Simon Grant, White Dwarf scribe, is an unstoppable force of Hobby passion. It's no secret around HQ that he's a fan of Space Wolves (some might say he styles himself on one) so we genuinely could not stop him taking over the blog. Here he is to tell you about why he loves Space Wolves and about his own personal hobby.
Simon: Space Wolves. I love 'em. Any army of Space Marines that turns up to do battle in the 41st Millennium armed with a battleaxe or a warhammer certainly gets my vote. And they can ride giant wolves - giant, angry wolves, no less, that will not only bite you, but chew you as well just because it'll hurt more. I could ramble all day about the virtues of axe-wielding and seeking a glorious death in battle, but if a picture tells a thousand words, just take a look at the cover art for Codex: Space Wolves. Of the three central characters at the front of the picture, only one of them is even holding a boltgun - the other two are planning on getting up close and personal before unashamedly performing a series of unpleasant and explicitly violent acts upon their enemies in close combat. That's just awesome. Enough said, I think.
I've been collecting my Space Wolves for a number of years and, as is ever my way, I've steadily replaced my old models with shiny new kits, leaving me with a pitifully small collection of painted models that I deem worthy enough to grace the gaming table. My army stands at about 1650 points now, but it is far from the coherent force that I plan on unleashing in battle to crush the myriad enemies of the Allfather. Even so, I managed to stay focused enough to paint a complete Space Wolves Battleforce recently, so my army is definitely starting to get there.
I always try to include lots of basic troops in any army I collect (ironic considering how long it takes me to paint them), as they're the foundation of every force, regardless of which army or game system you play. For the Space Wolves, this aspect is epitomised by the Grey Hunters - solid, well equipped and reliable Troops choices - and I won't be satisfied until I have at least thirty of them at my disposal. What can I say? I'm working on it! In the meantime, check out the gallery at the top to see the models I've finished so far.