Sorry I've been away so long, I know you're probably dying without my expert painting advice (
). Real Life (TM)
has really been interfering with my Tau recently... but I just got two wisdom teeth removed, so I have some downtime. Yay, I think!
Anyways, here goes my thoughts on eight pages or so of updates...:
Excellent painting all round, and I quite like the converted Skyray sensor. Have you used the skyray in any games yet? Did it fare well for you?
However I did see one thing - the tip of the magnetic burst cannon looks a little bland. Maybe you could paint it black or even drill the barrels?
The broadside fluff was great - I can just see railgun slugs spouting out of the Mawloc's sides! Page 21:
So the Skyray turret is removable - how did you get it to stay upright I have difficulty with that. Magnets?
The first few attempts for albino Kroot I'm not sure about. I mean for one thing you'd have to explain it to everyone...
As for the Hammerhead, I'm undecided. I will look at later posts.Page 22:
OK the first post about the hammerhead:
I really like the vents on the front, seems like it would be great with some bulking up in back.
However, I think that the engine block + fins is waaaay to compact and not menacing in the least.
I feel bad saying that in my first post since forever but...
Second Hammerhead post:
I'm still getting the feeling that his is way to compact. When coupled with that massive railgun....
Also the fin-things on the front look some what strange, it curves back and then forward again.
Interesting. The tan is what you painted, not the grey right? If that's the case I like it.
The purple area also looks nice, but I don't think that they would work together well...
Knarloc Update 2:
The weapons on his right side (FB+PR) look kinda bluky... Also, what happened to the Fusion Blaster barrels?
The painting is great. I'm not quite sure what you mean by underbelly; what I mean is, how much of i/which section?
The blackjaw is great, and for some reason his syes really stand out to me... very menacing!
You're right, his spear does look kind of short. But making it look seems like it would get stuck on his guns..
You're gone for most of July? Of course I came back in right as you left...
Will you still have internet access? Page 23:
This is a long post...
The finished Luco looks great! Excellently
painted! Love the vents on the back... for some reason this model looks fantastic to me.
I am happy with the way it all turned out, but I'm not sure about the Knarloc's beak. I think it kinda looks too much like lipstick.
I wanted to create some highlights for the beak area, but I think it might need to streak it back a bit more. Any ideas guys?
NOO! Keep the black beak! It looks great as-is!
OK Now I see the Fusion Blaster barrels.... they look a little small.
Personal preference I guess. The plasma barrel looks really cool though, IMHO.
*Sob!* You ruined the beak!
Just kidding. I did like it better the way it was before, but this way also looks good... just not as
good in my opinion...
The hammerhead is definitely improving! As for the front... I'm not sure... maybe up-armored sections on the central area? I though I had this one thread bookmarked, but apparently I didn't. I think you've seen it though - it also had sold panels instead of doors and armor on those cool little sections that are normally on the back of the chassis.
That glow effect is beautiful!
I've also preferred solid colors on vents to glow, but you do it quite excellently... I'll have to think about this!
The fluff was a great story but - please don't take this the wrong way -not you best-written, IMHO. For instance:
They were indeed successful in eliminating most of the Harpies before they reached the shuttles and fortunately a pair of Barracudas was able to get in range and eliminate the ones that made it through.
Replacing the word "eliminate" with "destroy" or "obliterate" the second time would help, so as to avoid using the same word twice in that sentence. Stuff like that.
I don't know. I like the idea, but it looks a little smudgy. Like it's not a tattoo but rather a skin condition of some kind. Page 24:
Yes! Much improved! So what do you guys think? Should I do more to it? Should I add a few more shapes around? Any input on this would be [b]greatly
Perhaps adding some inner detail of some sort would enhance it, but it could make worse on the other hand.
Adding more designs could also work. But don't go overboard...
Eye Tattoo - very nice! That's what I'm talking about!
At first I was unsure about the red quills with orange tattoos, but it's looking spectacular after all.
Carnifex Fight [Fluff]
OK, I really like this piece. As a mattter of fact it got my blood pumping. But there were a couple rocky spots:
Unarmed and on a world under Y'he assault and he knew he wouldn't last a dec without some kind of weapon.
I just think that this part would sound so much better as "he wouldn't last one
dec..." rather than "he wouldn't last a
dec..." Like I said, uber-nitpicky, but still.
Its dark purple skin glistened in the sun and its bone colored carapace shifted as it moved. Its four scything talons raised high in the air, preparing to strike right down on its prey. It let out another loud roar, triggering an instinctual reaction inside Doran to run.
Three sentences in a row starting with "it" or "its."
That's about it, like I said, I really liked this fluff entry. Keep up the good work, higher-ranking-person-than-me!
I'm not entirely sure what you mean about the hammerhead, so I will wait for future posts....
I will say that the SMS looks really flimsy where the missiles and the drone body are joined. Page 25:
I just don't know, man. It's looking more and more cluttered... I'm reserving judgement for now but...
I like this idea:
It reminds me of a Droid Gunship from Starwars, which has alsways struck me as a rather Tau-style vehicle:
The angle on that pic makes it look kinda stupid and less-tau than I thought. Here's a better, but very small, pic:
If you want that pic enlarged, I have the Star Wars cross sections book and can scan it for you.
*Looks at next post*
Oh my, quite star wars-influenced are we? It does kind of remind me of the LAATi. Perhaps a mix of the two designs would work well. Page 26:
OK OK now this is looking good!
The piranha engines could be a bit more flowing with the hull but I like it!
I think that one thing that would make this a lot better would be a more streamlined rear-wing. Like in the Manta, how the engines have those little sockets? If the rear engines were like that and then continued outward to the SMS holders...
At the moment I think that the two very similar engine blockes make it look too rectangular...
At this rate you'll never finish it!
I'm not opposed to this set up, but it really leaves the back looking plain. Thoughts?
My thoughts exactly!
I don't have any suggestions, sadly...
You could try mounting the rear engines horizontally instead of vertically...?
The main problem I think is the centering of the engines on both the normal, and the hammerhead additions. The just stick out too much...
*New Engine Layout*
You could try mounting the rear engines horizontally instead of vertically...?
\ EXACTLY!Page 27:
OK I have an idea for the SMS/Railgun mounting.... once I finish this post I will go to my photoshop-enabled ocmputer and try to show you what I'm thinking.
Wow! This was just a great fluff piece all-around. I don't have any complaints or even constructive criticism about the reading. It was very informative and enjoyable to read! Page 28:
I'm sorry but IMH
O those missiles look really, really puny as-is.
OK! I'm done! That was a long post!
As I said before, sorry for being gone so long - I know you were probably dying without my amazing feed back!
Now as for that secret project - I will be working on that next.
OK here's my idea:
That is the crappiest photoshop I have ever seen
Anyways, the idea is that the railgun is modified to lay horizontally on top of a setup like the thing you can get from Forgeworld:
And then you have missiles just like the forge world item. (I think up-sized missiles could do well here.)
Does that make any sense?