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Ke'lshan Vash'ka
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Post#71 » Aug 15 2012 03:31

I'm sure I can speak for many of us here when I say I'm sorry to hear that things are a bit rough, and I hope life eases up a bit for you soon!

What I really wanted to say, though, was how impressive both your painting and your writing are! I really wish I'd seen this thread earlier, but at least this way I didn't have to suffer like everyone else, waiting for the next installment to turn up. :P

I've long thought about background ideas for my cadre, but never really considered actually writing them down. Like a few other people have already said in this thread, you might just have inspired me to get off my lazy Gue'la posterior and do something about that...

Truly excellent work; long may it continue!

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shadow kat
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Post#72 » Aug 15 2012 09:59

Thank you for your kind words Vash'ka. comments such as yours really do make a big difference. There is a lot of work that goes into writting an extensive background piece, It is very gratifying to hear that others are enjoying it :D . Helps to motivate me to continue.

Like I always say, go for it! just start typing and see what happens. creating a backstory and building a place for your models in the 40k universe can be a lot of fun. Id love to read what you put together :smile:

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Lone Strike
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Post#73 » Aug 16 2012 10:02

Looken good! I love your paint style...sorry to hear things are sticky right now I hate when life bogs down, but WarHammer heals all :biggrin: Keep up the good work buddy!

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Aun Tier
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Post#74 » Aug 16 2012 06:28

I'm still loving your Templars. I particularly enjoy what I take to be a brown wash over the cloth of your characters. The Lightning effects that you're using are also very nice.
I'm liking the look of your specialist Fire Warriors. Though I love the standard Fire Warrior look, the sprue has very little variety, so it's always nice to see some Shas'la with individuality!

I know how you're feeling with your Marines pushing back your Tau. I've been meaning to finish off a small force to post here for several months, but yet again another local painting competition has forced them back.
Truth was flame against a sleeping lake of petrol.

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shadow kat
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Post#75 » Aug 18 2012 11:01

Lone Strike wrote:Looken good! I love your paint style...sorry to hear things are sticky right now I hate when life bogs down, but WarHammer heals all :biggrin: Keep up the good work buddy!


Hey Lone Strike, thanks for stopping by and posting :smile: :D Yea, every so often real life decides to take a run up and give us a flying kick in the frag grenades. Everyone goes through their own trials though so I try not to complain. I actually just came across your thread a few days ago and reading about your experiences during your tour in Iraq helped to put things into perspective aswell. So I believe I owe you quite a large thank you Sir :D . It was a great read by the way. The Ling Ling story truly had me laughing out loud and I found the "sheep" discussion very poignant. A good friend of mine was recently sent back from Afghanistan after his Bushmaster patrol vehicle was hit and flipped over by an IED (he is recovering). I learned from him that military guys always have the greatest stories to tell.

Make sure to keep us all posted on the progress of your diorama :smile:

Aun Tier wrote:I'm still loving your Templars. I particularly enjoy what I take to be a brown wash over the cloth of your characters. The Lightning effects that you're using are also very nice.
I'm liking the look of your specialist Fire Warriors. Though I love the standard Fire Warrior look, the sprue has very little variety, so it's always nice to see some Shas'la with individuality!

I know how you're feeling with your Marines pushing back your Tau. I've been meaning to finish off a small force to post here for several months, but yet again another local painting competition has forced them back.


hey Aun Tier. Thanks for dropping by again. I have found with my templars that washes can be a very powerful thing :D . You are correct in that it is a devlan mud wash (agrax earthshade now?).

The specialist fire warriors were very interesting to make. The models represent characters from my "seeds of fear" story line over in the library (unfinished). I love the standard fire warrior kit aswell (besides the horribly mishappen armour panels on some of the legs). I agree that it is incredibly limited in its variety though. After building a few, it is very easy to end up with an army of clones due to the limited range of poses and the unvaried parts. It is actually very deceptive how much cutting, bending and green stuffing went into each model. it was a lot of fun though to cut up the components and find new ways to use them.


I actually have some good news too. With the E Tenebrae Lux event over (the Black templars coming out victorious :D ), I actually begun painting a tau model today. It feels like an eternity since I last painted Tau. Ill have to relearn my own technique from scratch again :P

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shadow kat
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Post#76 » Aug 22 2012 09:13

Tau'va friends

It would appear as If my messy little thread has been promoted from the lower concourse to the project logs section. Truly an honor, I shall try and not disapoint :fear:

I felt it was time to shake the dust off my keyboard and see if my fluff gland is still functional. So without further delay, may I present the second part of "Incident 173: Embras" (first part can be found earlier in my thread HERE)



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“Shas’La, look at me.
Vash! Look at me!
Am I simply to believe that your entire team as well as the weapon in your hands simply disappeared Shas’La? Do you understand how this sounds? How Am I to know that you haven’t lost your mind or had an unforseen chem reaction?”


“With great respect Shas’El, My story has echoed within these chamber walls a dozen times now. I have re-examined every detail as it has passed my lips, I have questioned every memory in the maelstrom of my mind. How could they possibly be real? Believe me when I say that I understand full well how outrageous my sad little tale sounds. I have been the first and most vocal in doubting my own sanity, That is, Shas’El, up until YOU walked through the threshold of my chamber.”


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“I have been submitted for every test the Fio can muster, Shas'El Vel'ar. My testimony has been recorded a dozen times from a dozen different angles. I am sure that right now as we speak, the tone of my voice is being forensically examined as well shape of my facial expressions being mapped. I know that you have likely examined these reports in great detail Shas’El, and I know that if you believed I was insane, you would not be here now.”


“So then, you believe that what you saw was real”


“It is an unhappy conclusion to arrive at. It is an odd circumstance when simply being insane would have been the more desirable outcome…. How happy I would be if I could disbelieve the testimony of my senses. How happy I would be if I could believe that what I say had not come to pass. How happy I would be if you could dismiss the memories of which I speak as the ravings of a lunatic.
But you can give me no such reassurance…. can you’ Shas’El.”


“What happened next Shas’La?”


“*sigh* It felt as if I were the victim of some cruel joke, everybody was gone. Nothing made any sense. My eyes shut while in one place and opened to expose another entirely. Everything my senses were telling me went against the laws of space and time. I was experiencing the impossible. It couldn’t have happened ….But it did.

I was stunned. I shut and opened my eyes over and over again foolishly and desperately hoping that it would somehow return things to the way they were, that this had been some kind of visor malfunction or I had suffered some kind of seizure. But reality could not be persuaded.

I slammed my back into the nearest wall, trying to garner some sense of security as I assessed my situation. I was still in the compound, that much was clear at least. I raised my hand to my helmet antenna and opened a broadcast.

“Dagger 4-1 this is dagger 4-4……”

I held my breath as I waited, my need for oxygen outweighed by my need for a response.

“Dagger 4-1. This is dagger 4-4, do you copy??.....
This is Shas’La T’au Vash contacting ANY dagger elements, does anyone copy?.....”

I scanned across the entire frequency range, secondary, emergency, even service channels. But there was nothing. No familiar voice, no comforting explanation, nothing save for a hissing static loudly mocking my isolation.
I screamed into my helmet with as much anger as there was fear.

“Shas’Ui Dier! ANYONE?!”

But nobody replied. The buzzing static remained my sole companion.

I hammered my clenched fist into the charred dirt beneath me. Explanations would have to wait, I needed to find my team. I reached down to my ankle for my utility blade. Too afraid to look and find it gone, I pleaded to the Aun that its handle would meet my grasp. My shaking fingers rasped clumsily down my ankle until they pinged against the blades hilt. The relief was overwhelming. Maintaining control over even such a small and benign object in a situation so out of control brought strange comfort. With an appeased sigh, I tore the blade from its sheath and set out in a cautious stride.”



“So, you felt as if you were gaining back some sense of control over the situation Shas’La?”



“HA! If that was how I felt then I would have been sorely mistaken Shas’El. I dashed from corner to corner like a pursued rodent searching for a crevice in which to disappear, all the while searching for my bond mates. The distant thunder once again began to intrude on my consciousness. I could see the maelstrom of wind and ash had begun to violate its imagined border and enclose the research station. It wasn’t long before the dark ash engulfed the station in its veil. The shadowy cloud spiralled through the stations pathways as the gale howled through the formerly still facility.

Fighting against the intensifying storm, I stumbled back to the main entry gate, hoping to find Er’ath, Kress and Cal,Nars still waiting with the devilfish….Instead, I felt my last most desperate bastion of hope shrivel and die with what lay before me…..

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shadow kat
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Incident 173: Embras

Post#77 » Aug 26 2012 10:00

The enemy masses on the border. A storm rises in the west and soon it shall be ready to spill over and plunge us into war.

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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Incident 173: Embras

Post#78 » Sep 03 2012 01:40

I see A LOT of interesting job here!! I was stunned with the light effects on your Tau tanks and the smooth painting on them, aren't rusty and dirty like my tanks!
I like the idea of the light effect on your tanks, maybe I'll copy some day!! By the way, your Tetras look good so far.

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shadow kat
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Incident 173: Embras

Post#79 » Dec 11 2012 12:57

I live!

Tau'va ATT. Im sorry for my long absence. After finishing my final exams I came down rather ill. Im better now and am ready to start back up on my projects (writing and painting). so without further blabering, may I present the latest additions to my cadre:

My Crisis suits, designated Nova's one, two and three.

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Sorry Sabre, I must have missed your post back when you made it. thanks for your comments :smile: they are much appreciated

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shadow kat
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Nova team

Post#80 » Dec 20 2012 05:56

The completion of a long over due project.

My converted battlesuit. Meet Shas'El Suam'Ta.

He's been painted in a slight rush to be submitted for my local stores conversion competition. I cut it so close that I didn't even have time to photograph the model. This picture was taken from the stores facebook page :D .

I'll post some more angles of the model as well as his accompanying fluff when I get him back from the comp.

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Che Gue'vesa
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Shas'El Suam'Ta

Post#81 » Dec 20 2012 07:34

That is an amazing conversion!

Would you mind telling me what you used for the armor plate on his chest?

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p.s. will you add tribal paintings on him?

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E'nigma
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Shas'El Suam'Ta

Post#82 » Dec 20 2012 10:48

Che Gue'vesa wrote:That is an amazing conversion!

Would you mind telling me what you used for the armor plate on his chest?

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p.s. will you add tribal paintings on him?

It looks like parts of the Skyray turret and a Fire Warrior shoulder pad.

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shadow kat
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Shas'El Suam'Ta

Post#83 » Dec 20 2012 06:08

Thank you Che Gue'vesa. Im glad you like the conversion, It took quite a bit of work.

E'nigma is correct about the chest plate. the main part is the panel from a skyray turret with the edges cut down and green stuffed onto the bottom to make the "prongs". A fire warrior pad was then shaved down to cover the centre flat area.

The suit is actually really difficult to photograph. It doesnt come across quite the same way that it does in person. Ill try and get some more angels when I get the model back.

And yes, I do plan on adding tribals to him aswell as replacing the missile pod with one of paulsons (rules were GW only parts for the comp). Im unsure where on the model I want to put the tribals though

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shadow kat
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - bunkers and bastions

Post#84 » Mar 22 2013 08:42

Hello everyone. Been quite awhile since I last updated. The good news is that I'm still alive. the bad news is that I haven't had much time for the hobby in the past few months and have left a shameful trail of unfinished projects in my wake. This however is a situation that I will be looking to rectify. With some extra time in my pocket, I have a few new projects to share as well as renewing my commitment to finish my existing projects. Starting tomorrow morning Ill be revising this thread, updating things and making it all round more presentable. Work has also already begun on revising my story project "seeds of fear" as well. After getting into a rut where I wasn't satisfied with the previous parts, Ive gone back and revised the opening chapters, in some places re-writing entire sections. Expect the updates in the stories' thread soon.

In the mean time, here are the projects Ive been dedicating my newly re-instated hobby time to.

First up are some fun pictures I set up and took on my brothers table after he finished a game and let me borrow his army while they were all out:

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Next is the first of my altered pose stealth suits. It always bothered me that a unit with the word "stealth" in its name didn't seem to be acting particularly stealthy. So here is my first attempt at a slightly more dramatic stealth suit pose:

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Next is the beginning of my scratch build tau themed bunker. It is far from complete with more details needing to be added as well as the surface still needing to be patched in certain places. But here are the early WIP's

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Following the theme of bunkers; here is a continuation of an earlier project that still requires painting. A scratch build imperial bunker built into the side of a ridge

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and the final piece of terrain. My beefed up multi leveled imperial bastion:

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Next (yes, there is still more), in celebration of skies of blood making my black templar storm raven game legal, I set about making a new base for the model featuring an up close and personal dual between an initiate and a genestealer "commandeered" from my brothers collection ;)

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Aaaand lastly a project I've been planning for a while. My own custom space marine chapter using a combination of GW, Anvil, Scibor and other misc parts. They have been dubbed "The Scions of Thanatos", Im really looking forward to painting these guys. For now they will remain a lone squad, but once my Tau force is a little stronger, Id like to begin expanding these guys into a playable army. I have some fairly big plans for them as well as a fairly comprehensive amount of background for them.

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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Project overload

Post#85 » Mar 22 2013 08:56

Superb staging with the last stand photos :D

Loving all your new projects, I missed your Shas'O last year (was in Bali, travelling); regardless, a great modification to the suit - makes me eye off the Skyray parts suddenly hah!

The suit is actually really difficult to photograph. It doesnt come across quite the same way that it does in person. Ill try and get some more angels when I get the model back.

You and me both, I feel your frustration! :nice:

- Tael.

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shadow kat
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Project overload

Post#86 » Mar 25 2013 09:52

Thanks for the comments Tael. The last stand pictures were a lot of fun to set up. Tyranids are fun to mess around with since you get to play with squirmy little guant swarms all the way up to towering trygons :D .

You and me both, I feel your frustration!


Photography can only go so far; especially when you have no idea what photography is and just click at stuff with a smart phone (*raises hand* guilty) :P


In other news, the reformatting of the first page is underway. Im still messing with the format and fixing up some of the text but progress is steady. Shas'El Suam'ta's entry has also been added along with his accompanying fluff.

Tau'Va friends

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shadow kat
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre - Project overload

Post#87 » May 13 2013 10:51

Hey everyone.

Just two new pieces Ive been working on to show today. The beginings of my drone-less sniper team. It has never sat well with me that the most artful and delicate marksmanship work was given to a team of drones so I decided to make my own team of Shas snipers for use as a counts as unit.


The spotter (Firesight marksman): Shas'Ui Savon

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My first Marksman (still has some work to do on the hood):

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Xauk
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Re: T'au26th Tactical interdiction Cadre- Drone-less sniper team

Post#88 » Sep 08 2013 04:49

Absolutely love the custom sniper warriors! The cloak is well sculpted and the helmets are a tight fit for them. nice one!

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