Sven Bloodhowl along with Egil Ironwolf were key conversions that made me realise I could carry on and make all the wolf lords. GWs versions of these models appeared in Curse if the Wulfen and I loved both of them. It really fired up my imagination as to what the other wolf lords might look like.
I recognised a lot of these bits and I had them lying around. Axe and head from the thunder wolf kit for example. In companies of fenris they even give you a painting guide of how to paint him. Particularly his hair, face tattoo and scars give him loads of character. I made a few changes to my one and basically totally stole ideas from other Sven’s online. This one particularly stood out for me…
He’s used the body and back pack from the blood angels Chaplain. The axe is cool too from the Wulfen kit. Sven swings his two handed axe one handed, such is his skill. The GW conversion is cool they’ve done wolfing up of the jump pack and used the Captain with jump pack to help give him a more veteran look and help him stand out. Amongst wolf lords he stands out as the only one with a jump pack. In a firehowlers army with a lot of jump packs and wolf guard with jump packs the winged jump pack helps him stand out even more. Is it too much? Too jazzy? Maybe, either way that’s what I went with in the end. The chaplain body I couldn’t get to work however. I had Geigor Fellhand and knew that unless I was going to use Krom’s body for every single Power armoured Wolf Lord I made I was going to need to find unique Power armoured space wolves. So Geigor fits the bill here. GeigorOff was a great idea someone had. A bunch of people converted Geigor and submitted them on the blog my personal favourite was this one by MrTumnus1987…
The dynamic pose was just so good! This guy means business. I tried to do this with mine. I retained the axe used by GW to try to keep him recognisable as Sven. Mine loses some of the motion that this one has but this is still where I got the idea for the pose for mine.
The next Sven I saw made me feel like a complete idiot. Sven’s chainsword (firefang) has fire painted on it to tie in with the company badge. So why not do what this guy did?..
If your trying to get the chainsword to look like the company badge why not use the chainsword with a wolf head already on it from the wolf pack kit! So simple but such a good tie in. I’d used the chainsword GW used on their Sven a ferocious looking variant from the thunder wolf kit. I was at the painting stage when I saw this idea and immediately ripped that chainsword off and put this one in.
So that’s my Sven Bloodhowl. Three Wolf Lords…nine more to come…
The thing that really strikes me about Sven, isnt even his jump pack. Its great that your wolf lords, each with their own profile look so distinct despite most of them being the same unit kitted out slightly differently. Its his colours scheme that i love. He looks like the Hot Rod of the spacewolves, so im glad you drew attention to that too. He will really stand out even on a busy battlefield. A very cool and unique character.
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I really tried to make any sort of differences between the Wolf Lords count. So the colour scheme is another area I could squeeze out a bit of uniqueness. The Fire Howlers (his Great Company) are fire breathers so I knew I could lean into the fire side of things with this guy.
I really like the use of the chaplain jump pack. I’ve always wanted to have a Sven in my collection but my play style doesn’t really have room for jump troops.
And I also have done some converting with Geigor (it seems like as the lone SW player in my group I was gifted about 5 when everyone else bought double copies of Prospero). I have a Wolf Priest, Rune Priest, and Battle Leader with Jump packs and use Geigor for the Battle Leader. As you mentioned, hes quite dynamic!
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Thank you for saying so. The chaplain jump pack is really one of those things I’m still not 100% sure on. Even though it actually wasn’t my original idea, I went with it. No one has out and out said “why have you made an angel wolf?” but i think people might be thinking it and just say nothing…So thank you for saying you like it!
Well now you know what to do with one of your spare Geigors if you want to make a Sven. In this project I had used Krom’s body 3 times so was desperate for a different Wolf Body. Geigor also has the old style straps across his chest which fit nicely with the jump pack.
I’d love to see your conversions. Are they up online anywhere? Blog, forum anything like that?
So here I am flicking through this awesome blog to get inspired about my new 40k wolves and BAM…..that’s my #geigoroff entry! I’m very flattered you liked it so much man and really happy it inspired you to produce this awesome Sven conversion! Are you on instagram at all? I’m @mrtumnus1987
FOR THE WOLFTME!
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Nice to meet you, thank you. I can see I hadn’t credited you, I have now. It was the best Geigor I could find, although I couldn’t find the original place it was posted. I’m not on Instagram although people keeping saying that’s a great place for 40k. I’m on twitter a bit and bolter and chainsword quite a lot. Always as krakendoomcool.