Monday, May 6, 2019

Miniature Monday: Leviathan Dreadnought

The Leviathan Dreadnought, pride of the Imperium (probably) and the favorite of many a Warhammer 40k and Horus Heresy player. These hulking behemoths of metal are death incarnate and one of the most feared Dreadnoughts in a Space Marines player's arsenal.

I mean, just look at it. It's a beaut.

This model was my first venture into buying Forge World models, and boy and I glad I picked him up. It is a very nice piece! It also led me to build my all Dreadnought army, which ended up going undefeated at Adepticon.

Let's take a look at him.

When I first bought this fella I ordered one of every arm available for him and played around with combos and load outs. When it came time to start getting serious about building the all dreadnought list, I ordered up a second storm cannon for him to fill the role of shooty death machine.

All of his weapon options are magnetized as well, so I can easily swap out either gun arm to something else. His missile pod is magnetized as well and after he's shot them all I remove the pod from his body, to act as a reminder that they have been used.

To tie him into the Deathwatch, I mounted the Deathwatch insignia on his left breastplate. I originally wanted to add in some lettering to the shoulder, like on the marine shoulder pads but let that ship sail as it was too much of a hassle.

Generally, I am all about pushing myself to do my best work. But the shoulder idea just wasn't going to work with any of the tools I had on hand, without buying special tools. After looking around for awhile at different craft shops, I realized that it wasn't high on my check list and let it go.

As for paint, I followed all of the same steps that I used on the Redemptor Dreadnought. I also didn't do anything too crazy as far as details go, other than doing a freehand Imperial Fists icon on his right breastplate.

I did switch up the paint colors for the silver arm section though. This is because on the Redemptor I tried using Reaper Miniature MSP silvers for that area and had a hell of a time with it blending properly. I swapped it out to Citadel and it worked so much nicer.

The Reaper paint on the Redemptor blended oddly and wanted to get chalky. Leaving the silver part of the left arm looking odd. The Leviathan, on the other hand, the Citadel silvers blended effortlessly and still looked nice and shiny.

That's pretty much it for now. The rest of his arms sit in a box, unpainted until I get around to needing them for a game.

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