Epic Eldar Phantom Titan

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Four short evenings after dunking that old Epic Phantom Titan into the paint stripper I find myself with a completely refurbished War Engine sporting a new livery. Which is nice considering it was something of a spur of the moment project. I’ve always meant to revisit the Eldar Titans at some stage as I haven’t in all honesty painted any since doing the ones for the Swordwind Supplement around ten years ago. This gave me the opportunity to change a couple of things I would have done differently if I was doing them again, in particular the palette.
When I painted the Phantom and Revenants, the brief was to strongly theme them for Biel-Tan to match the content of the book. In hindsight I don’t really think this did them justice, restricting the palette to just green and bone-white. Within a Craftworld the War Engines are structured around a ‘clan’ concept which leaves them open to a bit of variety in the palette and something I wanted to take advantage of in the re-paint.

Dipping back into the old “Codex Titanicus” supplement I found a lovely weapon banner for the Fir Farillecassion (Watchers over Ancient Wrongs) who were the clan for Biel-Tan. The original colour-scheme for Farillecassion was a yellow-bone with black metal edging and trim. This clashed too much with the current green and white of Biel-Tan and I’m also not a fan of using metallics on the Eldar other than in minimal amounts and selectively. Metal is a rare commodity for the Craftworld Eldar as most of their tech is supposedly constructed (grown) from Wraithbone. In the end I settled on adding a cooling blue into the mix in the form of a turquoise for the wings which would feather to near pure white at the edges similar to the wings of the Swooping Hawks. For the spot colour I kept red for the face mask and feet, but pushed it into a warmer orange by starting with a cavalry brown and using Vallejo Game ‘Scrofulous Brown’ for the highlights which is a fantastic colour for highlighting orange with. As I mentioned in the previous workbench post I used Vallejo Model Colour Hull Red for the hard shading which I think really pumps up the contrast and is rapidly becoming one of my favourite colours for its flexibility.

The Phantom, or Finnadan, is the most common class of Eldar Titan. As its name suggests, the Phantom is fast-moving and very agile, embodying the Eldar military philosophy which prefers speed and mobility to heavy armour ~ Codex Titanicus

For a quick three or so evenings on the workbench I’m fairly happy with the final appearance. I need to make a few final corrections to the bone here and there to neaten it up, tidy up the banner attachment points a bit so they are more weathered in and less ‘white’ and of course gloss varnish all the spirit stones. What it does do though is set the tone for the rest of the War Engines as I can reverse the green and bone in the palette for the next one whilst retaining the wing colours to help unify them, the same with the smaller Revenants.

Since consigning this Titan to the ‘dip’ I did manage to locate enough salvageable parts from some old wrecks to potentially restore and resurrect a further two Phantoms, which would be very nice indeed. Maybe this is just the motivation I need to start that Eldar force I’ve been meaning to do all these years after all. We shall see.

Either way, it was nice to see the old miniature and it’s sad old paint-job transformed anew. Just goes to show you should never throw anything away, no matter how battered it looks and that goes doubly for first edition Epic.

By | 2017-09-13T11:45:33+00:00 June 17th, 2015|Eldar, Epic|13 Comments


  1. Simon June 18, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Yes! great to see more epic content on here Carl!

    I really like the classic-yet-modern look you’ve acheived with the model, hoping to see more eldar emerge from your workbench before too long (I’m working on my own epic eldar army at the moment, hopefully I can get some inspiration from your work!)

    I assume you airbrushed the wings? I got the chance to use an airbrush for the first time recently and they are a very useful tool!

    • Carl Woodrow June 18, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Cheers Simon. Yes the wings were airbrushed. The same effect can be achieved with glazes but like you say the airbrush is a useful tool for speeding up tasks like this.

  2. Nico June 18, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

    A big Woaowwwwwww !!

    I’ve been introduced to miniatures and models back in 1994 as, visiting a gaming club convention, I’ve discovered an Epic Space Marine battle where Eldars were fighting against Squats. The Eldar Phantom model stroke my eyes and defenitively convinced me to try Epic. I’ve just fallen in love with the 6 mm scale. It’s a little travel in the past you offered me! The Jes Goodwin model is still so….perfect. What you’ve done with it is just…..perfect too. An incredible slap in the face to begin the day. My paintbrushes were feeling lonely these days, but motivation is growing very high again ! Thank you.

    • Carl Woodrow June 18, 2015 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Thanks Nico, you’re welcome 🙂

  3. Audrey June 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    The redone titan looks great. I love seeing old models getting modern paint jobs. I have been stripping some old epic models for repaints in my Horus Heresy era epic army. It makes me smile thinking about Epic (Adeptus Titanicus) originally being set during the HH and now many years later I am back where it all began.

    • Carl Woodrow June 18, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks Audrey. I do wonder how much the enthusiasm for the HH through Forgeworld’s 30K range has re-kindled a bit of interest in Epic’s roots. Although I love dragging out an old model like the Phantom, I really do want to get back to the whole Loyalist versus Traitor Titan legion thing as that’s where it all started for me. I just need to settle on a decent Traitor (Titan) Legion I like and see what I can do with it.

      • Audrey June 18, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        I have been reviewing Titan Legions as well. I have some Reavers and Warhounds that are waiting for paint jobs. Deaths Head is so common I was thinking about Tiger Eyes for the traitors. But I do want to do War Griffons for the Imperial side.

        • Carl Woodrow June 18, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

          Warp Runners, Fire Wasps and the Griffons have always been my favourite three Loyalist Legions.

      • Zedmeister June 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm - Reply

        Hahaha, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one busting to engage in Engine War! I’ve been eying up my pile of unpainted Titans and the recent FW HH and Imperial Armour books are brilliant with so many updated Titan Legion schemes. Tiger Eyes, Firebrands, Storm Lords and, in the latest book, the Firemasters! So many nice schemes and I was contemplating a multi-legion force of loyalist and traitor belligerents.

        The Phantom is stunning. Really impressed with the subtle blue colouration too

        • Carl Woodrow June 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm - Reply

          Nope, you’re not alone. I really enjoyed the time I spent on Adeptus Titanicus II and have often given serious consideration to giving it another go.

  4. Iain June 19, 2015 at 4:08 am - Reply

    It warms my heart and terrifies my wallet to see a rekindling of AT, especially with so many familiar names! I left my lead mountain in the UK in storage when I moved away, but now I am searching eBay for Titan bargains again too. I might even have found a group getting into Epic over here. There is a nostalgia for the ‘red on blue’ engagements of the original game, as well as the wedge Falcons and skull-faced Ork Battlewagons.

    • Carl Woodrow June 19, 2015 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Funny how things go full circle sometimes isn’t it?

      It’s interesting you mention the nostalgia about the original plastic Falcons and Ork Battlewagons, I’d notice something of an upswell in their popularity the last few years after being shunned in favour of the Epic 40K versions. Seems almost a bit of a “retro is cool” again thing going on which is great. I’ve been banging on for years about integrating the older miniatures as it can only add richness and variety to the game in my opinion.

      There’s a batch of wedge Falcons in the ‘dip’ as we speak.

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