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Hi all, here is my first post on Hersey.

Thought I would post my first Tau. I'm pleased with the way it has come out, although the lighting has made the paint look very 'thick', which it isn't.

The base is going to be city ruin in style. Bear in mind this is a test figure, so I will be modifying the lense colours (will probably be green).




Thanks for any coments in advance
 

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Nice paintwork first off. The white and red go well together but personally would darken up the red to contrast a little more with the white. How do you plan on doing the bases?
 

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Very nice indeed, and i'd definitely go with green for the lenses.

This is similar to the joint tau army me and some mates are doing, which is a dark red armour with slate grey fatigues inspired by the old communist uniforms in russia. - We thought communism was particularly apprpriate for the tau.

I would consider mouses comment about the darker red, i think it would make all the difference between a great colour scheme and a stunning one. I think your painting (the ochre in particular)is superb though. Fantastic work.

In addition, take great care over the basing. This can either doom or solidly accentuate the colourscheme. Dont fall in to the trap of only using gw products, as i believe their flock range (unlike their paints) is extremely weak. If you live in the UK, take a trip to hobbiecraft, or your local model shop and take a look at the range of flocks for model railway enthusiasts. One of these is what i use for my guard which ive just posted, and my forthcoming eldar exodite force. These flocks are worth more than a gander, and often work out cheaper than the gw stuff.
 

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In addition, take great care over the basing. This can either doom or solidly accentuate the colourscheme. Dont fall in to the trap of only using gw products, as i believe their flock range (unlike their paints) is extremely weak. If you live in the UK, take a trip to hobbiecraft, or your local model shop and take a look at the range of flocks for model railway enthusiasts. One of these is what i use for my guard which ive just posted, and my forthcoming eldar exodite force. These flocks are worth more than a gander, and often work out cheaper than the gw stuff.
Woodland Scenics makes great stuff to base your models with. It was designed for model railroaders and for the same price as the gw stuff you have a greater selection with 3 to 4 times the material for the same price. Another good company to look at is Hudson and Alan. Geat terrain/basing materials that are pretty easy to work with.
 

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Cheers for the pointers.

I use woodland scenics for my terrain building generally, but have used it for figure basing previously.

I do have a scheame in mind for the bases. A few years ago I did a complete marine army with each unit having its own 'squad base'. The theme was a swampy river crossing.

For the Tau Im probably going to go for a similar result, but this time tie the bases together so they 'almost' relate to each other. I will be using the GW 'city fight' building set sprues to get the required structures, and build from there. Im not sure what colour Im going to do the stone work yet, but I dont think 'slate' grey will work very well, so I'll need to think about it. I will certainly have rusty metal work and other detritus to add character to the bases, to give an even more clean lined appearance to the Tau.

Just a quick note about the red (and the hightlighting on the black). I used a 'big' light when I took the photo and the red gore colour I used looks much more washed out than in real life and the highlightin has totally diapeared. I shall see if I can get a better photo at som stage.
 

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It's a very nice looking figure and the scheme should make for a good army.

One thing you might consider is having a different colour for the cloth parts on his arms and legs compared with the red pieces of armour. Maybe a darker red.
 

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It looks really good, but I agree with the other people that a darker red would look better, but overalll really good job.
 

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Nice paintwork first off. The white and red go well together but personally would darken up the red to contrast a little more with the white. How do you plan on doing the bases?
Yeah, that's the only thing I can think of too... Do that.
 

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Very nice, I like that quite a bit. I also agree with the idea of a tad darker red with one more suggestion: change the red lights/buttons on the arms to a different colour like green or something similar. That will really make the model stand out and add just that tiny bit of contrast to make it pop.
 

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wooooo pretty tau!! lol very nice, it allmost makes me want to collect them, but i cant five armies on the go is more than enough.
 
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