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Legio Mortis (aka Durfast builds a Titan)


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Yes, it just felt like the right time to launch this one:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1319_zpsf55ba86d.jpg


 


Parts washed, organised and ready for cleaning up.


 


Feet:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1318_zps52a2495f.jpg


 


Legs:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1320_zps7886d21e.jpg


 


Main Body:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1321_zps9e090a99.jpg


 


Head:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1322_zps894067d2.jpg


 


Etc:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1323_zps602aaea7.jpg


 


Sorry, but the light was a bit http://heresy30k.invisionzone.com/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.pngropey yesterday. So some of the focusing suffered - will do better next time


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My other one has been based, but that can be quite inconvenient. So I'm going to try for freestanding first.

 

I plan to clean up the feet next weekend, drill out the joints for pinning etc. as I doing it in between my Sons of Horus project. So hopefully the next update will follow that :)

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Both feet cleaned up, drilled out and ready for pinning:
 


I tried to drill them out with a power Dremel, but didn't like the lack of control. So switched the 3mm drill bit to my GW hand drill and that produced much tidier results. In each case I predrilled with a much smaller bit to ensure it was central. The space is exactly 3mm, so there is no room to be off centre:
 


Next up, cutting the brass rod:

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So, the pinned feet. At this stage the joints are still fully articulable (a litle more cleaning up required on the big toe):


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1330_zpsfa536996.jpg


 


The pin from the big and rear toes extends into the ankle socket:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1329_zps65d2d374.jpg


 


This will assist in pinning the lower leg in place:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1331_zps6365d189.jpg


 


Next week - the legs!


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As promised last week, this weekend I tackled the legs. First came the clean up, followed by dry assembly:

 

The hips and pelvis:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CQ7xETEzP8w/UqRPO-WcOiI/AAAAAAAAAiY/5Nc38PUxWY0/s320/IMG_1351.JPG

 

 And the legs themselves. thigh, two piece knee, and lower leg with ankle joint:

 

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TPaWygobQT8/UqRPSgNb4qI/AAAAAAAAAio/KIr4Ao8uiks/s320/IMG_1352.JPG

 

I found pre-drilling with a smaller bit essential here. First I measured the centre point on either side of the outer joint, and them I drilled through. The next stage was to place the inner piece, gently push the drill bit through to mark the correct spot. I then changed the angle and repeated this to ensure the centre mark was consistent. This was then repeated for the upper joint. I hope that all makes sense:

 

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2G7ps3jGH8g/UqRPPrIEMZI/AAAAAAAAAic/K6vOmsohr8A/s320/IMG_1353.JPG

 

I did not want to drill all the way through the hip ball joint as I don't expect them to be at an exact right angle to the pelvis once assembled. I pushed a cut down brass spear from my historical bits box, point outwards, and used this to confirm the centre point for the thight joint. In both cases the true centre point matched the centre of the disc on the thigh:

 

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v4X-B635o8c/UqRPS29ZOPI/AAAAAAAAAis/L_F5wZjMzXI/s320/IMG_1356.JPG

 

The next stage was simply to drill through with the 3mm bit and cut the brass rod to length. I drilled the outer edges first, then placed the inner joint in place to confirm positioning, before removing it and drilling in from either side. I then resaampled it and confirmed the joint by passing the drill bit in from either side again in various positions. The pre-drilling meant that there were no issues at this stage.

 

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f3mr1BXO8Gg/UqRPUZSMpaI/AAAAAAAAAi4/gGohf1cBjIM/s320/IMG_1359.JPG

 

I did not drill all the way through to the outer edge of the thigh joint as this will make it easy to conceal with putty later.

 

Next week I will work on the torso and head. I need these pieces to be complete to allow me to confirm the model is in balance before fixing the various joints in the feet, legs and hips in place, attaching the pistons etc. Whilst I may fix a small base under each foot to protect them from the rigours of clumsy gaming and aid stability. I would like it to be freestanding if possible.

 
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Onto the torso.

Clean-up was fairly simple.
 

 

There's a hefty tab to cut off the rear side of the 'shoulders', but it's covered by the grills. So there's no need to spend too much time cleaning it up:
 

 

 

Onto the pinning. Unlike the toes and leg joints, which are there to help support the weight of the beast, pinning of the torso is designed to help to glue hold anything together. So I didn't get too carried away:
 

 

 

You can get away with drilling through the back piece and into the block either side of the shoulders. As it will be covered by the rear sockets (see final picture):
 

 

 

Next week we'll sort out the arms. I've yet to order the magnets for the weapons, but given the effect of long barrels on balance, I'll need to have them in place before fixing the final pose, glueing the feet and legs in position etc.

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Looking good there brother!

I love titan threads and it's interesting to see and hear the different approaches to pinning and posing.

It's really great that you made it so tutorial-like with pics of everything and a description of it all.

Im proberably going to loan some of your tips when I get around to sell my firstborn to FW for a Warhound to go with my Reaver whistlingW.gif

Looking foward to seeing the progress here thumbsup.gif

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  • 1 month later...

So with the festivities and what not out of the way, it was time to get on with the Warhound. On assembly, I found that one of the pins holes was quite a way off line. In retrospect, I would have drilled these after assembly:
 


Following some advice off a Danish friend, the shield generators are attached with magnets. So if a shield goes down, one can be removed :-)
 

 


And the first of the weapons - again magnetised:
 


Onto painting…

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Very well done good Sir, got to say I stayed away from huge FW models because they seemed to hard/complex. You have me re thinking that point of view

I'm taking it one step at a time. Once the body is painted up and assembled, I'll worry about sorting out the legs etc. ;)

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The next session focused on painting and assembling the hull interior:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1467_zpscd1614f8.jpg


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1471_zps867e627f.jpg


 


As you can no doubt see, I've used my hobby knife to cut criss crosses into those parts about to be glued together.


 


Next week, I'll move onto pinning the arms to the shoulders, and start painting the gun servitors.


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Back to mundane cleaning, pinning and assembly this weekend.


 


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-caBmPkaFc90/Uu447gsGe2I/AAAAAAAAArw/OeMDR5-9hCc/s1600/IMG_1486.JPG


 


The first pin goes all the way though from the outer edge of the shoulder. This will carry the weight of the weapon. Green stuff is then used to hide the hole. The 'arm' retains a degree of backwards and forwards movement. So a second pin comes in from the rear to fix it in place. This pin only goes halfway into the shoulder joint and the hole will be hidden by the torso:


 


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uKCE0I0iD-s/Uu446xVwBMI/AAAAAAAAAro/NSNr5lGCWXA/s1600/IMG_1485.JPG


 


The base is then shaved down ready to receive a magnet, which is greenstuffed and glued into place.


 


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N2qd47RLlbo/Uu44-MJ4aLI/AAAAAAAAAr4/4l4C0T2Z7_g/s1600/IMG_1487.JPG


 


The weapon can now be rotated left and right.


 


Time for undercoating...


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  • 3 weeks later...

Interior of the cockpit:


 


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1523_zpsff3b0806.jpg


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1522_zpsdb2d3dab.jpg


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1515_zps0d6a031d.jpg


http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1512_zps1a15c7f4.jpg


 


Onto the exterior of the head and the gun-servitors http://heresy30k.invisionzone.com/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png


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I totally missed that up to now... Suffice to say thread followed!

 

I could see the Princeps with a bit brighter colors - you know to stand out a bit more...

 

But the engineering it takes to pin everything together and make it stand leaves me in awe....

 

 

 

Monumental effort brother... but you will not walk alone!

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I know what you mean Semper, but I'm drawn to Isstvan-era Legio Mortis near the start of their journey into darkness.

 

So he's dressed to match the colours of his titan: black with red and white contrasts. He did have red trousers, but that was bit much!

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This is one hell of a project, man, and I applaud you for undertaking it. I gotta ask, though, how are you planning of hiding the brass rod edges on the side of the toes? They seem a touch....glaring, at the present.

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On to the shoulders:

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1599_zpsb5ae4937.jpg

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd141/jannerxi/HH/IMG_1597_zps31b140ce.jpg

More than a tad of grey added to the flesh tones to aim for that unhealthy look smile.png

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