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I wouldnt be surprised if this gets moved, but I need some ideas or suggestions when painting Tau firewarriors. The issue is that I finished painting them, and they seem to look flat. I primed them in Black (Citadel) and experimented with a few different schemes. I started with white armor (storm trooper esque) but realized that the white is very difficult to make even. I am now deciding on whether to use the Desert (vomit brown) look or shadow grey.
I have FW's painted in both but I need to find a technique to highlight or accentuate the paint schemes. I see in the Codex how some shemes use a white drybrush over the base armor color, but I'm having a hard time perfecting this technique...Maybe i need a more detailed brush, but the white comes out TOO pronounced.
Another thing that I've heard about is dipping, or even watering down a lighter shade of the base coat and letting it seep into the cracks. I plan on experimenting with this, but also want to see if anyone uses these techniques on their FW's. Also, I have seen some DF's that players at my local shop own and they look terrible. They were painted by brush and I have come to the realization that I am going to have to spray my DF to make it look nice.
Lastly, I have a squad of SM that I whipped up in a Ultramarines scheme, and they look really nice. They are for testing painting as this is my first time painting, but they seem to be a lot more forgiving that the Tau. Maybe its the fact that they have a lot of areas where the primer coat comes through under the armor.
I painted my Hammerhead by Hand with a brush......and everyone says it looks awesome.
For the cloth bits of the FW, try codex grey, instead.
My Armys paint scheme is going to be White and Light Purple.
For painting white, the nicest models ive seen, dont actually use straight white as the base color.
They prime black, and put a base of off white, and then highlight with near white, and straight white on the edges...
so, basicly use 75% white / 25% grey for the base coat.
and highlight with 85% white / 15% grey.
then in spots along the highlight, use 100% white.
P.S. For the base coat, you might want to use 2 or 3 thinned coats instead of one for a more even coating.
I would never use drybrushing on Tau models. It just looks far too unlean and dirty. And I don't think dipping would work too will with Tau either. I've seen pictures of fire warriors painted like that, and they're not very good. And Tonya knows what she's talking about when it comes to painting white. Hope that helps!
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