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G.Hawke
05-02-2014, 12:19
This isn't my first attempt at Iron Warriors. Indeed, its closer to my 4th. After the completion of the 122nd (there's photo's out there folks) 1500pt force some time last year i grew wiery of the style and lists i had built. Simply put; i couldn't build the army i wanted to play.

That, however, has changed. Between 6th edition and my now closing wishlist of projects (The Adeptus mechanicus is on hold until the mailman brings me much needed re-enforcements. Mid feburary is looking likely at best) and some recent trade actions i've been able to get around to building the army i've wanted to for a long time. A true pre-heresy Iron Warriors army.

Now, before i break into the fluff i'm going to give a little bit of theoretical as to my force. I want the ability to play a small force of well armed marines, preferably with fortifications when i use them in a 40k codex context, or with lots of armour in a 30k context. Essentially because 40k's reached the point where i'm growing wiery of building increasingly cheesy forces i've more or less given up playing to win. We'll see what kind of fun fluffy lists i can build over the next two or three years (yes, i'm committing to my first long term project that isn't Orks)

So it's time for fluff.




http://i.imgur.com/RYprWtU.jpg

The 175th Iron Warriors are a fine example of the Iron Warriors role as garrison troops. On the world known most commonly The Base they, along with elements of the XIII, helped maintain and defense an imperial re-supply position. It was not uncommon for large volumes of Legionary arsenals to be either constructed or delivered to the world. Indeed, it's defence systems, star forts and bastions where among some of the highest quality constructions for a base of its kind. The 175th had originally been a full Grand Company, however it's original Warsmith along with a fully a third of the company where killed during a breaching effort some years earlier. To this day it is unknown if pity or punishment was intended when the company was given the role. What is true is that they conducted themselves to the very best of their abilities.

Over the course of the twenty years they were stationed in the sector The Base came under attack several times from Greenskins looking to expand their feral empires. Through combat efficiency and the untold crafts of the siege the utterly slaughtered each attack with almost no causalities in return. Their efforts and efficient management won them praise, though often backhanded, from several Legions who had used The Base as a point to re-supply and re-arm.

In years to come the remaining members of the well armed and well trained 175th would face a great many difficulties. Least of which would come when a squad from the VI legion brought news of their fathers betrayal of The Emperor.




It's not especially in depth yet, but i wanted to give, and get, a feeling for the task at hand. Before I committed to a full scale attempt, beyond purchasing Betrayal, I found several of my old tanks and have begun to work on the scheme. I've tried some new things including spraying washes to get dark metal. It's bloody effective.

http://i.imgur.com/ZHxTvdX.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/dMli407.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NrQgxmW.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/SOiLi0s.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/KjEyFQS.jpg

At least i think so.... still, there's work to be done and adjustments to be made. I am, however, happy with the metal colouring.

-Hawke

VikingThor
05-02-2014, 13:49
Great start. Looking forward to this long term project. Here's hoping for frequent updates.

Red Skullz
05-02-2014, 14:48
Great looking metallics g :)

Now get some troops done so the tedious FOC requirements are over with while the virgin enthusiasm for this project lasts. With that done everything else is pure bonus.

R

G.Hawke
05-02-2014, 18:56
Great start. Looking forward to this long term project. Here's hoping for frequent updates.

Do not trust to hope... instead scroll down!


Great looking metallics g :)

Now get some troops done so the tedious FOC requirements are over with while the virgin enthusiasm for this project lasts. With that done everything else is pure bonus.

R
Troops are one of the things i am without. The sheer cost of this project is it's greatest limitation, so it gives me time between shipments to work through my adeptus mechanicus (when the damn things arrive) and the 12 models left in my Imperial Guard project. I might even get back to the orks in the next few weeks.


Ok guys, I found myself unsure with what do with myself. So i sat down at my modelling desk and reached for the next miniature. Two hours later i
have a near finished rhino sitting next to the near finished Predator from earlier (i've got some plans for decals to work out, as well as
what i want to do with the tracks).

I think i'm getting the hang of this chevron business.

http://i.imgur.com/ZRIzOow.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/mwlHfVQ.jpg

Sorry the photo's are a little shoddy, but it's just a quick photo to give you an idea of how it's going. Feedbacks welcome, but after the lovely warm welcome this logs been given i'd feel greedy.

-Hawke

Beppo1234
05-02-2014, 19:03
Hawke, awesome work! got any family photos around of all your IWs?

malika
05-02-2014, 19:33
How did you get the iron so nicely?

G.Hawke
05-02-2014, 19:34
Hawke, awesome work! got any family photos around of all your IWs?

There aren't many left that i haven't either sold or reclaimed. I was unhappy with the end results of previous works. But don't worry.

Tomorrow evening i'm going to show off a model i've been working on now, in fits and spurts, for over a year. I think people are going to like him... i think people are going to like him a lot.

Perturabo is coming.


How did you get the iron so nicely?

It's airbrushing. Layered up from a mixture of incubi darkness and silver, brown and silver, silver. then i've gone back in with brown, then airbrushed a wash in, then gone over it with the sponge of brown and silver.

-Hawke

Red Skullz
05-02-2014, 20:08
Okey so this is basically your wishlist army then :) will the contemptor fit in here?

Rhino looks great, now get them finished.

R

G.Hawke
06-02-2014, 17:48
Okey so this is basically your wishlist army then :) will the contemptor fit in here?



Before anything else i want to give a massive shout out to Red skullz. He's recently traded with me, and one of the objects was a contemptor dread (pics below). Its going to be a pleasure to work on mate! I cannot wait to add him the Legion proper.


Ok ladies and gents, it's time to take a pew. Today saw the a point of no return for this project.

http://i.imgur.com/fC1mGDA.jpg

It joins my small collection of Horus Heresy materials (i've got a few more on the way)
http://i.imgur.com/owiSOGq.jpg


And of course, the promised hour is here. I've taken dodgy photo's partly out of excitment, and partly because he's not yet up to full quality photo's.

May i present the WIP Lord of Iron;

http://i.imgur.com/a0q6VWh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/t4xVmQY.jpg

C&C welcome. However yes, i think it's fair to say the Storm of Iron begins.

IRON WITHIN!

-Hawke

Red Skullz
06-02-2014, 22:29
Cheers mate :) I'm getting some great stuff in return so happy to help.

Liking the primarch a lot and I reckon you'll have your hands full for some weeks now.

R

Breazer
07-02-2014, 10:21
This is looking very fancy Hawke. Keep it up!!

G.Hawke
07-02-2014, 10:22
@red; thanks mate! don't worry, i've got lots to be doing...


Before i pop off to work i thought i'd show off my early WIP's for my next set of models. The photo isn't ideal, but it should give you the impression of the models. The two are a mixture of the Deathguard dread (tastefully remade into IV legion) and a standard contemptor. I've mounted the assault/fist dread on a rocky base, giving him a striking pose. The Mortis, by comparison, is on a flatter base with a more static (as per expectation) post. The limbs are magnetised, so other options will be appearing.

http://i.imgur.com/1TACyeM.jpg

The paint job's the basic coats, enough to give you an idea of the stages before i do a full tutorial when the scorpius arrives.

-Hawke

Asdrubael108
07-02-2014, 15:57
WOW, my jaw just fell on the ground! I need to find it again damn you! but WOW The tanks just look perfect, and also love the led's!!!!!!!!!!!!!

G.Hawke
08-02-2014, 09:59
WOW, my jaw just fell on the ground! I need to find it again damn you! but WOW The tanks just look perfect, and also love the led's!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks mate! I honestly didn't expect such reactions with these guys. But they are the first time i've felt happy with the progress on the Iron Warriors, and managed to crack the balance on the silver scheme.


It's time for today's WIP, possibly the last for this weekend. I've been tinkering away, and i've finally got some half descent photo's of the work. They've all got a uniform 'light dust' weathering. My favourite so far however is the contemptor WIP on the one with arms. I've actually developed some idea's for him, and a back story.

So may i present Thane the wounded and his friends;

http://i.imgur.com/4XQFDSW.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/IwWzoag.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/hMohVUn.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Zh0V4s6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/6PIGk98.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/r7BqnAq.jpg

C&C welcomed,

-Hawke

Virmathious
08-02-2014, 23:47
Absolutely beautiful work, I cant wait to see more. really nice an neat chevrons, battle worn and gritty looking - just the style i like!

orkgasm
09-02-2014, 11:47
Agreed! excellent work my hawke, you do the IV proud.

5 stars from me.

G.Hawke
09-02-2014, 12:30
Absolutely beautiful work, I cant wait to see more. really nice an neat chevrons, battle worn and gritty looking - just the style i like!

Thanks mate! I think i've finally got these bad boys down.



So i'm taking a day off from the hobby (or at least trying to not paint), but i did recieve interesting news last night. Apparently someones seen my work and has decided to hire me to paint several Imperial Fist tanks (which i'm happy to do) for there legon force. He did ask for to mirror the base work i've done in my army as it's how he imagined his Defenders of Terra being themed.

http://i.imgur.com/yKi0SQU.jpg

That should give you the rough idea, though i do need to do a little more work on the metal and lip before i call it done. It's quite an interesting oppertunity, since i've never done Imperial Fists on any real scale (one or two test mini's). I can't wait for the project, i love painting tanks. I could probably do it ever day for the next two years and lead a life of bliss.

I also seem to have dropped from a 5 star to 4 star log. Hmmm, i thought the quality of my work was 5 star worthy at last but it would appear not. I do wish people who rate these threads poorly would leave feedback though.

-hawke

G.Hawke
11-02-2014, 10:01
Well, theres been a desire to see infantry for this army. Sadly i'm still two weeks away from being able to order any, however i do have a PIP to show. This is my librarian conversion, though i need to get my hands on a MKII axe yet, as well as refine the warpcraft work around the eyes and cable.

http://i.imgur.com/WY2VA1u.jpg

Also; i made 5 stars. Awesome!

-Hawke

Toasted
11-02-2014, 10:37
G - what base silver colour are you using through your airbrush? I've had a nightmare trying to spray leadbelcher, I've tried thinning it with everything and it spits and splutters all over :(

Asdrubael108
11-02-2014, 15:09
Looking great! Would love it if you made a tutorial!

Red Skullz
11-02-2014, 21:01
Latest updates are excellent mate!

Really like how the metallics work on the contemptors and the librarian. Which is as promising as I hoped that your infantery would be :)

R

G.Hawke
13-02-2014, 12:42
Latest updates are excellent mate!

Really like how the metallics work on the contemptors and the librarian. Which is as promising as I hoped that your infantery would be :)

R

Oh here's hoping. I'm counting down till i can purchase them.

Unusually i have decided to open up my commission project with a photo of paints, but no models.

http://i.imgur.com/D6k2n2D.jpg

As the colour pallet might suggest, it's the VII legion. For those interested i am using;

Vallejo air;
Golden yellow
Dark yellow
Chrome
Steel
Gold
Black
White
Army painter; strong tone and daemonic yellow. I can't say i'll use these last two much, but they offer a different texture and layer when i'm painting.


And during the hour or so since i've cleaned up the studio i've had time to get my eye in with the mix ratios with the new paints. So, here's the basic paint work for my first drop pod.

http://i.imgur.com/rvgfy11.jpg

-Hawke

G.Hawke
15-02-2014, 11:07
Hello folks.

So it's time... the VII legion is underway. The clients happy with what i've done far, baring a few minor touch ups and group weathering work to get the tracks uniform I think it's done. The first model is a spartan, the weapons are current being worked on but have been magnetised for easy of transport.

http://i.imgur.com/z6H4u68.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/CNVbGn7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/GpFl67d.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/VVzG6bo.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/csD5Xsi.jpg

I've actually been booked to do the vlka fenryka by the same guy, which has even more tanks than this does. Looks like this logs going to have my VI legion joined by the VI and VII.

-hawke

SDKFZ
15-02-2014, 11:11
Looking ace, Hawke :)

Red Skullz
15-02-2014, 16:47
Think you've found your niche here g :) you churn out armour like a beast and at a high standard. Hope this helps you reach your FW shopping needs!

R

G.Hawke
16-02-2014, 17:27
Looking ace, Hawke :)

Thanks mate!

Think you've found your niche here g :) you churn out armour like a beast and at a high standard. Hope this helps you reach your FW shopping needs!

I think it might just very well pay for my dream FW model porject, but more details on that further down the line...

VII legion return tonight. This time we've got two predators; The client asked for a slightly muted colour scheme with the plasma as it's going to be swapped between the VI/VII legions, and thus can't stand out from either too much.

http://i.imgur.com/SbgS14J.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0qMLz7V.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xKW0akf.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/gE2Kbdp.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Ap72kud.jpg

Hopefully this will prove to be eye candy for some of you

-Hawke

Red Skullz
16-02-2014, 20:03
Sublime yellow, and great weathering g :)

G.Hawke
18-02-2014, 21:50
Sublime yellow, and great weathering g :)

thanks mate! i love the yellow, really happy now i've got it down.

-hawke

Beppo1234
22-02-2014, 18:12
Hawke... have you thought about using centurions as obliterators for you IWs? They look pretty slick when you start omitting armour plates.

G.Hawke
01-03-2014, 21:31
G - what base silver colour are you using through your airbrush? I've had a nightmare trying to spray leadbelcher, I've tried thinning it with everything and it spits and splutters all over :(

Vallejo metals. Silver/chrome being a main two.


Looking great! Would love it if you made a tutorial!

It's coming. I've just got to finish the first half of my VII legion bundle.


Ok folks, a few days ago i took delivery of a pair of second hand tanks for the IV legion. While i have to repaint them, i felt it necessary to take a photo of the previous owners work because frankly for hand work it's very good.

It also means my hobby desk is now AV 14 all round.


http://i.imgur.com/0Ifh0Bf.jpg


-hawke

G.Hawke
02-03-2014, 17:58
It's evening, and ive been toiling away this afternoon. The Typhon, predators and spartan are now complete;

http://i.imgur.com/ypBE1c5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iomXTEF.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0NQjXdN.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/p8gThJd.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/juZxFK2.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iO5635y.jpg

The clients approved them so they are off to their original home on Tuesday. Next up is the Centurion part of this commission, but first i'm taking a day or two break and working on the White Scars.

-Hawke

Asdrubael108
05-03-2014, 09:41
Lovely work mate! Cant wait too see more Iron Warriors!!!

G.Hawke
16-03-2014, 13:19
Lovely work mate! Cant wait too see more Iron Warriors!!!

well... they're back!

Well ladies and gentlemen the long promised tutorial has arrived. Well the first part at least, stage 1.

The aim of this is to allow you to build a deep dark rich metal ahead of the following stages. The next stages will get into more complex techniques and designs, but this is the easy to do stage. I use an airbrush, but anything done here can be easily replicated using a spongue or brush if your patient enough. The oil paints phase is a traditional paintbrush, and later stages will be more brush heavy.

Colours;
Vallejo air black
Vallejo air Steel
Gamecolour brown
Vallejo thinner (or windowcleaning fluid does the job i'm told)
Orange, brown and black oil paint (pick the colours that suit you),
White spirit.

Pretty simple all in.... lets begin;


Step 1; Basecoated black and then sprayed in Vallejo Air Steel
http://i.imgur.com/LjUbJhY.jpg


Step 2; depths and area's sprayed with a mixture 75;25 of Vallejo steel and gamecolour brown.
http://i.imgur.com/Vt6gjVc.jpg

step 3; Using a thinned down Gamecolour brown in to the deeper sections and depths to add even more shading.
http://i.imgur.com/LpMkewh.jpg

Step 4; Vallejo steel is applied once more, thinned down. This is where you avoid the depths but for gentle passes and go with heavier on the panels and open spaces. This will give your steel a nice depth ready for the final part of this stage.
http://i.imgur.com/PFGqUBw.jpg

Step 5; Now this is where it gets fun and smelly. I use oil paints for the wash stage as they can be thinned almost infinately and don't try quickly. Colour pallet included in the photos.

The colours applied are put on a pallet and mixed to varied degrees (i stick towards a brown heavy mix for the hull, a black tinted for the wheels and orange for the engine compartment. I've had those oil paints since 2009, and they still function without issue even now.

http://i.imgur.com/BzLpX0d.jpg

Any questions please ask them. I'm also trying to get my hobby blog to 200 likes so if anyone here wants to throw a like my way then please visit Nerd by design (https://www.facebook.com/nerdbydesignuk).

-hawke