Wednesday Workbench / Tau!

A day late, sure, but it’s got to be Wednesday somewhere, right?  (What do you mean that’s not how it works?)

2013-06-12 07.26.00

Sigmar help me, I’ve actually done some painting.  Not a lot, but given how the past month’s been: I’ll take what I can get.

There’s been quite a bit of faffing around with the exact paint color scheme I want to use on my Tau 2.0. I’m still not sure that I’m in love with it, but it’s definitely Good Enough.

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Here’s a finished, final model: all he needs is some static grass on the base and varnishing.  Sean P. will likely be happy to note that, in the end, I went with Dragonforge’s Lost Empires bases. In the end, it came down to variety, and thinking I could get the effect I wanted.  It’s turned out okay, I think.

2013-06-12 07.27.43

The only thing I’m unhappy with is the Fire Caste symbol.  Previously, I’d painted it black-on-white, and I don’t think it ever looked good. The slightest imperfection in getting lines straight and shapes even stood out. I did some quick alternative color mockups below: the second from the left might have hastily been done in Gimp, but it’s not too far from what black-on-white actually looks like. :/

Tau Symbols

The more I think about it, the more I like the rightmost one. I think I’m going to give that a spin before I hit the model with varnish.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to make good, quick progress with these guys.

  • G Red

    Turquoise Tau. Love it.
    Try a tangerine color to the fire sign or a stronger red orange.

    • Yeah, the turquoise Greater Good was the first 40K army I painted; the first models I painted after a longish hiatus from the hobby.

  • Oliver Bayley

    Definitely like the rightmost one!
    I am biased though because I used this previously, or a version of it. I have a couple of Firewarriors on my Riptide base with something similar (but with a gold centrepiece to indicate a special unit):

    On my Tau army page (about halfway down) are some pads which just use white:

    Love the new blog look btw

    • Me, too: it’s ultimately what I settled on. It stands out, but doesn’t jar with the rest of the model.

      I’ve really been enjoying what you’ve been doing with your Tau: your Riptide is seriously hot. I just saw the finished, post-weathering product and it’s extremely effective.