Spartan Heavy Assault Tank(s)

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!

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Armoured Support WIP 01

Decided to up the armoured transport count, two Spartans and a Land Raider to bolster the rout’s formidable advance.

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Note: one of these is a actually a much required re-paint of the spartan already pictured earlier in the project log.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators WIP 01

With little more than rumours on when and what the Forge World Varagyr Wolf Guard Terminators will be a plan has been put together to create a squad of five until some official models are released.First up the Aesthetic… the Varagyr are fortunate enough to get a beautiful graphic in Inferno (Book VII from Forge World) showing their decorated cataphractii plate, draped wolf pelt and spiked shoulder pauldrons.

17015064_10154788064290865_1228480413_oThe spiked shoulder pauldrons have given the perfect excuse to purchase some Sons of Horus Justaerin Terminators to use as the basis for the squad, an idea that has been heavily stoked by the fantastic work of all the hobbyists in the 30k Space Wolves facebook group. The spiked Sons of Horus gear fits in nicely with the Deathsworn conversions from the Reaver kit too.

So the plan is to use the Justaerin legs, arms and shoulder pauldons with the plastic cataphractii torsos to keep the aesthetic more in line with the graphic (the Justaerin Torsos are too much of a divergence for the design intent).

Torso’s have been clipped out to better hold bare heads from the space wolves upgrade sprue. To better give the terminator squad character and help it stand out from Legion Terminator squads on the battlefield, all the models have been given bare heads.

The squad leader, a Varagyr Thegn (same rank as a centurion/claw leader) has been built around the Calth Terminator Character as a base. The model had been intended for a different use in the legion, but with some careful conversion work has been purposed with leading the Varagyr.

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The original model’s head, arms, leather pteruges and left sub-shoulder pauldron have been removed and the cloak thinned as it was very broad. One arm war reposed to hold the raised Frost Axe and a resin cataphactii arm was added to hold the Frost Blade. Greenstuff fur was added with a pelt over the cloak to the model’s back. The warrior was also given hair and his beard filled out.

Design note: the legion building so far has only used chain-blade type weaponry for those with an increased in-game Strength characteristic, chain fists, frost blades, frost swords, etc… this aesthetic is being carried through as an easy visual indicator for WYSIWYG gaming.

Shoulder pauldrons will follow once the Justaerin kit arrives. The Thegn’s base has a dead marine on it, his armour rent open by chain weaponry, suitably telling for the model’s pose and character.

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Arn Thorvard, ‘Castle Breaker’, Lord of the Void Hunters

A leviathan of ancient providence among the legion, Arn Thorvard was a Terran warrior of the Rout known for his aptitude in void combat. Broken beyond repair fighting in the Dulan Campaign, Thorvard was committed to torture and life support of a dreadnought sarcophagus.

In his proto-death state, Arn Thorvard serves alongside Hvarl Red-Blade and the Fourth Great Company, a walking tank and bringer of ruin.

 

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