Hooray, I painted something! The Contemptor Dreadnought is one of my favourite kits from the Horus Heresy plastic range, so I couldn’t help to paint one for my small Sons of Horus collection. Find out more after the jump.

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Cinematic shot of a Sons of Horus Contemptor Dreadnought with close combat weapons painted by Stahly

The model was fun to assemble, as there are so many posing options and loads of weapon and customization options. I chose dual Dreadnought close combat weapons with a chainfist upgrade and grav guns, so he can go hunting other Dreadnoughts. The Hearesy YouTube channel helped me a lot with finding a good loadout, go check it out if you haven’t already.

Sons of Horus Contemptor Dreadnought with close combat weapons painted by Stahly, front

I chose to magnetize the arms, as I want to paint a second Contemptor Dreadnought with ranged weapons at some point, this way I can swap the arms and also run them as two mixed weapons Dreadnoughts. The elbow joints are super easy to magnetize, you just need to insert four 4 x 1 mm disked shaped rare earth magnets for each arm (two for the arm and two for the joint), no drilling needed, they just fit into the crevices.

The model was also a pleasure to paint, I just followed my Sons of Horus painting tutorial but upscaled the techniques to Contemptor Dreadnought size:

Hope you enjoyed my take on the iconic Contemptor Dreadnought. I also painted a Kratos Heavy Assault tank for my Sons of Horus, so maybe you would like to check it out, too.

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