Ferrus Manus- Stage 1: Base- Iron Hands Marines

The next step for Ferrus Manus’ scenic base are some of his troops, the Iron Hands.

The first pic is the Marines blacked in. Since their armor is a sooty charcoal black (see previous Iron Hands Marines I’ve done on the site) I started with Craftsmart Black. It has a dull matte appearance, perfect for the effect I wanted. I then highlighted along the edges of all the armor plates with GW Dawnstone, keeping highlights subdued. All metal pieces of the Marines got a quick pass with black to base them for metal. Bags and pouches were based with P3 Battlefield Brown.

The second pic is the Marines metal and detailing. The pouches were highlighted with a mix of P3 Battlefield Brown and Moldy Ochre, with a light wash of Devlan Mud to knock tone them down. I decided to go with all Pig Iron for the metal parts, even the decoration, to distance them further from the opulent Emperor’s Children Marine, with its gold and bronze (top 2 pic details). The metal was washed with Nuln Oil and then Agrax Earthshade, with emphasis on the shoulder pad rims and backpack exhausts. The edges were highlighted with Pig Iron, then Pig Iron/Mithril Silver on a few points (bottom 2 pic details). Battle damage and scratches were picked out in the same fashion. Their eyes were done with Khorne Red, highlighted with Flash Gitz Yellow.

Next up, Manus himself!

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