Some projects, for some people at least, define an era and become irreplaceable imagery, forever tied to those days and timeless at the same time. In the early 2000s, several Space Wolves Golden Demon entries from my good friend Stefan ended up defining some very central and novel imagery for the Vlka Fenryka for a decade. It’s an utmost joy to hear Stefan and a few other legends think I’m doing the same currently with my new take on the Vlka Fenryka and an absolute thrill to be able to feature Stefan’s come back. We’ve known each other for 15 years, and this model has been more than decade in the making.
Kveld-Ulf, called Modi, 13th Wulfen Lord
This threesome belongs to a body of work more than a decade old. They are metal. Old school. They take as their point of departure my deep fascination with Nordic mythology grounded as it is in Nordic landscapes and weather. This, I think, makes it a fitting entry in the Invitational – Iron Sleet itself initiated by a group of mad Norsemen working with weather and atmosphere more than anything else.
I began working on the Wulfen Lord after returning home from UK Golden Demon in 2003. He was intended for the UK Golden Demon in 2004 but I never got around to finish him. Since then he has been lost for almost a decade, probably in the Æther. But a recent spark of imagination and new inspiration from Migsulas mind-blowing Vlka Fenryka on this very blog have resulted in the Wulfen Lord and his two Fenrisian wolves being finally found and finished.
In 2003 I had built my Space Wolf Lord and his personal entourage of Space Wolf Valkyries in true scale, dwarfing the normal size of standard marines, so I decided to go all in on scale on the Wulfen Lord. As such, he was built around a Demon Prince sculpted at the turn of the millennium by Juan Diaz. The original (metal!) model has been heavily converted by changing its pose and adding a large variety of sculpted elements like jewellery, totems, banners, cables, chains and drilled-out skulls. The areas where armour and fur have merged together were all sculpted to show that he, marked as he is by a flaw in his gene-seed and exposed to the perils of the warp for millennia, has mutated into a giant wolfman fused with his Astartes armour.
Apart from the remains of his personal belongings, like his out-of-use backpack, shields, family emblems and a selection of important battle trophies, he is also covered in wolf totems, tributes and seals marking him as the true warrior god he has become: One of the few who have fought alongside Russ himself.
In his right hand Kveld-Ulf holds aloof Urðr the wyrdstaff of his Primarch adorned as it is with pledges and seals of faith honouring the Alfather. Here he also carries the shield Svalinn, which depicts two wolves devouring each other – a symbol very fitting for a Space Wolf Astartes who has succumbed to the Mark of the Wulfen. Svalinn appear in some of the oldest legends of Fenris, dating back to the period before the coming of Russ, and it is said to be able to block out and devour even the sun:
hann stendr sólu fyrir,
skjöldr, skínanda goði;
björg ok brim,
ek veit, at brenna skulu,
ef hann fellr í frá.
In his left hand he wields the Lightning Claw Skofnung. It is told to be one of the sharpest weapons in the northern fells of Fenris, but also that the sun must never shine upon its blades or they will loose their sharpness. Despite having merged with his body Skofnung is one of the few parts of his original Astartes armour still fully recognisable.
Skrig, called Roaring Wolf, Wolf & Skygge, Seeker in the shadows, Servo Skull
Kveld-Ulf is accompanied by his two trusted wolves, which have loyally served their master for millennia in his hunt for the Alfather.
I decided to make the wolves emphasize the size of Kveld-Ulf by using different base sizes and thus utilize the idea behind the Invitational. While Skrig has been outfitted with a longrange Multi-Melta weapon (inspired in part by Neil101s excellent Envoys of Russ over at Opus Maius) all that remains of Skygge is its skull and wyrd, fixed in a handcrafted Servo Skull still heeding the call of its master. One wolf is loud and deadly, the other wolf silent and hidden.