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Here is my first attempt at painting miniatures. I am playing in an escalation league at my local game store and have decided on Tau. Here are the ones I have done so far. Please let me know what I could do better and what I did right.
I also apologize for the horrible pictures. I am trying to get better at that also.
I thought they were all solid blue, the armour plates don't really stick out very well, but that might just be the photo quality. You also forgot their ear pieces, I do that too. Besides that, very nice
Its definitely a solid start with an unusual paint scheme. It makes me think of sub-aquatic Tau, which would be both weird and awesome
Like the poster above me I agree that the two shades of blue don't work well. They just blend into each other at a distance,
which is how you'll be viewing them on the tabletop. If you could perhaps work it up to a warmer greenish colour then they
would contrast better.
I would also recommend a wash like badab black or devlan mud for the metallics; they work wonders.
Finally, welcome to LO, 40k and the Greater Good!
W/D/L Rumpin' BackThumpa's WAAAGH, 38/3/21
These remind me of a game called terror from the deep. I'd give you rep but I can't from my phone.
Well, I have some updates for you folks. I improved on the green it seems, having taken the old green (Model Color Emerald) and mixed 50/50 with Scorpion Green from GW. From the looks of the helmet, which is the only thing I have washed on the model so far, it seems to work much better. I will try the black and red wash also on them to see how it works. Thank you for the help so far, and hopefully I can keep this up. Got my broadsides in, so now I have to finish more Fire Warriors, Crisis Battlesuits, Stealthsuits (I know people don't like them but they have worked awesome so far for me), and some Broadsides.
Comparison Pictures between new green (on Left) and old green (on Right).
New green by himself.
new green stands out much better... maybe drybrush it with scorpion green since it would be a slightly lighter shade, and help give the model depth.
The analogous colors for the armor works well in the new version.
Pick out more detail with the complimentary colors, give them a wash or some black lining and they'll look quite nice.
Nice looking Tau unit u got there !
First thing I want to point out is how powerfull the message could be even by using the three colors u used. I generaly don't like Tau myself > but I am defeneatly supprised how nice they came out with this color scheme !
Some painting advice :
Did you prime these , the surface looks a little rough which could have been caused by some partciles being trapped under and or the prime being completed in a dusty area, I coudn't tell u how many times I've done that !
This is the #1 piece of advice I would have to any one in the hobby , dillute dillute dillute, the thinner the paint is (obviously not consistency of water) the nicer looking minature will come out. This comes from hands on expierience , I used to dillute very little but what i found is that the more you do for some reason the minatures come out looking very nicely. Of course the drawback for that is putting on lots and lots of layers ! You are not working with very light colors so the coverege should be present after 2 - 3 coats.
From what I found the best way to get better at painting is either practice or watch some one else do it / give advice on it. I personally am still learning a lot but I feel that after watching a few sessions of people paining minatures you get an understanding of some techniques and ideas on how to become a better painter.
Check out the other posts here on LO ! plenty of people put some very nice tutorials / tips on painting minatures , layering , and different methods which will make your models stand out !
There is a fairly large community of people on YouTube who post videos on regular basis and they are very , very helpfull , if you want a start u can go ahead and visit ObsidianPainting. His minatures are very nice looking and he recently did an entire start to finish on some IG , Orc and Warboss.
Cheers and keep painting !!!
I like what your doing. Reminds me of my tau when I first started that game.
Really have a look at washes as they massively change the quality of the paint job with such little effort.
I think you will be pleased. I know I was when I started using them.
Tau: 6K - W17-D3-L4, Orks: 4K - W9-D0-L2, SM: 7K - W7-D3-L4,CSM: 4K W5-D1-L1, Nids: 3.2K W3-D0-L2
Apoc games (mixture of armies used): W5-D0-L1