Wednesday, November 7, 2018

WIP: Painting Heraldry for Legio Tempestus Reavers (Adeptus Titanicus)

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP

Greetings.  In this post I'll describe my process for applying Legio Tempestus heraldry to my two Adeptus Titanicus Reaver titans.  After priming everything with Vallejo Surface Primer Black, I got to work base coating the panels bearing heraldry with GW Air White Scar.  Some panels will have unique heraldry applied others will get the Tempestus black and white checkers.




Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP

I'll start with masking off the panels that will have individual heraldry using patterns of black lines.  One Reaver will use a single black chevron, the other will use a series of diagonal lines, chosen mostly at random and not through any greater understanding of  proper Legio heraldry. :)

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP

I used some blue masking tape that I acquired through Amazon.com.  I forget the specifics but it was a pack of six roles in varying thickness.  Some Tamiya 6mm masking tape was also used just because it was thicker and covered more area for less work.  

Next, some GW Abbadon Black was sprayed over the masked pieces.  I used sticky notes to shield the white pieces to either side from any stray over-spray.  The center knee pad I jut removed since it needed no further spraying at this point.

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP

I let the paint dry 24 hours (possible overkill, but better safe than sorry, right?), then peeled off the tape to see how things came out.

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP

Pretty good? Some minor touch up is needed, but definitely better than anything I'd free hand.  The knee pad was stuck back on so I wouldn't lose it. At this point, I realized I'd put the chevron on the wrong shoulder panel...its a left shoulder panel and the livery will go on the right shoulder.  Ugh.  This was easily fixed by spraying the correct panel and I didn't bother taking photos of the rework.  I mention it here for those with significant attention to detail who will no doubt catch the issue.  

The only down side is that the second Reaver will use shoulder pads without the embossed Collegia Titanica symbol. I could have avoided this by simply repainting the shoulder pads, but at this point one has dazzle camo while (three layers of paint plus primer) and I did not want to add another layer (or two) of white and black. Not to mention going through the whole dazzle thing again on the left shoulder plate.  In the end, I'm likely the only one to notice or care about the difference between the two titans.  I'll use the opportunity to designate seniority between the two titans (the one with more ornate armor clearly being the more senior engine!).

With the individual livery done I moved on to the checkers.  Now there are many ways to achieve checkers and many more sites and videos out there teaching us how.  Having little patience for mastering checkers with a paint brush on such a small scale, I opted for custom decals.  I'm slowly improving my freehand, but there is simply no way I'm going to achieve even, ordered checks that don't look like they were dabbed on by tiny children with tiny crayons.

So after purchasing some Testors clear decal paper and downloading the latest copy of Gimp for Windows, I set to work printing two sheets of black and white checkers at a scale pleasing to these fine titans. That roughly equates to somewhere between 1mm and 2mm per check, I think, but I'm no checker scientist. It's annoying enough that I spent over an hour sorting this out before arriving at two A5 sheets of custom decals.  I didn't print individual shaped decals for each piece (I'm also NOT a graphic artist), I just printed a single A5 sized rectangle filled with a black and white checker pattern.  

After printing, I sprayed the sheets with Model Masters Lusterless Flat Coat to seal the ink, which is otherwise soluble to water when applied to decals sheets.  I forgot this step until applying the first decal and watching my thumb smear away checks as pressed things into place. I had LOTS of fun with this, let me tell you! ;-)

While the flat coat dried, I set about making patterns using tracing paper (spare sheets of wet palette paper in this case).  Once I had the shapes for the decals, I used them as patterns to cut out the actual custom decals form the sheet.  I used some care lining up the patters with the actual checker pattern so that I would get pleasing results on the model. It's worth pointing out that the some pieces like the leg armor are mirror images so it was easy to make one pattern for the left side and then just flip it over to cut out decals for the right.

Printed Decal sheets showing what I cut out for the Reavers
You may notice six leg decals cut out instead of four. This accounts for my mistakes.  The first due to a lack of sealer for the ink and the second due to just plain messing up and getting the fiddly "legs" of the leg decal tangled up enough that I ruined the decal trying to straighten it out. All in a day's work when working with decals, in my experience.  So no stress.  Just soldier on...
  
Here's how things turned out:

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP

Here my pattern didn't quite fill the space and I couldn't muster the will to start over and make a new pattern.  I've carefully inked in the missing black squares (lower right corner) and will paint things in better later.

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP

Looking sharp!  If you don't think so, you just have to trust me that my own free hand would have looked like it was painted during an earthquake with one eye closed...so this is a MAJOR improvement.

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP

The underside of the second launcher.  Very cool.  At this point I was excited with the rewarding results of my labor.  Then I started on the legs...

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP

Here I show the leg decals before they were applied.  These were the most tricky due to the very thin strip down one side of each panel. These strips want to twist and tangle so it took some care to get them onto the armor panel and correctly in place. In the end it all worked out.  Despite a variety of results across the panels, I can clean up anything unsightly. I'll just tidy up the worst with a pen or fine detail paint brush.

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP


Taken in all, I think this worked well and is pretty convincing.  What is most important to the project?  It is a repeatable process.  I have plenty of sheet left for the remaining titans and can print more if needed.  I will get consistent checkered patterns on all the titans as a result, for better or worse.  I'm confident it will all be for the better! :)  I couldn't paint this cleanly, or with this level of consistency across the five (maybe more) engines that I have planned for my Axiom Maniple. 

Here's a look at the Reaver titans with the new heraldry (temporarily) attached.

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP
Reaver 1 Legs

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP
Reaver 1 Body

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP
Reaver 2 Legs

Legio Tempestus Heraldry for Adeptus Titanicus Reavers WIP
Reaver 2 Body

If you would like more specifics on the custom decal process I used, please leave me a comment below and I'll do my best to answer any questions.  

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Monday, November 5, 2018

WIP: Painting Dazzle Camouflage for Legio Tempestus Reavers (Adeptus Titanicus)

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

Greetings!

In this post I describe my process for painting the dazzle camouflage pattern on my two Legio Tempestus Reaver titans for Adeptus Titanicus.  In researching canon for the Legio Tempestus livery, I noticed the camo and how others have painted it.  I'll be using this method from the Titan Owner's Club.

While painting with the airbrush, I used double-sided tape to hold down the various loose armor panels. All parts were primed with Vallejo Surface Primer Black. Once everything was primed and dry, I got out the Vallejo Air Medium Gray(71.114).



Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

In addition, I painted the body panels on the Reavers and armor panels on the weapons. Some white was sprayed on the missile launchers to accommodate the Legio's checker heraldry, but more on that in another post. Here we're focused on the camouflage. Before I moved on to masking the camouflage pattern, I let the Medium Gray dry thoroughly (roughly 24 hours in this case).

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

To mask the camouflage, I picked up some 6mm Tamiya masking tape from Amazon.com.


It is pretty cheap and comes with a couple refills.  Probably more tape than I will use for quite some time. Next, I moved on to the challenge of cutting small shapes to fix onto the panels to make the camouflage pattern.  I can imagine this was MUCH easier when applied to the full sized Forge World Reaver's armor panels!  I have a lot of pictures of the various stages and it's really too much to share here so I'll focus on the missile launchers as I describe the process I went through.

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

One launcher will have the top camouflaged, and the other will have the bottom.  This allowed me to vary the black and white checkers so the two titans will look distinct from one another.

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

I laid strips of tape across a clean cutting mat and cut out random shapes with a new (sharp!) x-acto knife blade.  I then carefully peeled the pieces up and stuck them down to the model using a mix of tweezers and my old fat fingers. :) Here's a quick shot of the armor panels after the first pass of masking was complete.

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

Next I used the airbrush again to spray a layer of Vallejo Air USAF Light Blue (71.111) over everything. This was also left to dry 24 hours.


Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

Then it was time for another pass of with the masking tape.  The original tape is left in place and new shapes are taped over the old ones.  For this stage, new shapes can cover old shapes as long as they overlap to provide layers to the camouflage colors.  I had reviewed the steps from the Titan Owner's Club how-to page first to plan my strategy.  That said, i really didn't have any idea what I was doing.

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

Once the second layer of tapes was stuck on, it was time for another pass with the air brush using Vallejo Air Deep Sky (71.090).


Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

After another wait period to be sure everything was good and dry, I carefully began removing all the tape. This process was far more tedious than I expected due to the many, many small bits of tape layered over each other and thoroughly covered in paint.  But with patience, the effect came through in the end.  There were some places where I inadvertently scratched the paint through to bare plastic while removing the tape.  The damage basically fades in with the camouflage, however, and should be easy to touch up with a brush later.

So...on to the grand reveal!

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers

Dazzle Camouflage...mostly.  As I move on to the two Warhound Titans and the Warlord I have planned, I will add more shapes and take more care with the layers and how they interact in the design.  The shapes turned out to be a bit sparse and the pattern is much less dazzling that it could be. That said, once everything is painted up in its entirety, I don't expect to be disappointed by the over all look of the titans.  What we're seeing here is in extreme close up after all.

Here's how the remaining parts turned out.

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers
Armor Panels

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers
Reaver 1 Top

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers
Reaver 1 Bottom

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers
Reaver 2 Top

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers
Reaver 2 Bottom
Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers
Laser Blasters

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers
Gatling Blasters

With that done, the camouflage base coat is complete on all parts.  Next up, everything will get touched up and shaded.  Then the balance of the base coating on the rest of the components will commence. I'm pretty excited to move on and complete these (mini) Titans.  I'll close with a view into the future to show how these panels look on the (mostly) assembled titan bodies along side the Legio heraldry...

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers
Reaver 1 Torso and Weapons

Legio Tempestus Dazzle Camouflage WIP on Adeptus Titanicus Reavers
Reaver 2 Torso and Weapons
In my next post, I'll discuss how I tackled the Legio Tempestus heraldry.  I hope this post will otherwise prove useful to any other Legio Tempestus enthusiasts out there in the 'Verse who may be looking at their own Titanicus projects.

Special thanks to Col.Hertford and the Titan Owners Club for the how-to post that enabled me to complete a similar project in miniature for Adeptus Titanicus!

Cheers and Happy Gaming!



Monday, October 29, 2018

On the Workbench [October] - Titanicus Part 2

Titanicus Reavers WIP Legio Tempestus

As October comes to a close, I found time to put together the second Reaver Titan for my Legio Tempestus Axiom Maniple. I was really leaning toward the power claw, but in the end I decided to stick with the ranged weapon arms.  I'm hoping for some additional weapon options in the near future!  And, if I end up regretting the choice, it's a good excuse to build another Reaver! Regardless, I really see my Reavers and Warlords standing back to blast the enemy while the Warhounds and Knight banners get up close and personal with any enemy engines looking for a melee fight.

I magnetized this Reaver in the same manner as the first so it will be ready for any future weapon options.  This also gives me some flexibility if I want to try giving each Reaver the same weapons as well.

Titanicus Reavers WIP Legio Tempestus magnetizing the arms
magnets attached

The upper arms are the easiest to magnetize by simply trimming off the locator nub and gluing an appropriately sized magnet in place, carefully centered on the arm. These magnets will socket into the weapons when they are attached as shown below.

Titanicus Reavers WIP Legio Tempestus magnetizing the weapons
holes drilled

Next comes the relatively easy, but scary, task of boring a magnet sized hole into each weapon body. The weapon was then packed with green stuff in sufficient quantity to allow me to firmly seat a magnet so it is recessed by the thickness of an arm magnet.  This approach forms the socket used to attach the weapon to the upper arm.

Titanicus Reavers WIP Legio Tempestus magnitizing the weapons
magnets in place while the green stuff cures

Make triple sure to manage you magnet polarities carefully!  For this project I made sure both Reavers use the same polarity so all of the weapons are fully interchangeable between them. The Apocalypse Missile Launcher was also magnetized.  This is a simple process since sockets are  provided for this purpose in the mold.

Titanicus Reavers WIP Legio Tempestus
All parts attached
While the green stuff and glue cured, I took some time to apply Vallejo Black Lava to the Titan's base.  I left the base flat for the second Reaver so there would be some variation between the two engines. I also hope this will help the dramatic pose of the first Reaver stand out more when they are displayed together.

Titanicus Reavers WIP Legio Tempestus preparing the base
ground cover applied to the base
As you can see in the title picture for this post, the two Reavers now walk and are ready for painting.  They look a bit sparse without their armor plates attached. I expect to base coat and complete painting the skeletons before attaching the armor plates. Look for a future post on painting these engines where I attempt to recreate the blue-grey camo pattern of the Legio Tempestus.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!