Posted 18/06/2017

Army Showcase: Ian Gilmore’s Award Winning Ironjawz

Ian Gilmore has won best painted army awards at the South Coast GT and at Warhammer World’s Grand Tournament – Heat 2.  We caught up with him to learn a bit more about his army. 

Ian: When the Ironjawz were released last year, I thought the models were some of the best Games Workshop had ever produced. I’m a long term Destruction player – I’ve got a Moonclan Grot and Ogor army, and I knew that I’d have to add an Ironjawz contingent to my collection.

I was painting a Tyranid army at the time so didn’t start right away (I know I’m in the minority of gamers when it comes to having the willpower to resist the new shiny toys), but I bought the Battletome and immersed myself in the lore of this of anarchic green skinned horde before starting to pick up models in August last year.

I knew I’d want to take the army to tournaments when it was finished, so initially I went to the matched play section of the General’s Handbook to get an idea of the kind of list that I could legally take. Ironjawz are lucky in the sense that all their non-leader units become battleline if the army has the Ironjawz Allegiance. This allowed me free rein to paint the units I wanted to without having to worry about the legality of the list.

In addition, I did some research on the internet to see what other Ironjawz players were taking at the time. This had the added benefit of seeing, and being inspired by, some of the beautiful Ironjawz armies others had painted – Chris Tomlin’s and Mark Mitzman’s especially. The initial list i decided I was going to work toward was a Megaboss on Maw-krusha, a Megaboss, a Weirdnob Shaman, a Warchanter, 20 Brutes, 3 Gore-gruntas, and 10 Ardboyz and an Iron Fist formation.

The next thing to decide was probably the most difficult – the colour scheme. Eventually I decided that I was going to go for a yellow and black scheme similar to the models painted by the ‘Eavy Metal team but more weathered. I chose this scheme because I like the striking bright nature of the yellow – Bad Moons Orks have always been a favourite of mine. In addition, it would tie in nicely with my Moonclan if I ever wanted to play with a mixed Destruction list.

With this in mind, I set out to complete an Ardboy as a test model. I was heavily influenced, whilst weathering the armour, by a painting guide by Darren Latham for a Bad Moons Ork Boss in a now out of print ‘Eavy Metal book. I made good use of the guide and was really happy with how the test model came out. Then came the hard work of painting the rest of the army (it was made significantly easier by the release of the Averland Sunset spray can halfway through the project!).

Skip forward 7 months and the army is now at 2000 points. I had to make an alteration to the initial list; time constraints and looming deadlines meant that I cynically upgraded the Megaboss on Maw-krusha to Gordrakk, the Fist of Gork, which meant that I had to paint 5 fewer Brutes. I’ve enjoyed using Gordrakk in games so, in hindsight, it was a good decision.

Along the way, I’ve been to a one-day doubles tournament run by Andy and Gary of the Age of Sigbrah podcast, Partners in Chaos, where I teamed up with Rob Ellis’ mixed Order force with 1000 points each and we promptly came in last place. I found having a deadline for the first 1000 points really useful as a milestone toward the full army, and as I really enjoyed using the Ironjawz at the event, it gave me the impetus to finish the project. Next, in April, came the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament Heat 2 at Warhammer World and the South Coast Grand Tournament in quick succession. I’ve been lucky enough to win best painted army at all these events.

I’ve really enjoyed painting, and playing games with, the Ironjawz. I’m now looking forward to expanding the army into a mixed Destruction list, and with this in mind, I’ve started rebasing my Moonclan Grot army. I’ve also begun to formulate ideas for my next new army; Stormcast Eternals are top of the list at the moment although I’ve also got ideas for the Disciples of Tzeentch and the Kharadron Overlords. Although, to be honest, as I’m getting very excited by the new edition of Warhammer 40,000, I may postpone Age of Sigmar projects for the moment and revisit the Tyranids of Hive Fleet Behemoth. I am enthusiastic about so many things at the moment it’s making the decision of what’s next very difficult!

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