It has been an insane past couple of weeks. I’ve had a midterms week from hell to contend with, followed by seven days during which I was tasked with writing four different essays to the tune of 32 pages of tedious, boring writing. So, I’m sure you’ll understand why, at this point, even looking at a word processor is enough to make my stomach turn and my blood run cold. Nonetheless, I’m here to give you all an update on the status of my Deathwolves! (They were Firehowlers originally, but the Wulfen Edition Codex’s Deathwolf formation is infinitely cooler)
So far, I have two ‘Wolves in a stage that I would refer to as absolute completion: all edge highlights clean as I’d like them to be; all details filled in, highlighted, washed, etc; faces/helmets/weapons painted without need for a re-do. In addition to those Wolves, I’ve got around five that are “roughly” complete, with need of further highlighting, edge lining, or face painting. I’ve also got three wolves that I painted a couple years ago that I intend on using until I’ve painted superior models to replace them, despite the fact that they barely (if at all) match the painting style I have today.
Now that I’m finished with what might have been the most hectic week in my three years of college experience, I’m set to put some more models on my workbench and hammer them out! Right now, I’ve got somewhere between 10 and 15 Grey Hunters still in the sprue and three Thunderwolf Cavalry unglued, since I’m considering getting some fancy resin bases for my Thunderwolves and HQ. Additionally, I’ve finally decided on having two configurations for my primary Warlord, Feros ‘Grymvlk’ Wyvernbane: one configuration with him on foot and possessing a Combi-Plasma bolter (for higher-point games where I’ll run two Deathwolves formations in the Wolf Claw Strike Force detachment, with Harald Deathwolf as my Warlord), and another configuration with Feros on the back of a Thunderwolf, wielding the devastating Black Death.
I’m going to finish my 30 Grey Hunters before I even think about putting brush to my Thunderwolves and HQ choices, so that I get adequately used to blending with a wet palette, working with my new brushes, and thinning paints properly (I have an inordinate amount of trouble with this… Any advice?) before working on the models that will be the centerpieces of my entire army. Once I’ve completed literally everything on my workbench, I plan on rewarding myself by assembling and painting a Stormwolf Gunship. After that, I’ll just need a few Swiftclaw bikers and Long Fangs, and my army will be ready to kick heretic/xenos ass!
Army List(1650 pts)
The entire list fits under the “Wolf Claw Strike Force” Decurion-style detachment
Feros ‘Grymvlk’ Wyvernbane, Wolf Guard Battle Leader
As Co-Battle Leader of Harald Deathwolf’s Great Company, Feros Wyvernbane serves as the method to Canis Wolfborn’s madness. Despite the fact that bears the Mark of the Wulfen, he shows remarkable mastery over the Canis Helix and, other than his wolf-yellow eyes and exceptionally long fangs, suffers no serious effects of his curse. True to his namesake, the Grymvlk commands a stoic and forbidding presence, and is altogether an exceptionally imposing Son of Russ.
Armour of Russ
Pack of the Grymvlk, 5 Wolf Scouts
Lead by Orik Blackfang: Feros’ trusted advisor and confidant, the Pack of the Grymvlk is comprised of those among the Space Wolves who take more solace in the dour company of their pack than the raucous celebration of the mead hall. Each of them is a dear friend and battle-brother of Feros’, and know him better than most.
Beograf’s Hunters, 10 Grey Hunters
A particularly hardy group of Grey Hunters, many of the Greys within this pack are almost as venerable as Long Fangs, though they have not yet ascended to that lofty rank. They are no less fervent in the execution of their duties for lack of that great honor, but there exists an uneasy restlessness in the pack now that Beograf the Bold has tamed a Thunderwolf and now counts himself among the Wolf Guard. To further compound matters, the Grymvlk surprised the Hunters by appointing a “loaner” leader from Ragnar Blackmane’s own Wolf Guard instead of simply promoting one of the Hunters already in the pack. Speculation is abound as to why Feros would do such a thing, but many believe that he intends to promote Beograf’s Hunters to Long Fangs sooner rather than later.
Trackers of the Deathwolf, 10 Grey Hunters
A pack of relatively young Grey Hunters, the Trackers of the Deathwolf are led by a member of the same pack of Wolf Guard that Feros Wyvernbane himself serves in: that of Harald Deathwolf. Their leader, a proud old wolf by the name of Ulrich Ironclaw, leads the pack with an unshakeable will and an unerringly strict regiment. Despite his dire leadership, his Grey Hunters flourish, and are some of the most talented among the Deathwolves.
Fast Attack Choices
The Grim Riders, 5 Thunderwolf Cavalry
The personal Wolf Guard retinue of Feros Wyvernbane. Each and every rider has gone through a rigorous and dangerous test from which few emerge intact: the taming of a Thunderwolf, without any equipment. It is said that The Grymvlk tamed his mighty black Thunderwolf through a sheer contest of wills; not even having to lay a hand on the great beast in order to dominate it. The Grim Riders ritualistically mirror this legend, taming their Thunderwolves without any of the usual trappings.
Helraisers, 2x squads of 3 Swiftclaw Bikers
Led by the twin Blood Claws Loki and Yarven, hand chosen by the Grymvlk for their ferocity in combat and competitive nature, the two squads of Helraisers are a force to be reckoned with, as each brother attempts to lead his bike squad to eclipse the greatness of the other.
- Default loadout for both squads of bikers
Nidhoggr, Stormwolf Gunship
The personal transport of Feros and his Wolf Guard, the Nidhoggr is outfitted with special Iron Priest stealth technology, allowing it to deploy its cargo discreetly before a battle even begins. It is largely due to this fact that Feros’ Deathwolves are known throughout Fenris as being silent hunters, almost omnipresent on the battlefield. Once deploying all of Feros’ Outflanking troops, the ship and her crew are hardly finished with their mission; disabling its stealth fields, the Nidhoggr screams into battle at the first howls of the Battle Brothers she serves, unleashing frosty death upon all the hapless enemies below.
The Fangs of Asaheim, 10 Fenrisian Wolves
Tamed by Canis Wolfborn himself, these Fenrisian Wolves bear the frost-white fur of the Asaheim peaks whence they were bred. These wolves are seen by the Deathwolves as no less than brothers in arms, and are treated with the utmost respect by the Space Wolves’ astartes. Canis Wolfborn has been known to prefer dining with his tamed Fenrisian Wolves over doing so with his battle-brothers: a habit that the Grymvlk sometimes partakes in as well.
Heavy Support Choices
The Oathbearers, 6 Long Fangs
Each of them originally Lone Wolves of various packs throughout the Great Companies of the Space Wolves, the careful deliberation and selection of Harald Deathwolf and Feros Wyvernbane has seen these old wolves reinstated into the Deathwolves as Long Fangs. Their oaths of honoring the memory of their previous packs have not been forgotten, however, and they fight with all the ferocity and cunning one might expect of those who once were Lone Wolves.