This is my very second attempt at posting at ATT. The first one I tried to do, I accidentally hit post as I was typing the title. Not only am I New to posting but I'm also new to the 40k tabletop. I have yet to play a game mostly because I would like to have my army painted first. It's not like I wouldn't play against someone with an unpainted army, I just don't like fielding unpainted models. So with one mess up and my rambling over with let's look at what I had painted in April.
This little force was all ready to play a game of seventh edition kill team but then SWA came out and then 8th edition. I do have quite a few more models that I have painted since then, which I will post on this subject in a couple days when I can take pictures of them.
As you can see I'm painting them in Vior'la style and I intend to play them in the hot blooded and close and personal way. It's going to be made up of a bunch of breachers and battlesuits, with a small contingent of pathfinders, firewarriors, broadside, and an ethereal to provide support for them.
Here is a close up of my "characters", not all of them will really be shas'uis but they look cool. Two of them will be breacher team shas'uis, the one in the good will be a railrifle pathfinder, and the samurai looking one may be a firewarrior shas'ui or just a normal one (not sure yet).
Here is a picture of the painted breacher team shas'ui. I haven't come up with a specific name for him yet but I plan on him being the kind of shas'you that charges his breacher team into battle guns blazing. I also plan for his name to be more of a title that a new member of his squad takes up each time he does in battle, like commander brightsword. Unfortunately I didn't have the foresight to take a picture of him unpainted, but I will explain how I made him.
The pulse pistol in his right hand comes from the firewarrior kit, but the left one I had to make myself with a spare pulse pistol that comes in the kit and that one hand that looks like it's holding shotgun shells.
The cape is just green stuff that I put into place after I put on the backpack, but before I put on the shoulder pad. The little flag, which I will show a step by step process with pictures in a later post, is just a pulse rifle with green stuff tied to the top.
Here is the only picture I thought to take of the other shas'ui.
I have painted him since then and I will post some pictures of him painted as soon as I can. I intend for him to be a stoic survivor of many battles who, through the same mirraculus process as knight commander pask, crawls his way back to friendly territory even after being presumed dead.
I will give a brief overview of how I modeled him, which may look very familiar to those who follow Tael. For the bionic leg I used basically the exact same process as Tael's ion rifle pathfinder in his killteam by taking a Necron warrior leg and removing everything from that little nub after the knee joint down. Then instead of using a regular Fire warrior foot, I just used those little nubs on the sprew where the sprew connects to the models. Just to make it look more artificial. The head is actually from the pathfinder set, that head that has the big scar, but the antenna is just a normal firewarrior one. Like the other shas'ui his cape is just green stuff as you can probably tell from the picture.
This pathfinder can just be used as a cool model in a pathfinder team, not a shas'ui because they can't have rail rifles sadly, or a totally legal model for SWA. I plan on him being a bit of a stealthy type who only fires his rail rifle after he is in position and possibly clearing out anyone who may be in that position with his trusty pulse pistol.
The pistol is from the firewarrior set with a little green stuff to make it look somewhat straight. You may not be able to see it in the picture but under that hood is actually the little camera head from the stealth team kit which was inspired by some other things I've seen in this modelling forum. The rest is just green stuff.
This is that samurai looking model that I still am not quite sure what to do with. Maybe I will make a special ragtag team of firewarriors with all different styles of armor and she will be part of it. I'm thinking of some sort of special Vior'la team that has all gone through the long march when the planet passes between its two suns.
The helmet is an energy shield with the bottom sanded off and a small hole drilled for the female head that comes in the firewarrior kit. Those knee pads are just the firewarrior sholder pads. On the back those two little armor pieces are halves of the end of a rail rifle from the pathfinder set.
This crisis suit will be the shas'vre to a team of crisis suits armed with fusion blasters and missile pods. The suit is intended to deal with any infantry that the unit may encounter with the twin burst cannons and help deal with longer range threats with the missile pods. I glued everything onto it and the other two so that is just how it will be regardless of the meta.
I haven't really altered the model much but I just like the way it looks with its base. I'm going to try to have those little flags on the based of officers as you could see from the shas'uis. There are also some little extra Tau bits scattered amoungst the rocks like a shield generator and a little canister. I'm kind of finished painting this one and the unit but I will probably clean up the sensors and use the dawnstone paint I recently bought to drybrush some edge highlights onto the darker parts. I will put more pictures up of the rest of the unit in a few days.
That's all the pictures I have for now. I hope I have inspired someone on this forum the same way it inspired me! I also hope that all my pictures went through and that the post is up to ATT standards with minimal spelling errors. I am posting this from my phone so there probably will be some mess ups.
Any questions, comments, or any kind of discussion would be appreciated. If you have any name ideas, lore, or character roles for any of my models, that would be especially appreciated.