Hands of Mars Update

I’ve been meaning to take some photos of the dreadnoughts that I hadn’t finished when first photographing the Hands of Mars. I had a chance to shoot and upload them as well as some limited edition adeptus mechanicus models from 1992 that I’ll be using as a command squad or assault marine unit. I’ve also been wanting to incorporate dreadnought droppods into the list but since the Forge World model is way too much money for what you get I decide to try my hand at scratch building some. I found some build plans and went to work. While the end result isn’t identical to the Forge World one, I think it’s quite convincing. What do you think?

Scratchbuilting has been an interesting process and I plan to do Imperial Warhound Titan at somepoint as well. The first one I did was built completely out of paper card stock, balsa wood and a couple of bits. The next one I’m working on will use plasticard instead of paper. The process takes a bit longer but the end result should be sharper. Below are some work in progress photos of the plasitcard model as well as some selections from the new Hands of Mars photos. The full selection has been added to the army gallery here.


Incoming Space Marines

The Hands of Mars Space Marines army has been added to the army galleries. There are a few models missing because I have to take some update photos. The current images were taken about 6 months ago before I made some significant changes to the army. The Hands of Mars started from the idea of doing a Space Marines army list with 6 dreadnoughts in it. To accomplish this in terms of codex rules, you have to take the Master of the Forge as an HQ choice. The Master of the Forge is essential a high ranking tech marine, so this lead to the idea of making the army a successor chapter to the Iron Hands, who are heavy on mechanical augmentation. This also fits perfect with the dreadnought heavy theme. The army uses a combination of modified Imperial Fists iconography (although the modifications are not present in the current photos) and Iron Hands iconography. There are a few figures in the army that are converted using legs and arms from the old first generation Necrons figures that were all metal and looked horrible compared to the current plastic Necrons figures. There are several other conversions through out the army as well as some Forge World figures and bits. I’ll be updating the gallery with the missing dreadnoughts as soon as I can.
Below are a few selection images from the Hands of Mars gallery:


Unfortunately, it could be a little while before I’m able to take the update photos because fortunately I’m in the process of buying a new house. When the sale goes through I’ll be busy doing renovations and moving but the end result will include a bigger and more functional office/painting room in addition to a dedicated gaming room! I plan to document the renovation process here and hopefully inspire people who have similar opportunities in the future. Doing so will also allow me to keep posting content despite the potential lack of actual gaming and painting that may occur.