Insider 6/16/2010 - Will Shick

Let me start this blog off by coming clean and admitting that my favorite horror character is the werewolf.

I’ve always been fascinated by wolves, and I admit that I was a strong proponent of reintroducing them to my home state of Montana way back in 1995. So it was only natural, I suppose, that the idea of a hybrid between man and wolf would strongly capture my imagination.

Older and perhaps a bit wiser these days—I’ve given up on my childhood dream of becoming a werewolf by provoking neighborhood dogs to bite me—I still find myself drawn to this powerful symbol of the wildness inherent in all men. This of course means that when it comes to HORDES, Circle Orboros is one of my go-to factions. Circle was my first army for HORDES when it released in April 2006, and it was the Warpwolf model that made the decision for me. Now with the upcoming release of the Warpwolf Stalker, I knew I wanted to do something a bit special for this fantastic model. Since I have always loved the pose on the Pureblood Warpwolf, I decided to convert a Stalker using the Pureblood as the base.

I started by simply swapping out the Pureblood’s empty claw for the Stalker’s sword arm. I used P3 modeling putty to fill the gap and make a more solid join between the Stalker's arm and Pureblood's body. Since the Stalker is muzzled to prevent it from biting things, I sculpted the front cap of the muzzle with P3 sculpting putty. The real trick was to make sure the muzzle's sides were smooth to represent armor plating. I then scored air vents in front with the P3 sculpting blade and used the point to make air vent circles on the sides of the muzzle.

And there you have it, a whole new take on the Warpwolf Stalker. Next time, I’ll show you how my new Stalker looks painted up and ready for war!