Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Word Bearers Contemptor Dreadnought

Howdy Guys and Girls,

Today I have some Word Bearers progress to share with you, starting with my Contemptor Dreadnought - hope you like him!

Marakael of the Annunake

Contemptor-pattern Dreadnought, attached to the Chapter of the Graven Star

"Speak the words of Lorgar and you shall live forever in the glory. Speak them not and every one of you shall die today."

"Annunake" is a Colshisian term which means "Judges of Hell" or "Princely Sons", and was used within the Word Bearers Legion to denote those Legionaries granted the honour of continuing their service within the armoured shell of a Dreadnought.

Marakael was a former Master of Ordnance of the Chapter of the Graven Star, a Colchisian warrior deadly wounded during the Third Rangdan Xenocyde. He was intered into a late production, artificer wrought Contemptor pattern Dreadnought, and fought during the last days of the Great Crusade, at Istvaan and during boarding actions at the Betrayal at Calth.

Note: Modified Contemptor Dreadnought chassis, freshly re-painted in the red of betrayal. 

WIP: Tactical Squad

The next unit i want to finish for my Word Bearers is my tactical squad - 15 Marines will give me some manpower to overwhelm my foes during battles and boarding actions! 

If you want to paint before final assembling, cork and old plastic sprues are helpful. Another trick that helps for painting parts with an airbrush, or spray: double-sided tape! Your parts will never again blown away from your airbrush.

I saw a question asked during the last WPR by Captain Agrippa regarding painting and assembling:

Interesting to see that some of you guys assemble marines before painting and others paint in stage. Still very much undecided how I am going to approach this.
I honestly thing there is no "true" answer to that. It mostly depends how you paint your models - airbrush, brush or a combination of both? It also depends on the models themselves, and their poses. Also, do you want a fast job for a tabletop army, or going into details? Painting before final assembling makes it easier to reach all the details, and especially bigger models benefit from it.

A good example for this would be my Ang'grath the Unbound - the wings are pretty huge and its easier to paint the body, weapons and wings seperate. The only drawback here is that you have to fix the connection points between the parts after most of your painting is done, which can be annoying (especially if the wings won't fit at all). In my case it wasn't a huge deal, as i wanted a blend between black and red, so I could do that after using some greenstuff/miliput mix to fix the wings.

Another example would be Knights or Titans - it's far easier to paint the armour plates seperatly from the "metal body", especially if you want to add weathering.

Hope you enjoyed my little post today. Do you paint before final assembling? What are your tricks? Write us in the comments below :)

Lady Atia


  1. Great post Atia, looks like your dread is pretty purrrr fect.

    With regards paint models, you missed the I'm gonna game with the models before painting, so then need to be WYSIWYG group of people.

    I personally like to paint models assembled. But some as you say like Knights would be pretty much impossible. I'm not painting to a high stand though. Table ready is my aim atm.

    btw, are you going to Warhammer fest?

    1. Hehe thanks Colonel :)

      And you are totally right - assembling before painting helps if you want to play with your models before painting. That's why I would paint "first" armies for a game as fast and easy as possible. Even stuff like transfers or weathering can be done later, if your aim is to play as fast as possible.

      Need to admit i can't play with unpainted stuff, only for pre-sale game testing (i truly should hit out more reviews of the games themselves/how they played for me!) and even then it doesn't feels "right" for me.

      And no, but the other Bunnies are going :)

    2. Yeah, I'm build a 'first' army at the moment. That's going to be a bit rough round the edges. I also have my best army, that's going to be painted in the disassembled way you describe above. Knights and Titans benefit from this approach too!

  2. That dreadnought is a work of art! Well done!
    When it comes to painting models post or prior to assembly, for me it often comes down to whether the model will have some inaccessible or hard-to-reach areas if I assemble it first. I believe that the times i have painted prior to assembly outnumbers the post-assembly-painted, however it does differ. I paint exclusively with brush (for multiple reasons), so I might change my mind about this if I ever start using an airbrush.

    1. Thanks =)

      Yeah, it really depends on the model, and how I want to paint it. I got my airbrush last year, and it really helps, especially if you want to do metallic schemes. Can't wait to try her on a Knight or tank!

  3. Brilliant post, any chance you could tell me how you go about painting your Word Bearers?


    1. Thanks Primoris :)

      Of course I can!

      Word Beaerers Witchred:
      - Black Primer
      - Leadbelcher, using my Airbrush
      - Ironbreaker, using my Airbrush, zenithal
      - Runefang Steel, using my Airbrush, zenithal

      After that, the whole red parts get a layer of thinned down Carroburg Crimson. Pannel lines get painted with thinned down Nuln Oil.

      Edge highlightes of runefang steel.

      Next are 1-2 layers of thinned down Blood for the Bloodgod - sounds crazy, but it has the perfect tone imo. Just be carefull that its even.

      Where it needs I do some more edge highlights with runefang steel now.

      Now weathering, I use FW powders for the legs (dark earth, medium earth, light earth).

      Last but not least I finish them with a coat of Purity Seal, that changes the colours and tones down the gloss, also fix's the weathering powders in place.

      My black is Vallejo Black with zenithal highlights of Tamiya German Grey.

      Hope that helps :)

    2. Excellent, thank you very much. I'm seriously considering adding some Word Bearers to my World Eaters to make a shattered Legion army!

    3. My pleasure :)

      Yeah, the Shadow Crusade rocks! Also, that would give you the option for Daemon Angron in the future :P

    4. Hey Atia, do you have any experience with Secret Weapon weathering powders? They're considerably easier for me to get since I only do Forge World orders when it's going to be a big shipment, and I'm thinking of getting into powders to do ash and soot for my Ashen Circle folks.

    5. Haha yes, I just need them to bring out some sweet rules for Daemon Angron!!!

    6. @Qlippot: Sadly no, but I guess they are pretty similiar? Will get some Mig Productions powders for my Orks (once they finally arrive ... grrr), since I need blue and white for them too ^.^

      @Primoris: Like the dragons in GoT, he is on the way :P

  4. Great Contemptor! Your word bearers are awesome!!

    I'm lazy and assemble everything then paint! Painting parts separately seems like hard work!!

    1. Thanks Darien :)

      The good thing - it feels great to assemble and weather them :D

  5. Great article Atia. The Contemptor looks awesome too. You should be really proud.

    Did you need to drink 15 bottles of wine for the corks? ;)

  6. I've just started putting together Marines in sub-assemblies for painting and I was wondering how people handle fitting for some of the fiddlier bits. My standard approach has been blu-tack to hold things together while I choose parts and work out a pose, but when it comes time to fit the arms and weapon, even the smallest amount of blu-tack is thick enough to make the weapon angle a little bit off.

    With the older Chaos Space Marines I'm assembling right now (using models from an abandoned CSM army project and Dark Vengeance bits to make 40k equivalents of Betrayal at Calth I can keep in the box for board game nights), it's not too bad- the first couple were awkward, but I figure I can carefully hold the right arm in place while I'm gluing the bolter down. But it's driving me crazy on a heavy bolter Devastator Marine, especially with the interconnected ammo feed. How would you guys approach a more complicated infantry-scale model like this that practically requires sub-assembly, given the massive, body-obscuring weapon and the need to glue together the backpack, weapon arm and left arm perfectly?

    1. Hey :)

      I would glue the arms and weapon/backpack together, but keep it sepereate from the body, if you know what i mean. That way you can still paint the chest easily :)

    2. Great looking model. I haven't bought a dread for my new thousand sons yet so was wondering; if I pick up a plastic contemptor could the spare weapons fit the fw thousandsons dread body?