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Brother Loki
03-03-2007, 12:37
Edit (2nd August 2007): Proving my own first sentence to be correct, I've not managed to keep this log up. I get bored easy, and I've managed to get tired of Tau. I like to flit between projects, so I'm going to turn this into a general project log for all my various armies, and whatever I'm building or painting at any given time. Hopefully, I'll managed to stay interested for longer that way. :)

I'm terrible when it comes to getting things done. I have a big problem maintaining focus. I've been playing 40k and WFB for nearly 20 years and in that time, I've only managed to muster a couple of 'nearly' finished armies namely my Cadian Guard and my Black Templars. Neither of these is completely finished they both have elements still to be painted, but they are at least playable at 1500 points or so. On top of those I've got numerous partly built armies or projects in various stages of development for both 40k and fantasy:


Chaos undivided the first army I was interested in chaos, and I've still not finished it!
Skaven I could never bring myself to do the huge numbers of nearly identical rats.
Empire Another half-painted army, with lots of infantry.


Scythes of the Emperor a highly unconventional, heavily themed and converted force very different from my Templars, currently standing at 1 painted model, and a bunch of assembled ones.
Blood pact I've made 1 squad of conversions which I'm not entirely happy with, and haven't taken it any further, but I still keep coming back to this. Waiting to see what develops for traitor guard in IA5.

Part of my problem is I like fielding infantry based armies, but not painting them. I'm also much more into modelling and converting than painting, so I have a lot of grey plastic masterpieces sitting on my shelf.

Having given a bit of background, I'm now about to embark on a new Tau army, which I'm going to attempt to build in a disciplined and logical way. See what I said about maintaining focus? In order to try to keep up the tempo, I'm giving myself a deadline - I want to play them in the X-Legion Tactica tournament in June, so thats about 3 months.

The core of the force will be a plastic megaforce I've had sitting around in its box for a while, as I bought it in my local shop's closing down sale. I've always liked the Tau, but not any of their alien sidekicks, so the battleforce was never a good choice. The megaforce however contains most of the units I'd like in my army, including the cool Piranhas and Stealth suits, so it represented much better value. I'll supplement it with some additional battlesuits, mainly the funky forgeworld ones, and possibly some additional firewarriors.

One of the reasons I've never got around to putting the Tau together, was that although I really like the way they seem to play on paper, with all the synergies and interdependent units etc, I'd never really seen them in action, so I didn't know what I wanted to do with them. That all changed at the Carnage Poole 2 tournament a couple of weeks ago however, when I was soundly thrashed by them. Twice!

So I came home with a burning desire to build Tau, as I'd finally seen them played, and played well.

Now all I needed was to work out an army list and come up with a colour scheme...

Edit: It should be obvious by now that I completely failed to get the army done in 3 months. I got a bit burnt out on Tau, had a couple of weeks where I didn't have any time to paint, an generally fell behind. I'll get back on track eventually, but I will be making this a fairly irregular thing.

03-03-2007, 13:00
i've just started tau this morning! my battleforce arrived :p

i'll follow this :)


Brother Loki
03-03-2007, 13:32
I'm honoured sir - I love your marines!

Anyway, on to colours...

My first idea was to do them black and red, and base them on the Scorpion clan from Legend of the Five Rings, but I figured that with the Blood Pact in the pipeline for the future that I should avoid another red army. Then I thought of black and white stormtrooper Tau, but pinting white is evil. My flatmate reckons I should do them silver, as they're futuristic (and therefore should be shiny), but I don't want too much in the way of metal - I see Tau as using a lot of plastics and composites rather than metal. For some reason I kept thinking about blue - which is odd, since I don't normally like it much.

Initially my thoughts turned to a sort of blue-grey urban scheme, based around shadow grey, but I quickly realised that it was very similar to the Sa'Cea sept colours in the Tau Empire codex, and I wanted to come up with something a bit more unique. Also, my test models showed it was a bit drab, and while I like a limited palette, this was taking it a bit far.


These were my test models for the shadow grey scheme. They looked much darker in real life, without a flash, and I was a bit worried they'd disappear on the tabletop.

In the end I went for a brighter version of the same thing black fatigues and ice blue armour for my firewarriors, with stealth suits, pathfinders and the like getting a variant "midnight urban" camo scheme to reflect their role, with bits of ice blue to tie them to the rest of the force.

Midnight Urban Camo Scheme (http://www.surplusandoutdoors.com/ishop/877/shopscr2493.html)

Firewarrior Rifleman:


Firewarrior Leader:


Shield Drone, made from a gun drone and a battlesuit shield generator, showing the camo scheme:


That's it for this post. Next up, pathfinders!


04-03-2007, 11:53
Like the scheme, dude. Keep up the good work!

04-03-2007, 13:05
You sound like you have the same problem I have, Ehrnrvrt I paint armies I always paint to better than tabletop stnadard because I really want people to be impressed by my painting. But in all reality all you really need is a decent base colour and the highlight to go with it.

So If I were you I would choose a simpler paint scheme but it's your call buddy!

Warwolt the skaven
04-03-2007, 14:26
Very clean! 4 Stars, easy pie =)

Brother Loki
06-03-2007, 17:52
Thanks for the kind comments. As far as colours go, I'm restricting the camo pattern to 'stealthy' units on the whole, with maybe the odd panel on vehicles and drones done to break them up a bit.

I'm trying to avoid any metal models in the army, so I wanted to convert my pathfinders from plastic Firewarriors.

Pathfinders are meant to be stealthy scouts, so I decided to forego the helmeted look and go for all bare-headed pathfinders. In contrast, the firewarriors will keep their helmets on. In order to make them look more sneaky, I green-stuffed masks over their lower faces, making them meet up with the collars at the backs of their necks. I also repositioned some of their scalp-locks so they wouldn't all look exactly alike.

I also shaved down their right shoulder pads, and removed the lugs for the left ones. The markerlights are sights from Imperial heavy weapons.

Sorry, I forgot to get pics before undercoating, so you can't see the greenstuff too well.


After a bit of paint, they look like this:


and this:


And here's a pic of everything painted so far:


It may be a little while before I get any more pics up, as I'm now reduced to my phone camera, as I don't currently have access to the one I used in the previous pics, and it's not too good at pictures of small figures.


06-03-2007, 17:59
Nice, I love your scheme. :)

06-03-2007, 18:11
Hi Pete, I like the Tau. Especially the converted pathfinders, they are very cool. They almost approach a Rambo-esque look, which is not something one normally associates with Tau. :p

Looking forward to seeing them in June. :)

06-03-2007, 18:40
They look good, makes me want to go and finish painting that hammer head ive got sitting there.

06-03-2007, 18:45
These look excellent; I really like the scheme. The pathfinder conversions look good too; nice and sneaky :)

I'll be watching this :D

Brother Loki
11-03-2007, 15:05
Thanks all.

Next in line for some paint are my stealth suit, to give me a bit of a break from normal infantry. Again, the stealths make use of the camo scheme. This pic is taken with my phone camera, so not as good as the previous ones, sorry. I've completed the team leader, and you can see the other WIP ones behind him:


Next up is a pic of my workspace. I think I need to do some tidying, as every time I drop a bit (which happens a lot due to excessive coffee consumption) I spend 10 minutes looking for it in all the junk.


I'm hoping to finish the other 2 stealth suits today, and have a go at another couple of firewarriors.

I've been playing some combat patrol games over the last week or two, and the stealth team has been excellent, but the star of the show has to be a devilfish with a smart missile system. It's one of thje heaviest vehicles available in CP, and with the ability to shoot round corners its worth its weight in gold. I'm waiting for some extra bitz from BWBits before I start painting that though. As it will be the pathfinders transport I'm going to deck it out with lots of sensors, aerials etc, to represent its reconnaissance role.


11-03-2007, 15:24
The pic of the stealths is a bit small but I see they are going to be cool .

Brother Loki
11-03-2007, 16:06
Yeah, unfortunately that seems to be the size of pics my phone camera takes. Not sure why - the phone's way smarter than I am. Guess I'm going to have to RTFM at some point. Blowing up the pics makes them pixellate too heavily.

Going to have to try to get hold of a better camera.


Brother Loki
13-03-2007, 00:08
Well I didn't get as much done as I hoped yesterday - just couldn't seem to get in the painting mood.

I've done a bit better today though, and finished the stealthsuits:


I also realised I hadn't put up a pic of the finished pathfinders from the other day, so here they are:


I made a start on one of my Piranhas, but I'm not too happy with it so far. Like everything else, I'm brushing ice blue over a black undercoat, and whereas this works fine on the infantry, its not going too well on the flat surfaces of the vehicle. Does anyone know of a decent spray paint range I could look at that might have a similar colour? I don't want to mess up my vehicles with ropey brushwork.


13-03-2007, 19:22
Wait, what pathfi... ah! There they are! Good stealthy camo ;)

13-03-2007, 19:36
Nice work Pete!

For the vehicles, you could either try Hobbystores - they sell a selection of acrylic spray paints that work pretty well with brush on acrylics, Tamiya I think - or try a white undercoat. You can wash it with watered down black before you paint, to pick out the recesses, but you'll still get a nice light surface to paint the ice blue onto.

Alternatively, you could layer up from Regal blue.

Brother Loki
14-03-2007, 00:46
I'll have a wander into hobbystores tomorrow lunchtime and see what's what. Good idea on the white with black wash for the undercoat. I'm not too keen on the idea of layering up, as I'm incredibly lazy, and I have a lot to get done before the start of June.

I'm actually thinking I might make the camo more prominent than I originally thought on the vehicles - the pirahna looks almosf painfully bright at the moment. Maybe ice blue is better for trim, rather than the main colour.


14-03-2007, 01:13
why worry about layering up too much, i'm going for an extreme highlight thing on my Tau to make them look alien.

good work mate :)


18-03-2007, 07:11
Super cool! I tried to do my Tau in Camo also but I failed misserably where you succeeded.

18-03-2007, 10:59
I know how you feel on the whole never finishing thing - in the 12 years and 2 months I've been seriously into the hobby, I've got one army near completion, and even that I never made the HQ for. Tau will probably be the first I finish, because I bought the 3rd ed Army Box of them and about 2 extra tanks so I've got plenty to work with, but along the way there's been Marines, Tyranids, Chaos, Warhammer Vampire Counts of two types, and at least 27 written army lists. Ho hum.

Anyhow, looking sweet so far fella! The stealth suits look fantastic, and I love the cloak and dagger look of the Fire Warriors. Still undecided which mecha manga I'm going to use as the basis of my colour scheme...

Brother Loki
06-04-2007, 17:24
OK, its been a while since I've posted due to being very busy the last few weeks.

My friend Vince announced that he was moving away to Devon about 3 weeks ago :( , so we were trying to cram in as many games as possible before he went away. On the plus side, he gave me a load of his GW stuff he hasn't got room for at his new place, which included a load of crisis suits he'd bought and never put together. :)

I have found some time for modelling and painting though. I've made some progress on a few more fire warriors, and I've also been building tanks! So far I have a pathfinder devilfish with lots of sensors etc and a modular hammerhead/devilfish with magnetised weapons so I can swap them over:


Both have smart missile systems as I'm in love with the idea of shooting round corners, and both have magnetised seeker missile mounts. When it comes to the painting I'll be repeating the camo pattern on the pathfinder fish, and the other vehicles will probably have a hybrid of ice blue and camo.

I will be trying to get at least one squad of firewarriors painted, and then have a go at one or both of these.


31-05-2007, 12:32
Hi Pete - only just seen this in your Sig!? Am really loving the Pathfinder conversions (especially the masks!!!!) and the paint scheme is awesome! Keep up the good work! ;)

Lord Commander Eidolon
05-08-2007, 16:41
they are some nice pictures man, try mixing the first layer of blue with a very small ammount of chaos black and see how it turns out im gonna post up some pictures of my wip guardsmen very soon

Brother Loki
02-10-2007, 11:41
Well. I've been rather unenthusiastic about painting a bit recently, for a variety of reasons. Pretty much the only thing I've managed to get finished over the last month or so is this:


It's the epic version of Magnus, the mercenary warcaster from Warmachine. His dark blue armour signifies his loyalty to the deposed king of Cygnar, Vinter Raelthorne, as opposed to the brighter blue of the Cygnaran 'jack at his feet. I painted it for my friend's birthday.

07-11-2007, 04:16
Nice Magnus! I'm also a fan of the Tau scheme, and I like your converted pathfinders. I have a quick question though. Do you drybrush the entire model blue to pick out the details and make highlighting easier or is there some other unknown reason?

Brother Loki
03-12-2007, 22:26
Gah! A question and I never noticed. Sorry Zuz. The drybrushing is actually shadow grey, and its how I highlight black - specifically the clothing. It does make it easier to paint them as a bonus though.

Brother Loki
03-12-2007, 22:33
Well folks, i've been at it again on the single miniature front. This time it's my version of Bjorn the Fell Handed, as he appears in the Age of Heresy campaign pack on Bell of Lost Souls (http://belloflostsouls.blogspot.com). This is Bjorn during the Heresy, long before he became a dreadnought, and is based on the picture from his back banner. In the banner he was depicted strangling a serpent, which I didn't want to do. I thought about having him throttle a Thousand Son marine, but that would unbalance it too much (it's going to be used in games - its not a display model), so I just put a traitor's helmet on the base.





Brother Loki
04-01-2008, 23:01
Hey all

Well, the latest thing to get me excited is the Damocles Gulf campaign coming up in May. I'm going to be playing on the Imperial side, probably using my guard army, and will be supplementing my forces with a large Ordo Xenos contingent.

The following models use the rules in the campaign pack downloadable from http://www.tempusfugitives.co.uk/

Deathwatch Disruption Team
These are deathwatch in scout armour whose job is to accompany an ordo xenos pariah to disrupt enemy morale and psychic powers. I haven't decided what model to use for the specialist yet, so any suggestions would be welcome!


Brother Captain Vespasian of the Ultramarines:

Hawk Lord:

Blood Angel:

Raven Guard:



Brother Loki
04-01-2008, 23:10
Next up is my Deathwatch pursuit team, which are WIP:

Brother Captain Orion of the Red Hunters:

Brother Raziel of the Ravenwing:

Temujin of the White Scars:

All of them will be receiving some more kit and stowage, to reflect the fact that they operate on their own for long periods of time.

I will also be doing a standard power armoured kill-team, probably led by a Blood Ravens librarian, and featuring members of the Space Wolves, Iron Hands, Crimson Fists, Salamanders and Red Scorpions.