Forge World taking pre-orders for new Emperor’s Children Contemptor Dreadnaught

By Polar_Bear
In 40K
Feb 15th, 2013

Forge World has started taking names for those that want their upcoming Emperor’s Children Contemptor Dradnaught as soon as it’s released. Be the first gamer on your block with this model when it becomes available.

From the announcement:

Model designed by Will Hayes and Simon Egan. Complete resin kit depicting Emperor’s Children Legion iconography. Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought arms shown in some images sold separately. This model is available to pre-order now for despatch from the 1st of March.

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  • Soulfinger


  • Mahrdol

    This looks like a battle suit.

  • 4tonmantis

    I’m not crazy about the aesthetics on this. Mostly because GW spent so much time into defining what a dreadnought was visually.. there was a certain stance and general shape. When they go more traditional bipedal/extra large armored suit, it seems like they’re killing the thing that makes them unique. It’s also unclear as to what’s going on with the “driver”.
    I know with the traditional role, the guy in the coffin was essentially dead and didn’t have much of a body left. This, being more towards armor seems like the occupant should be intact..but that conflicts with the lines for the arms and waist. Without going overkill on the criticisms, I am also not a big fan of the shoulders. Not only do the go against the general feel of the Space Marine shoulder pad thing.. but the lines make them feel like they wouldn’t be sturdy enough to be functional on a huuuuuge mechanical piece like this.

    I like the heraldry but that’s a dime a dozen nowadays. I’m sure someone somewhere will be madly in love with this though.

    • Mahrdol

      I agree it looks like heavy terminator battle armor. Not in the spirit of a dreadnought.

    • metalsifter

      The basic design of the suit above predates the current SM Dreadnaught, it’s the second version of the Dreadnaught, after the old RT ones.

      It was used in the game Space Marine and Adeptus Titanicus.

      Here’s a pic:

      It’s on the left side. It was also used in a box of Epic Space Marines, but I can’t find a pic of that box lid.

      • odinsgrandson

        Is that a dreadnought in that picture? I remember that there were a lot of heavy robots of varying sizes in the old Epic games (Titan Legions especially, since Space Marine kept the infantry standard). I thought that one was named something else (something to do with Knights- I can’t remember it right now).

        It does match some of those older styles, and it is true that a number of those old style minis did not match their counterparts in the regular scale games (I remember the old epic Chaos dreads matched the Space Crusade dreadnought, rather than the one for 40k).

        They did replace it with the distinct boxy look a while ago, although I personally don’t have any problem with the Contemptor design dreadnoughts. I think they work particularly well in pre-heresy forces.

        • metalsifter

          Yup, the one on the left that you can see the Space Marine head sticking out, that’s the Contemptor.

          In the early version of the Epic Games they still had Imperial Robots and the smaller Knights.

        • Lemminkaeinen

          Nope, it was definitely a Dreadnought (I still own several). Knights came much later and are a lot bigger (Stompa sized super heavy vehicles).

      • 4tonmantis

        I get that it predates it.. My point is.. the design evolved.. It formed into a type of brand identity that is unique to wargames/miniatures. Why throw that away? I also noted things aesthetically that I dislike.. If they wanted to go with this type of design there were some design choices that I think were poorly made. This is just my opinion but I am personally glad that the new Ork walkers (as an example) don’t look like an egg on legs. I actually do have one of those and I have actually seen and played against the old dreadnought/robots and even then I thought they just looked like ugly Battletech ripoffs. That’s nastier than I wanted to be but I figured hey… that’s where I’m at with this.

        • Soulfinger

          I think maybe you are missing the whole shtick. This is part of the Horus Heresy line, so it’s the DOS-bot versus the Windows 7 models that GW sells. Forge World has been doing a great job of taking old models and sizing them/updating them for the current edition. For example, the Proteus Land Raider is an insanely priced version of the original LR that sold for something like 2 for $20 back in the day. This guy is pretty near identical to the 2nd edition Epic Space Marine model. Yeah, it may look funky, but so did the original. I am pleased that they adhered to the roots, going as the kids no longer say, old skool with it. I don’t know the fluff these days, but dreadnoughts used to be tactical dreadnought armor, so a living SM piloting it works out.

          • 4tonmantis

            I get the shtick.. and I’ve seen a lot of the other pre-heresy stuff. To me it seems really dumb to bring back old designs and leave in the bad aspects of it. For this example specifically.. the lines of the how the shoulders meet the middle portion do not have a good artistic flow. I’m all for bringing back the old school look, but you can do that in a way that also appeals to modern sensibilities. Look at the new versions of old muscle cars to see what I mean. A lot of those (not all) are beautiful re-imaginings of the old classics.

  • Spartan

    I personally like the detailing on the model but whats with the studs!?!

    • Soulfinger

      Emperor’s Children are all about studs and being studly — particularly the old models. It fits, although on first glance I had assumed those were little rockets.