Sometimes it pays to be pigheaded such as my obsessive insistence to retain the beautiful shoulder yoke so ably represented in Mr Joazzz2's 3D masterpieces of elegant Emperor Titans.
The other example of my OCD is to attempt to meld that yoke with the equally elegant mounting drums of the Forge World Alpha Warlord.
Both designs are mutually exclusive as the Forge World shoulders are deeply ensconced under the shoulder carapace and the trunnion mount of Mr Joazzz2's is bulky and somewhat crude compared to the rest of his revolutionary design..
I am hoping to achieve a middle ground compromise but this first image is a trifle unnerving. The arm seems to be hanging too low and the lower edge of the weapon seems to be at the level of the hip axis.
The Superstructure towers in the rear needed to be raised in my estimation.
Using the waffle lens material I made a structure that should do the trick.
This is wonderful stuff to work with. It makes building bulky objects a simple task with no real measuring as the 1/2 inch squares are gnat's ass uniform in size. https://i.imgur.com/nskhphu.jpg
Ha! a subliminal proding that I have been delinquent in publishing an update. Actually I have been working on the 'head' in hopes to complete the interior. I have a question regarding the seated crew. I cannot remember where I obtained the two seated pilots for the cockpit (shown here in my Warlord cockpit)....
Found 'em; they're Sentinel pilots and dashboards... but I found Valkyrie pilots on Ebay which will do the trick and I can detail the cockpit interior in much the same manner as the Warlord here seen below as I copy a page from the Warlord thread...
Then and Now:
Back when I was young, i.e. before computers; I had this idea of getting images of instruments and pasting them inside of model planes for realistic cockpit displays so perusing catalogs and magazines I came up with a few usable images etc...
Well long story short they were too big, or too small, too dark, too light and ultimately I gave up the idea.
But this morning in the course of mebbe half an hour I searched, photoshopped and printed superb instruments for the Warlord cockpit.
The paper gauges seem to work okay; definitely better than I can paint them I was going to light them from behind but I don't think that will be necessary besides the lighting will augment the discrepancies. We don't need that.
Once the glue is dried I'll trim the gauges better, right now they seem a bit crude.
This past week I spent dozens of hours installing the skin on the many facets of*the quarter panels.
When all was said and done there is an eighth of an inch discrepancy over the back of the model. (0.3175 cm).
*Close enough for government work I keep telling myself.....
Then I may attempt putting the whole of the top hamper on the legs and pelvis for*an overall view of the complete model so far.
It's very heavy and difficult*for one person to assemble without incident.
Having watched Helsreach for the dozenth time to get a feel for the next area of construction it was a good time to assemble*the model again.
As stated previously; I need a perspective on the courtyard in front of the 'Keep'.
I want to have a staircase leading up to the entry flanked by the enormous statues but also bearing in mind the 2+ meter bore cannon that also will occupy that area as well.
The only thing wrong is that one of the corner balustrades is a bit tilted which is fine because nothing is glued yet and I may have to make some changes when I make the crenulations.
The Rear view shown here also presents a problem because it appears the legs are too short (to my eye at least and I might have to lengthen the thigh sections a couple of inches or about 5 Centimeters.
I had this problem with my Warlord as well and it took me a few tries to get the legs to the proper proportions.
Again the quarter view shows the legs look too short but until the top-hamper is relatively complete I'll just have to back burner the fix.... It's no big deal structure wise to remedy the defect if is in fact an actual problem.
A bit of doldrums over the Christmas Holiday so yesterday I sheathed the surface of the towers on either side of the cannon enclosure and fabricated the square spires topping them. I hate making spires, the work is slow and tedious and the Emperor Titan has dozens of them in various sizes.
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