me_in_japan wrote:I'll do some thinking about chapter background, but while I do, could I humbly suggest the hammer in the chapter logo has the hammerhead at the top of the logo, please? It just looks upside down to me. Also, If the head's at the top, it kinda looks like the /\ lines are whoosh lines, like its mjolnir or something. Speaking of mjolnir....hmmmn.... I may be onto something here ......
I was going to say something similar! Although whoosh lines coming down off a hammer starts to look a bit like the Stormcast symbology, but what're you going to do?
I guess the question is: does a primaris chapter using Iron Hands geneseed necessarily draw heavily on Iron Hands culture as such? My impression from Horus-Heresy-through-osmosis is that most of the cultural stuff (in our case, organization by clans and general barbarism) was often imposed by the primarch upon sometimes disparate groups of warriors sharing his geneseed based on wherever he managed to end up, rather than something "hard coded" - if the Astral Hammers represent such a group of warriors that never really got much from Ferrus Manus besides his genetic fingerprint, we'd have more freedom with background and organization and so on.
(After poking around a bit) Heck we could even say the chapter feels more kinship with the original X Legion Storm Walkers than the modern Iron Hands - especially since the X Legion's "Hammer and Storm" tactics tie in nicely with our chapter name.
Edit: Ooh! Ooh! Here's a nice quote from Ferrus Manus himself that could also be a nice justification for the chapter colors:
"Hatred of what is natural, of what is human, is the first and greatest of the corruptions. So I record it here: when the time comes, I will strip my hands of their unnatural silver. I will instruct my Legion to recant their distrust of the flesh. I will turn them away from the gifts of the machine and bid them relearn the mysteries of flesh, bone and blood."
So the Astral Hammers are looking to bridge the gap between the Iron Hands' unhealthy fascination with the machine and their primarch's desire to remain in touch with flesh and bone - metal to respect the primarch, bone to remind the chapter of their humanity.