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> [40k] Massive Iron Hands army {SM}, An important announcement
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post Dec 26 2010, 04:27 PM
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I have decided to start a new force. A force of Space Marines. As a part of my over all scheme in creating a Imperial force, I want to have my Guard as the basis or foundation of the force. I then want to have attached to it some Space Marines and then an element of a Titan Legion with Skitarii in support. To keep with the theme of this idea, I choose the Iron Hands as the space marine chapter that would fill this role. I like them for a few reasons. 1. They are closly aligned with the Adeptus Mechanicus which fits my overall theme of what I want the final Imperial Army to look like (around 12-15k pts wise). 2. The way I want to use them (see below) fits how I believe a space marine army would fight the majority of the time. 3. They have some cool back ground, which appeals to me. Eccentric space marine chapters (they all are I guess) are kinda funky to work your army list around.

So they army I've put together is a ''surgical strike force'' Its a total drop pod deploying army.

Ferrum Vires Clan (Iron Might) are lead by a gifted and recluse Master of the Forge Mont, and his two Lieutenants Brother Techmarine Geb & Onuris. Mont has begun a Quest for Knowledge to deepen his understanding of the Deus Mechanicus & support the Cult Mechanicus in their endeavours. A radical, Mont and his dedicated followers have drifted away from the Iron Hands, and is on an enduring quest to rid humanity of it's flaws. Only acting when he believes that a technological artefact is within his grasp, or an enemy leader has knowledge of the whereabouts of a technological artefact. He believes that by attaining greater knowledge of the Deus Mechanicus, he will be able to single handedly free his brother Space Marines from the tyranny and weakness of the flesh and elevate himself and his brothers to a higher level of condition. Therefore, all other activities are secondary, as they will not lead him to achieving his (and what he believes to be) the Imperium's ultimate goal, freedom from flesh and technological Utopia to bring about a new Golden Age.

Here is the list

HQ

Master of the Forge Mont
Servitor X 1

Elites

Dreadnought
Multi Melta
Heavy Flamer
Dedicated Transport
Drop Pod

Techmarine Geb
Servitor X 1

Techmarine Onuris
Servitor X 1

Troops

Tactical Squad
Flamer
Multi-Melta
Power Fist
Dedicated Transport
Drop Pod

Tactical Squad
Flamer
Multi-Melta
Power Fist
Dedicated Transport
Drop Pod

Tactical Squad
Flamer
Multi-Melta
Power Fist
Dedicated Transport
Drop Pod

Tactical Squad
Flamer
Multi-Melta
Power Fist
Dedicated Transport
Drop Pod


Heavy Support

Dreadnought
Multi Melta
Heavy Flamer
Dedicated Transport
Drop Pod

Dreadnought
Multi Melta
Heavy Flamer
Dedicated Transport
Drop Pod

Dreadnought
Multi Melta
Heavy Flamer
Dedicated Transport
Drop Pod


I have ordered it all now and its in transit. I also order a custom battle foam case to transport it around it. The dready drop pods are the Forgeworld ones. I've got a few cool modeling ideas for this army. Suffice to say, its going to be pretty gritty. Anyways, thats it for now, its now a waiting game for the minis to arrive. '

I'll keep you all posted with updates...

C+C welcome

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post Dec 26 2010, 07:49 PM
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Sounds good, the alpha strike potential of this army vs mech is insane. Also loving that you have the FW pods for the dreads, an expensive option for sure, but it will look so much better then the dread not being able to fit in the pod.

Look forward to pics smile.gif


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post Dec 26 2010, 08:04 PM
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I suggest a little more variety.
Not essential, but 4 identical squads, 4 identical dreads, 3 (nearly) identical techies...

I would get bored using it pretty quickly.

It's crying out for vulcan to squeeze in...


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post Dec 26 2010, 11:10 PM
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Love some Iron Hands biggrin.gif Got plans for loads of bionics?


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post Dec 26 2010, 11:21 PM
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dont really care about army composition, however I realy really looking forward to seeing some nicely painted minatures. Im more of a mordian iron guard fan myself but nonetheless iron hands seem pretty cool.
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post Dec 27 2010, 06:21 AM
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I think FW sells iron hands brass stuff. smile.gif

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post Jan 9 2011, 05:00 PM
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Quick update...

Just a few things have arrived, that I thought I'd mentioned it

I got this yesterday
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Its all of the forge world stuff for the iron hands.

This is it unpacked
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I was quite surprised at how big the Dreadnought Drop Pods are. They are MASSIVE!

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I dont have a 'normal' drop pod yet to compare their size to, however, they seem much larger. By a significant margin

And heavy too
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As usual, the quality of the new stuff is superb
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This bionic leg is fantastic

As is this head
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Bit disappointed with these... not as robust as I was expecting
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more to follow

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post Jan 9 2011, 05:01 PM
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I was particularly happy with these
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A4 in size, and absolutely packed with great stuff. I have read from other modelers who have used them that they go on very well too... Quite thin. Also, well packaged for shipping too.
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Lastly, I got these too. I brought them for a very good price on an online auction site. Less than $15 inc postage.
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They are the help mates for the techmarines and master of the forge

So I plan on cleaning these up tonight and getting them ready for priming too.

I expect over the next week or so more will arrive. The last chunk is the most important one, as it has the Iron hands tactical squads in it.

I am still in two minds about the colour scheme. The more I look at reference material of things that are black, the more I am swaying towards not actually painting them black. I am wanting the to fit in with my Guard army nicely, and those of you that have seen that army, will know that its quite weathered and gritty. I plan on doing a few test minis in the next week to crystallise my thoughts, so you'll probably see them soon-ish too. Keen to hear any feedback too on this, or just your ideas on painting black

Anyways, C+ C welcome
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post Jan 9 2011, 06:00 PM
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Woot!
TOYS!

Hope ya have a ball putting it all together.

re: Painting Black... A lot of folks mix black with another neutral colour (Like blue or just a dark grey mix) so there is a difference between the dark wash crevasses on the model, and the flat tone. Others will know more about this than me, because I just "extreme highlight" and then wash black.

I suggest making one special unit not-black if you want variety. Maybe sternguard, terminators, or characters can be differentiated with a variant scheme...
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PS: don't forget to rinse the resin parts in soapy water.




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post Jan 9 2011, 11:06 PM
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You could paint them a light colour, like a white or a bone, and call it a "day world camo" scheme, basically the night world idea you see in the FW books only flipped 180 degrees.

Look forward to the first models mate.


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post Jan 11 2011, 08:24 AM
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QUOTE(Advocate @ Jan 9 2011, 06:00 PM) *

Woot!
TOYS!

Hope ya have a ball putting it all together.

re: Painting Black... A lot of folks mix black with another neutral colour (Like blue or just a dark grey mix) so there is a difference between the dark wash crevasses on the model, and the flat tone. Others will know more about this than me, because I just "extreme highlight" and then wash black.

I suggest making one special unit not-black if you want variety. Maybe sternguard, terminators, or characters can be differentiated with a variant scheme...
smile.gif

Cheers

PS: don't forget to rinse the resin parts in soapy water.


Thanks, I am considering taking that option. Instead of painting them black, painting them a dark grey. All of the reference material I've looked at suggest to me not to paint them black. Most things that are black, appear to be various shades of grey


QUOTE(sheep @ Jan 9 2011, 11:06 PM) *

You could paint them a light colour, like a white or a bone, and call it a "day world camo" scheme, basically the night world idea you see in the FW books only flipped 180 degrees.

Look forward to the first models mate.


Hadn't considered that. Another option I might go for, is actually painting them a very dark metallic silver. So they look like they are made of Iron.

I have to say, cleaning up these Dreadnought drop pods is a mission and a half. Massive job.

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post Jan 12 2011, 12:35 AM
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I hate painting black! It's so easy to over highlight. On the flip side, if done well it can look great and might be a nice contrast to your guard. I'd love to see some concept models up next to the guard to see how they look.

And not that I'm at all biased but you should definitely jump ahead to the admech part of the master plan biggrin.gif


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post Jan 14 2011, 02:51 PM
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Brothers

Just another quick update. Some more minis arrived today. Master of the Forge Mont, and his two Lieutenants Geb & Onuris. I got them second hand from a trader in the UK for about $25au. They need a bit of cleaning, but they are complete, and with some elbow grease will come up fine

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I am seriously contemplating putting helmets on Geb & Onuris. It doesnt make sense that they'd go into combat without helmets.

For those of you that are curious, this is what I do to clean metal minis

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Hit'em wit the old oven cleaner. After about an hour or so in this gear, the paint just comes right off. Luckily for me too, the previous owners of both of these minis really caked on the paint, which means it comes off a whole lot easier.

I got two emails yesterday letting me know that the last two important parts of my army have been shipped. So with any luck they'll arrive early next week and I'll be able to get them prepped for painting.

I've finished cleaning the dreddy drop pods and will be starting the assembly process probably over the weekend.

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post Jan 14 2011, 03:34 PM
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Gah, I hate seeing people getting massive shipments of goodies. My jealousy rages!, Why haven't you got a family to feed and a mortgage...

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QUOTE(Boon @ Jan 14 2011, 04:34 PM) *

Gah, I hate seeing people getting massive shipments of goodies. My jealousy rages!, Why haven't you got a family to feed and a mortgage...

lol i know your pain tongue.gif


This is looking really awesome smile.gif Im interested to see how big the dread drop pod is, cant wait for pics!


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Tell you what would finish this army off is the old limited edition Iron Hands Iron Father model.
Want one?


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Nice little tip regarding the removal of paint on metal figures.

Need to remember that one.
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post Jan 17 2011, 05:08 PM
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Brothers

This is a WIP update of the Dreadnought drop pods.

So after a mission and a half cleaning these bad boys up, I came up with a plan to assemble them. I wasnt sure how I was going to assemble them to get the best result painting wise. So I studied the model and came up with a plan to have them in 3 sub assemblies. The 1st would be the ''air frame'' , the second would be the doors, and the last the base.

Also, I wanted to ensure that the models were very strong. So I decided to araldite them together, and pin them. So, below are the different stages of the construction... I'll walk you thru them...

Prior to all this was cleaning, filling, straightening etc...

Stage one was just getting all of the brass rod into place at the main anchor points. There was the top fin anchor point, from the fin to the motor, and the bottom anchor point, which is the fin to the base. See below

Top fin anchor point
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Motor anchor point
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Base anchor point
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Next up I had to glue to motor to the fins. To do this, I decided to just attach two fins, so that I could then easily attach the base to the two fins and motor. Then once that had dried, I could attach the last fin with out complications. I attached all three fins, for ease of holding it all together, however only applied glue to two fins

Here it is
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Once it had dried, it looked like this...
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Then I test fitted the base to this sub assembly
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Once this was test fitted, and I was happy, I then attached the last fin and waited...
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All done... very, very strong
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Next I pinned the landing ramps to a wooden plinth for painting...
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more to follow
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post Jan 17 2011, 05:09 PM
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And then attached the other sub assemblies with double sided tape to wooden plinths for painting
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So thats it for now...

Really looking forward to getting the rest of the minis.

I'm not sure how I'm going to tackle the plastic drop pods. Whether I'll do them the same as these, or if a different method will be required.

If you have any thoughts, please let me know...

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post Jan 17 2011, 07:20 PM
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Very well thought out assembly guide mate, I'll look back here if I everr buy some smile.gif


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