It would seem that banners have gone out of fashion in modern Warhammer 40K. Back in the '90s, most models worth taking had some kind of banner. Games Workshop even provided banners in some boxes; you could peel off the glossy backing and stick it in place. If you were feeling particularly heretical, you might even cut a banner out of your Codex and use it (I used to buy two of each Codex for this purpose!).
When 3rd Edition hit the shelves, a lot of new models were depicted without a banner. It gave models a more practical appearance. They looked... a little more serious and grim/dark. Dreadnoughts in particular seemed to lose their banners overnight and I, for one, lamented the fact. So I painted my own:
In one form or another, banners have persisted in the 40K hobby. They have allowed us, as hobbyists, to tell the stories of our miniatures and to draw attention to our greatest heroes. It is no wonder, then, that we invest such energy and thought into our blog banners. During the first year of the DreadTober blog, three awesome banners were on offer, some with a distinct Halloween flavour:
In recent years, we have seen the dreaded Leviathan dreadnought represent the event; a more modern and serious take on the DreadTober concept:
This year, we invoked the name of hobby stalwart Dave Weston to provide us with a new banner. Scriptorium doors were flung open. Cogitators were thrice blessed with fragrant unguents. Fragrant unguents were hastily removed with holy solvents. And in no time at all, really, he provided us with the DreadTober 2020 banner!
I think it represents the event perfectly, particularly by featuring so many factions; thanks Dave! If you have a blog, or like to share your work on other social media, feel free to use the banner and help us promote DreadTober 2020! Two days to go!!