Ever since the release of Titanicus I have been getting really into not only Titanicus but also Epic, the new Titans truly make for inspiring centre pieces when placed alongside not only the original epic miniatures but also Vanguard Miniatures wonderful sculpts. Despite my love of gaming in this scale I have been rather slow in actually painting anything, however recent events have left me with rather more time to paint so I have decided to document my progress in this blog.
My aim is to paint both a traitor and imperial force across the gaming systems which I'll weave together to form the forces of a conflict called the Angelus Crusade. In the long term you can expect to see:
Night Lords - Space Marines (Epic)
Legio Cruor - Titan Legion (Titanicus/Epic)
House Manticora - Knight Househould (Titanicus/Epic)
Regiments of the Angelus Crusade - Imperial Guard (Epic)
Legio Astorum - Titan Legion (Titanicus)
Blood Angels - Space Marines (Epic)
Fleet Angelus - Imperial Navy (Epic/Aeronautica)
We have to start somewhere so to begin with we will have the Titans of the Legio Cruor.
Legio Cruor - God Reapers
The Legio Cruor was assigned to the 85th Expeditionary Fleet. The 85th was under the command of the Night Lords Legion, and at times Konrad Curze himself. Whereas other fleets would deploy their titans to counter only the greatest warmachines and fortresses of the xenos and separatist human empires they encountered, the 85th embraced the Legio Cruor into the Night Lords way of war and used them as a weapon of terror and punishment. Often the Legio would deploy in force against far inferior forces, forcing the defenders to muster all available assets to try and stop the gigantic behemoths of steel and ceramite. Inevitably they would fail and flee back to their fortresses and cities only to find that in their absence the Astartes of the VIIIth Legion had turned the now defenceless settlements into charnel pits.
It was only with the outbreak of the Horus Heresy that the Legio Cruor became accustomed to facing foes of their own stature as they fought those Legio's who had remained loyal to Terra. They maintained their use of terror tactics, fitting many of their machines with close combat weaponry and sending them charging headlong towards their foes. Even a Titan princeps feels some trepidation at the sight of another god machine barrelling towards them at full stride, power fist or chainblade drawn back to strike.
Following Horus's defeat the Legio Crour retreated along with their Night Lord allies to the world of Tsagualsa from where they raided Forge Worlds of the Adeptus Mechanicus until the sons of Guiliman united to purge the Carrion World. The majority of the Legio's Titans were spaceside at the time of the attack, returning from another raid. Disdaining to stay and face the fury of the Ultramarines the Legio fled once more alongside what had morphed from the 73rd Company into the warband known as the Claws of Vadik. Evidently the Legio have managed to find support from the Dark Mechanicum within the Eye of Terror for they still plague the Imperium to this day, either striking on their own or alongside the Claws of Vadik.
Titans of 1st and 2nd Maniple led by the Warlord Parabellum
The Warlord Parabellum
Engine Primus of First Maniple
The Reavers Sagittarius Metus
and Vitiosus Barbara
of 1st Maniple
The Reaver Falcatus
, Engine Primus of Second Maniple, and the Reaver Feris Bellator
The Warhounds Cerberus
and Canis Mortis