Edit: I'm going to co-opt myself here and turn this first post into something of a resource for any future searchers who might be interested in Fi'draah/Phaedra from a modelling perspective. I'm only going to state things as they are observed in Peter Fehervari's books. I'm not going to say "this is how it is on Phaedra", because we don't know that. We only know what we have seen, and we have only seen one theatre of war, the Dolorosa continent.Phaedra, aka Fi'draah
Phaedra is an oceanic jungle deathworld. Fungus is extremely pervasive, and extremely infectious and corrupting. This is NOT Chaos taint, but rather the planet itself.
The Tau have been involved on Phaedra for some 50 years, as has the Imperium. Phaedra is an extremely undesirable posting, for a number of reasons, and used as something of a dumping ground by both combatants. Read Sanctuary of Wyrms
and Fire Caste
by Peter Fehervari for more information on why and how this war is the way it is.Tau on Phaedra
Tau forces on the planet are called the Wintertide Concordance, and are nominally under the command of Commander Wintertide, but are effectively commanded by Por'o Dal'yth Seishin.
Wintertide's personal sigil is a black geometric snowflake on a white circle, and his colours are white and black. His sigil is sometimes worn by troops on Phaedra.
Gue'vessa are called janissaries. They use pulse carbines (as opposed to Imperial weapons) and have used an open-topped transport called a Cuttlefish.
Kroot appear very susceptible to Phaedra's taint. At least one kindred has "gone native" and is known as Canker Eaters.
Vespid appear quite common. This may indicate a resistance to Phaedra, but this is never stated.
Tau skin can take on a yellow tinge on Phaedra, as well as being susceptible to boils and insect bites. This is only seen on one individual, but hardly any creature is completely immune to Phaedra.
Fire Warrior, Pathfinder, and jannisary armour is described as "mottled black", and black, with "rubberized grey" undercloth.
Drones are white.
Vehicles are white.
Battlesuits are white with black panels.
Stealthsuits are black, when not cloaked.
Optics are red. (As seen on the cover of Fire Caste
On a handful of occasions, red is used (on a Shas'ui's helmet, a battlesuit head, and Fire Warrior helmets) to indicate rank. (Note that there is no mention if these troops are from Vior'la.)
Tau on Phaedra have only been seen employing Kauyon, and make heavy use of auxiliaries when doing so. They have a very decentralized approach to war on Phaedra.
Crisis suits have only been observed deployed in pairs*. One one occasion both were armed with a fusion blaster and flamer; on another, only the flamer was mentioned.
Single Broadsides have been observed deployed on their own.
A Hammerhead was seen to hide underwater.
The primary Tau installation in Dolorosa had a wall comprised of white, hexagonal plates. While resilient to Phaedra, they were not immune and did show signs of wear.
*Except under special circumstances.I think that's everything of relevance from an army-building perspective, but if I've forgotten something, please mention it and I'll add it. This post is going to remains spolier-free, however, spoilers might appear in discussions further down the thread, so be aware of that if you want to read the books. Which you should do anyway! They're very good.
I don't like painting. I'm not at all good at it, and I get easily frustrated, knowing my models won't look very good. I have an mostly-unpainted Lizardmen army to attest to that, and I never even tried painted any of my 40k stuff.
My attitudes about the hobby have changed a lot in the past few months, and, through another game, I've started painting again, a little bit. I haven't touched a brush in probably ten years. What I've been painting lately has been cars (for Dark Future, incidentally), and I found - much to my surprise - that I really, really enjoyed it. So I figured . . .
It was very difficult to keep painting even this far. Turns out I still don't enjoy it, and still get frustrated at myself. But, there's no way to improve unless you practice, so I'm going to keep going, as much as I hate what I've done.
I had a black basecoat, and used a Bleached Bone, and then a Bleached Bone+black wash. Initially all I wanted to do was a black basecoat and a gunmetal drybrush on the armour, to be a shipboard theme (a la Kel'shan), but I didn't quite have the colours, and decided against metallic. It's been a long time since I bought paint.
Instead I tried following the steps in "How to Paint Tau" (with the colours I have available) and, well . . . Honestly I feel the mini is ruined and I'd be better off starting again on an entirely separate one.
But, I just started reading Peter Fehervari's Dolorosa Coil series, and am in love with his descriptions of Phaedra. The grey-green landscape stuck out to me as similar to what my paint job wound up looking like, and now I think I may be able to salvage this mess by painting the mini in Phaedra colours. But I'm not sure what those colours should be.
What colour armour would Tau use on Phaedra? Should I leave the armour grey-green and paint the undercloth? Or leave the undercloth and paint the armour? And, regardless, what colour should I paint whichever one I do paint?
Thanks for reading, and letting me share my awful painting.