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.

Until Next Winter…

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Huscarls of the Wolf King. Legion Veterans.

Russ’s huscarls are the sixth legion veterans, warriors of true grit and mettle tested in the crucible of war. They are the Legion’s finest warriors and champions, making up the Varagyr or Wolf Guard.

Lead by the indomitable Brodr Halfdan, these legion veterans have proven their worth time and time again, escorting their King into battle as is their role and honour. Answering only to the Primarch, they stand apart from the Great Company’s hierarchy, for they are Russ’ sworn huscarls and wolf guard.

Until Next Winter…

Legion Veterans WIP

Within the composition of the army and creating rosters for games, the Primarch Leman Russ is proving to be a tricky character to field. While his battlefield role as an executioner of characters is clear, his placement within a roster is less clean cut. From a narrative perspective it seems logical to field him with Varagyr Terminators, although their lack of maneuverability and limitations on sweeping advance restrict Russ’ potential. Thus the role falls to the Legion Veterans (listed under Russ’ rules as representing his Wolf Guard), who have access to Warriors Mettle as a Legion specific optional upgrade. A rule that is unusable once Russ is attached to the unit. Thus the logical option to take for the Legion Veterans is ‘Weapon Masters’ raising the units Weapon Skill to 5, matching the Varagyr.

From a modelling perspective, the unit has been created from MkIII Iron Armour marines, combined with elements of the Grey Slayer Upgrade Kit and the Legion Upgrade Torsos. The axes are from the formally available MkIII weapons upgrades kit, trimmed to only have a single blade.

Until Next Winter…

Tartaros Command Squad WIP

With Hvarl Red-Blade previewed and added to the list of future acquisitions for the Rout, design and planning has commenced on a Tartaros command squad to accompany the Jarl. With the Cataphractii Varagyr’s aesthetic differing from the standard legion pattern and many of these design cues reflected within Hvarl’s Tartaros armour, it seems only fitting that the Tartaros Command Squad accompanying Hvarl should be equally representative.

Comparing the standard legion pattern of Tartaros Terminator Armour with Hvarl’s battle plate the following alterations are required;

  • Torso; the raised gorget is to be lowered and lined with a studded decorative plate.
  • Totems & Fetishes; The addition of rune stones, wolf tooth trinkets and similar decoration is required.
  • Leg Armour; Pyramid shaped molecular bonding studs are required on the shin armour.
  • Fur; the addition of wolf pelts and fur adornment.

These changes will help create a set of Tartaros Terminator armour that reflects the design cus of both the Varagyr and Hvarl Red-Blade.

 

Torso alterations

The gorget on the Tartaros torso was cut down and replaced with the arch from the Cataphractii plate, creating a lowered and suitably decorated gorget in the style of Hvarl’s.

 

Leg Armour

The legs were adorned with pyramid rivets (a one off gift from a friend), wolf skull decoration, strapped on with greenstuff and sculpted fur pteruges.

 

Totems and Decoration

The torso’s have been further enhanced with sculpted necklacess of wolves teeth and rune stones.

Studs were added to the shoulder pauldrons of those terminators that don’t have them on their leg armour.

Until Next Winter…

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. 

Until Next Winter…

Thegn/Claw Leader [Centurion] WIP01

Keen to develop a centurion around the core of a Varagyr model, work has commenced on a claw leader, a leader for the Varagyr Squads under Sesc Company’s Jarl. The model is designed to pay homage to a model that inspired my love of the Vlka Fenryka, a kitbash of the original metal Wolf Guard Terminator Sergeant with lightning claws and some additional accessories.

This model will echo that.

The base Varagyr model has had the fur removed with a dremel rotary tool, cleaned in preparation for new fur to be sculpted. The power pack has also be reduced in projection, cut back to allow the plastic pelt to sit at a more natural angle, all of this will be hidden on the final model.

Plastic lightning claws have been added and the Varagyr shoulder pauldrons cleaned up to fit over the plastic arms. Over this the arms of the pelt have been filed back an bent to fit naturally over the armoured plates.

The leather pteruges have been covered with sculpted with fur, matching the Varagyr model conversions. Likewise loin cloth fur and pelt has been completed in a matching manner.

Based to match the army the model is essentially complete.

Until Next Winter…