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D6Veteran
04-05-2008, 21:59
I'm almost done with two (out of three) of my Sniper Drone Team Spotters.

I need to redo the binocular lenses (looking for advice) and touch up some highlights and shadows.

Team 1:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2391/2465425116_4a4924392d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/merydith/2465425116/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/2464600195_3b5baae119.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/merydith/2464600195/)

Team 2:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3230/2465421560_1300fec517.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/merydith/2465421560/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2027/2465419658_9c231470c6.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/merydith/2465419658/)

Nightsword
04-05-2008, 22:06
Very very nice. I think the binoculars look fine. I'd leave them or try the method for painting gems on them. You can find that on GW's website under High elves. Your painting is very smooth and the difference between textures ie. armour plates and skin, trousers etc. looks really realistic. I only have two criticisms. The first is minute. The highlight on the first spotter's "spotter device" underneath the vent is disproportionate and kinda flies off a little. I'm not really sure of the bleached bone (?) highlight on the tau's flesh either. But really really good. Look forward to more.

Shinnentai
04-05-2008, 22:14
Wow - superb stuff! :-D

D6Veteran
04-05-2008, 22:58
The highlight on the first spotter's "spotter device" underneath the vent is disproportionate and kinda flies off a little. I'm not really sure of the bleached bone (?) highlight on the tau's flesh either.

You're right, I need to clean up around the vents. Thanks for pointing that out.

The highlight on the flesh is ghost grey. And maybe it's the photo but it looks light grey/blue on the table. Maybe it needs some toning down though.

Thanks for the comments/suggestions.

Bregalad
04-05-2008, 23:21
I like them as they are! What colours did you use for the uniform?

D6Veteran
05-05-2008, 03:36
I like them as they are! What colours did you use for the uniform?

The fatigues?

Vallejo US Field Drab - base
Vallejo Khaki - dry brush

Count Sinister
05-05-2008, 03:46
Fantastic work once again. They are stunning. Looking forward to more!

Weaver
05-05-2008, 04:18
very, very nice. Clean and crisp, they read exactly as I feel tau should. Also, I love the half-buried foxhole spotter. A characterful touch.

I agree with Nightsword on the binoculars; they look fine as is, at least in these photos.

Chaplain Pallantide
05-05-2008, 05:05
What colors did you use for the Armor plates? I might have to stea...err Borrow this color scheme, cause I love it! Dude keep us posted!

Thanks,
Chappy P!

Slaaaaaanesh
05-05-2008, 10:49
Absolutely brilliant idea! The second team who are burried in is very dramatic.

D6Veteran
05-05-2008, 13:51
What colors did you use for the Armor plates? I might have to stea...err Borrow this color scheme, cause I love it! Dude keep us posted!

Thanks,
Chappy P!

Vallejo US Olive Drab and Vallejo Violet Brown

Chaplain Pallantide
05-05-2008, 15:22
Woot! Thanks D6Veteran! I love seeing Tau in more camo colors! Did you just Base in US Olive Drab and then do a simple line highlight in Violet Brown? I really do love the color scheme. Simple yet effective.

Thanks,
Chappy P!

Sleazy
05-05-2008, 21:35
is the 2nd dude with the binoculars just for show? I'm not that familiar with sniper drones but I thought they just had 1 controller?

Either way it looks great, I have a snipe drone team and I think I might just swipe a few of your ideas.

D6Veteran
05-05-2008, 22:52
is the 2nd dude with the binoculars just for show?

Yes he is.

Savior117
06-05-2008, 02:59
Consider this brilliant idea stolen.
Could we get a detail shot of the spotter in the foxhole team? Is he kneeling or lying down?

D6Veteran
06-05-2008, 03:46
Consider this brilliant idea stolen.
Could we get a detail shot of the spotter in the foxhole team? Is he kneeling or lying down?

I'm regretting not snapping photos of the entire process.

The base has about a quarter inch of foam putty built up on it. Then I cut out a square, down to the plastic base leaving a quarter inch deep fox hole.

I painted all of the foxhole interior black/brown, and then lined the walls with fine grain ballast to give the inner walls the proper texture.

Both guys were then cut in half at the waist, and glued into the fox hole. I painted every part of them that is below the surface darker shades of their normal armor and fatigue colors.

So from the top down you see their normal colors go down into a darker shade and then the bottom is black brown - the eye doesn't notice the bottom of the base and it looks like an actual hole.

To complete the illusion (and to complete the vision I wanted to created of two snipers in a fox hole) I built cut branches with foliage and placed them strategically to cover line of sight into the bottom of the hole.

I'll take some top down photos.

garinator
06-05-2008, 10:25
hey bro, love the idea!
the conversions are sweet. I like the flat/matt armor finish, although you might want to use more highlights in between the green basecoat and green highlight. Make it look a bit smoother.

rickie8437
06-05-2008, 11:00
how love them

is this part of an army or just a stand alone thing

rik

D6Veteran
06-05-2008, 14:06
I'll work some more on the highlights Garinator - thanks for the feedback.

They are part of an army rickie.

rickie8437
07-05-2008, 06:47
great id love to see pics of the rest of the army

rik

Griffo
07-05-2008, 07:12
great id love to see pics of the rest of the army

rik

+1!

The bases on these are sick..i love it!

Oh, and the painting rules too :p

mattrs
07-05-2008, 11:41
very very nice - mind telling me were you got those mini trees from ??

Matt

Mr.chair
07-05-2008, 16:12
Great looking minis. You've nailed the clean Tau paint style perfectly. The bases are great as well. Hope to see more of your stuff in the future!

D6Veteran
07-05-2008, 18:43
mind telling me were you got those mini trees from ??

Matt

Woodland Scenics Tree Kit 1101 (http://www.woodlandscenics.com/items.cfm/RealisticTreeKits#TR1101).