Sunday, 25 October 2015

Reaver Titan No1855 - Bellator Ferum, Legio Tempestus

Certificate Number: 1855
Titan Name: 'Bellator ferum' (Warrior of Iron)
Class: Reaver Class Battle Titan
Pattern: Mars Pattern
Head Unit: n/a
Primary Armament: Reaver Titan laser blaster (right arm), Power fist (left arm), and Reaver carapace apocalypse missile launcher.
Princeps: tbc
Titan Legio: Legio Tempestus
Demi Legio: Tbc
Battle Maniple Composition:

Owner: Col.Hertford (
Location: Hertfordshire, UK
Comments: This Titan is currently under construction.  Unlike the previous Warhound which is from the Legio Gryphonicus, this Reaver, and my soon to follow Warlord will be from Legio Tempestus. The reasoning is that:
1. They were one of the three oldest Titan legions, the Triad Ferrum Morgulus.
2. They fought on both sides of the Heresy
3. The background is good
4. They still exist in 40k, and finally,
5. They just look damn good in blue urban camo and black and white checks {agreed T.O.C}

My plan is to have removable banners and flags to display both Loyalist and Traitor allegiance.  I have two reaver apocalypse launchers too, so I'm thinking a large Aquila on one, and the eye of Horus on the other.


Here's a little taster of what is to come.

A Cracking looking fist!

Absolutely awesome.

Great masking.

I love it, Tempestus will march!

After sending in pictures of my new Reavers knee plates, the TOC asked me to create a painting guide for my method of paint Legio Tempestus {Can you blame me!}, The Storm Lords.  This guide was written with an Air Brush in mind however, it should be possible to paint with a brush also.

The paints I used are from the Vallejo Model Air range; US Blue Grey, UK Mediterra Blue an Blue Angels. These spray well from the bottle and gunk less than other paints I have used.1.       Undercoat black (On resin models I use a spray paint for its better adhesion properties).  Test the paint has adhered by scratching in corners.  If it comes off, you need to strip the paint and wash again.

2.       Using an air brush, lay down one or two coats of US Blue Grey and allow to dry.

3.       Cut irregular, angular shapes of low tack masking tape an place these over the model in the desired pattern.  (I use Tamiya masking tape)

4.       Using and air brush, spray one or two coats of UK Mediterra Blue.  Note: don't remove the masking tape yet!

5.       Repeat step 3 above.

6.       Using and air brush, spray one or two coats of Blue Angels.  As soon as this is touch dry, remove the two layers of masking tape and you will be left with a very garish, blue/grey dazzle camouflage pattern.

Next time, on to weathering and washing.  Please comment below with any ideas, questions or suggestions.Happy wargaming, Col.Hertford


A very stubborn head unit for paint.

This material allowed the head unit to be properly cleaned and painted.

The stubborn power fist

The head unit looks really good after all that hard work

Nearing completion.

Engine up to date as of 4/3/16


Very good weathering on the shoulder pad, and the number is a subtle nod to his certificate number.

Very good looking internals, and the Princeps looks imposing.

The internals are very much taking shape.

Engine up to date as of 6/5/16

Looking forward to more soon!!!

Titan Owners Club.


  1. Absolutely stunning. Really inspiring stuff!

  2. Cheers, I'm going to finish up the armour plates then my next job I'd Pistons. I hate Pistons.

  3. That's a great tutorial on the camo pattern, thank you!

  4. Love the idea of camouflage on a 100+ feet tall walking war machine! Very dystopian 40K indeed. Great stuff Col. H

  5. Its actually based on the British navy dazel type camouflage from WW 1 & 2. Maybe less effective out off the water though.

  6. I am convinced. I've been searching for a Legion for my New Reaver and Warlord and I think I just found it. Great job.

  7. Looks great, I really like the idea of putting the certificate number into the paint scheme!

  8. Hey Col. H, this is one of my favorite Reavers! I'm starting on my own and I was wondering how you did the checks - those came out super clean! I was thinking to try something like that on my Warhound and rapidly realized I didn't have a good plan to bring it to fruition. I'd love to hear a bit about how you did that.

    The weathering on this engine is superb as well - would be really interested in hearing a bit about that as well!

    Anyway, really excellent work here - I am looking forward to seeing it complete!