WIP Flesh Tearers Army- Update, Progress on Termies, 24/7/09

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WIP Flesh Tearers Army- Update, Progress on Termies, 24/7/09

Post#1 » Jun 21 2009 10:02

I've decided to post up the reason there's been no work on my Tau. Now, these aren't for me to play. I've bought these to paint to get better before I tackle some Fire Warrior Squads. I'm planning on selling these on Ebay once the army is painted. It's going to consist of two Tactical Squads, one with Missile Launcher and Flamer, and one with a Melta Gun, a five-man Terminator Squad, and a Chaplain with a Crozarius (is that it?) and a Plasma Pistol. Onto the pictures!

Group Shots!
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Sergeant
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Specialist Weapons
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Tactical Marines
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Very WIP Terminators
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Unpainted, Unbuilt and Unbased Chaplain
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I'm especially looking for feedback on the finished squad, mainly the basing. I was a bit unsure on that. Any ideas to spruce up the bases without completely changing it?
Hopefully in a few days I'll have some progress on the Terminators to show. Not finished, but hopefully by then I'll have finished the basecoats and maybe the first few highlights. Oh, and I know the white is patchy! I've only done the first layer of white, need a few more on their to smooth the colour.

Basically, C&C please!
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Re: WIP Flesh Tearers Army

Post#2 » Jun 21 2009 10:18

If you are planning on selling these on e - bay I would paint them to the highest standard possible. Applying a glaze over the highlight would be a good move to reduce the "chalky look" (the legs of the marine in the 5th picture are a good example of this).

Also filing of the mould lines (especially the ones on the legs as these are the most noticeable) then repainting would be a good move.

The last point on modelling and painting from me would be to file down the blade attachments. The blades still look very irregular and "orky". Might be alright though as they are raving psychopathic loonies (flesh tearers).

Lastly it may be a good idea (if you have the time or money) to add an assault or veteran assault squad to the army - assault squads are a troops choice in a blood angels successor army and veteran assault squads are cool (flying assault terminators!). The main reason for this would be fluff - Flesh tearers like close combat and jet packs.
(Though I may be biased due to my idea to have a flesh tearer army where everyone has a jetpack).
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Re: WIP Flesh Tearers Army

Post#3 » Jun 21 2009 10:31

Thanks! I'll look into the chalky-ness, since I've got a pot of Badab Black somewhere in the depths of my box of paint pots. I also agree I need to file down some of the mold lines- might look into it tonight.
I'm still wondering about the bayonets. IIRC, they're some old Space Marine knives from eBay. Since they're raving lunatics, I'm probably going to leave them on.
I don't know about expanding the army... I might see if there are any 5-man Assault squads on eBay. I've got a bit of a budget though... since I'm eleven I want to keep the cash I've saved up from Christmases and stuff, so I've got £10 left from when I collected the army. That's why I bought the models off ebay...
I've liked the look of the Vanguard Marines since Joek painted some up though. But they're quite a bit expensive. I may sell this core army then every so often paint up another 'chunk' and sell that. Sort of like an ongoing project, but enough time inbetween to paint my Tau.

Any ideas about the bases? Just after I began posting the picture I found some green flock... perhaps to look like some moss growing inbetween the yellow stones?

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Post#4 » Jun 21 2009 10:48

Moss might look good on the bases (though how good it looks on the base depends on the size - my stuff is oversized for moss (the official GW stuff)). The bases could also do with larger stones - at first I thought they were dead leaves: roll:. Also blood angel’s successors don't get vanguard. Veteran assault marines are essentially a squad of assault sergeants that can take thunder hammers, storm bolters, storm shields and a few other nasties. Also the entire ten men squad can take meltabombs :dead: .

If you need to check anything else out look up the blood angel’s codex (google games workshop blood angels codex pdf - 2nd one down).

For glaze use the base colour - not a darker colour. Unlike a wash it is meant to tie all the colours together, not shade the model (as you have already highlighted it).
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Post#5 » Jun 21 2009 12:03

For the glaze I meant thinned Badab Black on the black areas. I've already glazed the red.

Dead leaves? I could always theme the bases like that. Paint the exposed base brown with some shades and highlights to look like soil, then some moss to give an autumn-y feel to the bases. Thoughts?

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Post#6 » Jun 21 2009 01:08

If you are going to do dead leaves there is a much easier way to do it...
Basically you just go get some of those seeds from the birch trees and think? They are long tubes that are composed of many small seeds. When you break them p they look JUST LIKE Warhammer scale fallen leaves. If you want I get get you some pictures??

Also I have heard that people cut their figures off the bases, base them and then glue the figures back on. I think you should try this.
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Re: WIP Flesh Tearers Army

Post#7 » Jun 21 2009 01:15

I'd probably ruin the model if I tried cutting it off the base. This squad is from the Assault on Black Reach set, so it's got that plastic tab thing.

I'll have a look around my local garden centre at some point and see if they've got the birch seeds there. I'll also look into the model shop on the High Street after school tomorrow and see if they've got anything of interest.

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Post#8 » Jun 21 2009 10:12

Just a note lightning - the images in this are wider than my eeePCs screen. Not a huge bother, since I have a multitouch pad, but definiitely something to keep in mind for future reference.

I don't do too much ATT reading from the eee anyhow. :crafty:

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Post#9 » Jun 22 2009 10:59

Does anyone else have problems with the picture size? I'm reluctant to resize them, but I guess I will if I need to.

Any critique tyranny12?

Oh, and I've filed the mold lines. Just need to touch up the paintwork.

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Post#10 » Jun 22 2009 11:14

I have problems with picture size :::( depending on what computer I'm using.

Also don't try and rebase the assault on black reach model - it does not work at all with slottabase I tried something with a lord of the rings model and it failed.
(Interestingly enough I stopped playing Lord of the rings soon after - maybe it was because I started playing Tau but maybe it had something to do with that sodier of Minas Tirith. :P )
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Re: WIP Flesh Tearers Army

Post#11 » Jun 22 2009 11:37

I couldn't help but notice how the white was going down; did you primer these models? It looks to me like the white's going down on bare plastic, and if that's the case, you're doing a HUGE no-no. Black primer would help keep the colors dimmer/muted, but white primer would make the white and skin areas SO much easier, and would also make you red "pop" a bit more if it's the desired effect.

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Re: WIP Flesh Tearers Army

Post#12 » Jun 22 2009 02:19

I'm painting on Chaos Black spray paint. I don't really want to buy white primer to respray and paint all these models, but it might be something to think about in future projects. For now, I'd rather just spend the time to layer on the white than redo all my models.

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Re: WIP Flesh Tearers Army

Post#13 » Jun 22 2009 04:42

A resizing would be appreciated, please.

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Re: WIP Flesh Tearers Army

Post#14 » Jun 22 2009 07:41

lightning wrote:Any critique tyranny12?

Oh, and I've filed the mold lines. Just need to touch up the paintwork.


I hate having to deal with mold lines after priming. Unfortunately I have about 50 figures that I put together years ago that need it - and then need to reprime and (if painted) repaint. Yeck.

Sorry about not leaving critique - was very late. For the pic size, was much more of a future reference thing.

Re: the basing. What strikes me is that it is a strong near-uniform (from far away) color - it attracts the eye. Darken it a bit? Maybe a wash, maybe even a (breaking all the rules here) darker edging? That could mix with the dead leaves/dead grass additions others have talked about.

Re: the models - it's hard to critique since I don't know what is finished and what is WIP. But what strikes me is areas where you could use fine dark lining on what you called the 'finished' squad. The arm on the missile launcher or the bigger armor joints. Of course, I tend to really like to call those intersections out, so it is all to your preference. You do have some nice color variations between the arm and the cuff already (ex. the sergeant.)

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Post#15 » Jun 23 2009 02:04

Erm, I'm not sure how to resize my pictures. I tried using the edit feature on Photobucket, but it says my computer can't use that feature... :-?

I'm looking into rejigging the bases now. I can't find any of those birch seeds, but I've got some green flock I can add sparingly to the base?

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Post#16 » Jun 23 2009 02:14

If you revisit Photobucket and use the pictures' thumbnail code, that will downsize them for you. As far as I can recall, it's the last listed coding under each picture. If it isn't immediately available, you can add the option by selecting it from under the existing choices. At least that's what I had to do. Then just edit your own posted pictures' codes with the thumbnail coding.

Thanks for trying to "follow orders" anyway! :P

E.

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Post#17 » Jun 23 2009 02:33

I found a 'resize' button! Wahoo!

Is this size better E?

EDIT: I got promoted to 'Ui? Awesome! Er... I mean... *salutes*.

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Re: WIP Flesh Tearers Army

Post#18 » Jul 24 2009 06:37

Sorry for the long time... I haven't been able to paint for a few weeks, then when I did paint my mum had lost the digital camera. But no more!
I've worked on the Terminators for a week or so. They're still WIP, but I'm getting there. I think I'm refining my image of a Flesh Tearer.
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I'm pretty proud of the green sword. I'm looking for critique, but bear in mind these are not finished. I'm working on the bases; but I've run out of glue, so it'll have to wait a while.

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