Category Archives: Reaver

Dark Mechanicum Warpstrider

After my last post, some may be curious how my last project went…

Well, I’m pleased to show off the completed Warp-Strider Daemon Engine.

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On tabletop it’s either a Hellbrute (twin linked lascannon + Heavy Flamer) or my own ruleset.

WS3, BS3, S6, F12, S12, R11, I3, A2, HP3
Unit-Type: Walker
Unit Composition: 1 – 3 Warpstriders

Weapons: Twin linked Lascannon, Two Heavy Flamers
Special Rules: Daemon, DaemonForge, Move Through Cover, It Will Not Die, Warpstrider, Soul Fire

WarpstriderArcane coils translate the clanking monstrosities through the warp in a flare of actinic light, etching the retinas of all who behold their movements

During the shooting phase, the Warpstrider may opt instead to Run up to 18″.
Any intervening units between its start and end positions must take a Blind Test

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Reaver Laser Blaster

My experiences with my Reaver Titan so far have been…great fun, but I’ve been pretty unreliable on actual combat-effectiveness.
My Reaver has been destroyed in every battle and its most effective weapon was the one I originally tacked on as an afterthought, namely the Apocalypse Missile Launcher.

With the new additional rules in HH5: Tempest, the Reaver is now effectively immune to melee, so now my only real concern is being outgunned by another titan, or being cherrytapped by lascannons or meltaguns.

So, durability is not a problem, my weapons however are wildly sub-par

Here’s a Weapon Breakdown:
Power Fist – So far, it hasn’t killed anything with this weapon, I’m definitely still hoping to get some use out of it, it’s visually the coolest weapon the reaver carries and it’d be a pity to replace it.

Apocalypse Missile Launcher – So far my most effective choice, a barrage of AP3 large blasts across an enemy gunline is very reliable for killing pretty much any non-terminator enemies.

Melta Cannon – I think my target-priority skills need work, I keep targeting things that the melta cannon isn’t built for, like superheavy tanks. Maybe it’d be more effective against regular armor like Leman Russes.

Laser Blaster – I’ve finally finished assembling mine, but my experiences with a double-barrelled turbolaser have been pretty intimidating, I figure an extra shot of the same profile can’t go amiss!

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After the realisation that I now have five daemon engines of various kinds and no actual army to put them in, I’ve bought some chaos raptors/warp talons to convert into Dark Mechanicum themed infantry

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I’m especially pleased with the one on the left, I put a spare set of toes from a warp-talon under a shoulder-plate, the result reminds me of a leech.

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Arvus Lighter

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I don’t actually have any photos of this in progress, but I’ll post up some photos of the whole thing next post.

Reaver Titan – Complete

News from the Front: The Reaver Titan Meliora Bellator has been deployed to smite the enemies of mankind.
Tremble in fear at the Titan’s Mighty Tread™
Gasp in awe at the power of the Melta Cannon™
Feel the power of my huge resin Penis Extension™

*ahem*

Yes, the titan is done.
Four months (take out about a month because of the christmas holidays and that one week where nothing could happen because I was waiting on stuff)

about £700 in costs and a modicum of blood and sweat, no Tears, I did get frustrated at various points but nothing worthy of crying over.

This won’t quite be the end of this project, I’m planning to extend the armaments of the Titan to include some of the other Arm Weapons and possibly some Carapace weapon conversions.
The prospect of giving it an Inferno Cannon pleases me possibly a bit too much.

In any case, here are the photos I took at my local Games Workshop. Unfortunately no pics of the back, but there isn’t much I really care to show off about the rear end of a titan 😛


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Titan Power Fist

I finally assembled and painted my Reaver’s Power Fist

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I’d been putting it off with the vague plan to carve up the joints and build plasticard versions that I could make poseable.
The kit is poseable in whatever pose you like, however with the caveat that once you decide on one, you have to glue it in place.
As a test, I drilled out and pinned each of the thumb joints, that worked great, but the fingers have armour plates covering each knuckle which simply cannot be made flexible. the only way I could think to do it was to put a dollop of hotglue underneath each one and let it flex and bend that way…I wasn’t convinced it’d work or stay intact after lots of playing.

The second big problem was that all the major joints were basically a resin drum which butted up against a curved section of the next part. No-where to fit a pin for the joint.
To that end, I bought some sheet plasticard to cut up in several layers and build into actual working replacement joints.
Problem is a lack of appropriate tools to do that, I may yet in future though.

In the end, I gave up and went with Generic Pose #1, the slightly camp not quite hand-on-hips that the official FW photographs of it use.


My Reaver is very nearly there.
Currently the To-Do list is as follows:

  • Misc Detail pass over the main hull, there are some vents and such that need attention
  • Drill Through feet to add Pegs to hold it to the base.
  • Drill out shoulders so I can attach the arms by Bolts to the shoulders.
  • Scenic basing on the Base.
  • assemble legs, the ankles and hip joints need gluing at this point.
  • Add the toe piston arrangements and ankle plates
  • Assemble Waist section, not gluing the waist to the torso, it can sit stably on top of it anyway.
  • Magnetise elbow area for weapon arm so it can swivel.
  • Acquire and attach corrugated rubber hoses, the resin ones are awkward.
  • Final Assembly and gluing of major components (particularly torso/head)

Estimated timescales…Most of the assembly and painting can be done in a couple days, the scenic basing will take a few days.
I hope to have it very nearly done before christmas.

Reaver Titan – progress 80%

Back in early september (around sept 10th) I took delivery of a Reaver Titan.

I’d always wanted one and after some consideration I decided that I didn’t want to start small with the Warhound. From what I’d seen, the Warhound is actually technically more complex to assemble and structurally weaker in the legs.

Nope, if I’m going to drop more than £100 on a titan it’s going to be the one I actually want. No point working up to it!

So I’ve been working on it on average 6 – 9 hours a week for the past two and a half months.

Here are the photos I took as I went.

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So far, I’m at the stage now where I need to seriously decide what I’m doing for the basing.
My plan was to buy a wooden Trophy Plaque, but it’s so far proven quite hard to find a reasonably priced one big enough.
I’d rather not buy raw lumber and have to bevel the edges myself… Whatever I do needs to be durable enough to withstand the mass of the titan if it starts to keel over. I’m also going to go over it with poly-filler and suchlike to build up terrain, add some GW scenery materials too. I’ve bought a Manufactorum kit to help with that.

When the Basing is planned and viable, I can figure out the foot positions and start posing the legs to fit. I can’t do very much with the Pistons or the toes until the shins are at their permanent positions, so it all hinges on this.
I’m thinking a braced forwards stance, it’s walking and firing its weapon