Sunday, 22 April 2018

Titan Owner Interview- James C., Rex Caelestis, Canis Quartus, Invictorus

The interviews keep coming, and today we talk to James.  The proud owner of Rex Caelestis, Canis Quartus, and Invictorus; we chat about beloved Legios and challenges that were issued.

TOC: Three Titans, one of each class, and all in the lovely colors of the Legio Astorum.  What drew you into Titan ownership and to take the plunge on three massive kits?
James C.: Titans are one of those models that, whether they are on the shelf or on the tabletop they are always drawing attention. I love the size and detail in the kits. Once I had one I knew I wanted one of each. Plus I looked at these kits as a challenge for my modeling and painting skills. I bought an airbrush setup just to paint Titans.


TOC: And what drew you in to the Warp Runners? 
James C.: I wanted a loyal Legio that were old. I loved their background and their color scheme. I also like the fact they are the only Titan Legion that teleport into battle. I wish they had tabletop rules for that.
TOC: The fluff was a major factor in your choice, effectively.  What do you say to Jonathan M.'s claim in his interview that all but Mortis are inferior?  And your answer to his challenge?
James C.: A lot of the things I do with the game are based on fluff. I love the fluff of the game and build and paint mainly to it. As to Jonathan M.'s claim that all but Mortis is inferior, he needs to remember who ran to the warp after the Heresy ended. I’ll gladly accept his challenge any day he wants.
TOC: A good answer to his challenge.  It sounds like you have done a lot of research into Astorum.  Is there any particular story that guides you the most?
James C.: Not really. I just read what I find online about Astorum. Hopefully when the Horus Heresy books get to the Siege of Terra they will clarify if Astorum was there, as there are conflicting ideas as to whether or not they were at the Siege.


TOC: You're mainly a Heresy player, then?  What often assists your engines in battle?
James C.: I have a Titan Guard/ Mechanicum force that usually escorts the engines into battle.  If not them then the Imperial Fists Legion.
TOC: Do you hope to ultimately recreate the existing stories, or forge your own path through the records lost during those dark days?
James C.: Mainly forge my own path. After the New Year my gaming group hopes to start a campaign.
TOC: And what is the ultimate goal you have as a Titan owner?  What is the mark you hope to leave?
James C.: My ultimate goal was to own a Warlord Titan. Now I just hope that people who see my Titans online are inspired to undertake the challenge of building and painting them as well.   
TOC: That second goal shouldn't be too hard, given how good your engines look.  How did you go about setting how you wanted your Titans to fit the Astorum scheme?
James C.: I wanted minimal yellow, so I tried to stick to only the head and shoulder pads being yellow, while everything else is blue. My Reaver and Warhound were modeled off named Titans in the Siege of Vraks. With my Warlord I created its own name and will create its own background.


TOC: What does it feel like to own the king of Titan models?  And how do you feel about the journey to come?
James C.: Its feels good. It’s an amazing kit with incredible detail. It was fun to assemble and paint. I’m anxious to get it on the battlefield and watch hordes of enemies die under the blast of it weapons.
TOC: What's been the most challenging part of having a Titan?
James C.: Well, building a Titan is completely different from other kits so it’s a little bit of a learning curve. My Warhound Titan was where I cut my teeth and learned my lessons. The other challenging thing is transporting them. 
TOC: And the most fun part?
James C.: Watching them come together. Playing them on the tabletop is fun as well.
TOC: Any advice for current or prospective Titan owners?
James C.: For anyone looking to get into Titan ownership, take your time and do your research. There are plenty of guides online giving great tips on how to build the model for best strength and stability.  
TOC: Research has been a key theme for you throughout this interview, both in terms of build and guiding how you handled your Titans.  Do you have a particular favorite story involving Titans on the whole?
James C.: No, not really. Most of what I have read has been on online sites.
TOC: And the last, always fun question.  Any challenges, shoutouts, or last minute tips for your fellow Titan owners?
James C.: Sending a challenge to Jake and his Legio Crucius and also to let Jonathan M. know that Legio Astorum is coming to set Mortis straight on who is inferior.
TOC: Thank you for your time today.  It's been a pleasure.
James C.: Thanks, it’s been fun.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Mars Warhound No.4776 - Ovid, Legio Fureans

Certificate Number: 4776
Titan Name: Ovid
Pattern: Mars
Head Unit: Mars
Primary Armament: 2 Turbolaser Destructors
Princeps: Unknown
Titan Legio: Legio Fureans
Battle Maniple composition: MWH408, MRT1906, MRT1970, MWH4744, MWH4630, MWH4776

Owner: Lyden P.
Location: Cumbria, UK

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The last of the 3 Warhound Scout Engines. Still stunning!

More Turbolasers! Who hurt you Lyden . . . who hurt you . . . 


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Friday, 20 April 2018

Warlord Titan No.564- Gloria Vastator, Legio Pallidus Mor

Certificate Number: 564
Titan Name: Gloria Vastator
Status: WIP
Pattern: Mars-Alpha
Head Unit: Mars-Alpha (and Mars-Beta)
Primary Armament: Belicosa cannons, Arioch claw, Plasma annihilator, turbo laser destructor, and apocalypse launchers
Princeps: Senioris Krezoc
Titan Legio: Legio Pallidus Mor
Battle Maniple composition: 

Owner: Chris D.
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Comments: This ones going to push the boundaries of what you can do to customize your own titan.  All the armor is magnetized at this point.

WORK IN PROGRESS PHOTOS:



A good, solid pose in the makings.



All of the armor panels, laid out and ready.





An impressive build so far.  Looking forward to seeing more of this engine.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Mars Warhound No.4630 - Epicursus, Legio Fureans

Certificate Number: 4630
Titan Name: Epicursus
Pattern: Mars
Head Unit: Mars
Primary Armament: 2 Turbolaser Destructors
Princeps: Unknown
Titan Legio: Legio Fureans
Battle Maniple composition: MWH408, MRT1906, MRT1970, MWH4744, MWH4630, MWH4776

Owner: Lyden P.
Location: Cumbria, UK

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 Another beautiful Engine. The flame effect is brilliant.



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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

KS0007 - Banner Calculo, House Taranis

"The seventh brave Knight Scion, Leading Nine Formidable Knights, is the Mighty Sir Rene-Philippe G. of House Taranis, The First and Foremost Knight House in the Imperium of Man  So far all our knights are from different households." - Titan Owners Club

Banner Name: Banner Calculo

Seneschal: Lord Commander Telum Calculo

Knight Seneschal: Cerastus Knight Atropos “Omnissiah Malleo” – Atropos Lascutter & Graviton Singularity Cannon

Knight Arbalaster Baron: Knight Crusader “Silver Cog” – Rapid fire Battle Cannon, Avenger Gatling Gun, Melta gun, Stormspear Rocket Pod

Knight Auchteller: Cerastus Knight Castigator “Decertator” – Castigator-pattern bolt cannon & Castigator Power Sword

Knight Scion: Knight Paladin “ Red Sorrow “ – Rapid-Fire battle cannon & Reaper Chainsword

Knight Scion: Knight Errant “Blade of Mars” – Reaper Chainsword & Thermal cannon

Knight Scion : Knight Warden “Vindex Ferrum “ – Avenger Gatling Gun & Thunderstrike Guntlet

Knight Scion Dolorous: Knight Galant “ Forge’s Chaplain “ – Reaper Chainsword & Thunderstrike Guntlet

Knight House: House Taranis: 
HONOUR THY FORGE, HONOUR THE PRIMUS ORDINUS.

Titan Allies: No titan for now, but in the plan. It will be pre-heresy Legio Tempestus (TOC Col.Hertford - My Favorite my good Sir) for certain to keep with the Mars theme. 

Owner: Rene-Philippe G.

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Comments: My knight are orientated to play Horus Heresy, I love the fact that most of them have special title to accompany them with special painting on them.




Remember you too can join the Club with your painted Knight Class walkers by contacting us here (TOCknightscion@gmail.com)

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Mars Warhound No.4744 - Cerberus, Legio Fureans

Certificate Number: 4744
Titan Name: Cerberus
Pattern: Mars
Head Unit: Mars
Primary Armament: 2 Turbolaser Destructors
Princeps: Unknown
Titan Legio: Legio Fureans
Battle Maniple composition: MWH408, MRT1906, MRT1970, MWH4744, MWH4630, MWH4776

Owner: Lyden P.
Location: Cumbria, UK

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Another devastating loud out. A pure Titan killer.

Some great heat-blooms and weathering.



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Monday, 16 April 2018

Titan Owner Interview- Ben, The Bloody Rose


Ben takes the next turn in the hotseat as a lovely conversion of a Warlord caught our eye.  We talk inspiration, conversion, and dedication as we cover The Bloody Rose today.

TOC: It's rare to see a Warlord Titan converted due to the complexity and expense of the kit, but another one has graced TOC.  This one also bears a well-done bit of weathering and freehand paint work.  What inspired you to do such a lovely Titan?

Ben: I've wanted something giant and Chaos for a while now, bigger than a Warhound, and I wasn't a big enough fan of how the Reaver looks overall.  At least not enough yet to invest the time and money to buy and paint one - but with those two kits I love the Chaos details on them to bits. Forge World took too long for me to release a Chaos version of the Warlord, and there was always a little doubt they'd do it at all.  The ideas for this guy filled my head so much that I took the plunge. I took heavy inspiration from the Chaos Titan on the back cover of the Warlord book and cut my conversion teeth on a Chaos Knight that was, itself, heavily inspired by the Gal Vorbak possessed and Mhara Gal dreadnought.



TOC: A strong theme with the Word Bearers is evident in your work so far.  Your Legio name is also unique.  What's the story behind how this has unfolded?

Ben: I wanted a scheme that tied in to the colors of my current Chaos armies, which are predominantly Khornate and Word Bearers. None of the traitor Titan Legios were red, and the closest thing I found to what I wanted was this from a Titanicus preview event, which unfortunately has no real details attached.  It may even turn out to be a loyalist scheme. Creating a new Legio and attached Forge World I drew from a medical diagnosis I had early in 2017.

It turns out I have Angioid streaks, or cracks in a membrane in the back of my eyes (which I replicated from photo reference on to those silver cracks in the heraldry shields).  I searched out and found/created a medical term for that: Oculorrhexis, Ruptured Eye if my bad Latin is right.

I'm also a fan of how purple was an extremely rare color back in ancient history.  It was produced largely by Carthage, so I incorporated a little bit of Tyrian Purple into the otherwise red scheme, painting the line designs on the head from a Phonecian Grimacing Mask.  I named the Forge World after the Carthaginian city Meninx which was "second only to Tyre in the production of Tyrian Purple" which also happens to be Latin for Membrane, which ties back to the name of the Legio: Oculorrhexis.

TOC: You're big on history and story.  Have any of the Black Library publications played a role in your Titan?

Ben: The First Heretic and Betrayer were heavy inspirations for my Titan and my army in general. The journey of the first Gal Vorbak, with Argel Tal, into the Eye (of Terror) especially; how entirely reasonable men can become monsters. I like to think a Word Bearer Chaplain, perhaps with the aid of a Davinite serpent lodge priest, influenced the Titan crews of my Legio and the attached Mechanicum of my Forge World into venturing into the Eye on their own pilgrimage, maybe to find the true Omnissiah.

After having their Titans tainted in a similar but early fashion to most Chaos warmachines in 40k they participate in the Shadow Crusade alongside the Word Bearers and World Eaters, destroying the 50 Worlds of Ultramar assigned to a different fleet from that of the Primarchs.

TOC: Will we get to see this play out over time in your Walks?  And do you have a favorite Titan literature piece?

Ben: Absolutely, I plan on having many battles with him where he will accrue even more details! At the risk of sounding pretentious he is a massive canvas to which I will never stop adding.

My favorite Titan literature piece is the graphic novel series Titan by Dan Abnett, specifically the final book where the crew is trapped in the warp and must find Imperius Dictatio.

TOC: Have you been able to have any battles with your Titan yet?  If so, has it lived up to the stories you've read?

Ben: I’ve had two battles so far, both 8th edition 40k using points post-chapter approved. The first he battled and won against a Reaver, but then suffered from two psykers debuffing him (reaffirming my Khornate hatred for psykers,) allowing flighty Eldar knights and Titans to ultimately take him down.  He evaporated Necrons and a C'tan shard with the explosion.


The second battle he was made a centerpiece of the game with a zone mortalis fight (with entry points at his feet) occurring to take control of him, reminiscent of the story from the Titan graphic novel.  I was proud of the damage he dealt in that battle, taking down swathes of troops and a knight in one shot...even though it was allies of mine he was killing.  The Imperial scum had seized control! This battle absolutely lived up to the stories.



TOC: What do you hope to get out of Titan ownership?

Ben: Just like what Gimzod said in Deff Skwadron about the Grimlug: something for "Strikin' FEAR, TERROR an' DEEP an' ABIDIN' ENVY into the hearts of 'is enemies."

TOC: And what do you hope to contribute to it?

Ben: Inspiration for other Chaos Titan owners, prospective or otherwise, over what can be done to these beasts to make them your own.

TOC: What drew you into joining TOC?

Ben: My research for building and painting the Titan always lead me back to your TOC blog. The tutorials for building and making banners, painting, all the inspiring completed work on display.  This, along with the testimonials over what others went through in building and painting their Titans.

TOC: And now you have the chance to add to that font of knowledge.  Currently Titan owners await updated rules for the Skitarii and the release of Adeptus Titanicus.  What are you most excited about for the future of Titans?

Ben: I'm most excited for the upcoming Adeptus Titanicus release. With enhanced fluff and details about Titan legions, their banners, hierarchy, additional Legios.  It may explain what some of those symbols on the Titan transfer sheet from Forge World mean that I could never work out.  Last, but not least, fielding my Warlord in a smaller scale alongside a full maniple! If you had asked me a year ago I would've said a Chaos Warlord, but then I went and made my own.

TOC: What you've done with yours is quite impressive.  How did you achieve that conversion work?

Ben: My best friend though it all was my Dremel, allowing me to shave off the Imperial symbols.  Absolutely do this outside.  Resin dust is not good to inhale or layer the inside of a room in. I followed this by filling in any ugly divots I made into the smooth plates with brownstuff sanded down and with Vallejo plastic putty or liquid greenstuff around the edges. I used a scribing tool to restore the panel lines that were underneath the symbols, and then plasticarded  the same depth of the armor trim for arrows. Lots and lots of arrows, some with rivets on them made with a rubber. These arrows were possibly the most time-consuming part of the conversion.

After this came more details to follow the look of the Chaos Titan in that artwork and to match the look of current Chaos Titans. Tubes of brownstuff were shaped down into an almost welded, almost organically grown look of points. Spikes on the trim of the shoulders supported with pin armatures, a crown of massive spikes above the head made with brownstuff tubes supported by wire armatures carved to resemble teeth. Originally I wanted to name the Titan a pseudo-latin version of "The King of Slaves" or "The Enslaved King.”  If Forge World does release a Chaos Warlord and I'm insane enough to do this all over again that'll probably be its name.  Finally, I added a fleshy eye the color of violet over the chest.



TOC: You've done a great job.  Will there be any other Titans to follow?

Ben: Not yet, not since the Chaos Warhound was mysteriously taken off the Forge World webstore. I have two Khornate warmachines, a Brass Scorpion, and a Kytan engine waiting to be built. Then there's a Knight Porphyrion waiting to be built and heavily converted. During this build my backlog only grew.

TOC: And the final, and most fun question.  Any challenges, shoutouts, or words of wisdom?

Ben: Shoutout to the HandsomeBioz slack crew and my LFGS Geekhouse Albany! And DON'T INHALE RESIN DUST!

TOC: Very fine advice.  Thank you for your time, it was a pleasure.