Salamanders Terminator Squad by Burning Beard Studios

At the end of last year, I came to the sad realisation that, due to the challenges of a change in job, moving to a new home, and the birth of my youngest child, all during a global pandemic, the amount of time I’ve been able to spend on the hobby had plummeted, and was unlikely to improve in the near future. And, to make things worse, I had been still been adding to my grey plastic pile of shame, meaning that my backlog had reached ridiculous proportions: it would have taken a decade of no new models to get it back to a reasonable size.

So I made the decision to (a) sell off a lot of the stuff I didn’t think I’d miss, and (b) outsource the painting of the rest, so I found a couple of commission painters who could reproduce my colour scheme at a reasonable price.

Last week I received the first couple of batches of painted models, and will be posting pictures of each unit over the next couple of weeks.

The first is this squad of Salamanders Terminators, painted by Darren of Burning Beard Studios. He’s done a fantastic job of matching my colour scheme for the Salamanders, and has augmented the models with some 3D printed accessories.

This squad will take its rightful place alongside the two other Terminator squads of the Firedrakes in my Salamanders army.

More pictures below the fold. If you’re looking for an affordable and reliable painting service, I can thoroughly recommend Darren, so check out his website.

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Salamanders Intercessors

I’ve finally finished my ten-man squad of Intercessors! The squad is set up so that I can split it into two five-man squads: one of the battle-brothers has a Forge World shoulder pad so he’s easy to “upgrade” into a Sergeant.

Of course I’ve pre-ordered Adrax Agatone, so expect him to make an appearance on this blog in the next few months!

More pictures below the fold.

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The Sons of the Forge

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.

I still need to paint (or finish painting):

  1. Two three-man Aggressor squads
  2. A five-man Sternguard Veteran squad
  3. A five-man Terminator squad
  4. A five-man Scout Sniper Squad
  5. A Librarian (converted from the model in the Deathwatch Overkill game)
  6. A ten-man Primaris Intercessor squad

I also have ten Mark III tactical Marines and ten Tartaros-pattern Terminators, but I am not sure if I am going to put those into my Salamanders or my Horus Heresy Word Bearers.

You can see blog posts about all of the models in these photos here.

The rest of the pictures are below the fold.

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Salamanders Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought

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.

More pictures below the fold.

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