Forgeworld Reaver Titan Assembly – Legs

I’ve made some progress in building the Forgeworld Reaver Titan (see here for the first part of this series of posts) and have now assembled the legs! I suspect these are probably the most difficult part of the build due to:

  • The number of components
  • The way they interact (several joints have to be assembled and glued simultaneously)
  • The impact they have on the pose of the model
  • The load bearing nature of the assembly

I started by assembling the components that could be put together in one way only, in particular the thighs. These were pinned carefully, as in the pictures below (again, acknowledgements to 30mm Madness for guidance on pinning). Great care was taken over the hip joints as a lot of the weight will be running through these joints, so they need to be as strong as possible. I used Araldite for this, with a liberal coating on all the pins.

Drilling out the thighs. Note the rudimentary dust extraction system.

Drilling out the thighs. Note the rudimentary dust extraction system.

All the thigh components drilled

All the thigh components drilled

The Thighs with their pins

The Thighs with their pins

The hip joints with their pins

The hip joints with their pins

The completed thighs

The completed thighs

the leg components laid out for assembly

the leg components laid out for assembly

I then worked out how I wanted the base. A friend showed me how to use his router and gave advice on cutting my desired base – a 15” diameter piece of MDF with rounded edge. The Warhammer 40,000 Battlescape will make the core of the base scenery. Using these and copious amounts of Blu-Tac allowed me to gauge exactly what pose I wanted – a dynamic, striding pose, with one foot crushing the Rhino APC. The leg assembly was then glued together (but not to the base!) using more Araldite. No pinning to these joints at this stage – that comes later! Obviously, all the armour was left off too, as this is going to be sprayed a different colour.

The posed legs, held in place with Blu-tac and elastic bands!

The posed legs, held in place with Blu-tac, elastic bands, with a little help from a Warhound Titan

 

Once this had all set overnight, the pelvis, knees and soles of the feet were all drilled for pinning, as per the pictures below. The soles of the feet were also bored with a ½” Forstner bit to allow magnets to be placed in them later. Each pin was then cut to length, coated in Araldite and inserted in each hole.

The pelvis drilled out

The pelvis drilled out

The pinned pelvis. Armour plates will be glued over, so it doesn't matter if it's a bit messy.

The pinned pelvis. Armour plates will be glued over this, so it doesn’t matter if it’s a bit messy.

The sole of the foot, including the space for magents

The sole of the foot, including the space for magents

The foot with pin and araldite filling

The foot with pin and araldite filling

The knee joint drilled and filled

The knee joint drilled and filled

With the legs placed in their final location, I was able to glue the toes in the right positions to suit the pose. No pinning for these as there’s not a huge amount of load going through there.

The legs assembled in place

The legs assembled in the desired pose…

...and the toes glued in place

…and the toes glued in place

I also glued and drilled the shoulders to the upper torso at this point, using the same technique of glue, dry, drill, pin. Care is needed when drilling from the inside of the torso into the shoulders not to ‘break out’ into the Titan’s ‘arm pits’. Like I did on one of them here. I’ll tidy and fill it later, but for now it’s not too obvious.

The shoulders attached to the upper torso

The shoulders attached to the upper torso

Don't do this!

Don’t do this!

The legs were then sprayed black – here they are crushing that Rhino!

 

The legs sprayed with Chaos Black

The legs sprayed with Chaos Black

Next up is painting the crew and interiors!

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2 Responses to “Forgeworld Reaver Titan Assembly – Legs”

  1. Hey Mate. Didn’t know you had a Lucius too. Still got certificate or lost?

  2. Matt says:

    Hi there! I think I’ve still got it somewhere; the main reason I didn’t sign it up for the owners’ club is that I’m considering trading it in so I can get a newer Mars pattern. Any idea what part ex the Tech Priests offer these days?

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