Archive: Space Wolf Dreadnoughts and Stormwolf

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Two very wolfy dreadnoughts, one from Forgeworld, painted sometime in 2011, I think, and the other early 2015, after it was released. The axe and shield dreadnought, as well as the Stormwolf, reignited my interest in the Space Wolves (and delayed my Ork painting effort).

The close-combat dread is good fun on the tabletop as well, running him fearlessly forward with his big shield. The other dreadnought I’ve never fielded, his role thus far has been purely decorative – the saga written on his banner recounts deeds before my time.

Finally the Stormwolf. I really like the design of this thing. It wreaks havoc on the table top as well.

That’s it for the Space Wolves! I also have a Skyclaw squad I might expand on soon, while a Wulfen squad is likely too sometime in the next few months.

Archive: Thunderwolves

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The concept of Thunderwolves is ridiculous, but they do make for some very nice minis. And they can cause a lot of damage on the table top too. I only fielded my full unit of 5, plus Battle Leader, on one occasion and they were unstoppable, giving me a rare and welcome victory!

The first three I built were solely from the Thunderwolves box, while the last two (and the Battle Leader in my previous post) included bits from the Space Wolves upgrade sprue and the Krom sprue. Krom’s head can be found here, disguised in blonde. Bits from the Krom sprue ended up on four different models in the end.

Posing these models is quite fun. The guy with the hammer is a favorite – is he about to savagely strike down a foe with it, or, left with no other option, is he going for his own wolf’s head, in a desperate attempt to dismount?

Archive: Space Wolf Runepriests

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Runepriests! Lime green representing psychic power obviously.

There’s classic Njal and classic standard Runepriest. After using the standard Runepriest in a battle, I felt I needed to get him closer to the action, so I built one on a bike. I think he looks fairly badass, I used parts from the Stormwolf and dreadnought kits. He did get closer to the action having a bike, but died very quickly. Njal is yet to win a place on the team, but I think he’ll get a run in the next game.

Archive: Space Wolf Troops

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The loyal troops of Sven Bloodhowl! Just imagine all the bellowing!

I painted about a third of what’s here in late 2010. About half I bought on a trip overseas in 2012 and painted when I was unemployed in the middle of 2014. That was a slightly stressful time, but I did get a lot of painting done…..  the rest I painted in early 2015.

I liked the idea of the Wolf Guard leading the squads and I put a bit of kit-bashing and extra-bling on just about all of them. The one with the combi-flamer and belt-slung power fist I especially like, (can you hang a power fist off your belt?)

The Terminators were done early 2015, and are not technically finished. They’re not part of Sven’s company, but part of Logan Grimnar’s, hence the black shoulders; I still need some white transfers for the Champions of Fenris icon, it’s perhaps too difficult to freehand. My favourites here are the hammer and shield ones, I have a thing for the peeking-over-the-shield pose.

Next up are the unit of Swiftclaws, which are unremarkable except for the little conversion I did on the Wolfguard. I wanted to give him a combi-melta and a power fist, but also wanted to reconcile his equipment with his ability to pilot a motorcycle. So I had him pulled-up, with his weapon drawn using his driving arm (you can drive motorbikes with one hand in the 41st millennium).

For the rest of the infantry, I’ve posted group photos with a few favourites getting their own close-ups.

Long fangs:

Blood Claws:

Grey Hunters:

If you’ve gotten this far into the post, well I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the army! Let me know what you think. I still have Dreadnoughts, a Stormwolf and a Thunderwolf unit to present.

Archive: Space Wolf Lords

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I started my Space Wolf army in 2010 and have been slowly building them up ever since, stopping and starting, until last year, when I started to take them onto the tabletop as an army. I have around 2500 pts worth, but I’ll start at the top and present the Lords and Battle Leaders.

I chose the Company of Sven Bloodhowl, back when little mention was made of him in any of the fluff, other than his symbol, his pyromaniacal streak and his etching and tattooing of his deeds on his armour and skin.

Here is my attempt at modelling him back in 2012. I remember spending a long time posing him, trying to get him peering through the notch on his shield:

There was a short mention of him wielding a thunderhammer in the previous codex. I also sought out the legs from the Blood Angels Death Company sprue, the ones with the long parchment, whereupon Sven indulges his narcissistic urges. His backpack with the upturned wolfheads was gifted to me by a work colleague who collected Space Wolves in the early nineties. I was going to paint flames on his cloak, but just went with straight orange. Early on, with my Grey Hunters, I’d tried painting tattoos on the faces and heads, but it looked awful (I thought) and I contented myself with the idea they tattooed their bodies underneath their armour.

I redid Sven when the Krom Dragongaze miniature was released, with the Stormclaw box set of August 2014. This time I wanted him to have a jump pack and something that would pass as the Fangsword of the Ice-Wolf, a relic in the new codex. Bits from the Krom sprue ended up in three of the models in the first image.

This was still pre-Companies of Fenris, which introduced new fluff for Sven. I used the same head, figuring this was his armament for more mobile operations, or at another time in his history. My attempt at a wolftooth-sword glowing with blue-green energy didn’t quite come off.

The other two models here are Battle Leaders. The guy on foot with frost axe and shield, I made as somewhat of an afterthought, not knowing what to do with the axe from the Krom sprue. In the end, I quite like him, he looks old and weary, but still determined to do his duty.

The final model, on Thunderwolf, is more recent, and results mostly from my wanting to make whatever use I could of the Space Wolves upgrade sprue. I think the posing of this is great. I decided to try to paint a white wolf, and then to paint the fur on the Battle leader the same colour, hinting at the back story of the model.

(still needs some grass on the base…..)

The Space Wolves remain a favourite for me; they’re the most complete army I have. I thought I’d finished them off after the Stormwolf and Dreadnought release last year, but I think I have to add a pack of Wulfen at some point.

Also, I’m vaguely uncomfortable with having my Wolf Lord slightly at odds with the official fluff. I say that my guys are modeled at a different point in Sven’s history. But I still want to make one more iteration of him, in line with the “official” version, but perhaps based on the new Ulrik the Slayer model and the Assault squad box. There are also his jump pack Wolf Guard, which would make a fun project. Perhaps later in the year!

Showcase: Ork Gorkanaut!

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The Gorkanaut has been finished! I got this from my brother for Christmas last year and worked on it on and off for the past 2-3 months. It’s a great model to paint, with lots of dents, rivets and exposed wiring to pick out.

My Ork walker contingent is done (I think), here are some group photos, with the 6 Kans and Deff Dred. So scary!

 

In other work-in-progress news, I bought the new Space Marine Heroes box, for various Space Wolf and Exsanguinator kitbashing ideas I have, and I also picked up an out-of-production Harlequin Shadowseer, the first member of the Masque of the Reaper’s Mirth…..

Showcase: Ork Killa Kanz

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Killa Kanz! These are the second batch of three I’ve painted. I played more with the posing this time, having the two armed with Skorchas stomping forward. I think they look great!

Very fun, quick and easy to paint. I wish I’d been a bit more adventurous with the previous three. The total of six Kanz, along with the Deff Dred can be seen below.

Also, I’ve almost finished the Gorkanaut. I’m very keen to post a photo of the entire Ork walker force. That should be in the next few days.

I set up a little studio to take these photos and I think they came up nicely. I decided to dig out a few of my Space Wolves to photograph and they came up nicely as well. An hour later I’d photographed the entire army! Very impressed with my ZTE Blade 6. I’ve been enjoying updating this blog, especially the photography side of it. I’m looking forward to doing a few Archive: Space Wolves posts over the next few weeks.