Space Marines Preview: Sons of Vulkan

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s look at the Imperial Fists, today we’re taking a look at Codex Supplement: Salamanders. Throw another log and/or heretic on the fire and gather round to learn more.

This article was originally published on the Warhammer-community site.

Who Are They?

The Lords of Nocturne are born in fire and forged in battle – they are humanity’s finest warriors and artisan craftsmen. As the heirs of the Primarch Vulkan,* they are bearers of baleful fire and possess the strength to hammer their adversaries into ruin.

On the Battlefield

Take the deepest dive ever into the Salamanders Chapter. The codex supplement features full details of their organisation, including the Salamanders’ history from the glory days of the Great Crusade right up to the Era Indomitus. Read accounts of their greatest victories, as well as a look at each company, exploring why there are only seven of them.

It also contains datasheets for two unique units (Adrax Agatone and Vulkan He’stan) and a whole raft of special rules for the Salamanders and their successor Chapters.

The Salamanders’ love of flamer and melta weaponry manifests as a new Chapter ability, Promethean Cult. Since you can’t switch to the Tactical Doctrine until the second turn, you can spend your first making sure that you get into range with your various heat weapons to then absolutely devastate your enemies.

The fires of Nocturne that burn in the hearts of the commanders of the Salamanders are represented by six new Warlord Traits. If you’ve packed your force with lots of flamer weapons, then you’ll want to choose Lord of Fire.

Of course, fire isn’t just an offensive weapon. Thanks to the new Promethean discipline, you can use the Fire Shield psychic power to protect your own warriors.

As you’d expect from such master artisans, the Chapter fortress-monastery on the moon Prometheus is packed with a wide variety of beautifully crafted but deadly weapons such as Drake-smiter. While your enemy breaks themselves on the anvil of your Salamanders, what could be better to finish them off than a big hammer?

The only drawback to flamer weaponry is that it’s possible to roll badly for your number of shots. Well, the Salamanders have got you covered. With the Flamecraft Stratagem, you can guarantee the maximum number of shots from your fiery firepower. This means that you’re guaranteed 12 hits when you use the incendium cannon on your Invictor Tactical Warsuit!

That’s just a small sample of the goodness contained within the hot new Codex Supplement: Salamanders. If you like your Space Marines friendly(ish) and flame-toting, make sure you get a copy.

Adrax Agatone

Adrax Agatone is the Captain of the 3rd Company, known as the Pyroclasts. Like the warriors he commands, he is a bringer of burning death. Adrax comes armed with two unique weapons – Drakkis, a hand flamer, and Malleus Noctum, a thunder hammer.

As with all Space Marines Captains, he has the Rites of Battle aura ability as well as an additional one called Unto the Anvil. Combined with the Shock Attack rule, this will mean that your Salamanders hit harder than a herd of Grox in close combat.

He’s also equipped with a special piece of wargear – a cloak which protects him from the worst of incoming damage.

Adrax Agatone is a great choice to lead your Salamanders army into the crucible of battle, as is Vulkan He’stan, whose datasheet is also featured in the codex supplement.


Codex Supplement: Salamanders and Adrax Agatone are available to pre-order from Saturday. Get ready to turn your foes to ash now by picking up a unit of Primaris Aggressors and equipping them with flamestorm gauntlets.


* Learn more about the Primarch of the Salamanders in the awesome Vulkan: Lord of Drakes from Black Library.

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12 Responses to “Space Marines Preview: Sons of Vulkan”

  1. Anvil
    Jeffrey R Sas October 17, 2019 7:55 am #

    That’s a spicy meatball, pun intended.

    1 Aggressor model with Flamecraft puts out about the same firepower as a 10 man tactical squad with bolters.

    Sternguard squads in drop pods with the marksman successor trait can dish out some pain turn 2 with flamecraft. Toss in a Lieutenant with that 9 man squad for extra hurt.

    Definitely excited to see the other stuff this saturday when the review videos start coming out. Lot of potential list-styles, curious to see which one will stand out on top.

    • Reecius
      Reecius October 17, 2019 8:56 am #

      Just wait till you see the rest of it, it is truly wild how much damage they can do.

      • Anvil
        Jeffrey R Sas October 17, 2019 9:21 am #

        *drool* My army might finally be able to make a dent while keeping it somewhat fluffy.

        • Reecius
          Reecius October 17, 2019 11:32 am #

          They play like the lore would suggest, IMO. That’s one thing the Marine supplements really got right.

  2. Ohlmann October 17, 2019 9:36 am #

    I am pretty concerned about the amount of damage that represent (especially the +1 to wound), but let’s wait a game before panicking.

    • Kitani October 17, 2019 9:45 am #

      Well neither melta nor flamers are especially good, so it should be fine.

    • Reecius
      Reecius October 17, 2019 11:32 am #

      Oh, lol, just wait. It’s nuts how hard they can hit. Like, 11 out of 10. The only saving grace is that you have to get close to do it.

      • NeonKatt October 17, 2019 5:32 pm #

        Insert JoJo quote

        Iron hands: “Oh you are approaching ME!”

        Salamanders: “I can’t beat the shit out of you without getting closer”

      • Anvil
        Jeffrey R Sas October 19, 2019 8:44 am #

        Sweet geebus, you weren’t kidding 0.0

        • Reecius
          Reecius October 19, 2019 1:48 pm #

          Yeah, it is well and truly mind boggling.

          As I said, the only limitation is delivering the units into range to obliterate everything.

          • Dakkath October 19, 2019 9:31 pm
            #

            Oh hey, look, drop pods

          • Reecius
            Reecius October 20, 2019 7:42 am
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            Most of the truly powerful combos don’t work out of a Drop Pod, some very good ones do, but not the most powerful.

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