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Hi All,

So as promised (albeit a bit late) is the update to the Iron Hands army.  I was working on this addition a few weeks ago.  I’ve been meaning to get the photographed for some time, however time restrictions have meant that I’ve not been able to get to them until this morning.

So this tranche reinforcements consists mostly of characters and a few nice to have, but not urgent units.

We’ll start off with Forge World’s interpretation of the classic Rogue Trader era Land Raider, known now as the Land Raider Proteus.  What a great job (as usual) they’ve done.  Whilst Forge World haven’t gotten around to casting the tracks onto to the hull just yet, it’s still a great kit.  Brings back a lot of fond memories.  The plan with this vehicle is to transport the Tactical Support Squad I did with the plasma guns.  The idea is they jump out, hose something, and if they survive after that, then all good.  But hopefully in their suicide mission, they scrub out a difficult to kill infantry unit.


Next up is the Sicaran Venator.  I’m not 100% on what the meta is on these (I’ve not played 30k in quite a while), however they seem to produce a lot of bang for your buck.  You’ll notice a bit further down I’ve got a tank commander popping out of a hatch.  Thats meant to be Casterman Orth.  A nice force multiplier for the Venator.  IMG_4205 IMG_4206 IMG_4207

Casterman Orth.  Based on the Games Workshop model for Sergeant Antaro Chronus, featured in the Ultramarines codex.  I’ve modified it slightly, including Iron Hands shoulder pads, and replacing the bolt pistol with a power maul.  For the power maul, I ended up making the shaft out of brass rod, I feared that the resin one would be too fragile for day-to-day gaming.    IMG_4209

So Gav-cannon rapier platforms.  Just because they’re cool.  I magnatised the weapons incase at some point in the future I want to give them a different load out.  I put them on the GW oval bases because I think it give them a nice finishing touch.  IMG_4210IMG_4228

A librarian.  I’ve long thought that the Sevrin Loth librarian model (of Red Scorpions fame) as the best librarian model ever produced.  I’ve actually also considered doing one for the World Eaters too (for loyalist forces).  IMG_4214

With the new rules for the Master of Signals coming out regarding his command rhino, I think we’ll see more of these guys moving forward.  They can bring down some pretty serious fire-power in one turn, whilst also delaying or speeding up reserves.  IMG_4215

Yeah, this guy…  with the new rules, I’ll probably take off the jump pack and put him in a squad of destroyers….IMG_4220

Nice to have… nuff said.  IMG_4221

I really like these models.  This squad have some ray guns.  IMG_4226IMG_4204Ok, thats it for now.  I’ve been doing a fair bit of 6mm scale painting and gaming of late.  I find the scale and game play  much more enjoyable.  The models I’ve been working on are just reinforcements to my 6mm scale World Eaters.  So I may or may not do posts on them.  Just run of the mill stuff, more tactical marines, basilisks etc.  I am working on three Thunder Hawk transports, which are seriously cool models and very usable in 6mm, so I may do a post on them too.  We’ll see.

Ok, thats enough from me.

Bye for now


Hello everyone,

So this is a blog post I’ve been wanting to do for some time.  Remember a couple of months ago when I posted up that 30k Iron Hands army?  Well, I had the Ferrus Manus model ready to go at the time, but I really wanted to do something special with him.  Ever since Forge World released Ferrus and Fulgrim, and made their display bases in such a way that they could be joined, I’ve wanted to do them.  However, I didn’t just want to chuck them on their 60mm bases and call it a day.  I wanted something a little more befitting of such a significant, and one may argue, pivotal, confrontation between the Primarch of the IIIrd legion and the Xth Legion on Istvaan V.  The aftermath of the drop site massacre echoes through the legions present, and indeed had an indelible effect on the history of the 41st millennium.

So just a few quick thoughts on the painting of these minis.  Firstly, I didn’t want to do the ‘grey’ stone base for these models.  Firstly, Ferrus is black, which is a tricky colour (it’s a shade) to paint at the best of times, let alone trying to make it stand out on a black base.  Secondly, I wanted something to compliment Fugrim’s primarily purple and gold armour.  I ended up settling on a variant of the bases of the larger Iron Hands force I did, that being yellow.  Yellow is a nice complimentary colour for the purple and a good background to create enough of a contrast for Ferrus’s armour to stand out on.    The actual plinth the scene is mounted on is a trophy/plaque base.  Minus the plaque.  They come pre-lacquered to quite a nice finish.  I was going to get some dark marble in the beginning but after investigations I discovered it was going to be outrageously expensive, so I sought other means.  I chose the name of the scene for two reasons.  Firstly, it’s the name of the soundtrack that is played over the three-way duel between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace.  Now, I’m not actually a Star Wars fan: at all, however, that fight scene is seriously impressive.  So much so that I went and tracked down the sound track that accompanied it.  It just evokes images of titanic and climatic clashes  in my imagination.  The second reason I chose the name was it seemed to suit this duel.  Once very close brothers: one now possessed by a daemon and condemned, one betrayed.  At the conclusion of this battle, the fate of both Primarchs, and their legions is sealed.  One Primarch and his legion now and forevermore heretics, and one Primarch dead, and his legion shattered and irrevocably changed for all time.

It was a real pleasure painting these two.

Here are the pics, enjoy.

Ferrus v Fulgrim 2

Ferrus v Fulgrim 6 Ferrus v Fulgrim 4 Ferrus v Fulgrim 5 Ferrus v Fulgrim 7 Ferrus v Fulgrim 8 Ferrus v Fulgrim 9 Ferrus v Fulgrim 10 Ferrus v Fulgrim 11 Ferrus v Fulgrim 12 Ferrus v Fulgrim 13 Ferrus v Fulgrim 14 Ferrus v Fulgrim 3

Ferrus v Fulgrim

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Good morning all,

Heres a project I’ve been working on over the Easter Holiday break.  It’s about 4,000pts worth of 30k Iron Hands.  I’ve still got Ferrus to go, and quite a substantial amount of Mechanicum too.  This is just the first tranche to get the ball rolling.  It was a real pleasure to paint.  Black, as you all know, is a tricky ‘colour’ (it’s actually a shade) to paint.  To make a black army look good is very difficult.  I tried a few different techniques on this army to help overcome some of the obstacles faced by painting a black army.

You’ll notice that I’ve used the new Forge World Iron Hands decal sheet.  I have to say, I am a little disappointed by it.  There are a few pros, but also a few cons too.  Let me explain.  The main pro, is that, unlike the older FW decal sheets, each decal is printed on its own piece of clear film.  So no more spending hrs cutting around 50 shoulder pad markings.  Oh, the time I’ve spend doing that.  Another pro is the totally awesome Clan markings.  There are some really nice ones on this sheet.  So thats it for the pros.  A few of the cons.  There are not enough Clan markings to do anymore that 15 or so marines.  So that means, with a force this size, I would have needed to buy about 3-4 sheets if I wanted to do a whole army from the same clan.  The other con is the lack of the roman numeral “X”.  One thing I really love about 30k modelling, is festooning the marines and their vehicles with their legion number designation.  It just looks hard as fuck.  There are no Xs” on this decal sheet.  Also, the new style ‘graphic’ decals look childish to me.  I used them, and they look ok, and some had some cool shit on it (an inverted pentagram) but overall, not that impressed.  I preferred the old decal sheet….

Ok, the models, behold!


ThugIMG_3932 IMG_3933 IMG_3934 IMG_3935Really like the new Spartan.  Having the tracks cast on to the hull makes SUCH a massive difference when painting and assembling.
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So as many of you know, the hull is based on the plastic Baneblade kit.  The instructions that accompany the Fellblade are basically useless.  This kit is a real prick to assemble.  Looks fucking cool though!  Tough as nails too…

I bought a Glaive turret off eBay so I could make two tanks with the one chassis.  IMG_3943 IMG_3944 IMG_3945 IMG_3947 IMG_3948 IMG_3949 IMG_3950 IMG_3951 IMG_3952 IMG_3953

Probably my favourite models from the FW Iron Hands range.  These guys look like Special Forces about about go and kick down a door or something.  They’re covered in bits of kit and just look like they’re ready for business.  I want to get more.IMG_3954 IMG_3956

Husta la vista….IMG_3957 IMG_3958  These guys are magnetised so that they can take a variety of support weapon choices.


Thats it for the time being.  Back to study now.  See you all for the post Emperor’s Legions Epic Scale 30k Comp I’m supporting at BrisCon on 01 May.  If you’re thinking of coming, please head over now a pick up your tickets.

Thanks for dropping in


Just another very quick post of a recently finished project that I’ve not had the time to photograph properly.  I really like this model, and its also great in the game too, however it has been taken down by a few very lucky shots in the few games that I have used it….

This model is often criticised for being difficult to assemble. I didn’t really have any dramas putting it together personally it just takes a little patience and a heat gun on hand as you are gluing it together.  I’ve now assembled two of these and I’m very happy with how they’ve both turned out.

I’m anxiously awaiting the release of the next book from Forge World detailing the Istvaan V Massacre…

Iron Hands Stome Eagle 1 Iron Hands Stome Eagle 2 Iron Hands Stome Eagle 3 Iron Hands Stome Eagle 4

So I knocked this out this morning in a spurt of painting enthusiasm.  The truth be told, he’s been sitting on my painting table (we’ll in a dust proof box on a shelf next to my painting table) for close to 18 months now.  I’ve had this idea for how I wanted him to look for some time as his original purpose was to be apart of the “Death Knell” Apoc 40k formation for Space Marines.  Basically it consists of 5 x 5 man squads of TH/SS Terminators with a Lysander proxy, a Contemptor Dreadnought in a Lucious droppod and a Librarian in Terminator Armour with a Storm Shield.  It’s a pretty bad ass formation and really puts a dampener on your opponents day when it rocks up.  (To announce its arrival you use a orbital bombardment to “clear” the area where all the Terminators arrive)

For some reason I just never got around to painting him, and then when I finished my new storm shield after re-tooling the pattern from the original I did close to two years ago I got inspired to finish it off.  To be honest, I’m glad I did because its come out much better than I’d expected.  I even tried my hand at doing NMN with an airbrush on the Librarians Force Sword.

As you can see, I removed the models force stave? and replaced it with a massive force sword from the Grey Knight plastic kit I think, and I exchanged his “talk to the hand” hand with a storm shield.  In game terms this seems to be the most popular load out for this type of character when he’s rolling in his Terminator armour.  The pose actually looks quite good, better than I was expecting.

The pictures are not to a standard that I’m completely happy with because I’m having trouble with my camera at the moment and need to sit down and figure out whats going on but I haven’t been bothered to.  So I’ll have to look into it in the next week or so because its really getting on my nerves.  Pro tip, don’t let people fool around with your camera.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Librarian in Terminator Armour 3 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOk, thats it for me now.  It’s coming up to Easter and over the holidays myself and Aaron from Forlorn Hope will be getting together for some hardcore, ungreased, man dollie action and taking the Cityscape board out for its madien voyage.  The plan is to have a 1950 point game on it with my Carcharodons V his Tyranids or Death Korps of Krieg (or both on separate occasions)  So my intention is to bring you a full battle report detailing blow by blow action with pictures accompanying that will melt your brain.  I’m really looking forward to this and it should be a lot of fun.

Until then, thanks for dropping in



Ok, third post for the day look out!

Again, this is a very quick one to show you some pics of my completed squadron of Iron Hands Landspeeders.  I decided to do a video diary of this build for something different.  I’ve posted the last two tutorials on this pages YouTube channel if you’d like to have a look at them.  I fully magnetised these kits so that they can be put together in various configurations.  I’m a big fan of this now as its difficult to predict what will be a good or bad configuration until you’ve had a few opportunities to pay test them.  Also with all the kits now being plastic its pretty easy to do.

Ok, enough rant

Here are the pics

Thanks for look, comments welcome


About 3 weeks ago I played in Quarter Master 3 held here in Brisbane at Greenbank.  Although I didn’t place my Carcharodons did get Best Painted.  Apart from the Trophy I also got some gift certificates that I could spend at an independent gaming store called The Combat Company.  I have to say, I was really impressed with their service.  I ordered the models on a Friday, and I had them on Monday, no fuss.  I ended up getting two, one for my Carcharodons and the other for my Iron Hands.  Now that in 6th Ed troops that have a toughness buff from being on a bike don’t suffer instant death from their original toughness but their buffed toughness, taking out Ork biker Nobz is tough.  But not with this heavy hitter!  Its also really useful at smoking Terminators too who are also a real problem in 6th Ed.  So in my new Iron Hands list that I’ll be using next weekend at Alpha Hobbies Titans of War 1850pt Team Tournament has one it in.

As a matter of fact, I’m so happy with how this one has turned out I’m going to paint the second one as an Iron Hands Vindicator and I’ll be getting another so I can have a Line Breaker formation for games of Apocalypse, which I’ll be playing in Games Workshop Mt Gravatt’s 8000pt November tournament.

Anyways, here are some pics of the finished model.  I have to admit, I really like it without the dozer blade on it.  Reminds me of the old Epic scale Vindicator from back in the day.


ok, thanks for looking

Comments always welcome


yet another long term project finished.  Four Rhinos for my four Iron Hands Tactical Squads.  I’ve made the top doors removable and also painted the Razor Back mounting plate too.  So if in the future I want to run them as Razor Backs its no problems.

Hope you enjoy the pics.  I’m actually really happy with how these have turned out.  Theres something about Rhinos that I really like.

Finished off a few projects this week… here is another… The Iron Hands Land Raider Redeemer

I am especially pleased with the scrip on the front of the tank.  It came up a lot better that I thought it would.



Hello fine people, well, I had a major jolt of inspiration this afternoon and went on a bit of a painting bender.  Did some work on the Titan (but I’m keeping that a secret) and some work on the Iron Hands Rhinos and Landraider.  Hope you enjoy the pics!

I made a very light wash of a few different colours (I cant remember atm) and used Tamiya X20A thiner to thin it down so it went over very lightly.  I used a heat gun to dry it quickly, and then cut in around panel lines and rivets with an undiluted version of the wash.  Finally,  I used the airbrush to create the dusty look towards the rear of the hull.  I used a large flat bush to get the streak lines in the wash too, before applying the heat gun.  The heat gun just caused the thinner (alcohol based) to dry very quickly and retain the streak lines.

Thanks for looking… been a pretty awesome day!

Comments always welcome