Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Mars Alpha Pattern Warlord Battle Titan (5)

I've given a lot of attention to the weapons mountings recently, as they seem made to be interchangeable. I'm sure FW will create weapons to represent all of the Warlords options in the future, so i want my titan to be future-proof!

So if these weapons were going to be going in and out, i wanted to make sure the connection points were suitably reinforced. To do this i'm going to use 4mm brass tube to reinforce the joints, then a 3.5mm rod to act as the pin. First things first; how do i cut brass tube without screwing up the shape??

With a tube cutter of course! You set the width then roll the tube around the cutter while slowly tightening the clamp.

After a very long and boring process, the tube is perfectly cut without collapsing the shape.

But this was taking FAR to long and i needed a few lengths of tube, so i got out the Dremel and used and angle grinder bit instead!!

So hows this going to work? Well the mountings of the Volcano Canons are large flat discs. I drilled a hole through the middle and inserted a small length of the brass tube into it. This would reinforce the joint, keep the movement smooth, and make it last a bit longer!

Happy that the idea worked, i cut some more tube for the other connections.

The weapons mounts at the ends of the Warlords arms also needed reinforcing with the same brass tube.

Once the glue for the tubing was set in their sockets, i gave it a trial run with a bit of brass rod. Perfect fit! This is going to enable me to easilly swab out the weapons. Especially looking forward to the Sunfury Plasma Annihilator! Who wouldn’t want one of those with a name like that?

The GunGrave

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Mars Alpha Pattern Warlord Battle Titan (4)

Next up is the Warlords arms and weapons mountings. These were a bit fidilly to get stuck down!! A bit of help from my clamps got it sorted. 

The pose of the mounts will see the weapons hanging slightly away from the body, and pointing slightly outwards. 

Once the Araldite had dried i drilled in some more reinforcement pins for a bit more strength.

I did the same for the shoulder connection.

Next up was the piston assemblies in the 'armpits'!

I did debate having these movable so i could have the weapons rotate at the shoulder, but it was shapping up to be a huge ammount of work so left it.

While all that was drying i got the Volcano Canons stuck together. These weapons were all very large pieces so they didnt take long.

Sadly there were some large gaps between the heat sinks and the weapon which had to be filled with MilliPutt. This was a bbit of a pain, but got it done in the end!

I also got some holes drilled into the Volcano Canon mounts, but more on that next post!

The GunGrave

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Mars Alpha Pattern Warlord Battle Titan (3)

A big update on the Warlord today, as I've managed to get quite a lot done recently.

The vents on the top of the carapace have now been added. This was a bit of a chore as the pieces didn't quite fit properly. I had to soak them in boiling water a few times in order to get the fit right. Even after that there were quite a few gaps  at the front end which had to be filled. 

I'd also worked on the shoulders. These needed to be strongly fixed to the main carapace, and they'll not only have some very heavy weapons hanging from them, but some equally heavy weapons sitting on top of therm to!

The surface was flat between the carapace and the shoulder piece, so i used Araldite for the initial fix. After that i drilled in some 3mm holes for some more brass rod.

Each shoulder had 4 brass pins inserted to make sure they were properly fixed. The below picture is the top of the shoulder part, where i drilled in 2 holes diagonally downwards into the carapace and pinned.

While  that was drying i started to prepare the defencive weapons and their mountings. I wanted these weapons to be removable as they're at risk of breaking off while being transported. The best way to do this was to magnetise them.

The weapons came in 3 parts; the weapon, the weapon housing, and a placement pin. I glued the weapon into its housing then fixed magnets to the housing and the pin. These are the Mauler Bolt Cannons.

And these are the Lascannons.

The weapon mountings on the main carapace were designed for the placement pin to be inserted into the top of the mountings, passing all the way through to the bottom, where it would meet the smaller housing of the weapon itself. I stuck the placement pin to the carapace weapon mounting, leaving the weapon itself to move freely on the magnets.

Next i moved onto the shoulder mountings for the armour panels. These were very easy to place, and slotted in nicely to the main carapace.

Now the Warlords starting to bulk out a bit, he's quickly filling up the new display cabinet!

The GunGrave

Friday, 6 November 2015

Mars Alpha Pattern Warlord Battle Titan (2)

Work is progressing pretty quickly at the moment I'm pleased to say. With the main leg assembly completed, I've moved onto the torso.

These pieces are especially large, so i had to buy some clamps especially for the job. This made this stage of the assembly a little slow, as each piece had to be allowed sufficient time to dry while clamped in place before moving onto the next bit.

The torso could now be placed atop the completed legs. The join is large and stable enough that i hope i don't have to magnetise it. Now the true scale of the model could be seen! Its an absolute beast!

I don't think the scale can be properly appreciated until its seen in the flesh. I've put a Terminator Chaplin on the top of the carapace to help you with the scale!

As i was putting the Warlord together i quickly realised that it wouldn't fit inside any of my display cabinets. Bugger...

A quick trip to Ikea later, and the Warlord has a shiny new cabinet to stay in! Beautiful!

(the poor Reaver was still in bits at this stage!)

More soon.

The GunGrave

Monday, 2 November 2015

Mars Alpha Pattern Warlord Battle Titan!

A few posts ago i hinted at 'an exciting purchase' that prompted the repainting of the Reaver Titan. That purchase is now here, and its a shiny new Warlord Titan!!

For me (and many others i suspect) this is a dream-come-true model! As soon  as i saw the first pictures, i started saving up the cash for this massive purchase! 

On the day it arrived, i immediately started getting the pieces together, starting with the legs. 78 pieces later, this is what i had in front of me.

I needed a bucket to get this lot washed and prepped!

A few Gin's and a worn out toothbrush later, it's ready nearly for assembly.

So it goes without saying that a model of this size requires a bit of forward planing, so before any gluing was done, the pieces were layed out to check the positioning. I started from the ground up!

Next up i glued the 'knees' to the 'shins', the column like section that attaches to the foot. I used the foot just to keep it all upright here.

Now to glue the legs into position. For this i actually started from the top and worked my way down. This would make it easier to pose and i could get assistance from gravity to apply pressure to the joints.

Before that though, i lined up the hips with the pelvis and marked where i wanted the pieces to be. This would make it easier when i glued them in place. I'll be using Araldite for these larger pieces.

I wanted the Warlord to have a striding pose, so one leg is positioned in front of the other.

After the Araldite had dried, i drilled a hole into each hip to add a pin. I know this seems like I've done this the wrong way around, but trust me, this is a much easier way to add support to a large joint like this.

A length of 3mm brass rod was inserted and Araldite used to secure it in place. The hole will later be covered up with the Titans gyro's which sit in the centre most recess.

After that it was on to the knees. These were much easier, as they were a straight forward articulated joint that only goes forwards or backwards. Another 3mm hole was drilled and brass rod added BEFORE gluing this time to ensure i got the pose right. Once happy, i added more Araldite and let it set.

I happened to have a bottle of airbrush cleaner that was exactly the right height to have the pelvis rest on top of it, making it very easy to pose and let dry! So easy in fact i glued the ankles while i was at it!

You can better see the position of the legs that i went with here. The rear most foot is also slightly off the ground as if its about to take a stride. That bit of wood under the back foot is there to help keep the pose while the Araldite dries.

After all that was done i was looking at what I'd done, feeling rather impressed with myself, when i spotted 2 stray parts...these piston rings were meant to go on over the hip joints! As they were now firmly pinned and Araldited in place, i was stuck! I had to cut away a section, place the rings, then glue it back on again! Never mind, I'll have to pay more attention going forward!

I imagine this project will dominate most of my time so expect more updates soon!

The GunGrave