Monday, 17 November 2014

Vlka Fenryka - The Fournival

This is where it gets controversial. Where I will be publishing fragments of whole. I decided to do it anyway, because I will be painting one or two models at a time and I think people will enjoy seeing steady updates. It won't be until Christmas when I would have had the first full squad of models to share and be able to share the full vision as intended.

Finished now are Iron Priest in Terminator Armor, carrying a massive rotator cannon, and the first Wulfen, with a thunder hammer and storm shield. They are first two of in total 10 wolf guard terminator rules using models that form the bulk of the army and study and push the boundaries between a Sky Warrior and the Canis Helix gone rogue and millennia in the Eye of Terror.





16 comments:

  1. Really nice conversions there mate!

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  2. Migs, these are just so good.

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  3. As you add more and more 13th to Vlka Fenryka your vision of a band of brothers shrouded in frost comes alive!

    They are ***** awesome!

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    1. I think so too, 3 or 4 models more and the gist of it should be pretty robust. Thanks :)

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  4. Hmm, this is complicated for me, but I'll try to make it as concise as I can:

    I hope you won't take this the wrong way, but I've held off on commenting for a while there, because I somehow wasn't as blown away by the first models as the rest of the commenters here and elsewhere. There's also the possibility that I just didn't "get it", of course. That said, with these latest additions to the project, it feels like I am slowly beginning to see what you are trying to do here: I cannot quite explain it, but the ensemble of the models completed so far speaks more to me than any of the single individuals has: They have a rather beatiful dynamic going as a group, and the effectiveness of your colour choices is beginning to sink in. The models taken together are more than the sum of the respective parts, so to speak -- does that make sense? At least, that's what it feels like to me.

    My one minor gripe is that the Iron Priest doesn't really read as an Iron Priest to me, but rather as some kind of Mechanicus operative or chapter thrall -- but that may just be me. And you did say it was going to get controversial, so yeah. Any chance of a closer look at the Wulfen, though? He's looking rad, as far as I can tell!

    It'll be fascinating to follow this project, no doubt. I may not love all of it as much as most of your readers. But never a dull moment, that much is for sure! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. That does sound complicated. What would it mean to take it the wrong way? Isn't it a bit given that some people always like different things more than others? And that is okay! And the stronger the divide, the more original and interesting the work usually is. And thus I will go on just as happily with out you loving it as much as somebody else :)

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  5. I think you've really outdone yourself in the painting of the models, there's a tremendous depth to the colours. I'll second what others have said about them being much stronger as a group than as individual pieces. Personally, I feel that more effort could have been made about hiding the origins of the Balewolf model, but it's less of an issue in the context of the other miniatures. The red robes of the Iron Priest reminds me of Stefan's beautiful 'Odin retinue', was that an intentional reference?

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    1. Cheers. I think People, products, miniatures, trees and most things are stronger as a group. I do how ever think these models, particularly the Lords are really strong individual pieces. Even the first one really set the tone alone, established a lot of the visuals and had a big impact on many extremely talented modelers and one legendary artist. It's been fascinating and rewarding to read the feedback through the first four. It often really seems to be trending, and people pick on previous comments and reinforce them with their own interpretations to slightly different directions.

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  6. Really dig the new iron priest - he looks suitably enigmatic for a mechanicus affiliated marine who´s spent thousands of years in the warp.
    My only gripe is the rather ostentatious wolf ornament on his autocannon... That bit is just not a very good sculpt. Perhaps one could replace it with a tilt shield or something?

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    1. Thanks. And yes, totally agree, I thought I could get away with it matching it with the shoulder guard that also has similar style emblem. But I think I need to find a replacement! In the fluff, the Iron Priests spend time finishing their training on Mars, and there will be a few of them in the army and many of their constructs, and I definitely want to study that junction between Mechanicus and Fenris, and do something different than that classic helmet every Iron Priest model since the dawn of time seems to have.

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  7. For me this project resonates within me. You've hit a nerve here within the northerner in me and for that I thank you :)

    I'm also very curious to see more of the wulfen so do give us some better angles mate ;) the Iron priest is also very good. He's in one way alien compared to his brethren and that is suiting in regards to his Martian training.

    Regards,
    Tommy

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  8. This is insanity! Beautiful work!

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