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Tactical Dreadnought Terminator Armor by orcbruto Tactical Dreadnought Terminator Armor by orcbruto
A reimagining of Warhammer 40k Terminator Armor.

In Warhammer 40.000 universe, the Terminator Armor (aka. Tactical Dreadnought) is a kind of heavy, powerful exoskeleton/armor, a lighter and smaller version of the powerful and enormous walker known as Dreadnought, made for close combat and destruction of violent and dangerous threats.

The last Terminator armors were fabricated in the Dark Age of Technology and just before the Horus Heresy, making them precious artifacts with thousands of years each.

I never really liked how W40k Terminator armor looks like. It was just a regular power armor with a hunchback and a helmet that looks like a ugly dog face, just the Aegis Armors (from the Gray Knights) were cool looking.

I based my design more in the Ironmonger armor from Iron Man, more like a mecha, with mechanical legs and arms to stand powerful recoil from auto-canons and missile launchers without need to brace for impact. The pilot ride inside the Terminator torso, sitting and controlling the movement with pedals and joysticks.

Adeptus Astartes could control the Terminator overall movement linking their Black Carapace to the mecha Machine Spirit, leaving the hands free for other important tasks, like putting 40k iPods in the ears, eating snacks or pleasing Slaanesh with an issue of PlayAstartes (in case of Chaos Space Marines, and you know what I mean...). In combat the Astartes could concentrate in more elaborate movements, like reloading guns, operating mechanisms and opening doors with keys or keycards (try opening a simple lock with one of these... [link] it's too damn difficult!)

As I read in the Warhammer 40k Wiki, it's possible for a normal human to ride a Terminator Armor, but they would find it very difficult and bulky. Some Ordo Malleus Inquisitors wear them like the Gray Knights, but not as good as an Astartes would wear them...
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PraetorGix Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I like the desing but the last three sketches don't make any sense. From right to left the astartes is smaller every time; it almost looks like it's designed for common humans if you re-scale the thing to compare it. And also, the way the pilot enters the armor in the center graph is completely different from the left one. I understand those may be different stages of your design but it is not made clear at all in this poster.
orcbruto Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Yap, I didn't made the small sketches in any scale =D
SUPERDEMONKING Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
can you make your verson of a dreadnought
orcbruto Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, probably not yet... But I will try to learn to model and cast miniatures, and them I will try =D
SUPERDEMONKING Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
SUPERDEMONKING Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
that is cool mecha in your ace tau you are not the only one with mecha khorne will be happy more blood will flood
ViZet Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Interesting design, though more mechanical than the original one.

By the way, why is the TDA "not produced anymore"? As I know, it is produced, just in small numbers.
orcbruto Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I read somewhere (in 40k Wikia I think) that the last Terminator Armors were produced shortly after the Horus Heresy, and most of the armor still used in the year 40k are some thousand years old. But I'm not really sure...
Spktastic Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This here brings glory to the Astartes and the Emperor. I really like it, great job.
orcbruto Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I like the Ironmonger look, a lot more realistic, and with a good space for arms and legs too =D
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