New Year, Same Projects!

With the arrival of 2019, I’ve loosely thought about what hobby related goals I should set, and came to the conclusion that it would mostly be finishing projects as well as extending current ones that would be the priority.

That can be broken down into two real sections: Adeptus Titanicus and Death Guard, with Heresy the commonality!

With the Death Guard, I’m planning to focus on expanding the force so that means I can diversify options with reference to Rites of War, so I’ll be aiming to get that Orbital Assault list finally sorted: it is a Dread Pod, a few standard Drop Pods, and another Dreadclaw in due course on that list. I’m also working through additional Heavy Support Squads to enable lists built around the Reaping to face all-comers. I’ve also made a nice Veteran ‘Kill Team’, as a Machine-Killer squad, as pictured below:

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Comprising of a mixture of kits, I hope it suitably conveys their status within the Legion!

The next focal point for Adeptus Titanicus is to finish building the last parts of my Warlords, before putting paint to models! I’ve sprayed the armour panels, which counts as progress, although I will be masking these off so as to appropriately ensure the correct livery for each named Titan:

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There will hopefully be other ad hoc updates for certain allies, but more than enough to be getting on with!

 

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Sons of Horus – Tester!

Here are a few initial photos of one of the initial Sons of Horus characters I’ve completed!

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The photos do make him look significantly more blue than he actually is… however, he’s been a lovely model to paint – and I’m feeling very happy with the scheme and confident this can be replicated en masse in future.

A new project!

With 2019 approaching, I’m excited to start kicking on with another project… the Sons of Horus!

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Whilst there’ll still be a lot to do on my Death Guard, I thought this might be an exciting side project with a completely different play style and colour scheme – which would complement my current forces nicely. Initial photos of one of the tester characters to come!

 

 

March of the Warlords

I’ve continued the theme of creating skeletons by now constructing the legs for all four of my Warlords: once again, buoyed by some great examples of creative poses, I’ve offered my own spin on a few to again evoke movement and destruction in equal measure. I’ll continue to add to these as we go, but it does start getting them to look more like the God-machines they are, and brings them ever closer to the painting table!

Both pairs are evoking the ‘stepping-on’things’ style that’s popular at the moment, and I’ve continued to utilise original Epic bits (including a demonstration of a future Land Raider’s demise, hopefully!), as well as some appropriate 40k terrain materials for the collapsed building effect, to start getting the visual in place:

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My current debate is whether they actually need to be positioned to be taller – whether that’s via additional cork or something else, as the next picture demonstrates when next to the Reavers as part of the whole Legio that they might benefit from something more. Certainly something to consider anyway! I’ve also added textured paste to all the bases to start making it look more like the urban ruin theme I’m attempting, although naturally – this won’t be the final colour! It has started to hide any messy joins, as well as help to bed in things like the trenches or craters on various bases, which is a great start.

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Next steps will be to get the bodies built for the four Warlords, and complete their magnetisation – before we can start getting paint on things!

Skeleton Structure

Working on the structure of the Titan skeletons has been really fun, particularly for trying out new poses and what might be feasible whilst being able to fit the external armour on afterwards! Once again, inspired by the many different poses that others have been using, my take on some of those looks will be included below as homage, because they are truly brilliant ideas, but it’s not something I can take credit for! I’ve settled on some relatively active poses with all my Titans so far, to convey that sense of movement, but with more to be added to the respective bases, these are definitely still works in progress.

The climbing Reaver, complete with Warhound kill:

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The building Reaver:

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The two Reavers:

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As well as the Reavers, I’ve finished building the Warhounds up to their respective skeletal structures. As part of the process, I’ve magnetised all the different weapon options for arms and carapace, so these can be swapped out as needed.

The hunting pack:

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I’ll need to keep working on all the bases, but now I’ve got rough body positions for these Titans, it should be easier to keep adding flavour and appropriate items to complete them.

Follow the Reaver

Having made a positive start of basing all my current Adeptus Titanicus models, I’ve now started working on building the Titans themselves, with some suitably creative poses. There has been no shortage of inspiration showcased by many others on the basing and building front, which has led to something that looks like the below.

I had initially started with building the legs of the Warhounds, but wanted to move the Reavers forward then, as they have some of the slightly more ambitious posing and bases of the Legio as a whole. I’ve initially started by using BlueTack to find the appropriate sort of pose, which’ll shortly be glued once the logistics and mechanics are finalised visually. I’m keeping them in their skeletal format, where possible, to enable easier painting in due course.

So, the first of the Reavers is currently modelled as follows:

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When taking the photo, the fist had slipped slightly, and so I’ll re-position this to be at an angle closer to horizontal, to hopefully evoke the ‘breaking through’ with the stride pose. I will still have this magnetised, even if it feels somewhat excessive, just so I can swap this in future depending on potential weapon packs, or alternative sculpts. It’s likely to be either Ferrum Mori or Dread Wake – given the current armament, which’ll be reflected in the painting.

I’ve also added a couple of shots of some of the bases that are a work in progress, such as the trench base. I’d like to add a rampart to the lip potentially, and this’ll still need to be textured, but hopefully gives a quick ideal of how it can be done. The cork was cut into a circle, separated – and thin strips of Plasticard were used to trace round the rough break between the two halves. Additional duckboards have been added in strip format too down the centre, and Milliput has covered the general gap between the plasticard and edge of the cork – as well as adding a more pronounced ‘edge’ to the trench.

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Will report on more Reaver based progress soon!

 

 

Rigo(u)r Mortis

With the recent release of Adeptus Titanicus (a new imagining of the classic game of Epic set within the Horus Heresy), it was something I knew I wanted to delve into. The opportunity to command lots of Titans fighting in a smaller scale was too good to pass up – and I’ve been excited by the prospect of owning some of these iconic models and using them on the tabletop.

The choice was inevitably simple: the Legio Mortis, as per my Warhound’s paint scheme and the sympathetic colour scheme of my Knight House, but also as Traitors and allies to one of my main armies, the Death Guard. I want to do these justice, given that they can be showpiece models in themselves due to the lower count of figures required for this game, and to also focus on the other aspects like basing to help provide a sense of scale for this too.

My initial focus therefore has not been getting them ready for the tabletop, contrary to my normal machinations, but rather planning the sort of mini-diorama each base can potentially be, and crafting that accordingly. I hope to experiment with these models more in style, with my airbrush and oil paints, and things of that ilk – to continue to develop those modelling skills and to produce what I hope to be stand out models for gaming in future. The emphasis therefore, is on rigour – hence the title!

So far, for the Legio, I’ve made the following collection of bases:

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These are currently a mixture of cork tile, 40k buildings, old Epic ruins, and some suitably damaged new scale Titanicus buildings, supplemented with plasticard and Milliput. There’ll be a number of other additions to help these look suitably ‘urban ruin’ in due course, as well as the use of some of the traditional Epic models to help enhance the sense of scale and immersion. I’ll be texturing these once the Milliput cures – but these should give a good overview of the general style that I’ll work towards through the construction process.

I’ve most certainly taken inspiration from so many fantastic modelling and painting projects that have been cropping up recently; it really has provided so many fascinating ideas to work with such eminently poseable figures. We’ll see how these turn out!