OPINION TIME! (Second time)

I’m waffling about what specific style of resin bases to use for my Tau 2.0 army.  I think I’ve made my mind up, but I’m at that stage where I’d like some external input/opinions before placing an order.

Context:

My previous Tau army had been based thusly:

Fire Warrior 1

 

The army will be painted with the same palette , more or less. Bright turquoise.

What I envision is is something that would pair well with the basing scheme I use with my Orks. Obviously not the same (since I’d just base with ballast and cork), but similar. 

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I need the ability to build up terrain to hide flyer flight stands.

So: I’m looking for badlands-y terrain that’ll look good in brownish/orangish/reddish tones. Ground/terrain is a must, ruins are secondary.

Also; looking at what I’m looking at might help paint the picture in my head.

What I’m looking at:

  • DragonForge Broken Wasteland – Good visual variety, and mostly terrain. I’d like some artificial stuff on there, but it’s not the end of the world.  Not exactly in love with the pattern/distribution of the cracked earth, though.
  • DragonForge Lost Empires – I love the hexes. It’s one of Jeff’s most complete ranges. However: I’m pretty sure this range was made for Tau, and I’d like to be a little unique. It’s also way too heavy on the tiles. I need something 80% terrain 20% man- (Tau-?) made; not the other way around.
  • Secret Weapon Ancient Sands – Basically the same as the DF Broken Wasteland, but I like the cracked earth patterns more, and I think the dirt/cracked earth relationship is more realistic. I hate the stones, though.
  • Secret Weapon Desert Basin – Isn’t bad, and is definitely on the right track… but I can’t help but feel like I’d get close-enough results from saving the money and just doing myself. Ditto their Desert Mesa and Desert Wasteland line.  And, if that’s the case, what’s the point?
  • could just do them myself. Base them basically the same way I’m doing the Orks. That’s an option, but I’d like to drop these models onto some sharp looking bases.

Well, what do folks think?  Are there any lines that sort of fit what I’m looking for that I should know about?

  • Sean Parker

    The Lost Empires definitely has the Tau vibe. I think they would look really good.
    Of the other choices, I think Ancient Sands would be the better option.
    In order of preference:
    1) Lost Empires
    2)Ancient Sands
    That’s just me though. It really comes down to how many bases you need, and how much you are willing to spend.

    • I like Lost Empires, but they really have too much “man-made” stuff where I want more natural stuff.

      You don’t care for the Secret Weapon bases at all?

      • Sean Parker

        Of the Secret Weapons bases, Ancient Sands is the best I think.
        (sorry for delay, been sick)