Azazel’s Armoured April Painting Challenge

Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve been finishing up on my entry for Azazel’s painting challenge for April, which has seen wrapping up a dreadnought and finishing off a new armoured model alongside it.

Since first getting a taste for Space Marines in 3rd edition, I’ve been in love with the armoured walkers that are the dreadnoughts, and it only got better with the introduction of venerable and ironclad varieties throughout the years (the redemptor looks ghastly though). The ironclad dreads are a long-time favourite of mine, with tougher plating and nasty close-combat weapons for mauling the shit out of infantry and vehicles alike.

Dreadnoughts are seen as walking relics in themselves, long-serving heroes who have resisted the taint of Chaos for centuries. They are symbols of a never-ending hatred for the enemy and a dedication to their duty,  not to mention being something of a mascot for the Space Marines on the whole.

This ironclad’s sarcophagus is decorated with multiple purity seals as well as a tome of heretical scribblings, a remnant of the esoteric texts that this former marine had transcribed in his cell back on the Relictors’ star fortress. A shred of parchment torn from the mashed carcass of a fallen Chaos terminator lord hangs as a grim trophy to past conquests.


This month I also started and finished a variation of the ancient that I had previously built, as I had a spare Chaos banner kicking about and wanted to build a Primaris version. I’d recently picked up some of the Primaris from the Dark Imperium box via cheap lots on eBay, and was curious to see what the fuss was about. I used one of the sergeants as the basis of the ancient, building a new serge out of GW’s actual Primaris ancient on the side.


This was my first time building and painting one of the newer marines, and I actually think the sculpts for them are superb. Although I was sceptical at first of the bigger figures, I have found this guy much more pleasant to paint than his smaller brethren. And much like this shorter counterpart, the Relictor Primaris is carrying a captured enemy banner into combat.

Anyways, thanks for reading and see you again soon.

10 thoughts on “Azazel’s Armoured April Painting Challenge

  1. mcmattila

    Wow, they look great! Is the skull on the flag a custom decal?

    And I got to say, “great minds think alike!” Theres a gray Ironclad on my desk too, very nearly finished for Azazel’s challenge. I also got into 40k back in 3rd, love the box-Dreads and think that the Redemptor and it’s pot belly look dumb 🙂

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    1. Steve Post author

      Thanks very much! I got the decals from a site called Chapter Customizer, they do a lot of sheets for the smaller space marine chapters.

      Yeah I don’t know what GW were thinking with the new dread, it looks very odd. I’m looking forward to seeing your Ironclad too btw, can’t beat them 👍


  2. backtothehammer

    I’m in the same boat as you, dreads are and always have been the thing that I loved about 40k marines and ironclads are also my favourite. I don’t mind the redemptor but I never liked the standard GW contemptor model (though the forge world kits are much better)

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    1. Steve Post author

      Yeah the GW contemptor looks a bit funny, like it’s filled its britches. Same with the Primaris dread. I hope they’ll iron out the issue with later models.

      I do love the three variants that we had, they are ace kits with lots of scope for personalising.

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  4. Azazel

    Great stuff here, Steve! Makes me want to get started on another Dread of my own, but I need to utilise some willpower and get more stuff finished before I start new models…

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    1. Steve Post author

      Many thanks 🙏 I too am struggling to rein in the urge to start new units before others are finished! Looking forward to your Dread 👍


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