Forgeworld have finally placed the long-teased Deredeo Dreadnought up for pre-order. Bulkier and more heavily armed than a Contemptor, the Deredeo is designed to be a walking fire-base. To buy the Dread’ and both the available weapons will cost you £65 + shipping: £35 for the body, £18 for the Autocannon Battery, and £12 for the missile launcher.
The Deredeo pattern Dreadnought is a dedicated heavy support frame, though it shares many core components and systems with the more general assault-based Contemptor class. Initially deployed in limited numbers to each of the Legions due to difficulties in its manufacture, its durability and firepower saw demand for the Deredeo pattern dramatically increase after the outbreak of the Horus Heresy.
The experimental rules are also available for download, with some summary being:
- Ballistic skill 5, AV13/12/11, 3 Hull Points
- Autocannon battery is S8/AP4/Heavy4, and re-rolls armour penetration due to the new “Sunder” special rule
- The missile launcher can target a different unit to the other weapons, ignores obstacles to line of sight (but not cover, if I read it right), and always hits the side armour of vehicles. S6/AP3/Heavy3/Pinning
- If the Deredeo doesn’t move, it gains Skyfire and Interceptor for a game turn – combined with being able to target 2 different units will make this effective for anti-air/defending against enemy reserves or deep-striking units.
For now, the Deredeo is a Heavy Support choice for Codex: Space Marines only, so Blood Angels/Dark Angels/Space Wolves are all out of luck. As it’s “experimental” you will need your opponent’s agreement to play it.
Personally, I think it looks awesome. What do you guys think?