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  1. #101
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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


    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


    Likewise the area below the 'head' calls for a processional egress onto the balcony/podium/pulpit.

    http://i.imgur.com/vfLQMxj.jpg


    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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    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


    so first I needed the rear housings,pretty straight forward just a rectangle with a 45° chamfer.

    http://i.imgur.com/EYSlklD.jpg


    I need to make the housings removable so the interior detail can be added later.

    http://i.imgur.com/240UkLw.jpg


    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


    All this is subject to change as the model evolves

    http://i.imgur.com/G5vSgr2.jpg


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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.


    http://i.imgur.com/sdcsfvH.jpg


    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


    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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    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


    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


    We'll see how successful I am with these compromises.

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    Daaaaang man. It's looking sick. Will you be putting some Skitarii on those balconies?

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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


    Once these galleries are surrounded by other detail, they'll blend in better.

    http://i.imgur.com/G0L4vLV.jpg


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    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


    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


    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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    Cripes! Now I know why I need such huge doors!

    http://i.imgur.com/t2yEa6Z.jpg


    These Tech Priests are gianormous!

    http://i.imgur.com/5UwOdgN.jpg


    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


    And a company of lesser warrior priests.

    http://i.imgur.com/9fEW3Zu.jpg


    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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    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    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


    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


    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


    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.

    Yet perhaps not from Martini Swilling judgmental old farts.

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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 most 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.

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    Originally Posted by Blackadder View Post
    "Shade," "Wash," "ink,"
    It seems he is just using the term shade as a general...not the highlight...as one would, basically anywhere you want to be darker than the normal coat and in contrast to the highlight.

    Wash: typically a thinned mixture of pigment (the paint) and water, this not only makes the pigment flow more it also changes the saturation levels because of the abundance of water compared to paint. This is to slowly build up an effect, such as shading.

    Ink: typically a very thin and flowing pigment that is NOT diluted for coverage, as in it flows but is at intended strength.


    It seems this guy is either using terms interchangeably or has used an ink he likes and diluted it into a wash...in order to achieve shading!


    Any GW shades/washes, whatever they are called now, can be diluted or thinned with water to make a wash you like. Any paint can also be diluted like this, but it's far easier and cleaner to start with a wash (usually incredibly well made by GW and vallejo)


    hopefully that helps

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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


    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


    http://i.imgur.com/sBy72ga.jpg


    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


    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.

    Oh! and many thanks to all those who responded to my plea for clearance on what constitutes an ink vis a vis a shade/wash.

    I didn't like the "ink" at all so I'm sticking with Nuln oil and the various shades & washes I already have.

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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 come to expect from a Emperor Titan.

    http://i.imgur.com/7LlNmWC.jpg


    With hope these will work into the equation.

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    Originally Posted by Blackadder View Post
    or knees if you prefer
    not in my house...

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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


    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


    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


    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


    Now we are ready for the pizzazz.

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    Disaster:

    While attaching the new part disaster struck and the whole assembly toppled off of the display console five feet to the floor first falling on my work desk. The whole thing shattered into half a dozen pieces on the desk and floor and I feared for the worst

    http://i.imgur.com/BmLTrby.jpg


    But inspection revealed no damage done to any of the discrete pieces and the titan readily reassembled none the worse for the experience.

    So here's a closeup of the new piece in approximately the finished location. the legs may have to be shortened.

    http://i.imgur.com/4JQGKqu.jpg


    This piece relies on the CoD Manufactorum railings for the detail so far. More yet to come and of course I need to make another one.

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    The God Machine Arises:

    Sorry to be so self indulgent but this is coming out much better than I expected.

    http://i.imgur.com/2fgqC8V.jpg



    In the beginning I had shall we say neutral enthusiasm for the project because when finished (If Successful I must add) it would relegate My Luteus Vexant to second place.

    http://i.imgur.com/wjuXm4I.jpg


    Now with a clear idea of how to build the chest area everything is falling into place and with both hanging buttresses in place the true width of the chest becomes apparent.

    http://i.imgur.com/kzpAMd2.jpg


    In point of fact this beastie has wormed it's way into my heart and I am beginning to regret compromising on the hip structure.

    Tonight I am going to start on the superstructure platform which will support the Cathedral-like top hamper

    http://i.imgur.com/QX9aTK8.jpg


    And tomorrow I have to make a Hobby run for more 1/2 inch square square tubing.

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    Once again serendipity:

    rears it's head. The "Hanging Butresses have structures that I suppose reinforce the arches and perhaps act as drains or down spouts. A large central one and two secondary on the wings. Inspecting my CoD bitz for inspiration I found the bas-relief tech priests on either side of the gothic arch windows made ideal. accents for these structures.

    http://i.imgur.com/ZHOW76K.jpg


    I used a razor saw to fine cut the figures from the window frames by first cutting off the square beam, then the footing course, finally the figures from the remainder. I discarded the the excess of the top and sanded the back side smooth. I then glued the figure to 3/8th inch square tubing (9.5 MM)

    http://i.imgur.com/KBJU3Wk.jpg


    I still haven't decided how long to make these so for now I'll just make all four and adjust the length at another time after I make the inverted square spires.

    But as you can see, blind luck has favored The Blackadder.

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