Welcome to Iron Sleet, among many incredible projects, this is also the home of the Hunter Pack and the Return of the 13th.
The Vlka Fenryka
“The voice of Russ was the loudest of all, [Text lost] but Guilliman and Dorn gainsaid his counsel. To enter the Occularis Terribilis would bring disorder on the surviving Legions, they said, leaving Man vulnerable to both the xenite and apostate. It is said that Russ, as was often the way, took his own counsel and sent forth the Wulfen to hunt down Abaddon and his followers. Others say that the Thirteenth Great Company pursued the heretics of their own accord, as hounds at the chase who heed not the calls of their huntsman. Others still maintain that the Wulfen had been tainted by the Dark Gods and were summoned by their call to join the Traitor Legions in the netherworld”
Like so many of you, I’ve always been captivated by the god warrior Astartes, and over the years two Legions have captured my attention like no others. The clandestine special operatives of the XX and the hunter executioners of the VI. This is a return to my first love, the Space Wolves. You will notice a common theme with the Alpha Legion. Misunderstood heroes, hated but loyal to death and incredibly resourceful. The Space Wolves were the Emperor’s sanction and the 13th company the kill shot. So imagine the bravest, the most dedicated, those who paid the heaviest price of the VI Legion, Adpetus Astartes, Vlka Fenryka. A Warrior band of individual heroes and hounds, in pursuit in to the warp 10 millenia ago to hunt down Magnus and the rest of the heretic Primarchs. What would happen if they returned? With a very particular head in a very special box?
I’ve set out to create a beautiful collection of models, an exquisite set of conversions and hyper realistic, but moody paint jobs. A big part of my personality is to keep challenging, re-defining and learning with everything I do.
So what makes the Vlka Fenryka a new challenge from the XX Legion?
I’ve gone from a white undercoat and water painterly style developed for them to Black undercoat, airbrush, oils, zenith light and custom gloss levels. Think about it. Going from almost no highlights applied to almost no shading applied, while hopefully maintaining what makes my miniatures recognizably mine. XX Legion fought in moonlight, these have stepped out from the warp on the ruin of the 41st Millennium – I want you to taste the grit, gore and dust.
On the conversion side, I’ve kept my ongoing mission of scale, just a whole new level of scale (beyond what the insanity that was and is Legion). I finally get to go nuts on Forge World resin, and most importantly utilize the breathtaking Primarch models. Both of which I painstakingly avoided with XX Legion’s plastic only goal. There’s something to be said about the power of restrictions, and equally letting go once you’ve built the stamina and skills in a given area. I want to make XX Legion look crude in comparison, and Space Wolves built out of the box look like toys.
I feel almost like a movie director might, or so I’d imagine. The kind who writes his own stuff and shoots it too. Different pieces are coming together. Ideas need to be evaluated on a whole new level. Not just that a good idea is great, it needs to be the RIGHT idea. Something that enhances everything else in the “army”. I’m hand picking key drivers from Abnett’s Prospero Burns and Emperor’s gift by Dembski-Bowden, together with each and every edition of the Space Wolves codex.
The advent of this new Blog and getting to collaborate with two other miniature artists I admire so much is a very special reward. And I’ve saved a very special new model for this launch.
Without further ado, welcome and pleased to introduce Vosla Helclaw, called Slayer, called Threadtaker, Called Hjolda, 1st Scout. The Wolf responsible for the head in the box.