40K SHOWCASE: GentleBen’s Salamanders

Get ready for one of the best Salamanders armies you’ve ever seen!

Take it away Gentleben:

“This is my first 40k army in ten long years! I came back to Games Workshop since I liked a lot of the changes to simplify 8th edition. I had a lot of Space Marines left over from some commissions many years back so I decided they would be the core my new army. At first I thought I’d make up my own chapter but let’s face it… no one wants to hear you talk about your custom chapter. Then I thought I would do Dark Angels but they can’t use Centurions and a box of those was one of my first purchases (unfortunately before I looked at their points cost – yikes).

That really just left the Salamanders. I wanted to start an army of them back when Codex Armageddon came out, but I was still in college and didn’t have the time or the money. Now suddenly all these years later they had one of the best chapter tactics in the new Codex. Yes that did influence the decision a little. I also liked the fact that they had a lot of potential for little conversions here and there. The green with orange accents makes for a striking color scheme as well. I hadn’t initially planned for the big loud flames on the vehicles but all those panels begged for some extra details.

I’ve been working on this army since last October. This is the first project I’ve really used an airbrush on, and it has helped speed up the working time dramatically. There are around thirty more marines not shown here since tactical squads all kind of look the same. Especially with Salamanders who don’t use squad markings. Speaking of those, all the salamander heads and flames on all the shoulderpads are made by myself using a laser cutter.

I’m still working on the army and I have no idea when I’ll be ready to call the project done. Since Larry took these pictures I’ve added two Techmarines, three dreadnoughts, and three custom Armorium Cherubs to the force. Currently I’m working on a Grav Cannon Devastator Squad. I also definitely want at least one of each flyer and enough Primaris Marines to have a full 2,000 of them to play with as well. And I guess I’ll have to paint those Centurions some day. I’ll be sure to post more pics when the whole thing is done – on BoLS and also on my own blog toomini. I also want to get a simple Salamander painting tutorial finished at some point so keep your eyes out for that too.”

~Give it up for Gentleben! Amazing work!


  • LankTank

    Theu look great! Wush I had your commitment to paint out a whole army in less than a year! I mean I play nilurgle and havnt painted jack all XD

  • benn grimm

    Nice work, particularly like the flaming pants. Disagree on the custom chapter thing though, I’m always happy and interested even to hear about/see new creations. Far more interesting than yet another cookie cutter smurf/BA/DA/space puppy army and some great chapter color schemes have come from people making up their own, which in turn ended up in the codex and lore.

    • I believe the Scouts and their pants are based on the original Rogue Trader – Badab War paint scheme for the Salamanders. Nice callback.

      • benn grimm

        Cool, good spot, thanks for the tip.

  • delobius

    Great looking army – really clean. I love it.

  • Korean Kodiak

    I am impressed by the crispness of his paint jobs, espically on the vehicles. Airbrushed?

  • BillyBillstone

    Burnerific!!!! Truly Awesome Work!