I could never just leave it as battle-damage, as I have way too much fun - and satisfaction - repairing damage to resemble former glory.
I've had plenty of hobby time since my last post, BUT! I got so caught up in the meta, and wanting things just-so. It marries my previous comment though, and I couldn't actually do my hobby any other way - such is the way for each of us
Sooo ... I don't have a full post in mind, but I'll start and see where it takes me ...
I began this thread with the odd picture of the Barracuda and tank repairs. Since those pictures there's been very little progress made with those worth posting ... exciting so far, isn't it
I had an issue, as you can tell from the first post, with knowing where to start and what to complete first. I resolved this by stealing another members spreadsheet of their cadre, showing how progress could be made to form a playable army - as that is actually my ultimate goal. So, here is mine:
This list is more about using models to fill cadre spaces, it's not necessarily efficient on the table-top, but gives me a nice foundation to work on.
The colour-scheme took me ages too, I spent a lot of time on bolter and chainsaw - I have just surprised myself, finding a saved copy of the picture. Here:
I completed some tester models, and continued to work towards finishing that first milestone goal of 18 firewarriors. That was 3 months ago ...
I got distracted with these:
Transferring paint from pots to droppers
Using a wet palette
50 Tiny Magnets 3x2x1 mm N52
50 Tiny Magnets 3x1 mm N52
Tiny magnets 2x1 mm N52
Tau tank warhammer (Skyray)
Warhammer 40k Tau Alien Mercenaries
Tau Empire Codex Latest Edition
Tau riptide + 10 fire warriors
I tried to stay away from eBay, but it's impossible for me, the prices are sometimes just too good!
Along with the extra models, tools, and techniques I also came up with a tiny amount of fluff - built mostly from dice tables http://advancedtautactica.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=24088
. From that I got this:
The Sept was created during the 3rd Sphere of Expansion, and it's home-world is predominantly urban.
The Commander's preferred tactical philosophy is Mont’ka or the Killing Blow, where the enemy is studied for weakness before attacking.
The cadre prefers mobile units for rapid strikes and creating confusion, and their primary function adapts and changes according to commanders whim.
The Ethereal Caste presence and adherence to Greater Good is normal.
There is a Xenophobic lack of aliens in the Cadre's auxiliaries, and there are no majority or mix of several species that it is comprised of. The Cadre's preferred enemy is Imperial Guard.
An Ethereal Caste is the leader of the Cadre, who exhibits a calm and stoic demeanor.
It was the Sept golden/yellow from the colour scheme and the generated "xenophobic" nature, that actually led to the Sept choosing themselves. Little did I know at the time, that the blue gray scheme could have folk believe I'd lifted it from the Codex! I'm sure there are subconscious influences .... at which point I have just noticed the colour of this forum!
Therefore, it felt only natural that I would have a Ke'lshan army; hence the topic title change too.
Along with the chosen colour scheme, and Sept, I want each model to have it's own character - in the same way it "chose itself" in the first place, some models will likely survive more than others, so I wanted them to have names; hence another post of mine http://www.advancedtautactica.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=24600
So far I have these:
Which are loosely based from various UK town and city names; with a North East biased
Lastly, despite everything else I've done, I have a single squad picture - from the first intro game I've played with my Tau!
As you can see, even after all this time and effort, I've not even finished one squad! But I'm more than happy with the outcome. The models armour and undergarment are done, and some have skin; and not the rich blue you can see in the pictures. Albeit, they still need hoofs, details, and bases.
Hopefully this is enjoyable, and not too much of a ramble!