Blackadder's Imperator Titan Build

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I'll probably paint it red and gold which is a departure from my usual scheme of graphite over flat Black. In a way I am glad FW went with the Alpha Pattern Mode.



It gives me leave to consider this Titan to be a Lucius Pattern Emperor. I can decorate it in a similar vein as my Warlord

 

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WOW, that will look cool! BTW, it's great to see that your construction is so well supported. You have spent quite a bit amount of time on the build and everything is holding its shape quite nicely. I don't see any sagging or weakening. Great job! :)
 

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One Step Forward Two Steps Back;

I finally bit the bullet and opted to expand the width of the forward deck.

The image below shows the full forward deck before my attempt at modifying the width....



Removing the corner turrets and lopping off a single row of waffle panel on each side I increased the with by 2.25 squares on each side as shown in the two images below.....



This all brings in line the discrepancies and also give me close to the proper number of "Chicklet" crenellations that are shown in the origin Emperor Titan prototype. You can count them if you like. :D



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This will broaden the front of the deck and allow for four more "Chicklet'' crenellations on the ends.

Now all needs be done is add some space fillers and replace the deck panels and I'll be back in business with a lot more room to add detail to the two side structures and the central Quake Cannon fixed mount structure.
 

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Blood Sweat and Tears:

It's a pain when areas you thought were complete need to be modified. But I would never be happy with the deck being too small to accommodate the structures situated on the platform.



As you can see I had to add three dentations to each end of the deck platform.



This has the added bonus of overhanging the main weapons arms......

and making the overall effect more massive.



Ya can't have an Emperor Titan too massive I always say.

Perhaps that why I am always sitting alone at parties?
 

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Shazam!

The crenellations have been increased by 6 giving a grand total of 34 across the front giving the busy look of the castle superstructure but not cramping the components as it did before.



There is now room to position personnel along the battlements....



The corner turrets are temporarily affixed to the deck so I can begin the side crenellations.



Eventually these bulwarks will be applied to all sides of the deck.
 

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Falling Together… Somewhat

After major renovations to the front and side bulwarks plus adding the concave panel below the decking gives a much more finished appearance to the overall project.

One of the criticisms I have with huge structures of this type is that the decks appear too flimsy.



This concave reinforcement provides sufficient bulk to the edges of the platform.



Once dried I can begin applying the crenellations to the sides and the deck battlements.
 

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This is truly a MEGA build!! Total fabrication scratch build. Awesome! ;)
 

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Sometimes You Bite the Bear and Get away With It :D

The side crenellations have got to fit within close tolerances. I had only a few millimeters of leeway in seven inches to get these nine dentations to fit evenly without more major adjustments.

Naturally I procrastinated attempting to build these bulwarks until today (and last evening) but low they came out better than I expected with a tolerance of micromillimeters (otherwise known as 64ths of an inch)



(I dearly love the Imperial system. I can't wait until the rest of the World adopts it.)

So here we have the crenellations in place and ready for gluing...



But before I do that I need to complete the main arm cutouts in the deck which I presume are for servicing and retracting the shoulder armament.




Gaad! Did I stumble into the purpose of these cutouts or What?

Purely by accident I assure you. Serendipity rears its ugly head once again.
 
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The Wine Was Sour:

So I threw it out.

I went for broke widening the superstructure deck by about 4 inches which necessitated revamping the ends of the deck.

After struggling with the modification ad nauseum working upside down I managed to modify the left hand side of the deck to allow for the cove moulding on the underside of the crenellations but it was beyond my patience to try to juxtapose the coordinates for the other side. ( I always wanted to use the word "juxtapose" in a sentence. :)




Anyhow I tore the entire superstructure apart and turned the deck upside down and still it was quite difficult to break out the underside of the deck but a lot easier than working upside down.

Here is what I had to replicate:



mirroring the completed underside.

And the entire underside for reference:



Easy peasy (Not)
 

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I've really never had the opportunity to use juxtapose in a sentence. To be honest, a juxtaposition of what you did first and weren't happy with, causing you to make the changes that you felt were needed is something I doubt anyone else would have noticed. This really is your baby, and you know what you want. Keep plugging away at it. The detailing, especially when painted, will really bring this to life. ;)