I absolutely love the Venerable Dreadnought model. I picked this unit up in May last year but only managed to get around to painting it over the last couple of weeks. Thanks to the advice of Jai, from Games Workshop Bath, I picked this model up instead of the traditional variant. I have used it as both a standard and also a Venerable Dreadnought but this model is far superior [to the bog standard model] in my opinions and so when I realised that there was nothing stopping me from picking up the Venerable model it was a done deal!
After reading some forums for effective layouts for Dreadnoughts I picked up a couple of the Forgeworld Autocannon weapons and these are the weapons which can be seen on the photo above. I have to admit that I wasn't very impressed with the quality of the weapons- the barrels were warped and the level of detail was very quickly lost under the payers of paint... however for £8 per weapon they werent particularly expensive so its not the end of the world.
I'm yet to be convinced that the 'rifleman' load out (2 x twin linked Auto-cannons) is viable in 6th... and especially against Chaos (who I battle most regularly) however for fluff centred lists which I tend to go for, it certainly has a place so I will continue to experiment while I paint up the further weapon options.