Thursday, October 6, 2022

DreadTober Week 1 Progress

DreadTober Horus Heresy Dark Angels Relic Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Greetings and welcome back.  This week I'm sharing the progress I've made so far on my DreadTober 2022 project.  I started off priming the new arms and then spraying GW Chaos black over the body.  Then I decided to break with tradition and start with the arms this time around.  It seems I'm always scrambling to get the arms done at the end. Not this time...

DreadTober Horus Heresy Dark Angels Relic Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

The most work went into the Conversion Beamer.  I needed to paint the coils and heat sinks/shields (?!) so I could complete final assembly with everything painted up.  Here's how things ended. I painted it to match the scheme on the Predator turret I've been working on....no surprises there!

DreadTober Horus Heresy Dark Angels Relic Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Some close in detail on the claw with plasmagun.  Lots to do here, but coming along nicely. Over all, a possibly slow start, but not bad for only a couple hours work by my standards.  All of the arms were sprayed dark silver (see painting recipe on the tabs above for details on my 30K Dark Angels) using an airbrush.  Then I put the black back on where necessary with a standard brush before getting to the other metal details.

Check back next week for another update.  I'm starting to plan how this Dreadnought will wear Dark Angels livery.  Black and white checkers? Red and black? You'll have to stop by again to see.

Best of luck to my fellow DreadTober peers.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!



Sunday, October 2, 2022

DreadTober 2022 Kickoff!

 

DreadTobber 2022 Banner
Image Courtesy of dreadtober.blogspot.com

Greetings and welcome to DreadTober 2022. Do check out the main DreadTober blog site to check out the challenge and see all the great work the community contributes.  Here at 262Krieg, I'll be taking on a Relic Contemptor Dreadnought from Forge World, painted in I Legion colors.  One ting the Horus Heresy (30K) game seems to like is Contemptor dreadnoughts and I seem to have collected a large number of them over the years.  

DreadTober Horus Heresy Dark Angels Relic Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

I originally built this dreadnought for the first edition of the Age of Darkness game.  Under those rules, Dark Angels (I Legion) had special heavy bolter ammunition (molecular acid, or something like that) that made these weapons more deadly.  That rule was removed in the second edition released earlier this year so I decided this dreadnought needed some other weapon options. So for the challenge I'll be painting the dreadnought with a power claw/plasmagun arms, a Conversion Beamer arm, and a twin-linked autocannon arm to go along with the two twin heavy bolter arms.  This should provide a fair number of options that go along with the other four dreadnoughts in the army - oh and the fifth from the new boxed set which I haven't even begun to think about building yet.  I have four more years of DreadTober projects  it seems!

DreadTober Horus Heresy Dark Angels Relic Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

This dreadnought is based on a couple stone pieces from the yard.  The relatively heavy stone provides good ballast to prevent the resin model from being easily knocked over which is great since resin can be brittle, and light.

DreadTober Horus Heresy Dark Angels Relic Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

To match the rest of the army, I use wood glue (white/PVA glue would work as well, of course) and a quick dunk in my tub of random, small sized railroad scenic gravel. I like wood glue for this because it's thicker (so less controlling it from running off the base) and seems to provide a more durable bond.  With white glue, I had the issue of bits flaking off on occasion, spoiling paint jobs.

DreadTober Horus Heresy Dark Angels Relic Contemptor Dreadnought WIP

Magnets were used to connect the lower arms with the shoulders.  These dreadnoughts don't come with sockets, so I used a 3/16ths inch drill bit and corresponding 1mm thick magnets to do the job. Here the dread is borrowing close combat arms for a demo. With a plethora of arms available for Contemptor dreadnoughts, this simple magnetization allows for lots of gaming options and future proofs them against rules changes over time that render some weapon choices weapon better than others from time to time.

So that's the build for this years project.  I have some priming to do on the extra arms, then I get stuck in with the paint work. DO check out the DreadTober website to keep up on the action this year. And come back form time to time through out the month of DreadTober to see how things turn out with this Relic Contemptor.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!



Thursday, September 29, 2022

Pre-Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator Squadron WIP - Part 3

 

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator Squadron WIP

Greetings and welcome back.  As promised, here is an update on the Predator project.  Things have gone well, if a bit slowly.  These two tanks are ready for the table, certainly, but not at all finished.  I have a couple nights left to see what I can do before I must stop for DreadTober, so we'll see where I get to. 

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

I decided this will be the lead tank for the Squadron.  As such, it sports gold legion symbols, similar to how squad sergeants sport gold on their helmets. The conversion beamer is coming along well and most of the basic colors are on the tank.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

I definitely have more to do on the sponsons! But I've been having fun with the transfers instead, it seems.  I have several of the Forge world I Legion transfer sheets which provid me many options for each vehicle.  These predators are the first non-dreadnought vehicles that I have painted for the army and I did a lot of poking around in books and online for reference material and general inspiration.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

Legion iconography was applied to all sides. I'm toying with the idea of putting small vehicle numbers in one bottom corner, or on the back of the turrets.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

The small '1' here represents this tank as the first vehicle in the squadron. A bit confusing with the I Legion number elsewhere on the tank, but it is what it is.  I have had fun with the hekatonistika symbols on the tanks as well.  This squadron is sworn to the Iron Wing (The symbol on the upper-rear of the side armor).

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

This is the second tank in the squadron.  I will use either the plasma turret or the autocannon turret as needed in the games I'm not playing. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Still, it doesn't hurt to plan ahead.  I like the plasma turret and it certainly fits with the I Legion. We have the symbol of the Lion on the left front fender and the Legion number over a red hekatonistika symbol for the right.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

Each turret sports a different slogan for the I Legion along with a squadron Lion Rampant symbol in the rear.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

The remaining vehicles in the squadron sport white legion iconography. This is all fluff of course and provides no use in a game where there is no "sergeant" or similar role in vehicle squadrons.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

Similar to the lead tank, we have the vehicle number and the Iron Wing symbol on the right side armor. Also, not a lot of work has been done to the sponson weapons at this point.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

I decided to have some fun with lenses and view ports with these tanks. So far, the view ports just have a little gradient to them.  The targeter lenses have a more lens-like effect. I had some fun with this and I very much like how the plasma turret has come out over all.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

Of course, we can't forget the Predator Autocannon turret!  I almost did with all the plasma fun that I have been having. The lenses here are smaller and present less of a wow factor, but they are there!

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

I'm still thinking about the cannon barrel, so no work there yet.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

And that's where I'm at with these two Predator tanks.  Much of the work is done, but there is still quite a bit more to do, I guess.  Sponson weapons need to get finished.  I need to complete the lens effects on the lead tank with the Conversion beamer. Then most everything needs to be highlighted. I don't see that getting completed before 10/1, but who knows?! I'll be giving it the old college try.

Who is in for DreadTober 2022?  I'm looking forward to it very much.


Cheers and Happy gaming!



Tuesday, September 27, 2022

On the Workbench [September] - More Heresy Era Dark Angels Reinforcements!

 

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Tactical Support Squad with Rotor Cannon

Just a short post today to share my first squad in the new Mark VI armor for Horus Heresy Dark Angels.  I chose to try out the new Rotor Cannon with this squad.  They have all be given the new Mark VI heads and Legion shoulder pads from Forge World as well.  The Sergeant maintains a beaky helm since he sports the transverse crest of his rank in the Legion.  I don't find that attaching the crest to the fancy new First Legion helms works all that well for me.  I just don't fancy the look.

The new Mark VI armored marines assemble very well.  It's a shame their is only 5 poses, but a combination of different heads and a bit of a turn of the head this way and that mixes things up enough that it isn't super noticeable when they are all mixed together.

I love the new reinforcements and look forward to assembling more squads.  I have to say...there is very little chance I get all of these squads painted up before I pass from this world. ๐Ÿ˜‚Just so many projects here to do.  But at least I'll not be bored! I have decades more work here to keep me busy at the rate I paint - when you factor in the new shiny things that come along the way and get added to the list of possible things to do.

More on the predators later in the week. 


Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Pre-Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator Squadron WIP - Part 2

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

 Still making progress on the Predators this week. I got the tracks painted and some shading applied on them. The same for the exhaust stacks and a couple other metal bits on the hull.  I put some work into the Conversion Beamer and was able to get it assembled.  This isn't a weapon we see a lot, so there isn't a ton of reference out there for it.  That frees me up a bit to use some artistic license, I guess.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

The Lascannons got some metal base coats as well, but not much else.  Still plenty of cleanup to do, but I'm waiting to do all the black cleanup until everything is initially base coated. I haven't decided what else needs to get painted that ISN'T black.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

The other Predator in the squadron is equally far along, more or less.  I haven't done much with the turret at this point.  I'm still considering how I want the main cannon to look.

Horus Heresy Dark Angels Legion Predator WIP

The heavy bolters have been roughed in with some metals, but their looking super rough at the moment.  I used some Agrax Earthshade on the stacks and tracks to add a weathered look.  I don't want to go hard on the rust as the legions likely maintained their vehicles to a certain standard.  Still, an exhaust stack and tracks are going to wear and rust regardless, one would think.  This also helps these metals look a bit different than the metal on the bolters, etc. so there is more visual interest.

More progress this week as I continue to drive these tanks towards completion. I haven't had a lot of painting time this month, but I can't really be disappointed in the progress.  Next week, I should be able to share pics with the transfers applied as well and more painting progress over all.  DreadTober is coming fast and that will mean a hard stop on this project for the month of October. Hopefully I can put a big stamp o' DONE on these tanks before then!

Cheers and Happy Gaming!