The Week of Iron: Part Four

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The cybernetic lens has now been filled in. oops!

And now the final pair of my “Legacy” Iron Warriors. We have the original Aspiring Champion/unit leader, along with the Champion/Lord kitbashed from the original metal Iron Warriors Warsmith model, who is still actually available from GW.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The leader (at present) of the entire motley crew is this guy. As mentioned, the base model is the Iron Warriors Warsmith. The head was removed and replaced with one from the 2nd edition noise marines. The marine’s entire head and visage has become an Iron Skull, reflecting the chapter icon, with the Xenomorph-esque tongue tying in with the copper cabling found across these models. A Fleshmetal Exoskeleton under the current ruleset.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The left arm comes from an Assault Marine, capped with the metal 2e Iron Warriors Shoulder pad.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The backpack’s trophy spike comes from a 2e-era Chaos Terminator.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The right arm of the Warsmith was completely removed. It was replaced with a slightly-dodgy-by-today’s-standards rebuild, made of a Berserker arm and a glove, hand and Hammer from a Chronopia model. The guitar wire cabling was added to help sell it as a powered weapon – a Thunder Hammer of unique fabrication with a rather wicked looking rear spike. In-hand, the hammer and hazard-striped chestplate draw the eye away from the dodgy join. Thankfully, it doesn’t stand out nearly as much in-hand as it does in these photographs.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The breastplate and bionic legs on the original Aspiring Champion are from the Iron Hands upgrade pack, an excellent source of “official” bionics for any Astartes, and especially so for heavily-augmented Chapters and Legions such as the Iron Warriors. The rest of the model is pretty much stock, excepting the trophy spike that once again comes from a metal Chaos Terminator and the head, which is a Khorne Berserker head with some bionics cut from a SM helmet grafted onto the side. Damn, I missed that lens. I’ll have to paint that in now.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Like I said, the rest of him is pretty much stock. Well, arms, shoulderpads and backpack, anyway.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Since taking these photos, I’ve cleaned up the base edging and fixed the odd lens I’ve missed on these and the others in this series. Along with their “red dot” targeters on their weapons. Not that this helps you.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

I took some group shots the other day alongside these. I might hold off posting them and take some new ones today to post tomorrow, now that I’ve touched these guys up. I also re-black-rimmed their bases and darkened the metallics on the bases slightly to help distinguish the metallic models from their metallic flooring, which was another thing I’d missed in my haste to complete them and excitement to photograph them.

Damn you, Enthusiasm!

 

 

The Week of Iron: Part Three

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

For the penultimate post in this little series on my “Legacy” Iron Warriors, we have a pair of models rebuilt from what was a single model. Originally, Berserker legs, Iron Hands chest, Iron Warriors Head, along with the flamer, the attached arms and shoulders and the chaos backpack. When getting the model ready to complete, I noticed the somewhat unique Iron Hands chest was almost completely hidden from view by the flamer and the arms wielding it. I felt that was a shame, and broke apart the model, finding another marine’s worth of part-bitz to make the previous Iron Warrior into two, one with the flamer as before and one that would show off the IH chest plate.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

I think the use of a BaC MKIV helmet adds a lot to this figure. It helps to tie him in much more with the Heresy, and with these Iron Warriors being Veterans of the Long War. It will also help to tie him and by virtue, the rest of his squad in with any subsequent Iron Warriors I build as they will include parts from close to a decade of intermittent Forge World orders, not to mention Calth and Prospero.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The crenellated shoulder pad is a metal Iron Hands one, with the IH badge filed off. The flamer is a metal chaos one, from that era when so many kits were simply plastic + metal add-ons. A shame the basic CSM kit is still the same one. Speaking of the same kit, the legs here are from the Khorne Berserkers.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Left shoulder is a plastic CSM pad, and the skull in it’s midst works as a second Chapter Icon, as does the one on his kneepad. It’s a relatively simple model, but I really do like it myself. I kept the charging pose, and the addition of the MKIV head (and pack) really works for me personally.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The other half of the original model has been elevated to an Aspiring Champion – unless I use these older, individually converted models as Chosen, in which case he’d be a Chosen Champion. A pair of running Assault Marine legs from the Blood Angels I got from Nerdfest had some glue residue left on the upper thigh which worked for me as subtle battle damage – slightly warped metal. Damaged but serviceable.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Both shoulder pads came from the MKIV Calth marines. The shoulder studs also work as a callback to the original RT marines, so I naturally went with the old-school combo of chapter badge right, studs left. I also added some guitar wire cabling to his power fist arm.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Hopefully the motion of the figure, plus the rigidity of the ammo belt link explains the orientation of the bolt pistol’s ammo belt. (Belt-fed pistols? /facepalm). I’ve also just noticed that brown spot on his left calf greave. Rest assured that he’s now safely back on my paint desk to have that touched up.

The Week of Iron: Part Two

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Today we have the next pair of my “Legacy” Iron Warriors – what these two have in common is the use of Necromunda Pit Slave arms as Close Combat Cybernetics. Much like their fellow reaching for the sky with his chainsaw arm in the very first set of finished close combat Iron Warriors.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Hammer guy is a pretty straightforward build. Being simply CSM parts with a SM left arm with bolt pistol and the nondescript SM breastplate that lacks any form of Aquila. And the Hammer-arm, of course.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

I figure that the hydraulic hammer-arm can be used as a CC weapon, or in a pinch as a power weapon or even a Thunder Hammer. I guess I’ll just have to see how 8th pans out. The IV Legion badge is about as subtle as his hammer.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The IW badge is on his left shoulder this time. I’ve added some hazard stripes to his backpack. I just find I need to be a little bit careful with those on models’ backpacks as I don’t want them to look like Bees or Wasps! Surely that’s a different Space Marine Chapter!

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

His partner in causing chaos also features a lot of standard CSM parts – legs, torso and chainsword-wielding arm, along with one shoulder. The arm is again from the Necromunda Pit Slaves and his cybernetically-enhanced metal head comes from the Iron Hands kit. The backpack is from the 3rd edition SM kit, and finally, the left shoulder is a metal CSM pad from the 2nd-3rd Edition era. Being an Iron-painted skull, it serves as the Chapter Badge in this case.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The rear view really just shows the plastic SM Backpack. If anything, I think it helps to illustrate how well a mix of modern parts has always worked with the CSM kit when building Traitor and Renegade marines. The Long War would create a convoluted logistics situation between the 5 marks of post-thunder armour that was worn by the combatants during the Heresy, since-corrupted armour, Legion-made Artificer armour and that built by individual Astartes (especially in a chapter like the IW), armour fabricated in captured Forge Worlds and by their Dark Mechanicum allies – not to mention that taken as battlefield trophies/loot. Which makes me think. I should add some Imperial Fists (and successors) trophies in with my IW somewhere.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

I like to think of this guy as having just recently had this huge claw installed. So the slightly odd pose represents him taking the time to admire his new limb through his many, many lenses, before using it to wrench the head off some unfortunate foe. The size of it looks like it could wrap itself pretty well around a head, or a Marine’s helmet..

The Week of Iron: Part One

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Yesterday I finished adding the transfers to a batch of figures. The figures in this case were the last of my “Legacy” Iron Warriors – those being the set I converted over 10 years ago because I thought the IW looked good, and because I thought that basically weathered silver armour would be a fast army to paint. Little did I know…

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Every one of the initial set of models was converted – using the parts available at the time. This meant bits from the plastic MK7 Space Marines kit circa 3rd edition, stuff from the (still current) Chaos Space Marines kit and the (even more sadly still current) Khorne Berserkers kit. I added in additional bits from the Metal shoulderpads that were available around 2nd-3rd edition and metal parts from what are now the Iron Warriors and Iron Hands Squad boxed sets, both of which are still sort-of available now as upgrade packs. But without the shoulder pads for the IW.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The circular saw arm comes from the same (Not-Orks) “Org” from that game I still can’t recall the name of, while the right shoulder is a metal one. His head is an Iron Warriors head with lots of cybernetic implants. The rest of him comes from the plastic kits of the day. As with many of the other models, I kept a link to the Legion with the IV added to his left shoulderpad.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

His partner also features a mixture of parts. Torso and Head are from the metal Iron Warriors parts, though with the horns removed. I’m not huge on the whole “Iron Warriors as Space Vikings” thing.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Both arms and weapons are from the Khorne Berserker sprue, though the bolt pistol was added to the right hand and the angle was chained on the chainsword hand for a more open pose.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Once again, we’ve got one metal shoulderpad (got to be economical!) which is the Chaos star one. I could paint that central point in as a gem, though I’m not entirely sure if I should do so or just leave it. Red? Brass? Or just leave it as a large (iron) stud?

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The left leg is from the Iron Hands kit, and the right is from an Assault Marine. I cut the IH leg pair in half so as to get two unique bionic leg sets from the one piece. I said economy, didn’t I? Finally, it’s backed up by a 2nd Edition-era plastic SM Backpack.

That’s it for now. See you in a couple of days for the next pair!

Iron Warriors Army Building – Close Combat & Melta

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This past week I finally finished off another three Iron Warriors. Both rebasing them on the new Sector Imperialis 32mm bases from their old 25mm ones and actually completing their paint – started well over a decade ago. Yes, I paint slow, but they’ve also spent a goodly time put away in boxes before I decided to revive the project last year.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Two of these models feature arm replacements. The “champion” has a Necromunda Pit Slave chainsaw arm, along with a 90’s-era metal Iron Warriors Shoulderpad. The central warrior has a Melta Gun arm that’s taken from a manufacturer of not-40k miniatures, again from the 1990s. It came from one of their Not-Orks, later renamed “Org” and changed to a not-at-all-Ork-based organised crime kind of faction after GW sent them one of their nasty lawyer letters. Because GW owns the concept of Orcs in space. Apparently. They had a game which from memory actually had decent rules. If I ever remember their name, I’ll edit it in. Anyway, the Melta Gun arm looked great, and it found its way onto one of my Iron Warriors, a squad with a large number of obvious cybernetic implants and limb replacements. Once again, I’ve added “IV” decals to the models, to represent their still-present pride in being members of the IV Legion.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

Again, aside from mechanical parts from Necromunda models and the Org arm, the models are built with a mixture of parts from modern loyalist marines, modern chaos marines, metal 2nd & 3rd edition-era chaos shoulder pads, Iron Warriors metal parts and Iron Hands metal parts. The central model’s head and torso come from the ’90s metal chaos marine biker conversion parts.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

The third Iron Warrior comes with a not-so-subtle message for any who he may encounter. The chainsword’s hazard stripes look terrible when blown up to this size, but at their actual size they look completely fine.

Converted Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines

I’ve got another five of this squad on my paint desk at present to complete, along with another four including a Warsmith in the cabinet waiting to be moved out. Following that I have an old Forge World Castraferrum Dreadnought and Vindicator to find and fix up – both purchased many years ago before the FW kit was replaced with the Citadel kit. Then I can move onto newer purchases, newer models and newer plans for my Iron Warriors.

Iron Within! Iron Without!

Iron Warriors Chaos Space Marines – Obliterators

I’ve been a little burnt out from blogging for awhile, though in the interim I’ve still been painting (if not playing – winter sucks!) Rather than go into the uninteresting trials and tribulations of my life, I’ll just get on with it and see how it goes. These models were finished last month, and so are part of my pledge for August’s entry of the Paint Challenge I’m involved with on Dakka.

I know these models are ugly as shit, but in my defence, I purchased them a long time ago, around when they were released, and they were at least a step up from the initial offerings. I attempted to.. well, not “fix” them (because just look at them) but make them look a little less terrible and fit in with my Iron Warriors who I had started at that time. I did so by turfing their original heads and replacing them with ones from the plastic Chaos Knights kit. I also felt that their “weapon hand” loadouts were on the wrong side of ridiculous, and so moved some stuff around, and added in a few plastic bits. They still look terrible, but hopefully less terrible than the stock models?

Iron Warriors Obliterators

Iron Warriors Obliterators

The colour scheme is the original one I came up with all those years ago. I felt that “mutated meat” looked far better than the pinky flesh that GW’s official scheme came up with, particularly against the metal and hazard-striped look of the IW scheme. In what was pretty much my first use of guitar strings, I added a couple of extra cables in places on the models, very sparingly.

 

Iron Warriors Chaos Obliterator

Iron Warriors Chaos Obliterator

Iron Warriors Chaos Obliterator

In the recent “renovation” of these two, I’ve gone over some of the metals and re-weathered them in spots, rebased them on the new GW plastic bases to go alongside my other Iron Warriors (and added a bit of guitar string there). After the new layer of varnish, I also went over all of the flesh by highlighting in spots with regular red paint and then with both Blood for the Blood God and Spirit Stone Red in different “patches” of the flesh, which gives it a glistening viscera look – but with some variation and unevenness to it. This stand out in person more than in photos, but you can see it best in the left arm and hand of the Obliterator above.

Iron Warriors Chaos Obliterator

Iron Warriors Chaos Obliterator

Iron Warriors Chaos Obliterator

I believe that I have one more of these guys in metal, but I’m damned if I can find him. I know I only painted the pair at the time since one of the initial targets for my IW was for a small “Kill Team”-style army of about 600 or 800 points, and I only planned to use two Oblits in that force. I did recently find another six (!) of them in finecast which I had picked up cheap on eBay a few years ago with a thought of being able to do more with them than the metal ones. So… that might become a thing? I’ve got some other things way before them in the queue right now, but I guess I should consider painting them before GW releases a new version that causes me to lose all interest in the ones I have…

Iron Warriors Obliterators and Chaos Space Marines

A Family Photo….

The last pic just works to show them alongside their uninfected brethren. Their armour shows a lot more corrosion, discolouration and muck than the regular Iron Warriors. I’d say that the Obliterators are much less interested or able to properly maintain their armour. Especially as it’s now fused to them.

Hm.. I wonder if Gal Vorbak models would work well as Obliterators or Mutilators? They always struck me as the most awesome Possessed models, but maybe there’s something to be had there?

 

 

Iron Warriors Army Building – Aspiring Champion, Missile, Squad.

With the completion of the Aspiring Champion and Bearer of the Missile Launcher, I’m calling the first squad of my resurrected Iron Warriors  – started over a decade ago – finally completed. The squad originally only numbered 6 in total, as it was built as part of a force for Combat Patrol games back during a time when CSM could take a Special and a Heavy weapon in sub-10 squads. Unless we were house-ruling that? I can’t remember. They keep changing things like that, so I’m not going to get bent out of shape about the minutia of how many special and heavy weapons they can have. I’ll dump the three Execution Force Iron Warriors in here for now to bring them to nine, and split the Exes off into separate squads when I have all of the current stuff that needs to be finished after a decade done and start on into totally new squads. At that point, I’ll bump these guys to 10 or more as well.

At the suggestion of Dagger & Brush, I’ve began adding some cabling made from clips of guitar wire to some of their bases in an attempt to give them a bit more “pop” and 3-d interest. I haven’t been able to find my copper wire yet, though I may go back and add a few of those when I find them – and add some more guitar wire to additional models at the same time.

My first Iron Warriors Chaos Marine squad, finished and rebased onto Sector Imperialis 32mm bases. I’m now onto working on the second, close combat oriented squad. After I finish those, I can start on some brand new builds.

My Aspiring Champion, showing off a section of guitar wire added to represent power armour cabling as well as a few hazard stripes. When I started these models years ago, I’d intended to heavily chip and weather their armour and weapons as well as add rust and oil stains to their armour, but I quite like how they look now. Not quite clean, but not too grimy, either.