Converting The BaC Dreadnought (part 1)

Part one of a short series showing the Contemptor Dreadnought from Betrayal at Calth being converted.

Test assembly of dreadnought upper body

I’ve been collecting several of the of the Betrayal at Calth dreadnoughts to add to my Blood Angels force. The models in this set are fantastic, but the dreadnought’s pose is a little flat. I am going to reposition them to varying degrees, primarily the legs the head and the torso. This opens up a lot of dynamic options for the model.

dread_standing
Stock pose for the dreadnought

 

dread_hip_cut
Removed legs after a saw cut at the hip

The first dreadnought is going to receive some significant leg work. Others will likely have more simple repositioning. This one is going to have a remodeled middle leg.

dread_head_cut
Cutting out the Dreadnought head for repositioning

Changing the position of the head on this kit is pretty easy. Once its been removed from the liner part of the torso and trimmed it can be pivoted slightly to bring a lot out of the torso’s upper body.

dread_head_removed
Removed and trimmed head

 

dread_body2
Repositioned head

Even a little bit of repositioning of the dreadnought’s head will make the torso’s position a lot more interesting.

dread_leg_cuts
Dreadnought legs cut, knees separated

Next up its time to chop up the legs. I am discarding the knee and middle leg. The plan is to rebuild these out of plasticard and putty.

dread_legs_filled
Lower legs filled in

Using some greenstuff putty the cavity inside the trimmed lower legs are filled in. This will provide a solid foundation for the rest of the legs to built on.

dread_arms
Dreadnought Close Combat Arms

The contemptor dreadnought’s arms are convenient in that they are symmetrical making it very easy to create a left and right arm from the close combat weapon arm from 2 separate kits. Other dreadnoughts will have different load-outs that I can assemble later.

dread_torso
Test assembly of dreadnought upper body

Using a small amount of glue I did a test pose for the upper torso. This begins to capture the aggressive pose that I am going for with this model.

Stay tuned for the next part of this project!

Author: xenite

I am an avid gamer, sculptor, and artist. The creative aspect of this hobby is what really draws me to it. :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s