Looking back again at a series of posts I had made while working on a Revenant Titan for commission. Here I will try to condense the commission into a single archival post. Here it goes… ( the project started in December 2008 ).
• Commission Revenant – part 1
After the quick inventory – and then another detailed inventory upon finding missing or extra parts. I set to inspect and clean up the flash – and mold issues… including trimming and filing down the “sprue” lines. First nip off the bigger parts with some cutters – be sure to leave a little nub to clean up with an razor or to file smooth. The resin can “break” off in chunks if your not too careful. I find that its easier to mark and score areas to be trimmed with my exacto knife. Then to go for the clean cut.
Mold lines can be deep on the resin parts. Be sure to inspect each part before you start cleaning things up. Here you can see some extensive work that needs to be done on the Revenants rear wing. I trimmed that I could with my knife before I set in with a file. I got things to a consistent level of quality – leaving any excessive gaps to be filled later with green-stuff. Luckily part of these extensive gaps and lines are in a part that joins directly to the back of the revenant… and will not be in sight when the titan is fully assembled.
• Jan 2009 –
I picked up some more materials from my patron last week – after our huge arctic snow storm (portland, oregon) which shut down the region for a week or two.
Ok – last week I got the pod put together – I prepped things with a coat of primer and here I will attempt to document how things when when the pod goes under the saw.
I started my cut… one hand on the pod in the vice and one hand cutting nice and slow – on the back cut. As parts began to fall I gathered them up… who knows what I will need to complete this wreak. With slight adjustments I got things done. It was a fairly even slice. Any irregularities I can hide when I mount the pod to the base.
• February 2009 –
I started out last week by sketching out some pose ideas for the Revenant. I had envisioned many cool ideas… I took some quick shots and showed them to my patron – to see if he had any preferences. Later he told me what he liked – but also that I should do what works and make sure its cool.
As a recap – The actual pose does not match the sketches – several things prevented this. First off – the pose is a guide, something to be thinking about as a work out each parts position. Next, the physical limitations of the model – the ankles on the Revenant prevented me from positioning the legs at more dramatic angles. Unless I was willing to do major reconstructive work – I had to work within the limitations of the model.
Here is the pose I came up with … its all drilled and pinned (NO GLUE) and when its all assembled I will break it down for base paint and and some of the larger detail work… before I re-assemble and glue things securely into place.
The next step is working out the arm (pulsar) positions – adding in magnets and pins for each side. Then pinning and magnets for the big jets at the top and the smaller ones to the sides – and the many little shields need posed… pinned and positioned.
This project has to be be competed by the end of Feb (09) – so its just entering “go time”… I hope to complete positioning the entire Revenant before the end of the week – so I can apply base colors over next weekend.
• February 2009 –
I spent most of yesterday working out the rest of the pose for the Revenant. I added more pins and more magnets. Unfortunately, I forgot to slow down to snap in progress photos.
My intention was to spend a whole day plowing through the rest of the posing process… I had a few things to take care of (non gaming) … that did sidetrack me… but a few extra hours last night I completed my plan for the day.
Game night also brought me gifts!… not really – I had to pay for them – but really – I picked up the new blister of wounded marines (one in top shot)… these guys are not supposed to hit the stores for a few months I am told.I had been looking to do a conversion for this – but this guy fits perfectly. I got him sanded down and base coated yesterday. Next I need to bolster up the rubble under him somewhat to make things look right.
I also picked up a sizable (2000pt +) Chaos Space Marine army. Was a very good deal – and nothing is painted… some primer – all nicely prepared. I am really looking forward to playing and painting this army. Too bad there are so many things on the fire to finish right now.
Ok… Next step is to pull all this apart and base coat all the parts. This weekend I plan on getting that done. Then I will start painting everything – glueing and assembling as things get to a finished point.
• mid – Feb 2009 –
Well over the last weekend I got the base colors on the Revenant and the drop pod base. Things are entering the next phase of this project
– The Painting.
Before I set out to paint the detail work – I popped the titan together for one last shot before final paint and assembly. Here you see the base colors – Green, Bone and Red for the details.
I am happy with the green – its working out to my expectations.
• March 2009 –
Ok, it has been too long for an update, but here ya go. I have made slow progress on the Revenant project… mainly do to personal/family things that have come up. But I am now getting back on track… This thing is still on schedule to get done at the end of March.
Above, there are a few of the parts that are complete or nearly complete. Below is a couple shots of a nearly completed torso.
• mid – March 2009
Well as of this last weekend – I finally have turned the corner with this project. Things are coming together – I spent last night finishing up some details on the side shields – doing some gems… then more gems… and yes…gems lol.
Here is a shot of what is complete – and I have glued it all up to this point.
What’s left: Both arms with pulsars, Back fin/wing, both heads (outsides are done – but need to paint the drivers), and the shoulder pads. – after that I need to finish up the drop pod and marine.
I will be putting a gloss coat on this over the next week or weekend. In fact if the remainder of this week goes well (always a crap shoot)… I could have this guy 99% done in a week.
This last shot of the Revenant shows some of a freehand craftworld element I decided to add – turned out well I think.
Ok – thats it for now on this project.
• May 2009 –
Sorry about the infernal long lasting gap in posting to the blog lately. Life… anyhow back on track this week. It seemed like a month ago that I felt I was a week away from finishing this (yeah probably was actually). Anyhow, I am serious this time – I am down to the last bits on this… the head-driver parts are the last things to get paint.
Here they sit… all the rest of the parts either have paint in need of final details … or are complete and ready for a protective coat.
This weekend I am trying my darnedest to finish this…. Besides the drivers – I need to wrap up the base (pod and marine)…. and thats it…can you believe it? ugh
Anyhow – here is another shot of the Revenant – nearly complete.
• mid – May 2009
Yes – DONE – This project is done – after staying up till 3am – and another bit of work again today to tidy things up. I am kinda tired – and not much need for words at this point… so I will just post up the initial photos to speak for themselves.
here is a close up of the lone surviving marine…