I have just been to the local hobby shop/club and, at my better half's suggestion, picked up some new paints to try a slightly different, warmer colour.
So, although the shoulders have yet to arrive, i thought i might test out my new paint scheme.
I have used a SW shoulder pad as a stand in bear head and freehanded (badly) the bear claw.
What do you think so far?
I have been contemplating names, background, etc and had reached a bit of en impasse. I would be most grateful for any suggestions/feedback.
I had been leaning towards Iron Bears, or Iron Claws. Storm Bears has unfortunately been done (on this forum i believe) and Bear Claws have also been done and have the added misfortune of sounding like an American doughnut....
Any which way, I had initially thought to do a Nordic variation. A 40k Iceland, to Fenris' vikings, as it were.
However something Maverik said got me thinking. In the real world, we know that the vikings discovered North America and would have likely encountered the Native Americans. I must admit that although a staunch son of Russ, i have also always had a fondness for the Native American theme that the Dark Angels once sported. And so it got me thinking, what about Native American/Inuit space wolf successors?
A company of Wolves, far from home, cast adrift by a massive warp storm. Their ships badly damaged and failing, the wolves discover a human world (Jotunheim?). A frozen and hostile planet, lost to the imperium. Ice covers the majority of the planets surface in huge sheets, miles thick at the poles. At the equator, the surface warms sufficiently that in summer the sea melts for a few short months. Its people have regressed to a tribal state and with no modern technology, these humans survive and endure. Other than to hunt or search for resources or occasionally, a new home, they survive clustered in caves and around geo-thermal vents. Hunting, fishing, fighting the environment or each other, they claw out an existence.
Seeing much potential in these hardy tribesmen, it is here the remnants of the great company make a new home and start to rebuild their strength.
On the surface of 'Jotunheim', life has inevitably adapted to the hostile environment. Herds of giant, thick furred snow-bison graze upon the equatorial tundra. Huge elk, their antlers meters across and tipped with razor sharp spikes can be seen in the heavily forested mountains, or venturing down to drink from the icy glacial waters. Various predators hunt these herds and the humans alike. Packs of direwolves, marginally smaller but no less cunning than their fenrisian cousins, their fur blending them like ghosts into the background. The huge winged mountain eagle that can swoop down and carry off a bison calf,or an unwary human at will.
And of course the Ice bears. Massive beasts of truly fearsome proportion. A large as a Rhino APC, thick wiry white fur easily capable or turning a blade or even surviving hits from a bolter, over iron hard flesh, stronger than steel. Jaws that can crush a marine in full battleplate with out effort and razor claws as large as an Astartes combat blade, capable of tearing a hole in a battletank. Built for the cold, these Ursidae are the apex predators. And it is from these bears that the new chapter takes their name....
...if only i could choose one.
So there you go. I quite like the back story. Whether the tribes in question end up being Native American(ish) or Celtic/Nordic(ish) remains to be seen.
My main issue now is the name. I feel it may be similar to 'space wolves' in that in itself, it sound a bit lame, however they refer to themselves as 'vlka fenryka' or 'the rout' which is much better. The chapter name may sound a little off but be much better when translated into (somewhat mangled) nordic or now, possibly some Native American variation.
Any feedback/help much appreciated.
Edited by Graymane, 06 August 2017 - 11:10 AM.