Thursday, October 22, 2020

DreadTober 2020: Week 4 progress - Seeing red...

 


Welcome to week 4 of DreadTober.  I'm definitely slowing down with less hobby time than I expected, so far.  But no matter...the project carries forward and I'll surely complete it, even if I go right up to the end..

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

I decided it was time to get the red checkers on.  I took Siph's suggestion for a shoulder and then balanced that with the claw arm.  I have white checkers on other units, but hadn't used the red checkers yet.  I like it!

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

I also put time into the grav weapon arm.  Base colors are on and some shading with GW Nuln Oil, but highlights are still coming.  The checkers on the curves of the shoulder proved a most interesting challenge. I definitely should have drawn things out better first.  But it all worked out in the end.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

I like the red checkers breaking up the otherwise black armor. Not much else to say from behind right now.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

The snippy claw is lookin' snazzy sporting its new livery.  I look forward to the decal phase. I'm especially interested to look at the new Forge World sheet and choosing a Hexagrammaton this brute will fall in with.  Being an ancient hero of the Legion, he'll also have older Host affiliations to pay homage to. I'll go back to my previous completed models to add some more Legion decals now that we have them.

So the project carries on a piece.  Next week the base will be completed and he'll be mounted permanently to it.  In the meant time, there's lots of little things to get done. I'm excited to get paint on this great model.

Congrats to those who have completed their DreadTober challenges already.  Woohoo!

And best wishes to those still painting.  Let's keep on keepin' on!

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

DreadTober 2020: Week 3 progress - We're stuck in, boyz!

 



Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

Greetings.  We're drawing to the close of week three (ok, week two if you didn't count the 1st-3rd as week one...still not sure what to do there...) and making decent progress. I got the rest of the metal "skeleton" of the dread based and shaded.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

Then it was time to get the head glued in and start edge highlighting the black armor. The highlighting is time consuming, but I'm getting the hang of it as I continue to manage projects that require edge highlights. 😆  practice makes better...

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

I got the Storm Cannon painted up; or at least well underway. I'm pretty excited about where I got it to so far.  If you get past the fact that it looks to carry about 5s of ammo for full auto, it's a mean looking weapon.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

Looking good even from behind.  Gearing has received a little brass work (behind the knees, elbows, etc.).  Armor highlights all around.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

I also got the snippy claw painted a bit further with armor highlights, metal elbow and some copper tubing. Moving right along...

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

So that's where I stand firmly in the middle of the month, and the challenge. Great progress and I can see where I should end up.  At some point there will be a big splash of color as I paint on some more 1st legion heraldry, probably in the form of red/black checkers. I continue to waffle on what areas I want to put the heraldry on, which is why I haven't painted it on yet.

Best wishes to the field of DreadToberteers. I love seeing all the great progress on so many different projects.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Friday, October 9, 2020

DreadTober 2020: Week 2 progress - The painting has begun!

 


Plowing through the second week of October, it was time to get some paint on the Leviathan.  A heavy base coat of Vallejo Surface Primer Black was sprayed on with the airbrush.  I then sat down to paint trim and get on with the project.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

You can follow my recipes in the tabs above for all the specifics.  Here the trim and metal claw bits received some Vallejo Oily Steel and a shade of Nuln Oil.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

Looking suitably clampy, I think. * snick! *

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

I wanted to get some color on the model as I look to where I'm going to put other heraldry. I want to put on some red/black checkers to continue practicing simple freehand. So, to balance the over all look, I don't want too much red on one side, etc.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

The raised details on this model are well done and paint up quite easily. I've shaded these details with Nuln Oil and then brought some white highlights back in, so far.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP


While working on the main body, I also painted up the head.  I'd like to get this mounted in the body so I can glue down the top plate before getting to serious with the painting up there. Here, I experimented with a little white as the final highlight, shaded with GW Casandora Yellow. This approach seems to help the inner eye glow effect looks a bit more...well...inner.

So there he stands at the end of week two (or a long week one, depending on how you look at the calendar this month).  It's a big model, but no worse that the mini-titans I've been painting recently. I'm appreciating the sharp casting on this model, it's been a joy to paint so far.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming! 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

DreadTober 2020: Week 1 progress - build complete

 


Coming through a (short) week one in October, I have finished the build for DreadTober 2020. I assembled the three arm options and magnetized them at the upper arm. The shoulders of the dreadnought are pinned and glued to the body.  I spaced on taking pictures, but it's a pretty clear approach once you are looking at the parts.  Each arm weapon comes with it's own upper arm piece to glue into the shoulder which comes with the main kit.  So of the three arms, I only used two of the upper arm pieces.  These are permanently attached to the shoulders.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

I used 5mm x 2mm magnets that I bought on a lark along with 5mm x 1mm magnets that I picked up for Adeptus Titanicus titans.  A 3/16" drill bit matches perfectly and I drilled out 2mm deep holes in the center of the upper arm sockets and the matching sockets in the weapons themselves.  Easy Peasy.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

It's worth discussing my compromise with the claw arm.  You can see that the claw has a cable running from the lower arm to the back of the shoulder.  Leviathan arm weapon kits come with a plate for each shoulder. The kit for the claw comes with a plate that accepts this cable. In order to not lock myself in to a left arm claw, I did not glue this cable into the shoulder plate when I attached the plate to the back of the shoulder.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Siege Dreadnought WIP

When the claw arm is attached the cable fits into the plate without glue and sits snugly - well with a little heating of the cable to seat it a bit better than the picture above shows.  If I remove the arm and attach a different weapon, there is a minor visual issue since the back of the shoulder has the plate with the socket, but nothing plugged in.  

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Siege Dreadnought WIP
Left arm with Grav-Flux Bombard (note empty socket at back of shoulder)

I decided this was so minor I couldn't care less in a game.  I will display the model with the claw so all looks as intended. I feel this is better than leaving the cable off and using the other plate shown on the right arm. And I didn't see this issue worth going the extra distance to magnetize the shoulder plates (though I considered it) for a full swap. 

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Siege Dreadnought WIP

With the weapons complete, I moved on to finish the base so everything can be primed for week two. A little wood glue with some mixed railroad ballast later and I was done. The ballast matches my other Dark Angels bases and ties this model to the larger force, despite the large chunk of bluestone. I also glued down a random orc skull, just for fun.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Siege Dreadnought WIP

So we're all set to get painting now.  I won't bore you with priming pictures, but you can imagine that I'll get started with a coat of Vallejo Surface Primer Black laid down with an airbrush for a nice smooth finish. Oh, and I forgot to wash the resin before assembly in all the excitement (rookie mistake), so the model will get a good scrub too, prior to priming.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Siege Dreadnought WIP


DreadTober 2020 is off to a good start and soon the paint will start flyin'.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!



Thursday, October 1, 2020

DreadTober 2020 Kickoff - Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought

 

DreadTober 2020

Welcome to the 262Kriege DreadTober 2020 kick-off.  I love a good blogger challenge and DreadTober 2016 was my first foray into community painting challenges of any sort; although I lurked that year and did my own thing without formally joining the challenge. Since then I've been a regular participant.  Inspired by Siph, I put together a quick family photo of my prior DreadTober projects.

Four Years of DreadTober
Four Years of DreadTober

This year, I'm going to assemble and paint a Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought to join forces with last year's Legion Contemptor and a Deredeo. I picked this kit up from Forge World as soon as it was up for preorder and I've been waiting and waiting to get soe mpaint on it.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought by Forge World

I picked up three arms to start with and plan to magnetize everything so I have plenty of options for how to arm this beast. I'm starting with a storm cannon, siege claw, and grav-flux bombard.  Here is the resin goodness ready for assembly.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

I always start with the legs to get a good pose.  For this project, I elected to go with a shard of bluestone left over from our front porch and walkway replacement last year.  As the workers left for the day I would find loads of stone chips laying about and collected many of them for "later"...

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

This chunk of stone will give the Dread something interesting to stomp over while providing a good deal of weight to prevent it from toppling over during play.  I opted to swap the knee pads from the Forge World art, otherwise this is built stock and held together with the usual two-part 5-minute epoxy. Honestly, I'll never go back to super glue.  It's a bit fussier to hold things until they set, but manageable with some experience.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

Here the model is standing tall, ready for magnets.  There is an optional phospex discharger on the roof and the torso-mounted volkite calivers and heavy flamers.  All parts are easy to magnetize with a little drilling.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

Any magnets that fit will do.  I'm terrible at remembering the sizes...these might be 2mm x 2mm rare earth magnets?  They are definitely thick and not the 1mm thin ones. Anyway, plenty of grab for the purpose here. A key skill here is planning ahead to be sure you have polarity correct as well as positioning so the two parts line up how you want in the end. The magnets will line themselves up and you want to be careful things don't end up off center.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

When drilling holes to mount the torso weapons, I got one hole in the wrong place...well, no matter....a little green stuff solved that issue after I mounted the magnet in the correct hole.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

And here the weapons are all ready to go.

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

Magnetizing weapons like this is becoming pretty routine around the 'net, so forgive me if the pics here are a bit redundant. 

Dark Angels Legion Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought WIP

Here's the beast standing with all of its parts. The roof is not glued down yet, so I can get the head painted separately and attached. The dread is not attached to the base either, and stands balanced on its own at this point.  I'll put some more work into the base to add interest to the large chunk of stone.  Then I'll be building and magnetizing the arms.  I'm looking forward to getting everything into the spray booth for priming so I can get this painting party started! 🎈🎉🎆

 Best of luck to my fellow DreadTober participants from around the globe.

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!