Tuesday, April 17, 2018

NOVA 2018 Charity Army painting - Iron Warriors ahoy!

I was honored to be asked to participate in one of the NOVA Open charity army projects again this year, and as is my wont I took on some of the more 'boring' units and let the more talented folks do the cool stuff. That means that I'll be putting the 30 Dark Angel tac marines aside for a bit to work on er, 30 Iron Warriors tac marines. Oof. ...Well, technically 20 tac marines and 10 veterans, so that's way easier, right?


As part of the project, I was sent the raw materials to make the models - Included in the box o' joy were a mess of Mk.IV marines, some Secret Weapon urban bases (interestingly the same ones I used on my Sons of Horus recently) and a bunch of Mk.III shoulder pads. I rummaged through my bits boxes to come up with the appropriate matching Mk.III left-hand shoulder pads which gives the models a bit of a heavier look which befits the Iron Warriors. The sergeants get the usual power fist/bolt pistol combo and I made a couple little tweaks to make them a bit more dynamic.


The brief for the Veterans was to have a couple guys with power swords, including the sergeant, and while it plan was to have it be an 8-man squad without any special or heavy weapons, there were enough bits and bases that I went ahead and banged out a couple meltagunners to round the squad up to 10.


The plan is also for the vets to use the Marksmen special upgrade, and in an effort to help distinguish them from the vanilla tac marines I dug up sufficient scopes for the bolters which I think turned out pretty well! Working out the paint scheme with the project lead, and if all goes according to plan I'll get stuck in on these in the next week or so!

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  1. Awesome! I am trying to get back to painting up a lost patrol set for them to raffle off this year.

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    1. Sweet! I really look forward to seeing 'em, been digging the gribblies you've been showing on instagram!

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  2. Looking good Joel! You will be at nova right?

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    1. Indeed! After having to miss Adepticon this year I'm doubling down on NOVA and looking forward to gettin' my Heresy on in a big way!

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    2. Are you going to try and get a heresy game in? There's a super cool-sounding patrol/skirmish scale game on Sunday that doesn't require a huge miniatures investment, would love to see you throw down some of your Death Guard!

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  3. I'm looking forward to seeing these take shape. :)

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    1. Indeed! I'm jazzed to get stuck in - haven't ever painted Iron Warriors before, and doing some oily metals and hazard stripes should be fun!

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  4. Good on you for being invited to paint stuff for NOVA again! More black marines though... I can see a palette cleansing being required after you've done this load in order to find the energy to get back into those (also black) Calabanites?

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    1. Hah! Indeed - Will likely go back to the Exodites for a bit once these guys are done, to shake things up colorwise!

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  5. Great effort Mordian7th, I’ll be buying tickets again this year, nice of you to spend your time and talent to a good cause.

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    1. Excellent! There's some cool stuff coming down the pipe, stay tuned!

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    1. Iron Without! Really looking forward to doing some IW, should scratch the itch without having to invest in a whole army project!

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  7. As ever you go all out and it shows. Well played. I look forward to seeing these come together.

    Iron Within!

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    1. Cheers! I'm sure I'm going to regret doing all 30 at once about halfway through the batch painting process as usual. Hah!

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