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The Titan Project – Week 18

Hello!

Here I find myself at week 18, and … well… I’m almost done. I have finished the Mechanicum icons on the back of the carapace and I’ve spread a little Forge World Black Soot weathering powder on the exhausts, vents and near the void shield generators as well as some washes of Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil on the same areas.

The Mechanicum icon was painted with Karak Stone and Abaddon Black as a base and then the bone areas were washed with Agrax Earthshade and then re-highlighted with Karak Stone again and then Krieg Khaki as as a top highlight. The black was lightly drybrushed with Dawnstone and then Administratum Grey and then a light wash of Nuln Oil was applied to the black areas only.

 

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After that was all finished I then got my lovely epoxy resin out and mixed a batch up in order to stick the bad boy together! I had to hold this in place for 35 minutes (!!) while it set and then I took it into my kitchen to try and take some better photos.

 

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I took those last pics about 20 minutes or so ago, so I’m as up to date as I can be at the moment. I have a few little tiny bits to finish – such as the lenses on (what I think is ) the rear engine control panel and of course I still need to stick him on his base and finish colouring the clear plastic sheet for the cockpit windows. I’m undecided whether I want to do any real battle damage or not, at this point I think it will either go well and really enhance the look or will go badly and ruin a few months work. What do you think?

I’m going to take a little break from Titan-ing now for two weeks as I’m off to Warhammer 40k Battle Brothers with @Borkan_Ice , @CPJohnson80 and @freexerjin (to give their Twitter names!) and I need to finish my force for that. I expect the next post will be the final one for this particular project, so if there are any questions about anything I’ve done with this model or anything you’d like to know about the painting – please do ask in the comments section. I will always reply.

Once I’m done, I’ll be building and painting a Thunderbolt Fighter! πŸ™‚

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Neil

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The Titan Project – Week 17

Good evening!

It’s been a busy old week for me, especially with the trip to the Forge World Open Day last weekend – which was excellent by the way – and the other commitments we all have in everyday life.

But…Β  I have of course managed some little tweaks to the Warhound Titan. πŸ™‚

 

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First up I’ve glued all the leg armour on and added a couple of little transfers from the Imperial Guard transfer sheet produced by Forge World. I’m pretty pleased with how they’ve come out. At the time I took the photo they hadn’t been matt varnished – which will remove the visible sheen – and were still a bit wet from the actual application.

I’ve also glued both the weapons on! I couldn’t be bothered with the fuss of magnetising in the end and I think the Vulcan Mega Bolter and Turbo Laser are my two favourite guns anyway.

 

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I’ve still got the internals of the main carapace to do, as well as one or two other little details like the exhausts on the back and the rear control panel, and I also have to affix the clear plastic in the cockpit (to represent glass/perspex etc).

After that I’ll probably do a small amount of weathering. I think it looks good but it’s probably too clean adn would benefit from some battle damage and some wear here and there. I have actually blu-tacked him together to see how he looks – before I added the transfers –Β  and this is where he’s at:

 

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Thanks for reading if you’ve been sticking with me all these weeks. I’m pretty much over the line now and hopefully by next week I’ll have most of the remaining things done.

 

Cheers,

 

Neil

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The Titan Project – Week 16

Here we are then, pretty much 4 months down the line and having got a good amount done over the Easter break I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere now!

First off, I have now completed the legs! I added some Forge World Aged Rust powder here and there and then gave it a blast of varnish to seal the powder and couldn’t really think of anything else to do which would improve the look…Β  so that must mean the legs are finished πŸ™‚

 

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I also added a few lines of AK’s Streaking Grime to aid the oily/rusty effect but I kept it to a minimum because this is a Mechanicum God engine of the Legio Astorum dammit! When she is not deployed servitors are all up in her grill with WD40 and Turtle Wax! Decrepit and rusty machines are the domain of Chaos!

 

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With the legs completed I started on the markings and details. I’ve been worrying about doing this for some time because there isn’t really any margin for error. If I messed it up then I probably would’ve shelved this beast for a while until I could figure out how to fix it – thankfully, it all went swimmingly!

The first thing to do was add the hazard stripes on the carapace. This is an idea I shamelessly plundered from YouTube painting ninja; TemplarsCrusade01. He’s seriously good, so feel free to go and watch some of his stuff. Anyway, the first job was to matt varnish the carapace and then mask it off.

 

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It was then time for the scary stuff. I loaded some Vallejo White into the airbrush and let loose!

 

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After what seemed like an age (probably only about 30 mins) and a few mugs of tea, I carefully peeled off the masking tape with my fingers firmly crossed. I was rewarded for my (im)patience with this…

 

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I’m pretty pleased with how this has turned out and yes, there is a bleed or two here and there but it could’ve been a hell of a lot worse! Once I was sure it was all dry, I went and tidied up the bleeds as needed and then set about doing the next stage of the scary stuff – the Legio Astrorum Eclipse icon. I’ve done a lot of research online to see how other people have done theirs and I read the Forge World Masterclass book thoroughly as well to make sure I was well prepared.

The plan was to draw round a penny, cut a disc of Frisket Film out and push it on to the other side of the carapace. That’s the nice easy bit done. Next comes the make of break airbrushing again but this time with a little less margin for error. The idea is to create a visible corona with light and careful airbrushing. After doing this and waiting for around 20 mins, it was moment of truth time and i peeled off the film disc.

 

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To be honest, I was VERY happy with that result. It’s the first time I’ve attempted anything like that and it worked a treat. Once I’d finished patting myself on the back I meticulously painted the black eclipse silhouette and started added details here and there, such as the lights and lenses on the cockpit.

 

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That’s where I am now. I think I’ll finish the detailing and then glue the leg armour on before I start messing around with the internals.

As always, thanks for reading and all comments and feedback appreciated.

 

Neil

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The Titan Project – Week 15

It’s Chico time!!!

Ok..Β  it’s not, but it IS Titan update time! πŸ™‚

We at Tykens Rift are taking a little break from all these Tau-gasms to show off some more progress.

I’m hard at work on my Space Marines for the upcoming Battle Brothers tournament next month, so shamefully, my Warhound has taken a bit of a back seat but I have added some bits.

First off I have picked out all the little skulls and plates and icons on the legs in Tin Bitz and then with Runelord Brass but I’ve tried to leave some of the Tin Bitz showing here and there. They will eventually be gold but these are the first steps in my new gold recipe! It’s taken me ages to settle on a way of painting gold that I’m happy with but I now have one that I think looks effective and not too over-the-top shiny. My Lysander model which will be on show soon has a good example of this on the thunder hammer, but that’s for another day πŸ™‚

 

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One they’re finished I just need to add a little bit of weathering I think and then that’s the legs pretty much done. I will then fix them to the base and divert attention back to the main body. I have started painting the underside of the carapace now but I only got as far as undercoating some of the pipework and grills because of a catastrophic foot break that need some serious epoxy love! Obviously the Titan’s foot, not mine. I also repositioned the magnet for the main ventilation chamber as I wasn’t happy with how it sat on top of the model but I haven’t photographed that.

 

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The only other things this week were finishing the Aquila on the head canopy and picking out the screens inside. I’ve used my new gold recipe for the former and my tried and tested green lens blend for the screens! That’s pretty much done now as far as the head in concerned – the canopy at least – although I need to pick out the lights and controls on the actual front of the main the head piece. I’m going back to painting Space Marines now for a few days!

 

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Thanks for reading!

 

Neil

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The Titan Project – Week 14

Here we are then. Week 14.

So far so good I think. I’m pretty pleased with how my base turned out as well as the weapons and more recently the leg armour plates.

This week I’ve started working on some of the outer detail and continued painting the cockpit crew. The ventilation panel, and exit hatches have been highlighted with my – what must now be familiar πŸ™‚ – recipe of Alaitoc Blue and then Blue Horror on the very corners. This will help with theΒ  weathering effects later down the line and will look much more smooth once I’ve done the same to the main carapace armour.

I’ve also basecoated and washed the purity seals and Mechanicum skull, with Bestial Brown and Graveyard Earth respectively.

 

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I’m (hopefully!) going to get these carapace highlights finished by the weekend so I can mask up and airbrush some hazard stripes! I really want to get that done this weekend so I’m going to try and make that happen but it really depends on how long I stay at the beer festival on Friday evening! πŸ˜€

As mentioned at the beginning of the post, I’ve also finished the Princeps and the cockpit controls. I could also leave the Moderati as ‘done’ now but knowing me I’ll find a few bits and pieces to paint on them so I’ll say they’re not finished quite yet. I painted all the cockpit controls in green – Dark Angel Green, Thraka Green Wash, Snot Green, Scorpion Green and Waywatcher Green Glaze.

 

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For the Princeps, I continued to work on the overcoat with Evil Suns Scarlet, Jokaero Orange and Bloodletter Glaze and blending as carefully I could and I’m reasonably happy with the result. I painted the chest plate with Shining Gold and washed with Agrax Earthshade and later I highlighted it with Golden Griffon. The eyepiece and metal connectors on the back of the head were painted in Runefang Steel and washed with Drakenhof Nightshade.

 

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That’s where I am at the moment! I’ve just noticed that I’ve missed a few cockpit control lights so I’ll probably finish them now πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading,

 

Neil

 

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