WHOA! Not this again?
Arka0415 wrote:I could be totally wrong here, but I figure that Tau seem to live on planets that humans find habitable, so they must also breathe oxygen and thus have red or reddish blood. Or something like that.
The question of the colour of Tau blood has been thoroughly research and debated, as has Tau eyesight. Clink on this link Tau: Ageing and Physical Appearance:
, and scroll down to Tael's post of October 17th, 2006 and view his graphic on how cooper based blood can carry oxygen. This of course explains how their blood would be blue. Here's a video: The Blue Blood Horseshoe Crab
Overheal wrote:2) T'au are colorblind and that's why we have questionably meager Ballistic Skill. Farsight sees red, "we" see red, but in reality, FSE have a blue color scheme.
Tau see in the both the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum; which means they see "more" colours than humans do. Where we would see just green, the would see an additional two or three shades of green. And the fact that they see in the infrared means they can see in the dark. PS The ballistic skill of the average Tau Fire Warrior is the same as that of an Imperial Guardsman, so it's not meager, it's just not the superhuman skill of a Space Marine.
Arka0415 wrote:I've always painted my Tau blood red for that reason, and for the fact that blue skin and blue blood doesn't look good aesthetically- it's hard to tell if a model is bleeding! I know that some players argue that Orks have green blood, but again it doesn't look good on the model as it's hard to tell the difference between Ork skin and Ork blood.
**Sigh** Tau blood is blue, and Ork blood is green. I have the WD issue where the 'Eavy Metal painter decided to change Ork blood to red because, "It's easier to do and shows up better".Which means he publicly admitted to his lack of talent, creativity, and imagination.
The important thing is not to let a GW "modeling choice" decide the lore; which is what Phil Kelly and Company have done.
Speaking of which, as to painting Tau blood it would depend entirely on what colour you painted the skin. Some people give Tau a grey skin colour (ala the Dawn of War video game); while others of course paint Tau skin blue. If you go with grey skin, then the blood would be a light blue (like the horseshoe crab's blood); but if you go with blue skin, then the blood would be dark blue for contrast. The last choice is what I've done in the past for Tau blood.
PS Think of all the cultural significance if Tau blood were blue.
- Blue is the colour of life
- Blue is the colour of love
- Blood blue skies
- Blood blue flowers
- "When the earth and the sky are of one colour, then the gods have turned their backs on the people."
-- ancient Tau proverb.