Sunday, 28 May 2017

Behind the Scenes- Where's My Titan!?

Once more, Titan Owners Club ownership and staff are pulling back the curtain and leading you down the rabbit hole.

Our behind the scenes look for you guys is actually addressing two VERY common questions of late and also for to explain a minor glitch we've all been having of late, though Shadow's email seems to be the most prone to this.  So, without further ado, 'ere we go (yes, I went there- Shadow):

The first question to address is about a Facebook page that's floating around.  Yes, there is a Facebook group called Titan Owners Club, and we are getting asked about this with increasing frequency.  We'd like to state that they are not run by us and we are not run by them. We are two separate entities which run parallel with one another and share many members.  We at Titan Owners Club, the web page, are passionate about databasing and collecting information about official Engines produced by Forge World. We are fascinated to know about, and log the status of, these Engines, the ownership of them, their are locations around the world, and more besides.

The glitch we mentioned will get into our second question.  For some stupid reason, on occasion your emails are not reaching us.  And we don't mean they end up in our junk/spam boxes.  They don't reach us at all!  We don't know why this is happening, but it does.  We promise you we aren't trying to ignore you.  If you cannot reach one of us like you're intending to or it seems like it's been forever and we haven't responded, please try another of us, or use another member to contact us.  Sometimes we are busy, but of late when we accidentally "ignore" you it's because our email decided to be a jerk.  Sometimes it's a matter of our email not being entered correctly and all you need to do is check and resend.  When it's correct though and you haven't gotten a response, then that evil glitch has most likely struck again.

The glitch, on occasion, causes this next question, as well as the fact our posting schedule isn't exactly put out there as public knowledge.  Where's my Titan?  Why hasn't my Titan been put up yet?  Unless you're one of the unlucky few caught by the glitch (and mercifully it is VERY rare), your Titan is actually in what we call a "healthy backlog" here at TOC.  Yes, we can post everything now, a Titan a day.  But, if we do that, you don't have a reason to come back and enjoy things.  Your fellow Princeps won't have time to keep pace with the updates and their work will either feel rushed or you won't get regular updates.  We post every other day, except when a rare gem comes along (like Warhammer Fest yesterday), so that you always have a reason to visit us, new wonders to see every time you come.  If our backlog gets really slammed, then we start posting more frequently.  This system provides us with a long line of content while we continue to build future content.  It's just a matter of patience.  And the good news is that your Titan or its update is in a first come, first serve order.  So once you're in the queue, you're in the queue.

We hope that helps answer a few questions you guys might have.  Also, a special BtS treat from Shadow, not only is he doing a ton of literature reviews for TOC right now, soon he'll be looking for more "victims" for the interview chair.



Saturday, 27 May 2017

Warhammer Fest 2017- Adeptus Titanicus Concept Images

Some concept images for Adeptus Titanicus rolls on at Warhammer Fest today with Drake snapping some quick pictures for us.

One thing reported is that:

"Imperial Knights are Cataphractii sized. Marine is about 8mm."





A lot of work has gone into banner looks and shapes.


Posing of legs has also been heavily thought out.




Warhounds will definitely not be a forgotten aspect of the game.








New Legio schemes also seem to be on the way soon.

Warhammer Fest 2017- Updated Titan Rules When?

Thanks to the Battle Bunnies for spotting this for us.  When Forge World does their indices, the Chaos Titans will be included in Index: Forces of Chaos.  Check the Battle Bunnies blog here for more info.



According to warhammer-community.com's coverage, the Imperium's Titans will be updated in Index: Forces of the Astra Militarum.

Warhammer Fest 2017- Titan Hangar Diorama

The Warlord in the Titan hangar has been revealed at Warhammer Fest 2017!  Images coming from Drake this morning as he and Col. Hertford are live and on site.


The new Sector Mechanicus terrain is aptly used here, and several of the Mechanicus models are involved.



A high ranking Magos oversees the rites being performed on the Warlord.



The hangar in its entirety.  Such a massive diorama.


So many parts they converted this from.  Can you name them all?



The Princeps and crew look on as their engine is being serviced and prepared.  



An Arch-Magos Dominus looks on.  Could that be Cawl himself?




So much activity and a sense of story.  The Titan is clearly the centerpiece but doesn't dominate the diorama.  You could search for hours for little details and keep finding new things.



Great weathering on the terrain and very subtle conversions that let you see the original kit used but giving the diorama the distinctly Mechanicus feel.

Let us know what you think of the diorama in the comments section.  

Friday, 26 May 2017

Upadate WLT444- Triple Force, 26-5-17

An update from Anders, using bits from his own commentary:

UPDATE PICTURES:


The Rite of Cleansing begins for the head and weapons.


The weaponry is coming along.


Most of the armor plates have been recovered and her framework is ready.


A good motto for what has been reported to us to be the Belicosa Volcano Cannon arm.



Very nice shot of the upper carapace coming together.



From Anders- The last armour plate: here as an explanatory hologram, is somewhere in the lost suburbs of Beluga 61, and the S&R teams will continue their work to find it, otherwise the Titan will be vulnerable to infantry attacks... (Thinking posters and other "monument vandalize" for this leg plate, to use it as an objective in kill team /normal 40k games. Details that will all be turned upside down if the leg plate is recovered, just in time to mount it but too late to cleanse it before the Titan goes to battle...)


"Triple Force" will soon be ready to walk, to kill and to redeem the centuries of shame as its pieces were used as monuments and art.


The scale of the Warlord really comes to the fore when terrain and Knights are involved.



A good shot looking up at the Titan, like from the perspective of a normal person.


The Titan nears completion.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Titan Literature Review- Warlord: Fury of the God Machine

The newest Titan novel goes under the microscope and we see what fury the Warlord holds.

TITAN LITERATURE REVIEW

Story: Warlord: Fury of the God Machine

Format: Novel

Length: 272 pages (limited edition)

Source: http://www.blacklibrary.com/new-titles/featured/fury-of-the-god-machine.html

The Plot:  When war comes to the world of Khania, the Legio Pallidus Mor must work with the Imperial Hunters Legio.  The fatalistic and the proud do battle together against the Tyranid foe and fissures form in their unity.  When the nearby world of Katara needs assistance, this strained relationship is put even further to the test.  The forces of Chaos, namely a force of Traitor Titans, lay claim to Katara through insidious means.  The divided Legios must take a stand to save the world, but to do so they need to put aside their differences in order to achieve that salvation or they will instead be Katara’s damnation.

Titan Focus: David Annandale weaves a tale that follows the mould of TitanicusWarlord is the story of the Pallidus Mor (through Princeps Krezoc), the Imperial Hunters (through Marshal Syagrius), and the human element through Captain Deyers of the 66th Kataran Spears and Confessor Ornastus of Creontiades.  While the actions of Captain Deyers and Ornastas are important to the events of the book and have their focus, the true spotlight is given to the Titan Legios that fight in the Emperor’s name. 

Throwbacks to the old Warlord loadouts are made as split carapace weapons make a return and the Imperium naming scheme for fallen Titans (Feral, Ravager, and Banelord in this case) is brought back into the lore as well.  The story’s largest focus is on Princeps Krezoc and her Warlord, Gloria Vastator.  However, care and attention are paid to several other god-engines and how each one is different in terms of their nature, tactics, and crews.  Not only has old lore been resurrected, but Annandale stays true to established literature as well.  Further definition is given to the Titans than in the past by further describing the operation of a Warlord Titan.

While not as comprehensive as other established Titan literature, Warlord stays true to what is established and adds to the realm. In addition, it shows interaction and integration of Princeps and Titan in ways that had not been previously explored or given such depth.  Perhaps the greatest contribution to the lore from Warlord is a look into the cultures and traditions of the Pallidus Mor and Imperial Hunters Titan Legios.  While in the past these Legios had been briefly described, Annandale takes a more in-depth look at them and fleshes the forces out.

Score: 3.5/5 Cogs


Final Thoughts: There’s probably a wonder why a story that follows in the footsteps of Titanicus and gives us so much new information scores what it does.  Warlord is a good story, but it’s not a great one.  The novel offers a treasure trove of data on how Titans work, the culture of two Titan Legios, and another glimpse at how Titan war works beyond what has already been established.  However, the book fails to capture its human element in a meaningful manner, all but two characters feel heavily two-dimensional, and several elements feel rushed; something that becomes evident by simple proofreading errors and skipping between scenes where a lot of information is still needed.  It also misses out on the chance to show us the Chaos side of the Titans and the Traitor Legio involved.  In spite of those flaws the story is quite solid and Annandale offers us many new things to consider about Titans and their operation.  He expands upon established pieces of lore and crafts a story that you can see playing out in your mind, scenes of battle vividly envisioned and believable.  This is still a book worth buying.

Let us know what you think of the story in the comments below.  Are there any particular stories you want to see reviewed next?

Monday, 22 May 2017

Warlord Titan No.511- Sol Invitus, Legio Crucius

Certificate Number: 511
Titan Name: Sol Invitus
Pattern: Warlord Mars Pattern 
Head Unit: Mars-Alpha
Primary Armament: Volcano cannon x1, Turbo Laser blasters x2, Power claw x1
Princeps: Princeps Robo Sol
Titan Legio: Legio Crucius
Battle Maniple Composition: MRT173


Owner: Robert G.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Comments: 
Commissioned to be painted by Dale F.


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