Elevating the recent talk building about powerful characters slightly, a tiny bit of progress.
I took Leander's project box to the gaming club on Monday, and got most of the remaining "honeycomb" for the reactors finished:
It's probably hard to spot exactly what's been added, but if you compare to earlier photos
, you can see that the top section overlapping the torso has been added in.
You can also see the wiring loom that's been added to run through the reactors to provide power to the various lighting/motors in the weapon arms, although that's been done for a while.
Not sure if I mentioned it before, but these feed to 3.5mm jack sockets (like most smaller headphones use) so that the weapon arms can be disconnected. This will theoretically allow alternative weapon arms (e.g. Turbo-laser Destructor or Inferno gun) to be made and mounted instead, although I'm doubtful if I'll ever do that; as I've said before, the only real difference between Titan weapons in Inquisitor is whether the target turns into ash, vapour or bloody chunks, and the plasma blastgun & vulcan bolter is a classic combination that gives the option for pretty lights and spinny barrels.
Still, it doesn't hurt to plan ahead.
This gets me close to being able to shape the final armour over the reactors (one of the challenges of making a Mars Pattern is making these curved shapes - probably the reason there are very few scratch-builds out there), although I may have to leave actually fitting those until very late on (as I may need to shove lead shot into the reactor honeycomb depending on how well she balances).
Two more things:
1) I'm now nicely set on the military "Hispanic" version of Helane (see last page), although I will put the "African" design to one side to be used later.
I'm still fine-tuning her background and need to think more about her moderatii, but at least I know where I'm going.
2) And while checking the parts before taking them to the club, I amused myself by precariously balancing them for a test pose to get more idea of the end result:
Should give you a broad idea of just how big she is.