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Will Vale

Adeptus Titanicus (Giant Stompy Battle Robots)

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Hi all,

 

I've made and painted some of the knights from GW's Adeptus Titanicus range and posted my doings on here earlier in the year. While I haven't started painting a Titan yet, I have built some:

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Unusually for me I've actually played a game of the new Titanicus rules too! Our local GW was running demos and my daughter and I had a go. It's pretty good, the big titans feel very ponderous and there's a lot of raising shields, cooling the reactor etc. Like submarine warfare with legs. It was very easy to find yourself making the relevant noises which is probably a good sign. Bad sign? Not sure!

Anyway, I was lucky enough to pick up the big box of modular building parts half price a few months ago, and I've since acquired the set of spires they brought out afterwards. After some playing around and some smaller buildings I came up with the following:

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The lower part of the building is from the Civitas Imperialis modular sprues, and the upper part is mostly the spires. I bashed some of the roof pieces into landing pads and used flying buttresses to add "princess towers" to get a silhouette that looks a bit more like some of the old Hive City illustrations from e.g. the Necromunda rulebook.

There are a few additional parts from N-scale Green Max kits (ladders, pipes) and my stash of sacrificial Trumpeter bits (antenna and some other small details). Held together with scraps of styrene where necessary.

I'm not quite sure how to paint it, but I guess I want to match the feel of the Knight bases, so a slightly overgrown look?

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Having an excuse to add some green flock is a) always welcome and b) very handy for hiding joins, but I don't know if the Imperium will stand for it?


Cheers,

 

Will

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Finished up another couple of buildings - I built these a while ago but have added the spires and details today.

 

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The big one is a temple (probably) and the small one I'm not sure - maybe a school or light industry?

 

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The roof tank is a Stryker wheel (maybe a bit obviously so) plus some other bits and a sprue corner for the angled pipe.

 

Cheers,

 

Will

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The buildings are looking great. I don't think the Stryker wheel will be noticeable (as a wheel) once it's painted and weathered.

 

Andy:cat:

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Making the noises is a good sign.

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This is all new to me but I like it. 

Looking forward to the paint.

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Thanks all, haven't quite started painting yet but I have primed them. I was going to use GW's new Wraithbone primer (cream colour) but couldn't get any so settled on an old can of Tamiya Red Oxide. Which really is lovely stuff - this is the result of two medium coats in a cardboard box in the garden on a windy day:

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It almost looks like a render! I did take the time to add a few extra details to the big building, and washed everything with a toothbrush and soapy water so it was in a good state to being with, but I'm still pleased at how clean it looks.

That said, the joins on the tallest spire will need putty, and there are a few spots on some of the corners which could do with attention, as well as the balustrade joins. Still, not bad.

I'm not sure what colour now - I was thinking creamy sandstone but now I see the red I keep thinking about Liverpool cathedral - maybe that warm pink would be interesting? It needs to look OK against a ruddy brown ground colour as shown above, but the buildings will have roads and things as a buffer between them and ground in most cases.

Cheers,

 

Will

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Will, 

That looks impressive. I quite like that colour on them. It reminds me of an old painting of Hades or something.

Do you have any spare pieces to experiment on? Perhaps a dark grey wash and some detail painting on the pipes etc?

Keep them coming.

Pete

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On 9/5/2019 at 9:38 PM, Hunter Rose said:

Nice! Will follow with interest Will, the buildings look good


Thanks, been rather busy with various work/real life things so not much happening at the moment on the modelling front. But Armies on Parade is coming and I quite fancy doing some Titanicus stuff for that. Unless I plump for goblins...

 

Oh yes, and there are now planes in the Titanicus scale courtesy of the new Aeronautica Imperialis which a) look cool and b) could maybe land on those landing pads. Although they might be a bit big!

 

On 8/29/2019 at 4:16 AM, DalekCheese said:

Any more?

Not yet, see above.

 

W

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The aeronautica imperialis look nice. Considering getting some.

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On 9/6/2019 at 10:04 PM, DalekCheese said:

The aeronautica imperialis look nice.

Yes, yes they do.

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I've built the range now (you get a couple of almost everything in the box) and they are, like the Titanicus kits, very nice models. The seam hiding is generally even better than Titanicus designs especially on the Ork planes.

 

My Thunderbolts are inspired by EE Lightnings in the hi-vis finishes, and a bit by inter-war RAF schemes I suppose.

 

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I airbrushed them with Alclad Dark Alu over their black primer, and then brush-painted everything else as I thought they were too knobbly to bother masking. The brush painting is aided by the same lumps and bumps that hinder masking, and it's easy to tidy up any mistakes with a cocktail stick once the Alclad has cured.

 

I used various Citadel colours and some contrast paints, particularly for the heat bloom and glazing some of the panels (e.g. the control surfaces) to change their colour a bit.

 

The markings are from the kit, I had to sacrifice one of the aquila wings to figure out where to cut a hole for the gubbins, and then I touched it up with paint. Everything settled down nicely and once it was dry I slit the panel lines/poked the rivets and re-applied Microsol for a tidy finish.

 

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GW don't give you anything other than markings though, so the stencils are from a couple of different Japanese sheets, and the playing cards are from a free pack-in decal sheet Industria Mechanika was sending out with kits last year. The GW decals are very nice to use, and the others didn't cause any problems either so it was quite a pleasant experience.

 

I weathered the airframe with Tamiya black enamel (the panel liner) and dragged it out into soft streaks, and used a bit of brown enamel and engine grime to add more specific gunk. Oh yes, and I sprayed very thin Nato black on the rear fuselage and the tailplanes to show deposits from the engines, removed it very slightly with a 2000 grit sanding sponge on the corners of panels, and then dabbled contrast black to create a bit more detail and depth to the "plume". I don't think any of the photos capture this so I'll probably need to take others.

 

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Anyway, there they are and it was nice to finish something - I've been short on time and making progress on various fronts but all of it slow.

 

I do have the Marauder Destroyers in primer (ground attackers) and I'm wondering if they should also be silver, or something more subtle. Low-vis grey undersides and camo tops? Not sure yet. 

 

Cheers,

 

Will

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Some awesome builds here...and loving the paint job on the Thunderbolts....

 

I remember as a kit flicking through my brothers copies of White Dwarf, looking at the conversions people had done. One always stuck in my mind on a) how did they d it? b) I REEEEEALLY want to try this out!

 

A chap by the name of Tony Cottrell had taken the original Kenner AT-ST "Chicken Walker" toy and did something spectacular.....

 

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I remember that one well. Can you spot all the Zoids attached to that poor scout walker in the second titan?
 

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There's one of those transport things (Gustav) provided the layered armour on the head, four Helrunner heads on the knees and possibly their bodies on the upper legs? And lots of details - apart from all the guns there's the pod from one of the water ones upper right. Plus some kind of attack helicopter cockpit - assume it's an Apache?

 

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Oh, those are lovely.... I’ve always found GW’s transfers to be very nice to apply.

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