The process of basing an Eldar titan securely


I knew basing this guy was going to be interesting. Actually, I wasn't so much concerned with the base itself as I was with getting the pose my client wanted while mounting the Titan on the base at the same time.
That was the challenge.

The request was for the Titan to be "just about landing... on one foot" over an urban/battlefield base. Sure, no problem.

I decided to keep the base somewhat clean and simple so as to not detract from the model. While it's big, it's classic Edlar in it's look and I didn't want to have it on some clunky looking base. I tried to match the two parts as best I could.

At first, I thought about using a handfull of Hirst Arts blocks (given to me by the owner of my FLGS, Game Vault). The more I worked with them, the more I realised that they were a bit too big for what I wanted to do with this project. Don't get me wrong, I'll find a place for them in some project but they weren't what I needed this time around.



I ended up using a smaller piece of resin terrain from Dark Art Miniatures in place of the blocks. I found a sandbag wall that had a small crater in it and with a little cutting and greenstuff work, I got it to fit perfectly on the base.

To make sure there wouldn't be any problems, I glued the sandbag wall in place and used two small woodscrews for additional stability.


Here's a side view of the original attachment points for the landing leg. At first, I only had two but I ended up adding a third one in the toe so that he didn't sway too bad if the table was accidentally bumped during game play.
If you look close enough, he doesn't actually even touch the base, he's about 2 or 3 millimeters above it... just about to land.


And here's what he looked like before going to paint. I left him in a few pieces to making painting easier and decided to assemble him completely afterwards.

I think Ron's base size is spot on. Resin is generally lighter in weight than it looks. As long as you are reasonable with your center of gravity I think it's best to use the least amount of base possible. Even if you do go wild with the pose, I'd consider a heavier material for the base rather than an over-sized base.
Painting sub assemblies is also a must. It will make it easier to paint for sure, but it will also make it easier to handle during painting. One trick I use is to work in layers. For instance, on my Reaver Titan I would airbrush the main colors till I was satisfied, then spray a coat of DullCote on them to preserve the work I'd already done while working on details.
- The Inner Geek


Project Link: Follow my Eldar Titan project

Additional FTW basing links:
Assembly: Standing ON basing material
Basing: Resin base manufacturers
Basing your models with free stuff
Basing in the simplest form possible


Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!

7 comments:

  1. Damn you Ron,

    Now i have an ultra lust for a FW eldar titan... LOL

    Looking real good, Im looking forward to seeing this one painted up!

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  2. Looking good Ron. I'm curious over how wobbly the titan is, because mine does not move around very much when shifted, however, I have both feet pinned into the stand using thick coathanger wire, and one of the toes is on the ground, elevated by a small wire.

    What is the diameter of that base?

    Can't wait to see it finished. Seems we're tackling the same model at the same time, which is a cool thing to see.

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  3. Looking good, i will be interested to know how you plan on hiding the pins or are you? Well anyways good work so far giving me ideas and that is a bad thing. Well for me it is anyways.

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  4. Aha! So that's where those blocks went. My wife sometimes acquires my hobby materials.

    I'm certainly not missing them - I went on a block casting spree back a while ago - but I thought "hey those blocks sure do look like Hirst Arts blocks..."

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  5. Paul: Wait until you see the next one I'm building.

    Akenseth: He's not that wobbly at all. He does move some but that's going to be natural with his height and small base size.

    Steve P: The pins aren't hidden. I left them painted flat black and when you look at the model you don't even see them unless you're really trying to find them.

    Charles: And Cathy said you'd never miss them. I would have liked to use them but I didn't want to force something onto the base just because.

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  6. I don't get it...I clicked on 3 random blogs tonight (not including this one) and they all had Eldar Titans they were working on! Why does everyone have one all of a sudden!

    The base on yours Ron looks excellent!

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  7. Thanks Christopher... it's the Summer of the Titan it seems.

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