I tried to get my Contemptor into a game earlier in the evening, but due to time constraints (and the high point cost of what I had originally planned) I didn't have time to do a lot of mathhammering. After I got hom and had dinner, though, I started re-workign my list to allow me to use both Hell Blades and my Contemptor-though with modified gear. I decided that a Havoc Launcher was just too much, so I ripped it out of the shoulder and slimmed it down. After my third unsuccessful search for the other half of that Defiler flail arm that I wanted to make into a Butcher Cannon (might make a good Soul Burner though!), I started tinkering with other interesting bits I found-which included part of my other dreadnought's former hip, a pair of sentinel autocannons still on the sprue, the Heavy Bolters I took off my Marauder Destroyer, and a fan from a Drop Pod. After a little cutting, pinning, and gluing, I came up with this...
Now THAT is looking like a proper Contemptor arm! As for the slightly more "blocky" look, I can simply say that it's a new arm, that the old one was destroyed and that the Warsmith in charge at the time decided to build him a new one. I may add some curved armor panels to it and possibly might move the ammo drums up a bit more, but otherwise I think the assembly's done. GOnna try to add some trim to the shoulder, so the GS work, then get it painted!
As for the build I'm going to run with him...
-Butcher Cannon (Two autocannons with one more point of strength and a foot shorter range)
-Heavy Flamer (Replacing the TL bolter in the DCCW, may build it into the hammer)
All of that added up quickly, clocking in at a hefty 265 points! Hopefully the resiliency and the raw firepower it can put out will justify the cost!
I hope to try it against my buddy's Nids soon!