The return of the Darklighter [WIP update 26/06/17]

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Shas'O Darklighter
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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter

Post#11 » Apr 24 2013 12:18

Thanks for the find Jochmann. After looking at these they are not at all what I thought I was looking for. I'd always assumed that squad markings where numbers or at least symbols that represents first, second, third, ect.. I've decided to just add what looks cool to me. I'll just try and make each one different, at least for units of the same type.

My progress has been a little slow this week. I've almost finished the Hammer-rays. I'm just doing final treatments to the decals then weathering and sealing will follow. I've also started on an all carbine FW squad. I should have an update by the weekend.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter

Post#12 » Apr 27 2013 11:27

Well as I'm almost out of matt varnish so I've decided to put off weathering my tanks with powders for now and just sealed the decals in place with what I had left. I've also finished up an all carbine fire warrior squad.

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As well as starting work on my fourth fire warrior squad I've striped Commander Shadowsun and reposed her with a helm on this time.

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I'm not sure if I'm going to paint her white or keep her matching the rest of the army, but as I'll be going from brown to buff to white I can stop at the buff stage if I like it.

What do you guys think?

I WILL do an Ethereal next and sort out my flesh colours, lol. My battlesuits are awaiting magnets as I can't decide on a weapons fit for them. Then I'll get cracking on reposing them and getting them ready for paint.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter

Post#13 » Apr 27 2013 11:40

Nice to see that you're enjoying yourself with the Tau. I feel that Commander figures should be coloured differently from the rest of te cadre, wether they be white or have their colours reversed. As you've seen with my Tau'shan Commander, I opted to do white as it looks awesome to have your Shas O standing out from the rest.

I'm still in need of a Shadowsun model for my Cadre. :sad:

Tau'va

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter

Post#14 » Apr 28 2013 11:26

You make a good point Brokensword. I'll post pictures up when I get to the stage I need to make a more solid decision. For now though I've just finished my last Fire warrior squad and ran out out of thinners and paint. So no more painting for me until I can get more supplies. It's looking like it'll be the back end of the week! :fear:

In the mean time I'm on with cleaning up some old battlesuits I got given. They are a real mess and used to be broadsides, so lots to be done to make them in to a crisis team. Whist digging for parts I also found a plastic bag full of metal stealth suits (6) and some pathfinders, score. :D

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter

Post#15 » May 08 2013 05:23

A quick update of my birthday haul. I'm still waiting on a few things that got lost in the post, but this is the most of it.

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I've had to order my paint from ebay as my local retailer has a terrible relationship with his suppliers. I also took the opportunity to order a huge tub of thinners while I was at it.

Whilst waiting for these things I've had a play around with my magnets and got three suits all primed and ready.

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These are made up from scrap models I was given by friends and the knees on some where badly damaged, that's why I have added the shoulder pads. I don't think they look to out of place but I'll let you be the judge.

It's the first time I've used the flight stands and tried such a dynamic pose. I'm impressed but I'm unsure as to how well I'd be able to alter the rest of my suits.

After my third game and second using my sniper drone team (2spotters 6 drones) I'm going to have to get them painted up soon as I can't see me not running them from now on!

My progress may look slow over the next few weeks as I've started work on my Riptide for the comp. I've just started paint on Shadowsun and the above crisis team so I should still have plenty to post.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [Crisis team]

Post#16 » May 12 2013 07:14

Well here is Shadowsun in the same colour as the rest of my army. I've a bit of touching up to do and little more detail to add, but this is the main colour scheme for her done.... I think!

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I've got a layer of paint on my Crisis suits but for some reason the paint has started to dry with a high sheen! It's Tamiya acrylics and it usually dries with a really nice matt finish, almost powdery looking. I use Tamiya's own thinners (the acrylic one as that's what I have locally available). I just add it by eye and feel. The paint is going down well but then drying with high shine. Even my Vallejo model colour has a slight shine to it! Any help would be most welcome. I can post Pictures if needed.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [Shadowsun]

Post#17 » May 12 2013 08:27

I'm loving the gritty look of your Shadowsun and the drones. I usually go for the dirtied up look for my models, but that is top notch mate. :)

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [Shadowsun]

Post#18 » May 12 2013 03:38

Thank you very much Brokensword. Once I've got my first Crisis team painted I'll do an army shot so you can see how she fits in with the rest of the cadre.

I'm just about to add a second layer to my Crisis team to try and get rid of the shine and to build up the layers a bit more. I'll post pictures when I've got this done and the rest detailed. If it still dries with a shine I'm just going to hit the whole model(s) with a matt varnish and not worry to much about it. In the mean time if any knows what the problem is I'd be happy to find out if it's avoidable.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [Shadowsun]

Post#19 » May 17 2013 11:28

It's taken a few days and under the lighting I have rigged up at the moment the colours are a little off (Summer is on the fritz in England). Here we go this is my Army repainted so far.
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When I get a chance (and remember to take my camera) I'll take some pictures on a battlefield as they look a little odd against a cutting mat.

Here is a closer look at Shadowsun surrounded by her cadre.

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I've finished my Crisis team and I can't wait to paint more weapon options and get them magnetised.

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I've also been keeping a track of my Squad markings just in case people are interested.

The first line is my fire warrior teams, then the rest is self explanatory.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [Crisis team]

Post#20 » May 31 2013 06:55

Well it's been awhile as I've spent most of my time recently on my Riptide, but I have got some other units in the works. Here is My sniper drone team finished and ready for action.

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After many games I've used these drones in all but one of my recent battles. I've found them to be a stand out unit this edition and I can't wait to add an other boxed set to this squad. I find that the ability to put out the hurt at 24” and remain a low priority target by your enemy to be indispensable.

I've also been working on my second Crisis team. Again I have magnetised the weapons for future proofing my units I'm yet to paint up any options to swap with yet but I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually!

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I've had to paint up the Cadre Fireblade as I've also used this guy quite often. Though I'm now thinking of swapping him out for Darkstrider.... Or Maybe I'll just add him to my 2k list?

I've also made some slight adjustments to Farsight's pose and altered his iconography to make him fit the rest of my army (before he went rouge perhaps). I'm yet to use him as I'm finding I need Shadowsun for tank hunting more than I need a drop unit. I find she's better suited to get in and out of harms way than a (potentially) large deep striking unit.

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As you can see I've also made up Longstikre and Darkstrider for paint. I think for long range tank hunting Longstrike is a must with Railhead. I'm going to go to a bits site and buy a turret just for him to sit in as all my current ones are glued shut with no sign of letting go with out destroying the cupola.

That's it for this update I'll have more for you soon.

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