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Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 23 2017 01:41
by n1md4
Right click on the image, select view image, the resolution is high enough to get up close.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 23 2017 02:25
by nix0n
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:

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 23 2017 10:31
by Arka0415
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

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 24 2017 12:14
by Panzer
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

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 24 2017 12:39
by nix0n
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

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 24 2017 03:19
by Arka0415
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:

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 25 2017 04:54
by Lostroninsoul
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

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 30 2017 10:08
by Arka0415
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

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 30 2017 10:40
by Demorte
Looking good mate! Do you base your drones at all?

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 30 2017 10:45
by Arka0415
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.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Oct 30 2017 11:43
by Panzer
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.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Nov 15 2017 08:09
by Arka0415
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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Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Dec 02 2017 03:18
by Lostroninsoul
They look good arka. Keep up the good work :)

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Dec 04 2017 08:52
by Arka0415
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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Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Dec 12 2017 09:53
by Arka0415
Update as of 12/10:

Six Fire Warriors finished, and three more underway. I've also started three Stealthsuits and seven Gun Drones.

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Hopefully these models will be finished this week, and I can move on to the Fireblade(s) and Devilfish soon!

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Dec 12 2017 10:18
by n1md4
Nice progress, good to see the group shot too. Nice clean lines, they rank high in my good-painting book.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Dec 12 2017 01:09
by Garacaius
I just saw this.

Very, very nice work, Arka.

Crisp, clean and they seem alive.

Keep it up, who cares if you're "slow" -- the result speaks for itself.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Dec 12 2017 07:19
by Arka0415
n1md4 wrote:Nice progress, good to see the group shot too. Nice clean lines, they rank high in my good-painting book.

Thanks! Once these Stealthsuits and Fire Warriors are complete I'll do a full group shot this weekend- it'll be 54 models!

Garacaius wrote:Very, very nice work, Arka.

Crisp, clean and they seem alive.

Keep it up, who cares if you're "slow" -- the result speaks for itself.

Thank you! At this point I can do 6-7 models per week, which I'm pretty happy with. I should be able to finish up the Fire Warriors, Stealthsuits, and Drones this week... which means up next will be XV8s, tanks, and characters. I'm sure they will take longer to paint than the Fire Warriors, but it's also fewer models.