Thoughts on the painting of, and playing with, toy soldiers.

Salamanders Assault Squad

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I wasn’t planning on building an Assault squad for my Salamanders army. I bought a box of Assault marines because I wanted to mix the legs and torsos into the Tactical squads to make them a bit more distinctive.

But I had some spare bodies — Rogue Trader-era metal Mark VII marines — so I thought I’d try fitting the modern arms and jump packs on to them to see how they’d turn out. The end result is pretty good I think. The Sergeant is a modern plastic miniature who’s carrying a Chapterhouse Studios thunder hammer and storm shield.

Here’s a closeup of the Sergeant:

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The lava effect on the shield (which I also used on my Terminator Assault squad) is pretty simple to achieve: you just wet blend red and yellow together over a white undercoat, and then paint black on the raised areas. Then give it a Sepia wash and you’re done.

Here’s one of the metal battle-brothers:

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