Last night I thought it would be fun to lay out my entire Warhammer 40,0000 Salamanders army (at least, all of it that’s painted). I did a quick tot-up and it turns out that I have over 4,000 points worth which is a lot more than I would have guessed!
Another nice surprise is how consistent the colour scheme is between the first model and the last, despite there being a six-year gap between them. My painting skills have definitely improved in that time but the old and new models both work perfectly well next to each other on the table.
My copy of the new version of Adeptus Titanicus should arrive today, but that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to paint classic Epic titans! Here is a rather esoteric one: a Custodian Titan. Each titan legion has a single Custodian titan, which replaces its carapace weapons with a Devotional Bell, built from sacred Terran metals and annointed with drop of the Emperor’s blood. The bell acts as a mobile shrine for the Imperial Cult and a rallying point on the battlefield. The presence of a Custodian Titan in a battle is a complete anathema to daemonic intrusions into the material universe as it directly extends the Emperor’s will and spirit to his mortal followers.
As well as its Devotional Bell, this titan also has a Command Head and Carapace multi-lasers, and its arm weapons are Lucius-pattern weapons from the Mk III Warlord Titan.
My love affair with all things Primaris continues! Just like the Hellblasters and the Astraeus, the Redemptor Dreadnought is both an awesome model and also really easy and fun to paint: all the green parts were painted separately from the dreadnought’s superstructure, so the whole process was relatively quick and easy (albeit spread out over several months since I no longer have a permanent hobby space).
The flames on the armour plates were painted using Duncan‘s technique for Salamanders flame heraldry, and I am very happy with how it’s turned out! I may be going back to some of my older models and adding it to them (especially the shoulder pads on my tactical and assault marines).
The right arm weapon is magnetised so I can swap the plasma incinerator (which is the obvious choice when fielding Vulkan He’stan, since you get a re-roll to avoid the mortal wound on a roll of 1 when supercharging) with the gatling cannon, if appropriate.
Xavier was a Chaplain in the Salamanders Chapter of Space Marines. He is regarded as the greatest Chaplain the Salamanders have ever known.
A proud upholder of the Salamander’s Promethean Cult, Xavier is said to have epitomised the Chapter’s ideals more completely than any other Marine in their history. Dedicated to encouraging his fellows in feats of endurance and fortitude, it is said that when Xavier led them, the Salamanders never fell back before an enemy. As a sign of this dedication, he was entrusted with the keeping of “Vulkan’s Sigil”, a relic believed to have been carried by the Primarch Vulkan. He is also famed for having slain a particularly ancient and monstrous salamander with his bare hands.
Games Workshop re-released this model last year through their “Made To Order” service, and since it’s the only other Salamanders-specific model that GW ever made (apart from Vulkan He’stan), obviously I had to pick it up.
After a succession of “large” models (whether the Astraeus, the Imperial Navy fleet or the Epic-scale Necron praetorians) it was nice to get work on some small models for a change. The bases of these Canoptek Wraiths are 20mm in diameter!
My Epic Necron army, large though it is, is a bit light on close combat units (something also true of necrons in 40k) so these beasties should be a useful addition to the legions.
I am not normally a fan of grav-tanks, and when I saw the Astraeus Super-Heavy Tank, I wasn’t immediately taken by it. But over time I’ve come to really love the design so I decided that I wanted one for my Salamanders army, and I treated myself to one for Christmas.
Compared to the other Forge World models I’ve built and painted, this one was a breeze to assemble and needed very little work to get it ready for painting. The only pain point is the huge number of grav skids that you have to paint separately and then glue on.
I played a game with my Epic Necrons a couple of weeks ago, and since I’d got all the models out of storage to assemble my army, I thought I’d take a moment to get everything out and take some “show us your hordes” style photos.
I still have some Canoptek Wraiths and some more Immortals to paint and add to the army. I’d also like some more Monoliths but I’m not sure I can get some that are the same design as the ones I have.
My birthday treat to myself last year was this, a Necron Pylon from Forge World. It was a fun challenge to get the paint job to match that of my other 40K Necron models, some of which are now over 5 years old, using a different palette of paints (since GW changed their paint range and I’ve started using a lot more paints from other manufacturers). But I’m very happy with how it turned out!