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Hey everyone. I have been watching these forums for the past couple of weeks as my friends have been trying to pressure me into starting a 40k army. I decided i want a tough shooty army that can pack some surprises and I think IW will work out for me.
I am joining a starter league that is beginning at 600 points and gets larger every week, ending at around 1100 points. So i think i have the basics down about small lascannon squads, autocannon havocs = fun, and that I can never have *too many* obliterators. I will probably be playing a lot of new eldar and tau, so I should do well.
The only big question I have is whats the easiest/best way to paint Iron Warriors? What color should I prime them, should I dip them? These are obviously personal preference, but I would love to know what has worked for you.
Thanks in advance
Iron Warriors seem like a perfect army for you! :yes: If I were you, I'd try to keep a majority of your army focusing on shooting aspects, but still have some close combat suprise packages for your enemy :rolleyes: :shifty:Hey everyone. I have been watching these forums for the past couple of weeks as my friends have been trying to pressure me into starting a 40k army. I decided i want a tough shooty army that can pack some surprises and I think IW will work out for me.
You also might want to check out this link. It has some good info you might be interested in, and might help you get started.Well, there's different ways to go about painting Iron Warriors. The color scheme doens't have any effect on the rules. Generally, black or white is used for base coats - most likely black. Dipping them is a personal preference; some poeple do it, some don't.The only big question I have is whats the easiest/best way to paint Iron Warriors? What color should I prime them, should I dip them? These are obviously personal preference, but I would love to know what has worked for you.
Here's some different paint schemes I found on the internet: (Note: Due to not being able to post some of the links like invision free, and not wanting to break rules via posting other forums, I'll just type them in my post and give credit to the writer.)
From bolter and chainsword, written by Lucrosium Malice:From the same link, written by Hakkon:I always did mine simple and quick.
1) Prime black. A nice clean prime is what you want. (then again that is sort of common knowledge, who wants a bad prime job? )
2) I then used a large crappy brush and drybrushed the whole model with boltgun metal. This step took a while to figure out, as you can go overboard with the drybrushing easily enough. On the flip side you can not do the drybrushing enough.
3) Retrim certain areas with a thinned down chaos black. (I always use a windsor & newton watercolor thinner. Delays drying time and thins the paint out.) These areas are usually the tubbing on the joints, back side of knees, etc. Also any area you wish to paint with a gold color. I never did my shoulderpads black, although I now wish I had.
4) Apply the gold of your choice. I used to use a Armory gold (I think that was it) but it turns out OSHA slapped their wrist and they cant produce that color anymore. (I wonder if using my lips to re-sharpen my brush is going to come back and haunt me?)
5) Apply a thinned down white, usually two coats, over any area you want your chevrons to go. Also any area there is to be color. Eyes on the helmet, bells and whistles, you know the flair.
6) Apply a couple thin coats of yellow as your basecoat for the chevrons. (I always did just the weapons. So both sides of bolt guns, bolt pistols, etc. had this pattern)
7) Do your black striping over the yellow for the final chevron.
Detail work in various colors (eyes, hoses, flair) and general touch up.
9) Base and flock
Characters I would spend a liitle more time on, but to be really honest, my Iron Warriors was my first real army, so you can see a definite beginning model and ending model.I've used the dipping method to make my Iron Warriors look nice. I know that many people don't like this method, but I think that it fits well with Iron Warriors, because if done right, it can make them look very cool. (Plus it gives them a nice grungy look).
This is how I do mine:
1. Basecoat a nice Chaos Black
2. Paint the model in a NON-Metallic Dark Grey
3. Lightly Drybrush a lighter grey over the top of the model (but not too much).
4. Add Gold silver, black ect. to detail areas, but be careful to not detail it too much or the dipping method will severly mess it up.
5. After you have painted everything, go and dip your Iron Warriors into Antique Wallnut Wood Stain. Shake them out vigouresly.
The Finnished prodict looks very professional plus it keeps the models safe from chipping off paint. When you get up very close, you can see that the models are not painted with a lot of detail, but unless you are really examining the models, you will find that they look very cool on the tabletop. They get all grungy looking because of the wood stain, but are still very clear and crisp looking.
Various passages taken from a Iron Warriors invision free forum:As you can see, there's lots of ways you can do it...experiement a bit and see what you like best.black and brown inks are amazing
Also Chest nut ink work as well
Black and then drybrush BG metal, and highlights in chainmail or silver. Thats what I do, works well for me. And some black ink to darken if needed.
base coat black, drybrush BG then lightly ink in black, gives a real dark but still shiny look
I base black then brush on the boltgun...i suck with inks so i never really use em
drybrush 3:2:1 tin bitz, boltgun metal and chainmail. Works fine, then brown, black or chestnut ink wash.
Here is my recipe that most who hear/see are very impressed with
drybrush equal parts boltgun metal/black ink/tin bitz
2 coats of drybrush boltgun metal
light drybrush chainmail
black ink entire model (I like the entire model to be dark, if not ur style only ink recesses)
highlight raised areas with mithril silver
equal parts dwarf bronze/tin bitz/chestnut ink
blend in dwarf bronze
blend dwarf bronze/shining gold
blend shining gold
blend shining gold/burnished gold
blend burnishd gold
tin bitz over damaged area
cover entire area except very edges boltgun metal
put a spot of mithril silver where the bullet hit/weapin grazed
ink with chestnut ink for grease and rust if that is ur style
paint white lines
cover white lines with sunburst yellow
blend one side with equal sunburst yellow/skull white
blend up to double or triple parts skull white to sunburst yellow, depending on how bright u want ur chevrons
Thats all my main colours, after that which I choose not to mention for the ammount fo space already taken, are purple and red lenses, wires and cables, plasma, power weapons etc etc etc. I'm also deterined to get photos up one day
I prime Chaos black, dry brush with B.G Metal. Dyrbrush highlight that with a SMALL amout of Mithril Silver just to get some more depth to the BGMetal. Dwarf Bronze on of the armor trim followed by Shining Gold to taste and watered down Chestnut ink to give antiqued look to trim. End up with Burnished Gold on edges of armor trim.
A good suggestion a friend gave me, get a fig and try out different color schemes and techniques. My whole army is me tring to decide just who I want my IW's to look.
BTW, WD#300 has an interesting article on IW painting.
Boltgun Spray, then Chainmail drybrush, then Black iNk, then Mithril to pick out highlights.
Trims are gold. Chevrons the normal way.
Boltgun metle with tank brush over whole modle.
Paint non silver bits black
Mithril silver highlights for silver.
Shinning gold trims.
Black a silver weapons
You might also want to check out this link:
Miniatures Painting Guide and FAQ
I'm sure you could do a google search on iron warriors and find plenty of finsiehd models and armies.
I would also suggest asking Caluin, and Shoal. Shoal plays Iron Warriors, and often posts his progress which you might want to check out or look for. Caluin doens't play Iron Warriors, but he paints them with a Iron Warriors like color scheme (not pausitive on this).
Welcome to the world of 40k
I don't know how dipping them would be,I like dipped models but have never seen an IW\Necron or any other metal-like model beeing dipped, so I can't be of any help. On metal-looking models I love to use some chestnut-brown ink to add some rusty lookout. Use black spray, drybrush them with boltgun metal, then work on details and ink effects. What makes an IW army look really cool is the yellow\black theme. You should try to add yellow\black lines on weapon and vehicles as you can see on the Codex. It's quite a long work, but the effect is great.
edit : hause has been quicker and deeper...ouch >___<
I've just learned how to dip that kind of models'I'll try that asap!
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Wow, thanks for your help guys, that is exactly what I am looking for. I just picked up a couple boxes last night and I have two squads of marines half assembled. I'm looking forward to having a lazy weekend and assembling an army.
I'm not sure which painting style I'm going to use but I'm glad to know I have some options. I'll have lots more question as I ramp up for war, and thanks again for your help guys.
Once I have my blog started on here I will have a ton of IW information for the newbie all in one spot (we can't start blogs right now, it's broke). But, I can help you having just started in Aug and finding a good paint scheme for 2000pts.
2-Paint or spray on Boltgun (bolgun spray is discontinued, but if you can find one can, save it for the tanks).
3-Next is I use a wash of 50/50 black ink and water with a drop of 'ard coat gloss. The gloss helps break up the ink so it runs in the cracks and it also gives a neat metal sheen to the boltgun. This, from what others tell me, is the step that makes them look very "chaos-y".
4-Do detail work. This is where you do your gold trim (IW trim is gold, not bronze like I see often, up to you) and other details, like the black and yellow hazards on the weapons.
It's a fairly easy paint scheme. I can knock out steps 1,2 &3 in a day for almost any size army. Step 4 takes me hours per model. If you look at posts started by me you can see alot of threads with pics.