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So I have recently started to collect Tau and I have a question about painting Fire Warriors. I have collected both Necrons and Space Wolves and I believe I am a somewhat experienced painter (although I am no pro). After watching painting tutorials and reading blogs, I've noticed that for the most common theme (the one I plan to do) you basecoat with scorched brown, then paint the armor plates with vomit brown, then highlight with bleached bone.
Now for my question, how do you highlight with bleached bone? I have seen many techniques but I would prefer to drybrush the raised areas. Does anybody drybrush the highlights? What other way would you highlight without it seeming 'unnatural'.
When I saw title of this subject, first thing that came into my mind was - why would anyone shoot a markerlight on fellow FW team? My english is bad, I know.
Drybrushing always leaves that 'dusty' appearance on the model. I like to keep my Tau clean and smooth, therefore I use very little highlights and only on the up-most edges of the armour using thinned Bleached Bone and very thin brush. This is time consuming, but the effect is usually worth the effort.
If you want to drybrush though, try 'feathering' just the edges. I'm sure it would produce very nice effect as I used it with success on Dark Angels - I used Citadel's fine detail brush with bristles cut to half of original length (that produces very stiff, short, and rather fine brush). If you couple it with a very light drybrush of entire model, using say 50% Snakebite Leather 50% Bleached Bone, and add bleak, sandy-desert base, entire army would gain a dusty, worn look of desert fighters couple of Rotaa in the field.
Last edited by number6; November 23rd, 2010 at 14:45.
ninjabackhand: point and click, again, really? even after i give you an military term "shock tactic" you still call it point and click.
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Thanks to both of your guys for your input!
And nice models!
I think I will end up highlighting with watered down bleached bone, using a fine detail brush. One of the most appealing aspects of tau is how smooth the models looked when well painted.
Something to try,dry brush to a shade a little lighter than you want, then run a glaze/filter/diluted wash over all of it, it knocks the cooler back, adds more shading and usually removes the dustiness - but try it on a test piece first