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Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 12 2018 06:36
by Arka0415
PeeJ wrote:Very jealous of your progress, I take it those are red dog minis CIBs?

Thanks! And yeah, they are! Those ones on the arms are regular. I'll post a new set this weekend, they're slightly modified to go on top of the jet pack, since they don't fit too well up there normally.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 12 2018 05:23
by namegiver
Arka0415 wrote:[...] they're slightly modified to go on top of the jet pack, since they don't fit too well up there normally.


I ran into the same problem, and made small 'hardpoints' out of sprue clippings. How did you mount yours?

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 12 2018 09:37
by Arka0415
namegiver wrote:
Arka0415 wrote:[...] they're slightly modified to go on top of the jet pack, since they don't fit too well up there normally.

I ran into the same problem, and made small 'hardpoints' out of sprue clippings. How did you mount yours?

I mounted the magnets slightly sticking out, then removed the power/ammo pack from the back. I then added a little part from the Burst Cannon to the side, so they're a little more visually different. I'll post some pictures once they're finished.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 15 2018 03:59
by Tael
Agreed super envious of your steady progress :D

Looking very good Sir :)

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 17 2018 06:56
by Arka0415
Another battlesuit update. Now there are six! Here are the next two:

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Now with jet pack-mounted Cyclic Ion Blasters slightly modified to better perch above the shoulder.

Only three more to go and my XV8s will be finished!

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 18 2018 02:57
by Krospgnasker
Your bases look absolutely fantastic, Arka. What's your secret?

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 18 2018 04:05
by Arka0415
Krospgnasker wrote:Your bases look absolutely fantastic, Arka. What's your secret?

Thanks! The bases ended up having more details than the models, oh well :D

Here's the recipe I posted in another thread some time ago:

Arka0415 wrote:The cracked earth takes a couple steps but I'd be happy to explain:

1. Prime the base black.
2. Paint the whole base with one uneven coat of Mournfang Brown.
3. Paint the base with a very uneven coat of Agrellan Earth texture paint. This will form cracks in some areas.
4. Wash the base with an uneven coat of Agrax Earthshade. Wash the cracked areas more heavily.
5. Drybrush the whole base with Agrellan Earth- if you drybrush, cracks will not form.
6. Drybrush the cracked areas with Steel Legion Drab. This will lighten the raised areas and leave the cracks dark.
7. Drybrush the whole base with Rakarth Flesh.
8. Drybrush the cracked areas with a small amount of Tyrant Skull.
9. Paint the base edge with one even coat of Mournfang Brown.
10. Stick a few Middenland Tufts on the base to add some green contrast and to cover unsightly areas.

That's it! It may seem like a lot of paint, but it's worth it- Mournfang Brown, Agrax Earthshade, Steel Legion Drab, and Rakarth Flesh are good paints for models, not just for bases, so you only need Agrellan Earth and Tyrant Skull to make the bases really work.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 18 2018 04:51
by Krospgnasker
That's a lot of steps, but worth the results. The uneven Agrellan Earth makes the bases look super realistic and really brings the miniatures alive!

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 24 2018 07:42
by Arka0415
Ready to slag more tanks for the Greater Good.

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There's my seventh XV8, and the eighth should be done by Firday. After that, just one more... :(

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 24 2018 10:07
by namegiver
Arka0415 wrote:There's my seventh XV8, and the eighth should be done by Firday. After that, just one more... :(


Looking good! Please post a shot of the whole team when complete.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 28 2018 05:23
by Arka0415
Last finished XV8 Commander:

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I think there's a good chance the new Codex will term the Commander a "Commander in XV85 Battlesuit", finally ending the XV8 or XV85 debate once and for all. Until then, let's just hope Commanders don't get nerfed too badly and that I can keep using these guys!

(Sorry for the slightly-skewed picture!)

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 28 2018 02:08
by n1md4
I'm glad you pointed out the skewiness, it was messing with my OCD :P (jokes)

It may define a Commamder as an XV85, but any decent club would let you use them anyway; I guess not the tournament scene though.

Group photo? :)

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Jan 28 2018 06:23
by Arka0415
n1md4 wrote:Group photo? :)

One more XV8 to go!

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Feb 04 2018 04:16
by Arka0415
n1md4 wrote:Group photo? :)

Here you are!

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Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Feb 04 2018 05:35
by Nitrogue
looking grand

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Feb 04 2018 12:03
by FoxZz
I really find your paintjob amazing ! Well done ! You have a very good looking army.

However, I looks like on your pictures that you forgot to paint in black the muzzle of your pulse rifles and carabines. is it intended ?

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Feb 04 2018 06:39
by Arka0415
FoxZz wrote:I really find your paintjob amazing ! Well done ! You have a very good looking army.

However, I looks like on your pictures that you forgot to paint in black the muzzle of your pulse rifles and carabines. is it intended ?

Thanks!

Call me weird, but, take a look at this picture from months ago:

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I did it once, and just didn't pull it off right. I think I would need to drill holes, paint the muzzles black, and then paint the "sides" of the muzzles black as well, and then do a brown wash where the muzzle meets the ochre barrel. As you probably noticed the Tau Sept symbols aren't finished either- for all of these unfinished parts, I just haven't decided what to do yet, so unfinished they stay.

Re: Arka0415's Tau Sept Project Log

Posted: Feb 15 2018 05:09
by Tael
Great updates, really like the last reveal of the X8's his leaning forward pose is great. Top stuff all round :)