Scratch Built Warhammer 40K Titan #oneweekproject

So some of you may remember my 30 Points of Cryx in 3 Days Challenge about a year ago. Recently I obtained a 3D printer and I’ve given myself a new challenge: a table-top quality Warhammer 40K Battle Titan in one week.

Now this titan is far from done. As I type this I am re-printing a failed foot/pod-thing where the first one printed very poorly and the quality, I feel, was unacceptable. As a matter of fact, I doubt the beast will be finished by the Apocalypse game this Saturday (32 hours from now), but I still feel it’s worth fielding and should still be an awesome site to see.

I’ve been 3D modeling the next piece of the Titan as I’m printing out the previous piece.

I started with the leg pods. As I scoured the internet looking for reference materials I found a lon of silhouetted images of titans with stepped legs, so that’s what I started with first. With my design, you just fit the center ring onto the bottom of the knee cap PVC (45 degree elbow coupling) and the rest of the layers drape down from that.

Telescoping Legs Model

Telescoping Legs Model

The next thing I did was start designing the brackets and such to fit around the legs and designed knee pads to be glued to the brackets. I found a 3D model on Thingiverse with the Adeptus Mechanicus icon and joined it with one of the kneepads.

Adeptus Mechanicus knee pad

Adeptus Mechanicus knee pad

Some Facebook friends from my local gaming club’s page gave me some inspiration for designing the two primary weapons for the Titan.

The Vulcan Megabolter.

Megabolter Sketch Up

Megabolter Sketch Up

And

The Plasma Annihilator

Plasma Annihilator Sketch Up

Plasma Annihilator Sketch Up


Here are some progress pictures ranging from Dec. 1st up until now.

Titan legs dry fit

Titan legs dry fit

MOAR PVC

MOAR PVC

First face (Iron Man)

First face (Iron Man)

Foot-pod-thing

Foot-pod-thing

`Leg brackets

Leg brackets

Plasma Annihilator dry fit

Plasma Annihilator dry fit

Megabolter Cartridge Ejection

Megabolter Cartridge Ejection

Megabolter Main Body Print Complete (Almost 10 hours)

Megabolter Main Body Print Complete (Almost 10 hours)

Megabolter dry fit

Megabolter dry fit

Megabolter dry fit

Megabolter dry fit

Titan dry fit (second face)

Titan dry fit (second face)

Lighting effects using EL cable

Lighting effects using EL cable

Lighting effects using EL cable

Lighting effects using EL cable

Vulcan Megabolter 90% finished

Vulcan Megabolter 90% finished

I decided against the Iron Man face plate for two reasons. First, I thought it would be a pain in the ass to attach to the PVC in a way I would be happy with. Secondly, I though it would be too iconic and recognizable. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I just want this a little more generic and Warhammer 40K-ish.

I recently decided against me second face choice because I feel its a little too plain and , again, it needs to be more fierce and Warhammer-y.

So I think I’s finally decided to go with my third option and I’m going to be printing out the lower half of the Predator face mask. Again, I found a model on Thingiverse that I think will go well.

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