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40K Hobby: Salamanders Astraeus is All Fired Up

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Mar 10 2020


I recently finished up my biggest painting project ever. Let’s take a closer look.

My Salamanders army needed a centerpiece. Forgeworld makes a lot of great tanks but the oversized hover-y one was really my bag. I’m a sucker for weird designs and the Astraues looks like someone jammed a Land Raider into an Imperial Star Destroyer. And gave it a crazy turret. And it doesn’t hurt that a lot of my Salamanders have undergone the Primaris treatment. Treads aren’t really their deal.

As of writing this I haven’t taken it out for a spin yet so I can’t really say how it performs. Salamanders can’t get quite as much out of the tank as say, Imperial Fists or Iron Hands but the Relentless Determination can help out as it starts to take wounds, and the Promethean Discipline has obvious benefits.

And since I like tanks so much, I have three shiny new Repulsor Executioners to take to the table with it.


Here’s the list I plan to run at the next tournament. Can you say Master of the Forge? All that tank and I still have enough points left over for a little 5CP Batallion. The only problem is there’s no room in the detachment for a lieutenant… with the Master of the Forge do I really need the Captain? I guess I still have time to figure it out. I think it’s a strong list but with all the crazy in the 40k meta right now, I still don’t know if it will get me to the winning table. But what’s important is I managed to cram nearly as much tank as possible into a 2k list, and in the end, isn’t that what winning is really about?

If you want to know how I paint these tanks check out this article on painting Salamanders and this one on painting the flames.

~Hope you enjoyed the article!

Ben Williams
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