Hey so I'm sort of new to wargaming. I tried to collect some warhammer fantasy when I was in school but it was too expensive and I didn't really have the patience for it at the time. Recently a friend who collects Chaos Space Marines talked me into getting back into it and I've been getting a Tau army together. So far I have a Fire Warrior squad, a Pathfinder squad, a Fireblade and half of a "Kroot" squad assembled. Only the Pathfinders are painted so far. As I said I'm very new to this and any constructive criticism is welcome, even regarding my photography.First up: The Pathfinders.
The first unit I got (the shop I went into didn't have any Fire Warriors in stock so I just got these instead). I had decided that I probably wanted a grey or blue-grey colour scheme with orange sept markings and then discovered after I bought the Codex that this matched sept Sa'cea so I guess my cadre comes from that sept.
The two rail rifle guys were my paint test. For both of them I painted the armour Dawnstone grey then highlighted in Administratum. I washed one in Agrax Earthshade and the other in Drakenhof Nightshade. I decided I preferred the Nightshade better and went with that as my colour scheme. The sept markings are just Tau Light Ochre.
Here's the squad Shas'la.
The only interesting thing about the rest of the squad is that I'm an idiot. I hadn't done any work on the squad in ages and decide one night when really tired to sit down and paint the rest of them right then and there. In my tired and confused state I was trying to remember how I had decided to paint my squad and thought "I wanted them to be blue right?" and so opened up my jar of The Fang and started by painting all of their helmets. At some point while doing the armour on one I realised I was using the wrong paint but just kept going with it because I was half way done anyway. I then used Drakenhof Nightshade on them too. So now these five Pathfinders are probably going to be much more blue than anything else in my entire army. Lesson 1 learned: Don't paint when half asleep.
The third rail rifleman is the only unpainted model in the unit (not counting any drones).The Fireblade, my first conversion
I have some ideas for fluff for my Fireblade. I'm calling her nel'Kat for the moment but that might change. I didn't real like the Fireblade model from GW so instead I bought an old XV15 stealth suit off eBay and cut off the burst canon. A drill, clippers and hacksaw were involved. I then cut a Fire Warrior arm off a the elbow and joined them with green stuff. I also then coated the arm in a layer of green stuff to bulk it up a bit and tried to shape it as best I could into something that looked a bit more armoured to match the rest of the model. I stuck a normal markerlight on top of the rifle and a Fire Warrior antenna on the helmet and I figure I have a fairly decent looking Fireblade. On the back are two discs made of green stuff that are meant to be photon grenades. They don't actually look exactly like the official photon grenades but I have played far too much Tiberian Sun and am pretty enamoured with the idea of frisbee grenades and that's what I was going for. There's still a hole in her back where the XV15 backpack thing is supposed to slot in and I haven't decided what to do with it yet.Firewarriors
Nothing too exciting going on with this squad.
This is the Shas'ui. Was meant to be doing something dramatic like throwing out the photon grenade then pulling out the bonding knife to stab whatever had been blinded in the face but really it just looks kind of awkward. Also you can see I used too much glue and it ran down the arm. I think I have a problem with using too much glue in general.
This guy threw down his helmet because it was too damaged. The greenstuff is supposed to be like the cloth part of the helmet loose on the ground but that's probably not clear."Kroot"
So as I said I tried to collect some Fantasy when I was in school. My chosen faction was Skaven. I've decided to try and integrate them into my army replacements for Kroot. I bought a unit of Clan Rats and got some Kroot arm bitz separately. The bases are ones that I had lying around in a box of old fantasy models. I had forgotten that they'd come with square bases not round didn't think to order extra bases for them. I only had six bases though so I need get a few more so I can make a full squad of ten to use. I'm thinking of calling them "Nimh" as a species name and I have a few fluff ideas for them.
This was the first one I made. Greenstuff is draped over the shoulder as extra fabric to hide some ugly joints.
This fella is fairly similar to the first one. You can also see I filed down the spikes and rivets in the armour to make it smoother. I also hastily applied super glue on top of the greens stuff because I thought the arm was falling out. It appears to have reacted in some way making the white stuff you see here
This is the only one in the current batch who has his Skaven arms rather than Kroot ones. His gun is shorter as its missing the section where I cut the left hand gripping it off. I'm hoping to do one some more ones with rat arms when I finish the squad. This is also the only one without any green stuff.
I'm keeping the whole Skaven as a very mutant race with these space rats. This poor/lucky fellow has an extra arm.
This guy is the "Shaper" for the squad. The Tau have afforded him a degree of respect enough to wear a Fire Warrior shoulder pad. I was thinking of filing down the Fire Caste symbol to a flat surface and then trying to paint a different symbol in to later but I never bothered to do the filing.
Last guy I'm calling the Tau Fanboy. He likes the Tau so much he's starting to try to dress like them. His right arm is a Fire Warrior pulse rifle arm and his left is a Pathfinder arm.
That's what I have so far.