I’ve decided to try again at starting a Blog detailing everything I do for games like Warhammer and The Horus Heresy. I try to at least name all my characters in my armies, but will most often try to name squads and write lore as well.
A few months ago I painted a squad of tactical marines and contemptor dreadnought from the Betrayal at Calth boxset released by Games Workshop at the end of 2015. Despite the fact that there are no rules for Salamanders in Betrayal at Calth, I decided to paint mine in the green and black of the XVIIIth legion.
When it came to naming my Salamanders, I settled on using African names for characters and Afrikaans words for squads, due to how Nocturnean culture is portrayed in 40k lore. This prompted my to name the dreadnought Brother Keyon, and name the tactical marines Squad Vuur (Afrikaans for fire).
Recently, I also started an army for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. I chose to paint a Sylvaneth army from the Heartwood Glade, named Clan Thalawest.
Currently, I only have the treelord, who I have named Rhawen, but I plan to add more in the future (hopefully I won’t change my mind this time).
The lore of Clan Thalawest is pretty basic at the moment, but (hopefully) will be expanded upon as I start playing games and painting more models.
“Clan Thalawest is a clan of Sylvaneth belonging to the Heartwood Glade. Like most Heartwood clans, they amongst the most warlike of all Sylvaneth. As a Heartwood clan, their bark is a dark brown and their foliage is a vibrant green. However, Clan Thalawest have taken to applying warpaint to their faces, partly in order to help their allies distinguish them from other Sylvaneth. This would have lead to mistrust from the other clans, if not for the fact that Clan Thalawest is always willing to fight in defence of other Sylvaneth.”
As for Rhawen, he is simply one of the youngest and most aggressive Treelords in the clan.
The names for my Sylvaneth actually come from Sindarin, which is one of the Elf languages created by J.R.R.Tolkien for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.