It’s A Dog’s Life

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.



26 responses to “It’s A Dog’s Life

  • imperialrebelork

    Wow some big bloody dogs then. I like adding a dog here and there. Have one to my witch hunter the other night that I think you saw. I’m more of a dog person than a cat person. By that I mean I dress up like a dog at night and go about marking my territory with my urine. Yeah it’s 1:32am here and I can’t sleep.

    • Wudugast

      Oh, we all do that. I’m a cat person myself, I spent the last four hours stuck in a tree and now I’m off to find someone who’s peacefully asleep and shove my arse in their face.

      Seriously, I like both dogs and cats. We had both when I was a kid and my folks have a cat still, which indeed is living with me at the moment, curled up next to me and getting her beauty sleep so she’s nice and refreshed when it’s time to make havoc at 2am. Someday, sooner rather than later, I’d like to have a dog and a couple of cats of my own. Maybe some hens too. Other pets as well if I can get away with it. 🙂

      • imperialrebelork

        To be honest I like all animals. Had a cat as a kid and he was great and so full of character. My favourite thing about dogs is that no matter how crappy your day has been they’re so excited to see you that you can’t help but feel good. My dogs just about have a lose their minds when I get in and go see them hehe. One day I hope to be semi-self sufficient and have chooks etc. mum and dad have them. I’d also like a massive pig called “The General”. Not to eat just to have hehe. Maybe a goat too called Billy the Kidd hehe.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I always liked that about having a dog, they’re always just so pleased to see you. Our cat is quite like that too, although I’m pretty sure she thinks she’s a dog anyway.

        I did keep hens for a while. My neighbour wanted to get 5 or 6. He got chatting to a guy who ran a farm nearby, kept loads of hens in a big barn and during the day they got to scratch around outside. Trouble is the more dominant hens bully the weaker ones and claim all the best areas so if you have too many hens the lowest ranking birds can’t claim a space outside and end up living their whole lives in the barn (so I’m told). The farmer reckoned he had too many hens for the space so he said to my mate to help him move some gear in the sheds and he’d give him 6 hens as payment. Trouble was, when they started moving all the kit they discovered a hole and found a load more hens had started a colony under the floor. So by the time they cleared all of them out my mate came back with twenty-four hens. He left the last few (maybe ten or so) with me when he moved away which is how I ended up with them.

        Agree with you on the pig as well. I’m not vegetarian (although I don’t eat much meat) but I’m not too keen on eating pigs, they’re a bit too intelligent and aware of what’s going on round about them to make an entirely comfortable meal. They do have a lot of personality too though, and some of them can be right arseholes. Same guy as kept the hens had various pigs over the years and when he got the first one he cheerfully said “Come around after we slaughter it, we’ll have a dinner party!” I really didn’t think I’d be able to eat a pig I knew, but then I found out what an unpleasant, mean-spirited, aggressive and generally objectionable beast she was, forever breaking out and charging at people (and biting me a couple of times) and suddenly I was a lot more relaxed about enjoying a few chops!

      • imperialrebelork

        Haha!! I’ll eat practically anything but my dogs are safe. My wife had a giant pig called Doris (same name as my Nan) and she said it hated everyone apart from her eldest brother who could ride her. My parents have chills and the shed that Dad built for them is called the Coop Deville hehe.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great round up.

    Joe’s dog in the Necromunda campaign was a right pain in the arse for everyone. It gives a massive tactical boost to a gang in many different scenarios. ~Needless to say I want one or something similar next time around….



    • Wudugast

      Aye, I like the way the various pets add their own spin to each gang. Out of curiosity what gang are you planning to take for your next campaign? Think you said you’d got some Delaque?

      • Pete S/ SP

        Will be running Van Saar again. I learnt a lot that I wanted to try out and hopefully do better still. The Dealaques I’ll keep as a gang to practice against at home. I’ve got a set of boards and bits of terrain so I’ll be able to try stuff out.



      • Wudugast

        Any tips you’ve picked up for someone currently planning out their own Van Saar gang (that’d be me!)

      • Pete S/ SP

        Don’t bother with frags use rad grenades, 5 points cheaper. Rad weapons are useful to strip tough leaders/ champions of their toughness to make it easier for lighter weapons such as lasguns to wound them. On the subject of lasguns when you go to the trading post with a bit of cash spare buy a few hotshot packs for them- will make a nice surprise for someone. Buy grav shutes for your favourite/ best gangers, they are cheap and avaialble as basic equipment for Van Saars and are invaluble when playing in high terrain. On the subject of terrain put yourself in a position that is hard to get to so you can have as many shots on your opponents as you can. Special weapons are worth having if you have the spare points, flamers are good, plasmas too. Meltas are fearsome but you have to get very close to use it (bit too close for my liking). Get the best armour you can afford. The energy shields are expensive but worth the points I think.

        Hope that helps you.



      • Wudugast

        Thanks, that is very useful. It plays to my mental image of the gang as well, as being a little more elite than some of my other gangs but getting to play with lots of high-tech goodies 🙂

  • Alexis West

    Nice line-up and size comparison. I’m sure it will come in handy for me at some point, but it’s cool just as a thing in and of itself.

    Speaking of Wrath & Rapture, what size are the bases for the Flesh Hounds and Fiends of Slaanesh in there? I’ve got some third party ones that I’ve been holding off on until I could be sure I was putting them on the right bases.

  • Mikko

    Such a sweet pun-ishment, this post. Great work and thanks for the review!

    • Wudugast

      Honestly, the main reason I wrote this post was the chance to make some puns. But then again, the main reason I get out of bed every day is the chance to make some puns so it’s no surprise really 😉

  • thecurator123

    I recently started a 40k blog and i would really appreciate it if some people would check it out. Thanks

  • castigatoruk

    Thanks for the comparisons. I’ve been procrastinating over what model to use as a base for my Escher’s Khimerax and this will help me immensely….even if it is just to rule out certain model ranges 😉
    I think the Godsworn dog’s front legs look very lion like and the model looks ideal to convert into a Phyrr-Cat….even the head is reasonably feline looking without having to do too much converting.

    • Wudugast

      No worries, glad it’s useful. Nice to know I’m not the only one who sees a potential Phyrr-Cat in the Godsworn dog, most people I’ve suggested that too have been rather sceptical but I think it’s an idea with a lot of possibility.

      Regarding the Khimerax I’m planning to use an old Tiger of Dirz from Rackham, purely because I already own it, it’s a nice model and it seems like a fine opportunity to do something with it. You can see him here if you’re interested;
      One of the new Flesh Hounds might make a good starting point otherwise? Or what about one of the new Fiends of Slaanesh? Definitely a case where I’m going to be very curious to see what the official model looks like!

      • castigatoruk

        I’ve been outbid on ebay 3 times for the Wrath & Rapture Flesh Hounds (but I’m still persevering). I don’t think the Fiends would fit on a 40mm base, so they’re out.
        The Tiger of Dirz looks to be an ideal starting point, so I can see why you’d use that.
        I’m not sure if FW have plans for Khimerax model, I know they originally said that they won’t be doing every model available, so who knows?

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