(BFG) Tau fleet- The Great White (and Tan) Fleet

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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#11 » Jan 17 2010 05:28

Right, now I am back from a short holiday, and I have some more pictures:

The assembled model

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Next to a tape measure. As you can see, it's approximately 5 and a half inches long.

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Size comparison next to a Devilfish. Please don't laugh at my painting skills.

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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#12 » Jan 18 2010 03:01

Very nice, looking good so far, and don't bash your painting, it's not all that bad.

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Post#13 » Jan 20 2010 01:00

Comrades, I have new pictures for you.

I have started work on painting. It still needs a bit of tidying here and there and maybe some pannel lines but the bulk of the work is finished.

Here we go.


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Now, while we are on this subject now should be a good time to go over my colour scheme. It is white (similar to the examples on the Specialist Games page, as I am a traditionalist), with a coloured trim that denotes the ship's function.

Here's the guide:

RED= standard configuration
BLUE= variant configuration
BLACK= exterminator (a special type of ship available in one of the BFG scenarios)
GREEN= special (probably command, but this is not yet finalised)

Escorts attached to a capital ship have a matching trim, otherwise they use the same system. Not sure what will designate transports or orbitals yet though...

Also, I am undecided as to wether ordinance should be coloured in the desert camoflague pattern of my normal 40k force (as they are used to support ground operations) or painted in the same scheme as my other ships (with trim matching their parent ship).

That's all for now.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#14 » Jan 20 2010 01:04

It looks rather flat. Maybe painting it in Space Wolves Grey or Astronomican Grey and then highlighting/drybrushing white, or even just layering it so it shows through the gaps?

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Post#15 » Jan 20 2010 03:14

I reckon a black wash and then a very light white drybrush would go down nicely.

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Post#16 » Jan 26 2010 12:35

New, 'improved' Explorer. Hope it is an improvement...

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Now if only I could find a stand that supports it...
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#17 » Jan 26 2010 02:20

Looking very nice but I have one final nitpick: I think the engine glow should be another colour. Probably blue. Using the red glow like that makes it seem like they are just more red painted panels.

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Post#18 » Jan 26 2010 02:32

All of the 'older' ships in my fleet (Explorer, Orca and standard Merchant) will have red engine glows, while the 'newer' ships will have more advanced 'blue drives'. Funny you mentioned that though, as they really did look like red pannels whne I was painting them. In the future I might do away with the red base and just use orange and wellow.
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Post#19 » Jan 26 2010 02:41

Nice work on your fleet looks like something my Cadre would be stationed in well the colour scheme but that goes for any Vior'la sept that favors white :D .

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Post#20 » Jan 26 2010 01:43

First off I would like to say I like how it is coming along man. Now if only GW had some tau ship mods I liked and I would start playing. I would suggest you wash it mayby once or twice more then drybrush white over it and pehaps (as crazy as I may be) add sept markings beyond the re panels perhaps a third color.

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Post#21 » Jan 26 2010 03:32

1st Tau Airborne, if you do not like GW's Tau ships you can always try Forgeworld's line, which are very different in aesthetic and are surprisingly reasonable in price.

The reason why there are no sept markings is because I just don't have the precision to paint them free-hand and there are no flat spaces big enought to put a transfer on (I have checked).

Sorry if this sounded hostile, I was woken up early today, so I am somewhat cranky.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#22 » Jan 26 2010 03:57

No you are completely fine my friend. I have checked forgeworld stuff but I need mods for the normal Tau ships. Ill have to look into moding some of my forgeworld ships. I was just throwing a few ideas out is all man. I could give you a few tips as to steady your hand if you want to give the sept markings a go.

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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#23 » Jan 26 2010 07:00

I was just wondering if you have ever actually played BFG before, because one ship is certainly not a fleet. If you haven't I suggest playing a few battles with poker chips, because they are the same size as small flying bases, which most of your ships will be. If you have never played before, and you go ordering ships, you are potentially wasting your money, as some ships in our fleet will be completely useless, depending on your play style and/or opponents. Just to be nice, I'm not going to tell you what is useless, just so you can find out with yourself by wasting your money. Have fun.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#24 » Jan 26 2010 07:02

could you clarify who you are talking to please? :D

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Post#25 » Jan 26 2010 07:08

While I have not yet played a game of BFG before, I know full well that one ship is not a fleet. However, it is a work in progress, and I do plan on expanding it into a proper fleet.

Also, I have done significant research on the SG Tau fleet, so I know the general gist of how it works effectively, and what ships most people consider completely useless (Merchants, if I am not mistaken).

Edit: 1st Tau airborne, I believe he was refering to me
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#26 » Feb 12 2010 03:01

Hey there folks, I have both good news and bad news

The bad news is that just recently my girlfriend broke up with me. :::(

The good news is that some time ago, the forgeworld models I ordered arrived, so I now own 8 (yes 8) Mantas, and 10 Barracudas. Not sure yet as to how I am going to paint them with any degree of accuracy (I am thinking of using a magnifying glass), and I have been wallowing in depression for the past two days so there are no photos of them yet, but I will get around to taking some shortly.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#27 » Feb 13 2010 09:31

Well, I was hoping I would not have to triple post, it seems that I must.

Anyway, here are some pictures of my new ordinance

Counter clockwise from right: Mantas, Barracudas, all on same picture with bases.
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Now I just need some way of painting them with any degree of accuracy.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#28 » Feb 13 2010 10:21

See, I like the Aeronautica tau ships more because they are of a decent size. I would suggest cleaning them and priming black, then drybrushing a lighter version of your cadre color and do a light black wash, then give a little bit of detail work.

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