New Horus Heresy Plastic Contemptor Dreadnought Kit

Horus-Heresy-plastic-contemptor dreadnoughtHere is the brand new plastic Contemptor Dreadnought for Horus Heresy that looks to have all the bells and whistles that the Forge World does!

We initially saw this in the rumored starter set over a year ago, so finally having some confirmation is awesome. Just like with all the recent releases for HH this is going to be plastic, so it looks like there is real potential that all the new tanks will all be plastic as well.

Which again, is just great to see.

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Warhammer Community revealed the Dreadnought along with what weaponry you can equip it with, but it looks like there may be more than one new kit on the way…

New Horus Heresy Plastic Contemptor Dreadnought Revealed!

Hot on the heels of the Spartan, Games Workshop officially revealed the Plastic Horus Heresy Contemptor Dreadnought, and it looks great!


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If you like the idea of a fallen hero of your Legion marching imperiously into battle, small-arms fire bouncing harmlessly off its armour and atomantic force field, to crush all who oppose them in glorious combat, then you’re going to love the new Contemptor Dreadnought.

Not to mention by the looks of it, this could easily be any legion with the right paint job. There’s no built-in iconography, making this a super flexible kit.

Not only is it a hardy unit on the battlefield, but it’s also brutally powerful both at range and in melee – after all, it’s essentially a massive Space Marine! What’s more, the new multipart plastic kit includes a wealth of devastating weapon options.

There’s also the big benefit of assembly, resin does have a few extra steps in assembly, while plastic just simply doesn’t!

The Contemptor’s right arm can take ballistic weapons in the form of a bolt cannon or autocannon, or a tank-busting melta cannon or lascannon. Meanwhile, the mighty left-hand power fist can be equipped with a built-in combi-bolter, heavy flamer, plasma blaster, or meltagun. And if you fancy adding some high explosives to your walking arsenal, you can even outfit your Contemptor with a carapace-mounted havoc launcher!

A good assortment of weapons will make this new kit one with a ton of flexibility, just like the old resin Forge World model.

Possible Plastic Relic Contemptor Dreadnought

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The Age of Darkness saw the 18 Legions deploy some of the most devastating weapons the Imperium had ever developed – so it’s no surprise they also donned the mightiest armour available. Legion Veterans, Terminators of all flavours, and certain Legion-specific Elites now sport two Wounds to represent their robustness in the face of withering fire. 

Dreadnoughts moving to wounds is a big thing, and most of the elite units we’ve seen also have more wounds. Plus, the Dreadnought above is actually not the one in the starter, and we’ve got some more info on how the kit will most likely work.

Contemptor DreadHere is the original picture of the new kit, and right away you can see some big differences between the previous plastic monopose model and the Forge World kits.

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Horus Heresy Starter 3The first main difference is the chest plate. Generally, GW doesn’t put converted models on box pictures. It has all the iconography of a relic contempt or with what looks to be the Aquila on it.

So besides those chest bits, on the same sprue could be all the extra weapons that don’t come in the original box (like the Kheres Assault Cannon pictured), thus either making you buy a new kit to get all the upgrades or maybe later they will release just the upgrade sprue itself.

Here’s a look at the plastic contemptor sprue to see the actual differences via GW influencer Tale of Painters

Warhammer_The_Horus_Heresy_Age_of_Darkness_Unboxing_Contemptor_Dreadnought_SpruesHere you can see the chest is bare and there are unfortunately not all the weapon options were accustomed to with the Contemptor. So maybe it would make sense for the relic kit to have exactly everything above, but just one extra sprue, which probably also means it will be more expensive.

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Some people were wondering if it’s just the one from the Calth box, however, the chest looks different, the knees aren’t right, and neither are the angles. Not to mention the old one is monopose.

In short, this is a fantastic release! One of the best and most popular Forgeworld kits, the Contemptor Dread even saw some play in 40k, so this is a huge release!

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