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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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Yokaiou Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Why not combine a spacemarine, into a centurion into a dreadknight?  So you can be armored when you are armored and armored.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is why the Sororitas have to go to battle naked and drive dreadnoughts with no protection at all... XD
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DarkMGN Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Writer
Awesome idea man!
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks =D

In the novels the Terminator suit looks enormous, bulky and impressive, not like a hunchback power armor with a dog face =D 
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DarkMGN Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student Writer
True that, so it would be not all too crazy to assume a normal human could pilot it like a mech. Escpe ially considering the neuro interface, he or she would have the same reflexes and flexibility inside the mech as if using their own limbs.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hummmm... the idea was to put Astarted riding it like some crossover of mecha and armored suit (I took the inspiration from the Ironmonger of the first Iron Man movie). As Astartes have the Black Carapace, they can connect and operate the armor like a second skin... 

Also remembered me the Inquisitor Karamazov, that rides a Dreadnought XD
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DarkMGN Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student Writer
Lol true. Well the space marine inside a space marine concept already exists as the form of the centurion. However the idea of a terminator armor being this huge and badass, is quite an interesting one. also this concept bears the benefit of a lower likelihood for the marine to be chopped to piece when wearing the suit. Chopped of limb can be a great hinderance when shooting a gun!
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehehehehhe

Yeah, Armor save 2+ rocks =D
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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.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahahahahahha

Yap, I didn't made the small sketches in any scale =D
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SUPERDEMONKING Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
can you make your verson of a dreadnought
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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
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SUPERDEMONKING Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
ok
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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
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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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The-Avatar Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think they've already done this with the new Dreadknights. Still a good design, though.:)
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks =D
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Ninja-Sonic-Xenogeny Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the use of gothic font.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
It's the Old English Text from Microsoft =D
It does looks like W40k stuff :eager:
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh lord, this is awesome. It reminds mu of the APU of the animated matrix backstory: the 2nd renaissance part 2. Love the design. Keep it up.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heheheheh, Thanks!!!

Yap! Matrix Animatrix is quite good! Even better than the two other movies (reloaded and revolutions) =D
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome!

That's quite so. haha
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sirocco-rc Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great armor, excellent design!
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :hug:
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sirocco-rc Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconyourewelcomesignplz::D
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
that's very nice design, i'll look forward into it.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! =D
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GuiltyFlare Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
in my opinion this actually looks worse compared to the GW armor, the legs look like they can barely hold the top up like tiny little sticks compared to the original.
The diagram shows to be more of mech walker than armor with the pilot sitting than wearing it as armor.
Looks more vulnerable then the original GW with large pipe and piston spots around the legs and chest where it can be taken out much Ez compared to the original which has more armor coverage.
Head looks like it does not move which limits field of view and requires more usage to auspex vulnerability to counter scanners.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, it's true, the legs are 100% mechanical, but the GW Terminator field of view is not much better, as the huge paldrons and the tunnel over the head blocks almost all the peripheral vision, and also don't let the user look up...

Well, the pistons allows the armor to make more movement, without armores plates in the way... traditional GW armor looks to block most of the movements, it would be quite good for troops that only have to grab a gun and point it to a target, but for close combat the enemies could easily outmanuever the Terminators...
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scalpinock Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
While I love this redesign , I have to agree. Too much exoposed machinery is one of the worse things on a war machine.
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GuiltyFlare Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
true one of the things i love about the Original was that it looked like complete armored and little to no holes or joint vulnerability.
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USdreadnaught92 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I like this design very much. It is both more practical and believable. It's also freakin' awesome!

Can you draw one up with Space Wolf markings and paraphernalia? It just might make you my favorite person ever. :D
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

Nobody understand more of Dreadnought than a Dreadnought brother himself =D

I think I may make some images with different chapter armor styles and Dreads... Ultramarines, White Scars and Wolves are already in my list... what other chapters do you suggest?
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USdreadnaught92 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Iron Hands, Blood Angels and Black Templars. These might be on your list too.
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psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Good ideas all around but the finished product just looks too "Tau"-ish to me. And while I like Tau, I also liked how both the Tau and the Imperium both had their unique look. Meh, maybe it's all because I never had any problem with the Termie armor.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahahahahah, indeed!
I think the Tau suits were quite inspired in Imperium Dreadnoughts, as the humans come with the idea first... Also orks have "versions" of Dreadnought armors =D
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psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Ah yes, the killer kan or something. But yeah, once again the Imperium sets the standard, GW makes everyone else follow it. =P
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahahahahahahha
Yap

Orks live from scraps and pillage, most of it from the Empire, and Tau are a young race, probably they were interested in some Dreadnought from the Imperium and built their version =D
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psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Actually, doesn't the lore say that the Imperium encountered the Tau once when they were in the early stone age or something then lost contact with them until the present year of M.41 (about three thousand years) and the Tau somehow developed an equal level of technology in the meantime? Or did Matt Ward mutilate that too?
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahahahaha, well, I think this lore is still up... but what about Chaos Space Marines? Or abandoned/lost dreadnoughts on distant battlefields? or Space Hulks? The Tau could have found a dreadnought or maybe just a picture or depiction of it somewhere and reversed-engineered their "version" =D
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psionicninja2000 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Or bought the designs from the notSquats who secretly are survivors of the Squats who had their home planet wiped by the Nids.
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SoylentRobot Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
i never like the weird dogface helmets either, i always replace them with regular helmets. or using warriors of chaos helmets looks especially cool
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yap, first time I saw the Terminator armor, my reaction was "Whatthehell? why this guys wear dog masks?!"
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lobo297 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Nice, mech on battlefield is the best optional power in 40K, nice work mate :D.
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh yes!
And freaky hard to hit in the tabletop =D
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fips001 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its getting better and better
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orcbruto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks =D
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