Nothing like a summer campaign to get the creative juices flowing and make me convert a new character. Enter ShadowStrike! Special Character Cadre Fireblade of the Farsight Enclaves.
Here's his fluff and wargear followed by a ton of pictures! And I do mean a ton!
Original sent by Aunva and the etheral council to infiltrate and spy on the Farsight Enclaves, Shadowstrike was easily rooted out by the Eight. With his mission compromised he had to gain Farsight's trust or return to the Empire a failure.
Requesting only the most dangerous assaignments from Farsight himself, Shadowstrike proved his worth over and over. Whether alone on assaignment or leading a squad of Firewarriors, he never faltered or failed. Finally Farsight confronted him and question his ambitions. In the face of the greatest living warrior of T'au Shadowstrike did not blink as he remained fiercly loyal to the Empire.
O'shovah smiled as he saw the fire and spirit within Shadowstrike. Gesturing for him to follow Farsight lead him to his pesonal maintenance bay where the Dawnblade was stored with his Crisissuit. Holding the Dawnblade Farsight ordered him to kneel. Sensing no malice from the legendary warrior Shadowstrike did as commanded.
"Touch the blade and see what I fight for. See what is coming to the galaxy. Touch the blade and receive a glimpse of farsight. When you have seen what we all have seen you will give yourself to the enclaves, and earn your place by my side. You you be tested as I was, by the green menace, and on Alaric Prime you will be reborn. I have foreseen this and now you shall too."
Closing his eyes Shadowstrike slowly reached to touch the blade...
ShadowStrike Cadre Fireblade
Warlord Trait: Target Priority
Pulse Rifle and Carbine
Warsrapper Drone (shield drone)
Pulse Accelerator Drone
A couple of friends helped me out with the lenses and gauntlet screens, and there is still a lot to do but I like the progress so far. I have to have him finished by this Sunday so I've got to motor. As you can see I've used many different bits, I really wanted him to look ready for anything and used characters like Cable and Deadpool for inspiration. It does give the over the top look but that's what I was going for. The base of the model was the finecast Shadowsun which I used hot water to reposition the legs. The arms came from the scion box, and the rest were random bits from various Tau kits. The backpack was from an old mini game called heavy gear I think, but I don't know what the part was for, I just know it made a good backpack. The helmet lens and various grenades and shells came from the space marine scouts with snipers box. I am keeping the paint simple: primed grey, black wash and then details. With the amount of bitz on him I think it will make him stand out. Can't wait to start building his drones, I already have some ideas in mind. Had a blast building this guy, hope you like him as well. Comments always welcome.