This thread will document my progress, slow as it is sure to be, towards painting up my Iron Hands Taskforce from Forge World. The project itself actually began over three months ago when my order was delivered, but I am always intermittent with any hobby project due to impairment by ADHD-PI (predominantly inattentive type) as well as the usual life factors affecting the amount of free time I have.
However, I do want to start this thread now that I've started to actually apply paint to plastic and resin!
The background for this force and its unusual colour scheme (not yet in evidence) is that I'm quite fond of the Sons of Medusa in the 40K era. While the chapter doesn't exist in the Age of Darkness, my idea is to put together these Legiones Astartes to represent an Expeditionary Fleet, with its own heraldry and variant colour scheme, as a visual gesture towards the Sons of Medusa; hence "Harbingers of Taelus", Taelus being the system used in 40K as a training and supply base by the fleet-based war clans of the Sons of Medusa.
My original plan for the taskforce bundle was to use the Iron Hands upgrades on all 30 Mk IV Tactical Marines in the set, but now that Burning of Prospero is also available I intend to mix various pieces in to both sets. Some will get both heads and torsos, some will get one or the other, some will get nothing except an Iron Hands shoulder pad. All of the shoulder pads supplied in the bundle are for Mk IV armour anyway, so I may as well use all of them even on regular Mk IV models and get the Mk III shoulder pad upgrades when I get around to buying Burning of Prospero.
The Iron Hands helmet and torso upgrades were always designed for Mk III armour, so in the end the force will actually look a bit more unified, albeit in a weird mixed-mark kind of way, than if they were just standard Mk III and Mk IV models.
When I ordered the taskforce bundle I also had them throw in Iron Hands Cataphractii shoulders and a transfer sheet, so I'll be able to Legion-ify those figures and the Contemptor dreadnought as well.
However, I'm not planning to paint the Praetor or Dark Apostle figures as part of the Iron Hands at all. I'm not confident in my ability to convert them to look appropriate for the Iron Tenth, so I'm intending to paint them up as the characters they are in the boardgame itself as a change of pace from everything else. As it happens, this goes something like quadruple for the much more specific characters in Burning of Prospero, so it'll be nice to have the leaders from both sets painted up as a separate project.
I don't have the paints to do an Ultramarine at the moment, but as it happens I have nearly all of the colours I'll need to paint a Word Bearer.
Finally, pictures! How anticlimactic. I also apologise for my bad phone camera and poor, varying lighting solutions.
Undercoated with Chaos Black spray and basecoated with Leadbelcher spray:
Two washes of Nuln Oil shade on the armour, avoiding the helmets and hand symbols as much as possible. I'll neaten them back up with Leadbelcher and then brighten them further later:
There is one more wash of Nuln Oil to come before I wash only the armour plates - not the cables or augmetics - with Biel-Tan Green shade to achieve the greenish-black colour I've settled on.
Finally, here's the beginning of Dark Apostle Kurtha Sedd of the Word Bearers. Undercoated with Chaos Black spray, two thin basecoats of Mephiston Red on the armour: