for unrelenting pursuit that gained him the moniker of ‘The Bloodied Hunter’.

As Jarl of the Rout and master of a whole Great Company he is among thirteen such warriors, raised to be the war-chiefs of Russ’s great Legion. To attain such a rank one has to be a strategist, sharp of senses and with a honed mind for war and leadership. A Jarl has to be commander and inspiring leader, more so, he has to be this to several thousand trained trans-human killers, all must respect him. Skunnr is all of these things, his prowess at war as well known among the Rout as his stature.

A cold prospect, his age and experience give him a wisdom seldom seen among the Astartes, he is as much an truthsayer and broker of honesty among the Rout as he is a Jarl.

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