If you're unfortunate enough to need to be interred in a dreadnought chassis, and can't manage to find a relic Deredeo chassis to get stuck in, your next best option for your artillery loving self is a Mortis Dreadnought.
This fella was a fun project, as it let me do a tiny bit of converting and I played around with some freehand after he was finished. He was originally the fastest dreadnought I painted, and probably still is even after the freehand was done.
I'd say he's up there on my list of favorite models in my army.
|The Mortis Dreadnought was a nice break from the other dreads, mostly because I got to play around with ideas to convert his gun arms and he's made out of a basic dreadnought.|
There's not heavy details here, just the good ol' boxy dread body and whatever add-ons I wanted to do to him.
The original plan was going to be building a pair of autocannon arms from scratch out of some plasticard and left over barrels I had laying around from other kits. But I had a hard time with plasticard building on the Siege dreadnought and decided I didn't want to mess with it.
After looking over some options I stumbled onto the Autocannon in the Aegis Defense Line kit and knew I had something. So, I ordered the kit and built the main body while I waited for it to arrive.
When I finally got my hands on the Aegis Defense Line I held up the autocannon bits to the side of the dread and was instantly sold on how it looked. He looked like a bad ass mobile anti-air cannon. Of course, he doesn't have any rules that help him in dealing with aircraft, but rule of cool always wins.
Once he was fully assembled it came time for painting.
I needed this dude painted for a game on a Sunday, so I challenged myself to paint him up before leaving to play. I managed to get him finished in two hours from start to finish, not counting the freehand which I added the next day.
I feel that the main reason that was painted so quickly was because he's just a standard plain dreadnought. Couple that with the way I paint the armor plating in a high contrast style, it goes pretty quickly.
After I had finished him, I felt like he was missing something. I had the idea of painting murals on both shin guards, and decided to only do one instead.
The art on the shin is based on a piece of art in the Deathwatch codex of a space marine fighting a tyranid warrior. This is becoming a common trend in things I do, which started with the Cyclopean Gemstone Heist when I recreated a Frank Frazetta piece. In the 5 years since that piece, I feel like I've grown substantially in my freehand and have been doing more and more lately, like with the Deathwatch Intercessors.
It's to the point now that I am currently working on a Imperial Guard army and doing all of my iconography and other art all by hand, rather than transfers. It's great.
I think that's pretty much it on this guy though. There's still a bunch more dreads to show off in the coming weeks, so check back later for those.
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