Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Out of time and scale

I couldn't blame you if you forgot I have a Rogue Trader era Ultramarines army. Whenever I manage to recover all my old pics from the Tinypic disaster I will be able to proof what I'm saying.

Well, the point is that I have recovered a piece from oblivion. I got this RT era Dreadnought some years ago (four? five?) at the Oldhammer Forum. I've finally decided to paint it! About time!

Wow, that's large
I never had a RT Space Marine Dread back in the day, and I really fancied to paint one. I'm afraid I have few things to tell, as the paintjob is pretty straightforward. Lots of blue (and different layers of highlighting)...

I opted for bone white instead of a cold colour
...and then lots of tiny details to make it look proper oldschool. I remembered I had these decals and I decided to use a few. First time in... well, many, many years!




I didn't want to weather it or to add rust/dirt/whatever. Though tempting, I thought it would be better to stick to the pure RT aesthetics. With that in mind, I decided to add a back banner, as no Rogue Trader project is complete without one. I didn't want to bring more blue to the model, it was maybe too much. But then I got an idea. I blatantly stole other people's idea for I know no shame. I took some slight inspiration from Curis' recent Techmarine back banner, as I thought it really worked.

That's the only base I had that fitted this monster
It's never too late to have one of these within your ranks
Look at the size of this beast:

No, it's not a Codex cover
Well, someone's asking for a repaint, uh?
Excuse me, may I have this dance?
So here it is, a Contemptor Class Space Marine Dreadnought (commonly known as Chuck). Yup, this is a Contemptor, not that... thing that is sold nowadays.
My favourite Dread of all times has always been the Second Edition one (the one from a couple of pics above), but I have to concede this one has its own particular charm, as strange it may sound. I may repaint mine (though not in the near future, I have enough projects!), but I have some more stuff to do in the meantime! Stay tuned!

42 comments:

  1. Lovely work! I'd never realised they were so big!

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    2. I believe it is retro fan sculpt, looks bigger than the original RT version. I may be wrong :)

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    3. You are right! You can see in the first pic it's made of resin. The sculptor made a fistful of interesting RT-inspired minis. Unfortunately it all was done through FB, which I don't do, so I came late to the party and only managed to get this Dread. But it's so nice!

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    4. I knew about this, AFAIK there was even a piscean warrior...

      Still, the old model had two sets of legs, the short and the long ones, so might pass as a recast, maybe?

      El mejor dread. Yo también le tengo mucho cariño al ataúd con patas (el primero no era más que una armadura muy tocha). Visualmente y como concepto era un win win pero pero claro, Pilotar robots... No se puede competir contra eso.

      En aquella época los marines iban a la taberna a pillarse una (ver ilustraciones de marines de diferentes capítulos echando un vistazo juntos cuan rudos mercenarios.

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    5. Jaja, sí, lo recuerdo, de verdad que era otra manera de entender todo esto :D

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    1. Thank you! It took me quite long to get started, but it's been a relatively quick paintjob :)

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  3. Wow, that came out great. Very much in the RT style man, great work!

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    1. Thank you very much! I wasn't used anymore to such clean paintjob, without weathering and stuff, it's been quite a chenge! :D

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  4. Looks great man and well worth the wait!!

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    1. Thanks! These projects take their time, you have to find the right moment, I'm glad I finally did it!

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  5. Never a Space Marine player, but I've always liked that Dread!
    As usual a great paint job, but those decals really make it pop.

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    1. I haven't used decals for years, but both the numbers and the inscriptions looked suitable. I think they add something I couldn't achieve with a freehand. Glad you like them!

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  6. Great to see this with such a lovely paint job. It really is an imposing size upgrade isn't it?!

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    1. It is! What a beast! But it really shows what a Dread should be :D

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  7. Great looking dread, I'm pretty sure I used to have one, although mine was smaller? Maybe a different class of dreadnought? Lovely classic finish and nice banner!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you! You certainly had an original model; this was a fan sculpt specifically designed to make it realscale. Makes me wish to have some realscale beakies!!

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  8. Nice blast from the past! And yeah, great work keeping that 90s aesthetic on it.

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    1. Thanks! Haha, I suddenly felt like 20 or 25 years younger! :D

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  9. Super sweet! All the little details really took it to that 90s place it needed to go to.

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    1. Thank you! I love adding tiny, absurd details, specially to vehicles and machines. I never know when it's too much!

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  10. Stunning work on the Dread!

    It's really got the classic old school bright vibe going on and I'd love to see the rest of the army alongside it!

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    1. Thank you very much! I lost all my pics when Tinypic dissapeared last Summer, but I'm slowly recovering them. I promise to take new family pics though!

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  11. Wow, sweet! He's quite big, a lot bigger than the one I got, is it a 3D printed model?
    You've got quite a few ancient RT models and they all look brilliant.

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    1. Thank you! No, it's old fashion sculpted. The author even retouched some tiny bubbles from the resin casting with greenstuff, it was terrific!

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  12. that is ace, wish I had one of them!

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    1. Thanks! I don't think they are on sale anymore, but you know how these things work, opportunities may arise when less expected!

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  13. I think that looks brilliant and love the size of it.

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    1. Thanks! It's imposing, that's what drew my attention in the first place, I really enjoyed it :)

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  14. Fine work, wonderful blue shades...

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    1. Thanks! I added several layers of different hues of blue, I think it worked on a model this size. Extra work, but no regrets :)

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  15. Thanks for the shout out about the banner! I might get inspired right back and do a set of your stripes on the shns of my own Contemptor. Buaha ha ah aaha ha.

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    1. I think I got the image stuck into my subconscious! When I started to design it I thought I couldn't put a blue banner over a blue giant dread; then your design seemed to be the natural option!

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  16. Awesome mate! Absolutely awesome! He looks amazing

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    1. Thank you! Now that you are on a Oldhammer vein too, I hope you consider adding a Dread to your own Blood Angels! ;)

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  17. The highlights you put on this mini are not only a nice touch but a necessity for making it look as good as it is. Nice work Suber!

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    1. Thanks! They stand out in a model this size, and are part of the 'warhammerish' vibe :D

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