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I’ve been play testing some wolf lord builds and I have been very happy with the Storm Shield and Wolf Claw combo in power armor. The 4 or 5 claw attacks at I5 have proven effective at chewing down enemies before they get a chance to strike, and the 3+ invulnerable has helped him survive those that are left. So far he’s chewed through more than enough to justify his cost. At 150 points I think he’s well worth it. When I’m squeezed for points I can field him as the cheaper, if slightly less effective, Battle Leader. When I’ve got some extra points I can upgrade him with runic armor and a saga. I magnetized his back pack so I can give him a jump pack when I want him to join my blood claws and wolf priest. On to the model:
As the Reavers live on a space hulk I imagine they’ve had plenty of encounters with genestealers and possibly other ‘nid creatures. I also play a lot of games against a friend who plays Tyranids. So I wanted to give my wolf lord a claw with blades carved from scything talons and adorned with some tyranid plate. It’s a battle trophy that helps him gather more battle trophies! I started out with a plasma pistol hand. I removed the pistol and bulked up the hand with some styrene sheet. I carved the talons from styrene rod and glued them in place, then added the tyranid plate to the back. Finally, I filled in the details with some green stuff:
I also wanted him to have a different shield than the one that comes with the kit. I took one from the Dark Elf Cold One Knights box (that I bought to use as Thunderwolf Mounts) and started bulking it up with green stuff. I attached it to a chainsword arm to create a pose that looks like he’s deflecting a blow or delivering one with the shield. The shield is bladed along the bottom so I envision him using it as a power weapon as much as a defensive weapon. As you can see I’ve used bits from a couple of kits for the rest of him:
I’m happy with him so far. The shield still needs some work to look like a storm shield and I’m planning to add some runes/plating to his armor.