Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

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DiMu
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Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#1 » Oct 02 2015 06:51

Hey guys,
flying over the google image search I've came across this eBay shop. While I have no link with this guy (I'm from Italy, he's from Costa Rica) I feel his work is quite good and I'd like to share my finding with you. So here's the link to the shop with already accomplished tau-only filtering:

http://stores.ebay.ca/warexstore/Other- ... 1&_nkw=tau

I hope someone could buy and review these pretty looking models!
Have fun

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Myrdin
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Re: Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#2 » Oct 02 2015 07:03

Hey there DiMu

The Ebay shop you found sells the miniatures from THIS SHOP: http://wargameexclusive.com/product-cat ... iniatures/
There are some super awesome exclusive minis made for different factions. If you are unsure about purchasing them through ebay as stated above, the link I provided is a regular store. And to make the things more interesting, looking through it now again after half a year, it seems the amount of items increased, which leads me to believe that these guys keep pumping out more and more awesome stuff :)
A too am considering purchase to give my Tau units some Unique chars serving as a center piece of the unit itself. Almost forgot about them, thanks for reminding me about these :thumbsup:
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Macknight
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Re: Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#3 » Oct 02 2015 07:04

I've seen them before, they're from a company called ...can't remember atm; the scale is slightly bigger when next to standard GW miniatures. Not really my type when I think of tau, too individual and brash like imperials in a caste system supposedly all about the greater good, perhaps fit better in Farsight armies.
For the greater good!

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De'terra
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Re: Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#4 » Oct 02 2015 07:14

As stated, http://wargameexclusive.com/product-category/miniatures/ sells these miniatures.

Our very own El'Mo has already posted a review on one of the models HERE

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boomwolf
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Re: Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#5 » Oct 02 2015 07:17

I do not approve of these female tau.

Why must the female version of any fantasy (or in this case, space fantasy) race be "blessed" with oversized breasts, and wear either what amounts to a bra, or a ridiculous boobplate?

Heck, all evidence suggest that female tau do not even HAVE breasts. that they are indiscernible to the human eye from the males.

Its not that your base line infantry are all males, is that you simply can't tell them apart. maybe they are all female? maybe about half? maybe there truly are all males?

You don't know by looking at them. especially not when armored.

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Myrdin
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Re: Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#6 » Oct 02 2015 07:47

boomwolf wrote:I do not approve of these female tau.

Why must the female version of any fantasy (or in this case, space fantasy) race be "blessed" with oversized breasts, and wear either what amounts to a bra, or a ridiculous boobplate?

Heck, all evidence suggest that female tau do not even HAVE breasts. that they are indiscernible to the human eye from the males.

Its not that your base line infantry are all males, is that you simply can't tell them apart. maybe they are all female? maybe about half? maybe there truly are all males?

You don't know by looking at them. especially not when armored.


Thats a sentiment I can share as well. It is kinda frustrating, for a Fantasy genre fan as myself to see the "mainstream" female Warrior art be exactly the way as you have described - overly blessed female warriors running half naked without any real way to protect them (unless they are Celts of course heh).
There are artists who understand the fact that once you put armor on the booty is completely hidden - As a historical fencer who had the pleasure to run around in 20kg metal suit, in a group where we had a fair share of female members (almost half), I assure you - no matter how blessed the girls were, once they put on the armor, it was hidden. No need for extra special sculpting the breasts on for them to fit (another commonly seen art misconception.), and never had they run around with chainmail/plate bra leaving the rest naked or exposed.
Some artists who create female fantasy art and such get it right - the warrioress wear proper armor (or if not armor at least they don't have those ridiculous chain mail bras etc). So I side with you on this one. ;)

NOW - personal tastes and other shenanigans aside - as far as the QUALITY of the miniatures go, just from the pictures and from Elmos Veteras Shas, they are farily well detailed. I myself ordered theirs Shadowsun conversion - I wanted to sculpt one myself for a long time now, had all the pieces together, but other projects took precedence and thus I never got around to it. Having the option to purchase her makes me extremely happy as I do like the quality (though some customization will take place on the jet-pack I assure you) and will gladly add her to my collection.
These miniatures each have a certain personality which shows on their sculpts. If you had an army of them (you would be insanely rich at that point considering the price per piece) - sure - ragtag human style army. But having one of them as a centerpiece for each unit. For example I plan to use the Pistol/Sword miniature, customized (ofc... you know me by now :D ) as a Shas´Ui for a unit.

As for the "eye candy for men" and overly sexualized miniature design I believe that is a discussion for another place, worthy a completely new topic being made, rather than talk about it here, and as such I wont be going into that.

As for the Non- Tau miniatures I really like the Sister of Battle ones - considering the sisters are all metal casts, pretty much "copy-paste" with almost zero diversity in looks or posing (metal - extremely difficult to customize), I would strongly encourage Sorroritas players to get few of those. Also those Obliterators look incredibly well done. As much as I dislike Obliterators look in general as far as posing, and details go, these are in my opinion superior the the standard boxed GW ones - Again good addition for Chaos players. (Heh sounds like I am doing promotion here, but I always believed in the motto: "Credit where credit´s due")
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Das'Kyman
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Re: Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#7 » Oct 02 2015 08:15

DiMu wrote:I hope someone could buy and review these pretty looking models!
If you look in the "Reviews" domain on the Orbital, you just might find a review you are looking for...

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Kael'yn
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Re: Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#8 » Oct 02 2015 08:45

Store viewed by me in May. Exchanged talks with Tael about including them as resource.
We agreed that they may not need to be put in light because they tend to abuse works by others to make their own money.

2 examples:
- The sniper obviously recast drones and shoulder pad from GW plastic kits (at least they can do the job to resculpt something else...)
- And this particular sniper is very inspired by a NSFW calendar image on Deviant Art by 9th-max, surely without his/her ageement because nothing says he/she was collaborating (on their store or on the artist page).
I left off the fact that they copy most of GW style, as it is difficult to say what is copyrighted (Chapterhouse effect of the grey IP area).

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Bitterman
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Re: Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#9 » Oct 02 2015 10:39

I've got all these figures, and they are fantastic. Superb sculpts, and the casting is among the best quality I've ever seen - way ahead of Forge World, and puts GW to shame.

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SinisterSamurai
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Re: Custom tau females and "rambo" like guy

Post#10 » Oct 02 2015 12:51

You can instantly find all of the Tau-Specific ones by using the tag, "Greater Good."
http://wargameexclusive.com/product-tag/greater-good/

Myrdin wrote:
boomwolf wrote:I do not approve of these female tau.

Why must the female version of any fantasy (or in this case, space fantasy) race be "blessed" with oversized breasts, and wear either what amounts to a bra, or a ridiculous boobplate?

Heck, all evidence suggest that female tau do not even HAVE breasts. that they are indiscernible to the human eye from the males.

Its not that your base line infantry are all males, is that you simply can't tell them apart. maybe they are all female? maybe about half? maybe there truly are all males?

You don't know by looking at them. especially not when armored.


Thats a sentiment I can share as well. It is kinda frustrating, for a Fantasy genre fan as myself to see the "mainstream" female Warrior art be exactly the way as you have described - overly blessed female warriors running half naked without any real way to protect them (unless they are Celts of course heh).
There are artists who understand the fact that once you put armor on the booty is completely hidden - As a historical fencer who had the pleasure to run around in 20kg metal suit, in a group where we had a fair share of female members (almost half), I assure you - no matter how blessed the girls were, once they put on the armor, it was hidden. No need for extra special sculpting the breasts on for them to fit (another commonly seen art misconception.), and never had they run around with chainmail/plate bra leaving the rest naked or exposed.
Some artists who create female fantasy art and such get it right - the warrioress wear proper armor (or if not armor at least they don't have those ridiculous chain mail bras etc). So I side with you on this one. ;)

NOW - personal tastes and other shenanigans aside - as far as the QUALITY of the miniatures go, just from the pictures and from Elmos Veteras Shas, they are farily well detailed. I myself ordered theirs Shadowsun conversion - I wanted to sculpt one myself for a long time now, had all the pieces together, but other projects took precedence and thus I never got around to it. Having the option to purchase her makes me extremely happy as I do like the quality (though some customization will take place on the jet-pack I assure you) and will gladly add her to my collection.
These miniatures each have a certain personality which shows on their sculpts. If you had an army of them (you would be insanely rich at that point considering the price per piece) - sure - ragtag human style army. But having one of them as a centerpiece for each unit. For example I plan to use the Pistol/Sword miniature, customized (ofc... you know me by now :D ) as a Shas´Ui for a unit.

I agree with all of this. I find the minis to be high quality if a little distasteful. I enjoy boobs quite a lot, but I do think these are pretty out of place and kinda offensive. There are those who don't even like Big Shas, and feel he's out of place. Zealot Minis has their take on female Tau (called "Kadesh") which I like much more, they are just almost eternally out of stock. And at the end of the day, I don't think adding boobs to tau, bare or covered, really improves the army's aesthetic at all.

As for the "eye candy for men" and overly sexualized miniature design I believe that is a discussion for another place, worthy a completely new topic being made, rather than talk about it here, and as such I wont be going into that.
I'll let a mod weigh in here, but if this needs talking about on ATT I'd actually prefer not to have it take up more topic space. These minis are out there and these minis are the main source of the controversy as far as Tau are concerned. If we gotta talk about this side of the hobby, we might as well do it at the subject's crossroads with Tau. So either here, or a general aesthetic "complaint" topic that encompasses the official new unit qualms, too.

Kael'yn wrote:Store viewed by me in May. Exchanged talks with Tael about including them as resource.
We agreed that they may not need to be put in light because they tend to abuse works by others to make their own money.

2 examples:
- The sniper obviously recast drones and shoulder pad from GW plastic kits (at least they can do the job to resculpt something else...)
- And this particular sniper is very inspired by a NSFW calendar image on Deviant Art by 9th-max, surely without his/her ageement because nothing says he/she was collaborating (on their store or on the artist page).
I left off the fact that they copy most of GW style, as it is difficult to say what is copyrighted (Chapterhouse effect of the grey IP area).

Big Shas is another example. I asked the artist if had any knowledge of this mini and the answer was that this was a complete surprise.
The AnimeShadowsun art has been around forever and has been copied a lot, but I think this is the first sale of that.
"The Gamer" is clearly a genderswapped version of Kais from the coveer of the Fire Warrior game/novel.
I think the Hacker may be based on Ghost in the Shell or Aeon Flux, the Maurader I've got no clue. The Widows I think are just Tau Repentias. I've spoken to the sculptor on facebook (Grim Skull! studios was either short lived and quickly deleted after about two days, or I've been blocked from seeing it anymore), who had a rather disgusting reaction to the accusation. It was somewhere between, "stuff happens," and, "These fan-artists were stealing from GW, so it's okay if I steal from the fan artists." These are top notch sculpts, no doubt, but that interaction left me sour on the whole lot. Full disclosure, (judge away,) I regularly participate in file sharing, but I feel it's wrong to copy and sell. If these sculpts had been put up on, say, a 3D printing community, with links to the original artwork, I'd gladly participate.

I'm still tempted to collect Big Shas, and possibly all of them just to make a unit out of them, specifically. They may not fit in real well with the rest of the army, but they all fit with each other quite nicely. If I headcanon the lot to be a zealous harem, either to Big Shas or to an Ethereal with Big Shas as the bodyguard, I can almost justify the look, but at the end of the day there's too many moral concessions I'd have to make, and I'm not sure I'd ever be able to enjoy the models completely guilt free.

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