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Magos Explorator - June 26, 2008 09:14 PM (GMT)
I was wondering--which hand(s) do the Iron Hands replace with bionic ones? Is it just the left, or is it both?

I'm converting a squad; I've got some bionic bits, which I will make use of. Do they paint the power armour of both hands an iron colour if the bionic is concealed underneath, or just one? I've not been able to find a definite answer...

EDIT: Evidence on this forum suggests it is just the left hand--but does anyone have the source for this info?

Kaleb 'Angelus' Dante - June 26, 2008 10:11 PM (GMT)
I think it is mentioned in the Index astartes that they replace their left hand with am bionic one and as the marine gets older they replace more of their body for bionics so they are more machine than flesh.

Magos Explorator - June 26, 2008 10:49 PM (GMT)

Weiss - June 27, 2008 07:39 AM (GMT)
It's stated in Fulgrim, during the first scene with Ferrus Manus. :)

The Red Sorcerer - June 27, 2008 09:41 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Index Astartes)
As a direct result of their respect for the mechanical body, the Iron Hands differ significantly in some regards from the standard Codex organisation. On induction to the Chapter, new recruits have their left hands removed and replaced with bionics, a ritual symbolising their link with Ferrus and their refusal of the weakness of the flesh. This is the start of a slow process of mechanisation of the body for the recruits, leading towards the stage when the entire organic body can be rejected. The ultimate aim for Iron Hands Marines is to become mind-fused with the body of a hulking Dreadnought - the perfect blend of organic and mechanic.

There you go :)

As for painting their hands silver, the current Chapter colour scheme appears to have both hands silver. The Pre-Heresy colour scheme, in contrast, seems to have both hands in black, at least according to the picture in the Index Astartes article.

VESPASIAN - July 29, 2008 04:22 PM (GMT)
The Iron Hands novel repeatedly mentions the left hand as being the important underlining visual signifer, which marks out an individual as being a part of the Iron Hands Chapter. This aspect is very interestingly, not only limited to the Space Marines themselves.

The novel reinforces the fact,as already mentioned by Red Sorcerer, that Space Marines of the Iron Hands have their left hands removed and replaced by an augmetic version, in honour of their Primarch.

However the Chapter's Thralls (who wear black robes-similar to those worn by the Adeptus Mechanicus; and on a chain about the neck, the gunmetal grey gauntlet of the Iron Hands) also have their left hand specially marked:

'...In mimicry of the Iron Hands' brotherhood, the skin of the thrall's left hand gleamed with the filigree tracery of electoo circuits. The implanted circuitry marked the thralls out as members in part of the Iron Hands' Chapter but was nothing like as magnificent as the bionics the battle-brothers were granted on translation from neophyte to initiate of the order.' (Page 54)

Furthermore Dreadnoughts also display this integral feature:

'...On the right-hand panelof the dreadnought's adamantium casing was a bas-relief image of a clawed iron gauntlet, the millennia old insignia of the Iron Hands' order. The image was not unlike the monstrous power fist that the dreadnought bore on the end of its left arm.

Just as the brothers of the Iron Hands had their left hands replaced with bionic the left arm of every dreadnought was always equipped with a close combat weapon, with a built-in storm bolter.
' (Page 63)

Because of this repeated motif and its significance, I personally would just paint the left hand alone a gunmetal colour.

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