The recent release of Kill Team and the Fangs of Ulfrich pack finally convinced me to paint some Space Wolf Primaris marines for my five Reiver and one Grey Hunter (Counts as tactical marine) kill team.
The Fangs Of Ulfrich kit came with some nice Sector Mechanicus terrain and five Space Marine Reivers. The Reivers came as the standard Primaris Reivers kit without any Space Wolf bits or trinkets, which I was slightly disappointed with but I do have plenty of space wolf pieces laying around for customization.
For Azazel’s Technical August I took on the challenge of using green stuff modelling for the first time. I modeled a wolf pet for my pack leader/commander, and fur bits for shoulder pads and loin coverings. I used this guide from the blog From The Warp for sculpting the fur texture and leg shape, though I did not go as far as to make a mold. I very roughly sculpted the wolf head and I plan to pass of its squished malformed look to a poor taxidermy job.
For the basing, I tried three different snow techniques on top of my standard Woodland Scenics blended turf over sand base. The three methods were:
Army Painter brand Battlefield Snow: For two bases I sprinkled this product over PVA. I found the product was very coarse even after shaking the tub to get the finer particles to the top. It did not achieve the powdery settling snow look I was going for. When I try it again in future I will try mixing it with PVA before applying.
Citadel Valhallan Blizzard: This texture paint was initially very hard to apply but after shaking the pot and stirring with a toothpick to bring the moisture towards the top which allowed it spread nicely on the base. It resulted in a slushy looking snow that looks semi transparent in places. This is my favorite of the three techniques, though it is closely ties with the PVA and bicarb soda method.
PVA glue and Bicarb Soda: I used this method after seeing the nice powdery snow on Pandoras Bitz Box’s Beauty is Only Skin Deep – Norris thing. I decided to moisten the bicarb with PVA to get the slightly slushy snow look and hopefully avoid yellowing that I have heard can happen with this method. Overall I like this look very much and I definitely recommend it as an easier met hod that doesn’t require buying a special product.
So without any further ado, Meet my painted Kill Team!
“Sigrin Redbraid” The Pack Leader Specialist Reiver Sergeant
He climbed to the rank of leading his own Grey Hunter pack very quickly even for a new Primaris Astartes. What he lacks in experience he more than makes up for in battle cunning. Sigrin loves to boast about killing the wolf he wears with nothing but his smallest combat knife so as to preserve it’s pelt
“Valmar Ironfist” The Non-Specialist Jack-of-all Trades
Valmar is the second newest member of the pack. He has a deep hatred of necrons after his mentor Angvor Ironfist was slaughtered by them and his skin flayed and worn. He took on Angvors clan name, as he himself was an orphan with no other Fenresian name to bear. Once he has bartaken in the casks of celebratory mead he breaks his usual stony silence to sing the sagas of Angvor the Wisened
“Ovain Blackclaw” The Combat Specialist
Ovain is the newest member who idolizes his Wolf Lord Ragnar Blackmane. He has very lofy aspirations of one day becoming just as great. He is quick to anger and his brawling when still a Blood Claw led him to know his way around melee combat. Ovain will follow orders from his pack leader, however his mate-ship with his pack mates is fragile at best
“Gorin Thickvein” The Demolitions Specialist
Gorin is slightly more wisened that Ovain however he is quick to anger at his lack of discipline. It is not an uncommon sight to see the two of them brawling after Ovain refuses to see what Gorin believes to be reason. Sigrin will break up the brawls with chastising if they ever go to be far, but has also been known to bet with Selvan on the outcome
“Sangar Icefang” the Non-Specialist Adrenaline Junkie
Sangar is still learning fine art of small pack cohesive combat and will follow all orders without resistance or backtalk. Whenever planning is undertaken he will always ask to take any role that allow him to zip around with his Grapnel Launcher. he loves to drink with Valmar and hear the many sagas he has to tell, hoping to one day have his own tales to tell over shared mead
“Selvan Bonechiller” The Time-Grizzled Comms Specialist
Selvan can easily be perceived as a grumpy man. He holds resentment for missing out on the Primaris geneseed by a short 17 years and thus being dwarfed in height and pure bodily ability by the pack he guides. He spends most of his time with Sigrin exchanging wisdom and advice on leading there sometimes incorrigible pack mates.
Selvan has a variety of weapons that he has trained with until perfection in his long years. He sometimes tries to train the younger wolves in their use, but has little success getting them to relinquish their Gravnel launchers long enough to truly learn
Overall, I am very excited to play more with my Space Wolves in Kill Team and with out impending Codex release. They really feel like my own little guys and I am finding myself very attached to them.
If I had to pick my favorite parts of painting these models, it would be dry brushing the green stuff fur I textured myself and the success I had in painting their eyes.
Thank you very much for reading 😀