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Dreadtober Introduction – What to Expect for 2016

Dreadtober is three things: fun, productive, and starting soon! Maybe you took part in it last year, or at least saw it take over your social feeds, or maybe it’s brand new. Either way, I want to provide a Dreadtober Introduction for you here and invite you to join in.

Dreadtober Painting Challenge

Photo/Drawing/Logo by Todd @ Sincain40k

Do you have a dreadnought, Deff Dread, battle suits, Carnifex, Warjack, or anything along that size? Does it need painting AND you want to join in with a ton of other community members to get it done in a single month?

Then Dreadtober is for you!

Greg (last year’s host and originator), has handed me the torch for this year’s community challenge. I am super excited for this opportunity and hope to make it both productive (paint a dread!) and fun (community!)

What is Dreadtober

But before we get too far along, what exactly is Dreadtober?

Models by Mordian7th, Adam, Swelter, Blaz from 2015 Dreadtober

Models by Mordian7th, Adam, Swelter, Blaz from 2015 Dreadtober

I hinted at it above, but the goal of this challenge is to paint a dreadnought-sized model in the month of October. By teaming together with a bunch of other hobbyists, we can lean on each other to finish milestones, try new things, and overall improve our painting skills and have another model finished.

Last year, nearly 50 people officially took part with the majority of them finishing their pledge. It was the community aspect that I enjoyed watching last year (though I never actually joined the challenge). And it’s that same community aspect that I hope to bring back this year.

What to Expect

So, what is going to happen this year? I am running it a bit different and adding my own touches to the challenge, but the goal is the same: start and finish a dreadnought sized model in October.

Weekly Challenge

I’ve decided to break it down into six weekly challenges that create manageable steps. The six weeks wasn’t a math error, but rather the challenge will start September 25th with planning and end November 5th with the final Showcase post.

The weekly breakdown will be:

  1. Planning and Prep: get ready for the month
  2. Build: cut, glue, hack, and get your dread assembled
  3. Main Paints: all the primary colors, layers, and shades
  4. Construct and paint the base: add a cool base, or catch up week
  5. Paint the details: decals, weathering, details – finish the model
  6. Photography: learn some new tricks to get the best picture of your work

Each week will include the challenge description with links to tutorials, a brand new tutorial I’ve put together, and a weekly Showcase where I will post up everyone’s picture from the week.

Social Media and Blogs

All month long I will be encouraging everyone to post their progress on social media, your blogs, and any other forums you usually use. This way we can help each other out when we get stuck or provide feedback on something new you are trying.

For the #hashtaggers, use #dreadtober to help others find it. Also, spread the word about the challenge to get your friends involved.

Join the Dreadtober Mailing List

To make it easier to contact everyone participating in the challenge, I’ve set up a new mailing list. It’s as simple as adding your name and email below. I won’t share the email with anybody (even other members), so it’s safe.

Dreadtober 2015 Participants Grenn, Tibbs, Jame, Jason, Rory, and NafNaf

Dreadtober 2015 Participants Grenn, Tibbs, Jame, Jason, Rory, and NafNaf

Being on the mailing list provide a couple of benefits (for you and me):

  • I’ll send you the weekly challenge Saturday morning
  • Request for pictures for the showcase on Friday
  • And a way for you to contact me with any questions or your pictures

What Can You Do Today

After all that, did I get you excited? Awesome! I’m pumped too. But before we get started, I need you to do two things:

1. Are you In?

Decide if you are going to join in. Even though it’s a single model, partaking in any challenge can be a good amount of work. I hope you are willing to jump in and join us as it’ll be worth it.

If you decide to join us, decide what model(s) will you finish over the month. It’s not set in stone, and there is no competition. So think about what you could finish in the month of October.
Then sign up in the form below so I get you on the mailing list.

2. Invite Others

The best thing about Dreadtober is being part of the community challenge. So ask all your hobby friends to sign up. Share this announcement on social media by clicking the colorful boxes. Point them to which will always point to the latest post.

The more people who sign up, the more diverse and impressive result we will get by the end.

More to Come

I am excited to be kicking off Dreadtober very soon. So stay tuned for the first challenge post going live September 25th – or better yet, September 24th to your inbox if you signed up below!

Join Dreadtober 2016

Dreadtober small

Do you want to join your fellow hobbyists and challenge yourself to paint a dreadnought-sized model during October?

Signup here and I will send you more info and along with tip, encouragement, and requests for pictures for the weekly showcase.

Join us and paint a mini or two!

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  • Great to see #dreadtober making a come back! Cannot remember if I have already set myself up for the email blast…

    Also there appears to be a knight in your dreadtober collage.

    • I couldn’t find a Rory McRorison in the list… must be an alias 😉 You should sign up for the Dreadtober list and the normal one too!

      Yeah it appears someone got overly ambitious last year

      • All signed up now chief!

  • Count me and my Death Guard in 😉

    • Nice! Looking forward to it

  • I’m busy with life stuff, but I want to support the cause. Might as well mark me as in for a Sydonian Dragoon or three. Depends how ambitious I’m feeling. Hopefully I can get it done!!!

    • Life with a young one does that!
      I hope to see you paint up those Dragoons in your nice blue scheme.

      • That’s the plan. Though they’ll have a lot less blue on them. Leggy bastards.

  • Eric

    Should I expect a confirmation email to verify that I’ve joined?

    • Hey Eric, thanks for signing up! Yes, you should receive a welcome email and it looks like one got sent to you. If it’s not in your spam folder, let me know – I want to make sure they are getting out correctly.

  • Chris Poole

    im in had a death company dread that got broke in a motorbike crash and been wanting to fix him up for a while sounds like the perfect time 🙂

    • I think there is a bit of irony in there somewhere 🙂
      I think I settled on taking a Furioso I had from the Shield of Baal kit and converting it for my Mentors.

  • MasakiSays

    Sounds fun! For now I think I’ll tackle just a killa kan (which may be too small, but…) If finances improve in time, I’ll bump it up to a Deff Dread!

    • Nice! Thanks to Todd, the logo for the event is a Killa Kan, so it would be fitting 🙂

  • Thanks for taking the torch on this Joe! I might try to do something, but we will see since I’ll only have half a month to do it in!

    • Thanks for doing such a great job on it last year that people are excited about it again! If your Nova accomplishments are anything to show you will probably have a dozen dreads finished in that week or two 😉

  • Mordian7th

    Excellent! I have Brother Nihilus of the Deathwatch to do – this will be the perfect reason to get cracking!

    • Awesome! Looking forward to it!

      • Mordian7th

        Just realized I’d missed out on the signup portion. Have rectified the situation now!

  • Mark ADAM Abramowicz

    I’ll do my best. Moving the week before and have to get started on some commissions but I’d love to!

    • Great! Do what you can between boxes and earning a living 🙂

  • ruleslawyer

    So by the looks of it it’s any walker up to Imperial Knight Size, is that correct? I’m planning an Iron Warriors army with a heavy focus on walkers so this is perfect timing

    • Nice, always a fan of the 4th Legion 🙂
      Yeah, we are pretty much going for anything Dreadnought like. A Knight is a bit on the big side but since there isn’t a competition it’s all up to you on what you want to paint.

  • I’m in!

  • Wow. Good thing I should be getting 4 soon

  • The Psycho

    Right. Last minute, but I’m signed up now. For the 284th Storm Battalion, Imperial Fists! (Or Iron Warriors, Shatter Company. I haven’t decided yet. Maybe both.)

    • Nice! I’m a bit bias towards the 4th Legion myself 🙂

  • Awww, yiss. I was hoping this would be back again! Probably gonna go with a pair of IronClads for my Iron Warriors, since I’ve been wanting to get that SternHammer up to a usable Points value.

  • Nick Thrower

    Clearly I will be bending the rules about as much as I feel I can since I don’t actually have any such models on my list. How about 10 tactical dreadnoughts? By which I mean Cataphractii Terminators…

    I’ll be painting them anyway, but if you’re happy for me to join in with them, I’ll tag the pics appropriately!

    • That’s awesome Nick, and while I totally support you painting up the Cataphractii, I think they are pushing the limits a little too far for Dreadtober – though good tie in with the tactical dreadnought armor 🙂

  • Benderisgreat

    All signed up (as #2501). Hopefully I can keep pace and get this Deathwatch Dread going.

  • Siph

    Joe B, I’m late but wanna join if okay? I’ll be doing the plastic BaC Contemptor Ire-posed in Aug but need the motivation to progress!

    • awesome, add you to the next showcase, welcome aboard!

  • Shane Blomberg

    Can you join if you didnt stick to the schedule exactly? For example I put the final touches on my dread in early october haha,

    • hey Shane, you are still welcome to join! And although the ‘schedule’ is more of milestone guidelines, we still want everyone to have started it in October. Still two weeks to do a second one 🙂

      • Shane Blomberg

        Haha oh boy… Great thanks