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post #21 of 36 (permalink) Old 11-01-09, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Update! Fire warrior squad finished!





As I said a while ago, I'm going to mix these with my first squad, so I've got one squad in 'standing and shooting' gunline type poses, and one thats moving, as if just deploying from a fish or something. Not really necessary (doubt I'll worry about it when gaming), but if I ever get round to doing a display base (big if!) it'll look better.

Onto this month.

My budget is £25+8 = £33

I've gone a bit overboard this month though. A new store was having an opening day sale, so I picked up a box of firewarriors, another battleforce, and a skyray. This lot came to 78 quid (gulp!). Plus I've got a hammerhead I piked up on ebay for £12.50.

My origonal plan was firewarriors and the ebay hammerhead, but I wanted to take advantage of the sale.

So that puts my budget for this month at £33-78-12.50 = -57.5.

On the bright side, I've now got all the models for my tourney list!

Hopefully some stuff of interest for next time!

Until next time

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Also, I've now got for sale:
12 Kroot 7.50+PandP
12 Kroot 7.50+PandP
3 stealth suits+marker drone 7.50+PandP

If anyones interested, give me a PM.

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Update time.

I managed to pick up all my stuff last week. So I now have all my minis!

I had an all day wargaming event on Saturday with my uni society. I wanted to start playtesting my tau, so as to get them ready for the nationals in easter. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough assembled, so I spent a few nights manically gluing tanks together. Unfortunately didn't get any extra fire warriors sorted, but I borrowed some from a mate (this also meant I managed to take my chaos along as well which was fun!).

I only managed one game with the Tau. Against my mates marines that he's been using on the tourney circuit. I lost. Badly.

Learning points:
1. learn to use markerlights better
2. don't split your force up
3. possibly exchange the skyray for some broadsides.

I am giving this last option some thought. However I want to playtest the ray a bit more before I give up on it (also haven't got money for broadsides atm.) I found I struggled against armor. 2 railguns just isn't enough.

Anyway, onto the pics.

All my new armor (most still need paint and gap filling):



Close up on the pathfinder fish. The new hatch is a drone top and antenna. Found the idea whilst on the web. Haven't been able to relocate the webpage though. If you're reading this and it was your idea, thanks for the inspiration! Looks more stealthy now, which is more suitable in my mind.



The new hammerheads:



The railgins are magnetised, I've just got to get round to doing the ion cannon. The other devilfish and the skyray you have seen before. Unfortunately the skyay I bought from the shop (currently equipped as a hammerhead, giving me a spare ray turret) had the same engine miscasts I've had on some of my devilfish. I went to GW and when they opened another to replace the damaged sprue, that one was damaged as well, so they gave me the whole kit! So I got a free skyray/hammerhead (will be put together for the odd apoc game). I can fix the engines with a bit of plasticard, so its win!

I've also put together the third fire warrior squad. I'm trying to get everythiong assembled over the coming weeks, so I can start playtesting properly. The idea behind these guys is that they are carefully advancing, watching for the enemy, not engaged like the previous 2 squads. Not perfect, but I like the overall effect.





Guy on the right needs a bit of GS to sort his shoulder, but I'm really pleased with him. I'm going to do this when I mix a batch for the pathfinders rather than wasting it mixing some for such a small area. The binoculars are spares from a devilfish frame.



One more squad of fire warriors, the pathfinder conversions then all I've got left is to get everything painted (and possibly convert up some broadsides!).

Untill next time

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Update!

I've almost finished my pathfinder conversions. I've just got to sort out the markerlights. Haven't completely decided how I'm doing this yet, but hopefully I'll work out a version I'm happy with.

Anyway heres the pics:

Whole squad:


Team leader. Whilst I don't use one in the list, I wanted to have one member looking like he was in charge, mainly to add a bit of variety. You may notice his helmet antenna is not a fire warrior one. This is because I didn't have enough spares from my fire warrior sprues (lost them I think), so used the antenna from a devilfish pilot. Also helps mark him out as squad leader, which was an added bonus.





Other Squad members:





















Close up on the shoulder patch:


In terms of the how for those interested. The armor plate was sliced off the legs (removing a fair bit of plastic). I then used GS to rebuild the legs, trying to use the folds at the edge of the newly sculpted area as a guide for my new folds. The helmets were ectended with GS. I have chosen to fill the panel lines in the helmets using humbrol filler. Partly because I couldn't reproduce them neatly in my GS extension, and partly to further distinguish the from the fire warriors. The armor on the right shoulder was carefully trimmed back leaving the strap, or the shoulder was resculpted with GS, depending on how badly I mangeled the arm in the process. The shoulder patches were made by rolling the left-over GS into a sausage, slicing off circles when it had set and gluing them into place. Markerlights will be made using either Gals method in the tut section or using plastic tube.

Until next time

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Another quick update. May be a while before the next one as work is starting to pile up, and the weathers crappy so I can't undercoat at the moment.

Last firewarrior squad done.







Not really going for a 'look' to this unit in the same way as I did for the others. I wanted to make sure that in this squad there were no poses that were the same as the previous squads, giving the models shown above. Yoiu may have noticed that in this squad and the previous squad, I haven't atatched the shoulder guards. These will be painted separately, as last time they were a pain.

Current to do list (in no particular order):

Undercoat and paint fire warriors and pathfinders
Gap fill and sand tanks
Undercoat and paint tanks
Paint battlesuits
Magnetise ion cannons (not needed for my tourney list, so not that important atm.)
Maybe convert and paint broadsides.

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New update. It's been a while, but unfortunately work has got in the way a bit (coursework for my masters). Manyway, I've managed to get the basecoats done on the all the infantry, and the white done on one fire warrior squad. I have left the shoulder pads off at the moment to make painting easier, once I've got all the fire warriors done I'll paint all 20 at the same time.

Anyway, here's the pics.





I'm going to try to get the white done on all 26 remaining infantry, and then finish the details off hopefully as a batch, but possibly squad by squad if I run out of energhy! Decided to use Gals method for markerlights from the tutorials section for the pathfinders. Going to start the white on them and hopefully get it finished sometime over the next two weeks.

Untill next time!

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Lookin' very good. I like the subtle (ish) camo on the devilfish. The bases are also very cool, maybe some snow on them would help blend them into the models a bit more?

P.S. do you have an account on advanced tau tactica? I ask because there's a member there with the name general as well. You should check it out for some good inspiration if you don't already have an account.

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Updatye. I've been a bit busy lately, with a load of exams and coursework all at once, so haven't posted for ages! I've mananged to complete the whiote on all the infantry (just!). I've also put together a squad of 3 broadsides. I'll only be using two if I put them in my tourney lisy, but I want to have the option of 3 for bigger games.

First the infantry.
3rd fire warrior squad:





4th fire warrior squad:





Pathfinders:





and the broadsides:
Group shot:



All have slightly modified feet (trimmed to allow for more poses), arm mounted railguns, and SMS represented by the SMS on the vehicle sprue. I didn't like the huge 'lumps' that are missile pods normally, and underslung railguns are cooler imo. ASS has been represented using cut up burst canons. Saw someone else do a similar thing, and liked it. So if your reading, thankyou for the inspiration!

Broadside 1





Broadside 2 - this model will act as a 'ui when required as I've put a small magnet into one of the soulder missile pods, just in case I want to give him equipment (e.g. multitracker).






Broadside 3 - This was the heaviest conversion. Cut and repositiond both legs at the knee. Close up pics show some detail of the ASS. Unfortunately I can't really get better photos than this, due to the positioning.











Salio: I rekona bit of snow could work well. I may try it on one of them.

Finally, budget.

In november I was at -£57.50. However now its february. The 3 broadsides cost 24 quid (ebay plus a birthday present), and I managed to sell somne leftover gun drones for 4.00. That means I'm now on:

-£57.50+£25 (dec)+£25 (jan) + £25 (feb) + £4 - £24 = -£2.50

Until next time.
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A big update now (at least I think it is!)
I've finished off the pathfinders, and the last fire warrior squads. So without further adoi, here's the pics!

Pathfinders:







A close up on the shas'ui. Whilst the squad won't have a leader in the list, I wanted one for higher points games, and because I think it looks better. 9the fire warriors don't have any because I intend to paint some up at a later date.)



Detail on the scanner. Not perfect, but I happy with how it looks.




Edit: Just noticed I need to tidy up where the white and scanner where I got rown on them. Damn!

Fire warrior squad 3





Close up on the binocular lens.



Fire warrior squad 4





They all look very glossy. This is due to the coat of varnish, and the fact that I was lighting them using a bike lamp, which has made it look very shiny. Its not like this 'in the flesh', so to speak.

The broadsides and other battlesuits are undercoated, but unfortunately I've run out of my foundation grey. Hopefully I'll have some soonish, when I get a chance to buy some.

Untill next time

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Looking good! I wish I had that kind of budget, and +Rep for being able to paint white to a nice quality!
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Looking good! I wish I had that kind of budget, and +Rep for being able to paint white to a nice quality!
Thanks. I'm quite happy with how their turning out. I'm getting funded to do my course at the moment, so I've got some money, hence the budget. As an undergad/school kid, I couldn't have spent anywhere near this much! I'm hopefully borrowing my mates spray gun for the tanks, so hopefully the white on them should be a bit easier to do!

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