[WIP]Tau Drone Army - New expansion incoming!

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Re: [WIP] Kiblam's Tau Drone Army

Post#61 » Oct 14 2012 09:57

Working on the Fire Drones this weekend, trying to bring the paint job on them all up to the same level.

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They all need allot of work, though are finally all looking consistent. :D

The more uniform the 4 squads become; the more menacing I think they look. :evil:

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Post#62 » Oct 18 2012 03:35

Ok, I have all my drone army painted to what I consider to be 'tabletop standard' except for the bases:

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And slightly off topic I just wanted to show off my Industrial scenery collection so far, I am about 10 pieces off a full board worth :)

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The next update will hopefully include a Tetra conversion and another Broadside Drone :D .

Thanks guys.

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Post#63 » Oct 18 2012 05:43

Wow dude you really knocked that up that army quickly didn't you. Really liking the the board as well. Are you going to add anymore "drone" broadside? Really like the one that you already got.

Nice gaming board to.

Orgun

P.s I post them spare weapons and suits Saturday so you get them on Sunday.
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Re: [WIP] Kiblam's Tau Drone Army

Post#64 » Oct 19 2012 03:52

Orgun wrote:Are you going to add anymore "drone" broadside? Really like the one that you already got.


Yeah I have the Finecast Broadside upgrade pack at home all prepper and the Remora Drones will arrive from Forgeworld today or Monday; one for the broadside drone and one for a Tetra Conversion (it's going to be painful hacking up my painted Tetras for this one)

Orgun wrote:Nice gaming board to.

Orgun

P.s I post them spare weapons and suits Saturday so you get them on Sunday.


Thanks... and thanks again :D

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Post#65 » Oct 19 2012 08:11

Wow, I always wanted to start a full drone army but never had the guts to start due to a lack of actual drone models...
This is an amazing project, I would love to play against it. The only two remarks I have is that as you pointed out already, the bases need some decent work, and maybe you could try your hand at some sept markings on top? If you place all the markings on the same spot they might look a lot more detailed and uniform at the same time. Just a thought :smile:
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Re: [WIP] Kiblam's Tau Drone Army

Post#66 » Oct 19 2012 10:12

You need a devilfish with drones :D
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Post#67 » Oct 19 2012 11:25

Kern wrote:Wow, I always wanted to start a full drone army but never had the guts to start due to a lack of actual drone models...
This is an amazing project, I would love to play against it. The only two remarks I have is that as you pointed out already, the bases need some decent work, and maybe you could try your hand at some sept markings on top? If you place all the markings on the same spot they might look a lot more detailed and uniform at the same time. Just a thought :smile:
Kern


Thanks, The Sept markings are next on my list of things to paint as I certainly won't be leaving them as 'tabletop standard' forever, and the lack of identifying marks does make using all 4 squads in close proximity on the table a pain in the backside. I wanted to get the basic paint on and then paint the more complicated details such as the highlights, sept markings and any weathering when I really feel in the mood to paint. I always find that I can only paint the finer details well if I am properly in the mood for it and really don't want to run these guys.

Huru MorDae wrote:You need a devilfish with drones :D


Agreed, though the design for the Drone transort currently evades me :::(

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Re: [WIP] Kiblam's Tau Drone Army

Post#68 » Oct 20 2012 05:02

Time again to get a little feedback from the community, I have begun developing the Drone prototype version of the Tetra Skimmer from FW. This uses a Tetra and Remora Drone model together for a single conversion with a little basic green stuff to make it all fit. :fear:

I have a feeling that this may be a Marmite conversion (love it or hate it) though I am eager to hear what your opinions are:

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I have an inability to judge a model without a basic level of paint on it, hence why there is a very rushed initial paint job on the Prototype. :neutral: Though it is by no means finished at this point as more green stuff work is needed in places and I have plans for an antennae or two.

I am relatively happy with what I have so far, it matches the size and look of the Tetra quite well and to be honest I think that as a model it fits the bill for looking fast (it has 5 engines instead of the standard 2) :D

Thanks for looking guys.

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Post#69 » Oct 21 2012 05:55

Firstly, well done on the work done so far!

Secondly, your Tetra conversion: at the moment, I think it's missing something. The canopy is meant to protect personnel, and without the personnel the canopy looks.. Tacked on? So I would suggest putting something on the underside of the canopy to give it something to protect. Techno bits to represent advanced targetting AI or something!

Thirdly for you Devilfish drone carrier... I would suggest a Devilfish with the rear engines raised to give more access to the passenger compartment. Then rip that out completely and replace with racks where the drones could dock to. You would then also get the three door ways to use as other drones else where in the army.

Keep up the good work!

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Or alternatively you can make something like this for your drones:

http://forums.tauonline.org/conversion/10994-tau-moray-eel-heavy-drone-transport.html
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Re: [WIP] Kiblam's Tau Drone Army

Post#70 » Oct 21 2012 10:36

Mek'an'ik wrote:Firstly, well done on the work done so far!

Many thanks!

Mek'an'ik wrote:Secondly, your Tetra conversion: at the moment, I think it's missing something. The canopy is meant to protect personnel, and without the personnel the canopy looks.. Tacked on? So I would suggest putting something on the underside of the canopy to give it something to protect. Techno bits to represent advanced targetting AI or something!

Yeah I can see what you mean, I think I may have been insisting on keeping the top bit to ensure that the model is the full length of the original Tetra, and now that bit is done I am seriously considering shortening it. that way the canopy will be simply a raised area for improved markerlight positioning on the vehicle.

Mek'an'ik wrote:Thirdly for you Devilfish drone carrier... I would suggest a Devilfish with the rear engines raised to give more access to the passenger compartment. Then rip that out completely and replace with racks where the drones could dock to. You would then also get the three door ways to use as other drones else where in the army.

I like your thinking, I am sure that I will come up with something as pretty soon I will have finished building the main bulk of the army and I can concentrate on Painting them to a higher standard as well as designing more bespoke models such as the Devilfish.

Mek'an'ik wrote:Or alternatively you can make something like this for your drones:

http://forums.tauonline.org/conversion/10994-tau-moray-eel-heavy-drone-transport.html

I have seen that before and it looks great, though I am not sure I have the money to be cutting up 10 Devilfish models :P

Cheers for the feedback, really get me thinking of improvements. :D

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Re: [WIP] Kiblam's Tau Drone Army

Post#71 » Oct 24 2012 03:33

Back again with another full army picture to update you with what I have so far:

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That is 1800pts and enough for me to field pretty much any of my desired 1500pt lists (what my gaming group play) so I am very happy with how it has gone, maybe now I can relax and actually get round to painting them properly :smile:

I promise to do some more detailed close ups as I paint them to a level I am happy with ;)

I just want to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone who has posted in this thread, you have inspired, validated and best of all kept me motivated to get the Drone army to this point. I can now concentrate on making it look as impressive as it should and maybe design some more 'inventive' models which are less formal and more fun.

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Re: [WIP] Kiblam's Tau Drone Army

Post#72 » Oct 24 2012 03:43

That army looks great! Really great! I like it really.

And that are really many drones! The Broadside Drones are my favorites

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Post#73 » Oct 24 2012 10:26

I love the army btw, almost makes me want to make a drone army XD

Anyways, I had an idea. For a devilfish drone carrier, you might want to cut off the bottom rear quarter of the hull, then put in a number of drone racks, like off an Orca, in the place of what used to be the transport compartment. Basically a devilfish for drones and not firewarriors.

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Post#74 » Oct 25 2012 06:34

Arc'Aroth wrote:For a devilfish drone carrier, you might want to cut off the bottom rear quarter of the hull, then put in a number of drone racks, like off an Orca, in the place of what used to be the transport compartment. Basically a devilfish for drones and not firewarriors.


I like this idea better than some others I've seen. It wouldn't be a huge money sink, and would be similar in principle to the tigershark. Granted, it would be a pretty extensive conversion

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Re: [WIP] Kiblam's Tau Drone Army

Post#75 » Oct 25 2012 08:55

I am pretty sure there is a 'Drone Harbinger' in Dawn of War that spams gun drones... could look into that for conversion ideas.

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Post#76 » Oct 25 2012 11:42

Nevar wrote:I am pretty sure there is a 'Drone Harbinger' in Dawn of War that spams gun drones... could look into that for conversion ideas.


I like the sound of that! though after a quick google I can only find pictures of the front of it which looks pretty much the same as a devilfish :sad: Anyone got any screenshots?

Thanks for all the ideas guys, I think I may have another Devilfish soon (thanks Orgun) and so may have a model for the project I can strip and disasemble :D

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Post#77 » Oct 25 2012 12:30

Kiblams wrote:
Nevar wrote:I am pretty sure there is a 'Drone Harbinger' in Dawn of War that spams gun drones... could look into that for conversion ideas.


I like the sound of that! though after a quick google I can only find pictures of the front of it which looks pretty much the same as a devilfish :sad: Anyone got any screenshots?

Thanks for all the ideas guys, I think I may have another Devilfish soon (thanks Orgun) and so may have a model for the project I can strip and disasemble :D


Near as I can tell the drone harbinger was the same as a devilfish in terms of looks. It might of had double burst cannons like a hammerhead instead of the single of a devilfish, but I'm not positive there.

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Re: [WIP] Kiblam's Tau Drone Army

Post#78 » Oct 25 2012 01:07

Arc'Aroth wrote:
Kiblams wrote:
Nevar wrote:I am pretty sure there is a 'Drone Harbinger' in Dawn of War that spams gun drones... could look into that for conversion ideas.


I like the sound of that! though after a quick google I can only find pictures of the front of it which looks pretty much the same as a devilfish :sad: Anyone got any screenshots?

Thanks for all the ideas guys, I think I may have another Devilfish soon (thanks Orgun) and so may have a model for the project I can strip and disasemble :D


Near as I can tell the drone harbinger was the same as a devilfish in terms of looks. It might of had double burst cannons like a hammerhead instead of the single of a devilfish, but I'm not positive there.


Here's a link. He had 2 Gundrones.

http://wiki.reliccommunity.com/index.ph ... _Harbinger

it was a lot of fun to play him. Would lilke to see something like that in game. I think Tyranids have something like that. A Broodmother or something like that. It can spam every tun 3D6 Termagants.

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