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Just recently finished up a rather large commission of Tau. Several firsts for me. The big 2 being first time painting Tau and the second being the first time using an airbrush to base coat the figures.
These are game quality figures painted up to the specifications of the client. The color choices were his and I worked with him to create some interesting effects. The colors were kept rather flat and I tried for a strong contrast to help capture the "clean" look of the Tau. Assembling them was a complete nightmare. Too many pieces! Why on earth did they make the Broadside rail guns out of metal with the rest of the body being plastic?!? Stupid Stupid Stupid! That is my one big complaint about the Tau.
As for the airbrush (I used an Aztec brush) I am pleasantly surprised with how it went. Clean up was only a minor pain and the paint went on nice and smooth. I mainly put the base coats on everything (except the stealth suits) with the airbrush as well as painted on the camo.
I used both golden airbrush paint as well as a few bottles of vallejo airbrush paint and found that they worked nicely. color matching was a bit of a pain with the golden and the vallejo airbrush colors don't exactly coincide with their other lines...
At any rate these are game table top quality. Overall I think they turned out well enough - my favorites being the stealth suits. I tried to tie all of the units together by using grey in most of the units as an accent color amongst the other colors. Enjoy - and as always I love to hear feedback and critiques. Being my first foray into Tau I would love others opinions...
Great job on those. Beautiful, clean and well contrasted. I especially like the contrast on the blue devilfish. I'm impressed. (not that that's hard to do or anything, but thats a damn fine job there) I hope to see more.
Will you be doing any fire-warriors or kroot?
Last edited by Morkai; March 23rd, 2006 at 00:43.
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Stealth Suits - That's actually how I think Stealth Suits should look(Except for the transparent ones I want to make...one day...) like. Very good work with the muted colors. The only problem I have with them are the bases, they just look too plain for me...
Devilfish APC's - Nice, just like the Stealth Suits. Good color variation, odd, but still very well done.
Broadsides - Also done well, save for the fact that the black looks just a little chunky. That's probably the fault of the pictures, but it's still there none-the-less.
Commander? Battlesuit - Very well done, looks like suppressed desert camoflauge. I like it.
Overall - To me, it just doesn't seem like the army is 'linked' together...
Although it's very well done, it just doesn't seem like the army will look unified on the tabletop. That's just one guys thoughts though. Not saying anything against the painting, just the choice of colors which were probably out of your hands.
True the colors were out of my hands. Like I said I tried to find a unifying color to bring through to better congeal the units - this being the greys. I know the client has several units already painted so I think the different colors equate to different groupings he fields. Unfortunately I haven't seen what he has so I can't be certain.Originally Posted by GamesmasterZ
If I had full reign of color choices I definitely would have done things differently.
@Morkai - not sure if I am going to be doing any Kroot or firewarriors. Really depends on if anyone wants to commission them from me. Personally I have only a minor interest in Tau and after my slaving over cleaning and assembling all the pieces I will probably stay clear from them for awhile at least. I was incredibly annoyed with the metal and plastics for the broadsuits and that also left a bad taste in my mouth! Maybe the new ones are all plastic now?
Great work Slorak, as per usual. Its a pity that the colours were out of your hands, because I would love to see what you do for the range if you had a free hand. The addition of the grey colour through the models is a great idea to try and bring the mini's together.
The Tau range of models is not my favourite from GW, but you did a really good clean job. A question though, will you use the airbrush in future?
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Great work as usualy slorak, colour pallet is a bit too binary for my taste, but application is fine.
I too use an Aztec airbrush and have been having so much fun with it, I think my next army is gonna have to be an armoured company. (Colour pallet I am stuck on)
3 observations/tips on the airbrush.
1. there is bubbling around the edges, this usually happens because a compressed air can is being used rather than a comrpessor, with continued use the temperature of the can drops and that results in a drop in preasure which impacts the atomisation of the paint, making it produce the bubbles, I have this problem, I was thinkign of buying a compressor to stop it, but since you have it too, are you using comp air or a compressor? (would be a bit of a waste of cash to buy a comrpessor only to find it doesnt solve the problem, the "dump the can in water trick only offers marginal help)
2. This is a tip, and it may be teaching you to suck eggs - regardles of what paint you use for the airbrush (me I use Tamahoya -sp) - dilution - I use roughly 3 parts paint, 1 part water/flow enhancer. 6 parts Windscreen de-icer (acohol) - using alcohol as a medium makes it dry much quicker
3. - something I tried after reading it on the GW US treadheads article, use Gauche to blackline between armoured plates. being water based it is easier to deal with mistakes than inks or acrylics
Last edited by Cheredanine; March 23rd, 2006 at 10:50.
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Actually I do use a compressor. I think the problem I might be having is that I don't have a water trap on it. Not sure though since I don't have a tremendous amount of experience with the airbrush. I have a large shop compressor that I mainly use for my finish nailer and other miscellaneous house stuff - so I didn't specifically get it for this.Originally Posted by Cheredanine
Your idea 3 sounds interesting. I may have to pick some up. Currently I have been using a combination of painted on black ink and a micron pigma pen when possible. Thanks!
Looks cool, I especically like the blue Devilfish.
I don't think that blue Broadside is legal, though.
Not that it matters to me too much - but I would like to hear your reason why...Originally Posted by VariantThanks. I will have to pick some up and give it a try the next time I am at the art store!Originally Posted by Gareth