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Iíve recently dusted off my old Iron Warriors and hopped back into the fray. Now that Iíve had time to read the Codex (and threw my little tantrum over the loss of my Basilisk), I think I have a general idea of what I want my army to look like.
(Note: I donít play in tournaments, just with friends and the occasional campaign in-store.)
The conundrum that I am faced with is thus:
- I want to have four squads of CSM
- each with an Icon of a different Chaos God
- but I want the models and the fluff to reflect that theyíre Iron Warriors and that they arenít bowing and scraping to the actual Chaos gods, but instead have technological assets that mimic gifts from the gods
I think I can get the models painted alright (Boltgun metal base coat and then blue, red, green, ÖSlaneesh for the trim/details), but the fluff is a smidge harder.
I havenít really read many books regarding the 40k universe, so I donít know what I could use as the technological stand-ins for the Chaos gods.
I plan to use Fabius Bile as the general, giving him Iron Warrior-esque fluff to explain his rules (bionic enhancements for his enhanced warriors rule) and converting him to look more techy and less science-y.
I have been collecting the lilí fellas since back in the day but never got around to painting any of them, so I have free reign to convert and re-build them as I see fit.
Slaanesh could be enchantments to their power armor that gives a better nueral link, letting them "feel" their armor better, and move faster.
Nurgle could be those iron warriors left out in the rain to rust, so they had to bolt more adamantium plates to their armor giving them the extra toughness.
Khorne could be malfunctioning power armor that sends shocks into their brains, causing them to frenzy.
The dark mechanicus installed links to their twisted version of a warpy noosphere that malfunctioned, covering the CSM in warp energies that ward off attacks (the 5+ invuln save)?
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Necrons : W-8 D-3 L-7 (Sleeping in their TombFoam, waiting for a new codex)
Chaos Forces (CSM/CD): W-42 D-19 L-28
Apocalypse Games : W-4 D-0 L-1 (4 Titans, Brass Scorp, 3 Baneblades, 2 Bombers, 3 Fighters, and a Partrage in a Pear Tree)
I know very little fluff myself, but as far as painting them goes, for squad flexibility, you could always paint each of your marines with the exact same color scheme, and then have the icon reflect each particular god. I can't tell you how much easier this makes everything, as well as providing a nice homogenous theme to your army.
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While, admittedly, I don't really know exactly what each mark does, I've picked up enough from the forums that I have a rough idea...
If you're wanting purely technology-based solutions to the marks, I was thinking...
Khorne; Servo-arms for all within the unit. Probably difficult to pull off, though
Nurgle; Extra armour, as Nhyx suggested
Slaanesh; Vials/tanks on the rear armour, injecting stimulants into the marine
Tzeentch; Shield generators of some sort. Not sure how best to represent it.
Maybe scatter a few mark-specific helmets through the unit? i.e. Use a Khorne Bezerker helmet or two, a Thousand Sons hat, just to make things a little more obvious?
Like the others have mentioned, fluffwise, it shouldn't take too much imagination. As far as painting goes, that all depends on the fluff avenue you choose. if we're just talking about the four chaos powers here, then different colored inks atop the normal Iron Warrior paint scheme would work ok I think - Red for Khorne and so on.
My ideas for you to ignore or pick from:
Khorne - these are simply battle brothers who have strayed from Legion practices and tendencies and have a taboo love for close combat. But all fighting forces need combat specialists.
Slaneesh - Combat drugs would seem the easiet way to do this. Most legions had some kind of stim pack type deal, perhaps the Iron Warriors simply found a stable mutation.
Nurgle - Reforged or simply better engineered armor seems the best way here - if any of the Traitor Legions would, it'd be them. You could say it's salvaged 'artificer armor' or something like that.
Tzneentch - Most Imperial armies have some kind of forcefield, perhaps the Iron Warriors have intengrated this into a unit's power armor.
And in the end, Iron Warriors primarily use Chaos as a tool, it's also possible (in my mind) that if they needed the extar help, they'd consider wielding marks of Chaos for a limited amount of time.
Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Well, for Khorne, Iron Warriors do field Khorne Berzerkers as siege breakers. So fielding Khornate Iron Warriors is fluffily accurate.
Slaanesh, I like the neural link idea. Also perhaps have them in "slim" suits of power armour? Modded armour for speed and dexterity, with all the armour of Power Armour.
Tzeentch, why not just refractor fields? Technologically it's already possible, and it fits with their machine reliance.
Plague Marines, ask DJ about his Iron Kin. They're pretty nice. More armour works too. I have a mental image of a Marine in Mega Armour.