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Space Marine Apocalypse Formations Warhammer 40k - List & Rules - Part 4

Updated on July 20, 2013
Space Marine Apocalypse Formations
Space Marine Apocalypse Formations

Introduction

Murphy, here, and I'm back to finally review the details of the Space Marine Apocalypse Formations for the brand new Apocalypse 40k release! You can follow me on Twitter (@BenMurphy) to get instant updates on new articles, reviews, and general gaming goodness.

If you haven't read my original Apocalypse 40k Review, you can find the link directly below, as well as links to my other Apocalypse Formations articles:

Strap on your power pack and don your helmet because we're about to ride a drop pod straight into the middle of crap storm of Astartes firepower. Let's go!

Space Marine Apocalypse Formations
Space Marine Apocalypse Formations

Space Marine Apocalypse Formations

First of all, the new Apocalypse rulebook has formations for vanilla space marines as well as for the chapter specific codexes like the Blood Angels. I've already covered the Blood Angels and Grey Knights formations in my earlier Apocalypse Formations review (click the link in the previous section above). The formations I will be covering here are for "vanilla" marines in the standard space marine codex.

It should be noted, however, that space marines of any chapter can take the formations I am listing here. The Apocalypse rulebook says so! There is no reason why a Space Wolves army can't be fielded as an entire Space Marine Company or have Masters of the Chapter. So read on and enjoy the variety!

Masters of the Chapter

This is a High Command formation, made up of HQ characters and their retinue. High Command formations have special rules such as gaining an extra Strategic Asset and a few others. This formation has some extra special rules, of course, listed in italics below.

  • 1 Chapter Master
  • 0-1 Honor Guard
  • 4-10 Captains
  • May select THREE additional Strategic Assets during the first scheduled break instead of the usual one. Also, while the Chapter Master uses his Sons of the Primarch rule, all the captains gain a 3+ invulnerable for the turn.

Murphy's Take:

This a great formation because it gives you supreme tactical flexibility. Your side will be gaining 3 extra Strategic Assets, and early enough in the game that they can make a real difference. Of course, a unit of 4-10 Captains with all their wargear is going to be a killer melee unit as well! I'd worry about the points investment, but this is Apocalypse, where points don't really matter!

Space Marine Apocalypse Formations 40k
Space Marine Apocalypse Formations 40k

Armored Spearhead

Unfortunately, the space marine list only has a single armored spearhead formation, using Predator tanks. I thought for sure there would be some Land Raider formation in here, but . . . oh, wait! There IS a Land Raider formation under the Black Templars section for the Warzone: Armageddon section. I guess I can cover that here, too.

Crusader Hailstorm Squadron

  • 3-4 Land Raider Crusaders
  • Transport Capacity of all Land Raider Crusaders is reduced to 10 models to carry extra ammunition.
  • 2+ of the Land Raiders can combine their shooting attacks to make a special attack: 24" Str 4 AP 5, Apocalyptic Barrage Heavy X where X is the number of Land Raiders combining their attacks.

Predator Assassin Squadron

  • 3-4 Predators
  • Pick an enemy unit after deployment and you can only target that enemy until it is destroyed. All shots fired may re-roll To Hit rolls against it. Also, if a lascannon predator hits the target with all 3 lascannons, the hit can be upgraded to Destroyer strength!

Murphy's Take:

I like that three simple predators can turn into Titan killers. You won't be one-shotting one, but with the lascannons becoming a Detroyer weapon if all three hit, you can really surprise your enemy. The nice thing is that this formation can take casualties and still pull the trick off because the attack is from a specific model, not the whole formation in its entirety . . . and each Predator equipped with three lascannons can do it!

Space Marine Apocalypse Formations 40k
Space Marine Apocalypse Formations 40k

Bring 'em All!

Alright, let's get down to it. What's it like to bring an entire Space Marine Company? Be honest, who here has collected (and painted!) an entire company? Leave a comment at the bottom of the article and brag a little. Go ahead, you deserve to!

Space Marine Company

  • 1 Captain
  • 1 Chaplain
  • 1 Command Squad with Company Standard
  • 3 Dreadnoughts
  • 10 Space Marine squads

First, this company can represent a battle company, which means of you 10 squads, 6 of them must be tactical, 2 must be assault, and 2 must be devastator. Or you can field it as a reserve company, which means that all 10 squads must be of the same type. Also, each squad must have 10 members! So what special rules do you get for fielding such awesomeness?

  • All models have counter-attack.
  • All units can fire overwatch to help support friendly units within 12" that are being assaulted (kind of like Tau!).
  • All units 12" from a Strategic Objective have Stubborn.
  • This player has an additional Orbital Strike strategic asset (though it will still cost a strategic asset point to use, though).

1st Company Veterans

  • 1 Terminator Captain or Lysander
  • 1 Chaplain
  • 1 Command Squad with Company Standard
  • 3 Venerable Dreadnoughts
  • 10 units in any combo of: terminator squads, terminator assault squads, vanguard veteran, or sternguard veteran squads.
  • The formation must have 100 from squads.

"We're here because we're the best of the best of the best, SIR!" 10 points for knowing which movie that quote came from. Hint: they fight aliens, too! Back to our article, what kind of special rules to the Best o' the Best get for Space Marines?

  • Counter-attack
  • Deep Strike
  • Fear
  • Preferred Enemy
  • Overwatch to support friendly units within 12"
  • Stubborn within 12" of a Strategic Objective
  • Additional Orbital Strike asset

All that's great, but what if you like the underdog? What if full fledged power armor is not your thing? Well, do we have an entry for you!

Scout Company

  • 1 Captain without terminator armor nor take a command squad
  • 10 Scout Squads
  • All units may charge on the turn they arrive from Strategic Reserve
  • All building in the player's side have been fortified and increase cover saves by 1. Think about that! Wow!
  • The Scout Captain has Infiltrate, Move Through Cover, and Scout.

Murphy's Take:

Warhammer 40k is a game about armies and Apocalypse brings that idea to the full truth by fielding a least a whole company of a larger army. I love the idea and the rulebook is really inspiring with the picture of a full battle company on display (actually they also have a whole Chapter, which is just awe inspiring!). What I love most about the company special rules is that these formations actually get to play like a true Space Marine army would . . . they fight together as a cohesive unit, hold on to objectives, and receive support from their battle ships above the battlefield. I love it!

There are a few more formations to look at, so let's keep going!

Space Marine Apocalypse Formations 40k
Space Marine Apocalypse Formations 40k

For the Emperor!

Alright we have just a few more formations to round us out. Let's go!

Librarius

  • Psychic Choir formation (so pool warp charge, etc)
  • 5 space marine librarians or 5 Space Wolve rune priests
  • Special Power is 4 Warp Charge. 24" Str 'destroyer' AP 1, Heavy 1 Large Blast, Vortex.
  • Remember vortex blasts stay in the game, turn to turn! The Librarius may dismiss the blast before it moves, otherwise it scatters like normal. If a double is rolled when scattering (any double) then the vortex is removed and you use the Seismic Explosion Unnatural Disaster rule for the rest of the game!

Imperial Fists Titanhammer Squad

  • Captain Lysander
  • 3+ Terminator Assault Squads with TH/SS
  • Must deploy via deep strike and will not scatter if they deploy within 12" of an enemy super-heavy (non flyer).
  • Captain Lysander also has the Vortex Grenade Strategic Asset in addition to any other assets the player has. Read here for info about Strategic Assets and Vortex Grenades

Thunderhawk Gunship

Oh yeah! The big dog is on the block! The Thunderhawk has inspired the imagination of players for some 20+ years now. Something about a giant jet with cannons that can drop multiple squads into the thick of combat, and then take of again with a blast of weapons and afterburners. Yeah, there's something cool about that! This model deserves a review all of its own, but I will give a few highlights here:

  • Only AV 12, but 9 hull points and ceramite plating.
  • Can be upgraded to be over 800 points!
  • Come with a battle cannon with a 7" blast
  • Full review to be linked here in the near future.

The Legion Ascendant - Legion of the Damned!

  • Included in the Warzone: Armageddon section
  • 2+ Legion of the Damned units with 10 models each
  • Deep Strike and Fear
  • After arriving from deep strike, all enemy units within 6" take 2d6 Str 4 AP 5 hits with Soul Blaze. On that same turn, all Legion attacks have Fleshbane and Ignores Cover.
  • All enemy units within 12" have -3 to their Leadership

Sons of Grimaldus - Black Templars from Armageddon

  • Chaplain Grimaldus
  • 1 command squad
  • 1 sword brethren terminator squad
  • 1 sword brethren terminator assault squad
  • 5 crusader squads 2 sword brethren squads
  • All models have Feel No Pain
  • Fearless and Hatred (orks)
  • When charging Orks, all models have Furious Charge

Space Marine Apocalypse Formations 40k
Space Marine Apocalypse Formations 40k

Space Wolves Apocalypse Formations

Ah, what the heck. Let me update this article and throw in the Space Wolves. They are the last of the space marine armies to have Apocalypse Formations listed, so where better to place them? Nowhere!

Space Wolves Great Company

  • Ragnar or a Wolf Lord
  • 1 Wolf Priest
  • 1 Rune Priest
  • 0-1 Iron Priest
  • 1 Wolf Guard battle leader
  • 1 Wolf Guard pack
  • 5+ Grey Hunter Packs
  • 3+ Blood Claws or Skyclaw packs
  • 2+ Long Fang packs
  • 1 Wolf Scouts pack
  • 5+ Dreadnoughts
  • 0-2 Thunderwolf Cav
  • 0-3 Lone Wolves
  • 0-3 Swiftclaw Biker packs
  • 0-3 Fenrisian Wolf packs

Special Rules

  • Stubborn
  • Once per game, at start of Assault Phase, declare this ability to gain Furious Charge and Fleet to all space wolf units within 18" of the Wolf Lord.
  • All models may re-roll charge ranges and failed Overwatch To-Hit rolls.

Brethren of the Great Wolf

  • Logan
  • Njal
  • Ulrik
  • Bjorn
  • Arjac
  • 1 Wolf Pack Guard, 10 men, with Arjac and Banner of the Great Wolf
  • All space wolf units within 24" of the banner gain furious charge
  • All units gain Fear and all space wolves gain Stubborn
  • All characters can use their Sons of the Primarch or Finest Hour rules at the same turn, rather than just the one warlord.

Wolfpack Flanking Force

  • Wolf Lord, Canis, or a Wolf Guard Battle Leader on a great wolf mount
  • 2+ Thunderwolf Calvary with 5 models each or more
  • 5+ Fenrisian Wolf packs
  • Acute Senses
  • Hit and Run
  • Outflank
  • Rage
  • If arriving from Strategic Reserve, all units may charge that same turn.

Which Space Marine Formation are you aspiring towards?

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Conclusion

So what do you think? I'm still entranced by the idea of a full space marine battle company. I'm actually a chaos marine player, but it still gives me grand ideas. Why can't my traitors be taken as a company?

Actually they can! If you look at the Chaos section of the Apocalypse Formations sections, it says you may take any of the Imperial formations that make sense, including any Traitor Guard, and it even suggests taking a battle company, but trading out the Captain for a Chaos Lord, the Chaplain for a Dark Apostle, and then command squad for a unit of Chosen. I have plans . . . dark and glorious plans!

I still have a few more armies to cover formations for, including Tau and Tyranids. I will be covering them soon, so stay tuned for this link below to go live:

  • Apocalypse Formations Warhammer 40k - Part 5 - Coming Soon!

In the mean time, why not take the poll above and leave a comment below? You can also take a look at some of my other 6th edition Warhammer 40k articles linked to below:

Thanks for reading! Murphy Out!

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      giakure 9 months ago

      im from indonesia follow me guys.. im gamer

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      Murphy 2 years ago from Florida

      Sorry for the late replay brohit (been sick as of late). Honestly, Apocalypse games are so rare (due to their time commitment) that I've not seen anyone use the black templars formation. I wish I could help! The truth about Apocalypse is that almost everything gets wiped out by large weapons that its hard to tell exactly how tactical something is. Also, what may work great one game, might get destroyed early in the next... and since Apocalypse games are kind of rare special events, it might be months or years before you can test again!

      My advice is collect an army that you love the look and fluff of, but that can be competitive in normal 40k. If you love it enough, then you'll keep collecting enough to field it in Apocalypse anyway. Also, when I say "competitive" in 40k, that can depend on your scene. Tournament competitive lists will be different than my local group, where I just want to have fun and avoid being wiped off the board by Turn 3!

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      brohit 2 years ago

      What are your thoughts on the black templars grmaldys formation? Been thinking about collecting some black templars as my next army and i wanted to see how they fair in the apoc games.

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      Murphy 2 years ago from Florida

      That's an insane amount of models! I've yet to see an Apocalypse game use that many models for a single player, though I know several of our local players could field such an AM force! A lot of us have been collecting for 20+ years. We need to schedule an all-weekend event someday!

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      Dan 2 years ago

      I did the math for the Astra militarum that's about 450 models (not including the tank crews), one war hound Titan , three Leman Russ battle tanks, three Hydras, 5 full platoon squads with full heavy weapons teams ( 5 full teams of auto cannons, 5 full teams of missile launchers with Flakk missiles, 5 full teams of heavy bolters, five full teams of las cannons, and five full teams of mortars) the best part about it is that I have Creed and Kell in a chimera plus the ability to Outflank D3 units (doesn't work on titans) :( to top it off two basilisks perfect for a hammer and anvil style of deployment when the boards are 12'x 3'

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      Murphy 2 years ago from Florida

      Awesome, Dan! I certainly have 6k worth of miniatures, probably painted, but not all of the same army! It makes fielding a true Apocalypse army a little tough.

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      Dan 2 years ago

      I have 5k worth of astra militarm ( most of it is infantry with a few tanks, stormlord is a must) :) and 6k worth of ultramarines painted up as the 2nd company.

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

      Sorry, Myrdin! I got distracted by other articles... sometimes these things are bigger projects than I initially think. Let me get the Apocalypse book back from the club and I'll see what I can do! Thanks for reading.

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      Myrdin 3 years ago

      So.... when is the next part coming out ?

      As a Tau player i am rather anxious to learn about what the Apocalypse has to offer.

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

      The Eldar have plenty of firepower :) As illustrated above. Wave serpents weren't even mentioned yet.

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      Alex 3 years ago

      Eldar, not enough firepower? surely you jest, even infantry units bring out the pain this edition thanks to bladestorm and battle focus gives you a deceptively long range to play with, guardians twin that with a heavy weapon of some form, rangers are the weak link in troops and even they put down the hurt now that pinning denies overwatch. Striking Scorpions get themselves a S8 powerfist without unwieldy at I6 with 4 attacks, Fire dragons, need I say more xD, Swooping hawks get haywire and a lot of shots to put out, Dark Reapers are your go to killemall unit and even banshees are looking good now they can use Dark Eldar transports.

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

      My Eldar just never brought forth enough firepower. I mostly have infantry units... missing more wave serpents, fire prisms, walkers, etc... I jump around with armies too much to every collect everything I need! Next is Orks!

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      Alex 3 years ago

      I never tend to lose to Imperium lists, too easily countered by Eldar units, although I really have to work for a win with Tyranids nowadays.

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

      Imperial armies beat me as often as I beat them... bold tactics always win the day!

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      Me and only me 3 years ago

      Once a maulerfeind was overwatched by a melta. It exploded and the owner was unhappy. Then the maulerfeind destroyer managed to assault two (I think) baneblade class superheavys- one baneblade one unknown to death and brought the imperiums chrushing victory to a stupid draw with barely 1000-I think, points of blood angles. Where happier. I was winning with the imperium

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      Alex 3 years ago

      Actually, if you make an expendable unit, you can take down a titan by bypassing tis void shields due to close range. I'm not sure of too many units that could pull it off, but the aforementioned 10 man Fire Dragon + Exarch and whatever you want to tool them up with (Wave Serpent hint hint), might well take down the titan in one turn flat. Deep Striking nasties are a choice too, and a few Maulerfiends would take a chunk out of anything you charged it at!

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

      Taking out a titan in close range is a suicide mission, but a necessary one if you don't have long range D weapons of your own. If you don't kill it (which you can with only AV 14 and melta weapons), that squad will be D weaponed to death or just Stomped. I can't wait to get some more games in! So little time this holiday season!

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      Alex 3 years ago

      Well, yes super heavies aren't immune to infantry based weapons (trust me, a squad of 10 fire dragons and an autarch all with fusions guns will give you some nice explosions out of a titan), if you draw the beast's attention, don't think you'll get away so safely, one strength D blast and you've lost your entire squad.

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

      The Green Tide as we call it here. Supposedly it can do okay for itself because it's hard to counter that many models. Bring a Stompa if you have access to one. Or make one out of an old bucket :)

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      chiro 3 years ago

      The last one we played was 16k points per side, it got a bit tireing towards the end, there was so much going on it was almost imposible to follow. Next time i play a apoc game im going to play with my orks, i've got about 5k points worth of them, mostly in infantry so it will be a lot of fun keeping track of 3-400 models!!

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

      That's the thing about super-heavies... they are still vulnerable to infantry based weapons like meltas. OUr local club hasn't played our Apocalypse game, but I"m looking forward to when it happens!

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      chiro 3 years ago

      Yeah, some of them got orbital bombarded, but i drop podded a devi sqd of with multimelta's behind the super heavy, that preaty much did for it, couple of lascannon hits as well and exploded, i deathwing assualted 70 terminators into the other teams deployment zone and twin linked assualt cannons and storm bolters preaty much ripped any infantry sqd's in range to pieces. Was a lot of fun!

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

      Wow, Chiro! You are off to a great start! Ebay is a great source to find used models that are cheap enough to make our armies grow rather quickly. Much of what I have was bought off Ebay over the years (notice I have a lot of Ebay links in my articles because its so useful!).

      You have an instinct for strategy, as well, as those heavy weapons are going to be very strong with prescience on them! Of course, in Apocalypse games, those devastators can be taken out by a single hit from a super-heavy. Watch out!

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      chiro 3 years ago

      I'm preaty new to 40k, i've only been playing about 3 months now so they may not all be painted and some of them may be painted the wrong colour(the beauty of ebay). But i have played 2 apoc games now and i have fielded an entire reserve company of devistator dark angels. And for our next apoc game i hope to be fielding the libraian formation and the masters of the chapter formation, i just bought enough libarians off ebay to have 1 with each sqd of devi's and 5 in a choir. 10 heavy weapon sqds with presience! Yes please!

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

      That would be awesome! I understand that it is a big effort to get all the models out at one time!

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      Charlie Dawson 3 years ago

      haha that's fine when I next have them out will send some pics its still a work in progress army you could say but getting there

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      Murphy 3 years ago from Florida

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      Sorry for the delay! Work has been busy and no new 40k content to write about :)

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      charlie dawson 3 years ago

      if you have an email I would happy send some pics

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      charlie dawson 3 years ago

      i also have half of third company and a thunderhawk

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Florida

      You have two Ultramarines companies? Dang! Is there any chance you have pictures and want to show them off? It'd be awesome to see so many marines assembled on the tabletop. Great job!

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      charlie dawson 4 years ago

      iv got to ultramarine companys 4th and 2nd

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Florida

      Jeez, Josh! I'd love to see that all on the battlefield! Awesome job.

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      Josh 4 years ago

      Also proud to say i own the space wolves first company! All painted too!

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Florida

      I don't think their bonus would apply to the Aegis Defense Line because that structure is classified as a Fortification. The scouts' rule applies to buildings. It's still a great formation, though!

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      Alex 4 years ago

      Awesome articles, thanks! The Scout Company sounds like something really special. Does their bonus also affect aegis defense lines?

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Florida

      You're right, I should get back to this! I received a commission to paint an army, so I got distracted by finishing that job. I'm sorry for the delay!

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      Thomas 4 years ago

      When is Part 5 coming out? Thanks for your hard work!

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Florida

      Harvey, that is awesome! I think Salamanders would be a great assault/veteran army; and all that green with flames will look intimidating.

      Ray, a Chaos Scout army... now you have me thinking... Hmm.. Actually a 1st Company would work great for a Black Legion force... which I hear is the next Codex Supplement coming out this summer!

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      Ray 4 years ago

      Nice job Harvey and I wish you luck with painting them and

      murphy, if and when you get a chaos company, post it I so want to see one, bonus points if it's a first company or scout company as you would have to have some nice conversions to pull it off.

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      Harvey Fangjaw999 4 years ago

      I am proud to say I Own an entire 1st company of Salamanders :) however not all of it is painted ;)