Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Adeptus Titanicus - Maniple and Engine names

Hi all. 

With Adeptus Titanicus dropping shortly I thought I would help get the Titan juices (specifically the Legio Mortis juices in this case) flowing for the new 8mm range. 

So we all love naming our Engines though it can be a bit of a struggle, but worth it as it is a well known fact that named and painted Engines perform better.

Of course you can always name your Engines to match the existing Engines in the FW Black books, which is still great, but sometimes people want to write their own legacies.

I thought I would share my Axiom and Myrmidom Maniple names and their associated Engine names (including load-outs) with you as well as a little bit about my naming convention. 

I have chosen to use a lot of English Gothic/old world words in my naming structures, mainly due to my affinity for names like Dread Wake and Mortmain. 

“Bloodmire” Axiom Maniple (1 Warlord, 2 Reavers, 2 Warhounds). I chose the name Bloodmire as I envisioned ground so saturated with the blood of their foes, that it was like a swamp. Obviously Mire is grim and darker word for this so I came up with Bloodmire. 

Warlord: Bone Garland {2x Belicosas and a pair of Laser Blasters} - it’s known that Mortis like to decorate their Titans with the bones of their enemies, so I pictured bones all strung together dangling all over my Engine. Garland is also a very classic word, so I chose the name Bone Garland for my Princeps Senioris. 

Reaver: Death Knell {Melta cannon, Apocalypse Missile launcher and Laser Blaster} - “your time is up” stuck with me as a phrase, so when your time is up a bell should be rung. I looked into this and found: A dead bell or deid bell (Scots), also a 'death', 'mort', 'lych', 'passing bell' or 'skellet bell' was a form of hand bell used in Scotland and northern England in conjunction with deaths and funerals up until the 19th century. I was torn between Lych Bell or Death Knell for a long time, but Death Knell just pipped it. 

Reaver (or next 28mm Engine): Malignum {Gatling Blaster, Warp Missile Support Rack, Volcano cannon} - wicked, malicious
spiteful, malignant, malign. Well he does have Warp missiles. 

Warhound: Seething Hunter {Plasma Blastgun, Twin Turbo Laser Destructor} - Seething is a word I love. The fury and intensity behind it just sounds great. Everyone has been so angry they are Seething with rage at least once in their life. Couple that to a hunched and already loping Engine like a fast Warhound and it is a furious hunter chasing down it’s quarry. 

Warhound: Canticum Malitae {Vulcan Megabolter and Twin Turbo Laser Destructor} - I wanted to use Sonet Malitae but unfortunately Sonet could not translate or be used as a Latin word so I went for Song of Malice. 

“Glory Mourned” Myrmidom Maniple (3 Warlords, 2 Reavers). After an Empire falls in the Great Crusade, all the “Compliant” people can do is mourn their former glory. 3 Warlords and 2 Reavers are sure to assist in this. 

Warlord: Seething Released {Mori Quake Cannon, Paired Gatling Blasters and Sunfury Plasma Annihilator} - Once again; Seething. The moment you vent that fury is a good feeling. A Titan whose fury shakes the ground and fires a weapon with the fury of a sun, what better a name? 

Warlord: Edax Animae {Macro Gatling Blaster, Vulcan Mega-bolter array, Arioch Titan Power Claw} - literally Soul Eater. 

Warlord: Maxilla Larcener {2x Belicosas and paired Apocalypse Missile Launchers} - Well during play through, one of my friends kept mispronouncing Maniple as Mandible for our first (as of that point unnamed) Titan. Sooo I plugged mandible into a Thesaurus and Maxilla was mentioned. As Mortis once again take bones from their foes (stealing) I decided to use Larcener as a follow up word as it rhymed quite well. 

Reaver: Luna Mortuis {Gatling Blaster, Turbo Laser Destructor, Reaver Titan Chainfist} - Dead moon. 

Reaver: Sunder Squall {2x Gatling Blasters and Apocalypse Missile Launchers} - A loadout just to strip shields and take down smaller prey. Once again 2x words which have fallen from regular diction, but are great words. Squall: “a sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet.” So a squall so Powerful it sunders foes. 

So if you want to play the naming game, tell us about the names you will be using for your Maniple in comments below.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Adeptus Titanicus Legio Mortis painting guide

Hi all

As with my bigger Maniple, I have tried to paint my AT Engines in the same scheme. 

This my Warlord Titan; Maxilla Larcener. It is 90% done at this stage. 


So we start of by assembling to this stage. 

Height comparison shot. 

Chaos black all over then Leadbelcher all over with a light drybrush of Iron breaker. 

I painted the main plates Corvus Black. The red plates are Gal Vorbak to Word Bearer to Angron Red. 

I painted the trims with Vallejo brass 

The arc markers were painted in the same way. They will be weathered soon. 

I made some Gunshield transfers (with variations too). To do these I started with White as an undercoat. 

Then I trim each shield transfer into 4 segments. 

As the transfers were printed on clear paper the clear panels now show white when placed on the Gun shield. 

It’s a perfect fit. 

All transfers added. I think white transfers are only available on the Warlord Titan Transfer sheet (coloured and special ones look like they are the only ones on the Legio Mortis sheet which is coming soon). 

I made transfers for the knees. 

Engine pre-waxing and Weathering. 

Size and look comparison. 

Heat bloom weathering. Sigismund yellow, Pyroclast orange, Angron Red, Eidolon purple and Calth Blue. 

I then used Typhon corrosion to add dirt effect in the recesses. This was thinned from section to section depending on how much dirt was required. 

I still need to base Maxilla Larcener as well as adding a few streaks and chips. The banner too. 


Saturday, 11 August 2018

Adeptus Titanicus Rules and Warlord review

Hi all

It’s the 20th of July (or greetings from the past in this case). I have just received a Rules box and Warlord Titan to review. Just as a little bit of background, I’m 36 years old and I first played with AT around 1990 and after Space Crusade, it was my first GW game. So as a nostalgia trip, I am ultra excited for this game (also because I am a massive Engine Head). 

So let’s get into it. 

The Rulesbox is damn nice. I wanted one of theses too, even though I was planning on getting multiple Grandmaster boxes, mainly due to the inner card and book storage system. 
Many people should be familiar with the template sprue at first glance, but it appears thicker and made of acrylic. 
The data terminals are great, though mine have started to warp and bend already, but this is a relatively easy fix (may be the heat). 
The pin/battlefield objectives and fire arcs sprue is very nice. I can imagine many painters already deciding to paint their’s in their Legio’s colours (I know I am). I do especially like the bunkers (would love to see them in 40k scale with the same options). 
The book is fantastic with the rules (as far as I can tell) very linear and in a logical order, not really any of the flick to page xx that some people complained about with the Necromunda book. 

So let’s see how the game works:
Adeptus Titanicus is slightly different from Necromunda in the way Units activate, whereby each side activates a Titan in turn to just move, then in the next phase Damage control phase, they take it in turn to try to repair their engine etc, the combat phase they take it in turns again until the end phase. I at first was wary of this thinking it would be better to follow the Necromunda method, but after playing it, I am very much a fan of the way this game has been designed and how this plays. We have to date had around 5 games, each one has been fun and desperate (even better with onlookers in my opinion). 

Strategy Phase - This is the phase in which orders are issued for Titans, Strategems enacted and initiative is rolled off for. The Orders phase is an ultra tactical step, issuing orders could hinder you in certain aspects especially if you are activating second, as the enemy if it is fast enough can dash out of your fire arcs before you do first fire or while you are doing emergency repairs. Orders include, orders to make Engines to fire when activated in the movement phase, shut down other Engines to make them vent their plasma reactor so they don’t over heat (but they lose their voids which will leave them very Vulnerable) and more. 

Movement - Based on the Engine you can move a certain amount of inches and make a certain amount of 45 degree turns. Once again this goes side to side based on who won the initiative. The data terminals state it in an easy to read system such as 4”/6” and 1/2. The second value can be used if you declare power to locomotors or power to Stabilisers (up your plasma reactor). The movement is reduced if moving in and of side arcs by half (but you can divide it between arcs should you wish). 

Damage control phase - This is a very fun stage. First off if you are pushing your reactor in red or orange you can take damage (basic and advanced rules) or the Titan rebels due to the abuse it is going through. After this your Servitor Clades go to work trying to repair the Weapons/vent the reactor or repair critical damage. The great thing about this is that based on your Servitor Clades, you roll that number of dice and can allocate them as you see fit to the varying values you needed on the dice to enact a repair, for instance you may roll a 1,2,4 and a 5, you could use the 5+ to restore a void and the 4+ to vent some plasma. Happy that you don’t have to declare before you roll as this would slow the game down tremendously. 

Combat phase - Now this is a great phase too, and it is once again written very clearly.
You fire one weapon go through all the to hits, saves, damages etc. for that weapon before moving onto another weapon. This means a Titan can blow out an opponent’s voids moments before ploughing in with it’s heavier weapons to gut the enemy. In my opinion this makes sense, as any experienced Crew would stagger shots (and it played well). It also means in the core game where a Warlord is pitched against a Warlord, the Apocalypse Missile pair are effective against stripping voids, but not able to damage the armour beneath unless it is from the rear or if a particular segment has taken some armour damage. It’s interesting because when 1 on 1 with Warlords, there is a period where the weapons are redundant, but then can be ultra effective when you target a heavily damaged section later (as Belicosas because they are blast weapons cannot target particular segments). 

(Proof painted models are more effective). 

End Phase - Do not forget the end phase! Insist you go through each Titan as you may forget something such as if an Engine has damaged stabilisers it will list left or right, as well as numerous other issues. 

Army Building - This is great! Set a point limit with opponent first (or follow a narrative). You can first decide on a Battline when you start prepping your Maniple. Each different Battleline gives you perks and each Titan costs point costs as per Weapons and Chassis. Then any additional points are spent on other Titans or Knight Households. 

Narrative missions - the book allows you to re-enact famous battles like the attack on the Magma City (Mechanicum) and Battle for the Aritan (honour to the Dead). These are biased in most instances (as they were), but look like they will be lots of fun. There is even a mission where Mortis are being chased across a spit of land and they get the option to turn their waist Gimble 180 so they can fire as they make their escape whilst being hounded by another Legio. 

Warlord Titan!!!!
Yes!! It’s here. I don’t feel I am being biased when I say, this is the best kit GW has ever made. It’s a work of art. I found myself laughing like a madman as I assembled it as I just could not believe how well it fitted together or the detail that was present. 

I’d suggest not gluing the voids on until you fill in the little squares between them with liquid Green stuff/Green stuff. 

Pay attention to the legs too as I accidentally glued the shin back to front on one leg (noticed just as the thigh plates touched each other). 
I decided to keep all Armour plates and the 8 ankle supports separate until after I painted the core skeleton. I also made the decision to keep all Armour plates on the sprue until I painted the core colours (so I glue them on and just do the trims). I have heard since that a few of the FW staff do the same thing. 

Regarding arms and Carapace mounts, they have magnet slots to easily swap arms between Titans. Now, this may be something people don’t expect; the weapon is magnetised above the bicep everything below is glued. So the plastic weapon is glued to the elbow joint, which is glued to the bicep. So if you think that you will be able to swap between weapons (when resin options come out) they will also need a bicep and elbow fixing joint in the resin pack. Otherwise the modeller will need to do some drilling and/or use thinner magnets to join the weapon to the elbow joint (which might not be possible). 

My other suggestion is: glue a magnet to the underneath of your first Titan’s base to enable you to easily check/appraise the polarity (side of magnet) you need to glue to your body/weapon. 
Magnets required are 5mmx1mm!! 8 per Warlord. 

I have a Legio Mortis painting guide coming soon too. So keep your eyes peeled, as well as a first Battle summary, so please come back and have a look if you are interested. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Titandeath art

With Adeptus Titanicus approaching (thank the Omnissiah), what better than a cool piece of art to get the blood pumping. 

Legio Krytos, Legio Solaria and others all marching. And look! 2 Imperators!

The future is dark. The future is AT.