I generally don't do WIP posts, but my ETL 2015 vow is complicated enough to warrant some regular updates.
EDIT: Here is the general checklist for completion:
Carapace-mounted turbolasers - complete!
Right arm (macro-gatling blaster) - complete!
Right arm shield - complete!
Left arm (Belicosa-pattern volcano cannon) - complete!
Left arm shield - complete!
Right leg and groin - complete!
Left leg - complete!
Torso and head - complete!
Honor banner - complete!
Right kill pennant - complete!
Left kill pennant - complete!
Side cannons - complete!
The model itself is a Warlord Titan originally commissioned from EnGen Studios. I picked it up off the original owner, but EnGen continues to provide excellent customer service. Here is the initial WIP shot, with Fraterrus Quartus for scale. Not long after this, structural damage in the left leg (from shipping) made itself apparent. While that's out being repaired, I've begun work on the rest of the model.
The first thing I did was add rivets... well, just about everywhere. This serves three purposes: 1) It breaks up the large, flat surfaces and adds a little more detail. 2) It invokes mental images of airplanes and skyscrapers. 3) It serves as ablative armor, of a sort, against bumps and scrapes. If the model rubs against something, hopefully it will hit the easy to replace/repaint rivets rather than the resin beneath. Here is an in-progress shot to show the difference between the original and riveted surfaces. I used iron-on "nailheads" that I found on Etsy, mounted with superglue.
And here is the right leg all riveted up.
At this point, I've laid down close to 1,000 rivets. It's very relaxing work. I've also added a bit of etched brass detail left over from a model ICBM launch vehicle kit that I'd previously cannibalized for parts. I've added void shield generators on the shoulders, just above the turbolaser bays. These were built from Imperial Bastion escape hatches and bits from a Gundam kit that a friend let me pick through.
I'm also adding little details all around the model. On the torso, I've added spotlights around the armored cowl. I envision the Titan striding across the battlefield with a self-generated halo of light shining down and around the cockpit. I'm also adding cameras/sensors to the chest, taken from the Spearhead Command Vehicle sprue.
I've begun adding in details around the pistons and joints, using leftover bits from my spares bin and a 1:35 tank kit. Bass guitar wire is used as cabling between the legs and on the weapon arms.
You always hear about Titans sounding their warhorns and blaring Imperial hymns as they march into battle. However, I've never seen a Titan model with speakers to do so! It was very difficult to actually find speakers the right size - I stumbled upon a set of dirge casters by The Dark Works completely by accident. They're mated to the bodies of Chimera searchlights, the faces of which I'd already used above.
Work has begun on the honor banner and kill pennants. The banner poles are 6" 6-32 threaded rods with decorative nuts. I'll be using jewelry chain and magnets to connect the banner to the Titan's groin and arms, to ease assembly and disassembly.
And here is the honor banner mid-detailing. I'm using the same scheme as I did for my Knights, though the increased scale allows for increased detail. I tend to freehand everything, but for the banners I'll be using a few transfers here and there as well. My freehand obviously isn't perfect, but it's mine.
So that's what the first weekend brought. What next? I'm continually waiting for bits, so I'll do what I can while I wait. The turbolasers are in the process of being painted, after which I'll start on the arms. At some point I'll also get started on the kill pennants. I try to space out the really fun parts so that I always have something to look forward to.
I'll post another update next weekend, if I have time and enough progress to show.
Edited by CommodusXIII, 29 July 2015 - 10:30 PM.