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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Iron Warriors Tactical Squad Complete - Iron Within! Iron Without!

Let's take a look at some MK III Iron Warriors painted in a style found in the Golden D6 issue 6 (link). Surprisingly, this is the first time I EVER painted a tactical marine squad. Iron Within! Iron Without!

More after the break:

Steve here, with a squad that I have been working on for a few weeks. I do not play Chaos - though the contents of the blog would suggest otherwise. I do love painting Chaos models, however.

Tactical squad with a heavy bolter and melta gun. Sergeant has a thunder hammer

I saw the tutorial for a very gritty Iron Warrior tactical marine in issue 6 of the Golden D6, and bought this squad on eBay to test out the scheme. There were a lot of opportunities to advance my painting skills during this project. I believe that this will be the start of a small Iron Warriors force. I look forward to digging deeper into the lore of this Legion.

The tutorial itself was not too difficult to follow. It had about 20 steps and took me about 2 hours over the course of two weeks to complete the squad.

The sergeant, in particular, was fun to paint with his banner. I decided to go with a different color of parchment to keep with the gritty scheme. I was even uncomfortable with the green. I was daydreaming whether they were living greens or fake floral that you could purchase at a craft shop...

The hazard stripes were particularly fun to work with. Averland Sunset is a go to when painting over a darker color. The idea of a red/brown wash (I used Rhinox Hide) over the yellow to mute it worked really well. Imperfection was acceptable, which fits in perfectly with my painting ability. =)

I have seen it on many blogs as a suggestion, but this was the first time that I used purple wash or ink to shade gold. This worked really well. In this case, the gold I used on the trim was Retributor Armor. The ink was Druchii Violet

The paint scheme includes a lot of washes. Except for the trim, the tutorial includes a lot of washes which made a lot of the painting time waiting for parts to dry. The squad markings were done with a Micron Brush Marker (Brown). They were not perfect, but are moderately consistent across the squad.

Let me know what you think of this scheme. It is less colorful than a lot of Iron Warriors schemes that I have seen. That being said, they have that legion's flavor still and definitely look like a dark force on the tabletop. I look forward to expanding this collection.


  1. Iron Within!

    Those are looking very well Spoticus. Bravo. I plan to add 15 tactical marines to my own Iron Warriors in time.

    Just to note in 30K those are a veteran squad, tacticals can only have bolters.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. I do not play 30k, but want to keep the possibility open if I want a 7th edition fix. I wanted to promote the Golden D6 through this post as well. It is a fantastic hobby magazine.

  2. I have had some comments across different mediums that the models are too dark and not 'iron'y enough. I have added another drybrush of Necron Compound to lighten them up a little. Community painting at it's best! I will post tomorrow to see if they are better received.

  3. So-o-o-o good to see the Golden D6 reaching all the way back to 30K! Those Iron Warriors have come up look really great. Keep up the good work.

    1. Much appreciated. I'm due up to paint a Rhino next for them after I get through the next mountain of plastic.