Discussion in 'Itza Gallery of Fine Arts' started by The Red Devil, Aug 24, 2013.
Here's my take on the old 90s Salamander pack.
Salamander Hunting Pack
Salamanders are giant, predatory creatures that stalk the swamplands and estuaries of Lustria's jungles. Propelled by four thickly muscled legs and a powerful tail, they are swift-moving creatures whether on land or in water. Salamanders are voracious hunters, and their favoured method of catching prey is to swiftly close the distance, moving through underbrush or even submerged under water.
Once within range, they launch a burst of highly corrosive liquid from their gullets, a substance so volatile that it bursts into flames upon contact with the air. The burning pitch-like substance sticks to victims, burning them alive, whilst already beginning the digestive process. The creature's neck-frills and back sails provide a cooling mechanism, ensuring the cold-blooded creature does not expire from the heat generated within its own body.
It is difficult to catch and train a Salamander, but Skinks known as Handlers manage to do so. Using sharp-tipped jabbing spears, Skink Handlers goad Salamanders into position, and then prod them until they are angry enough to spit flames. Although sometimes employed by Skink artisans to fire kilns, the Salamanders are most often used in warfare. Poking a beast as violent as a Salamander is a hazardous task, and over the course of their duties many Skink Handlers are eaten or covered in flaming bile themselves.
On the battlefield, Salamander Hunting Packs often cover the army's flanks. Skink Handlers attempt to move their beast into a clear firing position, a difficult task as the Salamander often wishes to charge straight forwards into combat. If the Handlers line it up correctly, they can coerce a Salamander to spout its flame upon the foe, before allowing the creature to finish the job with tooth and claw.
The Skinks have learned that Salamanders are particularly effective at burning foes out of fortifications. The burning liquid splashes through embrasures to burn alive any within. So were the wooden palisades of the Norse colonies destroyed, and defenders removed from the towers of the beached Black Ark, the Umbral Tide.
From Clay Project Miniatures (Wolf Drakes).
The death dealt by an Ancient Salamander is hideous to behold. From the fleshy sacs upon their necks, these vast and venerable predators are capable of belching forth great sprays of volatile acids that ignite into flaming life upon contact with the air.
Those unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of this deluge find themselves covered in the devouring juices. Armour and flesh melts like hot wax, sloughing away from the bone as the victim screams and thrashes impotently. These same corrosive fluids drip from an Ancient Salamander's jaws, beginning to digest any who are bitten while the hapless prey is still alive.
Ancient Salamanders are used by the Lizardmen to guard the flanks of their armies, or to incinerate the strongest points of an enemy line. Even the sturdiest fortifications can be melted down by these beasts' spouted flames, while those warriors who survive the initial onslaught find their flesh continues to slough away little by little wherever it was touched by an Ancient Salamander's fires.
Salamanders Size Comparison
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These are amazing!
Majestic beasts, indeed!