How to sing a Phantom Titan, Pt. I
With a stunningly short delivery time of 3 days my birthday present arrived: A nice Eldar Phantom Titan from the vaults of Forgeworld. A model this size needs of course quite some preparation and thought before building it. In the posts of “How to sing a Titan” I will try my best to be a bone singer of Saim Hann craftworld and bring this gargantuan model to life, meaning I will explain the whole thing step by step.
- Super Glue – this of course is quite self explanatory, but I was surprised how much super glue I neded to complete the whole Phantom Titan. So make sure you have enough of it at home. There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck at night with a Titan and no super glue…
- Hand Drill – for all the smaller parts it is better to use a hand drill than an electric.
- Electric Drill – For drilling the big holes. Seems a bit exaggerated, but saves a lot of time!
- Brass Rods – They are used for supporting the whole model as well as for pinning purposes.
- Modelling Tools – These come in very handy when working with putty and maybe removing excess putty.
- Putty – Definately needed be sure you have enough of that putty (whatever you use) at home. I used the standard Milliput.
- Knife – Thats quite self explanatory.
- Pincers -For cutting off resin not needed and all other purposes.
- Magnets – I used rod shaped magnets with 2mm diameter and 5mm length as well as “normal” magnets 8mm in diameter and 5mm thick.
The Phantom Titan comes with about 2kg of casting excess and a lot of bent parts or thick mold lines. Be warned: this Titan is a massive model and needs thorough preparation in order to avoid hating, raging and then quitting (in that order).
Having a Dremel (or similar powertool) is necessary for building a Phantom Titan. Otherwise miscast pieces like shown in the picture below are almost impossible to fix. These two parts are the “toes” of one foot and the other parts of the foot would not fit, unless the miscast inside has been removed. Unfortunately there have been several places like that, so it really is necessary to have this kind of a tool.
Dry Fitting & Manual
The Phantom Titan has a lot of parts. Probably not as many as a Reaver Titan, but still it is a lot. Forgeworld seems to have a lot of trust in their customers understanding Eldar technology, otherwise I can not explain the manual wich is made of a few photocopied pages without any order and not showing the critical steps. Also a bit disappointing was the fact that the model does not (unlike Imperial Titans) come with a “Birth Certificate” stating that you are the coolest boy in town, because you bought a Titan. Maybe thats not Eldar Style, but it would have been nice.
Read more in “How to sing a Titan, Pt. 2”.