So I bought a largely unpainted Tau army from eBay way back in 2013. Since then I've been slowly painting it up, expanding the army and improving my painting/modeling technique. I love tau models because the suits are so dynamic and posable. I don't think any other race in 40k gives you the same modeling freedom. When I started with this army, my idea of a finished paint job was a single base coat color and maybe red dots for eyes. I've been learning a lot about how to paint, how to highlight, and more recently how to paint lenses. A note on the colors: I had decided on the Caliban Green and Mechanicus Grey without thinking about it too much back in 2013. I still like those, but I sort of wish I had chosen an actual sept color. I'm never quite sure what colors to apply as highlights, so you'll see many different combinations.
Anyway, I think my army has finally hit a critical mass to where it's worth posting about. All suits and vehicles are fully magnetized so I opted to photograph the suits without their weapons because I'm lazy
Some of the models posted here have been scratched up a little from sitting in a box and being carried around, and need a few touch up passes. Also this is my first experience with lighting and color correction so please bear with me.Any feedback or suggestions about painting/modeling/theming/basing/etc would be very welcome! Thanks!
First model is maybe my favorite, my commander. We've probably all seen the Dynamic Entry meme of the tau suit kicking the Space Marine in the face. I saw it and thought it'd be a perfect pose for a commander. Using a little shaping, green stuff, and a lot of super glue, I got the model to actually hold together. The little story here is that the space marine just shot the firewarrior and the commander was just a little too late to save his soldier. The firewarrior's shoulder pad is supposed to be a lazy man's multicam camo pattern.