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Legio Astorum: The slow march to war

Legio Astorum: The slow march to war

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Project Blog by carlospictor Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

Having been wowed by the amazing new Adeptus Titanicus miniatures, I am very slowly building a Legio Astorum (Warp Runners) army. Using new models and including some classics from the 1980s

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Project system did that whole fail but actually succeed when posting thing,

A shiny golden button!

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May 2021, what a lovely honorific. I especially feel guilty that this project popped to the top of the system when I changed its status to On Hold.

I guess this means I have to get it going again!

A shiny golden button!

Better photos

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Skinny legs and all

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While I’m snowed under with work this week – here’s a comparison of my first finished Titan and the progress on his brother.

What I love most is the fact that even without armour panels they have a sense of scale – they look like walking buildings.

Old plastic Rhinos are a much better scale fit to the new Titans too…

"When Two titans go to war"

Tiny, fiddly, flipping magnets!

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Tools of the trade - Poundland Super Glue and 5mm x 2mm Neodymium magnetsTools of the trade - Poundland Super Glue and 5mm x 2mm Neodymium magnets

So, this is the second Titan I’ve magnetised now – and it’s not getting any easier.

I know it sounds stupid, but making sure I glue the magnet the right way round is the hardest part. I want all my Titans to be magnetised the same way round – so any weapons can fit on any Titan.

What seems to kind-of work for me is to pick up a magnet on one of my existing weapons, then dab a little glue in the hole of the body. Attach the weapon to the body and then flip the weapon away – leaving the magnet in the hole.

To magnetise the weapon, pop a magnet onto the body magnet, a dab of glue in the weapons’ magnet hole, and do the attach and flip.

Magnet in the pre-made body magnet holeMagnet in the pre-made body magnet hole
Magnet in the pre-made weapon magnet holeMagnet in the pre-made weapon magnet hole

Wash your Titan, especially under the arms

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The Leadbelcher spray makes an effective primer and basecoat in one. When that’s dry, the next stage is to wash all the metal work. That means Nuln Oil over the body, legs, weapons, head and the backs of all the armour panels.

Once assembled, you won’t see much of the armour washes, but it really helps for the odd angles where the panels can be seen in reverse.

Reverse of armour panelsReverse of armour panels

Assembling a Titan - Forge notes

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I’ve been looking at what others have done and have opted to build and paint my Titans in sub-assemblies. I’ve done this lots of times before for big models, but on this project I’m adding a few techniques that are new for me:

1 – Painting on the sprue
2 – Magnetising weapons
3 – Maintaining poseability (where possible)

Pictures below show the different sub-assemblies, all basecoated with Leadbelcher spray.

The body of the TitanThe body of the Titan
Legs, posedLegs, posed
So many armour panels!So many armour panels!
Weapons and headsWeapons and heads

Painting up some basing details

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I found a few plastic Rhinos from the original Space Marine epic game.

As my legion are loyal to the Imperium, I thought it would be good to start by painting these Rhinos as traitor scum. Here’s my step by step for painting epic-scale Death Guard Rhinos.

  1. Basecoat Ushabti Bone
  2. Wash Seraphim Sepia
  3. Highlight up with Ushabti Bone to Pallid Wych Flesh
  4. Details – Waaagh Green stripe, metal work in Runefag Steel
  5. Highlight stripe with Ogryn Camo, wash metal with Nuln Oil
  6. Add chips and damage with Leadbelcher

Simple but effective.

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