20 Iron Warriors breachers built!

By | 8th July 2017



“Iron Within, Iron Without!” The chant sounded as the marines advanced down the corridor through a horizontal hail of bullets. They would advance on the enemy until they were spent…


I have spent the last while putting together my Iron Warriors breacher squad, all 20 of them. Not sure when I am actually going to get some paint on these. The imagery of this squad pushing through the enemy, reaching for that forlorn hope.

Iron Warriors Mk III breachers

Armament wise the sarge has a power fist, from the limited edition Narik Dreygur model. The main body of that model is going to be more Warsmith. Apart from that the squad has two melta guns and graviton guns. The grav guns are there for pure looks alone, the 30K version looks so much better.

Iron Warriors Mk III breachers battle damage

I have seem far too many pristine shields on breachers over the years. I knew that wouldn’t do for me, even though at first I planned on painting on the battle damage. In the end I drilled some shallow holes into the slab surfaces of the shields, letting some punch through. After some good feedback from /r/warhammer30k I went back and made the indents less uniform. Which makes a big positive difference.

Iron Warriors Mk III breachers battle damage

Not all battle damage are bullets though, so I carefully added some carved slashes into the shields as well. I will be interested to see how they look painted up. One shield in the 20 is pristine, either a newly acquired one or plain luck.


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  • Todd Sherman

    The squad looks solid and the battle damage on the shields really does add a lot .. nice work.

    • Cheers Todd. I am thinking of putting my Iron Warriors project to one side to get my Thousand Sons up to 8th spec.

      • Todd Sherman

        Gotcha.. I’m playing 30K at Nova this year so I’m in the 30K frame of mind 8)

        • That is a solid motivating factor for sure. I don’t really have anyone to play 30K with but I am planning some 40k games.

  • It’s a good looking group.

    Putting actual battle damage on a model is one of my favorite things to do. It’s just so convincing when it’s actual damage. Your damage came out well. Not too much, not too little.

  • Looking good! Hurry up and get some paint on them while you have the motivation.

    • Nah I have a whole rake of IW for 30k ready for paint. They will be a project for another time.
      But I do have 40K games coming up.

  • Now they look really cool. I love the look of breachers, and the their battlefield role, especially in zone mortalis is really appealing. I have 10 to build yet, but not had time to get around to them so far, and with HH staying with 7th for the foreseeable future, I might never get round to them 🙁

    • I get that, 7th edition or not I want to finish up this army. I might never get to play it but I will have done lots of hazard stripes 😉

  • kristoffer sat

    looks good, i like the added slashes, i’m a bit surprised about the Aquila still being present though. Are you keeping them gold?

  • Hogfoot

    Lookin’ good, mate. Now get those Astartes painted! What’s this muck about 8th ed?! In the face of the new edition, I am finishing up 800 points of 30k terminators, and just bought the backbone of an expansion of my Iron Warriors to an Orbital Assault RoW!

    Neither Old Man Perturabo or I will hear any excuses about puny men or Xenos taking priority – where do your loyalties lie?! Glory to the Fourth!

    • I am a Thousand Son first and foremost 😉
      Once I get my army 8th edition ready then I will be back to the Fourth.

  • Nice Rory! I like the look of the breachers and the extra weapon damage really worked well on them.