Tabletop Gallery: Iron Hands Picture Day

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“Okay, now everybody look to the left.” “OUR left or YOUR left?” “Just…everybody pick one or we won’t be in the Codex Annorum”

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  • SilentPony

    They really are just the worst space marines, huh? Hey, lets spend 20 years taking a boy and genetically engineering him into a killing machine. And then lets deliberately cut up his bio-engineered body and replace it with simple robot parts.

    • Shawn

      that’s why they’re the best space marine chapter. They’re cursed. They never recovered from the death of their Primarch. If you read the Clan Raukaan book, you’d also know that Ferrus’ death created the Sapphire King, a daemon of the warp who has tempted to the Iron Hands to meld with machines since the Heresy. So, yeah, they believe flesh is weak, and yet they continue to be loyal and serve the Emperor and protect mankind. A logical conundrum from a logical loving chapter.
      Not like the UM perfect boy scouts, or the other founding chapters that have no flaws. That makes them dull and uninteresting.

      • SilentPony

        Yeah but stupid is interesting too.
        If the flesh is so weak you willingly replace perfectly good, genetically engineered parts with crude robot parts, then why bother genetically engineering the flesh at all?!
        Why not just make better servitors? There is no reason for the Iron Hands to be space marines.
        Sure its not ‘dull’, its just stupid.

        • Frey Jepson

          Flesh is vulnerable, but sensitive to its environment.
          Metal alloy is tough, but less flexible.
          They both have their various pros and cons.
          It’s best not to over simplify a subject like this.

          • SilentPony

            So what you’re saying is I should genetically engineer you for 20+ years, killing hundreds of your peers because of their inability to cope with the genetic engineering, and then, when you’re fully acclimatized, force you to replace ALL the genetically engineered flesh with robotics, and then what, sit back and smile at how smart and clever I am to take 20 years to make 1 lack-luster servitor?!

          • Frey Jepson

            The Iron Hands work closely with the Adeptus Mechanicus, which means they know how to properly implement bionics into their enhanced frames. Members of the Iron Hands are involved with the Cult Mechanicus and are thus willing to become closer to the machine God by replacing their flesh. There isn’t anything lack-luster about either of these organizations. They speak to their machines.)

          • Muninwing

            “force you to replace ALL the genetically engineered flesh with robotics”


            there’s a list of the bio-engineered added organs. are there indications that the Iron Hands replace any of these? or are they more likely to replace arms and the like?

            i think you’re exaggerating what is going on here…

          • SilentPony

            Everyone keeps saying that. Have you guys read any of the Iron Hands novels?! They frequently are described as having replaced perfectly functional organs and limbs with bionics, for no other reason than ‘the flesh is weak’.
            They really are wastes of Space Marines, especially considering their ideal is to have no genetic parts left. To be fully robotic.

          • Muninwing

            i suppose it depends on what you value.

            – is muscle stronger than mechanisms?
            – are those organs any of those they receive when becoming astartes?
            – are the new mechanical ones inferior to the ones they are replacing?

            if i buy a new phone to replace my old flip-phone that cost me $100 a decade ago, is it a waste?

            if i get sick of push-mowing my yard and all the time that it takes, is it a waste to invest in a riding mower that can finish it in a quarter of the time?

            were the Gal Vorbak a waste of space marines too, because they replaced their fully-functional non-possessed bodies with daemonic-infused substitutes?

        • Crevab

          The hyperbole is strong with this one

        • Shawn

          The point is that they’re cursed, and this curse, coupled with their close ties to the mechanicus lead to over use of bionics is what makes them interesting and unique. It’s not stupid. No more stupid that a genetically enhanced super-soldier that run around with wolves, keep secrets of their heresy, or fly around in a giant space rock looking for the next crusade. However, it is a hundred more interesting than those chapters.

  • BK

    When I was younger I thought they were just really bad at their job, by needing all those cybernetic replacement parts lol. I could just picture those servitors when these guys returned from battle. “Oh geez, we’re gonna need 5 arms, 3 legs, and a foot. These guys can’t not get shot.”

    • Frey Jepson

      On the contrary, bionics would probably be easier to replace.)

  • Ryan Miller

    I just want SOMETHING that makes Iron Hands unique, other than the 6+ fnp and elite and heavy support dreadnoughts Also, I wish I could paint like that… I have the suck…

    • Frey Jepson

      They are a mech faction. Try the linebreaker formation inside an Iron Hands armored company. You can fire the ten inch template twice, all of your vehicles get a save and better repair rolls.

    • Muninwing

      their old version was just the 6+ FNP… before it was called that. back in 3rd i nearly started an IH army (did BT instead… i was convinced that black was easy to paint), and they gained (for +1 point/model iirc) the wargear “bionics” which was to ignore a non-power wound on a 6.

      i love that they’ve added some character to each individual chapter, but they owe you nothing.