Greetings Terrans, how goes it? Just a quick Monday post from me today – I have a couple of Dreadnoughts to add to the growing ‘Metal Heads’ Dreadnought mercenaries – another pair of ex-Imperial machines:
Both are of the wide body/long legged variety, and were a bit of a rescue job because I didn’t have enough bits to go around (cheap ebay deals). The green one had his left shoulder mount replaced with suitable plastic parts, and has a heavy flamer for some up-close anti infantry work. He also has a plastic mechanical arm from a Sentinel kit, complete with snazzy power claw, (stolen from some random Commissar or other). Also, his left leg is actually a right leg – I had to amputate at the knee and reverse the lower leg to get him stood up!
The blue machine needed a replacement right shoulder mount and had an Orky Multimelta fitted for some serious anti-tank work (though it could be played as a flamer of course). Otherwise, blue is a standard build, complete with twin-bolter left arm.
I did finish up another thing as well – it’s this awesome key that Mark (heresyofus) very kindly printed up & posted out to myself and the other droogs that are playing the rpg/virtual tabletop/inq28/Frostgrave mashup that I’m running:
It’s a faithful copy of a sketch that I made of a xenos relic found in ancient tomb, and it is proving to be a recurring symbol throughout the game… I gave it a good layer of Greenstuff first, just to smooth out the marks from the printing process, and then I gave it a good coat of bronze, a load of wash and some corrosion here and there. I reckon it turned out very nicely indeed, and I am chuffed to have it! It’s little acts of generosity like this that make the difference, and it is so kind of Mark to do this for the group – thank you Mark!!
Oh ,and I should point out that I didn’t come up with the symbol in the first instance… it predates this game by a good few years, thanks to the pilgrim sculpt (on the right) from the original Colony 87 Kickstarter back in 2015:
The concept art for this range was done by Will Beck in 2014, though I can’t find a sketch of the pilgrim character on his web site… The minis were sculpted by Mike Anderson I think, so maybe the symbol got added at the sculpting stage? Hopefully Axiom can shed some light on it 😊
Anyhow, that’s all for now – stay safe out there.
Great job Alex. The dreads look ace.
Cheers dude :-)
Oooh I love the blue one. Nice rescue work too
Thanks mate, I’m pleased with how Blue came out, and so nice to give these venerable old machines a new lease of life!
Pete S/ SP said:
Thoseare really great. I was thinking they need a set of devoted ( or enslaved) mechanics to keep them running I reckon you could do a great job converting them.
Love the key- little ideas and tie ins are what makes narrative campaigns so much fun.
Cheers mate, yeah, they definitely need some pit crew or something :-)
Totally agree about the key – we’re lucky to have a talented 3D print ninja in the group!
Nice work mate as always. Like IRO I like the blue one but unlike him I like the other one too!
Cheers mate 😊
Well, of course the Dreads look awesome, but the key is stealing the show. Hadn’t you said its origin, I would have believed it was a real thing from the pic, it looks so believable! Like some odd key from old. Magnificent job!
Cheers dude, I am ridiculously happy with the key 😁
I just LOVE that key. It looks incredibly authentic! Funnily enough, the pilgrim wasn’t based on one of Will’s concepts, but was actually a concept sketch by Weirdingway when he was developing ideas for his navigator household. He kindly let us base our pilgrim model on the sketch!
Great looking dreads – the claw looks completely authentic (and terrifying!).
Ah, mystery solved – credit for the key design goes to Weirdingway – cheers Jon! 😁
Glad you’re enjoying the Dreads mate – wait until you see the next two… 😉
That’s a cryptic promise – sounds like the next two are going to be interesting :)
I think they are my best two – they are Orky for a start!! 😉
You are in the zone. The Dread Zone!! Nice work on these and great additions to a very cool bunch of stompy things. Really glad you chaps like the key and I love the fact that it’s got history. Thumbs up all round mate!
Yup, definitely in the Dread Zone mate – I love ‘em… almost as much as I love that key dude! You rock 🤘😎
Excellent Dreadnought-ing! I have quite a soft spot for those goofy old sculpts but they don’t hold-up too well by today’s standards. Unlike the Ork equivalents of the day, which I feel could easily have been made this morning.
Cheers mate – yeah, the Imperial ones haven’t aged too well tbh, butI agree that the Orks definitely still rock… I think you’ll like the next post 😉
Mark A. Morin said:
Another vote for the blue dread, but all are damn cool Alex.
Cheers mate :-)
As nice as the ones in the previous post were, this is where it gets much more sexy. Wide-body, long-legs was always my favourite combination for these old-school dreads, and you’ve made these look like they stepped right out of my memories of Rogue Trader-Era GW publications, though I know these actually look better with the rust and weathering and the little touches.
Genuinely inspirational. And I mean that in the very literal sense that I’ll be checking these posts again in the not-so-distant future when I start working on mine…
😁 Thanks man!
I read this, was reminded of Colony 87, went off to drool over their stuff and forgot to comment – for days… You’ve done a great job restoring these, always a worthwhile thing to do at the best of times, and looking at them you really wouldn’t know how much was needed on the rescue. That key that you and Mark have produced is really cool as well, looks like a proper artefact.
Cheers dude, they are great fun to do – they’ve dated of course, but still very nice. The key is brill – there are actually 4 of them out there! lovely stuff 😊
Great job, they look great!
Also, I love that key! :) I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve always really like old/weird keys.
Cheers IM, me too! Have you read the Locke & Key graphic novels? They’ve done an adaptation on Netflix too – pretty damn good & worth a look if you love weird keys 😉
Yes, I actually own all of the volumes! ^_^ It is such a great series. I enjoyed the Netflix version as well, but I love how dark and crazy the comics are even more. :P One of the comic stores by where I used to live sold replicas of all the different keys from it and I wanted them all. Haha
There are replicas available?? 😳
Yeah! :D I’ve only ever seen them at the one comic shop but they were really cool.
Oh no, I neeeeeeed them!
Off to the Google machine! :-)
Haha yesss! They’re really gorgeous in person, so I hope you find them/get them/looove them!! :D