From the Archives: Ork Dreadnought

So this is a bit of a special one: the last model that I got before dropping the hobby in my teens. And it was a Christmas present too, so it always bothered me a bit that I didn’t finish it. But here it is, in its finished glory, an Ork Dreadnought (yes, from time before Deff Dreads)!

The Dread was completed a year ago for Azazel’s mechanically themed November challenge. It was basically a full build too, as I had hardly started working on it all those years ago. The first thing to do was to make a base as the box didn’t come with one. As you might be able to tell, I used cork and tied to replicate the old Space Marine Dreadnought base design. I did add a couple of details like the tank trap bit and the Ork helmet to add some flair of my own.

After the base was done it was on to the Dreadnought itself. I could instantly remember why I didn’t finish this model: this is a metal model and basically none of the parts fit each other without a lot of filing. I think I spent 2-3 days just fitting and pinning the model together. While I was at it, I magnetized the big shoota so that I could swap it for a rokkit launcha in the future. The burna is glued on as usual due to it’s more difficult position.

Then I had to decide on a paint scheme. I kind of wanted an orange scheme, but painting the whole thing orange would’ve been too much, and I couldn’t come up with anything else that I would’ve been happy with. In the end I decided to try and replicate the box art scheme, which is a kind of first since my teens, and I’m happy that I did since the scheme is awesome, and was very fun to paint! There is absolutely no “standard” edge highlighting on this model, all the edges are defined by sponging or drybrushing. Freehanding the skull design on the front was a great exercise, and I found a pretty good way of painting dark (coated?) metal that’s common in real world guns.

So yeah, this project was a fun one! I think the design of this Dreadnought has held up really well, maybe I’ll get some plastic Killa Kans to accompany it. Some day..

5 thoughts on “From the Archives: Ork Dreadnought

  1. Mate, you’ve definitely completed this model in style! A wonderful, gritty paintjob! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Something I have always loved about this model is the blink-and-you-miss-it Necron skull used as a trophy: That piece still uses the old Necron design (from back when there were about three different Necron models), and I loved the shout out to the then-obscure range back in the day. It still works as a nice shout out to the yesteryear, even today ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Much obliged! And thank you for the confirmation about the silver skull’s origin. I always thought it looked kind of Necron but wasn’t aware of the original metal models back in the day. My other guess was some sort of CSM helmet, maybe Iron Warriors.. But yeah, the Dread is indeed from the time before plastic Warriors!

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  2. Great work on what has now become a classic kit. You’ve made me envious that you’ve actually completed yours as well. Perhaps one day… ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Heh! It did take me a while, but it’s done now! It was a right pain to assemble though, so I can totally understand why someone mayhaps didn’t get their’s finished ๐Ÿ™‚

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