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Building my FW Reaver

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:19 pm 
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I've finally started assembling my FW Reaver - it's my first Titan, and also my first imperial vehicle. I'm going to be a bit ambitious with this project - this model is getting the following:

- Semi-scenic base with building (another first for me);
- Re-posed leg and toes - treading on the building;
- Custom weapon fit (See my "lucifer-pattern powerfist" thread);
- Slightly re-vamped old school colour scheme - "Imperial Fists", in "candy-apple" style blue and solid red, with heraldic markings (if I can make them look any good)

Does anyone know if there are any custom decals for Epic Titans? I found some markings for 40K sized ones over at BoLS, but I can't seem to find anything for smaller-scale machines.

I ordered some parts from Bits&Kits (for an as-of-yet unrevealed epic project), and I couldn't resist fitting some of them to the Reaver. The Sentinal Hunter Killer Missile fits well, and I liked the Missile launcher so much that it has replaced the standard one:

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I used part of the vindicator shell winch and terminator teleport homer to make this building for the base:

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Next job: Repose the leg.

More photos on my Photobucket.





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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:34 am 
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Looking good Lsutehall  :agree:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:13 pm 
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Nice start. Looking forward to seeing more.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:42 pm 
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Last night I worked on the legs. I started by cutting off the hydraulics to the right leg. I was planning to remove them entirely, along with the mounting brackets but they are kind of integral to the design, so I might put them back on later.

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I cut the leg off at the hip, leaving enough of the joint to allow for a pin.


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I cut the lower leg away below the knee, and smoothed it out. I re-scribed the detail of the knee joint.

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I sanded down a section of plastic tube, and cut off about 1mm. I glued that section to the top of the lower leg to keep it the same length as the left-hand leg.

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Finally I drilled into the hip section to fit the pin.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:15 am 
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Looking great. You're a brave man for hacking up such shiny resin  :p

Nice use of the Sentinel missile launcher too. What other weapons will we be seeing? The Sentinel Hunter Killer makes a great Deathstrike... Might steal that idea for my next Warlord.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:39 am 
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Very good. I will try that with my second resin Reaver.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:33 pm 
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Kudos on the use of the Sentinel bits, never would have thought of that. I'm really looking forward to seeing this guy come together.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:18 pm 
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This is looking promising.

I may be brave enough to have a go - I do have 4 of the damned things - thanks FW for messing up my order 3 times before they got it right!

Gonna need a few titan weapons to replace all those missile launchers.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:19 am 
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Didn't you say this was your first titan? Man, cutting up your first titan now thats BOLD!
You're off to a great start! Look foward to its finish!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:44 pm 
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I feel your pain there deamonkin - I panic-bought this Reaver when I heard about FW stopping Epic as I'd had my eye on one for ages. I was another victim of the mislabelling as well, and although I emailed about it I never got a reply. All the alternate weapons are because I got one with 3 missile launchers - its a mixed blessing really, as without that mistake I would never have started this project or delved into the interesting world of 3D printing.

Anyway, more progress was made today. I cut away the flash from the feet, which was a bit nerve-wracking as the toe connections are quite thin.

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I drilled the hip, ready to take the pin:

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here is the hip assembly:
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I mocked-up the leg assembly, here:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:48 pm 
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Looking at options for the pose:

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Now I come to look at the photos, I might rotate the building backwards, and then rotate the body further to the right.

Finally I painted up the building, trying to make it look a bit grimy and used.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:19 pm 
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Good luck with this.  Repositioning Reaver legs is a pain.  All those hydrulics to replace.  I gave up afgter one Reaver.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:48 pm 
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By ragnarok | Posted on Jan. 23 2010, 21:19
Good luck with this.  Repositioning Reaver legs is a pain.  All those hydrulics to replace.  I gave up afgter one Reaver.


I see what you mean. I concluded today that I couldn't replace the hydraulics due to the position, and so I cut them all off:

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I added some extra detail top the leg areas and the groin, to make up for the lack of hydraulics:

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More thinking about the pose - below are mock-ups of the 2 ideas I have in mind. Which looks the best?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:50 pm 
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Awesome. Where are the weapons from?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:20 pm 
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I like version 1

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