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10-08-2013, 01:56
Hey everybody,

I've been wanting to do a plog for quite some time now and have been inspired by the many great ones here, especially the Horus Heresy ones. I wanted to start this a few months ago when I first got into 30k but just haven't had the time to sit down til now! I'm not the greatest painter but wanted to show what I have up to now and potentially get some comments on how to improve going on with this army. This is the first 40k army I have put a lot of effort into after coming back from Flames of War a year ago. I do have a lot of stuff painted so far but not totally finished and most still needs decals and weathering, etc. So C&C is always welcome!

Right, so I've always liked the Mechanicum and stranger aspects of 40k the most and have dabbled some in with a Mechanicum Necromunda gang as well as some Dark Mechanicum guard. It took a while to decide to fully choose Iron Hands and after playing a Deathwatch Iron Hands character I decided on the army. From reading Fulgrim and more recently Angel Exterminatus I developed a rough background story for the army that I will share later. Basically, I took inspiration from the hit-and-run clans that roamed the galaxy after Istvaan V and wanted to create a group of mostly Iron Hands that are struggling to survive after being badly beaten. I wanted to showcase the desperation by showing some scavenging of equipment and some even in disrepair. I also wanted to include the growing rejection of flesh by the Tenth after seeing Ferrus fall. Therefore, I have lots of bionics, particularly in my veterans and characters, and a variety of marks of armor and weapons. I also included script on the armor meant to honorthe names of those that the individual marine witnessed perish on Istvaan as depicted in Angel Exterminatus. I'll certainly be expanding the army as the next book and set of units come out and plan to also include a significant Mechanicum contingent. Right now I have about 2250pts using the Betrayal rules, but hope that I will keep expanding on that as my friend already has a full 6000pts of Emperor's Children including Fulgrim! I am aiming to catch up to him sometime soon...

I am working on getting a better camera set-up, but for now it's iPhone pics on my pool table. So without further ado...

The Full Army:
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo1_zps5a61a706.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo1_zps5a61a706.jpg.html)

Praetor/Iron Father:
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo2_zpsfb40235f.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo2_zpsfb40235f.jpg.html)

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo3_zps23a6b2fd.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo3_zps23a6b2fd.jpg.html)

Veteran Tactical:
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo4_zps3190a378.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo4_zps3190a378.jpg.html)

Close Combat Tacticals:
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo5_zpsdf6dee23.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo5_zpsdf6dee23.jpg.html)

Missile Launcher Heavy Support:
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo41_zps40c3eb92.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo41_zps40c3eb92.jpg.html)

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo51_zps26deecf1.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo51_zps26deecf1.jpg.html)

Current projects: Spartan
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo11_zpseb30a7f3.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo11_zpseb30a7f3.jpg.html)

And Predator:
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo31_zpsc28f30dc.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo31_zpsc28f30dc.jpg.html)

Like I said, feel free to C&C. Thanks in advance!

10-08-2013, 07:56
An interesting start, any thoughts on an army list as yet?

10-08-2013, 20:17
Always had a soft spot for the Machine-junkies. So far they're looking great, though I'd like even more Bionic crazyness!

11-08-2013, 00:01
Nice work so far, I love the use of cassius as the basis for your praetor! :)

11-08-2013, 17:17
Thanks for the comments guys!

@Petay1985 - I've been using a list with the Pride of the Legion rule until I get more marines. It's been alright so far although I've only played it twice.

Praetor-Master-crafted Paragon Blade, Iron Halo, Digital Weapons, Melta Bombs, Bolter

Tactical Squad x20-Chainswords, Sgt. with Powerfist, meltabombs, artificer armor
Veteran Tactical Squad x10-2x Heavy Bolters, Legion Vexilla (Sniper)
Veteran Tactical Squad x9-2x Meltaguns, Powerfist, Artificer Armor, Vexilla

Contemptor-Kheres Assault Cannon x2, Extra Armor
Apothecary x2-One with power sword, artificer armor (Close Combat one goes with large tactical squad and praetor in the Spartan, other one goes with the melta vets)

Spartan Assault Tank-Certamite Armor
Predator-Executioner Plasma Cannon, Heavy Bolter Sponsons, Extra Armor
Heavy Support Squad-5 Missile Launchers, Augery Scanner, Flak Missiles

The list has worked pretty well against my friend's drop pod Emperor's Children list so far.

Going to try out some Mechanicum troops today instead of all the vehicles to see how they work. I'll probably be getting some next FW order as well. Hoping to have the Spartan finished this week and start on the Predator.

24-08-2013, 23:40
A small update here, sorry for the wait. I've been busy with work and then vacation so not much time to paint or game. I did however finish the Spartan, at least for now. I don't know if I want to add more weathering or script but this is where it stands now. I'm happy with it, let me know what you think.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo12_zps26b920cb.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo12_zps26b920cb.jpg.html)

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo32_zps02bd5526.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo32_zps02bd5526.jpg.html)

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo42_zps0c52c278.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo42_zps0c52c278.jpg.html)

And just because I thought it was a cool picture, a Contemptor in a game from a couple of weeks ago.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Game_zps501a7f93.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Game_zps501a7f93.jpg.html)

Next up is the predator and a few marines. Then I'll probably see what comes out in the next few weeks to add more. Thanks for looking!

13-09-2013, 03:53
Small update here, I haven't had much time to work on the Iron Hands lately. Luckily I don't have much left with my current collection. I'm planning to hopefully have everything done by the time the new book comes out and I'll add a bunch of new stuff along with that. Looking towards rhinos, another contemptor or two and more big guns. Maybe autocannons or rapiers. I'm 99% finished this predator tonight, just need to touch up a bit and potentially add decals. Not sure about that yet. As always, C&C welcome.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo33_zps388ccaa4.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo33_zps388ccaa4.jpg.html)

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo13_zps08e61379.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo13_zps08e61379.jpg.html)

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo23_zpsd0350dc5.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo23_zpsd0350dc5.jpg.html)

13-09-2013, 06:41
Cool looking hands!

Cassius looks great as an Iron Hand, and that contemptor looks like he means business

13-09-2013, 10:16
It's always great seeing a fully painted and based cohesive army isn't it?

13-09-2013, 10:39
Great start!

What do you plan on taking next?

13-09-2013, 15:06
I love the background and painting, and the Cassius conversion looks superb, but I have to say there do appear to be quite a lot of MkVII helms on that veteran tactical squad, strictly speaking the army at this point in time shouldn't have anything past MkIV/V. Seeing as how you have read Angel Exterminatus, can we have a Sharrowkyn conversion? That guy is BadASS.

13-09-2013, 16:50
@ss_cherubael Thanks for you comments! I've always thought Cassius was an interesting model and has cool bionics and armor. The contemptor was one of my favorite models to make, so poseable!
@Toasted I know right? Feels good.
@K3nn3rs I'm not totally sure yet. Definitely want that new contemptor and probably some Rhinos and Mechanicus. We'll have to see what the new book brings but I'm pumped.
@Idomeneus Thanks for the comments. I was hesitant about this myself at first as well. Unfortunately the best bionics are later marks of armor. I figure that the Hands have tight connections to the Mechanicus and can get experimental marks of armor to test and have made their own upgrades. This has also saved me a good but of time and money while allowing them to be unique. I may add Sharrowkyn farther down the line but want to focus on the Hands first. We'll see with the new book.

13-09-2013, 16:59
Very nice work on that predator. :) Think you could improve the weathering by going over it again with a second mud colour just to get some variation. :)

17-10-2013, 03:16
@Laborious Thanks, it means a lot coming from a great painter like yourself. Your log is great. I'll probably do some detailing on the mud at a later day with all my vehicles at once, maybe a wash and light sponging.

Sorry it's been a while everyone, I haven't had much to report until the other day. I got part of a large Forgeworld order in which included 3 rhinos and another contemptor. I only have those to show built, am planning to work this weekend on them. I will have the other half of the order with Massacre as well as part of my new Mechanicum contingent of a Magos and 3 Castellax. Here's what I have now, nothing too exciting but finally got around to building the old school Iron Father model I had lying around.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo25_zps7329a782.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo25_zps7329a782.jpg.html)

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo34_zpscadd5a97.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo34_zpscadd5a97.jpg.html)

Iron Father:
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Iron%20Hands/photo43_zpsa40719fd.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Iron%20Hands/photo43_zpsa40719fd.jpg.html)

Hopefully have an update this weekend. Thanks for looking!

17-10-2013, 11:20
Lovely start to an army. I particularly like your Contemptor. Great models, but I find them too expensive for their job on the field. I have 3 nonetheless!

Have you got Massacre? Wouldn't mind hearing your thoughts on our army list.

17-10-2013, 15:12
Looking good. Will you be adding Ferrus to your collection?

Karak Norn Clansman
17-10-2013, 19:47
It looks good so far. Best of luck.

18-10-2013, 15:29
@Whitehorn thanks man! Your stuff is great as well, big inspiration. I love contemptors, I've had a few pretty solid games with my kheres one so far. He actually destroyed 2 vindicators and a bunch of marines last game. Probably luck, but encouraged me to get another one. Rule of cool and limited elites slots made my choice. I don't have Massacre yet but should have it next week. Looking forward to trying out some Gorgons. I'm looking towards more tanks and specialized infantry soon, trying to stay away from flyers.

@Spider-pope Thanks for the kind words. Yes, Ferrus will be added as soon as he is released. I need to have him go head to head with my friend's Fulgrim of course!

@Karak Norn Clansman Thanks a lot! Keeps me going.

I painted a few random marines last night, including a new Sergeant and switched the heavy flamer to an autocannon on the Cataphractii. Should have them up this weekend along with what I can get done on the vehicles.

23-10-2013, 04:08
Slight update here, my newer contemptor is 99% finished here. I just need to get some basing done on him and am waiting for materials in the mail.

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/Contemptor2_zps3d75abb6.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/Contemptor2_zps3d75abb6.jpg.html)

My copy of Massacre should be arriving tomorrow along with some Castellex and a Magos to begin on the Mechanicum contingent of the force. I know I want to get Ferrus in my next order but am unsure of what else. Maybe a third contemptor or a Sicaran? Any suggestions?

Thanks for looking as always.

25-10-2013, 23:08
So I finally got my copy of Massacre and I am pumped. I didn't think they could do it, but this is even better than Betrayal. Along with it I ordered my first group of Mechanicum allies, obviously the Iron Hands can't go without those. Reading the fluff in the book, it is really interesting how they became allied with each other early on. I just got a few Castellax and a Magos to start and immediately assembled them. Next is painting them!

http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo26_zps0fab6568.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo26_zps0fab6568.jpg.html)

25-10-2013, 23:45
What makes Magos a good HQ?

I ordered my copy but UPS freaking came when I was at work...

Nice army by the way. Got about the same plans as you ^^

30-10-2013, 01:02
@Fizzy I'm not sure, I've been looking at a few different builds. I've been running mine with an Abeyyant, Volkite Charger, Graviton Gun, and Magos upgrade. I've basically been using him as a cyber magician for buffs and gravitoning if I need to. Has worked out ok so far. Good to hear you are joining the Mechanicum/Iron Hands. Look forward to see them!

30-10-2013, 09:08
@Letorrs Hm I Will have to try him out in the future. Right now I am busy painting "The Gorgon". Scared I Will screw it up.

Thanks! I got a seargent done. I am just waiting for Energy to take a Picture of him :-)

I have also built the two special characters we got in the Book. I Only need a servo arm and they are ready for painting.

keep up the Good work!

21-11-2013, 00:59
Hey guys, I'm back after a while. Have a pretty good amount of stuff to update here, just haven't gotten around to it. Here we go then.

First up, the finished stuff. This is some stuff I needed to make for a 40k mini tournament I have coming up on Sunday. I know, it's not as cool as 30k and is heresy but this is the only close to complete army I have to use. It's a thunderfire cannon with techmarine and a pair of volkite guns used as "plasma" guns.
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo37_zpsb4fb1761.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo37_zpsb4fb1761.jpg.html)

Next is the pair of rhinos from earlier. I'm thinking about painting a large half of a cog on the top of these once I built my third one. Let me know what you guys think.
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo53_zpsb6dff7d5.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo53_zpsb6dff7d5.jpg.html)
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo16_zpsabb263b8.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo16_zpsabb263b8.jpg.html)

Next is some WIP stuff, the pair of Castellax and the Magos from ealier. Still working on these guys, lost inspiration with some must metal even though the Magos has so much detail to paint.
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo27_zpsae5d48d4.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo27_zpsae5d48d4.jpg.html)
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo44_zpsfc106ac8.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo44_zpsfc106ac8.jpg.html)

Last is some stuff that I'm building right now. The first is the special character Autek Mor from Massacre. I want to add something to this guy but I'm not sure what I could yet. Let me know if there's anything specifically you guys think about it.
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo52_zpsd680dcae.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo52_zpsd680dcae.jpg.html)

And lastly, the man himself, Ferrus Manus.
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo28_zpsa5c8e81f.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo28_zpsa5c8e81f.jpg.html)
http://i1285.photobucket.com/albums/a599/seanmurphy334/photo17_zps2351af75.jpg (http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/seanmurphy334/media/photo17_zps2351af75.jpg.html)

He is mostly built to the point where I think I'm comfortable with painting him. I've been getting a lot of joking jabs about my primarch with my gaming buddies so I figured I would add a little joke. My buddy with Fulgrim knows about it but in our upcoming apocalypse game I hope to reveal the little trick to everyone should he die.

I'm planning on finishing the Mechanicum stuff this week and then building the further 9 Thrallax and 8 Volkites I have. I then am planning to have a mad rush to get as much of that plus Ferrus and Autek painted before December 15th when we have our Apocalypse game. Wish me luck!

21-11-2013, 08:55
Nice! I laughed so hard at the removable head. Nice touch!

Give Autek more some more cables, tubes, electronic parts. Maybe a bionical eye?

I made my Autek from Abaddon. Had no servo arm though so made my own.

22-11-2013, 20:16
Autek Mor looks great. Maybe add his Morragul heraldly? Like Fizzy said, some more cables etc...would be nice.