The return of the Darklighter [WIP update 08/05/17]

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Chris in the socal
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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 7/12/13]

Post#31 » Dec 08 2013 01:48

Pretty great job on your Baneblade. Great job on fixing it. Has a real forgeworld feel.
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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 7/12/13]

Post#32 » Dec 10 2013 10:03

:eek: Fantastic work dude! I absolutely love that Riptide, such a great pose. And the weathering is fantastic also! Not to heavy, not to little! Bravo!

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 7/12/13]

Post#33 » Dec 10 2013 05:53

Chris in the socal wrote:Pretty great job on your Baneblade. Great job on fixing it. Has a real forgeworld feel.

Thanks dude. I've had a few people tell me that it looks stock or shop bought. I'm quite proud of it, lol. I'm not sure I'm ready to do anything like it again any time soon though. It was much more work than I'd anticipated and the agonising about the subtlest of detail really drained me at times.

Kassill wrote::eek: Fantastic work dude! I absolutely love that Riptide, such a great pose. And the weathering is fantastic also! Not to heavy, not to little! Bravo!

Where were you when I needed votes for the forum comp... :P The weathering is deceptivly easy. I'd do a tutorial but the process is so quick it'd just be a before and after shot like the ones above.

At last a Tau update! These pictures are terrible this time of year I just can't get the lighting to take a good photo, not that I know how the rest of the year. :::(

Here are the two squads of gun drones I've been working on.

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The markings on both squads are unique as well as the placement of the secondary army colour. I've done this so as the models from each unit can be quickly distinguished from one another at a distance. An aid more to help me pack them away quickly than to help mid battle.

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I've used these in a few games now and they have made there points back every time. In such large squads the enemy see them as a much larger threat then they are. It either forces them to deal with them or manoeuvre out of position to try an avoid them. There speed and ability to lay down a large amount of fire power as well being a T4 wall has proved quite adequate in many games as an annoyance unit. And with a little marker light support can become quite a deadly spearhead.

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I have a few more drones made up and ready for paint including; the three new pathfinder drones, marker, missile, shielded missile and shield drones. I could do with many more marker drones as I can see them getting quite a bit of use in the future. I only made the gun drones this time instead to fill out some fluffy units for my cadre over just hammering out the perceived optimal stuff.

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I however make and paint either some Kroot or Fire warrior squad or two (maybe even convert some old school railsides) before I get around to the next batch of drones.... Or just sulk until I'm allowed to dig in to the new Firebase support cadre I've got for Christmas.


As always comments are welcome.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 7/12/13]

Post#34 » Dec 11 2013 04:39

Missed the post on your tank, pretty big post to miss too! geddit? (dodges rotten tomatoes).. I'm here all week.

It's good to see some tau up again, and a fellow commander who has a love of our disc's of doom - I have a third again more - just love drones.

The photos whilst dark are certainly moody :)

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 7/12/13]

Post#35 » Dec 11 2013 05:12

Yeah the pictures do seem to add a bit of the grimdark to my Tau. :D

I'd also have more drones but as I've amassed this many without buying a single drone box set I'm a little loathed to have to do it now.... Though it might have to be on the cards in the near future if I can't find any more going free to a good home. Finding things like this used to be easy, but hardly anyone plays 40k around here any more and have sold off there entire collections. :dead:

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 7/12/13]

Post#36 » Dec 11 2013 11:14

Hehe, sorry I couldn't be here early to brag on the riptide! ;)

One question for you though, how do you achieve the "streak" effect on the weathering? The only streaks I've ever gotten were accidental and not good looking at all, but yours look so natural and well placed.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 7/12/13]

Post#37 » Dec 12 2013 04:10

I've refined (simplified) the technique a little bit since my first squad. Over the darker base tone I just follow the model in one direction with quick sweeps of a brush. With tanks and drones that's usually front to back, on suits and infantry it's top to bottom. I'll let the brush splay as it wants and keep an eye on my coverage, the trick it to not cover to much or to little. It's the skips and splits of the brush from the quick movement that creates the effect.

I also use quite a thinned paint mix (50/50ish mix of thinner/colour) so that going over the same area will give a slight tonal variation. Even though the paint is thinned I use it quite dry on the brush (I'm not sure how to describe that any better), this stops the paint from flooding the model and allows for better paint control. The trick with thinning is to keep the paint translucent enough for it give it self the effect of depth with out washing it self out so badly that you'll have to do a 101 layers.

Once that is done I'll go back in with the darker tone and pick out the odd line I've accidentally filled in, but only if it really bothers me to look at. Don't agonise to much just keep the process quick and relatively thoughtless. And if you really mess it up the layers are so thin you can just paint over it and start again.

The white is done almost the same but as it usually goes on smaller areas a smaller brush is used with quicker thinner lines.

I hope this helps and feel free to ask for more clarification if needed.

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 7/12/13]

Post#38 » Dec 16 2013 10:22

this is almost scary to see that im using almost the same colors as you, really like your greased striping by the way!

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Re: [WIP] The return of the Darklighter [update 7/12/13]

Post#39 » Dec 17 2013 08:57

Thank you Warpstudio. It's cool to see how different the same colours can look with just a slight variation on paint application. I'd toyed with the idea of a grey accent colour when I first started my repaint. It would have looked much closer to your cadre if I'd stuck with it.


The anticipation of Christmas has killed all my modelling motivation. I don't want to start a new project and every time I do think of one I'll find an excuse not to go ahead with it! I can't bring my self to finish up the last handful of drones or decide on how to finish the modelling of my commander..... It's not even like I plan to dig straight into my firebase support cadre as soon as I get it. As I can't for the life of me decide how I'm going to model the broadside squads. Missiles or Railguns! I like the rules for the missiles and the look of the railguns, that and I think with the new expansions we'll need all the high AV defeating weapons we can muster..... Maybe?

I know I'm over thinking it a little, lol.

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Post#40 » Jan 02 2014 06:02

Here is my Christmas haul.

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It's going to take me an age to decide how to model my Broadsides.... I have at least made up my mind about the Sunshark and got that built up. I wasn't a fan of the model from the pictures I've seen, but the kit went together so well that I fell in love with it. It's so satisfying getting all the parts to move correctly.

Here is my progress so far.

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I'm thinking of a two tone paint job but going lighter on the underside would look odd against an already fairly light colour. So I was thinking maybe going black? What do you guys think and is there a military precedent for it? My thinking is from above it'd match the terrain but from the below it would hide in a night sky or maybe a low atmosphere sky (space).

Now I have the updated Taros book I might even repaint my Barracudas with the Sunshark for some hardcore air superiority.

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