Orange Sun Sept - Deet's WIP of awesome things

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Deet
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Orange Sun Sept - Deet's WIP of awesome things

Post#1 » Oct 25 2013 12:34

Hello ATT,
I've been lurking on this site for a good long while and haven't said all that much yet. Figured I'd introduce myself formally by way of a showcase thread. I started in the hobby a little under a year ago in November of '12. I've had some experience building and painting in the past, but the Tau are my first army. I'm up to about 2000 points painted (and probably another 1000 in cellophane...*sigh*). I learn a ton each time I paint, but its pretty slow going with the usual busy life complaints.

Enough griping, let's see some pics!

As the name of the thread suggests, my army is orange. Why? I like orange, and I figured it'd be a challenge to paint and not have it look cheesy. But rather than kick straight in to the serious orang-ocity (and mostly because I haven't taken good pics yet) I'm going to start with my Kroot. I love me some Kroot. Like many of you, one of the main reasons I chose this army was the ability to paint armor and flesh, mechanical and natural, all within the same army. Shame they nerfed my boys in the new codex, but I'll keep em going anyway because somehow they always perform better than I expect them to. These guys were the second unit I ever painted back in January. Looking back, I'm still pretty happy with them.

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Excited for my first post. Looking forward to feedback and suggestions. Oh, and can I start the lobby now for a Kroot emoticon? Tau'va!

I'm going to keep posting here, and also at my friend's blog http://thehammerofwrath.blogspot.com where I'm more likely to put up WIPs, etc. Those pics will also be bigger (not sure if you can get the full size here or...) Thanks ATT!
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Re: Orange Sun Sept - my ongoing Tau army project

Post#2 » Oct 26 2013 01:34

OK, as promised, the orange tide is unleashed. Here's my first vehicle, my Hammerhead usually helmed by Longstrike.

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White is a sign of rank in my army- on shoulder pads of squad leaders and on the "shoulders" of this Hammerhead as well.
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Looks like I forgot to put the sensor array on here, but everything is magnetized so it can go Devilfish, Hammerhead, or Skyray.
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I like this Tau sept logo- works well for my army with the hot desert planet vibe
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Oil wash-y goodness:
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I was pretty nervous about having this big a block of such a hot color (we've all seen those pics of people's armies and thought "why man, why"), but I think it actually turned out pretty well. Looks great on the gaming table. In the future, I may throw some camo in to break it up, but for now, I'm enjoying the audacity of it.

I'll throw this up on the blog later this week so you can see bigger pics.

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Re: Orange Sun Sept - my ongoing Tau army project

Post#3 » Oct 26 2013 04:24

Those are pretty hot alright! :D

I like the scheme but I would be tempted into using the Tau Sept colour (I can't be bothered with learning the new colour chart names, I still have a full collection of the old paint on hand) of vomit brown to make camouflage out of glob shapes. Is the grey colour you have on your tank the shadow grey shade? It looks blue-ish but it could be the orange pulling a complimentary tone out of it.

I like the kroot as is, there is something about the way you have them painted that resembles a tropical bird.

Back to the armour, your rendition of longstrike really amplifies the scheme you've chosen. I've taken notes. :)

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Re: Orange Sun Sept - my ongoing Tau army project

Post#4 » Oct 26 2013 10:39

Loving the bright colour scheme! The grey really complements it too.

Will be watching this one :)

Thanks
Jason

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Re: Orange Sun Sept - my ongoing Tau army project

Post#5 » Oct 26 2013 11:29

Thanks guys. The grey is indeed bluish. Ashen Blue from Reaper. The orange is GW Trollslayer.

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Re: Orange Sun Sept - my ongoing Tau army project

Post#6 » Oct 26 2013 11:45

This is very nostalgic. Orange with some grey was my very first paint scheme when I started playing Tau 12 years ago. Of course, this paint job you have here is of much higher quality
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Post#7 » Oct 26 2013 11:59

Very nice. I really like your Longstrike. Good detailing all around.
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Re: Orange Sun Sept - my ongoing Tau army project

Post#8 » Nov 05 2013 04:54

Finally took pics of my XV8 Commander. This was my first HQ model, and first attempt at conversion. I'm sure the topic has been beaten to death on these forums, but man is the stock pose lame! Wasn't all that much work to give him a more dynamic pose. I love the conversion part of the hobby. Painting is tough for me to get in to a rhythm on- get too impatient.

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He's fully magnetized- both arms and shoulders, with all weapon and accessory options. Being one of my first models ever and never having played a single game at the time, I wanted to give myself as many options as possible. I think this is also my first attempt with the freehand sept markings. Man, I really wish I had done my sooting with the airbrush. Will have to fix that one day, as well as add some more highlights.

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More pics, high res, and commentary on my blog if you're curious. Link in the sig below.

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Re: Orange Sun Sept - my ongoing Tau army project

Post#9 » Nov 05 2013 05:58

Deet wrote:I love the conversion part of the hobby.
Many of my friends consider that a Tau player trait. Tau players love conversions.

Anyways, you've done a phenomenal job pulling off that bright orange scheme. Everything seems crisp, clean and consistent and you have some fine attention to detail. I'm looking forward to more.

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Re: Orange Sun Sept - my ongoing Tau army project

Post#10 » Nov 06 2013 05:46

You know, when I started, I also had an Orange scheme, I really like your work and now I miss my orange models ...

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