We decided we ought to have a go at building a Warlord Titan for Warhammer 40k. The only questions were – “what size?” – “how?” – “where do we start?”
The final warlord after spraying it black is shown here with a Warhammer figue at his feet to give you a size comparison.
When you make something like this the most important thing is to get the base figure robust and able to stand / balance. The detail can get added in layers, even after the base coat of paint you can add more features / textures, you can even remove items with a saw or by filing away.
This is not my normal model, but I must say it is proper escapism to make.
So the first thing is a robust base figure.
I started with the legs and the idea that they would initially be articulated during the build and then fixed – this would give him the right look and at the same time give some scope to get the right stance at the end.
This is the “upper thigh bone” and is 18cm between centres.
It is made from 5 layers of MDF with each layer 3mm thick and 30mm wide.
The holes were drilled after the plys had set.
The articulated parts, this does mean extra work but does make it look more realistic and gives us the opportunity to pose the model.
Once the pose is correct we will then glue the joints.
A close up of the plys that have been drilled to accept an 8mm aluminium tube.
A foot again made from 3mm thick mdf plys.
The layers were jointed in the centre so that the plys fit closely together at 90°.
The upper joint was designed to articulate so that we could pose the model.
The left stands with the aluminium tubes allowing the joints to rotate. As you can see the leg is fully articluated and the proportions look about right. So a pair of these and we have the start of our Titan.
The articulation works very well and the aluminium tube for the joint means we don’t have too much weight in the joints.
It is quite important not to make the model too heavy as this will bring problems later with overall strength and balance.
The legs jointed with spacers on the hips.
The feet are nicely spaced and clear each other when you walk the model.
From all angles the look is rather pleasing.
We decided that the model needed to look mechanical and the leg actuators would be hydraulic rams.
These were simulated with MDF and brass tubes.
At this point the feet had gained the armour plates – these were just made to fit….a case of offering up parts and cutting a rough example then making 8 off.
We plumbed in the lower ram with copper wire (this was stripped out from some 2.5mm2 flat twin and earth). An actuator being held whilst the glue dried with masking tape and a strong clip. The copper wires were wound around the legs to make the legs look more mechanical and to bulk them out a bit.
The legs were drilled and the wire threaded through and around the legs.