So here's my plan.
In mid April 2018 I'll be joining a buddy for a store-held escalation tournament: A series of five games at 500, 1,000, 1,500, 2,000 and 2,500pts. That's my deadline and to make that more tangible I'm adding the extra deadline of posting weekly progress updates here on the orbital. Thanks to a delightful toddler I can't expect progess to be too quick, mind...
Given that we expect 1-2 major changes to the T'au Empire rules between now and the event I'm not going to worry about the specific composition yet. From a cursory look at lists and the models I want to use, here's where I'm starting:
That collection runs from wholly unpainted and through 4ish styles of painting I used in that time, but at least I've got them neatly assembled. The one thing I want to add is a 'centrepiece' Coldstar, but we'll come to that later. The hook, at least initially, wil be a force deployed by Tigershark to support a minimal Pathfinder team - Coldstar, Remora and tactical drones are the tip of the spear for my 500pt stage. I'm also contemplating some XV9 'Hazard' suits to complement the subtheme of "rad models with wings" in the force.
To pick out some highlights...
These fine birds from 2015 are the first infantry unit I painted I was happy with. I'll explain the colour choices if I get around to adding more models to them. The team leader (and sometimes Shaper..) was a lot of fun to decorate!
The Ghostkeel was a daunting project, and though it needs snow adding to the base I'm glad to have it. The weapons are (thankfully) magnetised.
Before Shadow War came along I was gearing up to paint my Cadre's armoured units. This disgruntled Kor'ui is my Longstrike stand in, and the basis of the avatar Tael kindly drew for me. In short, they are overdue some paintwork.
Thes 2 shots show how my personal style has evloved. The Pathfinders on green bases were painted within a year of the first release of the Tau line, the 'powerdered' fabric team in 2012 and the punchier, more cartoon-y team in 2017 as part of my Shadow War force. Although it still takes me a long while to get it as clean as I'd like, the sharper colours and contrast make for a more pleasing team.
As it stands, these are the only teams I've finished in that style. The vespid count-as do a great job of linking my 'armour' camoflague pattern in with my infantry pattern, something that otherwise rests on the shoulders of the drones.
And drones don't even have shoulders.
Finally, a treat! This (unbased) model is my most recent and was built to be a markerlight only cadet in Shadow War campaigns. Not sure if I'll use them as a Pathfinder Shas'Ui, Shas'la or something else but I'm certainly going to find a use for them.
So that's my zeroth entry in the log! Wish me luck