[Project Log] Android325's Cadre

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Post#19 » Jan 21 2014 06:57

Sad to hear about your experiences at the Tournie, but as long as you had fun that's what matters, IMO. I remember one time I had Shadowsun against Sororitas, and she'd managed to work her way to the enemy Deployment, losing Crisis Suits along the way. She was keeping me in the lead through Linebreaker and not being a Slain Warlord. Hanging on by one Wound and with my backline torn up by Outflanking Dominions, she jumped out of her cover to try and melt the two Exorcists that would shoot her next turn. She succeeded in melting one, and leapt back into the Ruins.

Then she crashed and died. I lost Slay the Warlord, Linebreaker, and the game. I recently brought her back out on the field after a hiatus, and everyone was ribbing me not to let her faceplant a building again. Good times, many laughs.

I'm loving your paint job as well. Exceptional detail, makes me feel pretty inept, (though I am getting better...slowly...) Any tips or tutorials, or is it just steady hands and a careful eye?

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Post#20 » Jan 21 2014 05:48

Thanks, guys!

And yes, all I can say is this is just steady hands and a careful eye and A LOT of patience. Seriously, I put about 8 hours into each Fire Warrior :smile:

I have watched countless Youtube tutorials, but I actually have to say that GW's "How to Paint Citadel Minatures: Tau Empire" has been a goldmine. Almost makes it a paint-by-numbers. (especially found helpful the sections on lenses and fatigues)
Mostly for my good.

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Post#21 » Jan 21 2014 06:43

Moving forward, I'm looking at allying with CSM.

3 Reasons for this:

1. I absolutely love the Alpha Legion and their fluff. They're intent on destroying the Imperium so that the galaxy will survive, so I'd see them joining the Tau in their conquests.

2. I like the idea of large blocks of sturdy troops. My allies would be 2x 20 man CSM squads and Fabius. Besides being a cool character, Fabius is Fearless (for one squad) and his Enhanced Warriors rule can make the other squad Fearless, too. 40 Fearless marines is no joke.

3. I'm really tired of painting grey. ;) And a lot of local guys are starting 30k armies, too.

I just need to finish/sell some Ordo Xenos stuff to make room. I've made a promise to myself to only have 2 full armies at a time.
So, there's my 2014 hobby resolution: paint 80% of my Tau, sell some Marines, buy some 30k Alphas. Hopefully they get some models when the 3rd book drops this spring.
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Post#22 » Feb 04 2014 05:40

Finally. Done. Riptide/R'varna:
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Post#23 » Feb 04 2014 05:52

I'm a big fan of your color scheme, the yellow accents look great. Funny enough my Riptide is stepping on a sentinel also.

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Post#24 » Feb 04 2014 07:48

Nice one, congratulation!

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Post#25 » Feb 10 2014 11:26

*bit of fluff for the conversion below*

With the incredible scale of conquest the Tau aspire to, the Earth Caste can ill-afford to maintain an air of technological superiority. It becomes more apparent with every world taken that they must sustain a rate of adaptation equal to their expansion. After each invasion, scavenger drones and special Earth Caste collector vehicles scour the battlefield for weapons and technology that is swiftly disarmed and transported to Commander Skyfall’s waiting battle fleet to be reverse engineered by hundreds of visionary scientists and developers.

The most recent advance in weapons technology is the Orion Cannon; a design unashamedly borrowed from the humble Imperial bolt gun. Fire Caste commanders have long grown wary of the hail of mass-reactive, large calibre shells that can chew through infantry and light armor alike at nearly perpetual velocity. Fio'O'Kir'qath took the design a step further, enlarging the damage output and adapting it to the versatile heavy armor of the XV88 battle suit.

Still under limited, experimental production, the Orion Cannon boasts a much increased sustainable rate of fire with faster reload times than the standard high-yield missile pods employed by many cadres. Alternatively, multi-purposed with hyper-kinetic, armor piercing shells, the Orion can be equipped for effect against more heavily armored enemies to nearly the same effect as the ubiquitous heavy rail rifle.

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(My counts-as O'blotai with experimental Orion Cannon)
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Post#26 » May 14 2014 08:29

Massive Update!
Been feeling the muse when it comes to painting lately, so I've been taking advantage as much as possible:
My Ethereal
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Devilfish completed
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Close up of bubble camo. Yes, I realize how odd it is to paint bubbles as a camo pattern, but I figure "Hey, Tau are aliens! They think differently and maybe even incorporate aspects of their culture/art into elements of warfare.?" That's how I like to think of it, anyway.
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And the piranha pictured below. I've never been a fan of the open-topped look for such an advance race. Just seems silly, so I glued long pieces of sprue into the cockpit, covered with putty, then molded green stuff around (with a credit card!) to get the curves right. The cockpit is from the sunshark kit. Very happy with how they turned out! I'm systematically getting all 6 vehicles to the same level before moving on, but eventually I'll get some pics up of the finished product!

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These two act as escorts for my Ethereal's Dfish.

Also got some parts done on a bunch of XV8s, a full 20 Firewarriors completed, got in some more bases from Microart Studios (HIGHLY recommended), and a little progress on some Pathfinders.

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Post#27 » May 15 2014 02:48

Fantastic looking models. Excellent work on the lenses and worn-edging. I just love the closed-topped Piranha escort; looks much more menacing than the GW design.
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Post#28 » May 15 2014 03:12

I agree- Loving those converted Piranhas and the camo scheme is suitably alien and 'other-worldly'. Top notch :)
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Post#29 » May 15 2014 05:08

Wow!!

Your colour scheme is really amazing and those piranha conversions are just wonderful! I wish I could pull off a conversion like that.
Speaking of Micro Art studios- I've really been looking at the shale base for my riptide. I don't doubt that its good quality, but do you know how shipping is to Canada? I really want one of those bases but I'm afraid that shipping will take a long time. Also, does what material are the bases made out of? does plastic stick to them easily? Thanks in advance. :D

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Post#30 » May 15 2014 06:41

Thanks, guys!

Vorkah, Microart's bases are made from extremely high quality resin. I was tentative about ordering too, as they are expensive, but when I pulled the first batch out of the box I was hooked. The resin is very dense and smooth. The only problems I've found are a couple very very tiny air bubbles on maybe 1 in 20 bases and only in very intricate detail. Nothing you really notice. The bases add great weight and stability when moving the models. I actually don't glue directly to them; I paint base and model separately, then (with XV8s and larger) pin through the feet to the base and use super glue. You can tell the high quality of the resin just by trying to drill into them with a pin vice; not easy! I've had one Firewarrior part from base when I dropped him, but I'd rather that happen than the base chip or model break. If gluing directly to the base, I would have to assume super glue would work great.
With shipping... I'm thinking they took just under a week to get to Missouri, USA.
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