Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Old Hound, Former captain of the 9th Cohort.

Created in limited numbers in the latter days of the Great Crusade, the Leviathan pattern Siege Dreadnought was developed in secret on Terra, away from the pervasive oculars of the Mechanicum. Its massive frame incorporates hybridised technologies, some dating back into the dim past of humanity.

Towering over later Imperial walker patterns, this heavily armoured dreadnought is savagely powerful. It was designed for siege warfare and primarily armed with close combat and support weaponry that can rend buildings, vehicles and flesh alike; though it is no less effective when armed with the powerful and esoteric short ranged weaponry uniquely developed for it. The Leviathan’s oversized reactor allows it to bear weapons more powerful than other classes of dreadnought, and also powers reinforced energy fields that surpass those developed for the Contemptor class.

Power has its cost though, and the systems of the Leviathan place a lethal level of strain on the minds its occupants. Those few examples that survive in the armouries of Space Marine Chapters into the 41st Millennium are reserved for the direst of circumstances. Marines who find themselves interred within a Leviathan will pay a heavy toll; either with their life, or their reason.

I had a few thoughts running through my head painting this commission. I knew I wanted the chains to be prominently shown. It's such a prominent image, so fitting to the legion and the person interred in the dreadnought shell. Themes of slavery, denial, being bound runs throughout the story of the War Hounds (who would later go on to be the World Eaters). I imagine that this suit has been in storage while the legion has gone to ruin so I was quite keen on showing this with the paint job. The blue hasn't got the same contrast as I normally put into these kinds of models - I wanted it to look neglected worn by dust and starting to rust. 

Paints used: Vallejo, Reaper Master Series, Games Workshop Washes, Com Art Medea Airbrush Airbrush: Iwata Hi-Line HP-CH Airbrush Paint Brushes: Rosemary & Co. Raphael 8040, Broken Toad Brushes, Windsor and Newton Series 7

1 comment :

  1. Super cool man, I love that kit and you've done a ripper paint job on it.