View Full Version : Tau - a break from guard

23-02-2006, 23:06
you may (or not) remember my guard thread(s), and well, they are a major drain to think about, so i've decided to take a small break of tau, with some FW suits i've had for a while, and some old stealthers


heres the first i've put together, and I must say they are much betterthan the GW ones, note.. the base isn't finished, and that the suit is not attached to the base yet


and the second, the feet are not glued, and the base not started yet

the third, needs another good wash (rh'ymir) but is going to be started soon-ish

lastly, my two stealthsuits that i got from a friend (mising their backpacks) their new ones, are made from the back of a fusion blaster + an ariel from the battlesuits

still need to get a shas'ui for them

lastly, i'm making/painting two gun drones, which will be a test for a scheme.

C&C? the bases will all be city-fightish.

also, i still need a colour scheme, any suggestions?

23-02-2006, 23:13
You stole my configuration!

Very niftily done. I like the jetpack fix on the stealths (oddly I use the other half of the FB to represent my Monat's vecored retro thrusters). The XV89s are both looking very cool.

24-02-2006, 22:01
Yay! more updates!

both my cats are getting "fixed" today, so i've got a day of work, and maybe a morning tomorrow.

first off, the first baase, only needing sand then paint

(it does look messy and cluttered, but all will be fixed by the glory of sand!)

next, the second base, less cluttered, but harder to do (the filing is the key here, not very fast coming) is also only needing sand/paint. you can see the two "lines" of GD, which are a link between the two, the drone on the first has crash landed, and the "skid" goes to the next

see the firewarrior head? yes, that's a knife jammed in there. =P

finished putting together R'hymir, not much to say here:

and lastly, how i plan to set them on their stand (though, not for a while yet), also a comparaison of poses i guess

still need to do his base, though that won't take too long.

oh, and still looking for ideas on a colour shceme, any suggestions are welcome

*edit* fixed links

The Mighty Gnoblar
28-02-2006, 04:56
wow nice poses with those very sexy forge world suits and i love those backpacks for the stealths, very creative.

I dunno if its the right place to ask but with those Forge suits can they be mounted on the flying stands cause i always see them on foot (though always looking very cool)

28-02-2006, 05:11
whoah! a post!

yesm they can be mounted (smirk) on the flying stands, same backpack as the normal crisis'

as to progress, finished sanding the three bases, just need some larger rock, then i can paint

I also picked up the shas'ui forthe stealth team. he's ready to go, all three are based a-la cityfight, also waiting on larger rocks

lastly, i picked up a squad of 7 pathfinders, no 'fish yet, but they're all based and also waiting rocks

pics to come tomorrow (12:00 here *yawn*)

oh! almost forgot, i've found a scheme to "borrow" i'll link that next post as well, very city-fight. just gotta email/pm the maker, and get his opinion, and a colours-used sorta thing

The Dragon Reborn
28-02-2006, 06:21
very nice poses, big fan of the dynamic pose, I just can't seem to pull it off for myself

looking forward to seeing the paint scheme

28-02-2006, 13:05
here's the colour sheme that I'm planning to use for my battlesuits (http://www.pbase.com/migsula/image/8860340)

very difficult, but it's somthing i want to try

troops wont be the same as the ones in the album, i'll be adapting the colours into something differeny

though, waiting on a reply from him before commiting to anything

28-02-2006, 17:37
Your poses + FW crisis suits = dead sexy.


I cant wait to see some paint.


28-02-2006, 20:27
thanks all for the comments! =D

jsut got a reply, that'll be the scheme i'll be using, first thing to be painted will be the FW crisis suits (they are dead sexy aren't they? =P) just need to get some larger rocks to put on top of the sand, then spray away!

i'll get some pics up of the bases once i finish that, but if anyone desperately needs to know what rh'ymir's base is like, its basically a rhino rear door on the base, sand around.. going to have some more rubble as well, but it just the jist of it

anyways, on to those pictures!

this one is of the stealth suits, basically done minus the larger rocks

the pathfinder squad - again without the larger rocks, but basically done

painting should commence before the end of the week, but depends on when i finish the crisis' bases

01-03-2006, 05:30
Wow its coming along nicely.

The Mighty Gnoblar
01-03-2006, 15:24
Cant wait to see those cityfight bases finished, should be intresting to see how well the blend in with the forthcoming buildings.

03-03-2006, 00:09
Wooo! update!

well, sorta

finally got my paints:

painting should commence tomorrow, priming them (minus bases, still need that darn rock) after i get back from school: around 2:30-ish i guess?

anyways, three colours for the black/brown, lenses will be green, but only after i do the main body work.

test painting a pre-primed drone tonight, should update sometime (somewhat) soon

03-03-2006, 01:17
well, test is up:


had to prolong the exposure, very dark right now :( , and thus, the picture is blurry..

a note, the three colours are there because i wasn't too sure what to do when the earth turned out a bit different, so I mixed up two different colours, one with earth/black, one with earth/black/bone

i think i'll go with the earth/black/bone, but all opinions are valid

oh, and note, this is very very rough, highlights are off, paint isn't too smooth, so don't think this is the best of whats to come ;)

03-03-2006, 20:06
I have to say that you're posing is rather an inspiration to me!

03-03-2006, 20:12
thanks! if anything, that's my one pride

a small update, undercoated the three suits today, spray can ran out, so only two are primed. the third i'm hand priming (slowly).

also, one of the legs broke off due to a large fall while priming, so that'll be re-glued pre-paint

i hope to finish one or two this weekend, though I need to mix up a fairly large bach of the brown i need to use. we'll see how much i get done

04-03-2006, 11:31
I dropped by XV89 right after building it, and the ankles have never been the same.

04-03-2006, 17:01
ouch. the ankle would be the worst par to break, i was lucky it was only the knee-joint dis-attaching

and some more updates: finished the first basecoat on my stealth squad, the colour isn't exactly that which i wanted, but i'm happy with it, a very neat military grey sorta thing.

pictures forthcoming, in about an hour or so (maybe less)

04-03-2006, 17:43



opinions on the colour? personally, I love it, all tey need now is the black, and the highlights

oh.. and the lenses

04-03-2006, 18:12

(filling up post....)

04-03-2006, 19:09
EDITED due to extreme largeness (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Hazmat_captain_ZERO/Tau/1cb0b547.jpg)

just a test on the camo, still needs more coats, but i think i'll need to bulk up the black a bit.

what do you think?

04-03-2006, 20:37
grrrr! edited again due to largeness (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Hazmat_captain_ZERO/Tau/7f80a3b4.jpg)

another test, highlighted a shoulder pad, don't really like it too much

thoughts? i'll probably end up not highlighting, i just can't get it to work right

04-03-2006, 20:38
Definetly try to highlight stealthsuits!

I try drybrushing a quite different colour (i.e. ice blue on black) very, very lightly for stealth suits. It gives them a 'shimmering' effect.

04-03-2006, 21:00
hmmm, i might. still not too convinced, these look much different IRl then in-photo.

but, i did finish the green lenses and small diagnostic computer-wrist-things, and they are looking mighty fine, pic will be up after i finish the black on the third stealth. actually, i might do the keypads as well, though not as bright as the screen

hopefully i'll have these three finished (minus highlights-still in debate) by the end of the day.

04-03-2006, 23:30
RWAR! finished the squad, minus the debateable highlights

again with the largeness -_- (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Hazmat_captain_ZERO/Tau/2e6f3d5d.jpg)


thoughts? comments? crits?

05-03-2006, 20:36
hey-ho, update time!

been painting somewhat steadily, and have finished three pathfinders, undercoated another, and added rocks to the thre stealths and four pathfinders, painted black

i'll be aiming to either finish one more pathfinder, or get lucky and do all four remaining.

anyways, pics! that's what you want:

*note, these pics are probably as close as i'll get to the actual colours, FYI



05-03-2006, 22:50
I really like the dark colors you have chosen for your Tau, and the green details stands out nicely. They remind me a little of Matt Hutson's amazing Tau army.

I for one would like to see one more color to break up the darkness though. I imagine they would look great in dark brown fatigues.

The color scheme looks especially nice on the Stealth Suits.
Are you planning to get the new plastic ones? I just put one together today, and let me tell you they are some of GW's sweetest plastic kits (IMHO).

Of topic: Since I'm writing in your thread I might as well ask you. Your avatar... What is it?! :) I've been trying to figure it out for what feels like ages now.


05-03-2006, 23:31
haha, my avatar? it's a cropped sketch of a half-bionic genestealer i did a while ago, i can post it if you like

as to colours, i'm thinking of doing something with the cables on the markerlights, nothing too bright, but i do need something.

and for the fatigues, i've been knocking around the idea of another type of camo, though it's all pretty rough, i'm pretty sure that the fatigues will not stay flat black :)

oh, and yes i'm planning on getting a squad of the new ones (hopefully) though, mine will have to be modified slightly, i don't like the ponderous look that they have.

06-03-2006, 21:48
a small update, no pictures just yet, but i thought i should ask some things

first, finished the markerlight cords on the 4 pathfinders and the stealth shas'ui, all done in a neutral bone/gray, a bit lighter than the base colour

second, i've just hand (ugh) undercoated the remaining 3 pathfinders, hopefully they will get some paint soon

lastly, i need to ask, what are any suggestions on the fatigues? plain black w/highlights? brown? black with camo-splotches? i'm relatively stuck on this one, so anything'll help

painting update soon, i hope...

07-03-2006, 14:13
If I were you I would try Scorched brown fatigues with dark flesh highlights and use the same black stripes like you have on the armour. I imagine it would look good.

07-03-2006, 20:06
hmm, interesting. though a bit too bright in my eyes.

though, continuing the camo is a neat idea, I might just end up using a deep brown, or something, with the continued black camo.

still not sure, but it's given me something to mull over

28-03-2006, 22:58
I'm back! woohoo!

here's a peek at what I'm about to start:


let's hope i don't mess it up ;)

also, a look at the completed battlesuit bases:


I've also finished the stealth squad. But I'm going to wait for This one to be finished before taking any pictures.

28-03-2006, 23:39
wow Teh bases look sweet ,any chance of a guide on how you made your bases plz :)

29-03-2006, 00:09
hmm. alright!

I should mock one up this weekend, as I have a master in T-armour that needs basing. It's actually a lot simpler than it seems

29-03-2006, 00:12
hmm. alright!

I should mock one up this weekend, as I have a master in T-armour that needs basing. It's actually a lot simpler than it seems
That would be cool :)

Light of the Emperor
29-03-2006, 00:15
I see a piece from the 40k ruins sprue yes?
Those are some awesome bases... (paint them black and we'll have a city fight battle at my place lol) and the tau look great!

29-03-2006, 00:22
you see correctly! t'was a pain to cut though, and even more of a pain to sand down! there's also a peice on my stealth shas'ui.

though, NH is a looong ways away from here... ;)

31-03-2006, 04:07
alright, got some work done on the suit. half-done the first coat of grey! woohoo!


now, onto the start of the soon-to be tutorial!

step one: Find a base (easy enough)

step two: find some plastic junk, and put it on the base. (sprue rubble, doors, anything!)

now, don't worry about overlapping off the edge, we'll deal with that later. for now: just glue it on.

Heres what your base could look like after step 2

more.. tomorrow! I get off school at 11:00 tomorrow! :eek:

31-03-2006, 21:29
Nice to see you're back on the greater track.
Those bases looks ace!

How did you go with the fatigues we discussed earlier?

31-03-2006, 22:22
not got around to that yet, still need to finish the 3 crisis suits :p

I'll be doing that soon though, as I can hopefully finish 1/3 of my suits this weekend!

and: step three!!!!: take your base+stuff, and add suitable damage, and file any overhang to the edge of the base ->


Light of the Emperor
31-03-2006, 22:33
May I recommend another method for cutting away the overhang (or any plastic for that matter)?

A polystyrene cutter...its what GW uses to cut all their terrain with. Anyway, it also cuts plastics. So if you want to save some time and effort try it out sometime.

Its also great to use on the bases themselves. If you want to make tiles and don't have that building sprue available, simply have the wire cut into the top and form a grid. Just make sure it doesn't go all the way through.

31-03-2006, 22:35
Aaaahhh, useful idea, that. One more step on the way to modelling enlightenment.

Panhead, the base idea. I may have to steal it.

31-03-2006, 22:37
It's not stealing if i encourage it! :p

I'll be doing one for an infantry sized base to show some of the stuff i do for them. I should really show my space marine's bases.

Step 4&5 will be up at the same time. then I'll be doing a painting tutorial.

01-04-2006, 17:27
alright, I have what i need to do for the month. A lot of work ahead of me.


need to do my three suits, three pathfinders, paint the bases (and fatigues pending) of all 7. I need to finish the baseing tutorial, and I need to paint my test kroot. (future plans, doubt they'll be in my army, maybe a merc army... hmmmm)

hopefully i can finish the base tut. this weekend, including the painting of part.

in an unrelated note, I ripped the shoulder pads off of al 15 of my terminators! yay! problem is, I also took off a few arms with them... and i'm out of glue...


Cadian 21st
01-04-2006, 17:39
Sweet Tau! They still look a bit sissy compared to your Guard though, lol.

03-04-2006, 22:46
argh! I keep being slow and non-productive! but no-more!!!

today, I've finished the base grey on the first crisis:
Next, I'll be doing the Black Camo. Then the lenses. Just like my Infantry

and... done the base grey on one pathfinder:

also, installment #4 of my base tutorial, Add Sand:

(do not fear, I'll be putting the tutorial together in due time, but first, I need to finish it!

PS. pictures suck, but it's nothing you haven't seen before

04-04-2006, 20:09
Update: now 100% better pictures!

finished the camo on the crisis suit, and did the weathering, I need to clean up a ton, but I'm happy with how it looks, opinions?


also, (no picture) I finished the grey basecoat on a second pathfinder, and did their lenses. One more, then camo for the three, and I can base the squad!

04-04-2006, 21:44
well, that was quick: all my pathfinders are done. Now they just need bases.



I think to add some colour/differentiation, I'll be weathering the cloth. Not the armour, that's only for large suits/vehicles.

*edit* the pic is bad, but alas, no tripod!

04-04-2006, 22:19
What Tau? I can't see them!
<puts on best Robin Williams-esque flamboyant voice from 'Good Morning Vietnam'>
Why are they wearing camoflage? They go into the city and no one can see them!

Silly xenos. ;)

04-04-2006, 22:23
Update: now 100% better pictures!

This reminds me of the old days of playing too much Armoured Core..

I like it :D

04-04-2006, 22:29

silly xenos indeed!

Armoured Core rules! Haven't played in ages though.

thanks for the comments! Hopefully I can get them based by tommorrow.

04-04-2006, 23:30
Woot! Finished the Construction part of the basing tutorial! the paint steps will come once I've started the Pathfinders.

1: get a base, And stick some city-fight-esque stuff on it (sprue rubble works well!)

2: Clip/File off any overhang, and add some damage to any large objects

3: Add Sand

4: add some suitable large rock (I use cat litter- Clean cat litter mind you!)

Unseen step 5: Base Black in prep for painting

05-04-2006, 10:02
Your paint scheme and posing of the battlesuits make for some very, very nice looking models - the camo look does actually does the figures justice, a huge improvement on the toyshop tau look. Could spot you as a guard player even without the thread title!

I like that you've gone for a unified green light on the lenses - gives it a futuristic special ops feel. Would love to see a tank done in this scheme but what you have looks great.

05-04-2006, 20:42
Wow! Thanks! I'm glad you like the look!

I like that you've gone for a unified green light on the lenses - gives it a futuristic special ops feel. Would love to see a tank done in this scheme but what you have looks great.

and don't worry, this ain't no regular Tau army, it's going to be a mechanised Tau army (only one railhead, going to be extensively converted, hate the turret)

06-04-2006, 00:22
Time for a base-painting-bonanza! I'll be showing you all ( You know who you are!!) how I paint my bases. It's very very very simple. Trust me. And to prove it, I'll be doing them all step by step in the time It takes me to finish them.

I just recently put on the basecoat of graveyard earth on all the merry 8 infantry bases, and the tutorial base


remember, only put this on the gravel/sand, but don't worry if you get some on your city-fight like bits, it won't matter, being a bit sloppy isn't too much of a problem.


next update in a few, its an equally easy one. Trust me.

06-04-2006, 00:46
BAM! finished step 2

step 2 is comprised of taking your base, and inking it. Again, try not to get the ink on the city-stuff, but it's not a big deal if you do.



06-04-2006, 01:25
forgot to mention, step 2 is with brown ink.

anyways, step 3: drybrush with graveyard earth.
Drybrush both the ground and the city-stuff. personally, I drybrush the city-stuff a bit lighter than the ground, but that's me, I really don't think it'd matter much.


next up: step 4!

06-04-2006, 02:04
as promised: step 4!

this step is exactly the same as 3, but with bleached bone instead of graveyard earth.

a note, depending on the brush, you could either get a high, or low contrast base. For example, I used a makeup brush for my large (crisis) bases, and thus, got a soft transition between brown ink, to earth, to bone. With a smaller brush, (on the infantry) I got a more stark look between colours.

just thought it needed mentioning.


now, there's one more "normal" step, and I'll be photoing that, but the other "optional" steps are: scenery damage (burns, the like) and weathering. If anyone desperately wants me to show those steps, speak now or forever hold thy peace!

06-04-2006, 02:30
alright, step 5: the inking, and re-drybrushing of the "gubbins"

for any city junk on the base, you ink it. I do this to give some differentiation between sand, and other. Next, Re-drybrush the earth and bone onto them.


I'll be doing weathering tonight, but taking finished photo's tomorrow, as now, I can't hold the camera still. Also, much better light in the morning/afternoon.

hope my tutorial (complete with bad pictures!) was of use to someone!

06-04-2006, 20:47
Alright, some more photo's!

I've finished the pathfinders, minus obligatory clean up of the armour:

and next, a comparaison of the shas'ui, and the crisis suit. just to give a better definition of the pose.

now, all I need to do is: my test kroot, and my final two crisis suits. After that, I'll have finished all the Tau in my possesion at the moment (go self esteem!)

I'll be doing a step-by step of the painting of the second suit. So, keep an eye out for that soon!

06-04-2006, 21:14
They look very Necron we're-lurking-here-and-we're-going to-kill-you-y.

I like the look, makes them look more evil than the clean, sand-coloured Tau.

06-04-2006, 22:04
I like the look, makes them look more evil than the clean, sand-coloured Tau.

indeed, I've never liked the GW tau scheme.

Though, I'd call it more "modern" than "evil" but that's a matter of opinions.

03-05-2006, 02:29

I've finished the 2nd Crisis suit, and thought it warrented digging up this thread

enjoy!! (working on getting a better, larger pic, but it's night atm)

A neutral shade of black.
03-05-2006, 10:15
Larger pic, please. From what I can see, it looks awesome, but it may be just the pic. :P

03-05-2006, 19:49

well, I tried...

seems that if I make it larger ala photoshop, the uploaded picture just gets smaller.... odd.

at least you see a comparaison. The twin fusionier got a very unflattering angle and lighting, but it's better than him not even being there.

If anyone else has advice at making the pic larger, I'm all ears, as at the moment, I'm stumped

Light of the Emperor
03-05-2006, 20:11
Thats such a cool army! Your paint job and use of forgeworld definately makes them stand out.
I will need to give that base style a try too if you don't mind.

I see that they would blend right into the ruins of Kasr Tannenberg ;)

03-05-2006, 20:30

for the bases, I'd try to make it a bit more grey-ish, it would in-my-opinion, fit better with your city-board.

but, try it out, and definately show the results!

03-05-2006, 21:28
Cool! They look very dynamic :cool: I can just picture them stalking through the ruins of some Imperial City...

A neutral shade of black.
03-05-2006, 22:32
Yep, 'swhat I thought - definitely awesome.

03-05-2006, 22:37
Glad you guys like it!

..but y'know, it could still be just the picture..;)

04-05-2006, 11:32
tutorial ASAP please!!!;)

Very cool minis, I love the paint scheme, seems very natural and effective.

04-05-2006, 18:33
For the tau themselves? alright. It's only about 4 steps.

no pictures yet, but I could provide some on request. I took most of the steps, but not the lenses, and after that it's pretty much drybrush/done. (I do still have one more left though...;))

step 1: basecoat with the grey (mix of graveyard earth, bleached bone, and chaos black in a 2:1:1 ratio, i think) don't get into recesses, or certain mechanical bits, just the armour plating.

step 2: use chaos black to make the camo, which is difficult to decribe, but hopefully you get the jist of it.

step 3: do lenses in green, however you like really (so longas they're green)

step 4: drybrush guns/leg pistons/things bleached bone, then use ink/chaos black to make residue.

step 5: use bleached bone, an lightly dry brush the whole mini. Then, use brown ink slightly watered down in some of the recesses (as many as you like really), also, use the ink to make an imitation of rust.

Origionally, I was going to go with "clean" tau, but, I have some sort of disease that makes me do things different to the canon, glad it's been so well received thus far!

05-05-2006, 03:49
MPH: you might want to try this link for biggifying your images. I blew your images upto height: 1800pix by width 2000pix with this online resizer and your stuff looks fantastic. You really should do them the justice of biggifying them with this,


05-05-2006, 04:09
Sweet! that helps a lot!!

I'm still working on getting at least one non-blurry-ish picture (shakey hands!)

Hopefully, I'll have one up soon. (sleep now)

05-05-2006, 19:39
One easy way of getting crisp photo's - set up the shot and put the camera to timer, no hands so no camera wobble. You need a long exposure for closeup macro photos so the slightest movement blurs the photo.

This is one of the nicest looking armies i've seen so keep up the good work! group shot soon please.

05-05-2006, 21:12
Well, if I used the timer, all the shots would be "head on". I admit, I have done some sort of ramshakcle homemade camera support, and it worked great, but... kinda fell apart under its own weight. I'll see if I can make something similar.

And, the good thing about my light setup is, that I don't necesarily need the long exposure all the time, so I can be that much more lazy! :p

Group shot soon hopefully, though, its only 5 suits, and a pathfinder squad...

And in other news, Rh'ymir is basecoated. The paint is thick in places, as I think I didn't clean him as well, but we'l see how it ends up. Hopefully can have him done by the weekend.

05-05-2006, 23:10
Thank you for the guide. If you could do the pictures guide I am sure people would apriciate it. I love the dirty look, just stunning

05-05-2006, 23:33
actually, I have a spare drone lying around, I'll do a photo-guide with that, as it's a lot easier to see the patterns than on a battlesuit. Plus, it takes less effort :p

I'll get the basecoat done tonight, then post step 1 & 2 tomorrow, not good lighting at the moment.

Glad you like the look!

06-05-2006, 03:47
I have always liked Tau but never done a tau army... You arent helping me stay away. They look really sweet.awesome...


06-05-2006, 07:54
Must say that they are very nice.

06-05-2006, 18:11
Well, I'm going to have a busy day today, so I'll post steps 1 & two on the battlesuit you've just seen finished. Plus side? Well, I dunno, but I'll be starting Rh'ymir soon, so I'll re-take steps 1 & 2 after I get started.

anyways, step 1: basecoat


Step 2: Camo (hard to see, I'll get a better example up soon):


And remember, nothing fancy in these, just simple techniques, There's only one thing I actually line highlight, which is the large lenses.

Once I start Rh'ymir, expect some better (clearer) shots of step 1&2

06-05-2006, 19:33
Those completed battlesuits look spiffy, jolly good indeed :D.

Also, I think what makes your bases so unique and cool is that you've painted everything with the same dusty finish, not re-done the metals, which looks excellent :), I'm going to have to try it out some time.


07-05-2006, 15:26
Glad the link is of use. Here's a tutorial which might help you.


Keep going MPH, i can't wait to see some good shots. I did some tau models and i am quite happy with how they look. What kind of camera you using? With my little kodak i can take pictures like this


With a mode called backlight. If your camera has this function i would suggest it. That combined with autofocus gives you shots like this



Hope this helps

07-05-2006, 15:31
darned double posts!

08-05-2006, 00:33
is there a seperate symbol for the backlight mode?


08-05-2006, 04:01
Orcdom: on my camera it has an icon called the scenes icon, you click the camera onto that icon and you can scroll through different modes of taking photos. Two really good modes on my camera is one for taking pictures of flowers and the other is the backlight mode. Have a look in your manual and see if there is anything like that.

10-08-2006, 20:45
Sorry for the thread-no-mancy. I'm just posting to say that I'M SHAMELESSLY STEALING YOUR ARMOUR COLOUR! MUHAHAHAHA!:p

Seriously, though, it's almost exactly what I was looking for. I love it.

04-11-2009, 19:46
great looking scheme....
Yes another bump from the back of the pile....
Very inspiring.

04-11-2009, 19:50
Those battlesuits are noting short of beautiful (=

04-11-2009, 22:58
I wish there was more stuff painted. I love this camo scheme and am using it for my tau (though I am going for orange optics)

05-11-2009, 08:48
Gritty tau- I like
Much more appealing (imo) than the bright colour schemes
Keep it up

05-11-2009, 11:34
love the tau dude, have some at home that haven't gone near for ages, i think i may have refound my inspiration.
one thing, how do you do the 'dirtiness' as mine are WAY too clean and 'from the factory'

05-11-2009, 12:41
Wow, a blast from the past! Thanks for the compliments! :)

Pariah: The "dirt" was very simple. I started with a basecoat of the armour colour (in this case a mix close to chardon granite.. I finished the army right before foundations came out..), and then I added a brown ink wash in the cracks/in light streaks from them. Then I added the paint scratches with tin bits followed by mithril silver. To top it all off I used a light drybrush of bleached bone (very light, I used a makeup brush).

Actually, before the wash of bleached bone there was a light drybrush of.. graveyard earth? on the lower legs. Slightly heavier than the bone drybrush.

I'm actually in the process of updating the army, as I'm sure I can do better now. May not get to it until the christmas break, but something to look forward to I guess :D