Magnetizing a Contemptor Dreadnought

Magnetizing a Contemptor Dreadnought

Recently pick up a Forge World Contemptor Dreadnought? Want to run it with as many weapon options as you want? Read on to see how Jason magnetized the arms of his dreads…

I recently picked up two Chaos themed Forge World dreadnoughts that I plan to use in games and as part of a traitor legion display. Searching online, most tutorials I found for them were of the plastic version which didn’t really help. So here I am sharing how I magnetized the arms on the resin kits!

Gather the Bits

Magnetizing a Contemptor Dreadnought

For this example, I’ll be using a Thousand Sons themed Dreadnought. I’ll not only be magnetizing the shoulder but also the weapon inside the fist. These are all the pieces you’ll want to set aside for this tutorial (well, only one arm/shoulder joint, had an extra in here for the cannon)

Shoulder to Weapons

Magnetizing a Contemptor Dreadnought

First up, the shoulders to weapon attachment. I used a pair of 1/4 x 1/16 N52 sized magnets. They fit perfectly in the slots that connect the two pieces. I decided to magnetize these parts instead of the shoulder itself because it provides a nice easy surface to apply the magnet (instead of dealing with the circles of the shoulder joint).

Magnetizing a Contemptor Dreadnought

Before gluing on the magnets, I decided to shave down the little nob on the shoulder/arm attachment so the connection wasn’t too long between the weapon and the gun. Just take your time with an X-acto knife and then use some sandpaper to sand it smooth. You can see the After/Before in the above photo.

Magnetizing a Contemptor Dreadnought

And that’s it!
Pretty simple huh?

Fist Weapons

Magnetizing a Contemptor Dreadnought

If you’re running the fist options for the dreads, you can even go as far as magnetizing the weapons inside it. I used 1/8 x 1/16 N48 magnets. They will be more than powerful to hold these little bits. Just be sure to trim off the circular part on the weapons (as seen in the photo) so you can easily swap the weapons.

Just a note: you’ll want to keep the actual fist component loose for this. It’s easier to work with centering the magnet with it not glued on.

Magnetizing a Contemptor Dreadnought

And there you have it. Hot swappable weapons of doom! Now just glue on the fist component.


I hope you found this quick tutorial helpful. If you’re adding more walking death machines to your armies, be sure to check out my other tutorials on how to Magnetize an Imperial Knight and a Leviathan Dreadnought!

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