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Megildur
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Firewarrior Vespid Count-As ( New photos) [Project Log]

Post#1 » Jan 27 2015 09:48

I would like to Introduce you to my Cadre the Mon'la Rua. Translated Winter Warriors, they hail from Bork'an.
They are Winter warfare specialists and have recently taken on the dual role as a Gue'vesa training Cadre.

I have been collecting for two years now and have built up a sizeable army. I can currently field 3000Pts of Tau firepower, and I am pleased to boast that all are currently painted to at least tabletop standards. Ive also started building an allied Imperial guard force. Filing off Imperial guard insignia and replacing weapons. I'm happy with the results so far.

My Commander

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Orks are my regular opponent :D
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Ive only recently discovered the joys of forge world. They are incredibly detailed!
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A Veteren Xv9
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The male and female fire warriors piloting these two broadsides have been close friends since they were small. There is much rumour through the ranks that they are more than that though... ;)
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The Leader of this Crisis squad was passed over for leadership of the Cadre when a disastrous decision in the midst of battle caused two full units of fire warriors to be annihilated. He seeks to redeem himself.
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The fire warriors of the Mon'la Rua have few ground transports. Electing to feel the cold on their skin. The Fireblades believe the only way to truly conquer the elements is to be immersed in it.
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In the fierce blizzards often fought in, high speeds often offer poor visibility and muddle instruments, often leading to many pilots getting lost. Pirana pilots have become the butt of jokes in the cadre. Especially among the pathfinders. So a Piranha pilot and a Ogryn walk into a bar...

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A fireblade always leads from the front.

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The Gue'vesa in training

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The Chimera's have proved to be quite hardy against the cold. Surprising many earth casts attached to the Cadre, and causing a few redesigns of prototypes.
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Aircaste support! To date has never been shot down.
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Riptide heavy support.
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I'm still not happy with how the lightning effect turned out. If anybody has suggestions on how to improve this, I'm all ears!

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Stealth suits. Ready for next Assignment.

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Next on the docket is the remaining Guard units and tanks!

Please feel free to offer opinions. I welcome comments and critique's. Always looking to better my modelling and painting skills.
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Post#2 » Jan 28 2015 01:24

Looking good. Especially like your XV9 ;)

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Post#3 » Jan 28 2015 01:42

Looks good, Commander. Simple and sophisticated color scheme. I like the variance in dominant colors (some are primarily white, others blue, etc.) The camouflaging stripes are also nice. I see you did a smashed Ork like I did on my Riptide. :) Nice.

(And yes, there are some amazing painters here, but they're the exception, not the standard... you should be proud.)

I see what you're saying about the "lightning effect". It's actually pretty well done, but it's lost against the white base coat and blue highlights. I'm not sure how to fix it... maybe use a white/baby blue mix for the center rather than pure white?

One critical comment... while the bases look good, not all of the vertical sides are clean and it looks like paint smeared on them rather than being an extension of the horizontal base surface. (Does that make sense?) My preference is to have a really clean side on the base of solid black... I think it makes models "pop". You just paint the sides black as your very last step... super easy. It doesn't have to be black though. Could be white. GW does a lot of tan sides. Just food for thought there.

Keep it up! (Geez, I REALLY need to get moving on my painting. I have a lot of just primed models and haven't made much progress lately.)

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Post#4 » Mar 18 2015 11:39

I am in love with the XV9 with broadside arms. I can't believe I never thought of it before. Great work and keep it up.
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Post#5 » Mar 18 2015 11:49

Megildur wrote:I'm still not happy with how the lightning effect turned out. If anybody has suggestions on how to improve this, I'm all ears!

Firstly, I really love your winter theme, the connections you have with your models and that great camo motif you have across your xv9s and xv25s.

In regards to your lightning, I think the root is you are painting light on light, and as a result you aren't getting the contrast lightning should portray. Lightning is most awe inspiring when it's the darkest night.

I think you need to consider painting your xv104 in your darker motif and then pop that brilliant white lightning.

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Post#6 » Mar 19 2015 12:13

Thanks for the compliments!

I think you may be right about the lightning effect. I'm just really not looking forward to stripping it or painting over. Hmm I wonder if only the Shield was a darker colour, if that would work. hmm.

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Post#7 » Mar 19 2015 01:10

On the contrary, I actually disagree. I like the white on white effect. Let me suggest something else if I may...get yourself another Riptide and paint that one the exact opposite as Thompvancity suggested so the 2 will Yin/Yang each other brilliantly on the battlefield.
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Post#8 » Aug 19 2015 09:43

New workbench progress. Count as Vespids. Was following the example set by another very talented modeller here. Purchased the roto wings from puppet wars and one of their head packs. They just arrived today and I had to put one together right away. I'm loving how they are coming together!

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Post#9 » Aug 20 2015 12:57

Puppetswar has some great selections, and Roto-packs look awesome. The helmets look very Terran to me, but I do like them none-the-less. Creative and more dynamic than Vespids so Kudos to you!
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Post#10 » Aug 20 2015 01:13

Yeah, I'm currently debating weather or not to use those helmets or to use the tau ones. I could always use the Terran ones for my guavesa veterans.

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Post#11 » Aug 20 2015 02:14

That's a nice looking army you have there. Really like the colour scheme, the lightning looks just fine, the jetpack is a cool conversion (one of many)... would like to see a closeup of the Fireblade please?

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Post#12 » Aug 20 2015 05:00

I think you could use those helmets but maybe fill in the visor then smooth it down so it all blends in together and then add a single eye lens in the middle (Or middle adjacent lol) to give it a more tau aesthetic :fear: plus the antennae
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Post#13 » Aug 20 2015 05:20

I really like this conversion. Those jetpacks are perfect for the job. Siiiigh.... yet i still like the buggy, non posed, ugly vespids as well (Got 8 and another 8 are on the way... i know i know don't judge me :D ), so unless we get a Jetpack Fire warrior unit of a type I don't see myself going for such conversion. Nevertheless though, it looks great.

The helmet rocks, though I would attach a tau helmet antenna for the aesthetics

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Post#14 » Aug 20 2015 06:41

You're not alone. I like the Vespid models too.

I mean, I never use them because they suck in the game, but the models are sweet.

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Post#15 » Aug 20 2015 08:00

I absolutely hate the static Vespid models, emphasis on the static/lack of poses.

I have a set of 10 of the jetpacks and am intending to convert some spare FireWarriors into Vespid Count-as aswell.
Here's to hoping they get a complete rewrite in our upcoming codex, and have a reason to actually play with them. They're just so bad on the table :sad:

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Post#16 » Aug 21 2015 11:13

Finished the first squad of 10 and painted up the first one to see what it would like all complete. I'm really enjoying converting them, and trying to make each one unique and dynamic!

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I also included a shot of my Fireblade, as someone asked to see it earlier.

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Post#17 » Aug 22 2015 06:45

looks even better when painted!
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