Archive for Salamanders

Deathwatch: Heavy Support

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on January 6, 2017 by Sean

The Deathwatch Kill Team I’ve been working on gets its final members, in the form of some heavy support (psychic and heavy weapons that is).

The Space Wolf Rune Priest gives the unit some close combat and ranged psychic punch. Despite his black armor and silver left arm/shoulder, he is proudly Space Wolf, with fur cape, loincloth, runes and charms, and his wild braided mane. He doesn’t have a standard Deathwatch shoulder pad like the others in the squad, since he was a solid single piece model (aside from weapon hands and backpack) and thus the shoulder was sculpted too deep into the model to modify easily. Instead he got a gold field with black edging and a fanged skull transfer. The edge of his force axe was detailed with a lightning effect.

The first of the heavy weapons Marines is a Salamander. He carries the heavy flamer of course, decorated with plenty of battle honors. He got a Mark 4 Maximus armor helmet, giving him a vaguely reptilian look. He wears black armor, aside from the Salamander chapter shoulder and a battle honor on his right knee pad. He and the Storm Warden, like most of the rest of the squad, were built from a mix of plastic Tactical Marines and Sternguard Veterans. Their weapons both come from that kit, the better to showcase their status as well-equipped veterans.

The heavy bolter Marine is a Storm Warden. Unlike other Marines I didn’t have a molded Chapter symbol for the right shoulder pad, so I painted the lightning bolt on shield. The Marine also has a shield-shaped plate (from the plastic Terminator kit) covering his shoulder joint which repeats the design . The case for the heavy bolter is red like the bolters carried by the Tactical Marines, better to make it stand out from his black armor. He has a Deathwatch helmet from the upgrade kit.


Vulkan, Primarch of the Salamanders

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2015 by Sean

Vulkan, Primarch of the Salamanders, the XVIIIth Legion.

This is the next in the series of Primarchs from Forgeworld I’ve been painting. Like his brother Primarchs, Vulkan is a gigantic miniature, easily towering over normal Marines, equal in height to a Dreadnought. He fits into a scenic base, depicting him stomping through the wreckage of the Istvaan Dropsite Massacre. A Salamander and Iron Warrior lie dead amongst the rubble.

I included plenty of photos to show off the miniature in the round. He’s the brightest of the Primarchs I’ve done so far. Ferrus Manus and Horus both wore black armor, with only various metals for contrast. Vulkan on the other hand wears bright green armor, with plenty of gold, bronze, brass, leather, scales, fire, and even a giant skull for decoration.

His armor was done in the same fashion as the Firedrakes I completed earlier, though with considerably more decoration. The salamander-skin cape gives a nice warm natural color to stand out from the hard armor. The plume of fire from the backpack makes a halo of color behind his coal-black face. I kept his base and the scenic base fairly simple (except for the dead Marines) to not distract from all the detail on Vulkan’s armor.

Next up- Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines!

Forged in Flame

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on August 14, 2015 by Sean

I’ve finished the Firedrake Terminator Squad for the Salamanders Space Marines (the test model was an earlier post).

The Firedrakes all have the same level of decoration, with a little variation in detail coming from threads and trophies draped over their armor. The unit has a nice presence on the table- green, gold, orange. Certainly draws the eye.

Next, the big man himself- Vulkan!


Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on July 24, 2015 by Sean

I’m working on Vulkan, Primarch of the Salamanders Legion of Space Marines. I also have a squad of his Firedrake Terminators to work on. I wanted to get him right, so I am working on the Firedrakes first.

This Terminator is the test model. The Salamander power armor is a very rich bright green, quite unlike any I’ve done before. The color, GW’s Warpstone Glow, is very strong. I highlighted with a mix of white/Flash Gitz Yellow/Warpstone Glow, with a followup wash of Lamenter’s Yellow to warm it up. The reptile skins and the shield cover were a mix of brown, tan, and yellow and a final wash of Athonian Camoshade to give it a dark green shade. As befitting an army of artisans, the armor is covered in bronze and gold decoration.

Now that this test model is done, I can get to work on the rest of the squad, then Vulkan himself.