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"Few Can Forget His Automated Argonauts..."

Updated: Mar 2

"...Marching up the steps of the British Museum."

This 28mm scale resin model of a Titan is produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” and can be bought as SKU: MINI 93 Titan B (Standing) from their Villains and Monsters range. The kit comes in three parts, including two separate arms. However, as I wanted this particular robot to be carrying a sword and shield, I gave it the appropriate limbs from the company's marvellous Titan Weapon Arms (SKU: DEAL 85) instead.


Having assembled my 'infamous mechanical monster' with some copper wire, green-stuff, and super-glue, the large figure was primed using plenty of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, and later base-coated in Bronze. According to the "7TV" ruleset, this metallic minion is part of Doctor Ulysses Argo’s nefarious criminal arsenal. But, having already painted a pair of unarmed Titans last year, I decided to maintain the heavily-weathered palette I'd used on those - which was inspired by the "living giant bronze statue" seen in Don Chaffey’s 1963 film “Jason And The Argonauts”.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - This Titan has been weathered with “Citadel” Nihilakh Oxide

Resultantly, the miniature was shaded using plenty of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade, before being dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Bronze. Finally, I applied various amounts of “Citadel” Nihilakh Oxide in between its numerous joints and ridges. These areas were later roughly blended back in with the rest of the fearsome figure using a (third) dry-brush of “Vallejo” Bronze. I also considered 'picking out' the robot's sword blade (and potentially round shield) in a steel-colour. However, I liked the notion of the grim-faced golem appearing to be a metal sculpture which had simply sprung to life.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have also made some significant progress on a second Titan I have found in my dust-covered backlog. This model is armed with a gladiator-like trident/net combination, and should soon be fully-pigmented in the same well-weathered fashion. Disconcertingly though, I do appear to have bought a third model, presumably equipped with hammer and shield. But having had a good rummage around my more accessible storage areas, I've failed to find hide nor hair of the blessed sculpt.

"Wargames Atlantic" WIPs - These Vlad Dracul figures are slowly having their details 'picked out'

Alongside my somewhat sudden foray into my pile of potential by "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio", I have also busied myself working on some more Vlad Dracul miniatures produced by "Wargames Atlantic". Produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer, I'm currently toying with the notion of somehow using these multi-piece kits as a Transylvanian force for some Weird War One wargaming - probably as an ally of the German Kaiser.


For now though, I've just been having some fun following actor Gary Oldman's blood-soaked shenanigans as the vampire in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 horror film "Bram Stoker's Dracula" - even if the actor's spear-head didn't snap off in the movie like mine did whilst priming the fellow. The manufacturer is currently producing an awful lot of STL (Standard Triangle Language) files to supplement their plastic Great War range, so I anticipate having many more of their figures on my painting table come the start of the new year...

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undercoat2670
Dec 22, 2023

One of your titans is missing? Either you are careless or you have too much stuff?!!!! Lol


Great work on your sword wielding titan. I think the verdigris effect looks brilliant.


What awesome Dracula minis! Shame the spear broke, but they look great.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 22, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I think I mention it somewhere on one of these Titan postings, but essentially Karl at Crooked Dice contacted me to say he didn't have one of the torsos I ordered, so agreed to send it later - so as not to delay the main order. When it did arrive I'd already 'battled' to assemble the other two hand-weapon carrying Titans and didn't fancy tackling a third. LOL!! 😁


I'm in awe that the spear 3D printed tbh, as its incredible delicate - at least until its been fully-cured. At least I was able to save the figure.

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Dec 16, 2023
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Lovely progress sir!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 18, 2023
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Cheers Michal. The other Titan and one of the Vlad Dracul figures are now finished. So they should both be posted this week. 😁

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Dec 15, 2023

Great work on the titan Simon, and the second one looks well on it's way to being finished as well, The Vlad sculpts are progressing well as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 15, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I've already finished the second Titan and hope to have another Vlad figure finished this weekend too.

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