Yesterday I featured Mat Murphy-Kane's Ultramarines. Today, as I returned Mat's models I spotted his gorgeous Reaver Titan, which you can see below.
Mat wanted to paint and model something magnificent that he could pour his heart and soul into. He also admits to wanting something immensely powerful for his army. Mat's Reaver has been tooled up for destroying enemy super-heavies and has killed seven of them in its last two outings. The turbo laser on the model's shoulder is a Warhound Titan weapon that Mat's converted to fit.
To paint the lightning effect on the Titan's turbo lasers, Mat followed the 'Eavy Metal Masterclass from the September issue of last year's White Dwarf (page 48 of the Space Hulk edition). The technique was demonstrated on a power sword but as Mat has shown, it can be applied to anything you like - a Chaos Space Marine in eldritch armour would look very cool!
Mat said that picking a base for the model was a hard decision. In the end a friend suggested he mount it on the Battlescape scenery piece, which would perfectly represent where the Titan's indomitable weight had cracked the earth. Mat also felt that the carnage inherent in the terrain piece depicts the sort of carnage a god of war such as a Titan would do to an area of battlefield.
Mat stippled the shoulder guards with Tin Bitz, Dwarf Bronze, a 1:1 mix of Dwarf Bronze and Mithril Silver, and then washed them with Devlan Mud. He then used Dwarf Bronze to paint on the Adeptus Mechanicus symbol, which he highlighted with a 1:1 mix of Dwarf Bronze and Mithril Silver. Finally, he brushed the Black Soot Forge World weathering powder into corners to make them look more battle-worn.
On another note, here's a look at the fantastic Tomb Kings gaming table that Ray and the Warhammer World Scenery Team have made. Towards the bottom right of the picture you'll notice a set of steps, eventually these will be submerged under water - just as soon as Ray works out how to do it!
Oh, and don't forget to check out today's 'A Blog of Two Gamers' update.