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Armiger84's Long March (Legio Tempestus, House Malinax)

Titan 30K Heresy Tempestus Chaos

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Ok, it's about time I put some of my finished work up here.

 

I started painting Legio Tempestus back in June 2019 for a local escalation league, scrambling to get 1000-1250 points together ahead of a start date in the first week of July.  As things played out, I was the only person to complete all six weeks of games, but it's probably an understatement to say I was hooked ;)

 

Legio Tempestus, House Malinax, & Sons of Horus Allies

 

So, why Tempestus?  Well, waaaaay back in the day Bell of Lost Souls did a Horus Heresy supplement, and one of the guys painted up a Reaver in Tempestus' colors.  I loved the retro blue armor & shard camo look.  Painting lots of checkers & shard camo was going to be a personal technical challenge, and I figured I really wanted to go retro for my Adeptus Titanicus force for that nostalgia feel.  

 

I've been adding to this force off and on for about 8-9 months now, with two more Reavers in WIP and a Warbringer planned too.  After that, I may bulk out my House Malinax auxilia a bit more, but once that's about rounded out, it'll be time to work on some Loyalist scum for an OpFor.

 

Without further ado, here's a walkthrough of everything I've painted to date, in order of descending scale!

 

I.  Warlord Titans:

 

Stormbringer & Kingslayer
 
The boys, scanning for targets.  Magnets at the neck, shoulders and biceps for ease of part swaps.
 
Stormbringer
 
Stormbringer is my latest titan, and I'm pretty happy with what I've been able to do with this guy.  In my mind, the overall battlegroup Princeps Senioris rides to battle in this Warlord, leading his forces and crushing the forces of the False Omnissiah.
 
Kingslayer
 
Kingslayer was my first Warlord and sixth titan overall.  As with the pattern you'll see below, first titan of the series gets the split carapace scheme.
 
II.  Reaver Titans:
 
Reavers
 
The first two Reavers I've painted, with two more on the way!  Everyone's magnetized at the elbow, carapace, and neck so I can easily swap around weapons and even cockpits.
 
Reaver 1 (name TBD)
 
My initial plan for the escalation league was a Venator Maniple, hence turbolasers and a volcano cannon.
 
Reaver 2 (name TBD)

 

My fifth titan.  I knew I would be doing close combat Reavers eventually, but for my initial force, I wanted to go heavy on ranged gun platforms.

 

 

III.  Warhound Titans:

 

Tempestus Warhound Packs

 

*TEMPESTUS* let the dogs out (sorry; I couldn't resist).  I magnetized the weapons at the elbow where the ball sockets click into the guns, but left the heads attached since I couldn't really swap them easily.

 

Warhound Squadron 2 (names TBD)
 
The first pack I deployed.  You'll note that in addition to the split carapace, every Warhound has its left shin split between checkers and shard camo.
 
Warhound Squadron 1 (names TBD)
 
I wanted to be able to pick out my Warhound packs easily on the battlefield, so Warhound #3 was the first to get a white cockpit and a full shard camo carapace.  This makes it a bit easier to represent Mantellum Fulmen, Tempestus' character titan, as well.
 
IV.  House Malinax:
 
House Malinax

 

More on these guys later.  The Acastus can swap weapon arms, but the missile pods are locked in place, as are the secondary guns.  The Cerastus Lancers are mono-build; I didn't really see the need for Acheron or Castigator builds yet, and I'll definitely be using ~2-4 Lancers often.  I'm proud of how I built the Questoris - you can't swap the secondary stubbers & meltaguns, but I magnetized everyone at the elbow and the carapace top, so when I finally get around to painting power gauntlets and missile pods I'll be able to run any and all gear combinations :)

 

V.  Objective Markers & Battlefield Assets:

 

Objectives & Battlefield Assets

 

"Hey, you know what would be cool?  What if I made tokens to represent Titan-Hunter Infantry, Forward Observers, or even Scatterable Mines...?"  Yeah, those were fun projects.  Also, I decided to convert Aeronautica Imperialis hex tokens and Adeptus Titanicus bunkers into numbered objective markers for use with Graham Sanders' Matched Play Missions (see his Claws & Fists blog here).  I went a little overboard - I think I only needed four - but hey, why not?
 
So if you made it this far, thanks for putting up with my amateur photography skills and for taking a look at what I've done to date for Legio Tempestus!  I'll be adding to this as I get more engines painted, and we'll see where this goes!
 

 


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Loved this stuff on FB... Good to see you here :)


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These are fantastic! Love the shard camo: has avery nice retro feel, like you mentioned. :tu:

 

Keep it up!


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You carry the Emperor's will as your torch, with it destroy the shadows.


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This is a great looking Battlegroup. Welcome to the board.


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C+C always welcome on my Titanic Plog. Should really be painting Crimson Fists.

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Welcome aboard! Great showing, they look beautiful and pristine in their retro camo. Perhaps a bit too pristine in that environment, with such pure white toes...


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Conversion heavy truescale Death Guard project, getting to army size! http://www.bolterand...s-with-the-xiv/

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I saw these on IG and I love what you've done making them look regal and detailed.  


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Very lovely! Great to see such nice models, all painted up! 

 

Kudos!


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Thanks guys!  I really appreciate all of the feedback.  A lot of social media feels like throwing images out there into the void and hoping for some sort of response.  I figured it was about time I pulled everything together, 8-9 months into painting, and put the force forward to a gaming community.

 

These are the first really big models I've painted with serious room for details and shading (my Suturvora engines don't count; gunmetal isn't hard to shade, and going for flat black carapaces doesn't offer a whole lot of room for exploration), so each batch of titans has been a bit of a learning experience.

 

I need to go back over the force after I finish the next Reaver or two and clean up some lines & shading a bit more, smooth some spots out, and maybe try adding a little more wash around all of the rivets on the trim.

 

I really do want to try my hand at weathering, but frankly I'm a little intimidated by the thought.  I think after the cleanup pass I'll get everybody clearcoated (yeah, I know, should have done that sooner but it's been a wet autumn and a wet winter so far here), then toy with adding some weathering powders around the feet and some heavily diluted drip staining to the carapace plates in places.  Definitely starting minimalist on that and stopping when it feels good enough.  On one hand, Legio Tempestus is one of the Triad Ferrum Morgulus, so I could easily see them being proud and haughty, and making a point of marching to war resplendent in their colors (especially the portion of the Legio that sided with Horus & the Fabricator General), but at the same time, a 30 meter tall walking fortress should be kicking up *some* dust...  There's good repair, and then there's pristine, and very little military hardware fights while looking pristine.

 

I also plan on adding some scrub to the bases as well, get the bases to look a little more badlands and a little less wastelands.  Finally, nameplates are coming, I just need to give that some consideration before ordering (and decide whether I'm keeping brown base trim, or going to black/dark grey).  Naming an engine is no small thing, after all.


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I really do want to try my hand at weathering, but frankly I'm a little intimidated by the thought. 

It's the only thing I thought was missing unless you were going for the just-walked-from-the-dropship look but maybe try weathering some AT terrain first?  The hard part is weathering 100' titans differently from 20' mechs, I should think mud clumps and rust streaks would look different at those scales.  You've obviously got the skills, those look great.


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Wonderful stuff! It is an impressive sight!



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First - excellent work. The cammo is particularly good.

 

Second - I think they might look even better with a bit of additional weathering. A light oil-based wash might do wonders.







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