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Apologist - April 15, 2011 08:51 AM (GMT)
This is taken from the 'alternative art' pages available for free on the Black Library website as part of the preview of Nick Kyme's new book. Since it's up free, I hope it's okay to compile here :)

QUOTE (Promethean Sun)
Salamander Legion
Of all the mighty Space Marine Legions in the Emperor's service during the Great Crusade it was the Salamanders who, despite their relatively low numbers, boasted the largest quantity of flame divisions. During the conquest of planet One-Five-Four Four, the 154th Expedition, Vulkan's army had six full flame divisions, with three of those held in reserve. It is the proliferation of such weapons that predicates or suggest the XVIII Legion's preferred tactic of 'eye-to-eye' warfare, which is ideally suited to a jungle theatre.

Salamander Mantle
Prior to being reunited with the Primarch Vulkan, the Salamanders Legion did not wear their iconic scaled mantle into battle. This affectation was adopted later in honour of Vulkan slaying the mighty Firedrake Kesare, the skull of which he wears upon his shoulder guard. As well as giving the warriors of the Legion a fearsome reptilian aspect, the mantle is also naturally fire resistant and enhances the XVIII's reputation as being true fire-born. It was also during this period that the Salamanders began to adopt some of ht strictures of the Promethean Creed, again as a result of Vulkan's influence, which extols the virtues of self sacrifice, self reliance and endurance

ShroudFilm - April 15, 2011 10:58 AM (GMT)
Good call dude!

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The Red Sorcerer - April 15, 2011 03:16 PM (GMT)
I note that the marines in the cover art have backpacks maching forgeworlds from their Mk II/III range. Suggests that now there are up-to-date official models of the older Mks, subsequent artwork is going to stick much closer to the models when representing older armour.

Oh yeah, and... EXODITES! YAY! :D

MrBojab - April 18, 2011 11:33 AM (GMT)
This is so cool!!!!!
Um, from a modelling perspective, I am doing a post istvaan all vet army, so should I use the mantles as sergeant insignia?
What I mean as identify sergeants by giving them mantles.

Cheers
MrBojab

ShroudFilm - April 18, 2011 12:52 PM (GMT)
Nick Kyme (himself!) says:

"Sure MrBojab, sounds great! Whatever you think looks cool, but in theory ALL Salamanders possess a mantle, since it is a rite of initiation in the Legion. Some wear them on their pauldrons, some as loincloths, some keep them hidden or don't even bring them into battle."

There you go, straight from the mouth of the man who should know. :D

Apologist - April 18, 2011 02:45 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Shroudfilm)
straight from the mouth of the man who should know

Very cool! Now please poke Mr Abnett and ask what colours the Calth Defence Force wear (I'm too shy) :)

Brother-Sergeant Ziegler - June 23, 2011 01:48 PM (GMT)
Damn my A.D.D. and inattention! I guess I'm gonna have to pick someone's brain about Promethian Sun here on the forums...

I actually figured the Sallies would have been one of the last to get any Pre-Heresy coverage. :o

ShroudFilm - June 23, 2011 11:30 PM (GMT)
...or... buy a copy?

Brother-Sergeant Ziegler - June 24, 2011 04:34 AM (GMT)
It sounds like they are out of circulation except for some Games Workshop-run events, which are extremely rare around here unless an 8+ hour drive is undertaken.




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