Why I Chose To Make The Space Wolves 13th Company
I started my Space Wolves 13th Company during 5th Edition when Codex Space Wolves was released. I had always loved the crazy Vikings but a lot of people were putting Long Fangs and Grey Hunters on the boards at the time so I wanted something that would stand out in a tournament. The actual theme of the army stayed the same but I did waver between a lost company gone to Chaos or perhaps the Wolf Brothers. For a long time I had them as Wolf Brothers after having read “The Fang” which depicted the only second founding chapter as having been corrupted by Chaos. The explanation for this was that only when using Fenrisian gene stock does the Canis Helix work correctly. There are no wolves on Fenris… I won’t go into that fully here though as it could take up a full post all on it’s own.
Regardless of who exactly these warriors were, I took a journey with them and created my first fully painted army. Although my painting has developed over the many years since I finished this army I will always remember it. With the talking done. Read on to see the army in full.
Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf with Storm Shield and Frost Blade
This model was created using a variety of kits. The real core of the model was the Chaos Lord on Manticore with some work I managed to get him on a Green Stuff saddle so he could ride atop a Juggernaut from the Bloodcrushers set.
Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf with Thunder Hammer
To make this guy and the rest of the Thunderwolves I used legs from the actual Thunderwolves kit. The Juggernaut was again taken from a Bloodcrushers kit.
Martok the Bloodied (Logan Grimnar)
Most of the time I used a Thunderwolf heavy list but for big games and the occasional list change I wanted to run Logan Grimnar. Just using the normal Logan model would really jar with the rest of the army so I decided to convert my own. Now as someone who regularly uses converted models I have ran into the occasional issue at tournaments with the models I use. Due to this I decided to use Logan Grimnar’s axe and Storm Bolter so everything was WYSIWYG.
During 5th Edition mech heavy armies were common and between my Long Fangs and these Rune Priests firing living Lightning all over the board I scored up a tally of Rhinos and Razorbacks. Both models are conversions using a variety of parts from so many different kits I am not sure I can even list them all.
This guy was an impulse conversion. I saw the helmet in my bits box and thought I could make something with it. I have used this guy as a Wolf Priest in a few games but he would regularly stand in as a third Rune Priest.
No Space Wolf army is complete without some Wolf Guard and I had all the bases covered in terms of using them to lead other packs. The guy above was another conversion that I used as a normal Space Wolf character. This time the character was Arjac Rockfist. I think I used him as such for one or two games when I was using my Logan conversion.
The three above would accompany Arjac and Logan with the banner bearer being used regularly as my “home” objective marker.
When I first started this army the three Wolf Guard above led my Grey Hunters into battle.
As my conversion skills improved I wanted to make some new Wolf Guard. To do so I used some Warriors of Chaos from Warhammer Fantasy as the basis for the conversion. These guys would split with my Grey Hunters or Wolf Scouts depending on the opponent I faced.
These guys were awesome in 5th. Showing up in the backfield and using Melta Guns/Bombs to eradicate backfield armour. The conversions were relatively simple, a bit of Green Stuff for pelts and then Elysian heads as the stock Scout heads are just plain awful.
This guy was a conversion using the Forge World Ironclad Dreadnought. Lots of GS work some brass etch Chaos symbols etc. Such a good model.
This is the Forge World Space Wolves Venerable Dreadnought. Just like the last one this model is just gorgeous. No conversion here as there was simply no need.
Now that the new Codex Space Wolves has brought an actual Bjorn model with it this guy is just a Contemptor. However, I used him as Bjorn for a long time and had many, many great games with this guy at the front of my army flanked by the other two Dreads. Dreadnoughts are always fun and Contemptors just take it up a notch in my eyes.
The core of any Space Wolf army. With the old Wolf Banner being as good as it was in game, each squad had to have one. The banners came from a variety of kits just like the rest of the army, My favourite though came from the Space Wolf Venerable Dread. These warriors of the 13th Company took many objectives over the years and always jumped to the counter attack.
Although, much maligned during 5th I took some Blood Claws on occasion to go with my Wolf Priest. These were converted using Bezerker Chain axes atop Grey Knight Halberd staffs.
Not much to say here. These are Rhinos, there are many like them but these are mine. Heavily weathered, how I approach weathering has changed greatly since these models but we all start somewhere and I think the effect worked fine enough.
Just as with the Rhinos there is not a lot to say about these. They are stock models that served me well. Usually these would be assigned to either my Long Fangs or the small Grey Hunter squads.
Most of the time I used these for the Dreadnoughts if I was not running Bjorn (Bjorn couldn’t take a Drop Pod with the old Codex). Last time I used them I dropped some Grey Hunters and Logan’s squad to the front line. I had developed the weathering techniques a little at this point but again, I take more pride in getting stuff dirty these days.
As with the Wolf Lords on Thunderwolves I used the Blood Crushers kit to make these guys. Once more I used a variety of different kits to convert them. These were the real joy of the army. All the Thunderwolves charging in were just crazy fun. Then Grey Knights came out and Force Weaponed everything to death! 🙁
Long Fangs pretty much won half my victories during 5th. With all the mech at tournaments these squads would split fire and open up the transports for my Grey Hunters to get stuck into the enemy troops. As always, I converted these using a variety of kits.
Space Wolves 13th Company Conclusions
This army has served me well for a long time. I learnt a lot of lessons while building and painting this army and it has helped me develop as I moved on to new projects. I held onto these longer than some armies that came after it but the time has come to sell them. If you are interested in any of these models check out my eBay auctions here.