Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators WIP 07

With the arrival of chain axes from Forge World the Varagy are nearly there, just awaiting some chain sword arms now. The proportions of these axes are so much better than those used previously, not just in that the hands scale better with the armour but the scale of the weapon itself.

Until Next Winter…

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Aurvandil Manisson ‘the lunar wolf’, Caster of Runes

A rune priest of unpredictable temperament and prone to fits of insane unintelligible chanting in a language unknown to the minds of mortal men, Manisson is however a talented scryer and soothsayer, known for his un-waveringly accurate predictions and forewarning riddles.

Manisson is known as the ‘Lunar Wolf’ among the Rout for two reasons, firstly because of his close ties with the Sons of Horus during the Great Crusade, serving alongside their Legion in the wars of compliance, and secondly as he has been found on more than one occasion out on the snows of Asaheim, ill dressed for the weather and bellowing at the Moon. It is Manisson’s firm belief that the Moon harbours a dark spirit that stalks his sleep and troubles his dreams.

Until Next Winter…

Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators WIP 06

Revisiting the WIP progress Varagyr Terminators and considering their ‘in-game’ application both squads are receiving updated weapon loadouts and increased numbers. This beings with the addition of four further Varagyr Terminators.

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The four additional Varagyr have should pauldrons modeled to match those in Inferno, Book VII, by Forge World. The spikes (kindly given to me by another) are from the Slaanesh Greater Daemon by Forge World. The spikes have been added to each pad in threes. Top knots to match the Visions of Heresy artwork have been obtained, through the careful cutting of ork heads.

Frost Claws have been created by clipping the talons from the plastic claw supplied with Geigor Fell-Hand and used to replace those on the lightning claws. Additionally the leather pteruges have been trimmed to form a base for greenstuff fur.

The four additional terminators are equipped with chain fists, frost claws and heavy weapons to bring greater flexibility to the proposed squads. The Reaper Autocannon and Heavy flamer each having their merits.

The four additions compliment the previously constructed Varagyr, increasing each squad to number seven models.Those without weapons below will be equipped with Frost Axes and Frost Blades in due course.

The axes and swords previously used on the models, as seen on earlier Varagyr posts have been removed as better options have been found and will be shown in future posts.

One of the Varagyr Thegns has been equipped with a particularly fine Thunder Hammer, taken from the Limited Edition Cataphractii Praetor.

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Until Next Winter…

Thegn Brodya Iron-Bane, Claw Leader

Thegn and Claw Leader in Hvarl Red-Blade’s Great Company, Brodya Iron-Bane is a headstrong warrior and the very epitome of ferocity in war. A tank hunter through and through the Thegn is known for near reckless charges against enemy armour and walkers alike. It is this ceaseless pursuit of armoured foes that earned Brodya his deed name of ‘Iron-Bane’.

A chosen warrior of Hvarl Red-Blade’s war-counsel, Brodya is an example of balance in conflicting views, his violent and impulsive outbursts are the polar opposite of Thegn Sveric Vyardsson’s measured advice.

Until Next Winter…

Fire Raptor ‘Valkarid’s Shadow’, 6th Legion

Valkarid’s Shadow, as translated into low gothic, is a Fire Raptor Gunship of the Sixth Legion and has seen war with the Rout on many worlds. In fenrisian mythology the Valkarid are daemon-like beings that stalk the battlefields and take those found wanting to the underverse, doomed to a eternity of suffering.

The Fire Raptor Gunship is a specialised variant of the Storm Eagle known to have its origins in the Imperium’s dim and distant past. The vehicle is configured to maximise ammunition stowage in order to feed the voracious appetite of its numerous weapons and this is achieved by sacrificing the Storm Eagle’s transport capacity.

Until Next Winter…

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…

 

Hvarl Red-Blade’s Huscarls, Varagyr Command.

Hvarl Red-Blade treads the battlefield in the company of his Varagyr elite, terminator amour clad Huscarls of formidable reputation, head takers and bloodied warriors all.

 

Rethel, Birgun, Ulric, Bjornsson and Osiric all born of Fenris and proven champions of the rout, bloody and unyielding sagas shadow their footsteps, footsteps that bring with them the promise of unrelenting sanction and death to the All Farther’s foes. If Hvarl Red-Blade’s saga is one of fear and overkill his Huscarl’s each boast deeds as bloody and uncompromising.

The Tartaros Terminators of Hvarl’s Command Squad have been equipped with a selection of weapons including a Power Fist, Chain Fist, 3 Lightning Claws, Plasma Blaster and 4 Combi-Bolters. The Terminators have added pelts, trinkets and fetishes and a more lavish use of bronze and brass to make them stand out against the Legion Terminator Squads.

Until Next Winter…