Thursday, 2 June 2016

Reaver Titan No.1862 - Dominus Caedis, Legio Mortis

Certificate Number: 1862
Titan Name: Dominus Caedis (Murderous Lord)
Class: Chaos Reaver Class Battle Titan
Pattern: Mars Pattern Reaver (Chaos Corrupted)
Head Unit: N/A
Primary Armament: Power Claw, Laser Blaster, and Apocalypse Missile Launcher
Princeps: Unknown
Titan Legio: Legio Mortis
Demi Legio: Unknown
Battle Maniple Composition: Unknown

Owner: Richard M.
Location: Lancashire, UK
Comments: Still in construction and waiting on magnets, and any advice anyone can give about painting straight black at this scale of model 



Getting started with paint on the carapace.

Various other plates are seeing the paint treatment.

Good start to the Reaver- TOC


Very beautiful work on the shoulder guards.

Rust and decay all around.

The Titan is coming together quite well.

The weaponry is being started on.


  1. The first thing you need to decide is what look you are going for. If you want it to look realistic (which is my style) the thing to remember when painting at this scale is that surfaces should not have one solid even color, but shades. This helps give the model some scale and not just looking like a big plastic toy. This has to do with how surfaces reflect light at different angles and the larger the object the larger the difference in reflection. Also paint that is subject to the environment will change color, either through bleach or through dirt, rust etc... Look at reference pictures of large vehicles, military and construction machinery. Also industrial buildings. This is not a Ferrari that you wash and wax each week. Painting it black is tricky as shading black and getting nice transitions is somewhat difficult. A good rule of thumb is to use at least three shades. Also applying the paint in several layers (going from dark to light and then starting over again) will help with creating color shifts that look realistic (if that is the look you are after).

  2. Perhaps use the sand / salt weathering technique to take the black down to an undercoated metallic in spots?

    Or a couple of shades of very very dark grey to "highlight" big panels?

    No matter what you decide to do I'm looking forward to seeing more!