Well, as I mentioned in my last post I’ve not managed to paint 2000 points of Reavers by the end of summer. I did manage to get 1850 by the Standish Standoff, and I’ve been happy with the performance of what I’ve got. I did struggle in the last game against Stealthy Stealth’s orks, but my shooting rolls were horrendous so I can’t really blame the list. I also made a couple of mistakes throughout the day but I came in 11th for battle points with two wins and a loss. Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve finished, as well as the Thunderwolf Cavalry I’m working on:
Here’s a close-up of Raemos, my counts-as-Bjorn, from the painting competition at the Standish Standoff. I like the way he came out but I may go back and add a bit of red to break up all that bare metal.
The Reavers’ space hulk does not have the expanses necessary for Thunderwolves to flourish, though they are able to maintain a number of the smaller wolves of Fenris. Fortunately the Niddhogg, like many space wolves, does have a number of other strange inhabitants. Among these are a the raptor-like lizards dubbed Thunderwyrm by the Reavers who ride them.
I wanted something a little different from the more commonly used Thunderwolf conversions so I’ve used the mounts from the Dark Elf Cold Ones Knights. I can imagine packs of these large beasts hunting the other mutant creatures through the half-lit depths of a space hulk and what ex-Space Wolf worth his salt wouldn’t at least consider trying to ride one? I intend to field them primarily as 2-3 man counter assault units but I can also upgrade one to an HQ with the other four as a unit to accompany him when I want more of a hammer unit. I’ve also assembled 10 Skyclaws and a Wolf Priest with jump pack, but I haven’t any pictures of them yet. Both these units fit the low-mech theme I’m aiming for and add some much needed mobility to a list that doesn’t have many actual transports. With the TWC, Wolf Priest, and Skyclaws I’ll be around 2500 points painted. I’ll post some pics as I finish these, but I’m calling the Summer Challenge concluded with a minor fail.