Warhammer Chaos Dreadnoughts

This is a transcript of a lecture by Adeptus 45-Q-005 Beta, an Adeptus Mechanicus engineer and acclaimed expert on Dreadnoughts prior to his termination for heretical thinking. Some of this article is REDACTED for safety.

“Of Warhammer 40,000 Chaos Dreadnoughts

The Dreadnoughts of Khorne and how they were used during the Horus Heresy: The Chaos Space Marine Legions have long fought amongst themselves over which one is the true champion of their god.

The most powerful and feared among them are known as the “Chaos Dreadnoughts. These mighty war machines are huge, with engines that can reach speeds of several kilometers per hour. They are manned by a single, critically wounded Astartes who has survived the rigors of combat on worlds where his fellows have died, and who is then interred in the Dreadnought with all manner of weapons and armor.

The Chaos Dreadnoughts serve as the main fighting force for any Chaos warlord. Their presence is enough to turn many warriors into fanatical zealots. When the time comes, these dreadnoughts will be unleashed upon the enemy like a plague of death and mayhem. They are unstoppable engines of destruction and feared by friend and foe alike.”

“The Chaos Dreadnoughts of Khorne are the most terrifying of their kind. The Red Wake is an appropriate name for these machines. They are covered with spikes and blades that allows them to cause terror on the battlefield. The horrors they inflict on the battlefields have become legendary and their name, The Red Wake, comes from their habit of leaving countless soldiers dead in their wake as they plow through enemy formations.

These crimson behemoths will fear no enemy and are equipped with some of the most powerful weapons known to mankind. They are a force that can change the course of history through a single blow. These war machines are said to be some of the most heavily armored known to face the imperium of man. It takes a massive explosion of a weapon of near planetary destruction to even have a chance at destroying one. Sometimes, these war machines can even survive such a collosal force, and will continue to fight with little damage. These rare occurrences have brought fear to friend and foe alike and it is unwise to be on the frontlines when one of these behemoths has been unleashed upon the battlefield.

A Khornate Berserker who has the honor of serving in such a war machine will fight and die without hesitation. Even if their sarcophagus is destroyed, it will have been worth it for the bloodshed and mayhem they have caused. These crimson behemoths are feared throughout the galaxy and stories of their wrath on the battlefield are told fearfully by warriors when they take shelter in the darkest corners of space.

Stories are told to warn other warriors of Chaos not to anger Khorne’s greatest followers, although to be killed by one of these war machines is seen as the highest honor. Warriors who are killed in such a way are said to have gone to “Khorne’s Manse” a place where warriors are honored based on how they died. To die in battle, whether it is defending the honor of your fellow warriors or slaughtering the enemy, is seen as an honorable death. To die by one of these war machines is seen as the best death a warrior of Chaos can achieve.”

“The Chaos Dreadnoughts of Nurgle are equally terrifying in their own way. The Decimators are covered in rust and disease, with several gaping holes in its armor. These machines of war harbor every disease and plague that entered the warp rift located in the galactic northwest quadrant. Innumerable horrors came through this rift, including the daemon world of Smaerth.

This world was filled with millions of daemon-sickness zombies, all wanting nothing more than to spread their illness and plague to all life everywhere. The Chaos Lord who ruled the planet came to an agreement with Nurgle. In exchange for the release of Smaerth upon the entire galaxy, the Lord would sacrifice half of his troops each year to the whims of Nurgle’s favorite pet. These sacrifices were made by locking them into the rusty cages with millions of daemon-sickness zombies. The cages would then be dropped into a massive canyon where the zombies could feast upon their flesh for the next ten-thousand years.

After a thousand years, the cages would be pulled out and the Lord of Smaerth would allow the Daemon Prince of that plague to consume what was left of the now rotting corpses. These cages would then be placed into the massive army of Decimators. These hosts carry every sickness and plague known to man and some that are unknown. These hosts are often taken out of their war machines and carried by Black Slayers into battle. The smell of death and decay surrounds these machines, causing many to go blind, vomit, or lose their minds from the sheer stench. The rest charge forward with fanatical fervor in the name of their Lord of Pestilence. “

(The talk goes on to describe the Chaos Dreadnought of Tzeentch in much the same way, with an emphasis on psychic powers and strange abilities rather than simple weapons of warfare)

“The Chaos Dreadnoughts of Tzeentch are truly nightmares made into metal and given life. The most powerful Psykers in all of Chaos are called upon by Tzeentch to become these war machines. The strongest of them can destroy a tank with but a single thought. These machines are covered in a thin veneer of strange colours and eminations, with several sharp protrusions and strange hulls for [REDACTED]. The Space Marine occupant is [REDACTED] that serves as the face. The cranium is shaped like a roaring face, with several tentacles coming out of the [REDACTED]. Inside the cranium, there is nothing but darkness covering whatever lies hidden inside there.

These machines are feared by all, and for good reason.”

(At this point in time, the Techpriests in the auditorium and Senior Magos Cern begin arguing over whether these metal machines are simply non-sentient indestructible fortresses or whether they are actually alive)

(The talk goes on to describe the Chaos Dreadnoughts of Nurgle in much the same way, with an emphasis on rotting flesh, open sores and disease rather than simple weapons of warfare)

[REDACTED] the section on the Chaos Dreadnoughts of Slaanesh. By now, everyone in the talk had developed a very real headache. [REDACTED] (The books says that the Chaos Dreadnoughts of Slaanesh are more lightly armored, with powerful [REDACTED]. They specialize in speed and surprise attacks rather than all out warfare) [REDACTED].

At this point Magos Cern called for the immediate termination of 45-Q-005 Beta and a mindwipe for all adepts who had attended the talk, including herself.

This was an article by Lazlo Woodbine II with additional editing and work by Olblue.

3D Printing Robots for Wargames

An article by Lazlo Woodbine II – roving journalist and fictitious human.

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

The Wargaming industry has been growing at a rapid pace over recent years and it’s only going to continue doing so; The most important reason for this growth is the development of new technology which allows players to create their own armies from scratch without having to buy expensive plastic models or even miniatures in general. This has led to the creation of many games such as Age of Sigmar, Chaos Rising, Dark Heresy and others.

These games are all based around miniature wargaming and allow you to play out battles between various factions using different types of miniatures. Nowadays there are several companies that produce these miniature wargames, some more successful than others. I personally have played a few of them and they all have their pros and cons; For example, Chaos Rising had its good points and its bad points, however, the main thing that makes this game stand out from other games like it is the fact that you can actually play it online with your friends! That alone is enough to make people interested in buying it since playing against someone else while still keeping a close eye on what they’re up to would be very fun.

However, there are also some problems with this particular game. The main one that springs to mind is the fact that its only available for PC which is something that puts off many people. While it’s true that there are more PCs than there are games consoles nowadays, there are still plenty of people who own a games console and wouldn’t dream of buying a PC game as they would rather play them on their TV in front of their big-screen TV.

So, you might be wondering where I am going with this. Well, the title gives it away somewhat. I’m talking about 3D printing and how it can be used to your advantage as a wargamer. For those who don’t know, 3D printing is basically exactly what it sounds like. It’s a process where you can create a three-dimensional object using nothing more than a 3D printer and some type of computer-aided design (CAD) software.

You can create anything from toys to jewelry, to entire gun parts and even to entire cars! And the best thing about it is that it’s not limited to just creating solid objects. 3D printers can also create objects filled with holes or other types of internal designs. This makes the possibilities virtually endless. Do you want a custom chess set? No problem. Do you want a new railing for your stairs? Make it yourself! Do you want to replace a part on your car that was worn out from use? A simple print job.

As you can see, this technology has some pretty amazing possibilities, especially for wargamers. For example, you could print out an entire army for yourself! Not only does this save you money (an important factor for most of us), but it also means you don’t have to spend hours gluing little figures together or filing down and painting each individual piece. Suddenly, wargaming has become completely painless and even more convenient. But what about the quality you might ask? Wouldn’t 3D printers just create rubbish figures that are missing details or have horrible looking paint jobs? Well, while this is certainly true of some printers (and getting worse as the technology develops), there are companies like Figureprints who specialise in producing beautiful miniature figures using the latest and greatest in 3D printing technology.

The quality of these figures is pretty much on par with those which you might find in some boxed games and they certainly look a lot better than the plastic equivalents. So, what does this mean for wargamers like you and I? Well, it means we have a whole new world of opportunity available to us now. No longer are we confined to buying overpriced lunch boxes with a few minis thrown in. We can now create completely custom armies that no two people will have the same.

Want a green and purple army? Done! How about a zombie horde? Sure! A ton of elves? You got it! Whatever your heart (or more appropriately your wallet) desires, you can create it yourself. Now I know what you’re thinking. “That’s all well and good, Nick, but I don’t have a 3D printer and I’m not going to waste my money on something which I don’t see the use of” Fair enough!

Let’s talk about cost. A decent 3D printer will set you back at least a few hundred dollars and that’s not including the cost of the plastic that you will need to print with (which currently costs about $50 per kg). Until recently, this was still a pretty hefty investment to see a return on. However, a company called Micro3D has recently released a portable 3D printer which only costs $350! This brings the price of entry to a level which is extremely affordable for everybody (myself included). So what’s the catch? Well, the Micro from the title is no joke. This thing is small and can’t print models as large as some of your other miniatures. This means anything you print with it will be fairly small, at least by wargaming standards.

This isn’t really a problem for many of the figures in the different ranges that are currently on the market (aside from some of the larger monsters). Most of your normal troops will probably be between the size of a golf ball and a softball (if that helps you visualize better). Don’t expect to print out an entire army in a single sitting, either. The plastic that the Micro 3D printer uses comes in cartridges similar to those used by handheld glue guns. One cartridge only holds a few grams of plastic and they aren’t cheap. At the time of writing, a single cartridge will set you back $15! Ouch!

Printing time is also an issue. The Micro 3D printer is much slower than its larger brethren. It can take several hours to print a single model (once again, golf ball to softball size). So there are some downsides, but for just $350 you can become a true king of wargaming. You’re only limited by your imagination (and the laws of physics, don’t forget physics). Want to print a 28mm scale spaceship? No problem! A 1:1 scale model of the Eiffel Tower? Sure! A life size representation of your most hated rival? Hey, why not?!

Whatever you want to create, you can create. If you’re a particularly cool guy (or girl), you can even share your creations with the rest of the world.

Edited by Cris, 19.35 19.9.2020