Christian's Commie Tau

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chmcclellan
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Christian's Commie Tau

Post#1 » Aug 04 2016 02:27

Hi All-
I've wanted to build a suit focused army for a while now after playing gue'la for years. However, after the arrival of my first child, I took about a year away from the hobby altogether. Now that he is almost a year old, I'm feeling the itch and am starting on my long fantasized cadre.

I want to go for a Russian army theme, given our shared collectivist tendancies. Below is my first test model which I used to try my color scheme and practice magnetizing suits. I've never done such heavy whethering, let me know if you think it is too much. Also, any tips on magnetizing would be appreciated: it seems as thought the 1/16" magnets I found are still slightly larger than the mounting tabs.

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(forgive the cellphone camera)

So, what do you think? Although i'll largely be running Shas'ui suits, I wanted to use red on the head for some contrasting color (if I understand correctly an 'ui would normally only have red antenna?). I think my commander will be all red. The new crisis kit has some red marking transfers that I think will look good - speaking of which, very excited for the new crisis kit . . .
- Christian

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Agentarrow
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Re: Christian's Commie Tau

Post#2 » Aug 04 2016 02:55

Honestly, the head color doesn't matter too much as long as you're consistent. Only my commander has an orange helmet. All my other suits have the blue-grey of their armor and I denote rank by the orange stripes on their thigh guards.

The weathering looks good with the green and red, it looks like a well used suit.

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Post#3 » Aug 04 2016 03:03

Nice suits, chmcclellan. I like your weathering and the red star on the Missile Pods.
Painting the Commander in the Sept color is completely fine fluff-wise. It's stated that some elite units/models are painted in an inverted color scheme to contrast from the rest of the army. I'm gonna do the same for my Commander actually. ;)

Agentarrow wrote:Honestly, the head color doesn't matter too much as long as you're consistent. Only my commander has an orange helmet. All my other suits have the blue-grey of their armor and I denote rank by the orange stripes on their thigh guards.

The weathering looks good with the green and red, it looks like a well used suit.


Well actually a Shas'Vre has his whole helmet in the Sept Color as well.
Of course it doesn't matter THAT much but if you want to keep it fluffy...well that's how it is. ^^
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Post#4 » Aug 04 2016 03:28

Right, I'm aware of the standard fluff markings, but fluffy Tau wouldn't really paint a star on their armor either. ;)
My point is pick a method that you like and stick with it.

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Post#5 » Aug 04 2016 11:17

Good point. :D

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Post#6 » Aug 05 2016 03:22

Hmm, aesthetics vs. fluff ... I'll probably go with the rule of cool, but assuming I magnetize heads like I did with this guy, I won't have to make a permanent decision (also useful should I ever decide to run a unit with a Shas'vre).

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With business, wife, and baby, most of my modeling and painting time comes after everyone else is in bed. Since a lot of builds I'm looking at include one or two commanders controlling six marker drones apiece, I spent the evening cleaning and assembling 12 marker drones - Fun! :-? At least when I'm having fun assembling Riptides I'll be happy I got these out of the way.

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Well, it's after 1 am I'm on infant duty tomorrow morning so I'm off to bed. Goodnight all.
- Christian

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Post#7 » Aug 05 2016 09:12

So, has anybody taken the time to fill the second drone antenna hole? GW just leaves it there and even highlights it on their studio drones, but looking at these in the light of day it's rubbing me the wrong way . . .
- Christian

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Post#8 » Aug 05 2016 09:38

I've never tried it, but they should fill easily and look clean.

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Post#9 » Aug 23 2016 12:51

Traveled back to the east coast for a wedding and to see family so hobby time has been somewhat limited (I did read Farsight and really enjoyed it).

Marker drones are finally done to a standard I'm happy with:

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The red drones will be assigned to commanders while the Russian green drones will either be assigned to crisis units or compose drone squads. Used the same heavy weathering as the test suit and it's growing on me. I think across a cadre it will be quite nice and tell a real story. I did end up greenstuffing the second antenna socket for a smooth look.

Next up are some of the new crisis units. I also received the resin bases I'll be using for the army. I generally like to paint all the bases for the army in one go in order to ensure consistency.
- Christian

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Post#10 » Aug 28 2016 02:01

Assembled six crisis suits today. I like the new kit a lot, although I find the shoulder pads tend to get in the way of the arm mounted weapons.

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Once these are painted, I'll be moving on to a commander and riptides! Excited to get on to the bigger models. I've also started laying down a base on the Secret Weapon Miniatures scenic bases I'll be using.

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- Christian

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Post#11 » Aug 28 2016 08:28

I have never used the Secret Weapon bases, but they have some incredible detail. Consider me impressed.
I'm looking forward to your larger models ;)

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Post#12 » Aug 31 2016 07:54

I was just thinking that - whoa. Also, slightly thinner bases at that.

Solid amount of work in the project log too!

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Post#13 » Oct 01 2016 02:45

Slow progress on this project this month, and even less time for updates. My hope is to have something to show for Armies on Parade but that may be optimistic. A deadline always helps with my productivity.

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Bases (I tried to take pictures at every step, but they probably don't correlate 1:1):
-Drybrushed VGC Stonewall Grey then VMC Dead White
-Metal Painted VGC Gunmetal, then VGC Brown Ink
-Wood painted VGC Charred Brown, Drybrushed VGC Earth, VGC Heavy Brown, and VGC Bonewhite on Edges.
-An oil wash of lamp black and van dyke brown was applied
-Secret Weapon Rust Brown, Rust Red and Rust Orange pigments were applied to the metal.
-Secret Weapon Dark Earth, Green Earth and Ancient Earth pigments were applied where I thought soil might show through.
-After sealing the pigment, bases were given black rims with a Liquitex acrylic paint marker - a breakthrough in base rim painting.

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Suits:
-Airbrushed VGC Gunmetal
-Zenthal airbrush of VGC Silver
-Lamp black oil wash to recesses and burt umber oil wash all over
- Drybrush with VGC Gunmetal, sealed with Testors glosscote.
-Three layers of AK Heavy Chipping Fluid
Next, using the AK 4BO Russian Green color modulation kit
-Airbrush Russian 4BO Shadow
-30 deg (from horizontal) zenithal airbrush of Russian 4BO Base
-60 deg (from horizontal) zenithal airbrush of Russian 4BO Light Base
-Spot highlights using Russian 4BO Highlight

Next, weathering!
- Christian

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Post#14 » Oct 01 2016 04:58

Nice breakdown, thank you!

I find VGC sometimes a bit too satin, I've been wandering into using predominantly their core historical ranges for constant flat colour.

Does airbrush bust this issue? Or do you still get a satin result if left alone?

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Post#15 » Oct 01 2016 06:49

Tael wrote:Nice breakdown, thank you!

I find VGC sometimes a bit too satin, I've been wandering into using predominantly their core historical ranges for constant flat colour.

Does airbrush bust this issue? Or do you still get a satin result if left alone?


Thanks Tael. I always use Testors Dullcote for my final seal so haven't noticed. Prior to that, I find oil washes to go on better over gloss or satin and I always gloss before applying decals for the flattest, smoothest surface. I probably apply varnish 2-3 times at various points before before getting to the final Dullcote - these act like save points.

Vallejo Model Colors are also very nice, as are the Reaper paints. I tend to pick up tutorials for a given technique here and there and follow their formulas. I do try to avoid/find alternatives to Citadel and P3 paints. I went through the trouble of putting all of my Citadel paints in dropper bottles a few years ago and only go through the trouble when I really need to.

-Christian
- Christian

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Post#16 » Oct 02 2016 08:50

Well Chmcclellan, now I'll need to go out and get me some Crisis suits because I love the ones you've done. I haven't picked up any of the new version and I can't get over some of the posses you've done with them. They look absolutly awesome! That last one in particular!

Czar Ziggy

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Post#17 » Oct 07 2016 01:50

Thanks Czar Ziggy - the new crisis suits are infinitely better.

More progress. I've decided to focus on getting everything built for Armies on Parade so I can assembly line paint everything in time for October 15th (which isn't to think of when I am going to get to a display board...).

First, Crisis Suit Commander, as with other crisis suits, all 4 weapon/support points are magnetized if I want to run him as something other than a marker'o.

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Second, my Riptide Wing relying heavily on the great work of other ATT members: Agentarrow's amazing short barreled burst cannon kit, Kael'yn's Riptide shoulders, and Paulson Games heads. Again, magnetized if I decide to run Ion or other secondary weapons.

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Only 3 models to go ...
- Christian

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Post#18 » Oct 07 2016 09:40

This is the first time I've seen my version 2 kit in the wild. They look excellent. The myriad assorted conversion kits actually mesh quite well.

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