Engir Krakendoom is the first Wolf Lord in the project with no model, no artwork, no wargear options. A blank canvas.
According to the fluff Engir Krakendoom is a real sea faring space Viking. He likes boarding parties and outriders. The outrider aspect caught my imagination for a while. I was using the death watch white scar biker as a base for him in early iterations. I thought he could be the only Wolf Lord on a bike. I went more for the boarding party aspect in the end. Termie armour and with a name like Krakendoom I kitted him out for some monster hunting.
The pose is one I’d done before. A lot of my poses are based on the artwork from the 5th edition codex. That’s a subject for a future post. I tried to capture the idea he was fighting a big terrifying monster (kraken maybe). The model is based on the Wolf Guard Terminator box set. Body and legs. I took two sets of legs and swapped a leg and put them back together (the other set ends up on Bjorn Stormwolf). I was able to get a wider and more dynamic stance this way (needed some green stuff patching up).
The head is Krom Dragongaze. I had three Krom’s for this project so had two spare heads. I love a shouting head. Shouting heads and pointing fingers are my go to for a cool conversion. There’s a shouting head from the wolf pack kit I’ve used 5 times in my space wolf army (including the Wolf Guard featured in the above pic). I just needed to disguise the fact it was Krom.
I saw this guy online and loved it. So much character. Made me realise there is nothing wrong with ugly in 40k, not everyone can be as pretty as Ragnar Blackmane. I really like the hair this guy has gone for. I haven’t seen the show Vikings (I should check that out) but I’m guessing you get hair cuts like this. Although I did rip this off, my one doesn’t quite come across as well. I’m partly blaming the terminator armour obscuring the hair do somewhat on mine. Going for the sea theme, pirate eye patch finished the work on the head. Bit of a different beard too.
The hammer is the deathwatch heavy thunder hammer with a chaos space marine vehicle upgrade part. The shield is from the Wulfen kit with green stuff to make an ‘octowolf’, as you do.
Space wolves are covered in wolf skulls, pelts and teeth. I wanted this guy to also be covered in that stuff but all with a sea theme. Doing 12 Wolf Lords made me really look for and push the differences between them.
The skull on top of the model is the one the slaughter priest who came with white dwarf is standing on. Needed a bit of green stuff to repair it. I then tried to lean into the mysterious sea monster aspect. Put a bit of a ridge on there. Ideally it would look like a Kraken skull for a guy called Krakendoom. Whether it does or not who knows, I hadn’t seen a kraken for weeks.
The fins on the shoulder pad are river troll fins. With a slight adjustment they fit pretty well. The scaley cloak is from a dark elf Corsair.
So he’s Krakendoom and he’s got the trophies to prove it. That’s Wolf Lord number 5…only seven left! Nearly there…
While it’s pretty hard to call favourites on a project like this, I think Krakendoom really takes the cake: Building him as though he were facing a towering montrosity is nothing short of brilliant! I also love the way you’ve incorporated touches like the Kraken skull or those troll frills. Those elements really make him look like a slayer of (nautical) monsters! The “Octowolf” crest is another brilliant little touch. I love this guy! 🙂
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Thank you, he’s one of my favourites too. Named the blog after him after all.
It was great to have a strong theme to work with and use completely different bits. Part of the challenge of making 12 guys was to get them to look significantly different.
I like to get a good pose if I can. I was looking around and couldn’t really find any models that looked like they were using the shield they were carrying so I tried to get that across on mine.
Wonderful work dude, he looks amazing, one of the best dynamic poses I have seen for ages and all the little touches really pull the whole thing together, stunning 🙂
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Thank you Carl, dynamic poses is where it’s at. There was an article in White Dwarf that really started me down the dynamic poses route.
Yeah Krakendoom really has to be my favourite too. As you said you had a blank slate with this one, and while i really like seeing your “artwork come to life” models, its very cool to see what youve done with just interperetation and imagination. I like Lovecraftian lore and looking at this guy give me a slightly different perspective on the 40k universe. Less grimdark warzone and more grimdark horror that manifest as the monsters he woukd hunt. His shoulder crests easily alter the standard space marine silhuette, its an awesome touch, and i was so glad you had the guts to stick with the octowolf. If my monsters are getting smashed, i want them to get smashed in style by this guy. He’s immense.