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I was thinking of re-painting my tau army. I was thinking either a crisp white or a red. I know how to paint the red but does anyone have any tips on painting white? including foundation paints, washes, and normal paints.
White takes a lot of thin coats of paint to look solid & smooth in the finished product, especially if you are starting with a darker color underneath. I've found I always have to clean my brush twice as often with white or else it gets clumpy. So be ready for a big investment of time if you are doing a lot of models that way.
If you're looking for a scheme, I've always loved the great contrast of white armor on black cloth. It reminds of storm troopers, which I like. From there, you could pick any accent color you want for small details & highlights.
hello. i've already painted a broadside of mine fully white. sorry no pics. but what i did. was prime everything (off the sprues) with white primer. this ensures a clean coat. after this white you can shade with any grays. but be sure to water them down nicely. as you might need to wipe off any mistakes you make. if you prime white with the model already assembled then your going to have to make sure you cover everything. and everything means you might blob. otherwise. you'll be spending 1-2 hours a model to get a smooth white.
My own tau are painted; skull white, codex grey, ice blue and black. I base coat my models in black, and then paint on the other colors and touch up as needed. The blue and grey go over the black pretty well, but I find that I need to paint the white onto the models 3-5 times depending on the location of the white.
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My Tau are white as well with black cloth/trim and red rank stripes. I like the clean stormtrooper look a lot and it gets many compliments from the people I play with. I find that using a flat white basecoat makes painting white much easier. Krovin-Rezh is correct that to achieve a good looking white paint job, it takes many layers and can be time consuming. It is well worth the effort though!
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Okay I suppose I go against the grain but when I paint my mdoels white I am very big on a black undercoat. ON top of the black undercoat goes beasty brown. Then a bone white. The skull white on top of that. What that does is allow me to build up the shading in areas easier. I leave underarm areas a little darker but covering much of the beasty brown or bone white. The small contrast makes an easy shading technique.
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i was thinking astronomicon grey then drybrush white?
I'm a big fan of dry-brushing to produce a painted army fast. Check this out-
Here's what I'd do in your case.
1. Spray white. You want white models, right? Spraying black just makes more effort.
2. Wash! Do you want them shade with grey, blue or brown (like bone)? Pick the citadel wash of your choice- Black for grey shading, Blue for blue shading (this isn't tricky) or Sepia or Mud for brown, depending on how dark you want them. I'd thin the wash down with water so as not to dye the whole figure a different colour. Try a couple of trial models until you're happy that you've got the right level of shading.
3. Drybrush white. Use a big brush! This will leave your shading wash in those creases in armour plates.
4. Paint in the 'cloth' part of the armour. I'd do black but that's because I agree that Storm Troopers are cool. Otherwise I'd go with a dark version of the wash colour- e.g Necron abyss for blue shaded with armour plates, scorched brown for sepia shaded plates.
5. Add a spot colour (red?) for uniform markings and lenses.
6. Jobs' done.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
thanks for all the help guys. after playing around with some drones i came up with a colour scheme i think i might keep.
with a leviathen purple wash.
it looks quite good. what do u think?
oh and rep for all of u. these white techniques have really helped me.