Vanguard-class Titan ver 2.5

Frontier Militia

Armaments: 
(1) XO16A2 Chaingun
(1) Predator Cannon 

The Vanguard-class Titan is the Milita’s first home-made Titan design, and the first class to be fielded that was not stolen from the IMC. Due to material restrictions placed on the Militia, Vanguard Titans are available only to Pilots of the Special Recon Squadron, with other, non-SRS Pilots reliant on models designed by Hammond Robotics. The class was designed for armed reconnaissance behind enemy lines, and is equipped with a variety of tools to enhance longevity and flexibility in the field.

https://titanfall.fandom.com/wiki/Vanguard

Vanguard-class Titan (FS-1041)
Vanguard-class Titan (FS-1041)
Vanguard-class Titan (FS-1041)
Vanguard-class Titan (FS-1041)
Vanguard-class Titan (FS-1041)
Vanguard-class Titan (FS-1041)

INSTRUCTIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

LEGO Titanfall 2 Vanguard-class Titan Original Fan Model
Based on the in-game model from Titanfall 2, this instruction manual contains everything you need to know to build your very own Vanguard-class Titan and more! 

  • 60 colored pages
  • Instructions to build FS-1041 color scheme
  • 3 weapons build instructions included
    • XO16A2 Chaingun
    • Predator Cannon
    • Broadsword (from Ronin)
  • Sarah Briggs’ MOB-1316 actual build example included
  • comes with a Style / Display guide 
  • Modification section explains how to make your own version
  • PDF Bookmarked for easier navigation

BUILD NOTES

I finished the original version 1.0 Vanguard-class Titan build back in February 2017 and brought it with me the same year to Japan Brickfest where I had the unfortunate experience of having the grey FS-1041 shattered after my table got nudged accidentally. While rebuilding it on the spot, I realized there were a ton of issues with the original assembly, especially with the legs, and so I decided to upgrade it when I’d return from JBF 2017.

Fast forward to around April 2018, I finally start version 2 updates and began overhauling the entire design. A ton of things changed from the V1 -> V2 and I even got the attention of Mr. Kevin Anderson who sent the message you can see in the picture. I actually already took pictures of the V2 model for an instruction manual but a few things happened in my personal life that forced me to shelf the Vanguard once again. 

With the model recently reaching its 2nd year anniversary, I decided to finally stop delaying work on it and push for the instruction manual’s release this 2019. A blessing in disguise was that with the arrival of certain new LEGO parts, I was finally able to fix a last design flaw in the legs of the Vanguard model. 

WIP Process

I actually won’t go into detail here about the changes I did from the V1 -> V2 model as I’ve included a whole section about that inside the instruction manual 🙂

I. Overall improvements up to the Ver 2.5

One of the major differences with the V2-2.5 model is the changed AI Core assembly. A lot of smaller body changes were also done to make the proportions on the model look closer to the in-game model. 

Overall, the build looks more realistic as certain jointed sections from the V1 were beefed up. The new lower leg assemblies also look more consistent with the entire build. 

II. NEW CHAINGUN

Apparently, the first model Chaingun I made was based off the Titanfall 1 version so I had to make the upgraded Titanfall 2 version with the version 2.5 upgrades. This meant shortening the barrel, adding a few details into it, and fixing how the weapon was held by the hand. The newer X016A2 Chaingun is also built more rigidly as the old version broke into multiple pieces when I transported it for JBF in 2017. 

MOB-1316 ver. 2 compared with the FS-1041 ver 2.5
VII. Finishing Touches

The picture here shows very little to no changes between the v2 -> v2.5 as most of the ver 2.5 upgrades were structural improvements that I felt were required for a model with instructions released.

The model was intended to be a LEGO-version of an articulated replica of the Vanguard and not really an action figure so it still isn’t built to endure a ton of play.  I do feel that it’s at the point where its durable enough to be positioned into different distinct poses so I’m quite happy with it and hope whoever buys the instructions and makes their own will feel the same way. 

Post-Build Report

One really good byproduct of building the Vanguard and eventually its instructions was this custom colorway in Tan, Dark Red, and Light Blue Gray.

It has this really nice desert tanky feel to it and I might tinker around with some modifications of it in the future. I also built 2 more original colorways of the Vanguard but they didn’t strike me as good as this one (both are featured briefly inside the instructions as well). 

Fun fact: I use this model as an example inside the instruction manual for the section on customizing your own Vanguard-class Titan 🙂 

reFRAME v3 Instruction Manual

The reFrame System is a modular brick skeleton aimed to help both new and veternan brick mech builders create their own designs in a consistent size with modular capabilities. It was originally designed to be a basis for all my mechs in the Mech Wars universe. Having gone through a number of upgrades, the V3 reFrame can now house a minifigure pilot in the chest without sacrificing aesthetic or articulation.

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