Way back in the early 1988 GW brought us the first titans. Let’s head back 29 years and take a look.
Adeptus Titanicus kicked off EPIC scale gaming and brought us the main classes of Imperial (and later Eldar and Ork) titans way back in. It was an awesome game that opened up new worlds like the Horus Heresy and illuminated vast new aries of the grimdark previously unseen.
The original game came with styrofoam buildings never seen since and 6 plastic warlord titans! With the arrival of a 21st Century Adeptus Titanicus looming over us all, it’s a great time to look back the the teensy titans that started it all.
The original “beetle-back” Warlord had more weapon options than actual parts of it’s hull to assemble. It could be purchased in sets of 6 in the below “Battle Titans” plastic box.
Here’s the Warlord weapon sprues, designed to come off and on to the weapon hardpoints, so you could swap them out from game to game.
Here’s a single Warlord titan sprue. The base was two parts with an internal column to fit a plastic disk around to track your current void shields. It was similar to the current X-Wing maneuver dials, and the current shield-count was visible through the small hole atop the base in between the Warlord’s feet. There were two different head choices.
Here’s a sample fellow with dual missiles up top and two volcano cannons down below. A slow Nemesis gunship, meant for standoff engagements.
Here you can see the various sub-categories of Death Bringer, Nightgaunt, Eclipse and Nemesis. You will note the more heavily armed versions are substantially slower, yet better protected. The faster ones were very maneuverable and meant to get in fast and kill at point blank range.
The Reaver medium titan was introduced in short order and was also a modular design. It however was all metal and lost the easy mix-and matching weapons of the Warlord.
There were a couple of head variants, and the option of mounting the banner pole atop the chassis for a higher-speed option.
The Warhound scout titans arrived with the Reavers and brought incredible speed to the titan legions.
From the beginning, Warhounds were described as being used in pairs.
They only mounted two weapon hardpoints, but had the speed to flank and get into the vulnerable rear of their larger lumbering brothers. Many a Warlord was brought down by a point-blank plasma blastgun to to it’s plasma reactor from directly behind.
~Who still has some of these on your dusty shelves?