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 Iron Warriors and Astral Claws
hushrong
Posted: May 29 2012, 04:32 PM


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Hey gang, I bid you welcome! You've heard me go on about few things regarding minis so now it is time to knuckle up and start posting. With this thread I want to chronicle the building and painting of both the Iron Warriors and the Astral Claws together. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will even do that nod that says “I understand everything”, so let me share a few more words and then onto pictures (or just skip to the pictures, I am not forcing you to read. Lord knows I have been pretending to know how to read since the 1st grade).

So with my interest focused on 40k once again I am happy to be building, painting, and actually playing Chaos Space Marines and soon their somewhat-loyal counterparts. With the possibility of new Chaos Glory being released in the “kind of” near future I eventually started using the CSM Codex (amongst all the crazy codices out there), where I intend properly to represent the IV Legion. Currently, most of my army is bare plastic in need of time and glue. So in an unorthodox fashion I will be starting this project log with my future secondary army, the Astral Claws.

Over a year ago I had started the Astral Claws after enjoying their fluff and liking their silver and blue scheme. I did not get too far and had sold off those marines and most of my 40k stuff, so now I am starting from scratch. The marines shown here are mostly cobbled from left over bitz I salvaged from my once glorious bitz box.

To begin, the Demi-Cohort I assembled:
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They’re going to need friends. There are actually two more I forgot to post now that I think about it.

Leading from the front is Centurion Victrus Hellstrom:
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“We had grown unaccustomed to defeat.”
I like him but I eagerly anticipate making a Mk. 2 version one day. There are a lot of other bitz I would like to use for an ideal kit-bash/conversion.

And now one of the earlier marines you saw whom I painted last night:
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I’m pretty satisfied with him except having taken this picture I now see hideous mold lines. OCD compels me to get rid of this right after I post this. He’s got Table Top Quality written on him but I am always looking to improve. I just need to finish the bolter and attempt to do even better on the next marine.

So far I plan to build a 500pt force while my friend figures out where to start his future Blood Angels army at the same point value. My list:
SM Capt (Centurion): Artificer Armor, Power Weapon
Dreadnought:Exchange Multi-Melta for Twin-link Autocannon
Tactical Squad (Cohort): 10 Astartes, Meltagun, Plasma Cannon
Scout Squad Sniper Rifles

So a few more minis and I will have this in the bag. I do plan on expanding this force and I am even tempted to make a proper Tyrant’s Legion one day…depending on how awesome any new Chaos stuff is. Also, if I get back into BFG I would like to make a small fleet for this army as well.

That is it for now. On Friday I will have my big Iron Warrior update so stay tuned. I am waiting for the painting and conversion competition to come to close before I post anything related to the IVth Legion. In the meantime I will be trying to paint more Astral Claws. Thanks for stopping by and know that C&C is always welcomed!


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blackcell8
Posted: May 29 2012, 06:23 PM


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I am liking Hellstrom!


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hushrong
Posted: May 29 2012, 07:16 PM


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Thanks blackcell, I am really hoping to do a newer version soon. I wanted him to look more armored but didn't have all the bits.


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PassionFruit Power
Posted: May 30 2012, 08:18 AM


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they are the best Astral Claws i have seen since last week(i saw them on Warseer)


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hushrong
Posted: May 30 2012, 10:21 PM


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Thank's bud. I actually need to step my game up and try again. I think tomorrow night I will paint another one using Runefang Steel and Nuln Oil. I actually might test those new paints on a test mini...then actually paint another Astral Claw.

I also picked up the DA Veteran box (5 marines, a good number of DA bitz, and some terminator parts) so my Iron Warriors will have their Fallen Allies soon. I also have a new MK VIII torso...so a few more bitz and I will be making a new Hellstrom. demon.gif


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hushrong
Posted: Jun 1 2012, 03:39 PM


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More Astral Claws and my dillemma with some of the new paints.

Here's one old AC and four more I have worked on since my last post:
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I had a rough patch using the new paints, namely Runefang Steel, Leadbelcher, and Nuln oil. They actually look decent in these pics.

Some more pics of the Troops:
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When/if the time comes these boys will be getting a simple green bath followed by a better paint job.

And work done to Hellstrom:
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After shaking the proverbial hell out of my new paints and the new glaze I got it all working a lot better (I feel super dumb for not having done that in the first place). This is just Leadbelcher with Nuln Oil (I forgot to highlight the edges with Runefang Steel before the wash).

*I also apologize for the large pics. Photoshop isn't cropping my photos for some reason.


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hushrong
Posted: Jun 3 2012, 03:10 AM


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Now our contest entries are posted I want to present the rebuild of my Iron Warriors.

First up are the Traitor Marines themselves. I plan to have three full squads built forming a backbone for the whole army. I still have some Berzerkers…but as I do not like the current GW kit those will serve as back up and conversion bits.
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This venerable piece of plastic was gifted to me by my friend that I have tried my best to get functional. It was a Baal Predator (I have the metal side sponsons too) that I tore apart and rebuilt. I have some of the pieces to make it into a standard rhino but I would risk breaking the plastic trying to remove some parts. This Blood Angel beauty was captured and repurposed during the Siege of Terra. It needs a bit more work and defilement.
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Here’s my Termicide squad. I hate this squad so incredibly much. They have laid waste and crippled enemy armor with great pride and fury but they have a greater habit of deep striking right into rock formations, buildings, and even their intended targets. They are ancient, venerable, and malevolent but they deep strike like they’re cross-eyed.
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This here is my Obliterator. I saw the cover for Siege of Castellax and despite the work itself being weird I could not help but love how the IWs looked, especially one bare-headed, gapping maw Obliterator. This is as far as I have gotten:
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He looks familiar right? He was built as the beginning of a Sons of Malice berzerker army but has found a place among the Iron Warriors. This mini marks a special occasion for me as he is the first mini I have painted 100%.
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Here are pics of him from different angles:Left Side, Back, and Right Side.

For kicks and giggles I present my Count-As Kharn, who also looks familiar huh? He is Laborys of the Grand Company of the Thrice-Cursed (that’s a mouthful). *Definitely check out the links since I couldn't show off all the work I put into him.
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An check out the Right Side and Left Side of this guy for some of the work done to make him stand out a little bit.

I still have a few minis I need to get and the rest needs to be built. In fact I have just built some Fallen to be added to the army. Also, I have a Night Lords Chaos Fleet for BFG that will be getting a new Legion paint job.

Well brothers, thanks for stopping by!


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PassionFruit Power
Posted: Jun 4 2012, 07:12 AM


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nice vey nice


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hushrong
Posted: Jun 5 2012, 10:19 PM


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Thanks PassionFruit!

Now for some pictures:

Centurion Victrus Hellstrom:
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Next up is my Cohort Veteran Sgt, Mordecai:
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Really happy with how the metal came out, though I did go overboard with trying to highlight before washing him.

Now for an Iron Warrior Aspiring Champion.
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I built Mordecai and some of those Astral Claws quite some time ago and I used to the banner to help identify the Sgt. I never really used or liked banners but that opinion has changed. So I wanted to do something similar for my Chaos Champs. I decided to use extra bitz of other races as defeated opponents on the base to mark out my champs. In this case, some poor space elf became the victim.

That's it for now. I need to build some Traitors and I'm going to keep trying to improve my painting. Thanks for stopping by.

*Any want to help me out with why Photobucket does not crop any of my images? I crop them using their tools and its fine on their site, but when I post them elsewhere they pictures are still huge and un-cropped.


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anbert
Posted: Jun 6 2012, 06:21 AM


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I love your miniatures, it seems that every single character has is own, strong personality (I mean, no standard GW poses, do you understand what I mean?). And paintjob on your Astral Claws is very good!
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hushrong
Posted: Jun 6 2012, 04:37 PM


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Thanks anbert! Right now I like Aspiring Champion "McStabberson" and the IW with the top knot (dead center of my earlier pic). My main goal when building the troops is that they don't look boring (why they all have one leg up like Capt. Morgan tongue.gif) and can fit in a foam tray with no fuss.

As for the Astral Claws, I think I have the painting almost down (which will transfer over to the IW too). For tabletop quality I think they pass. I just have to work on a better gold and practice hazard marks. Then...make a worthy sacrifice to get decent at freehanding. tongue.gif


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hushrong
Posted: Jun 11 2012, 09:32 PM


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Time for an update so...Picture time!

Started up another marine and trying to work on painting metallic. So far I like him.

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Still more work to be done.

Also, the buildup of the Grand Company is coming along, slowly. I got a rhino built up but in need of touch ups to make it uniquely chaos without having to resort to sticking spikes everywhere. I also got my first two squads built.

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15 Iron Warriors and 5 Fallen allies. I never gave much thought to the Fallen before but having gotten really into them lately I think they are very fitting alongside Iron Warriors. Especially fs you venture with the idea that both parties feel very betrayed and are hell-bent on some retribution.

Leading my second Squad is another Aspiring Champion.
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You can guess what chapter colors that marine is going to be painted as.

Overall I feel he is a bit more boring than my previous champ but he’ll do. I have ten more marines to make. This upcoming squad will be a “foreign legion” squad made up of Red Corsairs, Black Legionnaires, Emperor’s Children, and Flawless Host. They will be led by a Legionary Marshal *the link leads to a forum discussing the idea.

That's it for now. Hopefully I will have some more painted things to show later. Thanks for stopping by.


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jesseye
Posted: Jun 12 2012, 05:43 AM


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Theme some odd looking orks haha!! HEY BROTHER!!! Looks good man. I need to update my own but its all packed away preparing for my move. I like the astral claws.


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hushrong
Posted: Jun 12 2012, 10:45 PM


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You wound me brother with your jests haha! So you've been busy with a move? keep us notified with the couch-box!


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hushrong
Posted: Jul 14 2012, 07:08 PM


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Hey gang! Things have been really busy but I just landed a great job and I am now settled well into it. So I now have a bit of time to dedicate to the hobby.

So I’ve only played one game of 6th ed at 500pts of my AC vs. BA. I quite like a number of the changes, some seem silly, and the rest I have yet to come across or understand. The one golden thing that does have my interest is the addition of allies (while not having to play apocalypse sized games). I can now buy and field things that I like alongside a main army I am building up. I like this as I do not have to build another whole army just to play Dark Eldar, or Imperial Guard, or something else that catches my eyes at some point in time.

So my AC will be getting allies in the form of the Imperial Guard marauding as Tyrant Legion Auxilia. I also plan to do some BA down the road painted in the livery of the Lamenters chapter. These are two very fluffy allies to go alongside the Astral Claws. The Iron Warriors will definitely be receiving Dark Eldar allies. Still coming up with good fluff/reasoning for it but it will happen as I have always wanted to try out those sinister xenos. IW may get IG allies (for that sweet, sweet looking artillery and slave soldiers)…but we will see what any new codex may hold for them. Either way, expect to see some allies sooner or later.

Anyway…some pics of the little bit of work I have done and something I am trying to do:

Dreadnought:
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Here is mostly painted and still in need of more work. I will also have to scout out Forgeworld’s website and see about getting some TL Autocannons.

In regards to my AC I want to try to buy & paint my 500pt force before moving on to other projects. I still need to get a few more marines, my friend is supplying me with a plasma cannon for one of those marines, and then some sniper scouts. From there I think I will add my IG allies and some Assault Marines for a 1000pt army. Just need to see how the points add up.

Then there’s this bugger, a Space Marine Strike Cruiser.
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This is my first ship of a future Secessionist Fleet that will be comprised of the Astral Claws, their Maelstrom Warder Allies, and Battlefleet Maelstrom. This vessel is the Astral Claws Strike Cruiser Talon of the Tyrant. Right now I have to figure out a way to get this precious onto a flying stand as the peg-hole (proper terminology?) is too big for the peg.


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