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Ok, so I had this crazy idea for using my magnetized Dread (seen here)...


To represent a Daemon Prince in my counts-as-chaos Blood Angels list (he'd have his furioso arms on, naturally)

However, I find dreads to be rather stubby and unimpressive, even venerable brother Versitus there. They also don't fly.

I want something really huge and scary, clearly something that used to be a dread but is now something much more.

Soooo...here's what I'm thinking:

Sentinel legs and feet. They're cool looking, add height, and have that kind of backwards-bending demonic sort of quality to them.

Dreadnought torso. No sarcophagus, instead I'll do my best to re-create Venerable Brother Versitus and his unrestrained awesomeosity. Possibly a khorneite vampire head. He's a blood angel, after all.

Defiler Pincers as arms. Probably only the lower half, possibly married into normal dread arm/shoulders, or maybe just attached via some GS and plasticard improv. They seem a little big on a regular dread, but this will have extra height

And...the fun bit...a Whirlwind launcher as a Jump Pack (possibly with thrusters from a land speeder)
Idea shamelessly stolen from Doghouse's Deathguard DP

I'll probably shave the spikes and blades off of the defiler claws. The idea is for it to look technological/imperial. At the moment the chapter is loyal (just using the CSM rules to sort of bring back the old style lists we used to play in 3rd). Like some kind of experimental super-furioso.

But, my main question is (before I order parts through the war store) how well will things look in proportion? I've seen dreads with sentinel legs, and I've got a defiler so I can size check the arms...but I've never had a whirlie. How well would the launchers fit/look on the back of a dread? Possibly mounted at an angle

Anyone have any advice on marrying the legs and the torso, or the arms and the body?
 

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I had a think about the Whirlwind Jump Pack Idea. I think they will be Ok but you might want to cut a slice out of them along the length to make them thinner and more compact whilst still keeping the lengh/height.

I will prod the ol brain further Galahad and see if anything else comes up. :)
 

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Thanks, Vash.

I posted the same idea on B&C and Madscuzzy whipped up this sketch within, like 20 minutes.



Freakin awesome! I might just abandon the idea of bolting a space marine onto the front and see if I can find my spare defiler helmet face and use that (shave the horns off) on some kind of neck.
 

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Yeah, provided I can do the neck and head convincingly. Otherwise, picture the same body but with the guy coming out the front like the top picture.

I plan to take the shields off the pinchers (they might make good shoulder pads or something) and I might use the big knife blades as toes. We'll have to see once the bits arrive.
 

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Ive been wanting to kit out my Veteran Dread with Penitent engine legs, and heavily modded killakan arms. basically to the same effect you're going for there, except in my case the Whirlwind missile launcher was going to be in place of the standard dread missile launcher.
 

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Galahad said:
Yeah, provided I can do the neck and head convincingly. Otherwise, picture the same body but with the guy coming out the front like the top picture.
Look at the plastic Warlord titans from Epic, they have a similar neck/head arrangement. :wink:
 

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Thanks. I'm also sort of hoping that with the talons, the t-visor, the neck and the 'wings' he'll also look sort of techno-tzeentchy, as he's meant to be a Tzeentch DP. (mainly so that I could use powers to represent his weapons). I'll probably work the mark into his base, either trampling an tzeentch icon bearer underfoot, or perhaps on a scrap of tank armor.

I'm also thinking of tossing in a green LED in the face mask, like I did with this guy
 

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Looking good dude - i too have a very similar modeling project on the go for my new army (its all hush hush but lets say it'll knock the socks off my pink nids).

Keep us posted with WIPs and i'll be sure to get some of mine up soon (just spend £60 on arm and leg bitz (nothing else) for the basic troops).
 

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That looks like my favorite Battelmech of all the WarHammer
you could get twin auto cannons /w magnets to make the rifleman varient.
This Dred is badass,can't wait to see more
 

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I'm still waiting on bitz before I can begin the project. But they should be here soon. I tend to do my builds all at once without much planning, so when you see a pic it'll probably be done except for paint (which will probably never happen). Unless, of course, I'm having trouble making things work, then I'll post what I have nad ask for some help ;-)

Eisenhorn, Yeah, that's my 'warhammer pattern' dread, I posted him a while back (Just posted the pic here to illustrate the LED faceplate I'm planning to use)
 

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Oh this is going to be a cool looking project. Can't wait to see the pics as you get it underway Gal.
 

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Good news! My box O' Bits from the Warstore arrived today!

Terrible news! It was MISSING THE EFFING POWERPLANT!

Soooo...WIP pics will be delayed until I actually have the parts I need to put the damned thing together.
 

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Good news! Bits finally came a couple days ago. I banged him out almost entirely over the course of one evening off, then made several tweaks and adjustments over the last couple days.

I'm sooo glad the boards are back.

ok, here's the concept sketch again (thanks again, Madscuzzy)


Now, here he is in his final configuration.


And here's a scale shot (using his old configuration) next to a 'standard' furioso and just a little behind (still in B2B with) a marine.


Some side shots, showcasing his guns



I figure the twinlinked heavy bolter could be doombolt if I wanted (with warptime? It;s TL after all ;-)) and the flamer could be winds of chaos. Finally found a use for that master of the ravenwing bolter and the tornado flamer ;-)

Some rear shots


Dig the vents on the bcks of the calves. Could be jumpjets. Made them from a couple spare JPs. Also note the thino hatch with the tzeentch icon. There's his mark for the WYSIWYG sticklers. He's also got a very tzeentchy shape to him as well.

And some bonus material (from his first posing)

The guts.
And...

Spoooooky!

The LED I had was too small, so I had to make a lightpipe to spread the glow. I actually whittled a couple strips off the edge of my bitz box to make the T-shaped light pipe. You heard me, even the bitz *box* was fair game.

You may notice in addition to the dread torso, defiler head and arms and sentinel legs, he's also got shield generators, feet and burst cannons from tau battlesuits, and parts of a Hammerbead burst cannon and landing gear, and a pair of lascannons and gas cans from a Razorback, as well as thigh plates made from the forearm of an old gundam kit.

Since he's made from the pieces of at least five combat vehicles, the only fitting name I could think of was...

Venerable Brother BRUTICUS!
 

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Galahad that is fantastic! Really sweet stuff mate. You have to paint this monster Please please please! its going to look awesome when/if you do, well it looks awesome already but you know i mean.
 

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freaking awesome Gal!!!
 

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the more conversion work I do on a project, the less likely I am to ever paint it.

Why? Because I really, really suck at painting.

I might just take him up to the local shop and see if anyone with some actual talent would be willing to take on the task though
 
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