Hobby Roundup (Week 6)

Well, unfortunately the joys of real life meant I didn’t get time to update the blog as much as I’d like, so you’ll notice a bit of a jump to week 6! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to pop in a few notes for weeks 4 & 5 retrospectively!  In fairness, though, pretty much no actual hobby except for some vicarious dribbling actually took place, so you didn’t miss much!

I’ve decided I need a bit of an OTT hobby project after being called “sensible” the other day, so I’m currently looking at a fully decked out Deathwatch squad from a range of different chapters.  Mind you, given the rumours of a deathwatch/genestealer cult game coming, I may well hang on.  I am tempted to go sillier though, with an Ork Nobs mob called Wotcha Deff!  Painboy, silvery robot left arms, black armour…. muahahahahaha!

Also considering an Eldar Revenant titan for ludicrous scale silliness!  Knights just aren’t enough!

Currently very into looking at getting Bloodbowl teams sorted out, and Bear has been painting his Armada models which has got me excited to paint up my Armada and X-Wing too.  Time is very difficult at the moment though, with 2 little ones and we’re in birthday season!

I thought the new Space Wolf stuff might get me excited for some old school marine action – my first RT marines were wolves!  The Wulfen pics I’ve seen look like were chicken poses in biker spandex, so not floating my boat …. though in fairness, GW pics are often a bit under par and don’t do models justice.  The new character models are nice though, but I already have Krom from the limited campaign set.

Struggling getting excited for guildhall going through the rules and options, and its the same hangup I have a bit with Malifaux too.  I generally prefer systems like frostgrave or mordheim, where the war band slate is a blank.  Having to pick established characters doesn’t get me into the game quite as much.  Cracking rulesets though.  I was looking at trying to field an all female guildball team, but can’t work out a good way of doing it without losing too many team synergies. 🙁  Mind you, I never win anyway!

Anyways, onwards and upwards!

2016 – The Year of Skirmish!

Well, its 2016, so like everyone else, I’m looking at the New Year and wondering what my hobby plans should be.  I’m not going to go as far as resolutions, as I suspect I’ll crack like a twig at the sight of new shiny models, but I have a definite approach in mind.

2016 is the year of the skirmish (and board) game for me, I think.  Why?  It’s simple – time to paint, time to play.

With 2 small children, and my regular opponent having a small boy too, big chunks of hobby time just don’t come together often, if at all!  Smaller chunks of time for a quick game, though?  Thats possible!  Painting a  few models here and there?  Doable!  Painting a whole army?  Thats more of a stretch, at least without compromising on quality more than I’d like.  In addition, I am a hobby butterfly – without much time to throw at something, I’ll have lost interest in a bigger force before I finish!

So, what’s on the agenda then!  In terms of 28mm gaming, I think there are 3 main games going to be grabbing my time – Dungeon Saga, Star Wars Imperial Assault and Malifaux.  Bloodbowl, Guildball and Frostgrave are all likely to get a turn too, but probably more painting than play time.

Star Wars Armada and Star Wars X-Wing are definitely going to get play time.  Minimal work is needed to field a force, and the games are easy to set up and fun to play.  I’m hoping to customise a 100pts X-Wing tournament force with a squadron paint job too, but thats a bonus extra.

I’m going to mix it up a bit by painting for some of the charity armies for WAAC – so Lanyssa is being purchased for an upcoming Minions (from Warmahordes) army raffle.  I may be moving this year, so not sure I’ll be able to organise a #WAAC 40K raffle like I did last year though – time will be very difficult!

What are the hobby losers then?

  • Infinity looks like it’s not going to get a look in this year.  I love the models, but I don’t have any local opponents to get into it, and the same sort of Sci-Fi slot is being grabbed by Imperial Assault.
  • Age of Sigmar – well, that’s a blog post in its own right, but Dungeon Saga and Frostgrave fill the skirmish end of the fantasy spectrum already.
  • 40K, surprisingly, isn’t likely to get much of a look in.  Despite being my favourite game for years and years, the length of games, setup times and size of forces make it unlikely that I’ll be able to get to play much.  Add in the ongoing rules update costs, and the continual rules emphasis on new or underselling models to keep changing up forces, and I just can’t keep it up.   I might pick a single army to work on over the year, but can’t see myself doing too much, though I may explore the new “Path to Glory” rules and look at maybe doing a 40K warband.
  • Warmahordes – I love the models, but just don’t have time or local opponents to get really into it.  My Cygnar are likely to go unpainted and unfielded!  Shame, as I love my swans.
  • Dropzone Commander – I absolutely love this game, but just don’t think I’m going to get time to sort out a new system and build techniques for painting a new scale in large numbers.

I don’t plan on axing or reducing my collection unless it becomes necessary, but will be aiming to have a much smaller collection of active games and models.  However, hoping to keep hobby enthusiasm high and participate more in things like Vassal and as part of the Warmongers over on twitter!

2015 in Wargaming – Kipper’s Thoughts

Its been a very interesting year in terms of hobby!  I think the key word for 2015 has to be “change”.

There are 2 major forces for change, I think.  The first is that some major franchises are pushing into the wargaming space.  Aliens vs Predator and Star Wars Imperial Assault hits the 28mm sci-fi skirmish scene, Star Wars X-Wing and Star Trek Attack Wing hit starship dogfighting, and Star Wars Armada and Halo Fleet battle hit strategic fleet battle simulations.  People who wouldn’t dream of playing Warhammer 40K are playing these and getting sucked into the wider hobby.

The 2nd big change has been the demolition of Warhammer Fantasy Battle and its replacement with Age of Sigmar, a much simpler game with a much higher fantasy tone.  Some people love it, others hate it, but it has certainly opened up a lot of eyes to trying new games and systems.  People who never dreamed of buying anything but GW miniatures now happily buy miniatures from all sorts of places to play a wide range of games.  The world of fantasy games in particular is now much more open.

There are other factors as well – Infinity and Malifaux go from strength to strength, and Guildball has been massively popular out of nowhere in the fantasy sports arena.  But people do seem to be really looking at the broader industry to a much greater degree than ever before, and the quality of mixtures and games has skyrocketed.

I know my hobby patterns have been shaken up massively this year.  I’ve got into Malifaux a little, and got into Star Wars X-Wing and Armada a LOT!  The death of Warhammer Fantasy has paradoxically got me very excited about fantasy models again, and  I’ve been enthused for lots of new games, like Kings of War, Frostgrave, Of Gods and Mortals, classic 3rd edition and 6th edition warhammer.   Dark Elves have been resurrected, and Dungeon Saga has opened me up to new model lines – a mantic undead army is tempting in 2016!

40K isn’t getting me excited like it used to.  Some individual models being released are magnificent, but the general trend is leaving me a bit cold.  I’m not sure why – I think its the new scale of battles.  It feels like replicating the old epic stuff in 28mm – I don’t really want to play with loads of fliers and titans (though I may have and Eldar Titan to paint up in 2016!!!) and superheavy tanks.  I really enjoyed 5th edition with infantry on the ground.  I’m still enjoying painting models, like my tyranids, but it’d take some pretty amazing offers or superb models for me to buy much.  Of course, I suspect a cracking novel or a good game or two will change that up entirely! 😀

I’ve also broadened my paint selection quite a lot! I’ve moved from GW only through Army Painter, and now into Vallejo, particularly model air and airbrushing!   I’m now very keen on finding the best paint for the job regardless of brand…. though I do prefer dropper pots!

I’ve seen a big move to gaming online between physical events, with x-wing, armada, malifaux and guildhall all having strong presence and support on Vassal. Infinity relies a little more on 3d and line of sight, but there are infinity modules too.  It helps encourage people to know the rules and play, and really strengthens the community around the games.

 

Although I haven’t been able to game as much as I’d like taking part in events like #WAAC charity raffles have been tremendous fun and very rewarding!  In more ways than one, having won a force of Malifaux Ressurectionists!  I hope I’ll get more games in, and more painting time next year, but most of all I hope its just as much fun!

Salamanders – Updates and New Codex Points!

If you want to enter the raffle (until the end of July 2015) go here:

https://www.justgiving.com/WAAC-40K-Salamanders

This is an updated post with finalised donations and an idea of the new codex points values, together with completed photos wherever possible!  Please note the bases have been updated from the individual photos for a unified snow theme!

Bar a few models still to arrive or be finished, these are all currently either with me, @paintysim or on display in Dark Sphere in London!  Any models not ready to be shipped are not in bold in the list below, as we can’t guarantee the arrival of donations, though we’re pretty confident of these judging by the WIP pics!  I’m still finishing off my own pledge!  Naughty Kipper!

Dark Sphere have been fantastic!  They have donated  KR cases to hold the entire army, and raffle tickets can be picked up from them in store.  The draw will be held in store so people can see it in person on Sunday August 2nd.

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@Rekeiji has tremendously generously donated a brand new Adeptus Astartes codex, so the army will come with everything you need to field the force as well as store it!

This list can obviously be tweaked a bit by adding relics, downgrading veteran sergeants to veterans and so on, and formation bonuses can change points costs, but the total is looking like 4022pts if you took the options below!  Thats a fantastic prize!

HQ – 945pts

Terminator Librarian – Mastery 2, Force Maul (115pts) (donated by @evilkipper, converted and painted by @Dark_Eye_Jay)

Dark_Eye_Jay - Librarian

Terminator Captain – Chapter Master Upgrade, Thunder hammer, combi-flamer (180pts) (donated and painted by @gamingking1616)

GamingKing1616 - Captain.jpg

Forge Father He’Stan Vulkan (190pts) (donated and painted by @nationoflee)

nationoflee - vulkan.jpg

Chaplain with Plasma Pistol (105pts) (donated and painted by @darrenbogus)

DarrenBogus - Chaplain Front.jpg

Chaplain with Jump Pack (130pts) – thunder hammer proxying for Power Fist (donated and painted by @gamingking1616)

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Terminator Chaplain (120pts) (donated and painted by @paintysim)

PaintySim - Chaplain

Librarian – Plasma Pistol, Mastery Level 2 (105pts) (donated and painted by @rallyfox)

rallyfox - librarian front.jpg

Troops – 1017pts (822pts completed)

Tactical Squad – 175pts – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolters, 1xflamer, 1xmissile launcher with flakk (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @gamingking1616)

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Tactical Squad – 175pts – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolters, 1xflamer, 1xmissile launcher with flakk , Rhino (205pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @vidpui)

Vidpui - Tactical Squad

Tactical Squad – 155pts – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 8 SM with bolters, 1 x flamer (anonymous donation, painted by @paintysim)

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Tactical Combat Squad – 109pts – Vet Sergeant (combi-melta), 4 SM with bolters, 1xflamer (donated and painted by @Dorns_Templar)

Dorns_Templar - Tac Squad

Tactical Combat Squad – 70pts – 5 Marines with bolters (donated by @EvilKipper, painted by @Elessarion30)

Scout Squad – 65pts – 4 with shotguns, Veteran Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (@evilkipper)

Scout Squad – 65pts – 4 with Bolters, Veteran Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (@EvilKipper)

Scout Squad – 65pts – 4 with bolt pistol and CCW, Veteran Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (@Evilkipper)

Scout Squad – Heavy Bolter, 3 with Bolters, Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (73pts)(donated by @evilkipper and painted @ticosminis)

ticosminis - scouts.jpg

Scout Squad – Veteran Sergeant, Combat Blades (65pts) – (@donated and painted by @vidpui)

Vidpui - Scouts

Elites – 950pts (775pts completed)

Assault Centurions – 175pts – Veteran Sergeant, 2 Centurions (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Vanguard Veterans – 260pts – (4x TH and SS, Sarge with TH and Stormshield, Jump Packs) (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Husker04 - Vanguard Vets

Assault Terminators 205pts – 3 TH,2LC  (Donated and painted by @docbungle – completed)

DocBungle - Assault Terminators

Ironclad Dreadnaught 165pts – Heavy Flamer, 2 Hunter Killer Missiles (other options included) (Donated and painted by @ryglore)

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Ironclad Dreadnaught – 145pts – , Chain Fist, Heavy flamer (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Husker04 - Ironclad

Fast Attack – 360pts (270pts completed)

Rhino – 35pts (Donated by @evilkipper, Painted by @GamingKing1616)

GamingKing1616 - Rhino

Rhino – 35pts (Donated by @evilkipper, Painted by @vidpui)

Vidpui - Rhino

Razorback – 55pts (Donated and Painted by @Dorns_Templar)

{Awaiting picture}

Drop Pod – 35pts (Anonymous Donation, painted by @paintysim)

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Assault Squad – 140pts – Vet sergeant with power fist and plasma pistol, 3 AM, 1 x Flamer, Jump Packs (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @ticosminis)

ticosminis - assault marines.jpg

Landspeeeder – 60pts – Multimelta, Heavy Flamer (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @vidpui)

Vidpui - Landspeeder

Heavy Support 550pts – (120pts completed)

Stormraven – Hurricane Bolters, TL Multimeltas, TL Assault Cannons (230pts) (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

{awaiting picture}

Stalker/Hunter (70pts) – (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

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Devastator Squad (120pts) – 4 x Multimeltas, Veteran Sergeant (@donated and painted by TolSenti – Completed)

Tolsenti - Devastator Squad

Terrain 40pts

Promethium Pipes (40pts) (@donated and painted by @PaintySim – Completed)

Paintysim - Pipes

Allied Legion of the Damned Detachment – 160pts

Legion of the Damned Squad – 160pts – sergeant with power axe and plasma pistol, 3x bolters,1xflamer  (@evilkipper donated, @Elessarion30 to paint – completed)

Elessarion30 - LotD Front

 

Salamanders Update #WAAC #40Kraffle

A new update page using the new codex can be found here:

7th Ed Codex update!

It has a close to final list of all the minis you could win, updated pictures and more.

UPDATE:  @docbungle somewhat pre-empted it and publicised the Just Giving page for the #WAAC #40Kraffle!  If you want to participate to win this awesome force, head over to 

https://www.justgiving.com/WAAC-40K-Salamanders

Note that the donations go straight to MacMillan via JustGiving- we don’t handle it at all!

UPDATE 2:  All the points in this list so far are still based on the old codex.  Its not been long 🙂  With the number of tac squads and marines, I think it’d actually be possibly to break it up into 2 valid demi-companies and command for a brutal list!

@PaintySim has done amazing things sorting out a basing day and additional donations – if you have any questions or want to get involved, feel free to harass her if you can’t get hold of me! 😀

Well, the Salamanders are starting to come together!  Here’s an updated list, with pictures of completed units where available!  Whats very cool is that we already have a valid, deployable army over a thousand points (1359pts) completed, with a range of HQ options (1500+ points completed in total! out of over 3500pts):

HQ – Vulkan + Termie Captain – 331pts

Troops  – 2 x Scouts  – 138pts

Elites – Assault Termies, Ironclads – 360pts

Fast Attack – Assault Squad, Landspeeder – 210pts

Heavy Support – Devastator Squad – 120pts

Terrain – Promethium Pipes 40

LotD Allies – 160pts

HQ – 1021pts (871pts completed)

Terminator Librarian – Mastery 2, Force Maul (115pts) (donated by @evilkipper, @Dark_Eye_Jay to paint – completed)

Dark_Eye_Jay - Librarian

Terminator Captain – Thunder hammer, combo-flamer (141pts) (donated and painted by @gamingking1616 – completed)

GamingKing1616 - Captain.jpg

Forge Father He’Stan Vulkan (190pts) (donated and painted by @nationoflee -completed and with @EvilKipper!)

nationoflee - vulkan.jpg

Master of the Forge (140pts) (donated and painted by @jontydoesgaming)

Chaplain with Plasma Pistol (105pts) (donated and painted by @darrenbogus – completed and with @EvilKipper!)

DarrenBogus - Chaplain Front.jpg

Chaplain with Jump Pack (105pts) (donated and painted by @gamingking1616 – Completed)

gamingking1616 - Chaplain front.jpg

Terminator Chaplain (120pts) (donated and painted by @paintysim – Completed and with @paintysim)

PaintySim - Chaplain

Librarian – Plasma Pistol, Mastery Level 2 (105pts) (donated and painted by @rallyfox – Completed and with @EvilKipper)

rallyfox - librarian front.jpg

Troops – 951pts (138 completed)

Tactical Squad – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolsters, 1xmeltagun, 1x heavy bolter , Rhino (205pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @gamingking1616 – Rhino Completed!)

GamingKing1616 - Rhino

Tactical Squad – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolsters, 1xmeltagun, 1x heavy bolter , Rhino (205pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @vidpui)

Tactical Squad – Vet Sergeant (chainsword & bolt pistol), 7 SM with bolsters, 1xflamer, 1x ML, Razorback with TL lascannon (245pts) (donated and painted by @Dorns_Templar)

Tactical Combat Squad (70pts) – 5 Marines with bolters (donated by @EvilKipper, painted by @Elessarion30)

Dedicated Transport – Drop Pod (35pts) – (Donated by Dan, painted by @PaintySim)

Scout Squad – 4 with shotguns, Veteran Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (65pts)(@evilkipper to donate and paint)

Scout Squad – Heavy Bolter, 3 with Bolters, Sergeant with CCW and Bolt Pistol (73pts)(@evilkipper to donate and @ticosminis to paint – completed)

ticosminis - scouts.jpg

Scout Squad – Veteran Sergeant, Combat Blades (65pts) – (@donated and painted by @vidpui – completed)

vidpui - scouts.jpg

Elites – 990pts (360pts completed)

Assault Centurions (190pts) – (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Vanguard Veterans (4x TH and SS, Sarge with TH and Stormshield) (295pts) (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Assault Terminators (3 TH,2LC) (215pts) (Donated and painted by @docbungle – completed)

docbungle - assault termies.jpg

Ironclad Dreadnaught (145pts) (all options included) (Donated and painted by @ryglore – completed and with @paintysim)

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Ironclad Dreadnaught (145pts) (Donated and painted by @husker04)

Fast Attack – 210pts (210pts completed)

Assault Squad – Vet sergeant with power fist and plasma pistol, 3 AM, 1 x Flamer (140pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @ticosminis – completed)

ticosminis - assault marines.jpg

Landspeeeder – Multimelta, Heavy Flamer (70pts) (donated by @evilkipper, painted by @vidpui – completed)

vidpui - landspeeder.jpg

Heavy Support 550pts – (120pts completed)

Stormraven – Hurricane Bolters, TL Multimeltas, TL Assault Cannons (230pts) (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Predator – 140pts, lascannon sponsons, twinlinks las (Magnetised for options) – @M0o0o0h to donate and paint)

stalker/hunter (70pts) – (@SpectralRaziel donating and painting)

Devastator Squad (120pts) – 4 x Multimeltas, Veteran Sergeant (@donated and painted by TolSenti – Completed)

Tolsenti - Devastator Squad

Terrain 40pts (40pts completed)

Promethium Pipes (40pts) (@donated and painted by @PaintySim – Completed)

Paintysim - Pipes

Allied Legion of the Damned Detachment – 160pts (160pts completed)

Legion of the Damned Squad – sergeant with power axe and plasma pistol, 3x bolters,1xflamer (160pts) (@evilkipper donated, @Elessarion30 to paint – completed)

Elessarion30 - LotD Front

 

Building an army for new 40K players

Building a 40K army has changed quite a lot over the years, so I thought it might be worth jotting down my thoughts on putting together an army list. The main book tries to keep it simple, so it can be tweaked for each individual codex for each army, but that does leave it rather confusing too!

(Do take a look at my earlier post here which looks more at choice of army rather than the structure)

Bound and Unbound

First, there are two basic types of army.  The first is called bound and essentially means that your army list is built entirely matching some of the various formations and detachments that are available (we’ll come to those in a moment).  The second is called unbound and means, basically, that you are fielding whatever models you have without some of the normal combinations.  You might have some detachments or formations in an unbound army (and may get their additional benefits too!) – it just means that you’ve broken some of the normal army building rules, and it’s great for narrative games.

Formations and Detachments

Well, these are actually pretty much terms for the same thing in practice.  I think when the edition was first written, it was intended that “Detachment” would be an army list sized group, or close to it, while “Formation” was designed to be used for small platoon or even squad sized groups, but they are pretty much interchangeable now.  I think technically detachment is applicable if there are bonuses that only apply if your army is “bound” while formations are self contained.

There are two detachments in the main book – the Combined Arms Detachment (which is the standard force org chart we’ve used over the last few editions of 40K), and the Allies Detachment (which is what we’ve used as standard for allies for a while too!).  You have to take a HQ unit, and certain number of troops, and it puts restrictions on the number of each type of unit you can take.  If everything in your army is part of a detachment or formation, then these detachments grant some extra bonuses – objective secured for the CAD, which means troops override other types if near objectives.

Early releases in 6th edition used those two detachments, and additional formations were sometimes provided in additional Dataslates.  More recently, we’re seeing large numbers of formations and detachments within the codexes themselves – whether its unusual formations like the Harlequin and Necron codexes, or the simpler ones for Legion of the Damned or Codex Inquisition.

Where it gets a little more complex is some of the more advanced detachments are built out of smaller formations, and the bonuses stack.  Codex Necrons has a detachment built entirely out of smaller formations, and it allows some really nasty sets of bonuses to be built up.

Thoughts

When written, I feel the original concept was to have a simple standard detachment for tournament games, and a slight advantage for following “traditional” patterns of armies, while allowing new players to field whatever they had, and for experienced players to try out those wacky fluffy concepts like dreadnaughts defending an abandoned fortress monastery from an work horde.

In practise, the ability to combine any number of detachments and formations means that you can generally build a legal “bound” army that gets you 99% of the way there.  You can take a valid “bound” army of Eldar with all wraith warriors using a data slate, for example. There are Space wolf formations of dreadnaughts that could be used to get you towards a dreadnaught only army.

My recommendation would be that a starting player go with the combined arms detachment from the main book as a starting point.  One HQ and 2 troops is a great starting point, I think, and it stops you overloading on one type of specialist troop like elites, fast attack or heavy support.  Use unbound armies for custom games to tell stories, and get jazzy with formations once you have a better grip on the basics.

Painting Salamanders (#WAAC #40KRaffle)

I thought I’d post up a useful guide to painting Salamanders, based on some of the cracking work by @SpectralRaziel and @GamingKing1616.  I’ll try to keep this up to date with any suggestions on painting Salamanders flesh, vehicles and alternative paint range choices too, and maybe for drake scales and flame effects as we go on too.

With the current GW Paint Range, the recommendation is:

  1. Basecoat with the Caliban Green Base
  2. Wash with Nuln Oil
  3. Layer with Warpstone Glow.
  4. Edge with Moot Green

It gets an overall result like this, which I think you’ll agree really pops! (pic by @spectralraziel)  More layering and blending could be done, but if we all stick to roughly that spectrum it’ll match very nicely.

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@GamingKing1616 has been using the older GW paint range, and has achieved some excellent results by:

  1. Basecoating with Dark Angels Green
  2. Layering with Snot Green
  3. Washing with Nuln Oil
  4. Layering back with with Snot Green.
  5. Highlight with Goblin Green

Though a final edge highlight with maybe Moot green would match it up nicely! (Pics from @gamingking1616)

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Painting Salamanders Skin

@GamingKing1616 has had some amazing results painting the skin with Rhinox hide and some mournfang brown highlights.  Red eyes, of course, and hair in black with some gentle grey highlights or dry brush.  I thoroughly recommend something similar (even though the grognard in me thinks fondly back to the orange haired rogue trader Salamanders!