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Let's give you a background but keeping it short at the same time:
Back in 2009 I was living in a place with 7 mates and a landlord that kept a scrap pile in one half of the backyard. Before being kicked out of this place I was able to requisition some of the scrap heaps and started building a TRUE WARLORD TITAN.... This thing was shaping up to be about 8 foot tall with full rotating gun barrels and all... Unfortunately like i said we were kicked out of the house and the thing never got finished
Cut to present day:
I'm sitting here with 60 sheets of 250mm by 200m 1mm and 2mm plasticard. My questions to anyone who has ventured into this side of the hobby is A- Is it true starting small and working up from there is the easiest way to go?, B- is it true starting out making terrain and simple structures are going to advance my skills before I hit a big project and C- What is the best way to determine a base for something like a warhound or warlord titan and how do you scale such a model?
What I intend to do:
First up I want to make a bolter with detatchable clip and working trigger (The trigger will move not actually shoot anything... that would be a clever idea haha), secondly I was going to make both a warhound and warlord titan for my epic space marine army, last of all I was going to tackle an aquilla lander, thunderhawk (or stormbird, or other variant of imperial flying transport), a Thunderbolt, then a warhound or warlord depending on how I feel
Am I in over my head doing it this way? Should I just try doing a warhound or warlord first and build multiple of them as i learn? (I want my own 40k sized titan legion in the end), how long should I set aside to make such large and imposing models?, and how do i figure out the scale of such things?
Just to make things interesting I do not have access to a printer so just printing the warhound plans i got off the net arent really an option
Any advice or answers is most definately appreciated
Thanks if you read this far,
My initial response upon reading this was just going to be "Ask @The_Blackadder ..."
I know you said you don't have a printer, so plans and sketches might not be of much assistance, but the man has built/is building so many things out of plasticard and leftover bits (completed a warhound titan, in the process of building a thunderhawk and a warlord titan...) that he should be able to offer some advice.
Regarding your questions, though, I think B is certainly true - building anything will help you get a feel for how to best make use of whatever material you're working with.
The other two I'm not so sure of. I wouldn't start off too small - small stuff can be fiddly and frustrating and perhaps it would be better starting off simpler rather than smaller.
Determining scale - I think The_Blackadder has made mention of high-resolution drawings and CAD models and the like, but I think it essentially comes down to educated guessing in the end.
The bolter seems a good starting project, to be honest. A relatively simple shape - it will still give you the basics of planning a project and working with plasticard, which you can then apply to larger, more complex projects. A full titan legion sounds like it would be amazing to see, but I can imagine such an undertaking would not be an easy or fast one!
Yeah I think an in depth discussion with Blackadder is needed.
Ok I tthink I might start making some bunkers and buildings tomorrow and see how I go with that
As for the Titan Legion haha I know its going to take forever but noone around here has a single titan let alone a group of them, Another plan I came up with was buying the Imperial Bastions from when GW released planet strike and using thouse as Warlord legs and converting up my IG into Skitarii just for a fun project
All in all I'm giving myself 3-5 years to get my entire legion up and ready, was thinking 2 Warlords and 6-8 Warhounds (I'd have to get it right bby then hahahaha