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Tau Empire Battlesuits Camouflage Collection Cadre Elmo

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Soldiers of the Fire Caste!
Kroot and Vespid allies!
Today, we stand as a bulwark against the selfish, the soulless, and the mad!
Today, we must drive back our enemies from our city and from our world!
Today, more than ever before, we fight for the Greater Good!
And we will triumph!

 

 

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Kavaal Korst'la'sha'is (Strike Group Reaping Wind)
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The Tau Empire was the first 40K army I started collecting after beginning with Orcs and Goblins and Empire in Warhammer FB. What drew me to them was the sleek, futuristic look and the back story of them being a benevolent force in the galaxy rather than a backward looking or just plain evil force.

Being from a military background I wanted a muted, real life colour scheme which was supported in the fluff as the Tau Empire is known to adopt colour schemes to suit the environment in which they wage war.

After much searching on the internet I went for a lozenge pattern using dark green as a base with light green and a dark terracotta as the patches with dark red highlighting danger areas such as engine intakes and weapons. Markings where originally in tan but are now slowly being replaced with white along with the heads of the battle suits. The undersides of skimmers and aircraft has been done in light grey. A muted gold is used for some highlights along with lenses in either red or green. Cockpits and troop compartments started out in light grey but are slowly changing to khaki.

Initially my colour scheme was too "busy" and shiny and as time progressed I have toned it down and added weathering hence you can see the evolution of the scheme over the last 10 years especially on the Devilfish.

The current plan is to clear down the painting backlog and then to return to these earlier models and strip and repaint them. This will be a long project so bear with me msn-wink.gif

I have split the collection into separate posts which will help me to keep this thread updated with the minimum of confusion as it progresses as new photos will be added to the existing posts.

 

HQ
Battlesuits
Troops including allies
Drones
Transports, Tanks and Reconnaissance
Aircraft
Fortifications and Lords of War


Edited by elmo, 24 June 2017 - 12:37 PM.

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HQ

 

It is as we join with others, in a way that only the Tau can, in shared engagement to the Greater Good,

that we find ourselves able to fully realize our true potential.

And that is the final source of our hopes and intentions.
Aun'el T'au Tam'ya, Ethereal caste

 

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Ethereals

 

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XV85 Enforcer Armour


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Battlesuits

 

Our tanks were useless. As soon as we broke cover, their battlesuits' heavy guns were locked on to us.

I swear it was as though they had someone nearby aiming for them before they shot.

And when they did shoot...Emperor's mercy! Their guns punched through our armour like it was paper.

All I could see were trails of fire where the projectiles had ignited the air.
Guardsman Cauley, 25th Graian Rifles

 

 

The weapons and support systems are magnetised

 

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XV15 Stealth Suits

 

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XV25 Stealth Suit

 

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XV84 and XV89 Crisis

 

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Battlesuit - Designation unknown

 

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XV8 Crisis

 

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XV88 Broadside

 

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XV95 Ghostkeel

 

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XV109 Y'vahra

 

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XV104 Riptide

 

 

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XV104 Riptide


Edited by elmo, 03 November 2017 - 06:59 PM.

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Troops including allies

 

They are fierce indeed these Kroot, and savage.
I look upon them and tremble at their ferocity.
I can only hope that when the enemy sees them they tremble as I do.
Por'vre Tau Cho, Water caste envoy

 

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Cadre fireblade

 

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Cadre fireblade

 

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Darkstrider

 

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Drones

 

The humble drone is the greatest symbol of our growing dominion. They follow orders without question,

work tirelessly and sacrifice themselves without hesitation when called upon.
Truly, much can be learned from such devotion.
Ethereal Aun'vre

 

 

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MV1 Gun Drone

 

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MV31 Pulse Accelerator drone

 

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MV33 Grav-inhibitor Drone

 

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MV4 Shield Drone

 

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MV7 Marker Drone

 

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MV8 Missile Drone

 

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M84 Shielded Missile Drone

 

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MB3 Recon Drone


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Sniper Drones and Controller


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Transports, Tanks and Reconnaissance

 

Those with superior reach can dictate the terms of battle and impose their will upon their foe.
Remember, the first step on the path to victory is often the most important.
Commander Puretide

 

 

Weapons are magnetised and the Devilfish can be converted to Hammer or Railheads

 

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Pathfinder Tetra

 

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TX4 Piranha

 

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TY7 Devilfish

 

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TX7 Hammerhead Gunship with Master gunship pilot Shas'la T'au Sha'ng

 

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TX7 Hammerhead Gunship

 

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TX78 Sky Ray Missile Defence Gunship


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Aircraft

 

A mightier shoal of predators I have never seen; all grace and measured fury.
Shas’ui Kais

 

 

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Remora Drone Stealth Fighters

 

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Barracuda Air Superiority Fighter

 

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AX-5-2 Barracuda Air Superiority Fighter

 

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AX-1-0 Tiger Shark


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Fortifications and Lords of War

 

Beneath the protective umbrella of the shield relay, we are all but untouchable.
Once more, our science and enlightenment makes brings us closer to our ultimate aims.
Aun'Cho, Tau Ethereal

 

 

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Drone controlled Sentry Turrets and Sensor Tower

 

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Bunker

 

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KV128 Stormsurge

 

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KX139 Ta’unar Supremacy Armour


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I've got to admit, Elmo, those are quite possibly the best T'au I've seen in a long time.

Would you mind sharing how you did the 'stealth effect' on your stealth suits?
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Only the enemies of the Imperium need fear the fangs of Russ' sons! Well, ok, the enemies of the Imperium, the Adminstratum and the Dark angels and...you get the picture, right?


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Thanks Valdr smile.png

 

It is very similar to the power sword effect that most use on their marines...

 

I painted the model in the base colour first and then decided where I wanted the stealth effect to have taken place so as to look like it was just cloaking..

This section was painted in the same colour as the base.

 

At the edge of the section I painted a dark blue stripe then using successively lighter blues drew a lightning fork effect finishing in small dots of white.


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Thanks Elmo, really helpful there.
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Only the enemies of the Imperium need fear the fangs of Russ' sons! Well, ok, the enemies of the Imperium, the Adminstratum and the Dark angels and...you get the picture, right?


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Awesome stuff as always Elmo! I'm a fan of your Stormsurge as I hate the "trying to take a dump pose" of the regular model lol.

I like the realism aspect of your camo and I'm attempting a more urban scheme, though if I had to do it again, I would have gone for DAK Khaki scheme or even the yellowish Dunkelgelb :D
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I have constantly kicked myself for going with the camouflage as it is very time intensive and there are times where I wished I had gone for the Dunkelgelb old style T'au scheme but when I see the completed models it always seems like it was worth it msn-wink.gif


Mind you my chocochip guard do me no favours either tongue.png


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Impressive army and an incredible color scheme! One of the best I've seen thus far! :o

 

I don't collect or paint mini so could you explain to me how you've done it? Did you paint every muster for itself? Or did you used some decals?


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Incredibly impressive collection and color scheme Elmo. Amazing work all around; this may be the best (or at least, my favorite) paint scheme for Tau I've ever seen. Really like the battlesuit thats kneeling in the ruins. 


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Impressive army and an incredible color scheme! One of the best I've seen thus far! ohmy.png

 

I don't collect or paint mini so could you explain to me how you've done it? Did you paint every muster for itself? Or did you used some decals?

 

I used MaskFX splinter camouflage system. This was produced by Critical Mass Games which has since been bought out by Ral Partha and I am waiting for a reply to see if they will add it to their range...

Step 1: Spray with a matt black base. I do this so I get a darker shade at the end.
Step 2: Spray with light brown
Step 3: Apply MaskFX shapes to cover approx 1/4 of the surface
Step 4: Spray with light green
Step 5: Apply MaskFX shapes to cover approx another 1/4 of the surface avoiding covering the mask from step 3
Step 6: Spray dark green
Step 7: now is a good time to highlight the dark green
Step 8: Remove the MaskFX
Step 9: The light brown I have is too light so I paint over it with Vallejo Terracotta then darken it with Agrax Earthshade. This is just something that has continued from earlier models so I keep it going for consistency.
Step 10: Paint watered down Bestial Brown around the edge of the brown patches.
Step 11: I repaint over the green with Goblin Green as the Army Painter I have seems a little shiny
Step 12: Mix Goblin Green with 25% white and paint this around the edges of the green patches
Step 13: Camouflage is done - just the detail to paint now tau_wink.gif

I also mask off with decorators tape any areas I don't want to camouflage such as the engine intakes, exhausts and underside prior to step 1.

It is quite time intensive even with the savings with using the spray cans. It used to take 6 weeks to paint a Devilfish but now, using MaskFX, I have got it down to 2...


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Some really nice T'au!

 

Also: Another person with a Taunar :D


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Stunning army . jawdrop.gif


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Wow, absolutely stunning.

 

I can tell its a real labour of love, so major kudos to you.

I'd love to see them on the battlefields all together! Tau'va!


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This should be renamed to El'mo's dirty secret thread :P

 

Fabulous as always and yes, I've been lurking on ATT to see these updates (amongst other things).


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These are magnificent! I don't know when we added xenos, but  kudos to all who pushed forward.I will put my Tau, here soon.


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Freaking hell that's a lot of Tau eek.gif  Out of all that work I think I am most attracted to the subtle blue of the energy weapons/vents.  It's often the little things that make a model proper pretty :)


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Amazing! Going to try using that method myself when I start up my list. Have an old commander right now that I will be using test colors on though. Great work!


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