Monday 24 June 2024

Adeptus Titanicus - Titans in Manufactorum - Decals

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my #AdeptusTitanicus Titans. And it's time for decal - the thing I'd most been looking forward to... and yet the process is tedious and somewhat unpleasant. I'm also taking bigger risks - improvising by making ad-hoc decisions about using certain decals and then questioning those choices. But I think the Imperial Knight decal works well on the carapace here and I'm glad I suddenly decided replicate my Armiger gun shield heraldry on its knee

I also painted all the griffons with their blue bodies. This was something I only did on the Reaver first time around, leaving the Warhounds with white griffons, but this time I did all of them. Which now puts me in the position of wanting to go back to the originals and just bring them up to scratch...

I was slightly less convinced of my choices for the second Reaver. Again I dipped into the Imperial Knight decals for the massive wings on the side of the carapace, but the AdMech honour banner in the middle seems a fraction off-centre. too small, and a bit lost next to the wings. I love the knee heraldry though, the freehand checks just adding a bit of class.

Although, any bigger and I'd be covering up the yellow, which I think sits somewhat between the lemon of the original titans and the mustard colour I was so enamoured by earlier in the process. I'm hoping battle damage might help make all the decals blend in. There's no matting of their glossiness yet so they look a bit out of place. 

The blue is still a little garish, but I at least managed to darken it in some places.

Once again the Legio Gryphonicus symbol starts with a Crimson Fist decal. I hole punch the centre, to remove the fist and that leaves a neat red circle. However, old decals and softener is not a great mix and often the decal would break. 

But when it did work I could then fill the centre with yellow and apply the plain white griffons on top.

Then it was a bit of blue to pick out the body and a dot of orange for the beak. Lastly some Strong Tone wash to make it less garish and help blend it in with some sepia on the yellow for shading.

Great progress, even if I'm second-guessing some of my decisions now. Really, all that needs to be done is battle damage and weathering and then any special FX - lenses, glows etc. So, TO DONE! pics next! 

Friday 21 June 2024

Adeptus Titanicus - Titans in Manufactorum - Yellow highlights

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my #AdeptusTitanicus Titans. Just a quick one, because decals are next and I think I got in the zone. I stippled on VGC Stonewall Grey and Sun Yellow to get the dappled effect. Although not perfect I think I was inl ove at this stage.

I was almost reluctant to go any further as there was something about what I'd achieved so far that moved me in a way I can't explain. Even unfinished I was quite overwhelmed by this reaver and its pose.

I don't know why I felt this way but it was quite glorious and despite the reluctance to go further I was even more motivated to see the finished article.

And with decals next - so much more character was going to be added to these giant robots.

It was not without some concerns though. At this stage I was loving the darker yellow, but my previous Titans had a much lighter finish. Now I do like the older version but I was worried I would lose what I'd just grown to love making it match my earlier attempts.

Or, should I just accept that despite being one Titan Legion, that in times of war getting the right paint isn't always possible and there are subtle differences in the colours used. Or, if the Titans have come from different Forgeworlds they've perhaps had different paint supplies? Or, even just general weathering - some had faded more? Who knows? But in other words - suck it up and have subtly different colours! We'll see. There are still some highlights to add on top of these decals.

Wednesday 19 June 2024

Adeptus Titanicus - Titans in Manufactorum - Moar yellow [and grey]

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my #AdeptusTitanicus Titans. At this stage I was adding a bit of shading on all the yellow at the edges, but also shading the metallic parts too, to help blend it together.

I'd also picked up Basilicanum Grey Contrast point and was using that to shade the grey areas - adding some stippling to help create the mottled effect.

That Bahama Blue was still throwing everything off not helping me connect with this one yet. But, at least I was getting on with the other parts.

It also wasn't helping that the bases hadn't had any further detail work, even just basecoats on the reinforcement of the mezzanine floor. But trying to fit that in with other tasks was awkward and easy to avoid.

I was starting to love the yellow though, even at this stage when it was rough. 

The overall effect was great and as a group I was really enjoying what was coming off my paintbrush.

As an aside the Lancers had been sacrificed at this stage, there was almost zero progress on them.

But they were different colours so it was hard to include them in the batch process. However, the weapons were coming along and for the metallic areas I had done a few bits on the Lion at the same time.

I was also pottering around with various other things. I think I did a darker shade coat on my Leviathan Tyranid Prime, Barbgaunts, Von Ryan's Leapers and Neurogaunt. I'd also been looking at the magnet situation on my Norn Emissary - considering if it was worth making it be the Norn Assimilator too? I mean it's going to be part of my #DreadTober pledge but I want it ready to go as usual. 

Monday 17 June 2024

Adeptus Titanicus - Titans in Manufactorum - Yellow

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my #AdeptusTitanicus Titans. With my base colours in place it was time to bring the yellow. This is Instar Paints 'vinatge' IV-16, which is a copy of the old Citadel Foundation Iyanden Darksun. I don't think they make it anymore [either of them] but I got a big bottle and although it looks more like a khaki in the bottle does give a great base over the orange [which was their Macharius Solar Orange copy - IV-17]

It was mostly stippled on to keep some of the underpainting and already help with the mottled effect. I think at this point I was less motivated with the second Reaver, I might have not kept pace with it, either way I didn't take any pictures.

I did take pictures of the Warhounds though.

I mean I love yellow, so easily these two are my favourites.

Which is why I only took one pic of this. I think I just hadn't got round to how I was going to make this blue work. It was the least explored colour in my scheme and although blue can be an easy colour to work with I still had doubts on how it would come out. 

I needn't have worried as every time I have done blue it's been OK in the end. Even so, when you are less experienced with things you start to worry, which is why it's great to get these opportunities to try new things. That way in the future those concerns can easily be dismissed and progress can continue. I mean this is decades of painting now and I still have doubts about painting blue!? I guess we're all still learning, just some of us take longer than others.

Friday 14 June 2024

Adeptus Titanicus - Titans in Manufactorum - Base colours

Afternoon #WarHamFam and #WarhammerCommunity I've been #PaintingWarhammer on my #AdeptusTitanicus Titans. Decision time - usually the stumbling block of many a project, but with one Reaver already the first step was to just not repeat what was on that titan. I wanted to add more yellow at least.

So I thought the legs and the back panels would be cool, so started with an orange base, which will end up yellow.

The second Reaver and I wanted some blue in this and went with a [mostly] half and half pattern. Blue on one side and yellow on the other. But, I wanted the carapace to be completely yellow, so covered up what I previously had primed grey.

And the legs - I opted for the insides of the shins to remain grey, along with the toes. I was still thinking about potentially adding patterns and stripes for heraldry but for the most part the colours were in place.

The Warhounds also got their base coats. I have to say the brightness of the Bahama Blue was jarring at this stage - throwing doubts on the end result.

But limiting the grey areas, which had caused most difficulties last time might help ease the process along.