Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Heresy Era Iron Hands - Iron Father painted

Thoroughly excited about the upcoming Horus Heresy: Massacre book from FW, and I'm happy to report that the army I had planned actually plays to the strengths of the upcoming rules. I'm notorious for jumping the gun and building models that end up being non-viable in the new codex!

While I'm told there is to be a Cataphractii-armoured Forge Father character released some time in the near future, I wanted to finally get around to painting a model that has been lurking on the painting shelf for nearly a decade - the old limited edition Iron Hands Forge Father!

I'm not totally sold on the power axe, it feels a little flat. I was worried that blue blades may be too overpowering, but this may be too understated. Much like the earlier models, I went with a blue spot color, with just a couple little touch of yellow bits here and there. There was plenty of pipes and cables to pick out!

In game, this will be the army's praetor, armed with a master-crafted bolt pistol, a paragon blade (S5 AP2, Instant Death on to-wound rolls of 6) and a servo-arm. rounded off with artificer armour, an iron halo and a cyber-familiar, giving him a 2+/3++ save. He'll be trundling along with 9 Gorgon Terminators in a Spartan. Should be a scary unit!

Got the first half of the army ordered (all of the infantry, and a pair of Land Raider Phobos) and just waiting final shipping confirmation. Really looking forward to getting stuck in on 'em!


Phil Morris said...

He looks very striking, I like the bold colour scheme but I'd agree that a blue axe might be a bit much, also it's always nice to see these rare old minis that were released during my decade long hobby hiatus.

Musings of a Smurf said...

That's a great use of the iron hands bionics bits! Brilliant!

Mordian7th said...

@Phil Morris: Thanks! It was fun to finally get around to getting some paint on this guy!

@Musings of a Smurf: Heh, I can't take credit for the build, it's actually as-is out of the blister. I do have another one that I'm rendering down for parts though!

LuckGod said...

Another great addition to the army. I would love to see a batrep with this army

ColKillgore said...

Great looking figure. I have one of the same languishing in my Adeptus Mechanicus Bits box waiting to be painted.


TJ Atwell said...

This is one of my favorite models and to my everlasting shame I sold the only one I ever owned. That being said I think he looks great, but a bolder axe would take him beyond great. Excellent work and I am excited to see more. Everytime I think I got out of the 30k bug you drag me back in!

The Grim Darkness said...

Man that's a really cool model

Mordian7th said...

@LuckGod: Very soon, I hope. Got a lot of painting ahead of me before they can hit the table though!

@ColKillgore: Nice! I'm a big fan of the fig. It was a lot of fun to paint up!

@TJ Atwell: Aye, I'm trying a couple other ideas on the axe to help it pop a bit more. I have the 30k bug bad at the moment, really looking forward to the nation-wide heresy gaming events we're trying to get set up - details to follow!

@The Grim Darkness: Thanks man!