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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-03-14, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Default Dragons of Mars - Salamanders successor chapter

So, I've decided to start on my successor chapter to the Salamanders, the Dragons of Mars.
The primary HQ I'm intending on using will be a Librarian, using pyromancy. Yeah, I know not the greatest of the purge it with flame things out there but thematically fun. Definitely be throwing a Captain and a Techmarine into the mix when I decide how they are to look.

So, feeling inspired by Varakir's Salamander Librarian, I modeled my own. I like the DV Librarian and even have one in a DA army.

Still in progress. I reworked the right arm so the hand is turned up as if he was gatherhing the flame to lay waste to those foul xenos. Along with having his sword arm positioned to be slightly disdainful of those enemies he's about to burn. Added some flames to the edge of the sword, more thematic then anything else. The shoulder pad got cleared of the DA icons and I built some slightly overlarge scales for that. These scales are going to be primarily for the HQ and Elite units.
Still not sure what I'm doing on his chest. Debating putting either the imperial eagle or a gear, if I can find one small enough, there.
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Incredible flame effect.

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woot, salamander project log!

Really like your gs work on the flames so far, he's gonna look awesome painted up. Have you got any fluff for these guys and what scheme are you going for?

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Personally I think the scales on his shoulder are too big. I think they'd look better if they were smaller and more compact.

But damn, those flames! Bravo! I wish I could compete with that. Looking forward to seeing it painted

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Nice flames! I'll hope to have mine look as impressive when I do mine's on my Avatar.

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I like the conversion, next time I see someone asking for advice on green stuff fireballs, I'll be sending them your way!


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The scales did look a bit more turtle-shell-like than dragon/reptile skin.
Working on a new scale pattern and the captain.
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So tried a bunch of different techniques to the shoulder pad scales. Was really looking to get that layered scale pattern but my molding skills, and tools, are not up to succeeding at that. So I went with a different scale pattern. Which after the frustration of the other attempts I'm actually happy with.

Once I got the trick to those scales down I also put together the scales for the Captain. Which I used the new limited Space Marine Captain. (I was originally going to use him for the Imperial Fist army I recently felt like doing.) Additionally, modeled flames to be coming off the Iron Halo.

As far as color scheme I'm going to go with this blue and red scheme;

Though, I'm thinking of making the blue a bit lighter and adding a half gear symbol to the backside of the dragonhead, (which is just the salamander's symbol reversed.) Haven't tried to design that yet.
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Diggin' that DV Librarian conversion! Really looking forward to seeing the blue armour painted up with the flames.

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Don't know how your painting is but instead of sculpting the scales you could free hand them? Pretty sure Chapterhouse do some conversion shoulder pads for Salamanders


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