Reaver blog 4-getting ahead.

With the main body done only 3 tasks remain.  Head, crew and weapons. The head and 4 ‘human’ crew were done together.
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The head is in 2 parts. Top armour and the rest. The rest is in several parts assambled using super glue very little weight sits on this part so normal glue is fine.  I pinned the the neck joint for extra strength.

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To keep the top armour in place I used 4 magnets. It only needed some help to stay in place, so it was easy to use small magnets. They are 3mm x2 mm  disk neodymium magnets.
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The top armour was painted the same as the rest of the armour,  but I had found a nice image of true messengers titans with bisected head colour so I went blue and white for the head. The symmetrical pattern is a standard design on imperial titans so it’s a nod to the old classic design.

The head itself is single blocky part with 1 panel glued on. To this are 4 pipes and the crew. They 3 crew were treated as individual  models for painting. The rest of the head was easy to paint.

The ‘eyes’ (multiple lense clusters’) are awesome parts. I really enjoyed painting these. In the kit is a perspex sheet to make the covers.  I have never seen a reaver that has used these and I did not break a tradition.
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Once painted the crew were glued in and then I jb welded the neck in place.

The head adds so much to the model, the extra time spent paining it added to over all look.

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Once done it was on to the mighty techpreist.  This is a great model this is almost totally hidden. But I did it anyway! Build wise, the techpreist is really fiddly. The arms are very fine with a small joint. The are so thin they bend while being painted. He was painted in the colours of my skitarii force from forgeworld world Gantz, home of my titan legion. My aim is to build a small force of admec to support the titan and for an up coming campaign. 
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Next up the weapons. 

Reaver blog 3-Outer torso

With the legs done, it’s on to the main torso.  Parts wise there aren’t many,  but they are huge. The are a mix of large single plates and the hull. My aim was to paint them in bits then assemble them. I kept the white/grey as the primary colour, with the blue as the accent.

The hull is made into 2 large sections that needed painting.  The front has the shoulders, forward hull and interior. The rear has a solid block of the rear armour and back of the interior.

Assambling the front section is a mere 4 parts. 2 Hull and 2 shoulders. The shoulders were pinned with same brass rod as the legs. The jb weld was used to bind these. On to this are 5 armour plates. 2 shoulder, 2 cowl parts and a massive top part. The top hull is not be glued into place. The rest, due to their size are jb welded into place.

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The beauty of these parts is i could work on them individually. This allowed the build to be manageable.
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In between the legs and torso is a 2 part waist and this has (more) pistons. This was treated as a separate part. For the waist armour, I went with the blue. This increase the colours nicely balancing the white.

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The main ‘block’ of the front armour was done in the same way as the legs, with armour in blue. I did the interior at the same time, but I added extra details to this as well.

Speaking of which, the sides of the interior also got done. They are odd parts but suprisingly fun to paint. The include the arm gun sevitors. These poor wretched creatures are great fun. They remind my of the film the chronicals of Riddick. All twisted and pained.

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One issue I found with the airbrushed paint is that it is very soft. To combat this I used Vallejo matt varnish applied via the airbrush. This allowed me to ‘build’ layers were needed.

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The trim took an age to get rights, largely due to the scale of each part.

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The big rear section was built in 8 parts. The main back part is in 3 parts, then 4 void sheilds and the engine cover.

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The engine cover and sheild generators were easy to paint, the big back section is an odd part.

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It is essentially 3 different parts of the titian. The back of the interior, the engine section and the rear armour.

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I painted the engine and rear section together. Once finshed I varnished it, masked it off and did the blue of the armour.

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I also maged up the sockets for the weapon pipes and the carapace weapon mounts.

Once all the parts were done,it was back to assambling. It was all stuck together with jb cold weld for the strong bond. Next task is the head and crew.

Once finshed I added some detailing with the titan decal sheet.

Project blog reaver #1

my last attempt to do a blog on big project didn’t really work. This time, I will be less ambitious. I will let you know how it’s going rather than a step by step. I will also share anything new I learn and any tips I get from other warmongers. 

I started on the legs and  I cleaned up all the legs parts. One lower leg section was miscast so fw sent me a replacement. The rest of the legs were ok. After smoothing them over, I washed them. Someone  had suggested using fairy power spray befor the traditional soak. This has worked wonders and you can feel difference. It’s great to be working with such massive parts again, but it does throw up challenges. 
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I was pleased with the results and now on to sub assembly. I pinned the 2 hip parts using 2mm brass rod as a lot weight goes through the joins. For glue, I am moving away from super glue for the big joins, and using a 2 part epoxy resin. This will take longer to cure, but will form a much stronger bond. I have tried a few test pieces and the bond is incredible!  I used jb cold weld. It is very strong! Cost was around £5 from Amazon. 

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The upper legs are set in slight stride to help balance and I wanted a more shooting pose so less leg action is better.  

On a quick I have found that my twin long ranged option is called ‘goth’ pattern, and it suits my idea very to have a cool name for the pattern. 

A big part of the legs are all the Pistons, and these will go on last. Everyone says this a nightmare, so not looking forward to this. Thankfully, none of the legs are magnatized, so that’s one task I don’t need to worry about. But there are a lot of them, the toe, ankle, knee, and hips all have Pistons. They need to be trimmed to fit the pose once the legs are set. 

I have made a start on the feet. Cleaning and prepping them. The 8 toes are all Sorted and I have done the toe Pistons. The process was difficult. As the leg position move the feet position, each piston is cut to length. I did these 1 at a time, gluing them into to, but not the ankle armour. This means each toe can be painted separately. The toes are all different. You get 4 ‘side’ toes, then a front left, front right, rear left, rear right. The ankle armour above the toes is also different, front, rear, inside and out. The larger leg Pistons on the to of the armour plates all move and are easy to position. This is areal godsend! Again the ankle armour is not yet attached for paintings. The hip and knee Pistons are easy to set, the hip ones needing more work. 

The leg painting schedule looks a lot of work, but actually should be easy. 


Parts list for painting-legs

Main legs

4 external leg armour plates

8 ankle plates

8 toes (inc 16 Pistons)

2 knees

Groin plate. 

The air brush will get through the these in a hurry, but the trim will be a pain. I want old look to the trim, so I will use a brass base, shaded with both nuln oil and earth shade. The new retributor gold and finish with necron compound. The test peice works really well. The metal areas will also get a antique looks, dry brushed necron compound over a black base, washed in earthshade and re dry brushed, then sepia wash and dry brushed. This gives an nice old metal look, that isn’t rusty. 

Lexius Jobo, the messenger of the truth

I have bought myself a reaver Titan and I am starting to plan this mammoth project. Like last years thunderhawk, this will push my abilities and I want to do this thing justice.  

My plan is for a member of legio peagarus, a close ally of the ultramarines. Famed for the long ranged war fare, this ancient legio was at calth, and fought during the Hersey along side the 13th. After calth, the legio, now much reduced slowly rebuilt. Still a shadow of its former glory, but still holds its former values. Rather than the mass killing and destruction, they prefer the surgical strike, leaving the planet they are attacking as a viable world, once they leave. 

  
My Titan will match their colours, blue, white and gold, so it will match the marines well,  but I want to reflect the ancient nature of the order. My plan is make the substructure look old, with the new plates clean and Crisp, cleaned and repainted after each mission. This old and new, light and dark, will add the presences of the model, but will stretch my painting ability. To aid this I am investing in a new iwata revolution airbrush and I hope this project will improve my airbrushing skills. 

  

Weapon wise, I have looked at lots of other people’s work and the consensus is 2 different weapons, but I wanted to promote the long range precision shooting of the legio. So I have 2 volcano cannons. These will be magnatized up (using really big magnets) I also noticed lots of people don’t use the power pipes for the weapons I want add these, but have a feeling that there is a reason for this! 

  
I will aim for a striding pose, similar to one on the fw website, agian this will be difficult, and the balance is important. 

  
So that is my plan for the Newly named Lexius Jobo. (Jobo is my wife’s old nickname, and she let me spend £620 on a model!)

The big dilemma 

ok, I have a decision to make and it’s killing me. I am in a position to get a warlord Titan from an unexpected financial windfall. Like most imperial players and painters, the warlord is the ultimate challenge and addition to any army. But here is the thing, I am tempted not to.

  
Why! People will ask, it’s a fething warlord Titan! But look at the alternatives for the same amount of cash?  Plus I have to store the damn thing, my cupboards aren’t big enough to hold it! Here in my internal arguments for and against.

For

  1. It’s a warlord fething Titan!
  2. It’s the biggest painting challenge I will ever face. (This for me a positive thing)
  3. I love the model. The detail is stunning! The defensive weapons, the rear hatch, the way the leg armour it designed, it’s stunning. 
  4. In game it’s so OP it’s hysterical!

Against

  1. Don’t think any of my regular opponents will ever have enough to fight it, so it will rarely get used (if ever)
  2. I have no idea where to store it. The hawk is a pain to store already!
  3. I will need to spend around £100 to get the additional tools I need to build it! (New airbrush need)

The alternative view

If I don’t get the warlord, what’s the alternative? Well, I want to paint a Titan, it’s one of those thing I have always wanted. It been a dream of mine, that will now be a reality. I like the warhounds, but I love the reaver. So I’d get the reaver with a mix of weapons. (Gatling blaster, volcano cannon and missile pod) I’d also get a warhound inferno cannon to convert up for the carapace mount. I’d also get the new airbrush and the additional bits to assemble it. This would still leave over £500 spare. Using gifts for geeks, I’d get an imperial city. (Sector imperialis, 4 imperial sectors kits, 2 Aquila shrines and 3 other buildings. 

The advantage of the reaver, that at 1450 pts it’s usable in an average game (ok bit of a git to use it, but do able) and it is beatable. My opponent will struggle but, with 4 voids, 18 hp and av 14, it can be killed. (Hard, but kill able) the warlord however is 2850 (2750+weapons) has av15, 6 voids, 30 hp and armoured cemerite (no melta  rules) is damn hear impossible for non Titans to harm. 

I have always wanted a city fight board, but get distracted and buy more marines. This time it’s a real possibility. I would make up some intact buildings and some ruins, to allow for a mix of options. I am planning a 3 story admin building, a full imperial church and a pumping station, along with a host of smaller block buildings. 

Painting wise, painting the reaver is still a huge challenge. It actually has more parts than the warlord (240 vs 171) and has more interior to paint. Painting the city will be huge task as well. 

So you can see the dilemma. The warlord is the ultimate painting experience, but what to do afterwards. The reaver/city idea is more practical, but who needs to practical if you have a warlord? It’s a head vs heart dilemma. One thing is certain. Something big is coming! 

My next blog will be about me cartwheeling around having bought a Titan. Then panicking about building/painting. Till then, see you across the battlefield.