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Dreadtober 2016 Showcase

Dreadtober 2016 is completed! I want to thank everyone who participated and those who cheered everyone on. It’s been a great adventure and some AWESOME models have been completed.

Dreadtober 2016 Completed Showcase

I’ve been honored to have had the opportunity to host it this year and it’s been incredible to see what everyone has done. So many of your tried new things or pushed yourself to improve something in your hobby. So even overcame school, work, and illnesses to get things done. So congrats to everybody.

Gothmog – COMPLETED!

Gothmog Mortis Dreadnought for the Red Hunters

This Red Hunter’s Mortis Dread was achieved simply with successively brighter silver undercoats and then washes of blood letter glaze for the red and seraphim sepia for the gold, with some Nuln oil in all the recesses and exposed silver parts. This method can achieve these results in a single night and is a great way to get a Tabletop/tournament quality army ready to go.



Albie Imperial Fist Dreadnought

Dreadtober was a fun challenge. As dreads are pretty easy builds it was cool to see what custom work people did, I kept it simple, only minor modification from the original model with the wreath helmet and imperial fists logo on the front. The base fell in line with the rest of my army and so far this guy has done well for me on the tabletop. Loved the challenge. Looking forward to next year.

Instagram: albatron

Daniel Givens – COMPLETED!

Daniel Givens Dreadnought

I decided to break from how I did my first two dreadnoughts, and went with how I’m starting to go with the rest of my vehicles. I do the normal highlighting, then using a sponge, dab some Ironbreaker to some high points and then follow with some Typhus Corrosion sponged on over top. I think it gives a nice weathering effect. I also painted over the decals by sponging on some of the Macragge Blue I used for the base and painted over it with (I think) Ulthuan Grey to give them a bit of texture.

Instagram: daniel_givens


AJ Blood Angels Dreadnoughts

Dread Dreadtober was great! I really liked the challenge of getting the dread done by a deadline. I was even able to catch up after being on holiday for 2 weeks at the beginning of the month!

Facebook: vigilanteminiatures


Ashley Murder Fang WIP

Unfortunately, I had a health issue arise and I was not able to finish my Murderfang. But on the plus side, he’s finished enough that I can now use him in games.

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Catching up on #dreadtober project. Painting done, washes and highlights done. Transfers are next, which I’m looking forward to. I’ve got a test base that I did a while back, but need some more bits for the “ruined industrial” bases I have themed my Iron Hands with. Waiting to connect with a buddy who has some Hirst Arts molds that fit the bill perfectly.

Facebook: NarrativeGuys

Grenn Dal – COMPLETED!

Grenn Dal Dragoon

This week I finished up my two walkers. I am really happy how they turned out. More pictures can be found at

Twitter: grenndal  | Blog:

Skyfyre – COMPLETED!

Dreadtober was excellent. First dread sized model i have completed. Also my first attempt to use the new snow texture paint Valhallan Blizzard. Really easy to use, love the out come.

Twitter: Nayr00 


Joe B Mentor Legion Dreadnought


Not 100% finished, but I’m calling this dreadnought done! I played around with more weathering powders on the feet and used decals as templates for the Mentor’s red eagle badge.

Twitter: brknpaintbrush  | Facebook: brokenpaintbrush | Instagram: brknpaintbrush

 Kyle Haydon

Kyle Contemptor Dreadtober

Progress this week went smooth aside from snipping off a thumb claw, which still needs patching. The claws are my principle addition to this already spectacular model – but the studded pturges help fill in its shape and movement I think!r

Instagram: kyle.haydon – primary spot for the WIP work!

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Marc Techmarine Dreadnought

For the final photo I wanted a picture that would tell the story of my Dreadnought. I have created a photo-collage of images I have taken of my Dreadtobernaught, the Techmarine that inspired him and the Scythed Hierodule that ate him! The photos were processed using the free online editing tools Pixlr and BeFunky.

For pictures of the Dreadnought itself, check out



Norm Da Skreema Killa Deff Dread

Final shot of da Skreema Killa! I did not make my stretch goal of doing the killa kans due to some other apocalyptic projects I’m working on.  My favorite part was having my buddy Pete and I paint up each other’s casualties, but really enjoyed Dreadtober overall, the camaraderie, tips, and all that. Thanks to my new followers, I hope to have more to show you soon.

Twitter: normnondo

The Mad Mek – COMPLETED!

Mad Mek Deff Dread with Wrecking Ball

Finished the Deff Dread!


Mihalis “Cadaver” Skalkos – COMPLETED!

Kadaver Death Guard Contemptor Dreadnought

I have finally managed to finish my model, and I am really happy that I tagged along this challenge that got me inspired and motivated all the way to make me finish it! I attach a picture of it finished, you can see more on my latest blog update


Lonely Kitbasher – COMPLETED!

D Powers Amphis Bane Scratch Built Dreadnougt

You know, Dreadtober isn’t only about getting the unit finished, when you think about it– it’s a fellowship of wonderful people sharing a common interest. I for one was a terrible recluse to begin with, even online– but this gathering of hobbyists has really made me feel at home. Everyone’s so social, free to share ideas and criticism, and the things we can achieve is astounding! Be sure to thank our good host for all the work he’s done. Bye bye for now.

Blog: | G+: D Powers


Eric Word Bearer Contemptor Dreadnoughts

 I did final detailing on the Devout and the Devoured. I also got the Deacon most of the way to completion. You can see the detail work on my blog:

Blog: | Instagram: eleive1

Anthony aka MasakiSayz


Progress has slowed down a bit, this has been a busy week. Still trying to nail down the freehand checkers, but they’re off to a good start.

G+: AnthonyPaoliMasakiSays

Rory and Team – 12 Completed!

Rory's Mini Dreadtober

Joe: Rory hosted 11 of his friends to a local Dreadtober on his site and they all did some incredible work.  Make sure to click through and see their stuff as well.

I cannot understand how Joe or Greggles before him managed to do this project. I had eleven wonderful people along with me for the ride and they produced some stunning work. Some came back from years not playing or painting and others brought new stompy dreadnought goodness to their armies. There was a number of brand new painting and modelling techniques tried.

To get more info and check out their work: 

I am even tempted to run a similar event in January to encourage people to get a squad they got over Christmas or sitting on their shelf done to kickstart the new gaming year.

Twitter: macantsagart  | Blog:


Doug Kus Trapjaw Dreadnought

I enjoyed the Dreadtober challenge immensely; motivation was to be found in all of the excellent projects by the contestants, as well as through Joe’s encouragement and additional links and tutorials.  I am already looking forward to the 2017 challenge!



TheRhino Raven Guard Dreadnought

This was the first time I’ve tried painting all my base colors before moving on, and I didn’t do very well with it. After washing, I found myself going back and redoing a lot of things because of small mistakes. I did change my recipe for white for this model. I only went to a grey-white on the panels, and then edge highlighting with pure white. I like the effect and think it’ll really stand out on infantry.


Black Shield


Progress has been slow lately, but still finding time . Currently focussing on the body, and banner. Banner is lacing something, not sure what to add to it . Still lots to be done.

Twitter: squizzato_eric

Arkhanist – COMPLETED!

James Blood Angels Dreadnought

Keeping going when it’s all looking a bit rubbish in the middle is the hardest part – but I’m glad I managed to stagger over the finish line! I’ll definitely feel more confident with airbrushing after this project. I used Flory Models clay-based weathering washes for the first time too, and I love the effect they give. I’ll do a project log of colours & techniques etc, but a few days break first…

Blog: | Twitter: arkhanist


Dan D Flying Hive Tyrant

Here’s my final model. I am very happy with my results. The challenge was just the thing to get this model done and now I plan on using the momentum to get more of the swarm done.

Niklas D.


No real progress this weekend, school and activities got in the way.


Dave S Domitar-Lamina Battle Automata of the Cult Stochastic

Dreadtober was a combination of fun and learning; committing to wrapping a whole model in a month when I’m REALLY slow was a bit scary. But I loved seeing everyone’s progress each week, and the tutorials (Trello! Where have you been all my life) were inspiring and incredibly useful. I can’t wait to do it all again.

Showcase Post:

Blog: | Instagram: thepolysmith



Most of the detail done, base and minor detail to finish.

Facebook: Forged in the Warp | Twitter: thefleshtearer

 Darren Bogus

Darren Bogus Helbrute WIP

My wife and kids have been sick, so I’ve fallen behind. I’ve managed to work on the bone colored areas, getting them about 50% complete.

Twitter: darrenbogus

Warhammer39999 – COMPLETED!


I’m happy to say that I’ve finished ahead of schedule. I still need to work up a base for him, but I’ll postpone that for another day when I have time to work on all of the other derelict bases in need of love.



Mike Daemonkin Helbrute

This week I finished my Helbrute! He fits in nicely with the rest of Khorne Daemonkin army too. On top of my usual attention to detail I decided to attempt battle damage on this model for the first time, it turned out pretty good and I learned quite a bit about it for use on future models.

Twitter: Mike_Schreiner_  | Blog:


NafNaf Space Wolf Contemptor

Running a bit behind but here is my progress so far. Finished the build now. Trickiest bit was the posing with the left leg and sculpting the bit Inhad carved out. Happy with the final result though, and all the space wolves bling really makes him part of the Vlka Fenryka!

Twitter: NafNaff81  | Blog:

WestRider – COMPLETED!

WestRider Helbrute


There weren’t any tips in the photo post that I was able to take advantage of in the last week, so I’ve just got the same pics again for the final showcase:


Dean Kelly – COMPLETED!

Dean Old School Killa Kans

Finished the Kans!

Blog URL for this weeks’ work:



So here are my WIP photos for the build week. As you can see I added did a little repositioning of the legs to help the contemptor look like he was moving forward and look a bit more aggressive.


Additionally, I added the World Eaters iconography from the Forgeworld etched brass set. The skulls on the left shoulder are from the GW skulls bitz blister and the chain is just jewelry chain I picked up from the hobby shop. Finally, I sculpted the ablative armor nodes on the left leg using greenstuff. All in all, a few simple modifications that I think give the model a lot more character. I’m stoked to start painting!

Blog: 30khobbyblog

Mordian7th – COMPLETED!


Crossed the finish line with Brother Nihilus, as I had an October 15th deadline to get him finished for the Armies on Parade event going on at the local GW shop. Continuing experiments with the marbling effect turned out pretty neat, definitely going to be trying it out on future projects in different colors!


Jamie Searle – COMPLETED!

Jamie Completed 5 Dreadnoughts for Dreadtober

Been a busy week this time too, although I have started on a 30k force based on doing that extra #Dreadtober Dread. 🙂 I got a lot out of a couple of tutorials you posted up this time. Improved both my skills and equipment for taking photos with my iPhone and gave photoshopping (Gimp2) a go. My results were not perfect, but that is due to time rather than anything else, still my Garam final pic is fun.

So here is what #Dreadtober has left me with, almost doubled the amount of finished Dreadnoughts I have. 🙂 Check out the full post:

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Wudugast – COMPLETED!

Wudugast Slaanesh Dreadnought Helbrute

Here we have it, my Dreadtober contribution finished at last. My enthusiasm for painting may have waxed and waned over the month but I wasn’t going to let the final Dreadline pass without a fight. Here he is at last, my heavily converted Sonic Dreadnaught, ready to go howling and braying onto the battlefields of the 41st Millennium.

See more pictures of the finished beast here:



Thomas Khrone Chaos Dreadnougt

Progression is pretty good, I got the most of the main base colours down, including the first rough wash and weathering. I’m currently relayering the orange and will start going of the details soon. I will try and experiment a bit the plasma glow once I get there. The paint scheme is of my Chaos Space Marine warband the Lords of Ascension. Here’s a link to the latest WIP post:


Andrew – Completed!


Andrew Dart Imperial Fist Contemptor Dreadnought

I got off to a fast start with the build, and knocked a few steps out in a few nights, but think I bit off more than I could chew with finishing it.  My rare free time to commit to hobby stuff didn’t let me put enough detail on this in the deadline given. Here’s what I’ve got!  I’ll likely go back and touch up domthe stuff.  P.S. the new iPhone 7+ camera is pretty sweet – you don’t need a fancy DSLR!

Blog: | Instagram: hobbyvices


CJ Catellax

I took my Castellax apart this week so that I can clean it up and give it a bit less static pose.


Harry Wagstaff


Reasonably happy with how the bases have come out but I’m quite far behind with painting the actual models!


G+: HarryWagstaff

Wolfsherz – COMPLETED!

Wolfsherz Dimachaeron

Overall the whole project went pretty well. Every step was finished in time. I really liked painting the model especially the skin. It has so much more detail compared to the normal tyranid models. I’m really pleased how he turned out!

Twitter: Wolfsherz  | Blog: | Instagram: wolfsherz._

Dan from The Narrative Guys – COMPLETED!

Dan from the Narrative Guys Dreadtober

The challenge made me stretch my skills in basing, assembly, and transfers. I really stepped up my game and am proud of the results.

Project Log:


I have had 3 dreads at various stages of finished-ness so I’m using #Dreadtober as motivation to complete these models.

Paul Graddon Dreads

So far I have been working on laying down a basecoat on the least completed pieces, and little shading work and chipping the paint work.

Facebook: paul.graddon.5

Andrzej Mezynski – COMPLETED!

Andrzej Dreadknight

How Dreadtober went? Well, I think I’m quite happy with the result. This Dreadknight was the most complicated model to assembly and paint, but I think I managed. Learned few new techniques and tried new ways of painting – like putting layers of different dry paints to get the required effect.

Twitter: AndrzejMezynski



Things are going well – focusing on the details now, and adding shades. Likely will start looking into the base next week.

Twitter: popculturecube | Instagram: popculture_cube

#2501 – COMPLETED!

#2501 Imperial Fist Dreadnought

I had to build up a matching right arm for the 40k-era Venerable-style left arm, which meant bulking out the plastic Contemptor multi-melta shoulder with card for symmetry, as well as magnetizing for good measure. I should’ve built an assault cannon as well, bt they’re so underwhelming on a machine this size I left it off.

After building up the metallics on  panels mid-way, I hit them with Agrax Earthshade to darken them again and pick out the fine details. At one point I was worried I’d covered him with a few too many trinkets, but as you can see it all worked out in the end.

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Makkeru Death Company Dread WIP

I didn’t manage to finish my dreads but they are started at least. One has some weathering left and the other is in the highlighting stage.

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Rob @ iToysoldiers – COMPELTED!

Rob at iToySoldeirs World Eater Contemptor

So I’m finally done! This was my first attempt at weathering. Not 100% happy but it’ll be okay. I can’t wait to get this bad boy on the table. I only have 37 more infantry models to finish to make it happen.

Twitter: iToysoldiers  | Blog: | Instagram: iToysoldiers

Dave Mary – COMPELTED!

Dave Mary's Deathwatch Dreadnought

I updated highlights to get a little extra sharpness and contrast.  Added heat effects to the lascanon, assault cannon, and exhaust pipes.  Generally cleaned up any last things that stood out and then sealed everything with a good flat coat.  Mission accomplished!

Mone on the blog:



Greg Black Legion Helbrute

So starting a new project, Black legion the focus. Here is my hellbrute for dreadtober, over time I will add bits of weathering as I go.

Twitter: wolf86sven


Sav Ultramarines Veteran Dreadnought

My first ever dread is done. With added bumps, bruises and a few bullet holes ! The base got some extra treatment to add to the drama. Hard day at the office for my guy but he’s still standing and ready!

Twitter: sav10g 



Been working away this week so only just managed to get some colour on it!

Instagram: ultramarine__blue



Progress: Overall I’m pretty much done with painting my dreadnought. I tried to use brighter colors to contrast against the abbadon black and Caliban green.



Siph's Contemptor Dreadnought for the Ultramarines

Relictors Dreadnought “Strength of Will” striding through the battlefield on Craxus III, a hive world in the outer rim of the Eye of Terror, a region of realspace the Relictors have been charged with defending from the forces of chaos, heretics, xenos and traitors… the Contemptor advances, punching a hole in the arch-enemy forces with well aimed bursts from his Assault Cannon and Storm Bolter Powerfist, alongside the Grav Cannon armed Devastators and Tactical Squad, all of them 4th Company. The Inquistion may label the Relictors as heretics, but it is through these actions that they strive to absolve themselves and justify their somewhat ‘darker’ methods of war – in the name of the Emperor!


Jason's Deathwatch Dreadnought

And he is done. clean paint job, fresh from the workshops ready for action.

I tried a couple of new things. Heat burning using the airbrush rather than weathering powders and plasma coil glow. not 100% on the glow but I like the heat burns.

Big thanks to Joe for hosting this year’s dreadtober. great to see the other examples.

Twitter: jtuvminis


Mark Ultramarine Dreadnoughts

Finally the new brother joins his family. This Dreadtober is pushing me to go back and base and weather the other fellas to better standard. The month rushed by, I originally thought, oh it’s just a month I can’t take my time, but if those deadlines weren’t in place my dread would be still in manufacturing. Thanks!

Twitter: ultima_ant



48 hours late, but Bob’s up and walking, sorry about the delay

Twitter: sonofultramar | Blog:

Adam Abramowicz


Between unpacking and setting back up my studio, I was able to build up this dreadnought.

Blog: | Facebook: beyondthebrushstudios | Instagram: beyondthebrushstudios


chris-dread-wipFinished major highlights trying to do these with airbrush. And I started blocking in some of the major colors on the arms

Instagram: Relic_Knights_Studio

Rob J


I was gifted the models of the Dark Vengeance set by my Sister and Brother-in-law. Since I have a wife and three young children, I hobby on a budget and nothing can be wasted. I am attempting to convert this Hellbrute into an acceptable proxy for a Venerable Dreadnaught for my Dark Angels.


Blaz Deathwatch Dreadnought

I did finish painting the dread, but have decided to wait with the base until I finish painting all of my Deathwatch units. That way I’ll make sure all of the bases have the same look. I put magnets in dread’s feet so it sticks to the base while I’m still able to replace it later. 🙂

This time I did my best to get the edge highlights as thin as possible & I think I succeeded. 🙂

Twitter: blazoncek  | Blog:



I’ve got one Dragoon pretty close to done. I need to finish up some decals and add weathering, then finish the base. I have a full base coat down on the next, and I’m working on the third before I wash them down and start adding highlights. This Skitarii and Cult Mechanicus army is still pretty new for me so there’s still a lot of experimentation going on. Check out the lightning arcs on the taser lance, though!

Blog: | Twitter: linguartisan

Patrick H


Dread painting meet nothing but setbacks all week. Dread one got 4 coats of paint just to get a base coat, and dread two didn’t get based at all. The paint I chose came out like water from the airbrush. I’m hoping it was a bad batch and I have more on the way for try number two on dread number two.

I’m behind across the board but I think I can get caught up.



Matt Fussell Angels of Silence Dreadnought

Presenting the venerable Brother Riordan of the Angels of Silence. Brother Riordan was an assault marine prior to entombment within the sarcophagus, and his tendency to go exploding through cover and otherwise solid objects keeps his enquiries and servitors busy trying clean and repaint this ancient weapon of war.

I tried a number of new techniques with varying levels of success, including airbrush blending and use of Citadel washes where previously I had mixed my own.

I would also magnetize the model differently now that I’ve worked with the final painted assembly.

G+: MattFussell

ComradeQuiche – COMPLETED!

ComradeQuiche Deff Dread

Dreadtober was awesome! I am very glad I participated, it was great to see what everyone was working on, especially because they were all walkers which I love! I updated my photo a little bit… Different angle, played with a backdrop texture, also played around in photoshop with levels and adding a dark vignette around the border, and a bright burst of white directly behind the miniature.

Instagram: ComradeQuiche

The Drill Abbot


As for my heresy-era Alpha Legion Contemptor for #dreadtober, things hit a bit of a delay the past week or so. I had worked ahead on basecoating and some highlights, so I’m not too far behind, though. I am not doing anything super detailed with the base itself.

Just threw some Astrogranite and Agrax Earthshade on it so far to get a dirty rubble look. I want the focus to be on the model, though, so I doubt I’ll do more than a little tuft or two of static grass to break it up. Next step is some major weathering and details like eye lenses.

Twitter: DrillAbbot

Jack Shrapnel – COMPLETED!


Basically once I finished the Khorgorath I just really hated the head of the thing, wasn’t stoked about the oval base it was on, or the fact he was somehow made to stand on a rock with a tree on it. I thought I’d be okay with it once it was done, but in my mind the face of the thing is a really bad design that is hard to read.

Off to the bits box I went, and found some stuff to make the base cooler (a khorne symbol a friend had given me) and figured the bloodthirster head fit the model a lot better.

It may not be a Khorgorath anymore exactly, but I actually might field it now


Ruleslawyer – COMPLETED!

Ruleslawyer's Iron Warriors Maulerfiend

So after a stuttering and overly ambitious start to Dreadtober, I settled on making my Iron Warriors Maulerfiend. I’ve never been a big fan of spiky chaos and wanted to try something different. Very happy with the final result and feel this is a great start to an Iron Warriors army that I plan to build.

I also plan on posting more stuff on twitter so find me on @Ruleslawyer01 under the #IronWarriors hashtag

Twitter: Ruleslawyer01

Wrap Up

We are at the end of our six week journey together for Dreadtober 2016, but I know that I had a blast and I know many of you shared similar sentiments. I think the most exciting thing was watching the community come together and give each other encouragement.

I don’t know what the plans are for next year but I think it is clear that it needs to happen again! I also had a few people mention to me that they want to run other challenges throughout the year. I don’t have any details on them but I will be sure to share them with you as well.

Again, thank you to everyone who participated, congrats to those who completed their models, and I hope everyone reading clicks through their bios and gives each a follow!