Monday, March 3, 2014

Snow Tau Showcase


So after winning the LVO Raffle Army I had been contemplating what to do about it and my exisiting snow Tau army.  It is a pretty sizable collection and painted to a pretty nice standard.  I bought a good clip of this army years ago on ebay so I never picked the scheme and some of the tanks are really assembled not so well.  Still the overall army does look pretty darn nice.

I decided in the end to sell them to Anthony since he used them at LVO and liked them, plus it gives him another useable fully painted army.  I gave him a super deal on it and can help with painting updates as needed, so at least I can enjoy the army still even if I'm staring across the table at it.

So before I send it off I thought I'd get some pictures of it for posterity's sake.

Ethereal, one of the models I painted last year with the new book and I really like this sculpt and the way it came out painted too!



The "Buffbot" Commander.  This was painted years ago but I gave him some touch ups last year.  We had been using him with a squad of Marker Drones which I just converted out of old gun drones.


 

The Riptide was a pretty fun model to paint last year too.  On these larger models I don't really like the white because it just is way too much space for no gradient but there is no way I'm trying my hand at smooth gradient white!




Crisis suits, also got a quick paint update last year with the new book.  I've got them heavily magnetized so this is just how we've been running them lately.




Stealth suits, which you can see that I have not updated the bases on these guys.  They were always a fun unit though not the best competitively.  The paint scheme isn't executed as well as I'd like but I do like the 'theoretical' I suppose you could say.  Plus it is a nice change up from the rest of the army while still fitting in nicely.


You can see how the bases look terrible with age because I didn't mix enough white into the mix.  Hopefully the new bases will not yellow like this.


Firewarriors, lots of them!  They were once a gun line, then fish of fury, now back to a gunline.  More Firewarriors than you should probably field today.


One of the Devilfish, this one can't be converted and is one of the ebay models I received.  You can see the chasis isn't exactly seemless.  I gave it a bit of paint when I got it to make it a little better and added the decals but it isn't exactly awe inspiring.


Kroot, the first 10 came painted from ebay.  I had to match the other 10 and think I did a pretty good job.  Still I've always not liked that the color was so dramatically different from the army.  It does give some nice contrast but if I did them over now with this snow theme I'd go for and 'icy blue' color I think.


Pathfinders, which are actually just converted Firewarriors!  Yes I had so many I could cut 10 down and repaint them and they look just as good as the over priced GW ones.



Pirahna, which I painted new out of the box a few years ago but I haven't updated them for the new book.  If they ever come back in style I think the bases need updating and a little more highlighting and they will be good to go.



The new Broadsides from last years release.  The models are a nice upgrade over the old models (which I've added below too).  The old ones were a little boring and blah metal.  You can see the old ones are quite chipped up from years of use and I don't think I ever hit these old guys with any protective coating.  Certainly they could be updated with paint but honestly if Anthony really wanted to use Railguns I'd advise getting a new set.  Of course the new models are magnetized too so these guys could be altered too!



The old Broadside beat up and gargh those old bases! 

 

This is one of my tanks that can be changed up a bit.  I used to run it as a second Devilfish but last used it as another Hammerhead.  The bits are all magneted so it can be changed easily.  It could use some paint help (highlights and the base) if it ever sees use again.


Here is the updated Hammerhead.  I added Longstike last year and he is removable, and I think the chasis can be turned into a 3rd Devilfish as well.



I decided I would try my had and some gradient white work on Farside.  It came out 'ok' but I would never want to do this on a larger scale model!


The Skyray which is still a great tank to use.  The top is magneted so it could also change over to a hammerhead if desired.



I figured to give away the Eldar I have too.  I've used them with this army and my bikes but there really isn't a need to have two sets so off they go.  I was also experimenting a bit to try to do black differently than the extreme highlighting like my Templar.  The effect is not so impressive.


Still the paint is not BAD by any means, it just ends up looking like it is basically black at a quick first glance.  

So there you go, a pretty large army and it looks pretty good.  Off it goes to EXILE but I look forward to playing against it!


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