[WIP]Tau Drone Army - New expansion incoming!

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Kiblams
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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Painting updates

Post#91 » Dec 02 2012 04:19

I thought it was about time to paint the flying bases now that I have added more detail to most of the army.

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I know that I cheated with using pre-cast resin bases, though I would have really struggled to get as far as I have without them :D

I am wondering though if they need something more? And if they do; what do you think that should be?

Thanks guys.

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Bases Update

Post#92 » Dec 02 2012 04:53

Firstly, I love your army, this is only the second one ive seen (BTP's one was cool).

The thing the bases need is a slight hint of static grass, bits and pieces.

And possibly a thin green wash on the rocks. Just to add a small amount of colour to them.

Normally on all my bases I add bits of armour, weapons, and paint them various greens, and greys and make them rusty just to make things stand out.

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Bases Update

Post#93 » Dec 03 2012 12:21

Cipher-032 wrote:Firstly, I love your army, this is only the second one ive seen (BTP's one was cool).

The thing the bases need is a slight hint of static grass, bits and pieces.

And possibly a thin green wash on the rocks. Just to add a small amount of colour to them.

Normally on all my bases I add bits of armour, weapons, and paint them various greens, and greys and make them rusty just to make things stand out.


I think you are right, I will look into/howto getting the static grass in patches on them. Also thanks for the heads up on the green wash for the rocks, being colour blind; this is the stuff I generally miss :D
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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Bases Update

Post#94 » Dec 03 2012 04:22

I agree- I think the bases need some extra details.

With the number of models you've got you probably want something quick and easy so...

Paint some PVA in patches on the bases where you want the grass to be, then sprinkle some grass-flock on. The PVA will dry clear and you can just shake the rest of the flock back into the container.

Obviously, have a practice on some test-bases first to try and weigh up how much grass you think you want per base etc.

Looking awesome so far though, with or without grass! :D
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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Bases Update

Post#95 » Dec 06 2012 07:43

Blackstorm wrote:I agree- I think the bases need some extra details.

With the number of models you've got you probably want something quick and easy so...

Paint some PVA in patches on the bases where you want the grass to be, then sprinkle some grass-flock on. The PVA will dry clear and you can just shake the rest of the flock back into the container.

Obviously, have a practice on some test-bases first to try and weigh up how much grass you think you want per base etc.

Looking awesome so far though, with or without grass! :D


Thanks! I will give that a go when I next get the motivation for the bases (I tend to do all 60-odd in one go)

I have spent a little time softening the highlights on the drones as the bold lines looked great from a few feet away, though were a little crappy up close. Here is a little picture to give the general effect of what I've done so far:

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As always I really appreciate any feedback on this project, I have another day of games this weekend so will likely have more updates next week.

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Painting Update

Post#96 » Feb 17 2013 06:11

In an effort to re-energise my motivation for the Tau drones before the new codex I have made a video for Youtube which goes into more detail and showcases the Drone army better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZKcRMBixA0

Hopefully that shows them quite well.

I will try to get back to more conversions soon, thanks for watching!

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Painting Update

Post#97 » Feb 17 2013 07:29

Great video, and great looking army, one of the most unique out there that I've scene on the web. I love the bases too! Thanks for sharing all of this.

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Painting Update

Post#98 » Feb 18 2013 12:32

yazchar wrote:Great video, and great looking army, one of the most unique out there that I've scene on the web. I love the bases too! Thanks for sharing all of this.


Thanks for your kind words, I am sure I will extend the army with the new units that accompany the new codex :)

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Painting Update

Post#99 » Mar 21 2013 01:13

I just can't wait Riptide in Your drone version :D

If we would somehow meat up at the same table I will voluntary loose the battle just to have more time to watch those neat conversions :biggrin:

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Painting Update

Post#100 » Mar 21 2013 04:36

Leigabar wrote:I just can't wait Riptide in Your drone version :D

If we would somehow meat up at the same table I will voluntary loose the battle just to have more time to watch those neat conversions :biggrin:


Thanks for your kind words, I am really torn on how to do a Riptide conversion, the model looks so good that I am tempted to use the Riptide with minor conversion work rather than work up a whole drone replacement...

I like what I have seen in the new pictures and hope to get into the new codex and work on using the new Pathfinder drones in my new conversions :)

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - Painting Update

Post#101 » Apr 03 2013 02:56

Hey guys, the time is nearing for me to start working on some more conversions! I am actually gutted that I am going to have to work on new Broadside drones for the taller and bulkier size, though I am looking forward to getting my hands on any of the new drones from the Riptide, Broadside, flyers and Pathfinder kits.

Any guiding thoughts or inspirations are very welcome in this expansion.

Will put updates on here hopefully along with videos on my new Youtube channel! (same as the videos above) :) Thanks again for all the kind words though this project, and hopefully continued in this, the golden age of Tau drones! ;)

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - New expansion incoming!

Post#102 » Apr 03 2013 03:03

The real question is-how will you do a riptide drone?!

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - New expansion incoming!

Post#103 » Apr 03 2013 03:05

boomwolf wrote:The real question is-how will you do a riptide drone?!


This is a question I am sure I will be losing sleep over... replace the tiny head with a drone? :crafty: (j/k)

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - New expansion incoming!

Post#104 » Apr 03 2013 03:06

I'm predicting gratuitous use of dinner plates... :D

Can't wait to see what new additions are coming.

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - New expansion incoming!

Post#105 » Apr 04 2013 03:06

tehlegend wrote:I'm predicting gratuitous use of dinner plates... :D

Can't wait to see what new additions are coming.


Let's hope it doesn't come to that! I have a strong feeling I will be buying Riptide if only to get the weapons for wysiwyg, though really not sure how a drone would use that sheild without arms. A drone with arms is something that I have been trying to avoid.

Need to put my thinking cap on and await more information on whether I will be running one in my Cadre, and see if there si a way to get the new pathfinder drones without buying the full kit too... :?

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - New expansion incoming!

Post#106 » Apr 05 2013 12:51

Hmmm, Kiblams. My thinking is that you could try the usual configuration of shield drones by putting the shield on the bottom. Then, you could imitate the design of the shielded missile drones that come with the Riptide and sandwich the weapons between the drone's top and it's bottom shield.

How to fit in the shield's fins is beyond me—perhaps you could just try to make them symmetrical, and have them sticking out the back of the drone?

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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - New expansion incoming!

Post#107 » Apr 06 2013 10:02

The Shield of the Riptide could be set vertically with the fins pointing backwards, and the gun mounted to the side, sandwiched between an echo of the shield on the other side of the gun.

Another possibility, instead of trying to configure a single drone to have the attributes of the Riptide, maybe consider a swarm of specific drones? Say Targeting, Weapon and Shield?


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Re: [WIP]Tau Drone Army - New expansion incoming!

Post#108 » Apr 06 2013 02:18

The ideas coming in this thread are really sparking my imagination for the Riptide! Thanks ever so much guys! I think i will have to buy the kit regardless so I have access to the weapons and wargear, so will have to hold out on any solid design until I get my hands on it.

Thanks again!

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