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Space Wolf Leviathan Dreadnought

Space Wolf Leviathan Dreadnought

by khaibit66 on 31 May 2024

Here's a Space Wolf Leviathan Dreadnought that I modeled for my last class at SCAD. My goal for this project was to - as faithfully as possible - recreate the leviathan dreadnought using only preassembled reference pictures and pictures of the actual bits - either the forgeworld resin casts or the newer plastic sprues.

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Space Wolves Leviathan Dreadnought

This piece was my final for one of my Zbrush classes at SCAD. Our prompt was to create a mech or robot and I chose a leviathan dreadnaught from the Warhammer 30k universe themed to the Space Wolves legion. I wanted to be as accurate to the tabletop model as possible; so, many of my references were from the tabletop models as well as the model sprue itself.

Software used: Zbrush, Maya, Substance Painter, Marmoset Toolbag 4 

The choice to use a 30k model allowed me to use an older legion paint scheme. This more subdued paint scheme really let me play with overall dirt and grunge levels while still letting certain elements pop. The color palette came from referencing the hex codes of the Citadel paints used in the legion's standard colors.


Just like always, my process is to start with a very rough blockout of the model's basic shapes and add on details in sections. For this particular sculpt, I started dialing in the details for the legs after I had the basic pieces assembled. From there, I worked my way up the torso chasis and over to the cannon and claw.

A large portion of this modeling process was used making sure the mechanical bits on the backside of the model all aligned perfectly with their real world counterparts. Once that was finished, I added some surface level damage to large flat surfaces on the model's front to accentuate it's combat role as a breacher.

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