Canis Wolfborn is one of the most feral and destructive warriors on all of Fenris. Raised by a pack of Fenrisian wolves in the snow-swept wilderness of Fenris, he is wolf-brother to mighty Fangir, the largest and most powerful of all the Thunderwolves. In battle they are an inseparable whirlwind of claws and fangs that combine brute strength with resourceful cunning.
Back to Thunderwolves already, but this time in HQ form. I wanted to have a leader for the unit, so I decided to take my badly painted, metal Canis Wolfborn and repaint it. I think I'm just a big fan of dual lightning claws.
To make it obvious he was the leader of the pack I kept the height of the base. I think having the edge also works nicely with the pose of the Thunderwolf. As for Canis himself I could tell he was an older miniature from a bit of a lack of detail, but he's not bad, and I think fits in nicely with the rest of the unit.
Fenrisian Grey is applied as an edge highlight and Blue Horror as an extreme edge highlight.
Ushabti Bone and Screaming Skull can be swapped out for Tyrant Skull and Terminatus Stone. For fur apply the shade more heavily in the center.
Alternatively use Zandri Dust, Reikland Fleshshade and Screaming Skull for a slightly different look.
Brighter colours should be applied where the light would reflect the most, or parallel to edges when painting pack markings on their shoulders.
Agrax Earthshade is thinned down and only applied to the deepest recesses. Carroburg Crimson is applied in the recesses around the eyes and nose.
The claws were broken down into quarters, starting with the darkest blue towards the base and moving towards white at the tip. To blend each adjacent quarter I mixed the two paints together and applied it in the middle. I then repeated this over and over, always saving a bit of each mixture, until achieving a smooth transition. A final edge highlight of White Scar was applied along the sharpest edges.
Mechanicus Standard Grey is applied as an edge highlight and Administratum Grey as an extreme edge highlight.
Screamer Pink, Emperor's Children and Nuln Oil can be used instead to differentiate from other reds.
Only apply the Reikland Fleshshade to the top darker parts, and the Agrax Earthshade within that. The Karak Stone is used to lightly highlight the darker areas, while the Tyrant Skull should only be used to highlight the lighter areas. The Bestigor Flesh was used to highlight the areas between light and dark to create a transition. The Longbeard Grey and Screaming Skull is used to highlight areas such as the ears and lightest parts of the fur.
I cast some Fantascape Glacial Ruins bases using Instant Mold & Milliput, then glued some sand around the edges, applying a second layer of watered down PVA to help it stuck.
The Seraphim Sepia was applied in patches to give a dirt stained look.
Finally, I applied some Mordheim Turf tufts and then a couple of layers of Deluxe's Scenic Snow.
It was fun to paint up an old miniature, and extra fun doing it without stripping the old paint. You can see I didn't change the Thunderwolf dramatically at all, mainly just adding highlights and shadow.
I think Canis's face and armour had the most work doing to it and looks much sharper and more natual now. The blades were also updated to match my new style, although I still quite like the old metallic effect.
I don't plan to paint any more of my older Space Wolves any time soon, as I much prefer the new models, but maybe one day.