Monday, October 31, 2022

October DreadLine Approaches!

 


The deadline for the DreadTober challenge is upon us! It is time to put in that big final effort to complete your project. If you are anything like me, you will be spending the last couple of hours adding the final touches (e.g. painting half the model and the base...).   

I will be splitting the final progress across two posts, which I will start assembling tomorrow, here in Australia. My aim is to be as inclusive as possible, so I will be trying to post shots for as many finished projects as I can. I will also add some progress shots for those who didn't quite make it; all progress is a victory.

Good luck everyone!


Sunday, October 23, 2022

DreadTober 2022 Week 3: Drop Dread Fred

 



Hi folks,

The end is drawing nigh, I can feel it in my Ushabti bones. Week 3 is the penultimate week of progress, when most people start to panic just a little bit, because we feel that time is getting away from us (by "most people" I mostly mean "me"...). 

Whether you have nearly finished your project, or you are hoping to snatch victory from the claws of defeat, I salute you. Let's take a look at what we managed this week!


Name: XarfaiEngel
Project: Blood Angels Contemptor Dreadnought
Blog: https://abutterflyshobbytally.blogspot.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xarfaiengel/

With some decals and oils in place, this dread is just waiting to dry before it gets hit with some highlights. Not far to go now!





Name: Sachiel
Project: Ork Dreadmob
Blog: https://sachiel-returns.blogspot.com/

It is great to see some detail being added to this massive Dreadmob. With all those checker patterns, it is going to be a challenge to get them all done by the deadline (...dreadline?), but we all believe in you Sachiel. Keep going!!




Name: D
Project: contemptor-esque chassis roll-a-lump-of-glue-in-the-bitz-box
Blog: imalonewithadream.blogspot.com
Instagram: langshan_hexachord

This is just a phenomenal scratch build. I can't wait for it to get a dash of D's characteristic painting style. 




Name: Agis
Project: Thanatar-Siege-Automata
Blog: http://agis40k.blogspot.com/

With the Thanator complete, Agis is moving on to some bonus work. I can't wait to share a few extra photos during the final reveal, this is an excellent finish to a great project.






Name: Bob (BornOnBoard)
Project: Ork Deff Dred built from Kastelan Robot
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaintsB

With some additional weathering and basing completed, this custom ork dread is well on its way to being finished by the deadline. 







Name: Neverness
Project: Ultramarines Rogue Trader era Dreadnought restoration.
Blog: http://nevernesshobby.blogspot.com
Facebook: Neverness Hobbies.

With some extra colour added using old school pigments (they don't make them like they used to) and Fenrisian Grey highlights, this ancient one looks like he will stride over the finish line with no problems.







Name: Gerard
Project: Deathguard Contemptor Dreadnought
Instagram: @sharpegerard

Gerard has been adding some fleshy tones to these monstrosities. I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with the guns!







Name: DAM
Project: Pre-Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought
Blog: https://262krieg.blogspot.com/
Instagram: @262_krieg

The heraldry on this dread is just exquisite. This is another project I can't wait to share more photos of, when you look closer you just keep seeing more and more detail. Don't take my word for it, go visit the blog!







Name: Joe M.
Project: 3 Paragon Warsuits
Blog: https://www.joesavestheday.com/
Instagram: @joesavestheday

Heaps of progress has been made painting these Warsuits, with Joe's daughter helping him with the fancy paint scheme. 






Name: Danforth Laertes
Project: whatever things with legs I have sitting around unfinished....
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danforth_laertes/

Danforth has been busy laying down the foundations of this walking, gun-toting, sword-swinging shrine. I am really interested to see how the sacristans look on the model.









Name: Da Masta Cheef

Project: Tau Commander
Blog: dlwdg.blogspot.com

Some decals and base colours on the rhino door (base) have prepared this Tau suit for the fun stage of any project: weathering the hell out of it!







Name: Dave Weston
Project: Foetid Bloat Drone [and more]
Blog: www.40kaddict.uk

With his main project done, Dave has been working on some bases for his Armies on Parade display. I'm looking forward to seeing what he puts together this; it is one of those events I always intend to enter, then I realise all of my models have non-Citadel parts on them...







Name: Wachtmeister
Project: Iron Warriors Contemptor
Blog: https://www.hmgs.org/blogpost/1767208/The-Wachtmeister-s-Patrol

Wachtmeister has magnitized this Contemptor, ready for painting. Magnetizing models is one of those things I should probably do but never end up doing. As a result, I have been stuck with some bad wargear choices over the years...







Name: Cylde
Project: Redemptor dreadnoughts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cyldear/?hl=es
Blog: https://mastodontica.blogspot.com/

I know I have said it before, but I think this paint scheme is just beautiful for a Space Marine Chapter. I can't wait to see this pair of Redemptors fully complete. Bravo Cylde!!














Name: Einarr
Project: Kitbashed Killa Kan
Blog: https://einarrmakesthings.net/

Einarr keeps poring detail in to this kitbashed Jaegar-Kan. It will be hard work to get it finished, but nothing good ever stomps easy.







Name: WestRider
Project: Varied. I've got a number of things going that could qualify, including a kitbash inspired by Mission: Dreadnought from Space Crusade, a couple of converted True Mechanicum Robots, and a take on a White Scars Venerable Dread that I'm pretty sure is unique!
Blog: http://cascadiangrimdark.blogspot.com

Fancy some illegal xenotech? Feeling a bit heretical today? This Dark Mechnicum murder-bot has it all.  A lot of thought has gone into the colour selection, which makes for an interesting read (check out the blog!).

 





Name: Siph
Project: Imperial Knight Preceptor I think, that or Rotigus!
Blog: https://weemen.blogspot.com/

The bones of this knight are looking mighty fine, but I know rom experience that those armour plates can make or break an Imperial Knight project. C'mon Siph!! You can do it!!





Name: Floyd 
Project: Old school Blood Angels Dreadnought
Blog: https://1stlegionchronicles.blogspot.com/

I was originally intending to post this during the week as Week 2 progress, but I seem to be out of sync with Floyd's progress posts, so this will cover Week 3 as well (for now at least). I am loving the base on this old school dread!







Name: Marc
Project: Deathwing Redemptor Dreadnought
Blog: http://oldschoolg4m1ng.blogspot.com/
Instagram and Twitter: @m4cr0dutch

I have spent a lot of time this week doing weathering on the white armour of my Deathwing Redemptor. It is pretty nerve wracking painting something clean white and then blobbing all over it! Everything seems to be taking twice as long as I have predicted, which really makes me wonder if I can get it finished in time...







I will begin assembling the final post on the 1st of November, so the final deadline is midnight on the 31st of October.  I will probably spread the completed projects across two posts again, so that I can spend some extra time selecting and uploading additional photographs for each model. I will also include the progress of people who did not complete the challenge; every bit of progress is a victory!

As always, if you feel like I have missed you this week, please let me know. Good luck everyone!




Thursday, October 20, 2022

Dreadnoughts of Renown: Old One Eye

 



Hi folks,

When the 3rd Edition Tyranids were released, the updated models were a real surprise. Many of the old favourites, such as the Lictor, Zoanthrope and Hive Tyrant, looked very different to their original forms (Zoanthropes in particular!). Being a huge fan of the movie Aliens, I started collecting them straight away. One new model, however, was a bit disappointing (to me, anyway); the Carnifex. The old Screamer Killer model is now considered to be a classic design that many old school gamers covet. Back in 2nd Edition, it was a "must have" for competing against enemy Dreadnoughts and tanks. It looked really gnarly too, and was great fun to paint.




The new model just didn't look angry or cool enough in many people's eyes, though the ability to take more ranged weapons was a welcome change that kept them on the battlefield. But then there was Old One Eye...






None of the new fancy ranged weapon options. Gigantic crushing claws. Broken tusk. Grievous wounds. Barnacles. With the ability to regenerate, pile on hideously powerful attacks and be a leader of sorts for smaller Tyranid bioforms, Old One Eye joined my swarm and stuck around for many editions.





Old One Eye was a Carnifex variant that fought at the forefront of Hive Fleet Behemoth during the invasion of Calth. It was brought low by a plasma pistol shot to the right eye that damaged its brain. With its ability to regenerate momentarily impaired and having suffered a horrible wound, it fell and was soon forgotten, buried in snow. Later, a group of smugglers found Old One Eye frozen in the ice and thawed it out. With its ability to regenerate restored, apart from the scars of that miraculous plasma shot, Old One Eye went on an instinctive rampage. Other Tyranids, drawn by his presence, joined the attacks. Calth's cries for help were answered by none other than Scout Sergeant Telion of the Ultramarines. He eventually managed to fire a shot that wounded the creature, knocking it into a deep ravine. Telion lead a search to recover the body, but it was never found...

Since then, multiple reports of Carnifexes (Carnifices?) that match the description of Old One Eye have been made, suggesting it was not quite the morphological dead-end the Imperium once surmised. 





Are you a fan of Old One Eye? Do Screamer Killers bring a tear of joy to your eye? Have you got a new-on-sprue Carnifex hiding in a box somewhere just waiting for the next DreadTober to come around? Feel free to share in the comments section!




Saturday, October 15, 2022

DreadTober 2022 Week 2: Jason and the Dreadonauts

 



Hi folks,

Week 2 of DreadTober has passed us by and it is time to see what our challengers have been able to achieve. Some people (like me!) have only just started to paint their projects, whilst others are approaching the finish line.

If I have missed your progress shots for some reason, please let me know in the comments. I can always amend the digest post during the week.

If you see something that you find amazing, I encourage you to take the time to visit the participant's blog/social media account and make a connection. That kind of encouragement is worth more than the Golden Fleece itself!

Here we go...


Name: XarfaiEngel
Project: Blood Angels Contemptor Dreadnought
Blog: https://abutterflyshobbytally.blogspot.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xarfaiengel/

XarfaiEngel has the base colours down and is about to start with washes and weathering. Keep an eye out for this one, the magic is about to happen...





Name: Sachiel
Project: Ork Dreadmob
Blog: https://sachiel-returns.blogspot.com/

Sachiel has been working on shading all the dreads with Agrax wash. I loved this photo on the blog which clearly shows the difference the wash makes. It is a long process when you have so many dreads to do, but well worth the effort.





Name: Rory (Stepping Between Games)
Project: 2nd edition metal chaos dread
Blog: steppingbetweengames.com
Instagram: @steppingbetweengames

Rory has been adding power to the power scourge and adding some colour to the lenses. Looking great already!





Name: D
Project: contemptor-esque chassis roll-a-lump-of-glue-in-the-bitz-box
Blog: imalonewithadream.blogspot.com
Instagram: langshan_hexachord

D has continued building his scratch-built Contemptor. Creating something like this from bits is such a huge modelling challenge, even just getting that distinctive torso shape is wonderful.

 




Name: Agis
Project: Thanatar-Siege-Automata
Blog: http://agis40k.blogspot.com/

In the past week Agis has done a huge amount of work on this Thanatar, go check out the blog for some extra WIP! I am really interested to see how the plasma coils turn out, as I am struggling with my decision on how to do them as well.




Name: Bob (BornOnBoard)
Project: Ork Deff Dred built from Kastelan Robot
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaintsB

I am really getting jealous; all of these people having fun with weathering already! This project is so much fun, I cant wait to see the finished product.




Name: Neverness
Project: Ultramarines Rogue Trader era Dreadnought restoration.
Blog: http://nevernesshobby.blogspot.com
Facebook: Neverness Hobbies.

Neverness has added some shading and new metallics to this ancient one. I would love to paint one of these someday.





Name: Gerard
Project: Deathguard Contemptor Dreadnought
Instagram: @sharpegerard

Gerards Dreadnoughts already have that Nurgle vibe to them, such a great selection of colours. 





Name: DAM
Project: Pre-Heresy Dark Angels Contemptor Dreadnought
Blog: https://262krieg.blogspot.com/
Instagram: @262_krieg

DAM's 2021 DreadTober project features on our Week 2 poster! This year DAM is working on a 1st Legion Contemptor (glory to the Lion) and it looks like a lot of checkers were painted this week :-) I am glad I don't need to do that this year... though I may still get an urge to do so...




Name: Joe M.
Project: 3 Paragon Warsuits
Blog: https://www.joesavestheday.com/
Instagram: @joesavestheday

The warsuits are primed and ready to roll. It is great when family members join in the fun, bravo Joe!




Name: Danforth Laertes
Project: whatever things with legs I have sitting around unfinished....
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danforth_laertes/

Danforth is going all out with this conversion; it reminds me very much of the Imperator-class titans from Epic 40K.  Just spectacular!




Name: Battle Specter (Mike Uher)
Project: Contemptor Dreadnaught
Blog: battlespecterblog.com

From what I understand, Mike's son has been working on this Dusk Raider Contemptor. It is looking fantastic! Again, so good to see some family member getting involved.




Name: Da Masta Cheef
Project: Tau Commander
Blog: dlwdg.blogspot.com

Da Masta Cheef has been busy blocking in colours, which is a bit of a slog (on that I think we can all agree). I am getting a real winter-camo vide from this mech. I think that is the second time I have said "vibe" in this post; I am at risk of losing my old school credentials.




Name: Dave Weston
Project: Foetid Bloat Drone [and more]
Blog: www.40kaddict.uk

Posting just one photo of this drone feels like a crime, go and check out Dave's blog for more amazing shots of this monstrosity. What a wonderfully disgusting tribute to grand pappy Nurg Nurg.




Name: Wachtmeister
Project: Iron Warriors Contemptor
Blog: https://www.hmgs.org/blogpost/1767208/The-Wachtmeister-s-Patrol

Slow progress is still progress! Wachtmeister is still constructing this Contemptor.




Name: Cylde
Project: Redemptor dreadnoughts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cyldear/?hl=es
Blog: https://mastodontica.blogspot.com/

Cylde has done some beautiful work highlighting these Contemptors. I really love this scheme; such clean bright colours.







Name: Einarr
Project: Kitbashed Killa Kan
Blog: https://einarrmakesthings.net/

Einarr has had some health troubles, but still managed to get a little bit of progress done. As great as dreadnoughts are, we all need to focus on family, work and heath matters sometimes. Wishing you a speedy recovery, mate.




Name: WestRider
Project: Varied. I've got a number of things going that could qualify, including a kitbash inspired by Mission: Dreadnought from Space Crusade, a couple of converted True Mechanicum Robots, and a take on a White Scars Venerable Dread that I'm pretty sure is unique!
Blog: http://cascadiangrimdark.blogspot.com

­čśé So good! First into the fray indeed. 










Name: Siph
Project: Imperial Knight Preceptor I think, that or Rotigus!
Blog: https://weemen.blogspot.com/

Construction underway; what a beast!





Name: Kushial
Project: Lions of Harlech Dreadnoughts
Blog: http://lionsofharlech.blogspot.com/

Kushiel has made great progress on a large number of dreadnoughts this DreadTober. The combined dakka is already quite ridakkulous (it's a real word... trust me).









Name: Marc
Project: Deathwing Redemptor Dreadnought
Blog: http://oldschoolg4m1ng.blogspot.com/
Instagram and Twitter: @m4cr0dutch

I have been busy priming and airbrushing my Redemptor. One of the challenges of painting clean white is how to keep the layers thin but still achieve coverage. This white was built up from a very pale ocean grey colour. I'll probably add a glaze of darker grey to the bottom of each panel to push the contrast just a little.






That's it for this week. A couple of challengers missed the deadline, so I will be keeping an eye out for progress during the week. Good luck everyone!