Tom’s Dreadnought Experience

My first Dreadnought.

So for some of you, this will be your first ever Dreadnought event, so I thought I’d share my own experience with you today to give you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into….if you make the same mistakes (amazing choices) as I did.

So as you can imagine the first decision facing me was which army to take with me. In this I was quite lucky, I had just finished off painting a full Sized Demi Company of Ultramarines (4th Company ooh-rah! Ventris Rocks!)  plus support vehicles so this was a really easy choice for me. I was really excited to get the chance to take a brand new army to an event and really test it.

So for a few weeks, I wrote army list and army list, tweaking and testing and changing it on a near daily basis until I was happy with it. It was great fun and army list writing is something I get a lot of enjoyment out of, and quite frankly one of the best bits about going to tournaments. Weeks of entertainment before you’ve even arrived at the event.

So after all of this, I decided I’d take a brand new Blood Angels Primaris Army and needed to be painted from scratch in 8 weeks……….This was my first awesome decision.

So with this in mind I had to make a lot of quick decisions as to what I was going to base my army around, why did I choose Primaris Marines, how do I want it to play, how do I want it to look….all these and more.

So the reason I chose Primaris Marines was simple, The repulser. Over the last few years, I have noticed I’ve become a little bit of a tread head. Every Warhammer 40,000 I’ve done of the last few years has been full of vehicles and transports, from a Tempestus Scion army fully mounted in Taurox’s, to my Tau where if it wasn’t a battlesuit is was in a Devilfish, even my recently finished 4th Company had a Rhino for every squad, a razorback for the command, a full squadron of Predators and a Land Raider. I just love transports…

The idea of mounted warfare just appeals to me, the playstyle is quick and responsive which replies about applying the correct amount of firepower in the right place at the right time rather than a massed firing line sweeping the board clean.

With the repulser not just being an awesome miniature, it fulfils the dual roles of a front-line transport vehicle, and mainline battle tank……I needed them!

This was key in planning my army, I decided that unless it was arriving to the battlefield via other means (Primaris Rievers, Primaris Inceptors), then by the time I reached 2500 points then I would be able to deploy my entire force inside of a repulser, with the obvious exception of the Redemptor Dreadnought (They’re a little too big).

After this it was a case of refining the list, which bolt rifle is best was probably the question I asked most often. But other questions cropped up too during games, these questions are what fine-tuned my decisions on which other units I would take, such as Rievers who always surprised me and outperformed what I expected of them.

As spoken about in a previous article, how you decide your own force may well come down to how you want to play your games, for others it may be how you want the final army to look when it’s fully composed in your final game or for consideration for the Best Painted Army award.

No matter what is that drives your decisions I’m excited to see what’s being brought to the Stockport Dreadnought.

Happy Hobbying!



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