Friday, October 18, 2019

DreadTober 2019 - Week 3 Progress


Well into week three, I've decided to share my progress.  I would normally wait until early next week, but not sure I'll get to much painting over the weekend, and the project is nearing completion as it is.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

This week, I finished up some minor work on the arms, added decals, and put the bulk of the work into the base.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

This army uses a very modest earthen basing scheme.  I chose a light color to help distinguish the models on the base.  I originally bought resin deck plate bases for this army, but realized that the dark steel decking really didn't help the dark models pop at all.  The resin will get re-purposed for other projects one day, no doubt.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

The smashed assault-cannon arm is from a Night Lords contemptor, perhaps recently blown or ripped apart by this dreadnought.  I laid down my best approximation of a simple Night Lords paint scheme.  Enough to tell the story without stealing the show.  From the Horus Heresy stories, the Dark Angels fought the Night Lords in many battles that kept them from returning to Terra in her defense.


Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Some detail on the freehand lighting bolts and crossed swords decal on the knee.  I spent some time roaming through my collection of old decals to pull a few appropriate ones for this model.  I felt the crossed swords were a nice touch for the Horus Heresy era.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Another look at the lightning bolts painted on the shattered assault-cannon arm.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

I added more plasma glow to the the plasma weapons, including light spilling form the barrels and vents.  This helps the palm plasma-blaster stand out a bit within the fist, distinguishing it from the graviton guns. I also found some room for a 1st Legion numeral on the right shoulder. With all the detail on this model, there isn't much space for decals.  I have room on the legs and fists for something, but so far have chose to leave them bare. I need to be able to switch up the arms with other dreadnoughts, so they shouldn't look too oddly unique.  And the legs....just don't seem to need anything?

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

I settled on some checkers for the upper arm plates.  Siph gave me the great idea of putting a sword there and I had decals picked out.  However, in the end, this was a simple and effect place to include the Legion checkers, so on they went.  The swords went on the knee shield instead.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

A last walk around the dread to see it at different angles. The project has come out better than expected and I'm very pleased with it.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

I really like how the Legion symbol looks over the field of checkers on the arm. I chose to keep the weapons relatively plain to avoid clashing or distracting form all the main body and base details.  That chain blade may be understated, but it'll do good work on the table top, no doubt.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Here is the model so far with twin fists in full on assault mode.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

And there is a parting shot with all the bits laid out. I could easily stop here and lay down the final lacquer coat.  Given the time left in the challenge however, I'll put some more thought into highlights and cleaning up various details and what not.  No need to rush this month.

How is your DreadTober project coming along?

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

DreadTober 2019 - Week 2 Progress


With another week of DreadTober behind us, here's where I was able get with the my Dreadnought project.  This week was about torso highlights and getting started on the arms. On the body, I got busy adding the edge highlights to the black armor using Vallejo Game Color Wolf Grey and a liner brush.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

In addition, the red details were highlighted using GW WildRider Red. I very much like how this came out on the lion shield. The metal trim and other bits were highlighted with Vallejo Air Steel.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Lots of practice painting the edge highlights on black armor now has made this process much easier over time.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Still not sure what I'm going to do with the right shoulder guard.  I guess it'll be left as it is.  Not a good area for icons with the overlapping plates. Maybe something on the upper arm plate.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

I like how this beast is coming along!  Here's a close up of the main body.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

With the main body in good shape it was time to make progress on the arms.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

The plasma cannon got some work, mostly base colors and some shading.  Lots of work to go, but progress...

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Metal bits on the chainfist got painted in with Vallejo Oily Steel and shaded with GW Nuln Oil.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Since the fists got assembled this week, I was able to loop them in with the metal work while working on the chain fist and plasma cannon. Then I got to work on the black highlights. So broad progress across the four contemptor arm options was made this week.  But still plenty of work to do. Here's the latest shots of the arms.

 Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

A weekend spent mostly in bed with a mild cold put paid to week two hobby progress.  But I'm in great shape now, so on to week three!  I don't see any issues with completing the challenge given where the model is today.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP


Loving the progress made by the other DreadTober challengers out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

DreadTober 2019 - new arms!


With a spot of extra time this week, I was able to build the remaining close combat arms for the dreadnought.  One includes a graviton gun, the second a plasma blaster.  I thought it would be fun to run twin graviton guns with the chainfist, but also wanted the themed plasma weapon for the First Legion.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought Arms WIP - close combat

Here's what the arms look like attached to the dreadnoughts.  First the Relic Contemptor who is waiting in the wings to get painted.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

And then on the Legion Contemptor being painted as part of DreadTober 2019.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

He's even looking tough sporting the full close combat package.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

You just have to love magnets. :)  A little thinking about poses makes it trivial to swap arms among the dreadnoughts for the perfect load out every game.  I even uncovered a pair of Forge World contemptor pattern kheres autocannon arms in the 30k bits bin so that's going to be a thing as well.  Plenty of arms for these guys, no doubt.

Next up will be more painting progress, so please check back later int he week.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Monday, October 7, 2019

DreadTober 2019 - Week 1 Progress


With week one of DreadTober behind me, it's time to reveal my progress so far. Following the build (see prior workbench post), the model was primed black using Vallejo Surface Primer with an Iwata Eclipse airbrush.


Easy enough.  Next I tackled blocking in the various base colors.  Vallejo Oily Steel was used on the armor trim and exhausts.  GW White Scar and GW Mephiston Red were used on the various bits of livery. Mephiston Red was also painted on the eye lenses.


I am departing with the Forge World paint scheme to maintain the legion symbol as displayed on my other units.  I feel Forge World went a little 40k with the color scheme, at least in terms of the brighter, flashier color choices (while legion wings with a red sword, for example). However, I did like the knee pad livery so I'm keeping that as is.


The back of a dreadnought can be so boring...;P


With the layered armor plates on the right shoulder, I guess I'll skip any livery there.  Keen eye'd readers will note I swapped the shoulders from how Forge World displays them in their sample to match what I feel is canon for the first legion; Legion crest on the left shoulder and not the right.


GW Nuln Oil was then used to shade all the trim.  Thinned GW Drakenhoff Nightshade was used on the white. P3 Menoth White Highlight was used to base coat the candles.  Then a couple coats of thinned GW Gryphonne Sepia was used as a glaze.


The eye lenses were highlighted with GW Wild Rider Red.  I used Nuln oil as a glaze while shading the trim on the head. Some Nuln oil was then dropped into the cups of the candles as well.


I base coated the plasma coils with GW Sotek Green as a break from the other work.  Then I used Vallejo Air Steel to paint all the metal skeleton bits on the legs.


Vallejo Old Gold was used on the brass gears.  This is shaded with GW Agrax Earthshade.


I finished off the head by tidying things up and highlighting the armor trim with Vallejo Air Steel.  The it was epoxied in place.


Looking fierce! Well, okay...stern and face-punchy anyway...


Any than brought me to the end of week one.  The dreadnought is assembled, primed, and much of the base colors blocked in and even shaded in spots.   I have put in very little work on the arms to this point, choosing to focus on the body first off.  This is partly due to my plan to assemble and batch paint two others dreadnought arms along with those pictured here.  I want the arms to have some visual continuity and painting them together helps immensely with that.

I've enjoyed watching the progress from the other challengers.  Looks like we're off to a great start in 2019.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

On the Workbench [October] - DreadTober 2019 project!


On the workbench this month is the build for my DreadTober project, the new Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought from Forge World.  Here's what I'm starting with, the base dreadnought body and four arm options.



The body and arm weapons will be magnetized to make it easy to reconfigure the dreadnought in any given game.  I have a relic contemptor with dual heavy bolters already build and magnetized as well, so all of the arm options will be designed to fit equally on either dreadnought. I originally planned to magnetize the palm weapons for the fists, but after reviewing how they assemble, I decided that just wasn't going to be worth the effort.  For the two or three games these dreads may actually see, I'm not going to worry about it.

A DreadTober project should be special so I wanted to do something interesting with the base without sabotaging my chances of completing the project within the month.  Further, these Forge World Contemptors are quite articulated and pretty much require a ground up build to avoid going completely mad in the process. I chose a left over weapon arm to sacrifice to the base. It'll either get painted up in Nightlord's colors for the fluff or Thousand Sons colors to match the buddy I play Horus Heresy games with currently.

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP - custom base

I used a heat gun to soften the weapon's barrel before literally stamping down on it with the contemptor's foot.  The shoulder armor was cut apart and placed strategically to sell the vision of the contemptor stamping down and shattering the armor.  The basing material and feet were all glued down using 5-minute epoxy before continuing on with the build.  This provided a solid anchor point for the fun posing work to come...

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP - legs assembled

Here's how things stood after I got the legs and hips assembled,also using epoxy.  The shin armor posed some interesting challenges as is sits low on the feet and impacted the bits being stamped on such that I couldn't seat the armor on the feet correctly.  Some additional heating allowed me to software and further stamp things down to fit. :)

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP
 Here's how the pose looks form the rear.  The ball join on the hips illustrated the scoring I use to help strengthen the epoxy bonds on the otherwise smooth resin surfaces.  Simple knife scoring in a hash patterns works, no reason to get all technical, just rough things up.  Fine sandpaper or a file could be used to similar effect, no doubt.

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Next I assembled the rest of the body and finalized the pose. Just a simple, purposeful striding pose for this guy. He's stomping through whatever is in his way and bringing the Emperor's wrath to the enemies of the Imperium.

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

My primary goal was to insure the glue set with the model in a proper upright striding pose with no slumping one way or another.  With epoxy, this is tougher than it sounds as it has some give for a while, even past 5-minutes if there is sufficient weight applying force to the bonds.  The ball joins allow for some movement in these conditions if one isn't careful.  Once fully cured, however, this is not an issue.

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Next it was time to complete the basing.  A little wood glue and my usual tub of railroad ballast put paid to that score.

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Looking fierce, but wait, you're arms off! No it isn't...well what's that then?  Time to build some weapons.  I began with the chainfist. I feel I've blogged enough about gluing in magnets so I am not going to go into that in detail here.  For these dreadnoughts, I am drilling holes for magnets in the shoulders and in the upper arm pieces that attach to them.  It is too bad these parts don't come socketed in advance.  I used a weapon arm from my other contemptor to help keep the magnet polarities straight so that I can safely switch all arms with both dreadnoughts at will.

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Here is the chainfist with graviton gun assembled and attached to the dreadnought with magnets. Next I chose to build the heavy plasma cannon arm. 

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP


Now he has two arms!  I stopped there as it was getting late by this point. I have two additional close combat fists to build if time permits for the project, but I want to be sure I get a completed Dreadnought for the month even if I don't finish all the options.

Dark Angels Legion Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Here is where things stand now, ready for priming.  The head is left off as usual to allow it to be properly painted before getting glued into its place on the body.  Here's a shot of the companion dread I keep talking about during the post.

Dark Angels Legion Relic Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

I'll prime both and as a stretch goal possibly get some painting on the second dread before the month is out?  Probably not, but we'll see! It's early days.  Regardless, I now have something to actually  paint for DreadTober.  Let the priming begin!

I look forward to seeing week one progress from the rest of the crew this year.  How is your project going?

Cheers and Happy Gaming!