Monday, August 19, 2019

WIP: Adeptus Titanicus Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan - Part 1


Gladius Noctis walks!  While taking a brief break from painting after completing four Warhounds, I decided to assemble the second Warlord I had waiting in the wings for my Legio Tempestus force.  I picked up this warlord particularly for the new weapons before I realized the new weapons were going to be available separately.   Iin hindsight, it's still cool to have the extra Warlord in any case for sharing the game with friends who don't have models of their own.  With 2 Warlords, 2 Reavers, and 4 Warhounds (plus a variety of knights), I can easily sponsor games with no additional models needed.  Sure it'll look odd to have models from the same Legio fighting each other, but its the Horus Heresy era, right?  And Tempestus is already known to play on both sides so there it is.

And...I love the Warlord kit!  I could have ten of these bad boys no problem.  It's a fun kit to assemble and pose, easy to magnetize and has lots of options.  As I did with Ascraeus Magnificat, all weapons are magnetized for easy swapping to facilitate game play (where rules can dictate what works for a game better than the rule of cool).  I can pose the models as I want for the display case, while outfitting them to be competitive as necessary for games (that I'm not playing anyway - ed).


Of course, it all starts with the base. I thought it might be fun for this lumbering giant to be coming down off higher ground as it surges forward to destroy the enemies of mankind. This counters the pose of Ascraeus Magnificat who appears stepping up onto higher ground or crossing some uneven ground.


It was easy to fill in the gaps with my standard basing material.  Prior to priming the model, I'll lay down a thin layer of Vallejo Black Lava over the surfaces of the cork material to give a more land-like look and to hide the cork texture.


Hopefully the two mighty titans will complement each other nicely once Gladius Noctis is complete.


On to the fun stuff - interchangeable arms! The Plasma Annihilators will pair nicely with Volcano Cannon. The carapace-mounted laser blasters add to the options, though I'd expect to use Apocalypse Missile Launchers in most games. Everything is magnetized with matching polarity so all weapons can be swapped between both titans.


And lets not forget the Mori Quake Cannon and the Macro Gatling Blaster!  I also picked up an extra Volcano Cannon weapon sprue so I have an additional pair of volcano cannon and Apocalypse Missile launchers to round things out.  Lots of weapons to outfit the two Warlords with.  Here are a few shots of Gladius Noctis fully assembled.



Looking grim with Plasma Annihilator and Power Claw.


Going all John Woo with paired Plasma Annihilators.


Trying out one of Ascraeus Magnificat's volcano cannon. This pic was taken before I had assembled the extra weapons from the new frame, but illustrates the interchangeability of the weapons between titans.  The weapons will be painted in a manner to compliment both titans as well so it won't matter which weapons go with which titan in the end.  The core heraldry making each titan unique will be applied to the main torso and legs.

However, Gladius Noctis will have to head to the back of the line for painting.  I plan to work on a few units for my Blade of Vengeance Primaris chapter next.  Then it's likely I'll paint up the new Forgeworld 30K Dark Angels Contemptor for DreadTober. But this mighty titan won't have to wait too long.  I'm eager to complete all of the titans for Legio Tempestus.  I'm also thinking about adding a third Reaver too (with interchangeable power claw/chainfist), but we'll see. I seriously can't get enough of these tiny titans!

That's it for today.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

HowTo: Magnetizing the Reaver Carapace Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus

Magnetizing the Reaver Carapace Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus

Forge World recently released the Carapace mounted Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Battle Titans.  My pre-order arrived recently and I though it a great opportunity for a new How To article on playing with magnets.  The Warp Missile is a single use weapon during a game of Adeptus Titanicus.  How cool then to be able to remove the missile when it has fired and set it aside until the end of the game.

This was a pretty simple project but there are some things to consider, particularly if you also magnetize the carapace weapon mount to the body of the Reaver titan. If so, the first step is to add a magnet to the base of the missile rack with the polarity matching the one in the body of the Reaver titan. This is a good add if you plan to swap out weapons from game to game.

Magnetizing the Reaver Carapace Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus

The magnet I used (2mm, I think) is a bit thicker that the socket (1mm), but everything sits well on the Reaver's back in the end, so I left well enough alone here.  I could have CAREFULLY drilled out the socket to sink the magnet deeper, or sought a thinner magnet. Drilling out a small part like this with a large drill bit is dicey, so proceed with extreme caution if you go that route.

Magnetizing the Reaver Carapace Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus

Next up, I hollowed out the socket in the weapon mount where the missile attaches a bit as my smallest magnets didn't quite fit.  It was a very minor fix though, just a little (careful) scraping with the X-acto knife.  No digits were harmed in the process.  Now, if you get the polarity wrong at this point, your little magnet will quite literally jump out of the hole.  So you need this little magnet to be inline with the polarity of the two under it (base of weapon, and the Reaver's back).  You do not want any opposites in this stack. I chose to sink the magnet in, but it could have been flush too. It all depends on how you want the bits to fit in the end.

Magnetizing the Reaver Carapace Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus
 
While the 5-minute two-part epoxy set up on the other two magnets, I went about clipping off the post on the missile and drilling a hole for a 3rd magnet. This is the same size as the little magnet in the launcher's rack.  Once the hole was done, the magnet was epoxied in place, once again paying close attention to the magnet polarities. Seriously, this is the thing you will get wrong again and again no matter how many projects you magnetize.

Magnetizing the Reaver Carapace Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus

Here I am stacking two magnets to form a new post which seats in the recessed socket of the launcher rack.  In the end, I may just glue the middle magnet into the launcher instead of leaving it like this as a post.  I was fixated on how the original part came.  But clearly this is going to look awkward when it gets pulled off during a game and soars across the table with a man-made whooshing sound! We'll see...

Magnetizing the Reaver Carapace Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus

With the epoxy set, you can see everything magnetized together.  Below is a look at the launcher sitting on the back of the Reaver Titan without its missile.

Magnetizing the Reaver Carapace Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus

And now with the missile clicked into place.

Magnetizing the Reaver Carapace Warp Missile Rack for Adeptus Titanicus

Very simple, very cool.  I've left off the armor plates for painting.  There is a lot of detail that will not get painted if everything is assembled first.  In the title picture, I've used some poster tac to stick the plates on for the photo.

Taken in all, this is a short, simple, and satisfying little project.  I'll likely forget the missile is even magnetized until I knock it off at some point. Certainly not a necessary customization, but will make any future games with this weapon fun and interesting.  I love the fluff for this weapon.  What's not to like about a missile that blinks in and out of the warp to evade void shields?! Simply terrifying for any Princepts.

Best wishes for your own projects.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

On the Workbench [August] - Acastus Knight Prophyrions for AT and Vanguard Marines

Acastus Knight Prophyrion for Adeptus Titanicus - WIP

On the workbench today, I'm assembling a box of Acastus Knight Prophyrion models. You get two in the box and they are pretty straight forward to assemble. They come with a choice of launchers (or you can leave the carapace closed) and a choice of twin auto-cannon or twin lascannon. I went with twin lascannon, we're hunting titans after all, and the launcher with the large missiles. I couldn't figure out which missiles were intended for which option on the command terminal. Hopefully I won't regret the modeling choice.

Acastus Knight Prophyrion for Adeptus Titanicus - WIP

I didn't take a lot of pictures of the assembly, but here's a pick of one knight finished and the second built up to the waist.  This model can easily be magnetized, but really, why? I have been just gluing the knights together stock.  They are inexpensive enough (relatively) to warrant buying another kit if I really want other options.  And they are small enough to store without needing to separate at the waist.

So there I have two new knights for House Taranis in support of my Legio Tempestus maniples. These two join two Cerastus Knight lancers and three Questoris knights built and six more Questoris knights still in the box.  I will get to painting the House Taranis knights soon.  I have already begun the three Questoris Knights and they look pretty spiffy.

Also on the workbench, I started assembling some of the Vanguard Primaris Space Marines I found on eBay from the Shadowspear box.  These marines will be part of my growing Blades of Vengeance chapter, an all Primaris successor chapter to the Dark Angels.

I started with the characters, a captain, librarian and lieutenant.


While these are mono-pose models, the detail is fantastic.  They will be very fun to paint up.  Next up I built the squad of Eliminators.  Space Marine snipers?  Sign me up.


Keeping it simple for now.  I look forward to the new release with the anti-armor las-fusil weapons.  I will need a squad of those too. :)  These three will hunt key buffing characters. Last up, I built one of the Suppressors.


Ridiculous?  Absolutely.  Cool flying monster human with a giant auto-cannon?  Hell yeah! I'll take three.  And I have two more to build when next I sit down to the workbench.  For now, this is what I've found time to build in August. I'm torn on what gets painted next...probably will split time between Blades of Vengeance and Knights for AT.  Then I'll swap back to do another unit for the First Legion in 30K.  Plenty to keep me busy.

What's on your hobby table?

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Adeptus Titanicus Legio Tempestus Warhound Titans - TO DONE

Legio Tempestus Titans for Adeptus Titanicus

Legio Tempestus walks! It's a great feeling to share seven completed titans for Adeptus Titanicus.  I started out building an Axiom Maniple and ended with that plus a couple Warhound Titans with another Warlord waiting on the shelves and a third Reaver planned.

The four Warhound Titans have been a real labor of love.  They came out well, even if it has taken me most of the summer to get to this point.  Since the last WIP post, the bases were completed and some simple highlights painted around the sharper steel edges.  here's how the bases evolved.

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titans for Adeptus Titanicus WIP - Bases

GW Tuskgor Fur was painted on first as a base coat.  Once this dried, Secret Weapon Orange wash was used to shade the base coat and lend it the glowing martian red look. This can be seen drying below. I used a little GW Gryphonne Sepia around the feet to darken those areas.
Legio Tempestus Warhound Titans for Adeptus Titanicus WIP - Bases

Once the shade was fully dry, I applied Vallejo Ocre (I think?) weathering powder with Vallejo fixer. Once this dried the Model masters Lusterless Flat coat was sprayed liberally over all to seal the models.  Now for the first time ever, I got some whiting on the base when the flat coat dried.  Perhaps I didn't wait for the fixer to dry fully, dunno. But I corrected this by applying a final layer of pigment over the flat coat.

I didn't go crazy with the highlights.  And edge here, and edge there just to spruce things up a bit.  I'm pretty happy with the results.  If it comes to past the we finally see a transfer sheet for Legio Tempestus (it has been previewed on the Warhammer Community site, remember) I'll come back to all of these titans to apply decals and update any final details and highlights.  For now, this project needs to wrap up so I can move on to other things.

I'll close with shots of all four titans in the light box.  I hope this journey through the four Warhounds WIP has been interesting and inspirational. I'm giving myself a big old stamp of DONE for this project.


Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Turbo Canis
Turbo Canis

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Turbo Canis
Turbo Canis

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Turbo Canis
Turbo Canis

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Turbo Canis
Turbo Canis
Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Facta Belli
Facta Belli

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Facta Belli
Facta Belli

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Facta Belli
Facts Belli

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Facta Belli
Facta Belli
Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Dente Ferrum
Dente Ferrum

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Dente Ferrum
Dente Ferrum

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Dente Ferrum
Dente Ferrum

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Dente Ferrum
Dente Ferrum
Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Lux Curet
Lux Curet

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Lux Curet
Lux Curet

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Lux Curet
Lux Curet

Legio Tempestus Warhound Titan for Adeptus Titanicus - Lux Curet
Lux Curet

Thursday, August 1, 2019

WIP: Adeptus Titanicus Legio Tempestus Warhound Titans - Part 10


So, lots of work but small progress this week on the Warhound titans.  I touched up the camouflaged panels and then set about shading all four models.  It took some time and effort, but the pics don't show much at all. Still, progress is, well, progress. 


Turbo Canis, the lead Warhound, is looking fierce.  A roughly 60:40 mix of GW Nuln Oil and Lahmian Medium was used to shade the models, except for the scrolls which used GW Agrax Earthshade.


Facta Belli is getting ready to punish knights and drop shields. The shading begins to tone down and blend in the decals.



I managed to shade Dente Ferrum without spoiling the white panels, esp. the carapace.  I used a Q-tip to swap excess shade form the large flat areas, while leaving it in the recesses around the trim. The desk lights are washing out some of the shading, but its there....I promise!



Lux Curet was last up for shading. I really enjoy the individual character of these models brought out by the varied livery across the various armor panels and individual weapon arms. I can't wait to see these four titans finished and stomping about around the legs of the larger titans. 



Next up, the models will get based using a Martian red planet theme, then highlighted.  Along the way, expect more cleanup and the occasional update as I pick out new details or find something that god overlooked during a prior step.  There are just so many details for relatively small models, and the chosen color scheme adds a whole new dimension.

Almost there, honest!  Then I'll move on to something new. Thanks, as always, for following along.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!