One of the First Founding Chapters of Space Marines in 40K is the Iron Hands. And I frigging love them. Easily my favorite of the Legions. That much should be obvious with my own Chapter, the Lords of Oblivion, being descended from them. I love the character, and their primarch, Ferrus Manus, is just awesome. They abhor weakness, and Ferrus was always known for pushing himself to the absolute limit of his abilities, something I like to think I can find relatable.
The Iron Hands themselves favor purging their weaknesses through biomechanical augmentation, so a lot of them are more machine than man. The Lords of Oblivion shift this paradigm a little by focusing on mental weakness instead of physical weakness, which is part of why they wind up with so many psykers. Temperament-wise, the Iron Hands are kind of presented in a contradictory fashion in some of the fluff, somehow both cold and mechanical yet prone to berzerker fits of anger at the drop of a hat. Personally, I like to think of them as almost like Vulcan Space Marines, and perhaps what some perceive as rage is just cold fury.
Except, in the almost-decade I've been doing 40K, I've never had an army for them, nor even painted any models for them. Well, I think it's time to change that. Inspired by some deals on the web I found for alternative bitz for armor, as well as some deals off eBay for bionics and the like, I've started building an Iron Hands army. I'm drawing entirely on Codex: Space Marines for this. The general list is presented in an earlier entry, though I think I might add a Stormtalon or two to the list, as it seems like something the Iron Hands would use. Also, for a Clan-Commander, I'm thinking of using a counts-as Lysander for the role. Giving the whole army Stubborn seems fitting, plus it'd hardly be out of place for an Iron Hands leader to have an above-average thunder hammer. Not to mention he has Bolster Defenses, which also fits well, I think. And then on the gameplay strategy front, I would put him in the drop pod with the Sternguard squad for his Bolter Drill rule, and then he can give them some serious CC punch for the inevitable counter-assault, too.
My other HQ is going to be a scratch-built Librarian with a jump-pack. He still needs some legs though, so I'll save pictures until those come in. But I'm pretty excited at how he's turning out.
That's the bulk of the army, though additions I plan on making over the rest of the year include: counts-as Lysander (I've got some ideas already for the conversions), a third Tactical Squad (plenty of bodies then), a regular Terminator Squad (won't be quite as fancy as the one I already have, but it'll have some good stuff), a couple of Thunderfire Cannons, and a couple of Stormtalons.
I plan on tweaking the color scheme slightly from what's in the codex: i.e. all cold or neutral colors, no warm colors at all. So blue eyes instead of red, and blue on any lenses, lasers, purity seals, etc. I think that will convey their cold, mechanical nature much better, and, honestly, the armies I've seen done up like that instead of the usual scheme look SO much better. For example...