Got sidetracked a bit and completed a test model of my upcoming 2012/13 project; Iron Warriors. Rumor has it there will be a new CSM codex after the release of the 6th Edition. Click this link for the said rumors. Although is a long way till the rumored release date, I say what the heck, plus I have tons of unused Chaos Marines waiting to be painted. Pics as per below:
For the Iron Warrior armor, I started off with a base coat of Chaos Black then a layer of Boltgun Metal. Next a 1:1 Chaos Black and Scorched Brown and once dry a highlight of Boltgun Metal. I wanted the model to look 'aged' and dirty so wash of Devlan Mud along the yellow hazard marking and a dash of Gryphone Sephia on visible parts of the Iron Warrior armor.
Iron Warriors are well known for their siege capability and usage of advanced tech and weaponry. Adhering to this theme, I will try to minimize the influence of Chaos on this army (they will still be CSM army though) and try to concentrate on arming them with majority of Astartes weapons. I have a few conversion ideas but I'm saving it for later. In the meantime, appreciate your comments guys.