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zippy77
11-04-2013, 05:48
Some early WIPs of my new project

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8262/8639788140_265e0c3c19_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8639788140/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8639788140/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8384/8639788458_4c3323779f_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8639788458/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8639788458/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

Symrivven
11-04-2013, 11:11
It looks promising, I'll keep an eye on this log.
You might consider making pictures with a black (or similar) background, because now the yellow and brow from the table and wall really disrupts the limited palet look you are going for.

zippy77
11-04-2013, 12:42
I have a light box and a dslr w/ a macro, ill get some real pictures up ASAP :)

Dudde
11-04-2013, 13:55
looks good so far, what did you us for the purple effect in the middle?

zippy77
11-04-2013, 14:00
I used the purple citadel edge paint, blended via dry brushing instead of wet blending. Basically you create a weathering powder out of the paint is what it boils down to.

zippy77
12-04-2013, 03:39
Ok did some more work, and here is the finalized test model, what do you guys think?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8252/8642236794_716034955e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8642236794/)
K7__3719 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8642236794/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8105/8642236876_8818b12745_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8642236876/)
K7__3720 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8642236876/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8379/8642236938_cef2fab9e6_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8642236938/)
K7__3721 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8642236938/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8249/8641136819_b59b766b69_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8641136819/)
K7__3722 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8641136819/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8538/8641136915_ac0202b52f_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8641136915/)
K7__3723 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8641136915/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8401/8642237298_6e92f3df87_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8642237298/)
K7__3724 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8642237298/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

carlospictor
12-04-2013, 13:17
That test model looks great, seriously moody and atmospheric.

Looking forward to seeing this log develop! :)

zippy77
12-04-2013, 19:06
That test model looks great, seriously moody and atmospheric.

Looking forward to seeing this log develop! :)

Thank you! Your stuff is amazing, I have been a fan for quite some time!

zippy77
14-04-2013, 23:56
some early WIPs of digi camo devilfish in the limited pallet (which is actually great for digi camo)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8244/8649515999_76d7bd0e76_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8649515999/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8649515999/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

and with the completed Firewarrior

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8119/8650617928_642655c736_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8650617928/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8650617928/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

zippy77
20-04-2013, 17:34
decided against the digi camo and started repainting the devilfish, it now looks more like the test firewarrior model ... clean and simple (seem very Tau'ish)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8246/8666239316_7c81d37a09_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8666239316/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8666239316/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

Zothos
21-04-2013, 00:31
Nice paint work!

Having the disc of the drones backwards like that really changes the look!

vinush
21-04-2013, 18:50
Looking good man.

zippy77
27-04-2013, 16:15
thanks for all the support!

Here are some more WIP shots of the devlifish. I have been working on the smaller details. I have also sealed the fish with a gloss varnish and will do another pass with oil washes, work on the details some more (mainly clean up and parts I missed), and then some decals to spruce things up.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8400/8686583128_e425051303_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8686583128/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8686583128/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8544/8685464477_34a0e0fd57_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8685464477/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8685464477/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8546/8686584528_f6431a11ed_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8686584528/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8686584528/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

Void Reaper
27-04-2013, 17:12
Very nice! The tones are subtle and realistic.

carlospictor
28-04-2013, 07:53
The Devilfish looks superb. The glowing purple is such a fine counter to the military green. It works so well, and in a way I would never have expected.

Looking forward to what you do with some suits.

TheBearminator
28-04-2013, 08:27
Agree. Great glow effect. Guess you must've used an airbrush? What color is it exactly? I'm planning something similar on my dark eldar.

zippy77
28-04-2013, 12:47
Agree. Great glow effect. Guess you must've used an airbrush? What color is it exactly? I'm planning something similar on my dark eldar.

The OSL glow effect is done by extreme dry brushing. Basically, what you are doing is changing the paint into a weathering powder. It is a bit tedious as it takes a few layers, but it provides a soft glow and avoids the "airbrushed look". This is first done with lavender and then with white. Recesses are washed with purple wash. The Tau fire caste symbol is painted black and washed with a white oil wash. The small circle is painted like a purple gem (not show in these pictures, here its just painted lavender).

The paint I used was the purple edge paint (not sure of the name off the top of my head).

The bearded one
28-04-2013, 13:41
I like tha devilfish. Overall it's fairly simple in scheme but the source lighting brings it to a whole new level. Very atmospheric.

zippy77
28-04-2013, 14:42
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7047/8689424088_f5e094244b_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689424088/)
K7__3725 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689424088/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/8688305353_aa4865d4cd_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8688305353/)
K7__3726 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8688305353/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7045/8688305445_f4538d022d_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8688305445/)
K7__3727 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8688305445/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7055/8689424488_ced6c82cac_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689424488/)
K7__3728 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689424488/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7051/8688305787_c7686826a5_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8688305787/)
K7__3730 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8688305787/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/8689424576_dc34d5855a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689424576/)
K7__3729 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689424576/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

zippy77
28-04-2013, 14:45
I did some work on the test model as well as a new firewarrior WIP.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7044/8689424846_df19315d10_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689424846/)
K7__3731 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689424846/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7056/8688306061_c28999f609_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8688306061/)
K7__3732 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8688306061/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/8689425102_ea76c68999_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689425102/)
K7__3733 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8689425102/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

zippy77
03-05-2013, 00:42
My first suit! It is a WIP and the joints and "leg holes" will be filled in and mold lines removed. Right now I am just curious if you like the pose!

Here is what it looks like :).

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8702533765_057bd1a1d7_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8702533765/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8702533765/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8417/8703653282_7e11c2873a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8703653282/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8703653282/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8408/8702534355_8be4b87eea_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8702534355/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8702534355/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8280/8703653996_22dd3bcb2a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8703653996/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8703653996/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8132/8702534983_3c7823c65f_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8702534983/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8702534983/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

Dr Zoidberg
03-05-2013, 09:25
Loving the pose. Very dynamic. Looks inspired by the new codex cover.

zippy77
04-05-2013, 18:08
Crysis team assemble! One more to go, this is pose #2, still needs green stuff work and more mold line removal. The first is almost done, but still need some smoothing in certain places. What do you guys think?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8259/8708218794_385bb644aa_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8708218794/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8708218794/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8278/8707096917_0e1a015e6f_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8707096917/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8707096917/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8408/8707097375_f2b4de632c_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8707097375/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8707097375/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

zippy77
06-05-2013, 04:36
All 3 suits are now complete and have their first coat of paint. Next up zenith highlights and oil washes.

Suit #3 - coming in for a landing.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8539/8713241658_127ff2d7c9_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713241658/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713241658/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8398/8712116541_0cc4d8064a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712116541/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712116541/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8140/8712117007_9460967114_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712117007/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712117007/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8414/8713243042_27fb13131a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713243042/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713243042/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

Suit #2

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8119/8713243556_cda4a9575f_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713243556/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713243556/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8139/8713244024_8322eeabd1_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713244024/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713244024/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr



Suit #1

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8139/8712119929_2ecda486c9_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712119929/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712119929/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8117/8712120425_4f634e4f00_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712120425/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712120425/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8268/8712120947_e4b9426938_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712120947/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8712120947/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

Unit shot

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8132/8713247374_e0be60bff3_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713247374/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8713247374/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

Chewmeister
06-05-2013, 08:32
Awesome suits there man! Just one tiny thing, please drill those barrels!

Captain Brown
06-05-2013, 16:47
Interesting conversion by using some of the upgrade and weapon parts with some changes to make the model svelte. The last picture of the Firewarriors shows off the paint scheme the best.

Cheers,

CB

zippy77
09-05-2013, 02:51
Zenith highlights done on all the models and oil wash on one. Here are some WIP shots that show off the effects. The model on the right has been oil washed, the model on the left has not. Both have been zenith highlighted. The green is lighter on top than on the bottom. This is achieved by spraying your base coats at different angles. It takes three shades of green to get this affect and it provides the base shadows for the entire mini.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7403/8721217557_371706bc20_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8721217557/)
K7__3734 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8721217557/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7283/8722337478_82b25df79e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8722337478/)
K7__3736 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8722337478/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7431/8722337548_7a13ae5e91_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8722337548/)
K7__3737 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8722337548/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

zippy77
13-05-2013, 03:16
Thanks for all the support! Here is a new WIP shot, just getting started on the detail work.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7319/8733200699_6a641a86e6_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8733200699/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8733200699/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

Weirdboy
13-05-2013, 04:07
Great work. I love the simplicity.

zippy77
22-05-2013, 02:52
I finally got a chance to take some pictures to document the progress I have made!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7439/8772590761_4535cf0c76_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8772590761/)
K7__3751 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8772590761/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5446/8779154048_708f449165_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779154048/)
K7__3752 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779154048/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7362/8779154510_75bda1ae60_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779154510/)
K7__3753 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779154510/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8412/8779154918_fdd35d30fa_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779154918/)
K7__3754 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779154918/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5329/8779155348_6ca67bec7f_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779155348/)
K7__3755 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779155348/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2814/8779155784_7e88ac4d9a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779155784/)
K7__3756 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8779155784/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

zippy77
27-05-2013, 01:34
I hope to be done with my first set of firewarriors by the end of the week. Here is a small update shot of the progress so far.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2832/8848121911_a9976ff871_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8848121911/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8848121911/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr

Rogerio
27-05-2013, 15:54
Looking very nice mate i like them alot, the scheme really suits the Tau and isnt too outlandish (Says me with a whole army of bright red Tau)

zippy77
01-06-2013, 23:54
@Rogerio! I like your bright red Tau :) I am following along in your log!

I am still hammering away at the firewarriors. I feel that the end is close! As soon as I am done I will get some light box pictures of the cadre.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5332/8917503293_1eaed90a19_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8917503293/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65278778@N07/8917503293/) by zreef (http://www.flickr.com/people/65278778@N07/), on Flickr


What I have left on the models is the following:

1) finish the highlights
2) add some military markings
3) give a bit more detail to the squad leader
4) add some tufts of burnt grass for the bases
5) experiment with weather powders (dust) on the feet and lower portions of the firewarriors.

Fold
02-06-2013, 09:34
Spectacular work! Can't wait to see these finished.

Mewy
03-06-2013, 05:38
Damn airbrushes. This looks awesome

Ryan_and_Rhino
03-06-2013, 21:48
very crisp, I'm hoping my Tau turn out half as good. Keep up the great work!

zippy77
05-06-2013, 03:19
Thanks for the support! I only use the airbrush for the base coats, after that its just hand painting. I am still learning how to do small details with the airbrush and I am not particularly good with it.

Asura Varuna
07-06-2013, 01:09
What exactly is the conversion you've done for the suit legs? Specifically the hip joints? I really like how it elongates the model and makes them appear less boxy. Have you used the 'multitracker' to form the basis of the new waist?

zippy77
07-06-2013, 03:54
What exactly is the conversion you've done for the suit legs? Specifically the hip joints? I really like how it elongates the model and makes them appear less boxy. Have you used the 'multitracker' to form the basis of the new waist?

I basically cut off the long part of the multi-tracker and glue it to the bottom of the main suit. The legs are glued at the point where the multi-tracker and the suit are joined. I also cut off the lower part of the leg at the knee joints and "flip" it around. Lastly I do not push the small round ball into the "feet", but glue it on top of the feet. This also gains you a bit of length. I fill in the gaps with green stuff, liquid green stuff, or just white glue. All in all its a pretty easy conversion, just takes bit of patience and some blue tack to figure out what pose you want prior to gluing it all into place.

syrme
11-06-2013, 19:53
are you airbrushing the purple OSL as well? could you tell us how you do it? it looks great!

zippy77
12-06-2013, 16:03
are you airbrushing the purple OSL as well? could you tell us how you do it? it looks great!

No, for the OSL I am using a technique I have dubbed "extreme dry brushing". Effectively you are turning the paint into a powder and "weathering" the area to get a very nice soft glow. To do this start with a paint and get literally almost all of the paint off the brush. Then dry brush the area. You will get a very light covering. You then repeat the process to get the look you want. It is pretty easy, hard to mess up (except if you use too much paint!), but it takes a bit of time.

After I do that with the purple, I do the same with a 1:1 purple to white mixture at the very center.