Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

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Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Post#37 » Oct 23 2017 01:41

Right click on the image, select view image, the resolution is high enough to get up close.
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Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Post#38 » Oct 23 2017 02:25

n1md4 wrote:Right click on the image, select view image, the resolution is high enough to get up close.


Thank you very much for this tip! I can't believe I couldn't realize this myself... :eek:
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Post#39 » Oct 23 2017 10:31

nix0n wrote:Did I get it right, but judging by you pictures your finished Fire Warriors don't actually have any armor highlights on the ochre parts.

Highlights? I haven't painted any highlights on my Fire Warriors, and I don't think I will. It already takes 2-3 hours to do one, I'm a very slow painter. If I can do one model every day I will have the army done by January, maybe. Since my army is all in sub-assembly I can't play with it until it's all done. I'm going to move forward without highlighting (maybe I'm tooting my own horn but I think they look great as-is) for the time being, and maybe once I'm all done I'll revisit them and do little highlights.

nix0n wrote:EDIT: I think I might have asked too much. The previous close pictures are good enough for me to barely see what's going on (my laptop's monitor isn't the best). And for taking a good quality close up picture can turn out as a challenging task.

I don't own a good camera, I'm just using my smartphone. So for the time being you'll just have to use my low-quality pictures! :P

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Post#40 » Oct 24 2017 12:14

2-3 hours for one is slow? Ahahahaha hahahaha HAHAHAHA....haaah. Man you have no idea of what it means to be a slow painter. :D

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Post#41 » Oct 24 2017 12:39

Very reasonable explanation for your painting process! Thank you Arka.
And I must admit that the 2-3 hours it takes to finish a model from start to finish is a great pace, because here I am still unable to finish my ten new fire warriors after months of painting the first layers :P
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Post#42 » Oct 24 2017 03:19

nix0n wrote:Very reasonable explanation for your painting process! Thank you Arka.
And I must admit that the 2-3 hours it takes to finish a model from start to finish is a great pace, because here I am still unable to finish my ten new fire warriors after months of painting the first layers :P


Panzer wrote:2-3 hours for one is slow? Ahahahaha hahahaha HAHAHAHA....haaah. Man you have no idea of what it means to be a slow painter. :D


Sorry about that! I guess I'm comparing myself to the wrong people then. Most of the guys at my local shop do 1-2 full squads per week, it's insane. I'm by far the slowest painter there, I do about one model per day, and I can paint about four or five days per week.

But then again, I take tons of shortcuts. I'm sure you guys are getting much higher quality than me! :biggrin:

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Post#43 » Oct 25 2017 04:54

It took well over +40 hours(spread over 3-4 weeks) for me to finish 10 breachers. ~11 hours for a single ethereal ~13 for the other. I'm at 20 hours on my commander (15 for painting, 5 for assembly and magnetization and posing and regluing after I smashed it accidentally. I poured 4 hours today painting my stormsurge cockpit (unfinished). So 2-3 is a decent pace, and really good for your level of quality. The important thing is not how long it takes to finish a model but if your happy with it. "The price of perfection is prohibitive"-tabletop minions. So the more time you spend perfecting prohibits you [from getting more done]. a lot of painting tips I read was to batch mass troops like these with a less precision than an HQ because people are unlikely to be super close inspecting these grunts, than say a leader unity or something that doesn't blend in as 'filler' in your army. That being said I'm kind of guilty painting maximum quality all the time :-p. I do it because I just started painting and it gets my practice in

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Post#44 » Oct 30 2017 10:08

Update as of 10/30:

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Finished two Gun Drones and five Fire Warriors this week, and fourteen more models primed (and some basecoated). I'm still sticking to my one-a-day plan but Fire Warriors are getting a little tiresome! :P

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Post#45 » Oct 30 2017 10:40

Looking good mate! Do you base your drones at all?

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Post#46 » Oct 30 2017 10:45

Demorte wrote:Looking good mate! Do you base your drones at all?


For the time being, I'm not. I'm afraid that, if I base them, the arc of the small flying base and the lack of rim will make them look odd compared to the other standard bases. But, it's not like I can't base them in the future. Once I have more models finished, I'll revisit the drone bases and see what I think.

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Post#47 » Oct 30 2017 11:43

It's not hard to put Drones on regular bases either. Drill a small hole in a regular base with your hobbyknife and push the pin into the hole. It's a tight fit and won't even require you to glue the pin into the base. Did that for my Vespid conversion and it's what I'll do with all my Drones eventually.

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Post#48 » Nov 15 2017 08:09

I haven't updated for a while but I haven't stopped painting! Here we are with 30 finished models (1/3 of the total force!) and 8 more on the way (4 Shield Drones and 4 Fire Warriors in the back). From here on out, it's those Shield Drones, a a total of 9 more Fire Warriors, then the big project- the Fireblade!

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Post#49 » Dec 02 2017 03:18

They look good arka. Keep up the good work :)

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Post#50 » Dec 04 2017 08:52

Update as of 12/3:

I've finished 3 more Fire Warriors and basecoated 6 more! Here's a picture of my current "batch" of models..

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...and a group photo of everybody so far!

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