Silver is such a whore to paint.
When painting my v2 Iron Warriors, I based (copied) my paint scheme on Christian Byrne’s from White Dwarf. The lovely man actually put a step-by-step guide on how he painted the Gold and Metal, which I duly stole for my own marines.
Just a note - the pictures I posted yesterday do not do the models any justice. It’s an Iphone camera with some instagram filters to make the detail actually visible. They look loads better in real life.
Anyway, when I was round Jon’s house one night and decided to get back into the hobby, we were talking about what army I would do. As much as I really wanted to do Iron Warriors again, thinking about painting metal again made me gip (gipping is where you burp and a little bit of sick comes up - you know the feeling…). Bang, Iron Warriors were out of the question, though aside from the painting there was another reason.
Jon and I (grammar), we’re keen modellers. In our youth we could have been viewed as beardy little power gamers (I came 3rd at London conflict when I was about 14/15), but our local gw community was always about making background for our armies. Now we’re older we get most of our enjoyment out of modelling, as opposed to making grown men seethe with rage (see previous post) in battle, and we want to make every model in our armies have character. The second reason I didn’t want to reboot v3 my Iron Warriors was because…god am I going to say this…they kind of lack character.
The way I see it is that each legion has a major characteristic bestowed upon it by GW, and then a minor characteristic that makes the army unique and ‘yours’. Now with iron warriors, the characteristic is siege stuff; they’re really good in sieges/ city fights. How do you model that?? Ok, well they’re also quite bionic-y; hmm so are Iron Hands, and they are loads better at being bionic…-y. Now Jon’s Night Lords, on the other hand, they’ve got all the cool imagery of skulls, wings and severed body parts etc, and after reading the night lords books, his characteristic is scavenged armour and weapons. What followed was a discussion over what legions are really cool. I decided on Salamanders, as they had been my first ‘proper’ army that I started a few months before the Armageddon campaign in 2000.