Adeptus Titanicus Warlord – Review

I know I know I promised not to do the Warlord till the end of this slow grow…..Oops!!

As we have come to expect from GW the delivery of such things is spot on. The box is really nice and has a slightly different feel than AoS and 40k boxes. The artwork is spot on and the gives a nice impression of the size of the thing and looks shiny.

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While the back gives you a nice look at the model, as well as a load-out of the transfer sheet which I think is really useful!!

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Speaking of said transfer sheet it gives you enough to cover 5 titan legions which should keep plenty of people happy. Some of these are pretty detailed transfers and just continue the oozing of quality this kit gives you..

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Next we have the instruction book which is full of CAD pictures to help you build which has become the norm for GW so no surprises here.

Finally have the sprues and we have the different frames, one suggests that we could easily see a weapon/head sprue in the future!

Sad panda face, that we don’t get any more load-outs for the weapon systems than the same arm Volcano cannons and the missile carapace.

But the detail oh my the detail!!!

This has to be one of the best GW kits around at the moment (and I have dabbled in many). Now obviously this is down to those lovely CAD designers but the closeness to the 28mm FW big daddy is frankly terrifying. The Knight kit was a massive wow, this bad boy just grabs you by the jaw and insists you drop it!!

Yes, the kit is pretty in-depth especially the legs (with the orientation catching many out) particularly the number of parts. But take your time and follow the instructions (I mean who does that right?) and you wont go wrong.

Most other sections are pretty easy to get to grips with (unless you forget to add a part… I would never do that).

Look at the wiring on the torso section and parts round the shoulder no-one will ever see!!!

One of the least detailed sections is still a lovely piece to look at…yes I spent hours drooling over the kit.

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Tiny rivets…..so many rivets!

Now I have an apology to make.

Usually I take pictures for these reviews and show off the finished model in all its grey glory, I do this as it helps show any issues to be wary of… I may have got excited and forgotten to do such things.

The legs will need some TLC to get right but on the whole the kit is very very snug on the build. Anyway enjoy my Tiger Eyes Warlord ready for his transfers to be added.

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I went for more of creeper flame look and think it works.

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Magnetizing this kit is super super easy! just use the helpful recesses GW have made in the kit and it is possible easier to do then the Imperial Knight kit.

Overall

This is a stunning kit and the best released so far this year and potentially the best in a while!! Well worth the price for less than £50 from out friends over at Triple Helix Wargames.

Much is still made about the price of the GM box and yes I am going about it differently with the slow grow. But so far I could have shared the GM box with a friend (spent more) and still needed to purchase the ruleset box.

As I have said as far as this slow grow goes, I wasn’t interested too much in the terrain sets just the models themselves and after the purchases I have made through THW I am at £90 over a couple of months.

So I am half way cost wise to the GM box But I have the rules, a warlord and a Knight unit. Pretty good going without the Boss Lady killing me for going all in with the GM box.

Am I slightly behind the release schedule? Yes I am, but everything is painted and I am in a position to give the game a good trail with what I have.

The question is pick up a Reaver or wait for the Warhounds?!

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Adeptus Titanicus Rules Box – Review

As is only right I started with shiny things in the Knights review. But now for some serious bits.

Today I am going to be looking at the rules box that GW have made up for AT. Boy is it a sexy medium sized box as well.

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Art work is really nice as you would expect and once we crack it open we have a mountain of stuff to get through.

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First the rulebook (will review the rules separately in the near future), this is FW level quality. Yes there has been a few posts online about the binding giving way at the seams but so far mine is holding up.

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The full colour book and the layout really does make it feel like one of the FW HH books the art is so so pretty.

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But after playing around with the AoS rulebook I think the overall quality has been upped at GW for all rulebooks anyway. So in general this is on par with FW and most newer GW rulebooks.

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The only downer I have is I would have loved more info about the titans themselves. Next up we have a couple of plastic spures, the first being pretty important as it contains the arcs for the different titan sizes.

As well as the strategy pieces you can purchase at the start of the game and also a really nice touch is the cogs to use as markers on the titan cards for in-game damage etc.

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So the strat pieces are very cute little bonuses to bring to the game as well, ‘bunkers’, be it void shield generator or missile silos. As well as an objective in the titan head and also the big T to show who has priority. A lot of games would have had these as card markers but GW has to show off 😉

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Next we have the template set, a nice blue….what else can I say?!

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Next we have a couple of cheat/rule look sheets and the standard free ruler. Why I don’t know as some of the ranges you are going to have to do some conga lining with it. But I have to say out of all the ones I have seen out of GW recently this one is pretty sturdy and has some backbone to it, I seem to remember the 40K one was little floppy o_O

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Now onto the dice, and you get all the various crazy ones you need. But I want more I love the pattern of them I just want bucket loads of them!

They also have the advantage of rolling really well, so many 1s makes me happy! They fit in perfectly with the rest of my collection 😉

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So the titan stat/knight cards, honestly I shouldnt call them that since they are A4 size and really thick card. Again you may notice I am loving this box and like so much of it the quality is pretty damn good. The fact they have given holes for those cog markers so no slight breeze moving markers around is a round of applause to the designers.

My only concern is you only get 2 of each card type, so depending on your list build it may not be enough and also it is only card after all. I wonder what the lifespan on these with heavy use will be.

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The final piece of the puzzle is oodles of cards, little ones are the many weapon options you can can take for the different titans and also Objective cards and Stratagems.

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So that is your lot, as I said a fair amount packed into the box and speaking of packing with a nod towards the board gaming community everything fits nicely back into the box as they have indentations for everything. Although I may not keep the box long-term as you can fit stuff into a smaller space really the fact it is an option is amazing.

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Overall

So all this box can be yours for less than £30!! out friends over at Triple Helix Wargames,

There are not many gaming systems that get you a nice rulebook and dice and all the other gaming stuff you need to play (minus models) for sub £30 these days.

Yes you have to buy big stompy robots (OH NO!!!) but you can easily proxy and get a feel of the game for very little outlay

And looking at the rules themselves (more on that later) it looks like a really enjoyable game and honestly I am happy I am slow-growing this, as people who know me will say, I can’t slow grow (things escalate fast) but due to size/cost of the titans I can happy pick one up once a month take my time with some stunning kits and actually enjoy the growth rather than miracle growing (other fertilizers are available) my collection and hopefully you guys enjoy watching this grow as much as I think I will 😀

Adeptus Titanicus Knights – Review

As promised this is the start of my slow grow / baby steps / not going to go crazy move onto AT.

So it would be mad to start with Warlord although I really really wanted to do..

Instead we have some baby knight’s to start with.

As we have come to expect from GW the delivery of such things is spot on. The box is really nice and has a slightly different feel than AoS and 40k boxes. Maybe we will see this in the future as I like it.. The artwork is spot on and the knights are looking shiny.

Digging into the box the first thing we find is the bases (shocking I know) and a new transfer sheet that covers a couple of the different houses. They are all tiny transfers so you are going to need to be careful. One thing I particularly like is the checkerboard sections to add to the knight shoulder pads. A great idea for those too clumsy (hello) or too lazy (hello again) to do such things into a knight of any scale.

Next we have the instruction book which is full of CAD pictures to help you build which has become the norm for GW so no surprises here.

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Finally have the spure and it is just one frame. But they do manage to pack everything onto there. So much so you will only have 1 piece spare at the end which is a torso gun option of your choice. Or in my case no options, pro-tip be incredibly careful with the meltagun it is one of those pieces that can break in half and fly away…

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This is a 10mm Knight and they have managed to get the 28mm sized detailing onto the model…

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I mean look at that leg! It is just insane levels of detail!

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Or the fact the shield has the electrical wiring thingys on the back of it or the railings on the back

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Seriously is this a tiny knight or something akin to snap-fit for 40k..

So the build on these was surprisingly easy, yes the torso gun is very very fiddly but overall the kit was a joy to put together.

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Perhaps most surprising was the poseability of these models, yes they are simple but the small tweaks you can make on what is mainly ball joints allow for some deceptive uniqueness to them, so even across several knights you can give each a slightly different feel/character.

Perhaps one of the hardest part of these kits is the basing, as they are so small if you are wanting to do something different, you are going to have to think about the scale of things.

Hoping I capture the idea of trenches and entrances to underground bunkers and of course the odd bit of silo destruction.

I may need to find more broken electrical things 🙂

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Overall

These are a stunning kit and well worth the price for £15 from out friends over at Triple Helix Wargames, you cant say no to 3 amazing pieces of design.

Yes much has been said about the price of game, but when taken in isolation you are getting a more detailed kit but with less options for similar price kits. I am looking at something like terminators for this example. yes the options are less but the detail is :O all the while being of similar size and to be honest I like not having extra arms/legs/heads I will never use.

I will be probably getting another set of these but my magnetise on the assumption we will get arm kits from FW!

P.S. yes I am excited for a bit of stompy action!!

Adeptus Titanicus Is A Go

So thanks to the guys at Triple Helix Wargames. We are going to be able to have a series of posts based around slow growing ourselves some Titans

Make sure you check out THG you could say low prices are in their DNA……I am not sorry for that 😀

Anyway bad puns aside, with the preorder going live (http://www.triplehelixwargames.co.uk/pre-orders/ ) I figured I should plan out what I have in mind.

Much has been said about the cost of the Grand Master box and it’s price, yes it’s a decent deal considering the individual prices.

However I am one of those gamers that cant outlay that in a single month. So we are going slow grow with the idea of 1 or 2 purchases a month.

The idea being I can get a force (maniple I believe) to call my own. But stretched over a couple of months to tie into the releases for the other titans.

With this in mind I will be picking up the ruleset box to start with (and review of course) what this will allow me to do is get to grips with the rules on the cheap(er) level but also allow me to plan a force out before shiny things are bought.

After this is a new system and no-one truly knows what is going to work or not.

This slow grow will also allow me to build the other titans as they drop and wait to get the warlord near the end as that is the showcase model and should be a reward after all, not something you start with 😀

A side note I won’t be touching the AT terrain as I can DIY my own but also I am imagining 40K is going to work a treat as surely the imperium has some magnificent structures dedicated to the emperor even some that dwarf titans 😉

Plus I want to do one of those celebration roads seen in HH books of giant statues of marines…aka marine on plinths.

Let me know what you think and should be an interesting journey.

Great Unclean Slug One…part 2

For those keeping up my GUO is getting there from where it was in post number 1 GUO1

So I am at the stage now where I think he is done! As hopefully you will see..

The next stages I had to do were the arms which you can see came out very very well, thanks to some blue stuff that let me make some molds of the arms just to help me get the scale OK, as I was nervous about getting them right especially the right bend/lengths.

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The other side of things was to ensure the size of him matched the official model.

As you can see I think I have that nailed from the Birdseye view, so at least my original sketches are measuring up OK 🙂

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I also ensured that I kept checking things sat OK and as you can see the hands are almost perfect fits as is the head, however I then knew that the belly needed to be more substantial!

Then the fun could really start, the green stuffing of the details, as you can see I did go mental but hopefully not too mental that details are lost in the crazy!

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But then I also wanted to make sure I didn’t create something too large and next to his brother Rotigus I think we have this nailed 🙂

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So something I did learn from this is Green Stuff is shiny and can be difficult to actually see some details. So anyone out there wanting to give it a go on any sort of big scale then make sure you undercoat the model at a stage you start to go green blind. As it helps immensely.

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Which leads me to the stage I am now, some more work on bits I had missed before undercoating.

The spots of white allowed me say I am happy with an area, as I am now at that stage in which I could keep adding more and more detail when really I wont get any benefit for it other than I dont get to paint him.

So soon he will be hit with paint and hopefully I dont mess him much.

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