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post Jul 7 2017, 02:45 AM
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Cities of Death Bitz:

When I first started this project I stated I would be relying heavily of Prefab Bitz so as to make this model more accessible to would-be modelers. I fully expected readers to be able to make their own Emperor Titans following my examples. Certainly there are no big secrets revealed in this construction

The problem I see in most Emperor Titans that employ bitz is a lack of imagination. You cannot use the pieces directly out of the box. Witness below.....

http://i.imgur.com/h72NPQJ.jpg
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The flying buttresses as they come out of the box have little application to speak of in this area of the Titan but with a bit of judicious cutting and filing they find purpose.

http://i.imgur.com/dbpQ3LL.jpg
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Likewise the area below the 'head' calls for a processional egress onto the balcony/podium/pulpit.

http://i.imgur.com/vfLQMxj.jpg
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Of course this is all subject to interpretation, You might have reservations about a huge vulnerable door in the front of the chest, I do myself but nothing is etched in stone and I may change my mind in the future but something is better than nothing so I'm going for it at this moment.


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post Jul 8 2017, 12:20 AM
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Not sure I like that door on the chest, I'm sure you'll come up with a better looking option. As you always do.

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post Jul 8 2017, 07:32 PM
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FortyK vehicles - including titans -don't make much sense period. I think the doors are fine as is 😊

Nice detailing with the buttresses 👍🏿


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post Jul 16 2017, 10:54 AM
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A Week Vacation:

Doldrums, I could not think. I knew what I wanted to do but the process eluded me.

This morning I came up with a solution but it was my original thoughts, I just needed to hunker down and do it.

http://i.imgur.com/JunT8km.jpg
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so first I needed the rear housings,pretty straight forward just a rectangle with a 45° chamfer.

http://i.imgur.com/EYSlklD.jpg
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I need to make the housings removable so the interior detail can be added later.

http://i.imgur.com/240UkLw.jpg
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The model will have a wrap around balcony below the head so doors on either side for access to the weapons observation deck is needed.

http://i.imgur.com/THDKwIJ.jpg
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All this is subject to change as the model evolves

http://i.imgur.com/G5vSgr2.jpg
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post Jul 17 2017, 03:18 AM
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Hopelessly Outclassed

I'm Afraid my Warlord will be hopelessly outclassed by this new addition to my Titan Stable which I project to be half again taller than the Warlord. About 40 inches tall or one Meter if you are into an inhumane system of measurment. biggrin.gif


http://i.imgur.com/sdcsfvH.jpg
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My new Workshop arrangement is better able to display my creations as I build which makes for a more inspiring atmosphere.

Spur me along as it were.

http://i.imgur.com/OVDi3BC.jpg
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Sitting at the computer having these two staring down at me is a bit disconcerting. Almost accusatory in their gaze seeming to say, Get busy and finish this up.

http://i.imgur.com/Eqn6RlT.jpg
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post Jul 17 2017, 10:56 PM
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Looks really good so far. Epic work.

Looks like you got some parts from a creepy crawly!
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post Jul 22 2017, 10:31 AM
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The Razors Edge:

I'm trying to walk the tightrope between the two most interesting Emperors I've yet seen taking bitz and bits from each and incorporating in my model.

I've already departed from both in giving my 'head' a lot more play than either and it comes down to how tall this beastie will be.


http://i.imgur.com/eAtvxgy.jpg
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On either side of the head are two balconies that I feel give purpose to the garish ornamentation yet still retains the Gothic flavor. True to my word I am attempting to make the build and ornaments as easy as possible so those so inclined may follow along building their own Emperor Titan.

http://i.imgur.com/b1cbeJV.jpg
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We'll see how successful I am with these compromises.


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post Jul 23 2017, 09:52 PM
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Side Galleries:

On either side of the 'Head' there are these side galleries. I'm a bit disappointed in these but I shall probably leave them as they are because I'm tempted to put dual guns or lasers in the windows instead of my initial idea of stained glass.

http://i.imgur.com/rUGHKFW.jpg
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Once these galleries are surrounded by other detail, they'll blend in better.

http://i.imgur.com/G0L4vLV.jpg
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Still to come on these galleries are the ball turret gun mounts and lots of skulls and stylized eagles, but for now they will remain removable to ease amenability.

http://i.imgur.com/zh2NbZw.jpg
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The above image probably mimics the drawing best and I feel my solution to what is under the 'head' is better that the nondescript python-like cable conduits in the video I assume just put there to fill the void.

http://i.imgur.com/RDmYM4F.jpg
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Again a couple of Space Marines for scale.


And a high angle and side view shot to round out last evenings work.

http://i.imgur.com/WLcCSQS.jpg
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Note the serendipity of the curved corbels which allow the head to swing side to side without interference by the galleries. Purely accidental I assure you as I'm not sure that the Emperor titans have that capability.

http://i.imgur.com/dRfdTiP.jpg
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As with the Thunderhawk, once I began to personalize this construct I've begun to warm to it's intrinsic majesty and ignore the obvious impracticality of the monstrosity.


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post Jul 24 2017, 05:04 AM
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Turret Housing:

http://i.imgur.com/vQtW9ZK.jpg
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http://i.imgur.com/1yG9jkW.jpg
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http://i.imgur.com/7a2Y9Bd.jpg
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http://i.imgur.com/G8UvO4T.jpg
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I'm on Fire Today.


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post Jul 27 2017, 10:27 AM
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A Revelation:

After butting my head against the wall for the past few days I came to the realization I've run out of ideas for the front of this beastie. I've tinkered with CoD panels and cut and pasted said panels in various positions and nothing looks right.

http://i.imgur.com/P5AOD9w.jpg
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Fortunately I have the rear elevation to fall back on, when in the doldrums work on something else, is my motto; too bad I quite forget it all too often.

http://i.imgur.com/1K0D9JX.jpg
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No sooner did I turn the beast around than I came up with a plan for the front but I'll save that for next week and concentrate on the back.


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post Jul 30 2017, 06:26 AM
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Cripes! Now I know why I need such huge doors!

http://i.imgur.com/t2yEa6Z.jpg
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These Tech Priests are gianormous!

http://i.imgur.com/5UwOdgN.jpg
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I don't know what this thing is supposed to do but somehow a Emperor Titan needs a body guard.

http://i.imgur.com/G4cNkjY.jpg
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And a company of lesser warrior priests.

http://i.imgur.com/9fEW3Zu.jpg
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As you can see I have found a purpose for my balcony. Purely serendipity I assure you; I had no idea these creatures existed.


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post Jul 30 2017, 10:19 AM
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Bloody impressive work mate.


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post Aug 1 2017, 07:03 AM
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Blackadder's Instant Paint Job:

So I'm watching these Youtube videos how to paint Skitarii and they are quite involved what with the spray painting with grey primer and then gunmetal silver and washes etc. A marvel of tenacity and patience........

http://i.imgur.com/Uo7S4mn.jpg
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and I look at my Warlord and Thunderhawk and to my unpracticed eye I see very little difference between all that work and the relatively simple Flat Black Primer and rubbed in Graphite powder.

http://i.imgur.com/EKNFJhS.jpg
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So I'm going to share my simple yet effective and cost effect method of acheiving the same effect with a tenth the effort.

http://i.imgur.com/FrGGzAu.jpg
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First I spray paint all the figures with ElCheapo Walmart brand $0.99 cents a can Flat Black Primer.

http://i.imgur.com/JDEw8ah.jpg
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Just one light coat and inspect out of doors in bright sunlight to make sure all the areas are covered.

And let dry overnight.


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post Aug 6 2017, 09:38 PM
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Adeptus Mechanicus Update:

Just to keep you apprised of my lack of progress in a physical sense at least. I have found why I have hit a wall design wise and I shall be making corrections this weekend. Most of my problem was two dimensional thinking.

On the painting front I have cranked up the old airbrush because these Skitarii figures are too finely detailed for painting with a brush. Even the youtube tutorials with so-called pro-painters show heavy brushstrokes that are unacceptable to me.

http://i.imgur.com/bGuhu71.jpg
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I began with the Dune Crawler which was not my fav anyway so I used it to practice on. It is not coming out to badly but I think the Airbrush can do better.

http://i.imgur.com/ghaQ0sY.jpg
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I managed to find a Belisarius Cawl on ebay unencumbered by the other two models in the kit which I also have no interest in and spent Saturday evening assembling it. It is ans extremely delicate model full of threadlike plastic parts and I have my doubts of it's survivability on a game board

http://i.imgur.com/IqVmXq4.jpg
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Fortunately my Belisarius Will be a display companion piece for my Emperor Titan and reside in the completed interior Command center utterly safe from the vicissitudes of beer swilling 40K combatants. biggrin.gif

Yet perhaps not from Martini Swilling judgmental old farts. wink.gif


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post Aug 11 2017, 03:08 AM
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Here's a question for all you painting buffs and I've yet to find it satisfactorily explained.

In the video below the author begins at the 2:20 two minute 20 second mark to "Shade" the the model with 3 parts Vallejo brown ink and 1 part Vallejo Black ink Now I've got dozens of bottles of shades, washes, glazes and nuln oil (Also a Shade and what I am must use to using with adequate results...........)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHVVhWJhLbs

Now, Before I go and buy yet more of these vile little vials.............

What I want to know is since the author is indiscriminately using the words "Shade," "Wash," "ink," interchangeably; what is he on about and what could be substituted for this so called "Ink" mix.

I'm sure a lot of tyros such as myself would like a succinct explanation.

Here's your chance to shine and have the Blackadder in your debt.biggrin.gif

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post Aug 13 2017, 05:40 AM
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Don't Give Up Your Day Job Blackadder

I'm not finished with these by a long shot but I'm going to display them anyway because each of you deserve a good laugh now and again.

The Ironstrider seems a waste of money for me as there is little use for him in the interior of the Titan. That and the Dune Crawler are just for so much practice in painting my Belisarius Cawl and Tech Priest Dominus.

http://i.imgur.com/4chaTYv.jpg
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I also want to show how I store my miniatures whilst painting and in storage. These two and a half dozen egg cartons are ideal for your 28 MM soldiers even with bases.

http://i.imgur.com/BoVHwu2.jpg
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http://i.imgur.com/sBy72ga.jpg
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The Dune Crawler is the furthest along in the painting process and it looks like I need a second coat on the gold. I also have to wash off some of the Nuln Oil on the hull.

http://i.imgur.com/8FcVLuP.jpg
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Tech Priest Dominus is the real reason for this post and I finally got the nerve up to tackle this bad boy this morning.

I promise I'll get back to the Titan by tomorrow. I've got some new Ideas and a whole new perspective on how to proceed with the front elevation.


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post Aug 14 2017, 09:46 AM
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You're dangerously close to rolling dice and measuring distances.

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post Aug 14 2017, 11:43 PM
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QUOTE(Maxo_Q @ Aug 14 2017, 09:46 AM) *

You're dangerously close to rolling dice and measuring distances.


Not B'ourl'dy loykely. biggrin.gif

Finely Divided Aluminum Powder:

Once again I am defying conventional wisdom and going my own way. I've seen many Belisarius Cawls on line and all with painted gun metal appurtenances and they seem to lack the depth I am seeking.

Below are my Tech Priest and Bel.. Cawl in their base painted stage using Vallejo Model Air Base Grey #71.097 and a red of my own concoction of Model Air Signal Red #71.070 and Game Color Royal Purple #16 which I mixed myself a drop at a time but somewhere around a ten to one ration.

http://i.imgur.com/bzpYCfM.jpg
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Only later I discovered I had Mephiston Red in my inventory. Gah!

Note if you will the diminutive size of this $41 dollar model and marvel at how little your money is actually worth.

http://i.imgur.com/68uutJL.jpg
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Back to the model; I applied finely divided aluminum powder to the highly ornamented staff with surprisingly satisfactory results and shall be using this where'er I can on these models


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post Aug 15 2017, 09:37 AM
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As Promised, a whole new look for the Titan; Hanging buttresses or knees if you prefer. My quandary was to separate myself from my previous Warlord and open a new more airy Titan with weight saving upper hamper but still have the massive structure we have com to expect from a Emperor Titan.

http://i.imgur.com/7LlNmWC.jpg
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With hope these will work into the equation.


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Sub Floor Supports:

Once again building these behemoths requires a bit of a nod to engineering. Many of the God Machines I've reviewed have ignored the support of the massive superstructure as if a paper thin floor is all that is required to support the crenelations, Gothic ramparts, turrets and spires. A few acknowledged the massive weigh of these edifices. It is those I have picked and chose the most interesting features to incorporate into my model

http://i.imgur.com/DoKQ2lo.jpg
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These images show the construction of what I call 'flying corbels' a structure unnamed in architecture but a fitting counterpoint to the Medieval invention named 'flying buttresses' prominent in the cathedrals of the middle ages.

http://i.imgur.com/ANH4FjA.jpg
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Mine will be light airy structures that belie their intended purpose. the basic structure 0.040" skin over 0.50" inch square tubing. The end pieces and the 'U' shaped cutouts are skinned with 0.020" sheet styrene.

http://i.imgur.com/PWd1veC.jpg
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Finally the edges of the skins are accented with 0.040 Sq strips for the 'U' Channel and 0.040 by 0.060 rectangular strips for the lower edge trim. shown inverted in the image below.

http://i.imgur.com/F5ORb2q.jpg
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Now we are ready for the pizzazz.




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