Stomp ‘Em Flat

For a year or two there October became synonymous with Dreadtober. Conjured up by Greggles at FeedYourNerd in 2015 it was a fairly straightforward painting event, calling for participants to paint a Dreadnaught (or similarly sized model) during the month of October. Perhaps simply because it was the first time I’d participated in anything of this nature I found myself captivated by the whole event and painted up a berserk Khornate helbrute (which I returned to and repaired back in May of this year).

However running an event like this takes considerable effort. It stands or falls on the sense of community involvement, of many people around the world participating together. The baton passed to Broken Paintbrush in 2016 when again it proved to be a great success but since then things have been pretty quiet and, like many others, I found myself struggling to maintain my enthusiasm. In the end I didn’t even finish the model I’d attempted in 2017 – a Death Guard Bloat Drone – until this May when a different community challenge – Azazel’s first Neglected Model Month – saw it resurrected alongside the aforementioned helbrute.

Anyway, I must confess I’d quite forgotten about Dreadtober until I spotted Thomas from HighTimesOnTheEasternFringe was working on one of my all time favourite miniatures – the Tyranid Carnifex – and discovered that Dreadtober has risen again in 2018.


I almost finished this Deffdred for Azazel’s Jewel of July challenge but somehow it fell through the cracks, and then just kept falling. Back then it didn’t need much to be finished but somehow the months have passed and it hasn’t seen a single brush stroke. I’d already been wondering about trying to get it finished as part of Orktober (for anyone struggling to keep up with all these challenges that’s the annual celebration of all things greenskinned which has this year been co-opted by GW alongside their Ork releases) but the rediscovery of Dreadtober and the enthusiasm of the early years gave me the shove I needed to actually pick it up, overcome the inertia and get it done at last.

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“A Deff Dread’s pilot will take any opportunity to show the destructive power of his new metal body, if only to make himself feel better about the fact that he has to eat all his meals through a straw”.

Codex Orks (5th Edition)

And on that note all that remains to say is “best of luck” to everyone taking part in this year’s Dreadtober and of course a huge thanks to those who’ve stepped forward to keep the event alive in 2018.

20 responses to “Stomp ‘Em Flat

  • imperialrebelork

    Whhhoooooaaaaaaaa!!! He is magnificent Wudu. A true mechanical, maniacal MONSTER. Well done. I like the spot colours.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers man – a mechanical, maniacal monster is exactly what I was aiming for. Yeah, the spot colours were very much required, he was turning into a wall of rusty metal otherwise. Damn pleased with how he’s looking now though!

  • Alexis West

    Excellent! Nice and stompy and choppy, just like a proppa Dredd should be. I like how well the blue and yellow spot colours work together to add some contrast and some “reference points” to the mass of rusted metal.

    DreadTober has actually been going on every year, I guess it’s just kind of shifted around in which parts of the 40K blogosphere gets involved as different people have taken over running it each year.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, I wanted him to look nice and rusty but there was a lot of back and forth adding in spot colours until there were just enough to break up the wall of metal. Glad you think I got the balance right in the end. 😀

      Yeah, some years Dreadtober seemed to be a really big thing and other years it’s just passed me by, or it hasn’t seemed to be being made a big deal of. Just different people running it in different ways really, takes a lot of dedication to run something like that (and far more enthusiasm than I could probably muster!) 🙂
      I think I always assumed that 2015 was the first year it happened because that’s when it seemed to explode onto everyone’s radar, but now I’m wondering, was it a “thing” prior to that?

  • Thomas

    Looking great, mate. You somehow managed to make it look both crisp and derelict at the same time. I agree with the comments above about the use of spot colours. Excellent work!

    And thanks for the shout out!

  • Le Bim

    Great work “wudu” and very good contrasts paintskills !

  • Alex

    Nicely done mate, proper stompy ‘n’ killy! The Deffdread is such a cool model anyway, but even better when you go for the full melee loadout… superb!

  • Faust

    That’s one sweet looking piece! I agree with IRO and Alexis that those spot colors are really nice. The blue vs yellow is a great combo. I also really like the blood on his left pincer. It looks pretty realistic. I can mentally picture the smear after some poor bloke got cut in half, scissors style.

    • Wudugast

      It goes to show really what can be done with just a little bit of paint. The whole thing was looking off and I couldn’t put my finger on why, until I realised it needed some blue to balance out the yellow. Chuck a couple of space marine helmets on the base and “pop”, he was good to go.
      The blood on the pincer was just a streak of Blood for the Blood God, such a useful paint (I don’t miss the days of painting blood with multiple layers of red, adding grit for gory bits, coating it all in varnish to make it shine etc – those technical paints may be one of the best things GW’s ever done!)

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