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Ironclad Dreadnought - finished on 7/5/10

 
Customer: Tom Pearson

Project Outline: An Ironclad Dreadnought, painted in the colors of the Salamanders Chapter.

 

Assembly / Conversion

I started by building the kit pretty much stock from the box.

Typical weapon loadout that will make the most of the Salamanders chapter traits: Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon with a built-in Heavy Flamer, and a Seismic Hammer with a built-in meltagun.

I also added two Hunter Killer missiles to this thing. Not only do they cool, but they make for a really nasty round of shooting when this beastie comes down in a drop pod.

 

 

The may be times when you don't want the Hunter Killer Missiles, so I magnetized them.

The magnets in the hull of the Dreadnought are recessed into the armor and sanded smooth so they should be seamless when he's all painted.

HK Missiles are also one-shot weapons, so having them removable is also pretty handy for keeping track of how many you've fired.

 

 

 

 
Painting

And here's our boy with his gang colors on.

I went for a handpainted flame design on the left shin guard to frame the 4th Company insignia.

 

Here he is from the right...

 

... from the rear...

 

... and the left.

 

And a final shot showing the removable hunter killer missiles.

At this point, the Ironclad is ready for customer approval, and maybe some weathering if he wants the Dread to look a little 'roughed up'.

After that, static grass and clearcoat.

 

The customer decided to go with some weathering on the model.

Good call. Ironclad Dreads are known for getting up in the enemy's face, and that can be hell on the paintjob.

 

Here he is from the back.

Time for clearcoat and static grass.