How to sing a Phantom Titan, Pt. III
A Titan of course has titanic legs. Apart from stating the obvious, this leads to new challanges when it comes to posing the Titan into a rather dynamic pose. While the “Both-feet-on-the-Ground” pose will probably work without pinning the legs, any other pose needs some support.
I decided to build the Phantom Titan in a “half-running” or maybe “striding” pose. Looking at it from the side, the legs are in this position:
As soon as one decides for a dynamic pose, be sure to use enough pins. The model’s barycentre is quite at the top and thus easily has a strong prying effect. That is also why I decided to have both feet connected to the base even though the Titan is just taking his right foot off the ground. That way there is just a lot more stability.
Most parts fit neatly (knee joint, torso) but some do absolutely not (i.e. feet). This might be to warped cast but I guees it is with most of the Titans the same. Therefore before the drilling can be done, it is actually necessary to fill the gaps between the joints with some putty. Otherwise there will later be no surface to glue the parts onto eachother.
Pinning Titanic Legs
As described in Part I, I used 4mm brass rods to pin the different parts of the Titan. Pinning the Phantom Titan means to drill through a lot of different pieces, which can be challenging. The biggest issue is the fact that most joints are ball joints and they slip easily as soon as you start drilling. Thus especially pinning the feet requires some dexterity.
The feet are then pinned to the lower leg but not yet glued.
Same goes for the knee pads. In both knees I simply drilled one long hole right through it and stuck the brass rod in. The right one on the picture below is actually the knee for the left leg of the Titan. This one was a bit tricky to fix, because of the overlapping parts. But I just widened the hole a bit to be able to retract the rod when fitting the upper leg.
The next steps to be documented is the painting. Come back soon!