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The Titan Field Team

Postby Francisco Duarte » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:00 pm

The human empire has dominated the galaxy for countless generations, growing ever so bloated and unwieldy, corrupt and decadent. Its inhabitants lived existences of abject misery, blind hatred and reckless vanity, venerating a dead god, shying away from the light of the Greater Good.

During the dark days of the Fourth Expansion, we strove to bring our enlightened philosophy to the wider galaxy, but alas, our prosperous ambitions were curbed by the strange unknown creatures from the gulf between realities. During these arduous times, only a few would manage to overcome the impossible challenges in the name of the Tau Empire.

Commander Shas’O T’au E’Pmba was one of such individuals. When his forces became stranded on an imperial planet, he was forced to cross swords with Knights of House Madrerosa who were hunting down renegade elements of their own caste and refused to negotiate with the Fire Warriors, who wished nothing more than safe passage and return to Tau space. His team managed to bring down several of the Knights and their Space Marine allies thanks to an ingenious combination of Battle Suits and Aerospace assets, forcing his enemies to reckon not only his prowess, but that of the entirety of the Tau race.


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Hi, there!

I'm posting the pictures I had on Facebook over here for the community, and also to discuss them a little further.

As some of you know, my real involvement in this community started about an year ago when I started posting some Warhammer 40K-inspired frames. Some time later I was given a generous donation of lego parts by a good friend who was intrigued by the game but had no chance of building models himself. I used them to make a few teams of Titans and host a few games with these friends of mine. The models were massive, and although we had fun, they turned out to be quite hard to handle.

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For the sake of comparison, the Frames at the front are 30% larger than a Chub.

These models were impossible to carry to public places. A little later I made a few BattleTech themed models, Chub-sized and much easier to transport. However, because of the setting those models are hard-wired, ie, the systems and their disposition are fixed.

Recently I decided that maybe I could reduce the scale of the Titan models and maybe make the models costumizable. I love Warhammer and would love to have something I could play with based on that setting. Furthermore the new Knight Codex came out and it looked awesome. So, I decided I could, sadly, get rid of the giant Titans and make new, more easy to handle, models. Hence, I started to make a new generation of these. I started with the Imperial Knights, but they still require some work, as do the Eldar, and the Orks are still in the early stages. The Tau, however, are already ready to go.

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For this collection I will also be including vehicles, albeit the only real difference from the Titans is that the latter are fully customizable, while the vehicles are hard-wired - what they have is what you got. I also will be including flying units and use my custom flying rules.

The core of the Tau team are the Suits, two Riptides and one Stormsurge.
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One Riptide is equipped as a soldier, with a blaster ( d6Rd d6Rd ) a Shield ( d6B ) a set of wings ( d6G ) and a Sensor Drone ( d6Y ), plus two smart missile packs as one-shot missiles d8Rr d8Rr . The other one is a close-combat variant because I am a big child and couldn't control myself. It has two plasma cutters ( d6Rh d6Rh d8Rh ), a set of wings ( d6G ) and a shield drone ( d6B ), plus a smart missile pack d8Rr . Generally speaking, the Riptides have each two hardpoints on each arm, plus one on top of each pack in the back, and one more in the back.
The Stormsurge is a special case. It was the first model I made for the first set, and will stay alive without much change. It does come equipped with a missile pack as an artillery system, hard-wired, but it can use up to three more systems. In this case it has a shield ( d6B ) and a long-range cannon for d6Ra d6Ra d8Ra . Generally speaking, the Stormsurge has one hardpoint on each side of the hull, plus another one in the gun emplacement.
The drones are considered systems and they simply float around the Titan (Frame), being inconsequential for range of fire and cover considerations.

There are also two Barracuda fighters.
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They come with one blaster ( d6Rd d6Rd ) and two sensor pods ( d6Y d6Y ). They also have an Aerospace System as per my custom flying rules, providing an additional d8G . Each has one additional hardpoint under each wing for a total of 1 extra system.

More pictures of the Riptides:
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Plus the Riptide and a Barracuda along a Chub-sized Hatchetman for scale:

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If you enjoy these, I will keep posting them here as the other teams come together.
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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby VitorFaria » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:03 pm

Those new smaller titans are excellent, great part usage and lovely employment of implied articulation techniques! There's some really great Darksyntax style stuff here!

Also, Chub-sized Hatchetman is something I feel I should have!
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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby KungFujiApple » Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:50 am

Very nice use of parts, especially considering that all of these models fit the TTT challenge. 40k has certainly been an inspiration for some. But whatever inspires you, continue building and sharing. Thank you and keep it up. :)
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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby Aardvark17 » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:36 am

These are really great builds in both scales, nice job!
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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby Francisco Duarte » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:26 pm

Thank you for the feedback guys! :)

I will post the other teams as soon as they are completed.

KungFujiApple wrote:Very nice use of parts, especially considering that all of these models fit the TTT challenge. 40k has certainly been an inspiration for some. But whatever inspires you, continue building and sharing. Thank you and keep it up. :)


This is true for the most part, the Stormsurge uses a few tarps and Travis cubes, as it is an older design and I wasn't as excited about make do with simpler parts yet.

VitorFaria wrote:Also, Chub-sized Hatchetman is something I feel I should have!


Who doesn't? :mrgreen:
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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby Francisco Duarte » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:09 pm

Sorry for the lack of activity, I have a couple more teams almost ready, but haven't had the time to take proper pictures of them (that, and the Eldar still need a couple more systems I haven't had the time to build). I have, though, taken a few extra pictures during the shooting of the Tau units, and have a small appetizer for my next team in them. I also added some backstory to the initial post.

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The Tau, Eldar and Imperial teams came along quite nicely. However the Orks are being much more difficult to put together than I expected. You would think it would be the other way around.
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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby VitorFaria » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:18 pm

That carpet looks better than it should as a battlefield! :D

It gives me a plantation field vibe, for some reason.
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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby Francisco Duarte » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:22 am

Right? I have planned to use it just for taking these pictures (wargaming-wise) but now I feel like I could play some games on it, assuming the other players are careful enough and don't step on anything. XD
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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby Francisco Duarte » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:08 am

This time we will hunt for vengeance.
House Madrerosa has always been a loyal servant of the Golden Throne, we have always wrought havoc onto the enemies of the Imperium under the banner of piety and martyrdom. For generations untold we reigned over the seven worlds of the Gafanna Belt and the humble dutiful pawns who feed the cogs of the nearby Forgeworlds with ore and bread.
Untold heroes from our blood have fought and died across the Galaxy to bring the light of our God Emperor to unbound human realms, and to purge the aliens and the heretics that spoil the grounds of worlds afar. For duty, never for ourselves. For the Emperor, never in our name.
But now, as the Primarch of the Adeptus Ultra returns to guide us in His Father’s name, our Knights will march for our own indulgence. Aliens tainted our worlds by stepping on them, and soiled our ears with their foul lies, and killed our brothers with their unholy arms. We will avenge those outrages and make the perpetrators and the all other enemies of humanity vanish in gore and clouds of overheated vapor.
I, Amelia Madrerosa, will lead my brethren, and aided by our Shadow Knights Space Marine allies, we will hunt! For the Emperor! And for ourselves…


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Sorry for the delay, guys, but I have been moving and haven't had much time to take pictures. Also, the legos and the minis are still on my previous place, and I still need to move them and finish a few things, meaning that there may be delays between updates.

For the Imperial Team I bring in the Imperial Knights, plus a couple Land Raiders. As with the Tau, the Titans are fulyl customizable, while the vehicles are hard-wired with their basic equipment, albeit I allow my players to equip them with a single extra piece of equipment if they so wish.

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First, the Knights. To the left we have a Soldier configuration, with a Gatling Cannon ( d6Rd d6Rd ), a Searchlight in the chest ( d6Y ), an Enlarged Engine in the back ( d6G ) and a Shield ( d6B ). Also, a top-mounted Shieldbreaker missile ( d8Rr ).
In the center we have the Dominus Knight with a Plasma Decimator ( d6Rd d6Rd ), an Ion Shield Generator ( d6B ) and a Rapid-Fire Battlecannon ( d6Ra d6Ra ), plus two Shieldbreaker missiles ( d8Rr d8Rr ).
Finally, the Knight-Errant has a Rapid-Fire Battlecannon ( d6Ra d6Ra ) a Banner ( d6B ) and a Chainsword ( d6Rh d6Rh ).

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Like the Tau Riptides, all Knights are fully customizable. They have hardpoints in their arms, on top of the hull, one on each side of the head, plus the engine in the back can be replaced with a larger one.
In the center a "clean" Knight, plus the backs of the second Questoris and the Dominus. I intend to get better pictures of these, hopefully with alternative patterns.

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On to the Land Raiders. They are both equipped with two twin-linked Lascannons ( d6Rd d6Rd d8Rd ) plus a Searchlight ( d6Y ), although one is also equipped with an additional antenna for an additional d6Y . For the extra equipment, the Land Raiders have hardpoints in the back of the hull, and in the gun emplacement in the front.

To finish I have also prepared a small scene to also feature the next update: the Eldar team.

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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby VitorFaria » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:09 pm

I really like those land raiders, interesting concept for a land vehicle!
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Re: The Titan Field Team

Postby KungFujiApple » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:39 am

The Knights look really nice love the hanging flag on the right one
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