Silver Templars Side Project

Hello all. I will get my post on how the tournament went up later this week. In the meantime I worked through the theoretical tactics for a Silver Templars army, inspired by the new rules in White Dwarf. I hope you enjoy!

Let’s talk tactics – A Silver Templars list and discussion

Hello all Silver Templars aficionados, or, if you are like me, newbies who are here because of White Dwarf.

After reading the Index: Astartes and painting up a test model I decided to dive into creating a Silver Templars army. (Don’t worry I am still working and loyal to the Wolves!) The chapter tactics suit my playstyle (What is not to love about an Ultramarines successor that actually enjoys melee?). So I figured I would write down some thoughts on how to best play the Silver Templars. What follows is by no means an authoritative list, nor the definitive collection of thoughts on the matter. Merely, one enthusiast’s first thoughts after reading about the best successor chapter this side of the Segmentum Solar.

Silver Templars

Chapter Tactic The Bond Martial

Each time a model with this tactic makes a melee attack against an Infantry or Biker unit, an unmodified hit roll of 6 automatically wounds the target

My thoughts: While situational, this part of our tactic can enable some impressive damage given the right weapon. We are looking to employ high damage weapons that may be lower on the toughness scale, thus having a harder time to naturally wound. Initial list as follows:

  • Crozious Arcanum. D2 which starts with S+1 which becomes S5 on a primaris chaplain. It only has AP-1 so this helps us get in. 5 Attacks with shock assault means we get more chances to roll the 6’s.
  • Master Crafted Power Sword. Wielded by Captain in Gravis (S4) or Indomitus Captain (S4) has a S+1, AP-3, D2 stat line. Both are going to benefit from Shock Assault so they will also pump out an average of 6 attacks.
  • New Astartes chainswords/Paired Combat Blades which are rumoured to be going to AP -1 while having a user toughness which usually translates to S4. Wielded by Assault Intercessors or Incursors/Reivers. Only pumps out D1, however, it will be useful for getting our attacks into hordes of Infantry.
  • The usual suspects. Thunder Hammer/Power Fist/Invictus Melee etc. Most of this weapons have Sx2 so you are not inheritely hurting to get your wound rolls to go but you cant ignore Damage 3 and greater damage. Just have to have the right target to make this useful.

Who should be the targets of our wrath? Well fellow Space Marines provide ample targets with Infantry. Craftworld Shining Spears along with the majority of the other Eldar bikes (I am looking at you Harlequins) also give us some options. It’s not a game breaking tactic by any means but it still helps.

Each time a unit with this tactic is selected to shoot or fight, you can re-roll one hit roll when resolving that unit’s attacks.

Now we are talking. One free re-roll is nothing to sneeze at. Much like Auspex Tactics, my mind instantly wanders to Heavy weapons that only get one or 2 rolls. Let’s take a look at some key weapons that benefit from our trait:

  • Bellicatus Missile Array/Cyclone Missile Launcher. Krak missile variants on these produce D6 damage but you have to rely on a Heavy 1/2 respectively. Gives us a good chance of making the points worthwhile.
  • Las Fusil (Heavy 1, S8, AP-3, 3). Gravis armour is going to be a thing in 9th edition. Heavy Intercessors are coming. Agressors are found most everywhere. Why not kit out a squad of eliminators and greatly improve your chance of removing the good part of a unit with 1-2 rounds of shooting.
  • Multi/(Melta). The new rules have these going Heavy 2, S8, AP-4, D6 (+2 at half range) for Multi with Meltas getting the D6+2 at half range boost as well. Eradicators firing twice are basically multi-meltas. We profit heavily off this.
  • Mortis Round. (Heavy 1, S5, AP-2, D3). Ignores Look Out Sir. Wound rolls of 6+ generate a mortal wound. I think our tactic makes taking 1-2 units of Eliminators viable, and even worthwhile.


Armour of Zanaris

Primaris Model Only.

Each time an attack with AP-1 or -2 is allocated to the bearer, that attack has AP 0 instead.

Each time the bearer would lose a wound as a result of a mortal wound, roll one D6, on 6+ the wound is ignored.

So we would be giving this to something we want to survive, but doesn’t inherently have a great armour save. Sure we could give this to the Primaris Captain/Lieutenant from Indomitus and it would make them extremely hard to shift with AP-3 needed to kick in the 4++ save. However, I am leaning towards Phobos Lieutenants and Librarians wanting to take this. It makes the Librarian super durable with the Camo Cloak and helps him counter punch against psychic shenanigans as he will be closer to enemy pyskers.

Banner of Echoes

Primaris Ancient only.

Use once per battle during command phase. When used gives a 6” aura that gives Primaris Core units +1 Attack until start of your next command phase.

I am not entirely sold on this one. Being usable only once per battle seems to be too limiting. I think you take this when you see yourself getting locked into combat for a complete battle round. This requires durable units that would make best use of multiple attacks. I am thinking Bladeguard Veterans which would bring them to 4A without Shock Assault. But….that’s if the Bladeguard Veterans get the core keyword, which we won’t know until the Codex drops. Until then its a pass for me.

Warlord Traits

Accomplished Duelist

At the start of the fight phase if this model is within engagement range of an enemy model it fights first.

Each time this Warlord makes a melee attack if it charged, was charged, or Herocially Intervened you can re-roll the wound roll.

I love this. Pick a tanky Warlord and sent them into to fight at the heart of the enemy’s lines. It fits the lore perfectly and also helps us shift enemies off those all important objective. If this is taken by the Indomitus Captain/LT you are looking at a survivable, auto wounding (against infantry or bikes), Hit re-roll/Wound Re-roll machine. I could see spending the CP for Hero of the Chapter to have the Primaris Lt from Indomitus take this.

Precision Commander

In the command phase select one Primaris Silver Templars Core Unit within 6” of this Warlord Until the start of your next command phase that unit can re-roll one hit/wound when chosen to shoot or fight.

Ahhh we circle back to the question of what will be a core unit. If it is just troops and not elite, well I am not enthused by this. If it expands to elites and some heavy supports then I could see this doing well. Phobos Lt next to some eliminators lets you keep your eliminator Sgt in the fight while still getting 2x Hit Re-roll and 1 Wound re-roll. Could be interesting.

Spiritual Synergy

Select one weapon this Warlord is equipped with (exlcuding relics). Each time this Warlord makes an attack with this weapon an unmodified wound roll of 6 deals 1 mortal wound.

Could be interesting, but I am not entirely sold on it. I would much rather be fighting first and re-rolling or buffing my guns to help my troops get onto objectives. For now I will pass on this one.


The Swordsman’s Strike 1/2 CP

Used in shooting or fighting phase. When a Primaris Silver Templars Core unit is chosen to shoot or fight against a Character add 1 to the hit roll. Costs 2 CP if your unit is 6 or more models.

This is interesting if only for the inclusion of shooting into the mechanic. I immediately think of eliminators because they can easily activate this with ignoring “Look Out Sir”. That would give them hits on 2, re-roll at least one hit roll. I like, a lot. Again though it is all predicated on what a core unit is. At the very least this will help our Assault Intercessors stand in if any characters are trying to shift them or present themselves.

Claim Runes 1 CP

Used in the fight phase. When a Silver Templars Primaris unit is selected to fight. If when it was selected to fight there is an enemy unit in engagement range with more models than itself the Silver Templars unit gets S+1 and AP-1 to its attacks.

Bladeguard Veterans love this as they are found in groupings of 3. Incursors or Assault Intercessor squads of 5 will also make good use of this against hordes. In that case though it may not activate until you lose a model or 2. No problem, on turns 2-3 you will be able to make good use of this when contesting the mid board, or defending against a deep strike.

So what units will be good/benefit in a Silver Templars army? Well I think our rules lead us down 2 distinct, but not mutually exclusive, paths. We want melee units to get into combat and benefit from our tactic as well as possibly activate Claim Runes. Assault Intercessors and Incursors possibly. We also want to take advantage of re-rolling hits on heavy weapons, and if our prayers are answered and some heavy weilders become Core then we are really looking at being able to dish out the damage. I see some eliminators up front, with eradicators in the backfield and a possible Invictor Warsuit for flexibility.

Overall I think that if Silver Templars incorporate a mix of Phobos and Assault follow up they will be able to hold their own. Use concealed positions to control the board and clear enemy characters and then bring up your heavy hitters to contest whatever objectives or secondaries you are after.

That being said here is my first cut at a 2000 Pt list. Let me know what you think!

++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Adeptus Astartes – Ultramarines) [100 PL, 1,987pts, -2CP] ++

+ Configuration +

*Chapter Selection:* Ultramarines Successor Silver Templars

Detachment CP

+ HQ +

Librarian in Phobos Armour [5 PL, 100pts, -1CP]: 2) Soul Sight, 5) Tenebrous Curse, 6) Temporal Corridor, Camo cloak, Stratagem: Chief Librarian Warlord. Amour of Zanaris.

Lieutenants in Phobos Armour [4 PL, 80pts]

. Lieutenant in Phobos Armour

. . Occulus Bolt Carbine and Bolt Pistol: Grav-chute Hero of the Chapter, Trait Precision Commander

Primaris Lieutenant (Indomitus) [4 PL, 90pts]:

+ Troops +

Assault Intercessor Squad [5 PL, 95pts]

. 4x Assault Intercessor: 4x Astartes Chainsword, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Heavy Bolt Pistol

. Assault Intercessor Sgt: Heavy Bolt Pistol

Assault Intercessor Squad [5 PL, 95pts]

. 4x Assault Intercessor: 4x Astartes Chainsword, 4x Frag & Krak grenades, 4x Heavy Bolt Pistol

. Assault Intercessor Sgt: Heavy Bolt Pistol

Incursor Squad [10 PL, 136pts]: Haywire Mine, Incursor Sergeant

. 5x Incursor: 5x Bolt pistol, 5x Frag & Krak grenades, 5x Occulus bolt carbine, 5x Paired Combat Blades, 5x Smoke Grenades

Infiltrator Squad [12 PL, 240pts]: Infiltrator Sergeant

. 9x Infiltrator: 9x Bolt pistol, 9x Frag & Krak grenades, 9x Marksman bolt carbine

+ Elites +

Aggressor Squad [6 PL, 135pts]: 2x Aggressor, Aggressor Sergeant

. Auto Boltstorm Gauntlets/Fragstorm Grenade Launcher

Bladeguard Veteran Squad [5 PL, 105pts]: Bladeguard Veteran Sgt

. 2x Bladeguard Veteran: 2x Frag & Krak grenades, 2x Heavy Bolt Pistol, 2x Master-crafted Power Sword, 2x Storm Shield

Invictor Tactical Warsuit [8 PL, 165pts]: Fragstorm Grenade Launcher, Heavy bolter, Incendium cannon, 2x Ironhail Heavy Stubber

Judiciar [4 PL, 85pts]

+ Fast Attack +

Outrider Squad [6 PL, 135pts]: Outrider Sgt

. 2x Outrider: 2x Astartes Chainsword, 2x Frag & Krak grenades, 2x Heavy Bolt Pistol, 2x Twin Bolt rifle

+ Heavy Support +

Eliminator Squad [5 PL, 90pts]

. Eliminator Sergeant: Bolt sniper rifle, Camo cloak

. Eliminator with Bolt Sniper: Camo cloak

. Eliminator with Bolt Sniper: Camo cloak

Eradicator Squad [5 PL, 120pts]: Eradicator Sgt

. 2x Eradicator: 2x Bolt pistol, 2x Melta rifle

+ Dedicated Transport +

Repulsor [16 PL, 316pts]: 2x Storm Bolters, Auto Launchers, Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon, Icarus Ironhail Heavy Stubber, Ironhail Heavy Stubber, 2x Krakstorm Grenade Launcher, Twin heavy bolter

++ Total: [100 PL, -1CP, 1,987pts] ++

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On the Hunt

Busy times in the Fang. The kids started school again (thankfully it has all gone well so far, knock on wood) and I came off vacation to head back to work. Oh yeah, and I got the rout ready for a 1500 Pt tournament which is happening tomorrow!

But how could I have possibly gotten 1500 points in time when my painted point total currently sits at around 200? Well, I bought some local reinforcements! When I signed up for this tournament, called the GameZilla Eternal War Series (more on that later) in August I quickly realized that I was not capable of producing the points deficiency within a month. But I still wanted to take the rout for a spin. What to do, what to do..

After putting out some feelers on various facebook groups I was elated to see that a guy I have played against locally had a first born Space Wolves army that he was willing to sell. Some quick negotiation and a few trades later and I was the proud owner of mutiple packs of Blood Claws, Grey Hunters, Wolf Guard Terminators, Murderfang, Bjorn (in bits) Long Fangs, and a Smash Captain. Most of it is painted to a high quality in the Horus Heresy scheme of dark red and grey which has really grown on me.

My original paint scheme in the front, purchased ones in the rear 2 rows.
The other half of my list.

After cataloguing and checking each model I got down to creating my list. I needed 1500 points and set myself a goal of running as many first born marines as I could in anticipation of them receiving 2 wounds when their codex supplement drops later this fall.

This is what I came up with:

++ Battalion Detachment 0CP (Imperium – Space Wolves) [82 PL, 1,499pts, 12CP] ++

  • Configuration [12CP] +

Battle Size [12CP]: 3. Strike Force (101-200 Total PL / 1001-2000 Points) [12CP]

Detachment CP

  • HQ [19 PL, 395pts] +

Arjac Rockfist [6 PL, 115pts]: Foehammer

Ragnar Blackmane [7 PL, 125pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Frostfang

Wolf Lord [6 PL, 155pts]: Frag & Krak grenades, Jump Pack [1 PL, 20pts], Mountain-Breaker Helm, Saga of the Hunter, Storm shield [10pts], Thunder hammer [40pts], Warlord

  • Troops [27 PL, 331pts] +

Blood Claws [8 PL, 119pts]
. 4x Blood Claw [60pts]: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Chainsword, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Blood Claw Pack Leader [25pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Power fist [10pts]
. Wolf Guard Pack Leader [2 PL, 34pts]: Frag & Krak grenades
. . Wolf Claw (Pair) [15pts]: 2x Wolf claw

Grey Hunters [6 PL, 85pts]: 4x Chainsword
. Grey Hunter Pack Leader [25pts]: Bolt pistol, Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades, Power fist [10pts]
. 4x Grey Hunter w/Bolt Pistol [60pts]: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades

Grey Hunters [13 PL, 127pts]: 4x Chainsword
. Grey Hunter Pack Leader [25pts]: Bolt pistol, Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades, Power fist [10pts]
. 4x Grey Hunter w/Bolt Pistol [60pts]: 4x Bolt pistol, 4x Boltgun, 4x Frag & Krak grenades
. Grey Hunter w/Plasma Pistol [20pts]: Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades, Plasma pistol [5pts]
. Wolf Guard Pack Leader [2 PL, 22pts]: Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades, Storm bolter [3pts]

  • Elites [23 PL, 503pts] +

Murderfang [8 PL, 135pts]: Heavy flamer, Storm bolter, The Murderclaws

Wolf Guard [7 PL, 142pts]: Jump Pack [1 PL, 2pts]
. Wolf Guard [34pts]: Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades, Thunder hammer [15pts]
. Wolf Guard [34pts]: Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades, Thunder hammer [15pts]
. Wolf Guard [19pts]: Boltgun, Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades
. Wolf Guard [19pts]: Boltgun, Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades
. Wolf Guard Pack Leader [34pts]: Boltgun, Frag & Krak grenades, Thunder hammer [15pts]

Wulfen [8 PL, 226pts]
. 4x Thunder hammer & Stormshield [76pts]: 4x Storm Shield [16pts], 4x Thunder Hammer [60pts]
. 4x Wulfen [112pts]
. Wulfen Pack Leader [38pts]: Frost claws [10pts]

  • Heavy Support [7 PL, 150pts] +

Long Fangs [7 PL, 150pts]
. Long Fang [31pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Missile launcher [15pts]
. Long Fang [31pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Missile launcher [15pts]
. Long Fang [31pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Lascannon [15pts]
. Long Fang [31pts]: Bolt pistol, Frag & Krak grenades, Lascannon [15pts]
. Long Fang Pack Leader [26pts]: Chainsword, Frag & Krak grenades, Plasma gun [10pts]

  • Dedicated Transport [6 PL, 120pts] +

Razorback [6 PL, 120pts]: Twin assault cannon [40pts]

++ Total: [82 PL, 12CP, 1,499pts] ++

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I had most of the models required, however, I did not have any Wolf Guard with Jump Packs. Jump assaults intrigue me and I really wanted to try them out so I set to work. Over the last week I managed to take the models from sprue to finished, which is a record time for me. While they are lacking the parade ready look, highlights will come later, I am pleased how they turned out.

Arjac and the Wolf Guard. I based the models later on.

So now after dillegent packing, cleaning the house like crazy for the the babysitter and re-reading the 9th edition rules I am ready to go. It could not be more exciting. COVID cut our local escalation league short, but now I will finally be able to get back out there and roll some dice. I am looking forward to learning how to play the wolves and just have a good time. As always I have to thank my loving wife for supporting my passion and drive to get out there and play some 40K!

Life is a beach…and then you paint!

It was a busy day in the household. After getting up and opening up the veritable zoo I had just enough time to put on a pot of coffee and tune into the Warhammer TV Twitch reveal of the Indomitus box. Boy was it worth it! The box looks great, the models are awesome, and as hoped for the 9th Edition rulebook will come with the box. I will most certainly be picking one of these up in the future! If you haven’t seen the contents of the box take a look at the Warhammer community site article here. I am thinking that a future article this week will dissect the Space Marines contents of the box with an eye to which I will potentially convert to join the Wolves of my army.

I managed to get some hobbying done in the afternoon. The Infiltrators in the Prophecy of the Wolf box are still waiting to be put together as I received priority orders from my son: build the Ghazghkull Thraka. Let me tell you when your 5 year old son takes an interest and requests that you build orks first, you build orks first. Fortunately that project is almost complete and I will probably post pictures on here when Thraka is going through the painting process.

However the boy’s focus on Orks did not mean that I wasn’t able to advance the main goal of building up my Space Wolf army. I happen to have a 10 Primaris intercessors put together and primed. They will be my test subjects for paint schemes prior to getting the Prophecy box Marines together. The first one is complete and pictures are below. Check it out!

Overall, I am pretty happy with how it turned out. The paint scheme is mostly contrast, with some metallic and edging done to finish it off. I do think that I will change up the basing scheme in the future. Those red and yellow grass tufts don’t really go well with the snow so I think I will switch to a brighter green for the next models. This afternoon also gave me the time to start on the next Intercessor and I got most of the base paint and contrast done (below). So that’s one down, one in progress, and many more to go. I should start a points counter on the main page…now to figure that out….

And one of the best things about today was that it was a nice balance between hobbying and getting the kids outside for an adventure. After the littlest one woke up from her afternoon nap we packed up the truck and headed out to our local lake. The water was cool but not freezing, there was a light breeze, and some interspersed cloud cover. The perfect conditions for playing in the sand! The kids played themselves out, we picnicked for supper, and headed home. One of those days where you feel like its going to be a Monday tomorrow because it felt like an awesome lazy Sunday.

On that note I am going to wrap this entry up. I hope you enjoyed it. If you want to be notified whenever I put out a post hit subscribe on the main page. I will also be updating the Instagram and Twitter with the day’s work.


The Start of the Journey

“ you are abandoning the sisters for wolves..”

My wife upon hearing of this project

This is the start of a six month project. Who knows if it will come to fruition? I don’t, but if I heed the words of the Primarch quoted on the main page I just might have a chance to complete it.

My name is Stephen and I am a relative newcomer to the all-encompassing hobby that is Warhammer 40K. In the fall of 2019 I became interested in 40K after watching a few games at my LGS. Reading the first few novels of the Horus Heresy got me hooked and a few months later I was painting my first miniatures, a box of Rubric Marines (I know, the irony right!?). Throughout the winter my wife became somewhat interested in taking up painting and we bought the Sisters of Battle Army box. A local escalation league started in February and I committed to building up the sisters into a respectable force. Then, two things happened.

One: COVID. Yes yes we all know what COVID is now and we all know the terrible toll it took, and continues to take, upon the world. Much like everyone else that I knew I found myself at home for a few months. Do you think I completed my backlog of shame? Did the sisters rise resplendent in fresh coats of paint? Haha nope. Although admittedly part of the reason for that is because of the second thing that happened.

My wife left. No no not like she walked out and took all the stuff left. She has a unique job that comes with additional perks of sometimes working outside of the country for months at a time. So in anticipation of her imminent departure we did what most families would do. We made lists of things that needed to be done, housework and preparation that needed to be upkept in order to help me parent our three awesome kids. And then we sat back and did none of it! Well not none, but close to it! Instead we enjoyed each other’s company and spent a lot of quality time as a family. I don’t regret a second of it.

But what about 40K? Why am I hearing about this dude’s family stuff? Stay with me here. You will see.

So my wife takes off in May and leaves me in charge of the zoo. Really, I think the house could literally classify as one. I found myself in charge of three kids, two dogs (Big ones!), two cats (lazy ones!) and a hedgehog. Yes, a hedgehog. Things were going alright but my wife knew that I had rarely found myself in this situation without her help, certainly not for 6 months at a time!

So she did what any loving wife would do. She sent me a care package. Knowing that I loves surprises and randomness she picked out some minis for me, a White Dwarf subscription, and the paints I needed to paint these suckers. She kept me on edge. What faction did she get me? Well I was told it was an army I did not have. Was it Xenos? Was it loyal sons? Only time would tell.

And time certainly did tell. One fine spring day the magical package appeared on my doorstep. You know the one. Perfectly brown and bland cardboard with the weird “Not a children’s toy” label on it. Excitedly I bring it to the table, somehow force myself to sit still through another team’s conference, and then crack it open!

Prophecy of the Wolf! Space Wolves! Orks! They were sitting on my kitchen table awaiting production. I salivated at the thought of putting the Space Wolves together and of course the first thing my son does when he sees the box is beg me to put Ghazghkull Thraka together. Honestly I don’t blame him. It’s a cool model.

But as I started painting a test wolf, reading about the wolves and their exploits, and reading the lore of the Prophecy of the Wolf I knew I had a mission. This box was special. My wife picked it out. It resonated with me. It was my destiny to build this army in my offtime.

So why a blog? Well for one I wanted to keep myself honest. I enjoy writing and showing off pictures of WIP minis and I thought that by keeping track of the journey on here (and possibly Instagram/Facebook) I would be motivated to put in the work, finish the army, and have a cool record of what is going to be a crazy time in my family’s life.

I hope that you will join me on this journey. Daily blogs are probably unreasonable, however, I will aim to put up daily pictures of my progress. I would also love to engage with anyone in the 40K community. Tell me your stories. Do you love the wolves? What paints are you finding work well? Excited for 9th edition?? Subscribe to the madness on my main page on let me know!

Well that’s the end of the introduction. I hope you stick around for what will hopefully be some interesting hobbying stories, intermixed with possible tales of how to create an army and keep a literal zoo intact.


A test scheme based on the White Dwarf recipe that I used on a spare intercessor I had.