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This log will be a continuation of my Ashbringers (Salamanders 3rd company), the log for which can be found here:

http://www.heresy-online.net/forums/showthread.php?t=46698

I've decided to chuck up a new log as i'm intending to move away from the 3rd company, and expand the other sections of my army. Hopefully this week i'll be re-shooting photos of my force to date, and uploading them all to the Army Showcase, as it's a great feature of heresy and it'll be nice to have them all in one place.

So, the aims for this log are:

2 x scout squads
1 x vulkan he'stan
1 x sternguard squad
1 x assault termie squad

In addition i'll also be reworking my master of the forge, adding a new chaplain, a librarian and hopefully brayarth ashmantle from IA10 once forgeworld has him on sale.

These are all things i've wanted to do for a long time, but i think my skills have developed to teh point where i can really pull my ideas off now.....so here we go!

I couldn't leave you without some pics, so here's the first 2 projects being undertaken.

Scout Squad caudata:

I've done scouts before, but they were one of my first paint jobs after coming back to the hobby and i'm not really happy with them. The metal ones have been stripped and will be re-painted soon, but i also had some plastics lying around. The problem with the plastics is I loathe the heads....they look ridiculous, and I like to have all my marines either wearing or carrying a helmet. I've seen Pig Iron heads used to solve this problem in several places, so i decided to give them a try. The results aren't half bad, and i like them a lot more than the plastic scout heads.



Vulkan:


I like the official sculpt, but his pose doesn't sit well with me. I also like trying out new things and creating my own characters, so i really had to convert my own Vulkan.

I've spent countless hours looking through Vulkan conversions, and this is an amalgamation of ides i've nicked, and a few of my own ideas.





The body is sicarius, with a wolf fist chopped together with a lightning claw to make the gauntlet.



I got quite lucky in the last 2 months with the release of the FW sallie pads and the GK kits, as they filled 2 gaps in my model that I was struggling to source parts for. The staff is perfect for the spear shaft in conjunction with sicaruius (i might mount him higher up to straighten the spear out though), and once i've decided on what to use for the tip I think it'll look pretty sexy.

The next step is to complete the obvious clean up work, then start sculpting the loin cloth and mantle. I'm not sure whether the mantle will be formed from the cloak itself, or if i'll sculpt it on top like the space wolf pelts. Either way i'm a bit anxious about my abilities to pull it off well, but nothing ventured as they say.....

C&C is very much welcome, and any thoughts on the spear tip, mantle or anything else to do with these conversions will be appreciated :victory:

Unto the anvil of war!
 

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Looking good Varakir. I am much more impressed by the unpainted FW shoulder pads. I was hoping that the horrid pictures on the FW website was just due to a hasty paint job and that seems to be the case. The conversion is going well, I like the Pig Iron heads on the scouts, and I am really looking forward to seeing Ashmantle completed. I will be following your progress.
 

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I like the conversions, but something's bugging me about Vulkan's staff...
In the pics in the codex it was more of a halberd, and that just looks too much like a libby's staff.
Or maybe that's just me :laugh: and great work on all the rest.
 

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Thanks for the warm reception on Vulkan, i'm really looking forward to getting him completed :)

something's bugging me about Vulkan's staff...
In the pics in the codex it was more of a halberd, and that just looks too much like a libby's staff.
You read the bit where I said I was replacing the top right? :wink:
 

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Solid work.

The only thing that bugs me is it seems like Vulkan has a really long neck...anyone else seeing that? :search:
 

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subscribed to this thread... as my army, the sons of hephaestus, is a successor chapter, it wont hurt to take a look here for inspiration so once in a while ;)
 

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Solid work.

The only thing that bugs me is it seems like Vulkan has a really long neck...anyone else seeing that? :search:
Yup I am :wink:

I haven't done anything on the head yet, so I still need to remove the neck and the scorpion motif.
 

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Subscribing to this thread too as I need all the inspiration I can get for my Salamanders company.
 

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Awesome..the original sculpt for Vulkan He'stan is slightly out of proportion and cartoonish in my opinion.

YOU HAVE TO MAKE HIS CLOAK DRAGONSCALED.

Good job so far, can't wait till you complete it.
 

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thats a great vulkan conversion! as a fellow lizard myself, i understand how frustrating the vulkan conversion gets... aargghhh... been trying to get mine right for a year.
 

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hey, I'm starting (well close to finishing) my Salamander army as well. I saw all of your plog and it looks amazing! So I was wondering if you could visit my plog and advice me or give me suggestions about conversions or painting techniques... thank you in advance :D
 
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