Dreadtober 2020: Celestial Lions Dreadnought

Dreadtober is an annual painting challenge that runs every October. Much like Zomtober, I’d been looking forward to it and using it for motivation to get some stuff done.

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

Also much like Zomtober, (and Orktober!) I forgot about it this year because of the rolling shitshow dumpster fire that 2020 has been until the last minute, so I didn’t sign up over on their main page. In fact, I had only a few days to try to complete something – so I chose one of the Dreadnoughts I had planned to paint for this challenge in 2019. And it was still in the exact same condition as the photo, too!

Yeah. Basically that’s it. Sprayed gold, nothing on the base, a touch of steel and blue on the arms. So it was time to kick things into gear.

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

Luckily these old-school Casteferrum Space Marine Dreadnoughts are pretty simple to paint, really – and these AOBR models are even simpler, as they omit and condense some of the extra details found on the various multipart kits. I did need ot finally pull my finger out and make some Celestial Lions decals along with some others I’ve been needing for other projects, which took a good part of an evening.

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

Generally speaking, I kept the paint pretty simple. As well as the orangey-gold I use for the Lions and the steel, there are some coppers and a bit of discolouration on some of the elements. A Black Templars decal respects the previous custodians of the Ancient’s suit.

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

The model was still a little plain, so I also added some heat discolouration to the Assault Cannon barrels. That arm of course is from the Ancient Dreadnought kit. Since I try to avoid gluing Dreadnought arms on if poissible and this one isn’t a great fit, there’s a blob of blu-tac in there as well!

Celestial Lions Space Marine Castaferrum Dreadnought

Since the Celestial Lions Chapter has a pseudo-African heritage, I also did some freehand on the right greave, and gave the Ancient an African name (from someone I know IRL). Also a nice shot alongside a Primaris Lieutenant and a flame trooper.

And that’s it!

28 thoughts on “Dreadtober 2020: Celestial Lions Dreadnought

    • Cheers Dave. It’s gotten me enthusiastic about tryng to get some more Marine stuff done. I started building some Rhino chassis and I’ve got the magnets out as well. It’s certainly been awhile, so we’ll have to see if I can keep my enthusiasm up for long enough to get something finished…

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      • I’ve actually painted three of four units of Zombies this month now (because zombies are rough, ready and easy), but I’ve been way too busy and dazed to post anything up – not to mention keep up with everyone’s work or even do my own comments. 😡

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  1. Nice! I really like the blue and gold together. 😀
    I’m right there with ya on not being as ready for a creative challenge until the last second because of the hot mess that is 2020. I really didn’t think I was going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m gonna give it a shot at least.

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    • Thank you, IM! It’s a nice looking scheme for sure. I’m working on a few more of these guys. Or more accurately, I picked a few of them out of a box after the basic gold was done to work on them a little more… 🙂
      I’ve read about NaNoWriMo on your site before, but forgotten what the Na means but the rest must be November Write(ing) Month?

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      • You’re very welcome! 😀
        And, yeah, you would think that at least one of the N’s in NaNoWriMo would mean November, right? 🙂 (I know I did when I first read it.) It actually means “National Novel Writing Month”. Apparently they just like to throw us all off by making it in November. 😛

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  2. DrrrreeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaddNaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuught! OMG mate, I can never get enough of these units, the lore on them, I fucking love dreadnaughts! and it has an African name? that is special even to me. It originates from Belguim aparently. But still nice dedication there mate.

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    • Wow that’s very interesting. I wonder if it’s a Romanisation-spelling of his traditional family name or if it’s a vestige of Belgian/European colonialism in Africa? Maybe both? (I have a Māori friend named Aramihia who studied in the US for awhile, and they just called him “Omaha”).
      I’ve got another, definitely-african name for the next one though – from a friend at work! 😉

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  3. Those colors really pop on this model and you did a great job getting the gold to go on smoothly for the dreadnought. I’m not familiar with this chapter but I think you picked a good one as it looks fairly easy to paint but will also be visually striking on the tabletop too.

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