I recently finished painting my second thunderwolf cavalry model the other day. As cavalry goes, these guys are perhaps a little unusual, but I thought it might be fun to include an iconic weapon of mounted warriors — the lance. There are no pole arms of any kind that come in the kit, so I took one from a box of amazons produced by Wargames Factory. I thought about buying some brass rod to make my own, but I had the plastic pike on hand so I decided to use it.
For the weapon arm, I used a generic space marine arm that is meant to hold a bolter. I drilled a hole through it for the lance and used a magnet for the entire arm assembly. The magnetized arm seemed to me like it would serve several uses. Being able to remove the arm would make transporting the model to games easier with less likelihood of breaking the lance haft. Secondly, I can switch it out for a different weapon if I want. Last and most important, I can pose the arm so I can point the lance in dramatic fashion whenever this guy makes his charge.
“‘From hell’s heart I stab at thee!” and all of that sort of thing.
This is the first thunderwolf I completed quite awhile ago now. I magnetized his plasma pistol arm and will probably paint up a storm shield arm at some point as another option. I’ve run him a few times as a wolf guard battle leader, the alpha of a large pack of fenrisian wolves. Now all I have to do is get a third one painted and I’ll have a minimum-sized, legal unit!