Ok, just to make it official – it’s highly unlikely that I’ll be doing any work on the Dreadnought tonight as I’m donating a pint of blood.
One thing has just occurred to me – and that is I need to make a decision on if I wish to add any banners or pendants to my Dreadnought. I’m personally not a fan of banners, I think that they’re highly unrealistic in many aspects – in real life they’d add another 4 ~ 6 ft of height onto a person and likely hinder somebody walking if they were strapped onto their back. Now I know that in the 40th millennium the rules are a little different, but back banners strike me as just being the equivalent of holding a fishing rod in a lightening storm. “Nobody move” flutter, flutter… Boom…
That said, a miniature with a back banner can look bloody impressive in a cabinet. Those extra 3″ or so can look fantastic if painted well and make it stand out from the crowd, miniatures with some freehand on them also tend to get noticed more than those without. Thinking back, there was a thread on the CoolMiniOrNot forum a while back where somebody sculpted and cast up a banner for a large scale Forge World marine. Casting it up meant that it was wafer thin and could easily be cut and hacked around to make it battle worn. Plus the texturing meant it could be painted in the same way as a miniature.
A few shots of the components that have been worked on so far. Top image is the torso. I’ve sliced out the sarcophagus and lopped off both spindles for the arm mounts. I have cut two pieces of tubing to allow the arms to be fitted and positioned as wanted.
I’ve now cut off the pelvis joint struts, in preparation for the custom ones. I have a piece of plastic rod that is perfect for the larger ones and will likely use wire (for strength) for the central strut.
Finally the calf pistons, carefully cut off the leg – yes it was vary fiddly if you compare it to the uncut leg…
Running Totals: Time – ~ 11 Hrs; Cost – £36.47
I’ve just taken a high quality scan of the reference image I’ve got of the Aesir Dreadnought from the Horus Hersey CCG. This captures the whole essence of what I’m after. Of note is the Thousand Son with holes in him under the Dread’s foot and the ‘shark tooth’ grin on the face guard for want of a better description. I may or may not choose to have mine thumping another Traitor Marine.
The basic concept is that the Space Marine chapters are still using a significant portion of the equipment that was created before the great betrayal. The capacity for manufacture is very low, so the chapters will treat every piece of equipment as slightly sacred/revered/etc. However in the ten thousand years of use equipment will have been repaired and replaced so many times that its original form will likely have been lost. Occasionally the tech adepts will discover the plans for a new piece of equipment, or a discovery will be made (put demolisher cannon onto rhino = vindicator) and slowly over a few centuries this will become more wide-spread.
As such the Dreadnought I’m building will be an upgraded version of the Dreadnought used during the Horus Heresy – although with a different entombed Marine and all elements of the Dreadnought having been replaced.
Ok, perhaps not the best topic line :s
I’ve just tacked the leg components together and in fact they’ve gone together better than I’d hoped. Less slope is going to be needed than I anticipated, which is good. However my gut feeling prooved corect and the left leg needs repositioning slightly, just to make sure that it looks right. One positive thing of doing that, is that it means I can modify the pelvis joins and use plastic rod rather than trying to work with the blob of plastic that it has, creating a much more realistic and dynamic effect.
After around about 8 hours of cutting, filing and some gluing over the weekend, what I’m aiming for looks like it is possible. The right leg has been cut up into separate components and should give enough play to allow it to be hinged at the knee and hip so that it’s pressing down on a Chaos Marine’s chest. Facilitating a slope into the base and pushing the Marine into the ground should allow it to not look like it’s drunk.
Running Totals: Time – ~ 8 Hrs; Cost – £36.47
When I collected my ticket I also purchased myself a regular plastic Space Marine Dreadnought. I’m a Space Wolves collector and have wanted to put together a dread for ages, but held off because I had a gut feeling that they’d be releasing a new plastic one at the same time as the new Codex. Now that this years Golden Demon has become a possibility, I felt that it was time to fulfil this yearning and put together one of these behemoth’s.
My intention is to hack, gouge and kit bash it into something that portrays the whole ethos behind the Space Wolves. For those that don’t know, Space Wolves are a Space Marine chapter within Warhammer 40k that have a distinct Norse/Celtic feel. Google them and you’ll find lots of reference.
I want to also pay homage to the original Space Marine Dreadnought from yester-year, which were more along the lines of a walking robot, in comparison to the walking ‘box’ that is currently the style. I’ve not got enough time to completely scratch build one of these and in fact I’ve not really got any inclination to as the old walking robot doesn’t fit into the modern style of 40k. The image I’ve included in this post is one of ‘Aesir’, that was created for the Horus Heresy Collectible Card Game and appears in various art books that the Black Library have released and it is this that I am going to use as a starting point for my entry.
In summary the Dreadnought will be positioned so as to have one foot on the chest of a Chaos Space Marine. I’ll angle the whole base so that it’s stood on a slope. The joint that connects the legs to the torso will be lengthened slightly (couple of mm), to give it a little more height. Instead of a sarcophagus, I’ll have a chest piece with a head. The torso armour and leg armour will have ‘ribbing’ on it – basically to break it up and make it different to any other Dreadnought I’ve seem. Both arms will be repositioned so as to give a bit more dynamism. Finally the heavy bolter arm will be done like the picture of Aesir, so actually on an arm joint rather than the bloody stupid way they’re currently done.
Today I was lucky enough to be able to scrounge a lift to Swindon on September 27th. For those who don’t know, September 27th (2009) is the date that Games Workshop is holding its annual ‘Games Day’ exhibition. This is held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Bristol. Every Games Workshop store runs a coach from the store to the NEC and back again and Swindon is the store closest to me. Tickets to Games Day cost £30 this year, which (as with last year) include a limited edition model, the coach ticket from Swindon is £12 – yes that’s right, it’s cost me £42 plus whatever my lift wants for me to get there…
Thriftyness aside, this year should actually be quite good. It’s likely to be the pre-release of the new Space Wolf line of models, so that’s really my main drive for going. Now (again for those who don’t know), Games Day also includes the infamous Golden Demon modelling/painting competition, which I’m determined to get together an entry for. Two reasons for this. Firstly it gives me a proper aim, with a deadline for doing some modelling and painting. Secondly, the Golden Demon entrants usually get to line up in a different queue and get to go in a little earlier – for me that’s a positive winner 😀