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I was just wondering what everyone has chosen for their paint scheme. I have rarely seen two Tau armies painted the same way. I feel like most other armies (SM, Chaos, Ork) usually stick to traditional paint schemes but I think it is in Tau Community Culture to exude more individuality. Lets see if I'm right.
I thought I was original with my shadow grey Tau but I've heard of a few others and realized it's in the codex. Mine is Chaos Black base with Shadow Grey armor. Skull White here and there for contrast and Boltgun Metal for details with Goblin Green and Red Gore for jewels. I would post pictures but my digital camera sucks with close up shots.
"I do not speak Tau, Gue'la"
My army has 3 different color schemes (not counting Kroot)
All pathfinder units have a sandy orange/yellow primary, green secondary color scheme.
Units which are advance units (Crisis Suits, FCW Devil Fishes, etc) have a Shadow Grey primary, Regal/Midnight Blue Secondary
All reserve units (Broadsides, Hammerheads, Gun Drone Squadrons, Missile Crisis Suits) have a Regal/Midnight Blue Primary, Shadow Grey secondary color scheme. (Exactly reversed of the advance units)
The idea is that they are a cadre formed for aquatic operations, with extensive training in beach landings on a planet that has lots of rocky coasts. Advance units are expected to quickly reach the shore so their primary colors match the grey, stoney environment, while the reserve units are expected to hang back closer to the sea (or perhaps even stay in the water? imagine a Broadside rising out of the surf.) and so their primary colors are blues. Its not really true camoflage, but its not quite heraldry either.
Meanwhile those with pathfinder training in this cadre are expected to have appropriate camoflage for every environment they enter, so their colors match my usual game board of gravel with sparse grasses.
For my hunter cadre i went with a base of scaly green and then dark angels green armor. for my ranks i did black is a 'ui, midnight blue is a ,vre , fortress grey for 'el, and then chainmail for my 'o. My tanks are painted with dark angels green fora base then elf flesh for the circles around the doors and the drone tops. It looks really cool and they blend in well with city fighting and forest. the only time people usually notice them is in a desert board.
i based my color scheme on the one in the codex(the shadow grey one), but with slight variations. Half of the helmet is chaos black and shadow grey. The armor is shadow grey(except for my shas'ui and two other models, the middle of his left shoulder armor is chaos black, and his helmet is chaos black) the fatigues are fortress grey, the eye peices are scorpion green,the gun is chaos black with scorpion green for the sight things, and the tau fire warrior symbol is skull white. Ive based my colors and wargear on rank. Black is Shas'ui, fortress grey is Shas'vre, Shas'el is red, and Shas'o is red and has the Farsight sword, shield, and arials.
loves the funeral for hearts.
If i had a half decent camera i'd take a picture but anyway. I based them black then painted red gore on top of that. The edges are lined with chainmail and the shoulder pad is white in the middle section. Nothing too fancy but i think my one XV-15 looks cool
My Arena Champions: Kharn'eth The Bloodcleaver and Gorzag Iron Jaw
I'm using the theme with the camo green and dark angel green, it is actually quite cool IMO, but I think I'll paint my bloved stealths in an other colour, but I haven't found one yet, but I think I gonna make them a bit darker
My 1000 point army has a Chaos Black Undercoat, the Armor is painted Gore Red with Red Ink over that, and parts of the helmet are Bad Moon Yellow. My Kroot are Midnight Blue, Snakebite Leather, Chaos Black, Chainmail, and a bite of Desert Yellow and Gore Red here and there.
My Kill Team(11 Firewarriors and 1 Rail Gun Pathfinder) is Space Wolf Grey Armor, Fortress Grey Undercoat, with Pathces of Codex Grey and bots of Skull White and Black. My FireWarrior Shas'ui has a Skull White Helmet, but everything else mathces the rest of my units. I love this color scheme and I'm going to use it on my next Tau Army.
I hope people are having fun.
If I would ever make a tau army, I'd paint them as Ultramarines:
black clothes, blue armour, white markings and some gold stuff on the sergeants (or however the Tau call the dudes in charge)
Chaos does not need explaining! guess what? Chaos cannot be explained!Originally Posted by BobaHat
My sceme is kinda confusing.
Main armor is Mythril Silver, secondary is Chaos Back. And depending on what FOC slot it takes up it also has a 'squad' color.
HQ: Skull White = Holy (The heros and all)
Elites: Blood Red = Fire (Seen combat, thus the elites)
Troops: Regal Blue = Water (Everything starts as water...?)
Fast Attack: Sky Blue = Air (nothing to say)
Heavy Support: Scorched Brown (Earth Shattering!)
Fast Attack: http://www.deviantart.com/view/16700320/
Heavy Support: http://www.deviantart.com/view/22060392/
Army Pic: http://www.deviantart.com/view/16563184/
For my army, everything got a black undercoat. For Fire Warriors, thier Armor was painted Boltgun, as was the gun. Thier large shoulder pad was then painted Red Gore with alternating Black and White stripes (yes, it's plaid). They then recieved a colored stripe on the Helmet to show which squad they were a part of (and to make it easier on me when deploying troops).
The Crisis/Broadside Suits got the center of the torso, head, and thigh pads painted plaid, as well as thier missile pod. The sides of the torso, hip joines, feet, arms, and jetpack were painted Boltgun.
Stealth Suits got Shadow Grey on parts of them, with thier larger shoulder pad also being plaid. I then gave them a Green Stuff kilt and sash in the Black Watch tartan pattern.
Kroot had thier chest painted (the ridged part) Camo Green, then got kilts in the regular Red, Black, and White plaid. Silver and Bronze were added for their bitz.
Tanks got the center ridge of the body done in boltgun, and the plaid on the sloped sides. The guns were done with boltgun and black, and the tartan was painted on the doors.
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