Friday, May 20, 2022

Adeptus Titanicus Warhound Titans WIP - Transfered

 

Legio Ignatum Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

Greetings, and welcome back.  As promised, I poured on some gas and got these puppies moving.  I even managed to bring the weapons up to a point where I could gloss and then shade all the armor at the same time.

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With the armor glossed, it was the perfect time to apply the transfers. Click through the pics if you'd like to get a closer look. On the left side, we have Warhound and Collegia Titanicus icons.

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On the right side we have Legio Ignatum icons, including the inside of the left shin guard if you look carefully. I made a small slip by not applying the transfers before shading, but that's a small thing that will be hardly noticeable in the final result.I may even lay down a second shade coat over the transfers.

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Another Legio Ignatum icon was put on the black carapace shield of Pura Bellum.  Before glossing the armor, I managed to paint the shield and scrolls.  I was pleased to get the gun armor trimmed and all the red armor cleaned up in one pass for the glossing and shading process.  Now I can carry on with the weapons and finally highlights for these two. Then it'll be down to the bases and final attachment - at the moment the puppies are free standing and not glued to their bases.

Good progress for the week and I'm pleased with the results so far.  All the gloss hurts my eyes, so I look forward to a good solid flat coat to dull everything back to my typical painting style. But I have to say it was worth it.  with the gloss coat, I had a much better time with the shading - the main point being less staining/dulling of the main armor color. Without the gloss coat, I would often have to go back and repaint the center of the armor panels to brighten things back up a bit.  That is not necessary here.

So next week, we may have completed titans here and then it'll be on to the Warmaster.  I'm trying desperately to get these titans done before Horus Heresy fever sets in with the upcoming launch and I go back to painting the First legion.  Hobby Butterfly Syndrome at its best!  Still, no end to the fun projects ahead, no matter the game system.  I'd love to get some paint on more Aeronautica planes too, after getting a game in last month.  So fun!

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Adeptus Titanicus Warhound Titans WIP - Marching on


Legio Ignatum Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

Greetings and welcome back.  The Warhound titans are coming together, and can stand in their full regalia now.  The Warmaster is idling as I get these two done.  It deserves some 1-on-1 attention and it's been a challenge to batch paint all three.  

Legio Ignatum Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus TitanicusLegio Ignatum Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

I quickly sorted out the botched leg armor and got everything repainted.  Then I finished the gold trim and attached all the leg armor to both titans.  That left me with almost fully assembled titans! Next came the bodies, carapace armor and heads.

Legio Ignatum Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus TitanicusLegio Ignatum Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

The body "skeleton" was dry brushed to match the legs.  Then I finished the rest of the gold edging on the carapace and body armor panels. Next, I spent some time on the heads. Nothing too fancy on these two. With all the basic colors blocked in, I attached the heads to the bodies and glued down the carapace armor.  with that dry, I glued the bodies to the legs and voila! The two engines walk!  The arms of these two Warhounds are magnetized so it's easy to pull them off and paint them.  That's coming at some pointsoon, I promise.

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Now we can walk around these two and get a look at the various panels. These two Warhounds will sport just the minimum stripes on the leg armor. There are plenty of other stripes across the battle group!

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Never let the enemy get behind your titans...there's just not much here to see! 😂

Legio Ignatum Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus TitanicusLegio Ignatum Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

And there we are.  I'm going to clean up the red armor and add the transfers.  Once all that is done, I'll gloss coat and shade the titans, then get on with the highlights.  At some point I'll paint the weapons - likely while waiting for various stages of painting the bodies to dry. Also, bases.  I have the bases with name plates attached.  I need to add some ground work, then prime and paint those before the titans can be attached for the final Mars weathering process.  The final matte sealer coat will remove the gloss.  I haven't done a gloss coat prior, but I think I'll have an easier time with the shading so I'm giving it a try.

Hopefully I'll have these moved along nicely for another post by end of week.  It's been a bit slow around here lately, I know!

Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!




Thursday, May 5, 2022

Adeptus Titanicus Titan WIP - red toenail polish edition

 

Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

Progress continues on the tiny titans!  I couldn't resist the title.  At this point in the process things DO look a little like these guys just put on the toenail polish.  An in truth, things have progressed a bit farther than can be revealed above.  I started batch painting these titans by shading and then dry brushing the legs.

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

So, shiny but with a bit more definition perhaps?  Then I started in with the red panels on the legs, which led to the inevitable toenail polish look.  On the war hounds, this got more fancy with the edition of gold trim.

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This led me to focus a bit more on the Warhounds since they are smaller and thus easier to complete - oh and much more likely to get used in my games at this point. I may run them to completion before focusing back on the Warmaster.

Legio Ignatum Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

By now I'm feeling in the groove, ready to assemble the leg armor and move the leg assemblies to a battle ready state so I could move on to the bodies...I'm really moving! So I clip of the lower leg armor, lay it out so I know what goes where and realize this...

The problem (if it isn't obvious) lies with my intended for the Legio Ignatum heraldry for my collection of tiny titans.  The hazard stripes are supposed to be on the *outside* of the armor, not on the inside.  So, only one armor panel above is correct.  Three need to be repainted.  This revelation led to a period of wild gesticulation and much profanity followed by a little sulking, then a mad search through the bits box for extra leg armor parts.  But I had none, except for the unused traitor parts from all my old kits.

Not one to waste an opportunity, I then recognized this was the perfect opportunity to test out a can of Testors Easy Lift Off (ELO) paint remover that I picked up a while back.  As you can see above, the product is quite effective.  Better than effective, though, it is FAST.  I went from disaster to ready to prime in 5 minutes, no kidding.  No over night soaking, no scrubbing and scrubbing, no extra soaking and going at it all again.  Just applied the liquid, let it sit a minute or two as recommended, and brushed the paint off with an old drybrush I had easy to hand (an old tooth brush would have been even better).

The resulting product can be seen above, full of the removed paint.  THIS is something that shall remain in the hobby bunker for years to come.  I can imagine how useful it would be for eBay rescues and the like.  It's both effective and a real time saver.  Now, I will prime the armor again and repaint the heraldry - correctly this time.  I'm pretty sure I even made hay in a prior post about the importance of careful planning to avoid just this kind of issue.  Never let it be said I don't lead by example...even if it's a bad example.

So that was my adventure this week.  I will pick up the posting pace as the project progresses and I have more to show.  The time required to plug through this phase of drybrush and trim doesn't leave a lot of room for sexy progress pics. I'm sorta glad for the little mishap so I had something more interesting (hobby-wise) to post at all!

Best of luck with your own projects.  Go and get some of this Testors ELO product.  If you ever strip hobby paint, you won't regret it for a minute. I should add there is very little odor and my skin appears no worse for the wear.  I'm not particularly cautious with, nor kind to, my hands when hobbying.


Cheers and Happy gaming!




Friday, April 29, 2022

WIP - Warmaster Titan for Adeptus Titanicus (and other stuff)

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

Greetings, and welcome back.  I have some progress on the Legio Ignatum Warmaster Titan to share this week.  These AT titan projects all go through a stage where there isn't much to show and so my posting gets sporadic as I work through them.  I like to post twice per week, but on Tuesday I had a bunch of sprues with various stages of paint on them...not much to share.  Now, on Friday, I can at least walk through my process to paint the Legio Ignatum colors on the armor. 

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

After priming everything black, the masking process began.  The first stage is to plan out the paint scheme and identify which colors will go on which panels, same as I did with the Legio Tempestus engines for MonsterMarch.  This can be tricky with the left and right side bits being different in some cases, so I work carefully here.  Above, I masked out anything that was going to stay black, or be black and yellow stripped, so I could lay down the Legio Ignatum red.  For the exact colors used, please refer to the paint recipe tab above.

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

After a couple coats of paint from the airbrush, things look like this.  I typically finish up for the night here and come back the next day to pull the tape off.

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

Here's where things end up with the tape pulled off.  Now it's time to mask the red parts and work on the yellow stripes.

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

I'm masking just enough to keep from accidentally getting over-spray on the red.  If you are careless, just plain messy, or want to be super careful, go ahead and mask everything.  Once the parts getting yellow stripes are isolated, it's time to mask off the stripes.


Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

My approach is to use fine line masking tape of a desired width to lay down the stripes.  I bought a variety pack at some point with various sizes so I choose a width that works for the scale of model I'm working on.  I couldn't tell you what size I'm using here...thin 😁... I usually lay the first piece across the middle of the part to establish the angle - looking for some recognizable points on the part (like corners, rivets, etc) to orient the tape so I can reproduce it on any mirrored parts, like the lower leg armor, or the upper carapace armor.  This helps insure the stripes are at a uniform angle and balanced across the parts.  The tape is laid down to cover the entire part, stripe-by-stripe.  The I go back an peel off every other stripe, revealing the paint underneath - these will be the yellow stripes. Above you can see the results, after the tape is removed.  You can use the tape you peel off one part to mask part of the next so you won't wast too much tape in the process. By laying the tape in this manner, you avoid any measuring, and the possibility that your stripes will be uneven in width across all the parts.

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

Then the yellow is sprayed on.  The paint I use for yellow here is thin, so several light coats are sprayed on until I get a vibrant yellow with little or no black showing through.  Also, and for those with keen eyes, a couple puppies ran through the spray booth while I was working on the project and got paint on themselves too...can you spot them above?

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After another night of drying, the tape is removed to reveal the final patterns.  At this point, no matter how carefully I mask, there is always some paint that sneaks under the tape.  I guess this is better than tape that is more sticky, but then peels off the paint when it is removed.  I'll go back and touch up the black before sealing it all with a gloss coat.  The gloss coat is for later shading, and to fill in and smooth out a bit of the texture since the yellow stripes will be a bit raised on the black paint due to their multiple layers of paint. 

Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

As I worked on the Warmaster titan, I decided it would be efficient to also put some paint on a couple Warhound titans I had built last year.  With paint in the air brush, its just easier to make progress like this. And once the base colors are down....I might at least carry on and complete them right? Incentive! So now I have three titans in progress for May painting fun. These are my only magnetized Warhounds. I did that here because I wanted the option of trying out the new weapons options from Forge World, but didn't want to build whole new Warhounds for them.  Sorry Legio Tempestus - perhaps I'll add a couple more magnetized engines for that Legio at some point...but probably not.


Warhound Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

These hounds will have stripes only on their leg armor.  I will have four Warhounds in total for Legio Ignatum, once these are painted, and I like to vary the heraldry.  These proud engines demand some individuality afterall.

So that's what I've been up to this week.  next week I'll have more paint work to share as I carry these projects forward.  Not sure if I will continue to batch paint the three engines or separate them into individual projects at this point.  Check back next week to find out.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!
 









Friday, April 22, 2022

Magnetizing the Warmaster Titan for Adeptus Titanicus


Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus
A naked Warmaster Titan Waiting for Primer

The Rites of Construction for Superbia Martis have finally concluded. I thought I'd take some time today to share what I magnetized and how/why. This process will be consistent with the approach I've taken with the other mini-titan projects that I have completed.  The larger AT kits are expensive and take up enough space that it's worth magnetizing a few options rather than building up an even larger collection of titans, which will then need to be painted, just to represent the various weapon load outs you may wish to play with.

Games Workshop appears to have embraced this reality in their Titanicus models by providing sockets for magnets in many of the expected places.  They also provide many options in a kit so you have something to magnetize. The Warmaster Titan kit is no exception.  In fact, with this kit, you are magnetizing things that don't even have options yet (arm weapons) or for which there are no current rules (the "small arms" on the upper carapace, similar to the Warbringer Nemesis Titan's anti-air guns).

So I'm going to start out with the caveat that some of the Magnetization here is purely for the hobby love and not something that is currently necessary for game play (though who knows where things will turn out down the road).  I'll call this out as I go. So let's get started with the obvious arm weapons...

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

Those are BIG guns...and they never tire! Yes, that isn't an optical illusion - the Warmaster's arm weapons are as long as a Reaver Titan is tall.  We have the Warmaster Iconoclast titan with a different pair of arm weapons, but there is otherwise no optional armaments for the Warmaster at this time.  However, the magnet sockets are there, so why not future proof against the possibility of a future weapons sprue or new resin from Forge World? 

There's nothing novel to discus with the arm weapons.  The arms and shoulders have the expected 5mm x 2mm round sockets ready to go, same as the Warlord Titan.  Just glue the magnets in (watch that polarity!) and you are good to go. Here's what things look like under the "shoulders".

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

But now let's look at the Warmaster's shoulder mounted weapons.  These weapons DO have a profile in the game, and the kit comes with all of the options - six in total.  Five of the weapons use the same shoulder socket, the sixth, missile launchers, attach INSTEAD of the other weapon socket piece which is a pain. I chose to ignore the missile option for now - but  may look into a scratch modification that allows me to attach the missiles to the same socket used by the other weapons.  If I sort that out, I'll post about it here. I imagine others out there in the blog-o-sphere may have already showed off their solution to that problem as well.

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus
the weapons socket with internal magnet installed

The socket in question looks like this after assembly.  The two halves that form the rectangular weapon mount include enough space inside for a rectangular magnet, 6mm x 4mm x 2mm. This size magnet was not easy to find, but a little web research landed me here. They shipped promptly and the magnets are quite strong.  I expect I'll find other uses since I only needed two but had to buy 50. 😂 An all too typical hobby story for me...

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

Unfortunately the weapons themselves are not so easy to magnetize. You might consider getting away with some blu-tac or other mounting putty.  But if like me you have a passion for magnets, then there are options.  The male portion of the socket, shown above, is a bit small for a typicall 3mm diameter disc or rod magnet.  I could have saved some time, maybe, by using a 2mm diameter rod magnet, but I had concerns over the strength of the attraction I'd end up with.  So here's what I did.

I carefully sliced off the male portion of the weapon the fits in the shoulder socket, and then drill out two holes for 3mm x 2mm disc magnets underneath it. After the magnets were glued in place (a pain since they want to fight each other due to polarity issues), I glued the male portion that I sliced off back in place over the magnets.  This isn't strictly necessary, but helps the stability of the whole assembly when the weapons are locked in place. This worked well, despite the fidgety work involved, and I was content with the resulting strength of the magnet pull.

However, each weapon is different, so I've only bothered with two options out of the five so far.  I'll come back to that at some point.  It didn't' seem worth holding up the rest of the project for at this time.  Suffice to say that you might find yourself working out five different solutions to get each pair of weapons prepared.  But in the end it's cool to have the weapon swaps since these weapons have stats in the game.

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

The "small arms" on the carapace (only in the 40K universe could demolisher cannon be considered small arms) have pre-molded sockets, so that was back to easy mode.  One word of caution though.  The magnets in the shoulder underneath these can mess with your polarity, so try to think ahead and align everything in the same direction to avoid unneeded hassles later. In this case, I ignored that advice and arbitrarily put magnets in the weapons first before realizing that I chose an orientation opposite what I had used for the arm weapon socket in the shoulder.  Between that and the shoulder weapon socket which is strong and at a 90 degree angle of  pull to the rest, the little magnets on the carapace want to flip over without another thought.  Had I used the same polarity as the arm weapon mount, I should not have had this issue.  It was no big deal in the end, just a bit more patience with the gluing to be sure the magnet doesn't flip in the socket before the glue sets enough to hold it. And the one socket out of four I had to dig the magnet out of and re-glue when I realized it had somehow gotten away from me and flipped anyway.

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

Otherwise this is a trivial magnet project if you have 12 3mm x 2mm (measure - they might have been 3mm x 1mm sockets, I honestly forget) disc magnets. The carapace weapons have no rules currently,  so you wouldn't be wrong to just pick four and glue them down, skipping the extra magnet project. You can choose between what look like demolisher cannon or the same AA guns used by the Warbringer. With the sockets provided, and the magnets already in my inventory, it was a no-brainer for me to just go ahead and magnetize the lot. I'll be smiling if rules come out later that cause me to care what's up there in a game. At least the Warmaster comes with two options unlike the Warbringer which I magnetized for literally no reason in the current model line. 😆

Warmaster Titan WIP for Adeptus Titanicus

So that's my beta on the whole Warmaster magnetization project.  You can magnetize the waist joint as well with BIG disc magnets.  But I am not doing that with any of my AT titans.  I have a floppy, spinny 40K Knight Errant that proved to me why this isn't worth it for gaming.  Best case you use strong magnets and the model holds together but spins about randomly when bumped.  Worst case, you pick up the top and the bottom falls off with the slightest bump.  You'll have enough issues with the arm weapons coming off when you grab the model wrong. It just leaves a fragile/vulnerable point on the model that isn't beneficial unless you have real space constraints for storage. I'm content to store these models on their back using Battlefoam Adeptus Titanicus trays.

So that's way to much to say about magnetizing Warmaster Titans.  I learned most of my hobby skills from many similar accounts on other blogs in the past, so I hope I've provided something useful to you here in return.  Next up will be the first in a series of painting articles on this beast. The primer is already dry and by the time you are reading this, I will no doubt have already put the air brush to work.


Stay safe out there.

Cheers and Happy Gaming!






 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Adeptus Titanicus Warlord and Warbringer Titans - TO DONE

 

Legio Tempestus Titans for Adeptus Titanicus

Greetings!  #MonsterMApril1 is finally complete. 😂  Ok, it was #MonsterMarch6, and now it's April so maybe you can see what I did there.  This was the first time I did not complete my project out of six challenges, so I'm not too beat up about it.  Here's the promised light box photos of the completed titans, starting with the Warbringer Nemesis titan, Liberatus Mortis.

Legio Tempestus Warbringer Nemesis Titan for Adeptus Titanicus

Legio Tempestus Warbringer Nemesis Titan for Adeptus Titanicus

Legio Tempestus Warbringer Nemesis Titan for Adeptus Titanicus

Legio Tempestus Warbringer Nemesis Titan for Adeptus Titanicus

I'm very happy with the results.  All weapons are magnetized, so at some point I need to paint up the Volcano cannon option for the main gun. Now on to the Warlord titan Martis Renes.

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus

Legio Tempestus Warlord Titan for Adeptus Titanicus

Lots of weapons options for these big boys are waiting to get painted as well.  Everything is magnetized for easy swap outs during games.  Its a bit of extra work, but worth it for the WYSIWYG flexibility.

Thanks so much if you stuck through all the many posts on this project. If you enjoyed the journey then you are in luck.  The mighty Warmaster titan is next, and already on the painting table.  So expect more on that as I begin the painting portion of the project now that the primer is dry.  I'm going to start with a quick look at what I magnetized and how/why. If this isn't your cup of tea, you might want to check back with us in June...

If it helps, the Warmaster titan is an amazing kit for Adeptus Titanicus and sets a new bar for scale and detail. So hopefully the work I share here will be inspirational in its own right, if you are into titanic stompy war machines. Is anyone else annoyed that blogger has an emoticon for poop, but not titantic stompy war machines? Right?! 😁

Cheers and Happy Gaming!