Iron Warrior project, the story so far

Iron Warrior project, the story so far

Project Iron Warriors started out as a side project that can be worked at any time, without deadlines or rush to paint models. It’s my way of painting a collection I’ve always wanted to display, using as much effort and attention to bring out the best of my abilities. That’s not to say I don’t make an effort with my other projects that I work on, but this project in particular is a scenario of ‘if I retire tomorrow this project will be my last and best’ sort of thing.

Over time in January, I’ve started to really enjoy this project as it’s given me free rein to go crazy. No grinding on fairly basic colour scheme and rush for deadline, I can just paint my best with a few models. During February, weeks after finishing the project I picked up a copy of Storm of Iron by Graham McNeill. A very inspirational book for all Iron Warrior fans that shows just how efficient these guys are in trench warfare. I was so inspired that I wanted to go back to my Iron Warriors project and add more models to the collection.

Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to collect an Iron Warriors army but I was crap at painting them at the time. My skills were not fully mastered at painting which resulted in clumpy painted models, I still have these models today that are kept in box of shame.

Anyways, as I hog older and read many stories about the IV legion and hobbyist articles of their own collection, I felt that one day I needed to paint my own collection of Iron Warriors before I leave the hobby, or just float in the astral realm when my time comes.

Unlike most Iron Warrior collections, this one is focused on those afflicted by Nurgle who praise him as their deity. A slow corruption that started all the way back during the war on Tallarn. These warriors of festering diseases were banished by the Daemon Primarch Perturabo for their weakness to fall to one god.

I liked how the design team at GW used MKIII and MKII (and others too) for the Death guard, adding some warp corruption and bringing to life the Death guard from the rich illustrations of the legion. Whilst I do agree a few of the ranges kits do look a bit too cartoony (the easy to build Blightlords suffer from this), I do however overall like the factions design.

Since the IV legion use a lot of MKIII and Cataphractii Terminators in their armoury, The Deathguard range more than fits the template to paint Iron Warrior colour scheme. My project so far looks impressive, the corrupted MKIII armour just fits well for Iron Warriors devoted to Nurgle.

Current project list

My side project is not tied to any specific detachment in mind, as I feel that having no limitations (apart from staying true to the legions doctrine and preference to warfare) will make this project more enjoyable and open for experimentation.

Ive had a few unused CSM models in the neglected box for awhile now including a Word Bearers Dreadnought, Chosen and cultists.

Below is a list of what I currently have in the project.

  • Lord Contagion
  • (Chaos Lord prox) Lieutenant
  • Tallyman
  • 4x Blightlords
  • 5x Plague Marines
  • Dreadnought
  • Blight Drone
  • Plagueburst Crawler
  • 10x Poxwalkers
  • 19x Cultists
  • 10x kitbashed Chosen as CSM (may not be included If experiment fails)

The list incorporates two of the notable units that the Iron Warriors have (with minor changes by Nurgle’s blessing), one being Slaves that are cultists and Poxwalkers, their the meat shields that drag the enemy whilst the IV legion Astartes Judge the enemy from afar. Secondly the list is starting to feature heavy support, the Plagueburst Crawler fits perfectly as a siege weapon like the Vindicator (but far more messed up).

If I expand this project further into the undivided Chaos portion when CSM release is fully done, I plan to add more none aligned CSM units and siege machines like Predators, Vindicators and Daomic infused monstrosity’s (maybe throw in a basilisk too!).

Project showcase

Over the past three months I’ve been painting any expanding this project, basically a whole season. Below is all of my Iron Warriors I’ve painted so far in this collection.

Next step

Going forwards, I want to focus on getting more none aligned infantry and war machines, as the Nurgle stuff is just about done. Possibly 1-2 CSM squads and maybe Havocs, as well as a Predator. After reading a few short stories about Tallarn, I’m keen to add some tanks to my army.

That’s all from me for now, typing this long post was tedious but I wanted to try a bit harder on making a longer post for my Iron Warriors Collection. Do you guys prefer my shorter blog posts or do you like longer posts?

With that, I’ll be back soon with a very special post on one of my biggest comic finds in my life, no joke!

Oh and one more thing, for those wretched Imperial Fist fan boys, here’s my artist depiction of one of your chapter masters, enjoy!😉

Until next time, Iron within, Iron without,

-Warsmith Bjorn

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Primaris Crimson Fists: part V, Chaplin

Third in line to my HQ pool is the Primaris Chaplin, which was kitbashed using a Castigator model and spare Primaris bitz. I thought it would be cheaper to make my own Chaplin by using my imagination and parts I have spare. It’s saved me some money considering the official Primaris Chaplin is over £20!

I’ve got another unit to add to my collection to fill in the second slot for troops, that being scouts with sniper rifles. I’m aiming to at least have three troop units to bulk my collection and use the second detachment requirement.

After that, it’s just a matter of deciding which elite unit I want to add to my collection to finish off this project.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

Primaris Crimson Fists: part III, Captain Sandor Galleas, Lieutenant Titus Juno and those flying things

Took me awhile to get this project going as I had some issues with the project. I was nearly tempted to abandon the project and paint them as Black Templars instead (the hypocrisy of me). However, I pulled through and stuck to my original plan of painting a Crimson Fist army.

But I made one slight change, the Intercessors were added to my ongoing Black Templars army project instead. I’ll elaborate on this very soon in an upcoming post!

Anyways, I’ve painted my leader of the collection, Captain Galleas in Gravis armour, inspired by Mike Lee’s novel, Legacy of Dorn. Out of all the characters in the book, I’ve enjoyed reading about Galleas so much that I wanted to bring him to life as a Primaris Marine, and purge any filthy Ork armies!

You’ll notice that my captain has a different pose than the original pose of the kit, that’d because I prefer the model striding with the power sword lowered, rather than heroic sword raised high. I think the new pose looks fantastic, it gives a sense of weight as he walks in Gravis armour with determination to slay some orks.

I’ve also used a spare Deathwatch shoulder plate and Marneus Calgar head for kit bashing. I wanted to stay true to the look that Mike Lee described Galleas as (even though he wasn’t a Primaris Marine in the book), from the Deathwatch skull, the noble shaped head and his artefact power sword.

Next up is a WIP of Titus Juno, one of Galleas’s close allies during the war on Rynn’s World, who I’ve decided to make him as a Primaris Lieutenant. Honestly who wouldn’t be Galleas’s Demi company commander? A badass marine who can go toe to toe with any Ork double his size, even a mighty Warboss!

I won’t spoil the story of Legacy of Dorn, but I believe that Juno more than earned the rank of Primaris Lieutenant decades later after the Cicatrix Maladictum event. He shows great promise to be a leader who can teach many new generations the techniques he learnt during the invasion of Rynn.

I just need to put him on a base that’s the same as the lieutenant kits, just for the sake of getting the base size right (and fitting a decapitated Ork head on too!). Also notice the Corvus helmet? I thought I’d tie it to the Rouge Trader cover which featured a marine with a beaky helmet.

Finally with have these…

Not my favourite kit in the stater set and Primaris range, they look out of place for my taste anyways. However, painting them was fun and they look pretty cool once finished.

Now let’s see how my current progress is going with the collection so far!

I’d say I’m nearly done with this project now, I’m happy with the project so far with how it’s shaping up. Transfers are an arse to apply, but they are old so they would lose their quality understandably.

Anyways that it for today. I have one more unit, the Hellblasters, to show off and share my tips on painting them. After that it’ll be a break for this project until I can get a unit of 5x Intercessors, and hopefully a Redemptor Dreadnought/ or Agressors to top off this collection.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for part IV!

Until next time!

-Bjorn

Primaris Hero’s, First founding Legions part 1

When Warhammer Conquest magazine first hit the shelves weeks ago, I had two ideas form in my mind, 1) bolster my Emperors Children project (which I’ll show my current progress soon!), and 2) start a new small project relating to the Primaris marines. I’m 50/50 on the Primaris as on the one hand I really like the scale and poses for the models, as they look more fluid in their form (no squating poses now!) and easier to paint for bigger scale. But on the other hand, they look very plain with the same armour and weapons, as well as their lore still being okay-ish as ‘good’ guys (although DA Primaris are shaping up really nicely like their legion).

So I wanted to try my hand at creating nine marines from all of the loyalist first founding legions, customising my Primaris with spare bitz to create unique and more appealing characters. Obviously II and XI were left out for obvious reasons….

Today, I wanted to show my first four fully painted Primaris marines from the Deathwatch Ultramarines, Imperial Fists, Blood Angels and Slamanders legions. Enjoy!

Ultramarines Deathwatch Lieutenant Arstus

Blood Angels Intercessor Luixus, 3rd squad

Salamanders Intercessor Su’tain, 5th squad

Imperial Fist Intercessor Sergeant Falix, Fifth company

Each Primaris marine has its own unique look to define its legion and personality. For example, Su’tain wears a rebreather and a modified flamer, tying him closer to his legions culture and weapon of choice. I didn’t want to kitbash the models too much, as the Primaris are still early in their experience of warfare.

I’m currently working on painting another four 1st founding legions, before doing a final post on the ninth and final legion chapter.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Black Templars 8th edition collection, part 11

Black Templars 8th edition collection, part 11

At long last I have more Black Templar models painted! I thought it was about time I got back to painting more my 40k collection, and finish off more Black Templars.

This time I’ve added more models to the collection including a Land Speeder, 3x Reivers, 5x Sisters of Silence and an Emperors champion, which were primed in black matt spray paint. There were others units added too including another 10x Crusader squad and 3x Bike Squad, however, I didn’t have enough spray paint left to cover these (as well as new bases for the Crusader squad). So they were left for later on down the line.

Originally I was only going to paint five more Crusaders for my 10x squad, and 5x Sisters of Silence to cap off this collection. However, I felt that it would be a miss if I didn’t include my unused space marine models, that by this point were going to be going nowhere and stay in the box of damnation (I’ll elaborate on this box for another time).

so without further or do, I’ll let the photos do the talking!

All this was done in one week, the Sisters of Silence took longer to paint as I needed patience to paint their exquisite armour. I’m happy now that this collection has finally been worked on again after many months of being shelved.

My favourite model to paint would have be the Emperors Champion, a repainted kit bash model that looks really badass. I liked the test drybrushing for the lighting effect on the sword (a Dark Angels one curiously enough?), using dark blue up to white acrylic paint. The model has this mysterious look with the eye lenses being completely black to add mystery and fear to the character.

All that’s left now is a Attack bike, 3x Bike squad (attached to my current squad to make 6x), 5x more Crusaders and possibly one more Crusader squad if I’m interested to add another squad. I’m not planning anymore additional models to the collection as I’m happy with the current collection I have (but I might add some Neophytes to my Crusader squad).

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

You decide!

You decide!

Hello, and welcome to a very special post about a project that I will be revealing today!

Since I’ve recently finished my first wave of Fyreslayers (taking a break now from collecting the faction), my Black Templars being delayed due to some decal problems and now having a gap between now until I get some Daughters of Khaine kits. I’ve decided to do an in between project to keep myself distracted from the long wait, using backlog and unused models to finish off.

But unlike my past projects, this project will be quite different as I’ll be giving you guys, yes you my readers the opportunity to vote on what I should do!

How this will work goes like this, I have a collection of unused space marine models from a failed project going back years ago. I want to bring the [chapter] back to a consistent quality and finally restore these models. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get the community involved by letting you vote on what chapter I should paint for the collection.

The Space marine collection consists of the following:

  • 5x Scouts with sniper rifles
  • 3x Reivers (will be x5)
  • 3x Intercessors (will be x5)
  • 1x Landspeeder
  • 10x Tactical squad
  • 1x Captain with power sword and bolt pistol
  • 1x unused classic marine
  • 3x Space marine bike squad
  • 1x Attack bike

(No photo of the collection as thry looks terrible currently, but I’ll add a photo if anyone would like to see them. But trust me, they look pretty bad….)

There are however some limitations on what you can vote on from the rules below:

  • It can’t be a traitor legion/ chapter, has to be a loyalist based chapter in current timeline of 40k (Alpha Legion can be a compromise)
  • No unofficial chapters (especially meme ones), this is a project that will be a lore friendly force.
  • Speaking of lore friendly, it can’t be a chapter that’s been wiped out, nor classed as Excommunicated by the inquisition (like the Soul Drinkers chapter for example).
  • It can’t be Black Templars, I’m already doing those nice chaps for Rogal Dorn.
  • Finally, Blood Angels, Dark Angels and Space Wolves related chapters and successor chapters will not be accepted. This is because the faction will be using the Adeptus Astartes Space Marines book.

To vote, simply comment below with the chapter name (First founding or Successor founding) and who their loyalist Primarch is. The deadline is the end of this month, and any votes after that will not be counted. I will reveal the most voted chapter in a few days time after the deadline.

Thank you for reading this post, and I’ll be looking forward to see what you guys have voted on!

-Bjorn