“Ber er hver að baki nema sér bróður eigi.”
One’s back is vulnerable, unless one has a brother.
A Viking truism.
A pack of elemental, engineered executioners, the color of granite and thunder clouds. The Sky Warriors of Fenris.
Tomorrow is the grand finale of the Invitational, and we have a very special surprise ready for it. It has been an absolute joy to see and share all the amazing work and it feels good to finally share my entry. Two talented laggards will be featured at a later date.
This is how I imagine the Vlka Fenryka, a labour of love, a force of nature so singular that trying to do Inquisitors at this moment in time was not going to fly. At the same time, the Invitational required something special and peer pressure was considerable. What could I do that was special, in this this league of extraordinary modelers, with my own project already so full of Primarchtastic conversions?
I decided to go to the beginning. Back to basics. Humble warriors. A man, a marine and a dreadnought. A Kaerl, a Sky Warrior and a Living Legend of Fenrys. Or Ranulf, Called Mastodon, Ancient; Thorwald Wintrmaw, The Grey hunter; Unknown Kaerl and a Thunder Wolf for flavor.
Nothing special, just the heart of the project, the heart of Astartes Imagery. Grey, weather beaten, cold, with a spot of blood.
The whole idea of the Invitational was to pick three (or more) models and base them on three different base sizes, and this trio proved a good way to showcase that variety in scale, presence and storytelling. The new 32mm bases are such an elegant solution for True Scale marines, and in my Vlka Fenryka army all 3+save models get them. Some of the Wulfen are in power armor, but far more resilient and powerful than regular Sky Warriors, have 40mm bases and count as Terminators. (I’ve included a B&W comparison picture with a regular GW marine sandwiched between my Grey Hunter and a Fenrysian Kaerl)
Each model was an opportunity to hone and explore, stretch the palette. I had some specific goals.
- Introduce and explore new metallics. Gold, Brass and heat or exhaust weathered alloys. Overall I am super excited about the metallics in this project, but up to this date they have been a little monotone with the exception of a hero’s sword or so. I wanted to really understand where these brilliant Scale 75 metallics can go with inks. I still found a use for GW mithril, but overall the Scale 75 are hands down the best metallic paints I’ve ever used and much credit goes to that asset.
- Fine tune the skin tone. You guys saw the daylight photos recently and have a better understanding of the shade. I’ve further improved it with very subtle purple washes, and refined the way I paint hair and beard. Thorwald’s face is the best face I’ve ever painted I think. For the entire project, I’ve used Scale 75 skin paints only.
- Establish an approach for vehicles. Basically see how the scheme scales up and what adjustments need to be made. I’ve used airbrush as much more of a zenith highlight tool, but aiming for realism. I think a lot of it is lost in the photos because the direction of light is the same as the highlights (obviously) and thus it all blends in, but is very powerful in real life.
- finally I wanted to explore the oils a little more and largely painted the fur of the wolf with oil paints, and am encouraged. Very smooth, velvety finish. I will use this on all the wolves.
Thorwald Wintrmaw, The Grey hunter
Ranulf, Called Mastodon, Ancient
One can dream…