View Full Version : Tau army.. watch it grow...

11-03-2006, 13:15
OK introductry post... i have my tau comander, now he needs a painted army to folow him...

army box arived today [minus a few things that GW are now sorting :) see post in other GW]

so i have an army to build an paint in its bright orange scheme!

pictures to follow in the not to distant future [i'll link all new posts in this one to make life easier...]

post 2 crisis suits

post 9&10 Hammer head

post 16 Fire warrior bases

post 21 shas'ui

post 26 squad so far, and lots of bases [painted and unpainted]

Edit, all pics can now be found here

due to reorganising of my photobucket account..

11-03-2006, 15:52
ok, here are my current crisis suits,



they are not quite finished, as there are a few more markings to put on them

they are all getting the sept symobl on the plate on their back [sybmol is on the shield of the comander.]

11-03-2006, 16:00
WOW!:eek: very cool. can't wait to see the whole army finished like that.
OFI how long did it take to paint each one?

11-03-2006, 16:49
my god, that is totally awesome. just wondering, why are their guns on the floor?

11-03-2006, 16:56
magnatized i'd assume.

these look awesome athamas, but why is one on a larger base? struck me as odd

either way, loking foreward to more!

11-03-2006, 17:08
I like the contrast between the blue and orange sections. Makes it stand out.
Nice work on the bases too.

11-03-2006, 17:10
Looking prety sweet there my man, yet i do think the bases look unfinished. That is, the black detracts from the actual detailing on the bases. I personally would think a coloured edge would add a whole new dimension to the models. A dull green, camo perhaps.

11-03-2006, 17:16
Those battle suits look really really nice, very cool style of painting. They all look really nice.

EDIT: Lovely dynamic posing on them BTW.

11-03-2006, 23:25
some work on a hammerhead, magnitised to hell.

its base is the thing on the left... 7 magnets on it and the bottom of the HH for support...


the turret weapons will be magnatised [Railgun is almost finished] as will most other things!

12-03-2006, 13:27
HH on its base..


its basicly finnished now, the missile pods/ burst cannons will be assambled and attachen, but i want to try to cast up the top pieces for something else so thay will have to wait for now

12-03-2006, 13:37
Wow! That a great looking army! I can't wait to see the hammerhead painted like the Battle suits. How do you do your blues?

12-03-2006, 14:53
ok answers to the above Q's..

Despoiler: i have no idea, i worked on al the 40mm based ones together painting abit here and then.. but some time..

Ziljin: they are magnatised, along with every other weapon on them.. and the comanders arms and sensory things... MAGNETS GALORE!

Luke: i may well do something aloning those lines.. when the army is aproaching done

evilbeetles: its Midnight blue - regal blue - enchanted blue - ice blue...

the firsyt two form the base coat then the rest just starts to streak... and edges are ob. paid more attention with highlights..

Hideous Loon
12-03-2006, 15:21
And what's going on the magnets on the side of the nose thingy on the Hammerhead? Sensor spines and decoy launchers? Or seeker missiles?

12-03-2006, 16:10
the one thats opposite the sensor spine will have the other sensory thing on it, but i want to make a cast of that before i do cos i really like that part,

seakers are on the bottom.. the magnets are just there to remind me where i put them, as they are driller through from inside and so hard to find

12-03-2006, 16:12
Very cool, I'd love to see the whole thing hanging off the side of a fridge though... that would be badass.


12-03-2006, 18:38
ok spent this afternoon making up bases for the fire warrior squad,

there are 9 bases for normal guys, 1 [the larger one] for the squad leader and the two with metal supports for drones, which i am hoping will be marker drones!



12-03-2006, 20:51
there are 9 bases for normal guys, 1 [the larger one] for the squad leader and the two with metal supports for drones, which i am hoping will be marker drones!

ah, now i get it. the larger based crisis is the squad leader!

are you going to be magnatizing the FW to have interchangeable pulse rifle/carbine? you know you want to..... ;)

12-03-2006, 21:24
oh year sorry, missed your Q..

he w2as my comander before the current one,.. based of the artwork in the the book.. he will now probably go on to either be a bodygaurd and a team leader.. depending on how far along the 'want i want to buy' list i have got

18-03-2006, 11:28
rite, an update at last... been very busy.. [i hardly go out all term, then 4 nights in a row really take it out of you... ]

first 6 bases are nearly finished,


more updates later today, im starting to paint the first fire warriors, oh, and the HH base is also painted.. just forgot to take a pic!

18-03-2006, 11:39
The orange looks sweet. Keep posting as you go.

18-03-2006, 13:01
Ok.. proper update time!

first Shas'ui on his slightly larger base...


and a picture of him off his base showing the pin used to attach him,

all he is missing is markings, that will be in the form of little orange tabs like the crisis suits...

Hideous Loon
18-03-2006, 13:03
He looks so full of character, not just standing there with Pulse Rifle at the go. Just like Sergeanty types should. Kudos, athamas.

18-03-2006, 16:29
Cool models, I'm still not convinced about close ups of the technique you're using to paint them, it just seems a little bit... scruffy, I'm not a puritan who only accepts one way of painting, but I do think that clean anime style colours work well - if not best - on tau.

Nice modelling, just not convinced by the painting.


20-03-2006, 22:14
a bit more work, will get proper pic when i have finished the report im writing.. [so again work will be slowed on these guys..] but my 400 point list will be finished by ~2 weeks from now, as thats when i will need it..


and in the background you can see the base to my IW deamon prince.. who will be finnished before i leave uni.. [so a good 2 years left!]

21-03-2006, 07:38
I love the texture these guys have. They look so different. And beautiful.

25-03-2006, 22:48
ok, some more updates..

the end of term sucks.. reports are always due, and so i have been putting mine off all day by watching babylon 5 and making bases etc..

Here is what is just about finished... im not sure if im going to put the left shoulder pad on, i kinda like them without..

the antena wil be added eventually though...


these are all bar 1 of the finished bases, the larger ones are in preperation for stealth suits..


These are all the new drone bases, a steath suit base and the strain leaders base [the slightly larger one at the back!] there is also 1 finnished drone base i forgot to add to the previous picture when i took it..


hopefuly more updates will follow next week, as i will be on a school placement, meaning no actuall work when im at home, though i will be sleeping lots due to getting up far too early..

and for those who pay attention i am stil lwaiting for my missing bits from GW.. should be getting them next saturday.. failurer to deliver on GW's part will result in me asking for higher up ppl this time.. i will have been waiting 3 weeks for the bits and by then will actually have noting to do but anoy them for 2 days and pack for my trip home..

29-03-2006, 22:09
had an idea..

got playing with the steath suits, and that beacon they have looks mighty fine on the side of one..


just got playing.. what do you think?

im planning on finding several more around.. in those funny latex things Anvilshammer keeps on finding things in..

will have lots more models up soon, i have niper drones and their bases on the way...!

30-03-2006, 20:20
The beacon (whatever it is a beacon for) really screams "I'm upside down" to me. I see that you are using larger bases for the stealth. While it gives space to model some terrain on it I don't think they really need them.

But I really like what you have done so far with your army.

26-04-2006, 19:27
I came here from your help in the Tactics forum, and I must say that I'm very impressed. What do you use to color the orange, and exactly how are you creating those bases (they are fabulous!)