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Cities of Sigmar: Ulric’s Retribution Stormhost July 24, 2020

Posted by Jason Bergunder in Age of Sigmar, Army building, Cities of Sigmar, Games Workshop, Lore, Painting, StaticGrass Creations, Stormcast Eternals, Streaming, warhammer.
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The first of my Stormcast Eternals are now done. Custom bases, helmets, motifs, and hammerhead. With all those fancy bits, I came up with a name for my Stormhost too, Ulric’s Retribution.

The story is my Stormcast are the men and women who fought in the fall of Middenheim and the Old World, true heroes one and all. They were reborn on the anvil with the unique quirk of still worshiping Ulric over Sigmar. They were put together in a Stormhost called Ulric’s Retribution and now fight with the Middenheim Historical Association (Cities of Sigmar Freeguild, name still WIP).

I made several unique helmets and bases that I will be using on all my Stormcast. I also made a hammer head that I will be using to replace all the 2-handed hammers that will be available. I’m most happy with that one, it looks great.

The colour scheme is an alternate version of the Hallowed Knights scheme, adding a bit more black, gold, and off-white to get it closer to my original Middenheim colour scheme.

Wolf Guard Battle Leader: Hodur Sturluson September 14, 2011

Posted by Kevin Hetmanski in Converting, Lore, Space Wolves.
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This afternoon I buckled down and looked at my assembled Space Wolves army. They looked very clean and crisp and I realized the problem! I didn’t have a very good “centerpiece”, something to call my own. Most of my stuff is just the builds you would expect out of the box, and I am usually scared to ever do some heavy conversion work for fear of ruining the model forever. So, as a man with a mission I buckled down to create a unique leader for my Space Wolves army.

First I decided to think of his backstory, as this is half the fun in collecting a Warhammer army. I decided he would be a Battle Leader in Ragnar Blackmane’s Company, as he promotes rash and heroic deeds of valor. As a name I decided Hodur Sturluson, based off of the Norse god Hodr and the poet who wrote about him, Snorri Sturluson. In the myth, the blind god Hodr was tricked by Loki into killing the beautiful god Baldr, who was supposed to be invincible but had a weakness to mistletoe.
I decided to run with this and had a daemon trick him into killing his good friend Baldir. Hodur battles the daemon and shatters his blade before the fiend dissipates into the Warp. Hodur blames himself for his friend’s death and has a particular amnesty against the forces of Chaos and rushes to battle whenever his company has the option to engage. Out of the shards of the daemon’s weapon he forged the shaft to his spear: Baldir’s Slayer, in reference to his friend’s tragic death.

Alright so I roughly had my backstory now I just needed to take a quick look into the Space Wolves codex and build a suitable Battle Leader.

Hodur Sturluson, Wolf Guard Battle Leader
-Runic Armour
-Frost Blade (Baldir’s Slayer)
-Wolftooth Necklace
-Wolf tail talisman
-Saga of the Beastslayer (for tough daemon slaying)

So I had my backstory, and I know his general equipment. With this information in hand I begin to build my tragic hero.

And here he is! From the get go I knew I wanted to keep him simple but instantly recognizable. The main way I did this was by giving him height, both with the base and the spear. He isn’t actually larger than any of his fellow marines, but through this perspective he just looks more prominent and more important than the others.
Most of the model was done by just swapping Space Wolves bitz with Wolf Guard Terminator bitz, the only out of faction items are the broken chaos banner he is standing on, and the haft of his spear, which is from the Dark Eldar Raider set. I chose the chaos banner to represent his hatred of chaos (and especially daemons), and I chose the haft of this particular spear because upon closer inspection it seems more foreign and alien to be in the hands of a Space Wolf, which is true considering it’s daemonic origins. The blade of the spear was simply made by cutting off a runic sword found in the Space Wolves boxed set.
Originally, I was going to give him an Iron Warriors helmet to give him an even more unique look, but in the end I figured it would have been too similar to the Vulkan Hestan model and decided for a head from the Terminator boxed set which shows a lot more emotion.

Protectorate of Jasonology June 27, 2011

Posted by Jason Bergunder in Lore, Painting, Protectorate of Menoth.
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Painting up my Protectorate so we can do our battle reports with at least 1 painted army. I have taken all the Protectorate symbols off and replaced them with my own symbols. A little of the fluff (I’m still fleshing it out),

During the Northern Crusade, a contingent of Protectorate of Menoth led by Hierarch Severius and the Harbinger of Menoth  happened upon a town besieged by Cryx. Never wanting to miss a chance to destroy such abominations, and to bring more souls to the protection of Menoth, Severius ordered the army to assist the town. To their surprise, the Cryx army was actually retreating, fighting to stop a complete route of their army. The Menoth force came upon the retreating Cryx army, obliterating the rest of the warriors and jacks. After the battle, Severius led the army towards the town and the Harbinger told Severius she sensed a similar power to her own in the town. Not exactly knowing what she meant, Severius entered the town with some caution, seeing Cryx corpses and destroyed jacks everywhere. Severius saw that the people of the town had a certain fanaticism only seen in the eyes of the Zealots the Protectorate regularly uses. Eventually, they found a young man who seemed to have always have light on him, even in the shadows.

Fully armoured in what was similar to what Knight Exemplar wear, but with shoulder pauldrons similar to the Harbinger. He had with him a large sword that seemed to melt anything it touched except the man. But what was most prominent on the armour were the symbols, a cross with a curve going around most of it. He was going from person to person, giving thanks to all and reassuring those who needed it. They seemed to look at him with love and to seek guidance. Looking up, the young man gets up to greet the Menoth force. The Harbinger moves a hand so the force displays no hostility and to let Severius know it was not his time to speak just yet. The young man introduced himself as Jason and thanked her for helping them destroy the Cryx army. The Harbinger smiled and said, “You have a power similar to my own, Menoth has shown me that He gave this power to another being. But this time, it isn’t necessarily under the banner of the Protectorate.”

Jason replied,”Correct, Menoth wishes to accelerate His plans to bring all of humanity under His protection. But he sees that not everyone wants to comply to the ways of the Protectorate. Other ways to worship Him could appeal to a different audience.”

Finally unable to keep quiet any longer, Severius said,”That sounds like blasphemy, only the Protectorate can be the main steward for Menoth.”

Not looking back to Severius, the Harbinger said,”Hierarch, did you not see what this man can do when he commands the loyalty of hundreds? What do you think he can do if he had the chance to command the hearts of thousands, or tens or thousands? This is not about the Protectorate’s state of power, it is much bigger than that, Menoth Himself has blessed this man to essentially allow me to be in 2 places at once.

Before Severius could reply, Jason said,”A group of my followers created the Church of Jasonology. Those were the same people that organized the town into a defense that repelled the Cryx. It was that attack that I truly discovered my powers. This sword was just a regular broadsword, but when I used it, it seemed like it seeked out my enemies. It also melts whatever it touches. The Cryx warriors seemed to retreat before me, they seemed afraid of me.”

The Harbinger replied,”Hierarch, I propose that we join forces with Jasonology. Not to join us in the Crusade, but to help us with other matters that we may not have the resources for currently. We can have him lead his forces throughout the land bringing people under the wing of Menoth. As his force increases he will be able to assist us in larger engagements.”

Knowing better than to argue with the Harbinger, Hierarch Severius agreed and arranged Menoth warjacks to be sent to Jason as a gift. As soon as they arrived, mechaniks carved off the Menoth symbols and replaced them with symbols of Jasonology. They also started to reverse engineer the warjacks so they would be able to build their own. They also began crafting armour and training soldiers. Eventually, Warcasters were being found in the towns they traveled to and they were trained to control Warjacks and command soldiers. Even though The Church of Jasonology was blessed by the Harbinger herself, most, if not, all of the Protectorate of Menoth eyes the entire sect with suspicion. However, Jason, like the Harbinger, wants to see humanity saved, it doesn’t matter what others think of him. When he walks through liberated crowds of people or through the fires of battle, the cry is always the same,”For Jason, the Living Saint!”

 

Anyways, on to pictures. I’ve finished the Crusader, Repenter, and Kreoss. I still have a Revenger and a Heirophant to paint up, but they should be done by the next time we film a battle report.

Wolf Like Me April 14, 2010

Posted by Kevin Hetmanski in Lore, Space Wolves.
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In my previous post, I explained a bit about the Space Marines but I only briefly mentioned anything about the Chapter I chose: the Space Wolves.

The Space Wolves are easily one of the most recognizable chapters besides the Ultramarines or the Blood Angels. What makes them so distinct is how different they are from other Chapters. They completely ignore the Codex Asartes(the set codes and laws that must be followed by every Space Marine chapter) so that they can follow their own traditions and practices. The Space Wolves use a lot of (you guessed it) wolf iconography when decorating… anything. The Space Wolves are a very martial and anti-authority chapter, they pride honour, loyalty, and strength above all other virtues and are steadfast allies to the armies of the Imperium(but they take every chance they can get to give the Man the one fingered salute).

The last thing you want to see charging at you.

Fenris

The Space Wolves recruiting world is the death world of Fenris, among the top 3 most dangerous planets inhabited by man. The planet is locked in an almost permanent Ice Age, and when it gets close enough to it’s sun, the planet’s volcanoes buckle and tear the landscapes apart. The people of Fenris gather together in nomadic warrior tribes, with a culture almost identical to the vikings of Norse mythology(and the theme of Space Wolves). The tribes of Fenris are constantly at war with one another, whether it be for some land to live on or to get some women(What? You need better reasons to go to war?). Only a planet like Fenris could birth a warrior fit to join the Space Wolves.

Leman Russ

Every chapter is defined by their Primarch. Leman Russ was the Primarch of the Space Wolves. When the forces of Chaos scattered the still unborn Primarchs across the galaxy, Leman Russ found himself on Fenris. Leman Russ was raised by the enourmous wolves of Fenris, until his pack attacked the warrior tribe of Russ, who adopted him afterwards and named him Leman Russ. The Primarch eventually rose to be the King of this tribe. When the Emperor of Man came to Fenris, Leman Russ challenged him to three contests: drinking, eating, and fighting. Leman Russ won the first two, but was beaten in the duel, Russ pledged himself to the Emperor(although he blamed his loss on the alcohol) and he was given command of the Space Wolves.

After the Horus Heresy, Leman Russ disappeared after giving a speech to the Space Wolves at one of their feasts. Leman told his sons that he would return to fight Chaos at the end of time, the Wolftime.

There’s a brief look at some of the history of the mighty Space Wolves.

TL;DR : Space Wolves are kickass space vikings that have fangs and chill with wolves a lot. Did I mention space vikings?

PS: Seriously, space vikings.