[wip] Tau Commander

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Nooch'un
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[wip] Tau Commander

Post#1 » Aug 14 2017 02:03

Hello, I am just starting back up with the tau since, well I was a kid and they first ever began in I believe the 4th edition. So it's been more than a decade I believe. All I got thus far is this Commander, unnamed and waiting on more CiB's, some more paint on the arms, weapons and pack. But I wanted to get opinions on the Commander, color scheme etc. I have a background and all just need to post it along with my army list. All criticism appreciated, thank you for your time.

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(Elsy'eir Sept Honour Division) [WIP]

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Panzer
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Re: [wip] Tau Commander

Post#2 » Aug 14 2017 02:28

Well since you're asking for our opinion on the color scheme....I'm really no fan of T'au armor plates in metallic colors and even if I were I think they are lacking contrast. :nice:

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Kael'yn
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Re: [wip] Tau Commander

Post#3 » Aug 14 2017 02:57

"Iron man" colors can shine on tabletop as long as there is enough contrast between colors. Washes can blend the contrast: I painted my custodes with silvery copper color before applying a red-brown ink wash to have a good gold with few paint steps.
So you need to paint base color with the maximum contrast possible and with the washe color tone in mind (less red in base color if you use red or brown wash).
Highlight could be also the way to separate colors if you use two different highlight colors (silver-gold on gold, gold-copper on red), and applying a dark wash (almost black) only in the recesses.

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Nooch'un
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Re: [wip] Tau Commander

Post#4 » Aug 14 2017 05:59

Thank you for your advice, it wasent ment to be iron man but sure happened, I guess I should have said I haven't done any washes yet. I was debating replacing the red with teal like the helmet so bronze and teal being the base and gold for accents. Also any comments on the base itself?
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(Elsy'eir Sept Honour Division) [WIP]

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Re: [wip] Tau Commander

Post#5 » Aug 14 2017 10:08

Hit the guy with a matt finish and dry brush some rust on for weathering. It could look cool. Or go horribly wrong.

You also want to take care of that mold line on the right side weapon from the viewrs perspective.

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GreenMan
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Re: [wip] Tau Commander

Post#6 » Aug 17 2017 04:13

Nooch'un wrote:I was debating replacing the red with teal like the helmet so bronze and teal being the base and gold for accents. Also any comments on the base itself?


I like the idea of the bronze and teal, creates a sort of verdigris theme, especially if the bronze is dulled down with a dark wash. It would also tie the model together a bit more if the colour on the head was repeated elsewhere on the body.

As for the base, I'm trying to figure out what you're going for. Is it metallic with dirt on top? If so, the metal looks too shiny; I would expect it to have some kind of oxidation going on (rust or a patina), but perhaps with shiny scratches/chips.

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Nooch'un
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Re: [wip] Tau Commander

Post#7 » Aug 17 2017 10:24

I will have a few suits and drones in the teal and bronze scheme done soon, using advice ive herd thus far which has been much appreciate.

The base well, its going to rust over time because its mild steel covered in steel debris from grinding. Im a welder so have all sorts of metal access. Im going with the Elsy'eir of the second sept, and since they are based on mining I thought volcanic planet with factories all over and soot and busted up metal everywhere. Also why the bronze, metal based sept.
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GreenMan
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Re: [wip] Tau Commander

Post#8 » Aug 18 2017 02:08

Ah, so it's real metal, that would be interesting to see once it's rusted over a bit. Love the theme idea, and looking forward to seeing the finished models!

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Nooch'un
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Re: [wip] Tau Commander

Post#9 » Sep 01 2017 11:32

Yep it is, there is actual wires and other stuff under it as well, this is an update where she's at, I need advice on giving him a wash and weathering but ATT has some tutorials that weren't photoshop bombed that I've been studying. Anyway here's my quad fusion commander, my stuff isint magnetized but instead I drill small .035 holes and glue a small piece of .035 wire in the corisponding hole so you can just slide them in and out with minimal drilling and I taper one side so it doesn't move once it's shoved in the entire length of wire.

Tau Elsy'eir 1st Commander Noocha'un

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Critism always appreciate and any advice especially regarding washes for Tau and weathering id much be appreciate the resources here at ATT are absolutely astounding and I can't be more thankful, but darn that photobucket for ruining some really amazing hard work.
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(Elsy'eir Sept Honour Division) [WIP]

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