My first Tau Army.

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My first Tau Army.

Post#1 » Jul 18 2015 03:52

I converted the Rail Rifle so it can act as a HRR or HYMP. I figure it can be a Low Yield Rail Rifle so that will explain 4 shots at a lower strength.
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My converted Ethereal, made from an Empire Wizard kit.
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This will be what my Plasma Rifle Body guard look like.
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This will be the Fusion Blaster team, though I'm considering making these guys my missile pod team and using the standard Forgeworld xv8 for my Fusions.
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I have 32 painted Sniper Kroot with Hounds. These were my first time painting flesh but I like the way they turned out.
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Post#2 » Jul 18 2015 04:18

Here are my Tetra's and a few other angles of my painted models.
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Post#3 » Jul 18 2015 04:44

Love it.

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Post#4 » Jul 18 2015 04:55

Thank you, the plan is to stick with this color scheme for all the battlesuits, use the lighter grey as the base armor color for my firewarriors and make my commander all red so he really stands out. I want to paint my Pathfinders in the white armor I used on the Tetra's. I think the various paint schemes are cohesive but will keep me interested. I plan on adding snow effect to all the bases once the army is complete. So far everything is magnetized in case certain weapon set ups aren't functional on the table top.

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Kael'yn
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Post#5 » Jul 18 2015 05:45

Clean and nice paintjob.
I like the "V" white line added as insigna.

Maybe flesh, clothes, kroot rifles and bases need some dark washes to add shadows to them as they may seems a little "flat". They are nice when you get a close look, but at 1 m or more, you loose visual details without contrast like you have done on your armors.

The Ethereal orb and wand seems a little weird, using some tau bits or a blade will suit better to it, but it's a small detail.
The XV88 gun conversion is nice but a little too big for my taste.

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Post#6 » Jul 18 2015 06:58

nice, like the ethereal and drone. broadside too!

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Post#7 » Jul 20 2015 07:52

@kael'yn do you mean use a wash like Devlan mud to pick out the deeper recesses or a badab black watered down over the whole model.

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Post#8 » Jul 20 2015 08:19

Nice and clean paint job. The colours work well together - great work.

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Post#9 » Jul 20 2015 09:53

Sniperhavens wrote:@kael'yn do you mean use a wash like Devlan mud to pick out the deeper recesses or a badab black watered down over the whole model.


I don't know about using these washes specifically.
I tend to mix my own or paint with multiple layers, darker tone and watered down with the layer.
Clothes and skin can use smooth shading to darken a little more the crevices (but no too black, as clothes and skin shadows are not so dark and opaque,having usually a hue matching the surrounding color).
Rock can use too more deep shadow only in the deeper recesses (black can be fine, but dark grey or dark brown, even dark purple can be good) to define better it's "rocky" texture.
If I can get pics, I will show you what I mean.

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Post#10 » Jul 20 2015 12:22

I also took your advice and shortened the barrel on the broadside. It's just pinned for now but I already like it better.
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Post#11 » Jul 20 2015 12:33

Subscribed.
Amazing work.

I love the use of the Paulson flag with the drone.
I am going to make some objective markers with that for Maelstrom!

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Post#12 » Jul 20 2015 02:39

Sniperhavens wrote:I also took your advice and shortened the barrel on the broadside. It's just pinned for now but I already like it better.


Seems better being shorter indeed, but I was more thinking about cutting the railgun body while keeping the PSG base (to put it just after the vertical "vents" over the underbarrel thing, removing the last 1.2cm / .5 inches of the railgun). But it's just my opinion.

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A quick photoedit of what I imagined
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Post#13 » Jul 20 2015 03:04

I like the "Quad-Railgun". I've always thought the "Rail-Rifle pose" looks much better then the Missile-hands, and it's got me thinking about how to do my own broadsides (I've only done 1 myself, unmodded, because I never field them :roll: ).


Solid painting, especially on the finer lining/highlights.
My army has a very similar scheme to yours, mostly the base Grey/Red. I should really start an armylog aswell sometime soon...


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Post#14 » Jul 20 2015 03:10

Nice army. The color scheme is simple and looks very sharp and pleasing to the eye. Kinda reminds me of what I was striving for when deciding what scheme to run.

I like the fact you also pay attention to the bases - especially to me this counts double the points, the bases are important, and for me it is always a joy making all kinds of scenery.
What material do you use for those rock formations, or are those the premade bases by Microarts studios ?

Anyway keep up the good work "thumbsup"

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Post#15 » Jul 20 2015 06:22

The bases are just simple cork board ripped up and painted in Vallejo Game Color Cold Grey, then dry brushed with Wolf Grey and GHost Grey. The sand and grass are from the Army Painter winter set. I will do the snow effect all at once when the Army is complete just to be sure the bases are consistent.

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Post#16 » Jul 28 2015 08:07

I finished my second Broadside he came out very well. Just wanted to post a quick picture and what I thought might be an interesting conversion. I won't use it but someone might like it.

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Post#17 » Jul 28 2015 08:39

Heh! that looks really orky, yet.... strangely appealing...
maybe I've been spending too much time on the outer rim.
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Post#18 » Aug 24 2015 05:46

Sniperhavens wrote:
This will be what my Plasma Rifle Body guard look like.
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I am really impressed with this and was wondering did either the XV9 or Paulson Games piece require any conversion or was it just a straight forearm/weapon swap?

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