Legio Solaria Warlord Titan Imperatores Venandi is the undisputed anchor in my ‘mandatum’ maniple. The kit is an absolute joy to put together, even despite the challenges of the stippled armour pattern. Which I had to do on all the feet and leg components. I gave the base volume using cork for height, similar to how I did the Mortis engines. For the stride pattern this created depth to sink the weight of the trailing foot into. The other reason I added vertical depth to the base was to accommodate a breached fuel pipeline as part of the battlefield theming. The crushed supply container coming from one of Forgeworld’s Titanicus scenery packs.
All of the painting and weathering techniques have covered in previous posts, but I want to talk a bit about the red used on Solaria in case anyone is interested.
(Tip: You can find guides on all of the schemes I use in the main ‘Titanicus’ page by scrolling down to the ‘Forges of Mars’ section where there are handy expanding sections)
For the small sections the red is just a pre-shade of white over black to create a greyscale. Over this I airbrush (or brush painted for super small areas) Vallejo game air (VGA) bloody red. This is then shaded with Vallejo game air (VGA) scarlet red, and reinforced with Games Workshop Drakenhof Nightshade in the deepest shadows. A final glaze of thinned blood red with a drop of red ink ties it all together. I recommend Scale ‘Inktensity’ red if you wish to follow along, but any artists red ink works well.
The armoured carapace preshade I built up in a marble effect by airbrushing white through a stretched piece of dried wet-wipe. You should be able to find many online guides and YouTube videos how to do this technique and it’s very much an optional extra. I only did it to double down on the specialist game art plates which picture the red having a marbled effect. The red as described above is then applied over the marble pre-shade. I recommend building the colour up using progressive thin layers, so as not to obscure the underlying pattern.