The Tau Kor'vesa Initiative (Tau Drone Themed Army)

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The Tau Kor'vesa Initiative (Tau Drone Themed Army)

Post#1 » Nov 19 2015 02:59

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INTRO
At long last I can begin on my Tau Army project and I've thought this was a good place to post it and receive feedback. After a large guard army I'm in the mood for a small army that doesn't require a crate sized army case.
For years I've wanted to do a Tau Empire Battlesuit Army, the original idea was to do a commando like army with each suit represented by an elite commando looking fella. Sadly this was dropped when the size difference couldn't be fixed with just a raised base.
Here is one of my Elite Commandos, If GW announce a Kill Team event I'll begin work on a squad of them...

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THE CRISIS DRONE
So I decided to do a Drone army, the idea is that their launched and controlled from a Manta ship. The Drone design itself has gone through many changes since last year...

MK1
Using the forgeworld Remora Drones, however since I don't fancy paying £15 for each battlesuit it was scrapped. However this design will serve as a Command Drone (Battlesuit Commander).

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MK2
I was struggling to create a new and affordable Crisis Drone design, late one night I happened to cobble together some riptide bits to create the MK2! But Riptide Shields are very rare and even after months of trying to get them online I had been unable to get any so it was back to the drawing board.

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MK3
It was then I settled on this more blocky design which made them look more powerful but maintained it's Tau like appearance, the dome and visor also go better too than the previous design. Since I was unable to find a uniform look for the sides that suited all the weapons, so I decided to simply design each to look different depending on the weapons it was armed with. Still working on the Burst Cannon attachments thou.

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COLOUR SCHEME AND ICE BASES
As you've spotted I'm using frozen bases for this project, I'll go into more detail on how they are made later on in the log.

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As for paint scheme I'm likely to go with a bright grey with black and yellow details, hopefully I'll have a drawing of one of the drone to work with soon.
Now I'm just getting started, once the Grot Mecha is compelted I can put all my time into this project. I'm working on some Broadside and Riptide Drone models at the moment plus have a few ideas for the new releases.

Anyway I look forward to reading your feedback. :D

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Post#2 » Nov 19 2015 04:09

Um.... Not sure if I'm allowed to say this... but, I'd buy casted models from the drones you have here. The fusion Blaster drone looks so incredibly good. Especially with the round shields on the ends.

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Please continue this gorgeous project!

Reminds me of Oblivion Drones which are just the way Tau Drones should be.... menacing!!
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Post#3 » Nov 19 2015 04:56

Isotope wrote:Um.... Not sure if I'm allowed to say this... but, I'd buy casted models from the drones you have here. The fusion Blaster drone looks so incredibly good. Especially with the round shields on the ends.

Well a friend of mine offered to try casting the shields, but after 2-3 months gave up saying it was proving to be a lot of work for little success, I was worried the project would end there so I was very relieved when I came up with the MK3. Plus given that I attend Warhammer World events I decided it best not to take the risk no matter how small it was.
I'm aware the MK2 looks similar to the drones in Oblivion which is cool, but sadly obtaining the bits to build them is both expensive and time consuming. :sad:

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Post#4 » Nov 19 2015 06:27

The real - secret - reason I wanted to see this project continue, is because this might lead to a "DRONE-ONLY" army. This is exactly the kind of Drone that would replace the "Crisis Suit".
I like an all drone army because of the fluff of it. No Tau life form is sacrificed for the greater good. In fact, this might be the greatest good possible.

There is the added and unusual possibility, that according to the Fluff of NECRONS.... Necrons could join forces with Tau drones, because drones are pure non-flesh living robots. The kind that even a Necron can get along with.

In the future, should the Necrons and Tau ever have a united foe, the Tau might manufacture a Necron friendly cadre... to gain Necrons as strong allies.... and maybe steal some technology :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Post#5 » Nov 20 2015 10:24

Isotope wrote:In the future, should the Necrons and Tau ever have a united foe, the Tau might manufacture a Necron friendly cadre... to gain Necrons as strong allies.... and maybe steal some technology :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
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Post#6 » Nov 20 2015 02:35

SUPPORT DRONE DESIGNS
Here are mock designs for the other battlesuit types...

The Tank Drone
I plan to bulk up the front a bit plus add thrusters to the rear the SMS will be going onto the back and the support systems will be represented by a specialist drone accompanying it? One of the biggest benefits to the MK3 design was looking similar to the Tank Drones.

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The Fire Support Drone
Since it doesn't have jetback I decided for a mobile weapons platform look for the design. The High yield missile pods will be glued to the top half like a turret while the Smart Missile System will be mounted on the back of the lower half, the idea being that they are fired directly up before homing on their target. I may make an alternative turret for a railgun but their often a bit useless.

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The Command Drone
After reading an article about the Tau buff commander I thought I should use one as it would fit in perfectly with the drone army. After all the army is launched and controlled from a Manta Drop Ship so it makes sense to have a non combat Drone acting as a control link between the Manta and the Drone Network. So I threw this rough conversion together using spare bits and some component from a Gundam kit (don't ask me which as I was given it), Its a rough mock and will have a lot more details added such as some sensors and more details on the arms plus a visor on the front like the other drones.

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The Artillery Drone
I plan to combine the main body of the Stormsurge using the disc from the Tidewall to make what I can only describe as the gigantic sniper drone. :evil:
But that will come later after the main army is completed.

What do you think to the designs?

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Post#7 » Nov 25 2015 01:41

This log is amazing!
Really love the idea of a drone only army, would save a lot of
Tau (and allies) lives.
Can't wait to see them in full colour!

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Post#8 » Nov 26 2015 02:54

Very different. Very nice. Will be watching this with interest.

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Post#9 » Nov 26 2015 04:30

For those of you who are curious, here is a side by side comparison of Crisis Drone to Crisis suit. As you can see I've matched the bulk and height of the model almost perfectly as I doubt the lack of a lower half will effect line of sight. :nice:

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Post#10 » Dec 02 2015 01:45

EXPECT HEAVY AMOUNTS OF ICE!
My army's first set of ice bases have been fully painted, now all that is left is to glue on the flying stands and fill up with water effects and crackling paint. I've left the larger building in the back unpainted as I want to see how the smaller sunken ruins turn out first.

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Post#11 » Dec 14 2015 02:32

[INSERT ICE PUN HERE]
Well after 2 layers of water effects, 1 layer of crackling paint and 2 turquoise washes the bases will be ready for drybrushing tomorrow morning.

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Post#12 » Dec 14 2015 07:41

Proiteus wrote:For those of you who are curious, here is a side by side comparison of Crisis Drone to Crisis suit. As you can see I've matched the bulk and height of the model almost perfectly as I doubt the lack of a lower half will effect line of sight. :nice:

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You've done a very good job in keeping the overall size in the total conversion army yet still maintaining your design choices and army aesthetic. I'd have zero issue rules wise playing against those drones.

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Post#13 » Dec 15 2015 02:19

ICE BASES NOT COOL ENOUGH
I finished drybrushing my Ice Bases today and gotta say I'm not completely happy with how some of them have come out.

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I felt like I overdid it with the drybrushing resulting in the bases been very while and not having much depth. On top of that the crackling paint layer wasn't thick enough on some bases which has caused some of the bases to have lots of shallow cracks.
The Command Drone's base which is not shown suffered badly and is likely to be completely replaced along with some bases such as the one in the bottom shown here...

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I'm hoping to remedy this by adding a bit of snow to some of the bases, what do you think?

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Post#14 » Dec 15 2015 03:42

I love them as is. I had a Blood Angels army (wayyy back) and had ice bases which were only half as nice as these.

I might suggest you give them a gloss varnish though, which will really sell the 'icy' feel as it generally looks wet and reflective. Adding snow or frost into corners where earth of structure meet the ice would be good too, but after the gloss coat.

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Post#15 » Dec 15 2015 05:59

I think you're being too critical. I'd instantly identify them as Tundra/Icefields, they look great!

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Post#16 » Dec 18 2015 01:41

LET IT SNOW!
I've decided that I will add snow flock mixed with water effects to the bases both to cover up the areas where the crackling paint hasn't really worked and to help blend the rocks and ice together. To help contrast the snow and ice I gave the bases another thin coat of teal wash followed by a light drybrushing.

I'm look forward to finishing them up with the snow flock after Xmas, the challenge will be knowing how much snow flock to add? I'm thinking around a quarter just some mounts here and there, nothing too heavy.
You can see the whole army's bases below with the exception of the Commander, Ghostkeel and Stealth Drones.

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Post#17 » Dec 22 2015 05:21

CRISIS DRONE CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE
Well aside from minor detailing such as the wings on the Plasma Rifles and sensors on the Fusion Blasters, the 9 Crisis Drones are fully assembled!

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So what which Drone conversion would you like to see completed next; Riptide, Broadside or Stealthsuit? ;)

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Post#18 » Dec 22 2015 06:15

Looking fantastic, cant wait to see some paint on them. I guess I would like to see the Stealthsuit drones but want you to do them in the order that keeps your enthusiasm for the project. As this will be great when finished, many people will be incorporating aspects into their own armies I am sure

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