Saturday 17 July 2021

A little bit of Rogue Trader Dreadnought basing (with added robots!) .

 I'm still not getting around to any painting, but I am spending some spare time sorting things out. I have so many different things to do, but I keep being drawn back to Rogue Trader era Horus Heresy. I did start on this a few years ago (2015 to 2016!), but a series of painting problems and other distractions moved my attention away.

I now want to make a serious effort to sort out what is an immense project and one which will take time just to sort out the miniatures. The armies involved will be Ultramarines for the loyalists, as they seem the classic Rogue Trader era Horus Heresy Imperial forces from the artwork of the time, and the blue is nice. They will be organised using the standard Spaced Marine list from the time.
For the forces of Horus, I will be fielding an army of each of the three army lists in Slaves to Darkness (with the Black Legion being painted in their Sons of Horus colours), and two armies from the two Renegade lists in The Lost and the Damned. But more on this at a later date.

For now I have been paint stripping and reassembling my Dreadnoughts. The Ultramarines will be able to field eight Dreadnoughts, consisting of three Contemptor (Chuck) Class, three Furibundus (Fury), and two Deredeo (Eddy).
The Traitor Legions have four of the old metal Dreadnoughts, and one large plastic Chaos Dreadnought from Space Crusade. I have rebased all the Dreadnoughts on 60mm round bases as I think it looks better, gives them more room, and actually gives them more of a battlefield presence.

Enjoy. :)

Eight Imperial Dreadnoughts.
I have added some milliput to the bases to make it look more like a battlefield and less like a bowling green.
Three Furibundus (Fury) class.
Two Deredeo (Eddy) class.
Three Contemptor (Chuck) Class.
Four Chaos Dreadnoughts.
One of them I have already painted for my World Eaters some years ago.
I re-positioned this Chaos Dreadnought to give it a look of hunting its prey.
Chaos Dreadnought from Space Crusade.
I wanted one of these for the fun of having one. Its pretty large and armed very differently from the other Dreadnoughts, but I will probably use it as a 'counts as'  a Chaos Furibundus.
I also paint stripped, reassembled and rebased my Cataphract  Robot Maniple. These are on 50mm round bases.
In addition to all that, I have finally got around to framing my old 1987 Rogue Trader poster. I had this on my wall for years after buying it in a now long gone model shop in Worthing named 'The Crazy Dwarf'. The poster has spent the last 25+ years folded up in a box.
I need to tinker a bit with the frame, I need to put some black edging on the sides of the poster.
I discussed this poster, and another 1980s poster, in a blog update a few years ago:
Another view. It is currently handing in the spare room where my painting table is. I am renovating the house, so the wall is a bit of a mess!

The next update might just be some painted miniatures finally!
...or maybe something I've glued together again (not my fingers though!).


  1. What a blast to the past this post was Lee, like the positioning yo've done on them all, and the milliput bases add a sense of weight to the dreadnoughts with their feet sinking into the base

    1. Glad you like them. I wanted to give a battlefield look to the bases, but it didn't occur to me that it was giving them that sense of weight, that's a nice idea, thank you.

  2. Fantastic. You got me drooling. Such beauties

    1. LOL, glad you like them. I am sorting out a lot of my old Rogue Trader Space/Chaos Marine stuff, so there will be a few updates on old, but sadly for now unpainted, elements of the armies. :)

  3. Oh man, I love those old RT-era dreads! I've got one waiting to be converted. And I haven't seen one of those robots in decades! A total trip down memory lane, thanks!

    1. They are a great old design, I loved them when they were released. The Chaos Dreadnought was always quite unusual, but it fits in with the Slaves to Darkness era Chaos Renegades. The Robots are becoming hard to come by now.
      I will look forward to seeing your Dreadnought, I like your Blood Angel Capitan.