The Nightwind Cadre - Mike's Glacial Tau - Now with Manta

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Valaas
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The Nightwind Cadre - Mike's Glacial Tau - Now with Manta

Post#1 » Jul 17 2016 05:21

Hi All,

First time posting on the Advanced Tau Tactica project logs!

My Tau Nightwind Cadre started waaaaaay back when the 1st Edition of the Tau Codex was released, unfortunately life (i.e. Work, Pub and an unhealthy addiction to World of Warcraft) and spending too long on each model meant that aside from a few, my models never got painted!

However, of late with my local tale of many gamers and kicking off a project that has been on my to do list for 10 years, I'm back and making some head way.

I originally had this project log running over on Warseer, but since the photo crash of 2106 there is not much activity in the Xenos threads, so I'm hoping the dedicated Tau community out there can keep me motivated to push on.

This project is a long term thing as my Nightwind Cadre will just keep geting bigger, once I've cleared the backlog of Tau on my work station.

While the army is in progress, in the background I will be working on my 10 years in the making project, my Tau Manta which has been languishing in a box for almost 10 years.

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The Manta is more a complex engineering project rather than a model, so don't expect progress to be quick.

Comments, suggestions and advice are always welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas
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Valaas
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Re: The Nightwind Cadre - Mike's Glacial Tau - Now with Manta

Post#2 » Jul 17 2016 05:34

As a quick follow up on the first post, I thought I'd post a model with some paint on it....

Here is my first Riptide, which recently took silver in its category in the GW Aberdeen Golden Trolls painting competition, beaten into second by a truly immense converted Tzeentch Deamon which went on to win best in show.

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More updates to come very soon.

In the meantime, comments, advice and suggestions always welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas

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Agentarrow
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Post#3 » Jul 17 2016 09:02

Oh, man. Welcome aboard, it's great to have you. That Manta is an impressive project. As much as I like the model I'm not sure I would want to accept that undertaking. There's a whole lot of assembly and painting that goes into that. If your Riptide is anything to go by, however, it'll be great when finished. Having a project that epic means there will be no shortage of people egging you on, eager to see every little bit of progression.

Welcome to ATT and, uh, good luck.

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Valaas
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Post#4 » Jul 18 2016 10:37

Thanks for the welcome and encouragement Agentarrow,

Next up for show is some pathfinder infantry with their all important marker lights and specialist drones:

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As always, comments, advice and suggestions welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas

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Valaas
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Post#5 » Jul 18 2016 10:39

and their drones....

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Post#6 » Jul 20 2016 11:51

You do lenses very much like I do. It's a simple trick with great results.

Do you play this as an Enclaves army, or does it just happen to share the colors?

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Post#7 » Jul 21 2016 02:09

Hmm seeing peoples progression and selection of colors nowdays I start to wonder if I selected a bad paint scheme. Love the painting and choices of color.

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Post#8 » Jul 21 2016 10:09

Agentarrow wrote:You do lenses very much like I do. It's a simple trick with great results.

Do you play this as an Enclaves army, or does it just happen to share the colors?


My lenses technique is nice and simple, but very effective:

1) Base green colour
2) Darker green above
3) Lighter green round the lower edge
4) Small dot of white at the top of the dark green
5) Coat of ard'coat to give it a gloss finish

Sound familiar? I did some trials of the new GW 'Gem' paints, but just didn't look as good and in reality didn't save any time.

I'll post a bit on my Tau's fluff in the future, but they are not an enclave force (though the temptation to build the '8' is strong), but one from Vio'rla. The inspiration for the scheme actually came from an old Star Wars graphic novel, which focused on Palpatine's Imperial Guard and followed their uniforms, since then it has grown arms and legs!

Rank an file are usually red armour with black cloth, with officers in reverse and specialists like pathfinders and snipers with black helms.

themoogle wrote:Hmm seeing peoples progression and selection of colors nowdays I start to wonder if I selected a bad paint scheme. Love the painting and choices of color.


Thanks for the compliment themoogle, I've taken a look at your thread and really like your scheme, its one of the good things about tau, so many combinations look good. You have the two colour scheme with a third spot colour that I think looks great. I'll take a closer look at your thread tonight and post some comments.

I have a few photo's to sort out, but hope to post some more Manta progress tonight.

Cheers,
Valaas

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Post#9 » Jul 21 2016 04:46

I do two small dots of white. One in the middle of the light green, and one in the middle of the dark. Otherwise our methods are identical. It's easy to do and gives a great effect.

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Post#10 » Jul 23 2016 04:54

Time for an update....

So I have split the Manta in to several distinct sub-assemblies, which breaks it down into nice bite size chunks.

First sub assembly consists of:

- 2x upper Fuselage
- 1x Lower Front Fueselage
- 4x Fire Control Consoles
- 4x Fire Control Seats
- 4x Air Caste Operators
- 1x Fire Control Access Ladder

The first task was to straighten one of the upper fuselages as a combination of old style FW casting and 9 years in storage had made it wavy...thankfully it straightened out well.
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Due to the relatively small contact area I drilled 4 holes and inserted 4 pins to give it a bit more strength:

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Then she was glued using 2 part araldite and clamped into position with a bungee used at the rear to keep the rear ends tight and straight to avoid problems later:

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The fire control corridor, needs to be painted now, including the consoles, seats and air caste before anymore building can take place, as after the next stage they would become impossible to paint.

As always comments, questions and suggestions always welcome.

Cheers,
Valaas

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