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Workshop Wednesday: Ork Dreadknight Part 1 (Titanfall)

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For one of my Ork Dreadknights, I took my inspiration from the Ogre Titans. I had been playing quite a bit of Titanfall in the months prior, and the heaviness and kineticism of the mechs were burned into my mind

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I also knew that I wanted it to be holding a two handled rifle/gun thing, and went online to find some ideas. This is Arsies’ GD entry (iirc), and it informed a lot of how I would be building the dreadknight. Three things I wanted: No ‘head’ per se, a two-handed weapon, and pouches. Bear in mind, this isn’t a copy and paste, it’s part Titanfall, part 40k aesthetic, part my own inner Ork mek taking over.

God, I love it when I go into the crazy mek kitbashing place.

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I started (as usual) by dry fitting random things onto the chassis of the Dreadknight. As luck would have it, I had a lot of killa kan and dreffdread bodies lying around; I don’t like the ‘kan’ look of the ork walkers and tend to loot other armies’ walkers (see my killa kans and deffdreads), so while I had bought killa kans and deffdreads, all I did was take the arms. So lots of bodies lying around.

The killa kans were a bit small, but the deff dread seemed to fit. Only problem being the can also had a top hatch with a lot of shoulder and extra bits that wouldn’t fit, so there was a lot of razor saw cutting, followed by greenstuff, and filing down to fit and to try to get a not-too-messy finish. (Orks can be messy, but too much green stuff might end up looking more gribbly chaos than mekky ork).

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After a lot of grunt work, the deffdread and dreadknight chassis fit together as well as I could make it.

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I added some deff dread shoulder plates to the shoulders, to try to mimic the titan shoulderplates. Didn’t work as well as I hope it would, but still looked cool. On to the gun.

The gatling psilencer part looked cooler than the psycannon, so I decided my Dreadknight would carry a double handed minigun. This would be a lot trickier than I thought though.

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Not only did I have to align all the barrels, it needed to be (mostly) perfectly straight and level AND match up gun to end of the barrel. In order to make sure I could do that, I drilled into each of the seven barrels, drilled the corresponding spot on the gun, as well as in the middle of the guns. I then pinned (8 pins in all) using the middle pin as a center guide, and used plastic tubing to beef up the barrels.

It wasn’t perfect, so I added some more plasticard (a larger tube) as armor/heat guards on the minigun.

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You can see how large the gun is.

More coming up in the next post!

kakita

Singapore’s resident Press Ganger, that is, the man to go to for Privateer Press’ WARMACHINE, and HORDES. Kakita also dabbles in Games Workshop’s WARHAMMER FANTASY and WARHAMMER 40K lines.

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