Remember when there didn’t seem to be any dogs in GW’s universes? Just a few months ago one struggled to summon a faithful hound to add to a collection of miniatures roaming the 41st Millennium, the shadowy Underhive or the wild expanses of the Mortal Realms. Nowadays however you’re tripping over them.
My first thought was to compare the size of the new Godsworn Hunt dog with Macula, the frankly enormous hound which accompanies Slate Merdena through the Necromundan wastelands. In the beginning my intention was purely to take a look at them side by side for my own interest, but after a conversation with Faust of Double-Down Dice it occurred to me that other people might be interested as well. I’m afraid there’s nothing new or particularly unusual on show here but if you happen to have a burning desire to know the relative sizes of some of GW’s canines then hopefully this post will help to satisfy your obscure interest!
I would add that my dog collection is by no means exhaustive, there’s nothing at from Lord of the Rings here, the mighty Fenrisian Wolves (for a long time the poster boys of man’s best friend in the dark millennium) are notably absent (because I think they’re terrible models!) and there isn’t even a hint of a goblin wolf-rider. I did however get quite carried away and rather than simply grabbing Macula from the “to paint” shelf, snapping a couple of shots and having done with it, I ended up rummaging around for every dog or dog-like beast I could think of.
Having bought the Godsworn Hunt as conversion fodder for an Escher gang I found myself wondering about incorporating the dog from the set into the setting as well. Next to Macula he looks rather weedy, although to be fair I feel that Macula really should be the biggest dog in town, a hound so steeped in machismo that he doesn’t merely chase cars he drives them as well. Pity the Necromundan postman…
To quote the gangers of House Orlock “I like big mutts and I cannot lie…”. Every dog has his day however and even Macula has his limits…
Next to Aximilion, the faithful sidekick of Rogue Trader Elucia Vhane, the Godsworn dog looks a little more impressive…
Throw in a few mechanical odds and ends and you could be looking at a fine candidate for a converted cyber-mastiff, or even a phyrr cat (not something to say too loudly in front of all these dogs but there is something distinctly feline about him – truly the influence of Chaos will permit any heresy!)
Of course chaos hounds aren’t a new thing and for many years the Warhammer universes have echoed to the laughter of thirsting dogs.
Some of you must have wondered, as I did prior to the release of Wrath and Rapture, how the newest iteration of flesh hounds compare to the outgoing resin models.
It’s a well-known fact that one should let sleeping dogs lie, but the aphorism doesn’t clarify what one should do with dead dogs which provides just the kind of wiggle room that necromancers are bound to exploit.
Not all dogs are purebred. Richard here, for example, is clearly a mongrel, with a genetic heritage at even incorporates some avian ancestors.
And some of the beasts masquerading as dogs around here aren’t even dogs at all!
As I said at the start then, nothing terribly new or surprising here, but maybe it’ll be helpful if you’re planning to let slip the dogs of war yourself.