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Dreadtober Painted Showcase

Ladies and Gentleman, October has pretty much come to an end. This week our participants were challenged to finish their models, completing their Dreadtober pledge.

Dreadtober Showcase #4 Painting Completion

While there is still one week left of the challenge where we will work on photography, today we put our brushes down and declared victory!


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.




So the base for my dreadnought is designed after the red rocky terrain of Mars. I started with a blank base and a piece of 1/4″ thick cork. This way the dreadnought will stand over most other models. I broke away pieces until I liked the shape fitting on the base and so the dreadnought could stand nicely on it.

Then I painted the whole base brown to start. Then layered on the cracked earth technical paint Martian Ironearth. After letting that dry I touched up any spots I missed with Tuskgor Fur, then I drenched the base in Argax Earthshade. After that dried, a bit of dry brushing with Squig Orange brought out some highlights.

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Daniel Givens

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's Blood Angels Dreadnought

This was the fist time I have done battle damage on a vehicle type unit. I think it turned out rather well and wish I was a better miniature photographer. The magnetizing worked out great and this dread will make a great addition to my Shield of Baal Blood Angels, all of which are battle damaged!

Facebook: vigilanteminiatures



Nurgle bestowed his blessings on me the last two weeks, so I got a bit behind. But Murderfang is base coated and has his first wash. I’ll be catching up this weekend with his base and starting his details.

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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

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

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Killa Kan progress. Most the base coats are on, still a few more to go. Then on to touch ups.

Twitter: Nayr00 

Joe B.


Last week I made some great progress and not only finished the base, but also wrote up a giant tutorial on basing techniques. Next up is the decals and weathering to finish him off.

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's Techmarine Dreadnought for Deathwatch

I have spent a lot of time picking out the details, such as the lenses, as well as shading the red and metallic sections. I have also weathered the armour, particularly around the legs, as well as the Dark Angels symbol on the barrel. During photography week I will also be finishing off the servo-arms and attaching them.

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Norm's Skreema Killa Deff Dread and Pete's Raven Guard Dreadnought

Da Skreema Killa is finished. Had a painting session with my buddy Pete (of NGC40k fame), and he painted the Raven Guard casualty on my base, while I painted the dead ork on the base of his incredible ironclad/venerable dread. Let’s all encourage him to finish that beast!

Twitter: normnondo

The Mad Mek

Mad Mek Deff Dread with Wrecking Ball

Finished the Deff Dread!


Mihalis “Cadaver” Skalkos

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

D Powers Scratch Built Dreadnoughts

So that’s that, I suppose. I didn’t quite get the second Amphis’ Bane finished before the end (2nd in the image), but it was worth a try. Still pretty chuffed with what I could achieve! This certainly gave me a lot of confidence to be a bit more “free” with converting bigger projects like my IK, and I suppose it eases me back into painting large things again, something that has always intimidated me.

Full showcase on my blog:

Flikr album:

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Eric's Alpha Legion Contemptor Dreadnoughts
Eric here, while I didn’t quite finish my goal I came real close and got all 3 dreadnoughts to 70-80%. You can see my full update here:

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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.

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As we are coming into the final stretch the 12 projects on my blog are wrapping up with some already completed and others racing for the Monday deadline. My next post will be going up on the 31st, that is if I finish the last details on my own…

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Doug Kus

Doug Kus Trap Jaw WIP

With the base complete, I was able to add some detail work to Trap Jaw.  This mainly included some rather basic, hatch-style highlighting on the dark blue/black armor, as well as some added details where the lava flow meets the bare rock.



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 Blood Angels Dreadnought

Airbrushing larger flat surfaces was new to me, and trying to get graduations that don’t totally suck is harder than it looks. I’m in awe of the people that have managed to paint 3+ dreads in a month, I’ve not even finished this one! Still, two more days left in October yet, and I’m almost there.

Blog: | Twitter: arkhanist

Dan D.

Dan Purple Hive Tyrant WIP

Pretty happy with my progress. A bit more detailing, one arm to glue on and basing. I hope to be done this weekend.

Niklas D.


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

Dave S


Progressed well this week, base coats and weathering are down for the Domitar. Hairspray chipping on the shoulder pads went really well.I also re-designed her staff and am currently resculpting the tabard.


In a move I am bound to regret when I run out of time at the end, I decided to add a stretch goal in the form of a Deathwatch dread, truescaled to match the marines I’m working on.

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

Facebook: Forged in the Warp | Twitter: thefleshtearer



So, my week has taken a few unexpected turns and the build has not progressed as anticipated. I have, however, also made a start on the base – so ahead on one part, behind on another…

I’ll be doing my best to reclaim ground on the project in the coming days!

Blog: Dakka Dakka

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



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.

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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!

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Westrider Iron Warriors Helbrute

Finally got around to getting my light box setup and documenting my progress over the last couple of weeks. There’s still more I’d like to do, but I’m calling it good for now:


Dean Kelly

Dean Old School Killa Kans

Finished the Kans!

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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



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


Brother-Thanatos Deathwatch Dreadnought, previously of the Red Hunters is now complete. I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out. Some of the details could have been a little cleaner, but big success. With three of my four Dreadnoughts complete I’ve started on a fifth to fill out the month. A heavily weathered World Eaters Contemptor.

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Wudugast Slaaneshi sonic dreadnaught

Well, my Slaaneshi sonic dreadnaught is almost – but crucially not quite – finished in time for the showcase. There’s still a few things I’d like to do before he’s done so I’ll be taking full advantage of cheat week and hopefully by this time next week I’ll have a model worthy of the Dark Prince himself

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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:




Armies on Parade slowed my progress this week (got bronze!). Attached are my base layers painted: bone white spray, 50-50 Agrax Earthshade and Lahmian Medium mix in recesses and rivets, with Lamenters Yellow glaze slathered on top.  Next step is details and cleanup!

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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!


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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


Travel schedules have played havoc with progress. Attaching the dread to the bases turned out to be very difficult. It was very hard to get them to stand the way I wanted them to and get the pins lined up with something that I could drip into. Lesson learned, think more about where the model will stand on big models while building the base.

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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.

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Andrzej Mezynski

Andrzej Dreadknight

It was the most complicated model I ever built – lots of parts, some challenging details, like that heraldry on left pauldron. I’m quite happy with how the model ended. Might not be to Heavy Metal standards, but it’s best I ever painted 🙂

What I tried new? Mixing of paints. The sword is Leadbelcher with Caledor Sky, and for that blueish tint I drybrushed it first with Imric Blue, to cover it with drybrush of Necron – despite my tries I could not get the Drakenhof Nightshade to be that light blue (and that’s the colour of shade that was mentioned in many tutorials)

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 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


And here’s the base. It’s the first Sector Imperialis base I’ve painted up and I have to say I’m pretty happy with it. It matches my table. Woo hoo!

More on the modelling project page:

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Dave Mary



Dave Mary 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!

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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!

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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 Relictors Contemptor Dreadnought

I finished a project and a few days ahead of schedule! Thanks to everyone participating in Dreadtober, it really motivated me to get this Dread done and off the To-Do pile! Great work everyone, and thanks to Joe. I tried a little heat stain on the barrels which came out okay, so a nice cheap plastic Contemptor now done and ready to join the 4th Company Relictors – I already have a very large 5th Company, so this is needed elsewhere.

I was quite pleased with the repositioning of the leg with greenstuff, and a twist at the waist and careful positioning of the arms to follow the motion through, hopefully he looks like he is turning.

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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

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Adam Abramowicz


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

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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. 🙂

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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.




There hasn’t been much progress this week as I’ve been swamped. I’m hoping to get some hobby time this weekend.

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I love the Deff model so much, it has such potential for converting! I decided that to make it more dynamic I wanted to have him running. Because of this I decided to pin his one foot to the base for increased strength. Comrade Quiche Deff Dread

I had made the original base from a spare chimera rear door, and then cast the entire base in plastic so it is completely solid, this made it very easy to pin securely. I took two bombs from the Bomba model and 3D printed new nose cones that I drew up in Solidworks (because I wanted  ACCURATE checkers and decided to cheat by making each square stand out!) I cut out the perforated metal detail on the back of the model and replaces the stock exhaust with the new custom rokkit pack. The pilot is from the Stompa kit, with a Stormboy head. And of course since I wanted it to go fast, I went with a RED PAINTJOB!

Since this week we were challenged to work on our photo skills I decided to try and play with lighting. I used a simple pop-up white photo studio with cheap lights shinning through both sides to give the model soft, even lighting. One the left side of the picture I increased the brightness of the lights, and moved them closer to the back of the model to cause a slight edge glow effect to try and pop the model off the backdrop as much as possible.

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


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'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

This has been a great week of accomplishments for the Dreadtober painters and it has been a blast to get to this point. I hope everyone involved has had a great time and was able to grow their hobby powers.

Tomorrow the final challenge of Dreadtober goes live where the focus is to take the best possible pictures of our models. This way everyone can see the amazing work that each of us has done.