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Have just done some research into the 'dazzle' camo. patterns used on naval ships to help avoid them being hit by U-boat torpedos.
What do people think about Tau craft being painted in a dazzle pattern?
Have a look at the above link to see what dazzle camo looks like?
Would it be
a) definately worth doing, would look great.
b) would certainly be unusual, but still worth a go.
c) no way, your army would be laughed at.
Comments eagerly awaited.
Don't forget that the 'Razzle-Dazzle' camo scheme was also applied to aircraft of this period. Here's a nice SBS on an aircraft modelling forum by a mate of mine: Razzle Dazzle' em
I think this sort of scheme would look really funky on Tau. And your vehicles certainly would be unique!
This is the most original idea I have read on this forum in some time. It could also work for DIY chapters like a new SMurf or chaos chapter.
Thanks for raising that!!
Diabolus fecit, ut id facerem!
You know, I tend to think that could work well with the Tau. Build off the sphere a bit, like rising sun patterns with the lines coming out of the spheres? It's hard to explain, but I do like it, it's original and fresh, and I hope you give it a try.
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I certainly wasn't expecting it!
Well, that's one thing to buy this weekend. I think I'll start with a Hammerhead and see what happens.
I will post pictures of wip, if I ever work out how to that is.
This is definitely a cool idea, after all most Tau tanks are a bit past the point where camouflage would be useful anyway!
I agree with tekore, a pattern incorporating spherical design would work best if you can figure one out. I think the main thing to do is break down the definition between the different parts of the tank.
Looking forward to seeing the WIP shots!
Definitely a cool idea.
There are two (small) problems I see with applying a razzle dazzle pattern to your tanks:
1. The tanks will stand out from your army a lot if the rest of the army is painted in a different scheme. The idea of the razzle dazzle is to have a riot of colors and shapes painted on the vessel's hull. So you will not have a "unified" look in your army. Unless you want everyone to have the camo.
2. razzle dazzle was "invented" to mess up visual sighting of moving targets. Once technology evolved to use other means of spotting targets (radar, sonar) it proved too muuch of a problem because of the high visibility (as mentioned in the article you linked). In the 40k universe a lot of sighting is done by eyeball, but there are many other sensors (end extra sensory stuff, ike psy powers). SO I am not sure it would apply so much.
Don't get me wrong. I am i full support of this rather unique (well to 40k, I have seen other game systems use the idea before) idea. It would certainly look interesting and I am almost certain that not many other tanks will look like that.
Shut up and play.
Lamenter, your concerns are worrying me at the moment.
Firstly, what do the troops look like if their tanks have dazzle camoflage?
Secondly, I agree with your historical thoughts. If memory serves, it was largely ruled out by the end of WW1 (in all its dazzling colours), though applied a little to WW2 warships, mainly I think to make them appear smaller. And as you say when more modern methods of weapons delivery were invented visual trickery was obsolete.
If the Tau had Harlequins, then it would fit real nice.
I'm not sure. A whole force, with troops matching ships, would be to over the top I feel. But perhaps as a one off display model - maybe.
I will think on at a while.
Shut up and play.