Along with the Numinous Occulum I also picked up a Heldrake. This too at half price. I actually wanted a Predator but they did have any so after a bit of peer pressure I ended up with the Space Dragon. It's my first one. I wasn't really a fan of the model. Before. Now that I've gotten my hands on it I've soften up a bit. It is actually quite cool.
My plan is to use it as a Harassment Drake. Fly up burn something soft (D6 S6 Ap-2 Dam2 auto hits is good but not amazing on its own) and lock some shooting unit or two for a turn. I expect it to die every single game. The speed and ability to reach out and touch any unit in the game on turn one is fantastic. I think the Heldrake most definitely can have a place in a Thousand Sons army.
The build was a bit fiddly but quite straightforward. I decided to keep it subassembled to make painting a bit easier. I understand that painting can be quite a pain. Hopefully will the subassembly help a bit.
After priming it black I painted all trims and well just about everything else too with Retributor Gold. If you plan on painting Thousand Sons be smart and buy a can of spray. God, countless hours lost painting every model by hand. After painting it gold I washed it heavily with Drakenhof Nightshade. Next step will be a drybrush with Liberator Gold. But the thing needs to dry first.
All is dust.