The top floor of the big house features a big attic with a high ceiling.
In the middle of the room stands a table four meters long and two meters wide.
On top of it lays a fast landscape of a futuristic city in ruins.
Little shot-up bunkers rise from the ground. High walls broken in half by some unknown power. Debris everywhere.
On top of a power plant sits some sort of radioactive pool with fluor-yellow liquid.
I take a closer look and discover tiny figures standing in the shadows. Watching the streets.
I was intrigued.
-- My first contact with Warhammer 40k. I'll never forget that moment. --
Reason why I'm doing this project and log.
For the last 2 years I have been working on a concept for a custom Tau army.
I have always bin interested in the world of Sci-fi and its wonders. I have taking up the hobby of scratch building and I took a tumble down the rabbit hole on that one. Also I have taking up the hobby of sculpting and this also is to my liking. Playing with the concepts in my head and trying to put them down on paper is nice but my true goal is to make them come to life trough these 2 mediums.
Also I'll be using the technique's like:
Hand-Drawing (always a powerful tool, although such a hasste at most time)
Photoshop painting (just getting started on this, so don't shoot me down please )
Zbrush (3D program I love working with. Give me 3D over drawing any time! Just getting starting with this as well.. So don't expect brilliant modelled and finished pieces)
For this project I've set my self some strong Goals. This will help me maintain focus on the projects I've planned. A lot of the things I want to accomplish are going to be new to me and so they are going to present challenges. The main goal for me is to have a few models designed and modelled with a proper paint job. From there we can look at some more ambitious projects.
Modelling: Converting, Sculpting and Scratch-building.
- Convert Battlesuits.
- Design and model custom Battlesuits.
- Convert normal units.
- Design and model custom units.
- Design and model custom Drones.
- Design and model custom Vehicles.
- Design and model custom auxiliary units.
- Design and model custom New World planet lifeforms and creatures.
Basing, Terrain and Diorama's.
I have almost no experience with this area and I would love to make some realistic looking Terrain.
- Realistic looking bases with multiple types of environments.
- Realistic looking terrain (mostly for the Diorama's or basing)
- Diorama's with realistic looking nature, urban buildings and alien world environments.
I have no experience with painting so I have my work cut out for me and a lot to learn
- Painting all of the models and pieces of terrain.
This project has a lot of sub-projects. So to keep organized I'll show you the Category a particular project belongs to; Modelling: Converting, Sculpting and Scratch-building. Basing, Terrain and Diorama's or Painting. Then the Projects Unit Category ans Units Sub-catergory. Then the Project name, background story and Concept sketches. Next are the WIP pictures and log and finally the finished piece.
Table of content: "Birth of the new world":
1: The war with the Hivefleet Gorgon.
2: The 4 Ethereals.
3: Bio-Tech Technology: Fuse-program (+bio-tech labs)
4: The fail-safe programming by the Ethereal High Counsel.
5: The betrayal and the Assassination attempt on the 4 Ethereals.
6: Finding a New World
7: Resurrection of Ethereal "Stardrop" and "Stormburst" on the New World.
8: New World: planets, culture, philosophy, creatures,
9: Fuse-Tau and there Units.
The Birth Of The New World
With the war against the Hivefleet Gorgon well under way, the Aun'bork'an'retha is desperately looking for a way to turn the tide in the Empire's favor. The weapons race forces the Earth caste to come up with ever more advanced weaponry to overcome the threat of extinction.
From the Prime world Sept Fal'shia come 4 Ethereals, claiming to have an unusual and extreme answer.
On the world of Ya'vior'li, known for its hostile environment and low population count, the Earth caste, under the guidance of the 4 Ethereals, labour on the secretive Bio-Tech Program for over 2 decades. The program's ultimate goal is to alter the DNA of exceptional Shas' to become compatible with Bio-Tech augmentations developed in conjunction with them. The cellular bonding between the Bio-Tech(or "Fuse") cells and their own is irreversible.
These "Hybrids" show greatly increased strength, speed and tenacity. Reaction times show a vastly improved neural network.=. If wounded, their bodies are able to stabilise there condition and some are even capable of rapidly regenerating their Fuse tissue. Their minds undergo a change as well. With the Bio-Tech cells in their brain, they are capable of accessing an extensive source of information preprogrammed within them.
With the immediate threat of losing the war with Hive fleet Gorgon, the Aun'retha request a demonstration of the new Bio-Tech program and its potential power. If the Y'he are able to adapt and evolve so quickly, after all, then why should this be the Greater Good's weakness?
For several months, the Fuse Program is tested in the Bio-Tech laboratory facilities. Hundreds of Tau, from all 4 castes, volunteer for the honor of being one of the first open live trials. With their cellular fusion complete, the test subjects are ready for the next phase of the program.
The anatomies of the warriors are mutated as they grow access points for the bio-tech augmentations. Entire limbs fall off as they are rejected by their owners' bodies, that there may be enough space for the enhancements to grow or be grafted. To many of the subjects, their new forms are barely recognizable as the pure-blooded Tau they used to be.
With an astonishingly low failure rate, the Fuse Program is deemed a success, and soon there are combat tests under way. The subjects prove to be very capable of managing the Fuse upgrades. Although some have to adjust a little more then others, they are more than happy with their altered bodies.
After lengthy and plentiful dialog between the Aun'bork'an'retha and the 4 Ethereals, the decision is reached to go ahead with the Fuse Program. 10.000 Tau from the Fire Caste, moved to the command of the exalted quartet, are chosen to be the first to be fused. With the entirety of the Counsel backing them, and the faith of the Empire lifting them, the 4 supervising Aun feel the need to join their troops, and subject themselves to the same fusion therapy. In the name of the Greater Good, the newly-ascendent Ethereal-Generals request that they lead their new kin from the front lines.
As the order is given for the thousands of Hybrids to be created in the new Bio-Tech labs, the Aun'bork'an'retha preemptively set a killswitch into the fuse-cell programming. This "sleeper virus" would activate shortly after the fused individual's 30th cycle, causing a grisly demise. The discovery of this failsafe sparks a conflict between the Tau empire and the Hybrids, decimating the already meager population of Ya'vior'li.
The Aun'bork'an'retha panic, and order a preemptive strike on the lives of the 4 Aun'O. The hits on commanders Stardrop and Suntaker are successful, and force the Hybrids to surrender. Following this shaming defeat, the newly dubbed "Ru'auk'tau" are banished, and flee into the Silent Territories in the search of a new home.
When the Hybrids find the new star system, the remaining of the earth caste struggles for many years to remove the sleeper virus from the coding of their fuse cells. Their success allows the Ru'auk'tau to finally shed their curse and prosper. They continue to design and alter new "programs" for their fuse cells, creating as much variety and uniqueness in their offspring as any natural world.
-- I'm not much of a writer. This is roughly the main lines for the story. I hope it's understandable. I'll be refining the ins and outs of the background in the upcoming few weeks. Please feel free to tell me what you think and if you feel the need to give me feedback/criticism/pointers or questions, your more then welcome!! . --
-- I'm in my 3rd year of university of arts and couldn't be more busy but I've put these 4 units up for your eyes to see and I hope that they're to your likings. Without further ado: --
Ethereal Cyber Commander L'shas'ka: "Stardrop"
(Shas'ka: Composite Word; Meaning; “Fire Caste Strike” or “Star?”. L: Meaning; “To drop”.)
twin brother "redsun"
With his body cybernaticly inhanced and strongened he stands taller then any other tau.
His upperbody and head are hardwired to a highly technolagical robotic metal frame.
His costum suit is build aspacially to support his cybernatic body in combat.
Thick armour around his upper legs.
(lower legs are robotic or suit)
The upper body of the suit is big and contance a build in jetback system.
- SMS rockets on shoulders
- custom Burst cannon on right arm.
- custom Fusion blaster on left arm
- Jump pack on back
- 2x shield/attack drones
- Honnor Cyber units in power armour.
Ethereal Cyber Battlesuit commander "Suntaker"
3 heads build in the main body off the suit. drone AI build hard-wired inside all his systems, right hand long sword (+burst canon), left hand shield (+burst canon), utility arms with sub machine guns, shield drones, combat drones)
- right hand: long sword + shield
- left hand : longsword + shield
- utility arms: Sub-machine guns build in.
- 2 jetpacks on back
- sms rockets
- 2x shield/attack drones
- multiple scout drones (swarm of small scout drones and repair drones)
- Cyber Battlesuits with long pulse staffs
- Cyber Battlesuits with range weapons
- Cyber Battlesuits with shield arms
- Drone controlled Battlesuits
Heavy burst canon Unit (XV-designation)
During the war against the Hive fleet Gorgon the Firewarriors needed a heavy support unit to keep the monsters at a firing distance. This suit needed to be way smaller then a Crisis suit to be able to assist in small corridors and dense urban and fauna environments. Also it needed to be able withstand heavy incoming fire and stand it's ground to continue it's protective and supportive role. The earth castle engineers designed the suit to have high value armour at the cost of jet pack capability. The left side of the suits armour is even heavier then the rest of the suit. The pilot will often position himself sideways to expose its heavier arm and shoulder pad, witch has a build-in tactical visor to oversee the battlegrounds wile it's head stays protected behind it.
The "Fused-cells" have altered the body's of the pilots to be able to operate the big suits.
With a Heavy burst canon suit in your squad you are guaranteed of a high level of tactical support. Taking position in the middle of the battlefield, holding off the enemy by obliteration their forces with it's massive burst canon.
These suits can be dropped from high flying drop-ships, giving support to pin down Firewarriors, clearing a path to freedom.
Heavy Burst canon suit XV- center front Scale indication view
Heavy Burst canon suit XV- front and back view
First class Drones (firewarriors squads and power armour sized drones):
burst cannon drone
-- I'm not much of a writer. This is roughly the main lines for the story. I hope it's understandable. I'll be refining the ins and outs of the background in the upcoming few weeks. --
-- I'm in my 3rd year of university of arts and couldn't be more busy but I've put these 4 units up for your eyes to see and I hope that they're to your likings. --