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Spear Heads:

Spear Head ornaments are tedious but worth the effort. There are probably easier ways to make them but I want mine to have a 3D bas-relief so I made mine out of 0.040 thousandths styrene. Below we see one in place on the helmet and the rest in various states of manufacture. When doing something like this I allows make a few extra so I don't have to start from scratch. You never know when you might need a spare.
Start by making an undersized template (marked 'T'), trace the points on a piece of scrap styrene, cut them out with scissors (yeah it's that simple,) Drill your pilot holes, Cut the corner holes with your; surgical diagonal cutters, Fingernail cutters, Dikes, what-have-you, use your rat tail needle files to make the spade base compare you work to the finished and make the proper adjustments with you, curved nail file and you're done.

http://i.imgur.com/fFxZ4If.jpg


Now do it twelve more times or more........

http://i.imgur.com/84L1tlJ.jpg


See you tomorrow.
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I should buy shares Evergreen you'll make me rich! Great thread, loving the work

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I should buy shares Evergreen you'll make me rich! Great thread, loving the work
Thanks for the reply,

My cost for these scratchbuilds is surprisingly low. I haven't had to buy industrial sheet styrene for years but I think I paid around thirty dollars for the supply I have now and I still have more than half left. This past month I replenished the few strips I was running low on the cost including the glue was about twelve bucks.

When I first started this hobby in 2009. I looked at that Evergreen stand of special cut styrene strips (at that time was about $3.50 a package) and the initial cost was prohibitive but I bought a few packets a week and in less than a year I had amassed my present inventory and even bought a few exotic shapes.

The real cost of this hobby is the kit bashing. Warhammer bitz on ebay is the best way to go in this department. I just picked up a Land Speeder cockpit and crew for this model for six buck including shipping which is probably all I'll need for the basic model. I still have hundreds of sprues of bitz from when my son was into Warhammer Imperial Guard and Space Marines. He has since branched into other races' armies; Tau, Chaos, Necron & etc.

Anyone else think it strange that FW has pretty much ignored these other races when it comes to large Titans and large vehicles?

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When it comes to titans the imperials get most love, but the Tau get some awesome miniatures, check out their giant flying beast, called a Manta or some such.

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Bada ba ba baaaa I'm Lovin' It:

Funny how these ungainly projects grow on ya. At first I was mildly interested in this project. A lot of people requested I give it a go so for the past few years I accumulated various plastic bitz that looked like they might go on a quicky Imperial Titan that anyone sufficiently motivated could build. I still have baskets of the junk; bottlecaps recyclable containers and the like and I finally solved the pelvis dilemma but until I saw the head for lack of a better term I had little enthusiasm feeling that I had reached the pinnacle of Titan manufacture in my Warlord.

http://i.imgur.com/hvfBsqo.jpg


Now I am in a quandary because this Titan will eclipse my previous effort but Damn I am getting really fond of this beastie.

http://i.imgur.com/izMrl2e.jpg


The front view shows up on the image more so than in person that the spearhead gusset on the right side is longer than that corresponding one on the left. that will have to be fixed but overall I am pleased with the outcome. I made my darts a tad larger than that in the computer image as I couldn't translate the drawing into an actual model. But it seems close enough and even as I write this I get the depression of compromise.

http://i.imgur.com/jRCmP0p.jpg


But no; that way madness lies.

and it's still two hours to Martini Time... Dang!
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The martini will be well earned! I'm personally drinking tea, only because I've been out with my best mate since lunch drinking cider in the sunshine and having a well overdue catch up and need to relax myself before bed time!

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Thanks for the reply, I enjoy a Long Island Ice Tea but only during the Summer months.

The Perfection of Asymmetry:

When you look at the Darth mask you are thrilled with the evilness of the visage but split the image and reverse it mirror image wise and you will see the resulting perfect symmetry of either the left or right is not nearly as disturbing. We are all different people when we see ourselves in a photograph. With the magic of the computer we can splice together the left and right images of our face and see two entirely different people neither recognizable as ourselves.

http://i.imgur.com/N07NveX.jpg


That is where I am with this visor. That and the printout I made is too small. The 0.030" plastic cutout I made directly below the helmet assembly seems to be of the correct size.

Also the visor wraps around the helmet so the front view is foreshortened therefor I must allow for that by adding what i estimate a quarter inch (6,3 MM) to each side........

Fun and games, Right?
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Facial Planes:

We're going to experiment with this visor as I don't have an overhead projection so I made the angle gussets flexible until I see how the 'face shapes up.

http://i.imgur.com/9ysjqn4.jpg


That way I can make the minimal adjustments required for an approximation of the artist's intent.

http://i.imgur.com/Qc99a8q.jpg


Note the strips in the foreground. The one with the heavy pencil line glues to the inner surface of the visor. It is slightly scored so it acts as a hinged gusset. It can sustain a minimum of flexing before fatiguing the same as the visor plate. Once I am satisfied with the position of the visor planes I'll reinforce the the back side of the visor to hold the shape.
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Keeps on looking better and better! Gotta love the detailed explanations of the working steps

Have some rep for this!

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Raising the Ears:

When I was a kid going to the barber was called, "having your ears lowered." Well in this case the operative word is raised. and bring the ears forward and shorten the helmet.

BTW after having been to the barber, you had "White walls."

http://i.imgur.com/AeNn6yB.jpg


Anyway this side view projection shows I need to cut the helmet a minimum of 6 MM (one quarter inch) on each side and shorten the length almost half an inch (13,0 MM) which necessitates re-positioning the spear points.

http://i.imgur.com/eNjbnNv.jpg


Or I may just go with three after the one in the forehead.

http://i.imgur.com/8stjVq5.jpg


The close up also doesn't do it for me; Fah!

http://i.imgur.com/xa0CkQU.jpg
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