So a few hours last night and a few hours this morning and I am finished basing my Tau. All done So that is 12 Hammerheads, 7 Devilfish, 5 Tetras, 5 Piranhas, 8 Pathfinders, 12 Stealth Suits, 10 Gun Drones, 4 Broadsides and 18 Fire Warriors. Which is over 2500 points of Tau. I still have 6 Skyrays and 5 more Crisis Suits to paint and then base. I have 5 stands of Crisis Suits already painted but I picked up the plasma armed models and some Sha’s O models so I want to mix those together and then base them. After that it is time for the Barracudas and A10s but I want to try to start getting some games in before I finish those
Basing is a necessary part of playing Epic and it can often involve more work than painting your miniatures. Case in point, the bases of 26 stands of infantry that I need to apply Astrogranite Debris to. Doing the bases for the vehicles and the large infantry, like the Stealth Suits, was not too difficult but trying to cover a base and not cover up 6mm infantry figures is a bit more work. Its not overly complex or difficult but it does require you to take your time which is not really something that I am best at. Once these are done I have ten bases of Crisis Suits and six Skyrays to do and then I can get on to finishing the basing.
Today and yesterday was spent mostly starting the process of basing my Tau army. In between applying coats of Astrogranite Debris to the bases of vehicles and some Stealth Suits I also finished up 18 stands of Fire Warriors, six Pathfinders and 6 more Stealth Suit stands. There are only six Skyrays left to paint and an additional 5 stands of Crisis Suits. After that I will start working on the aircraft. I am hoping to have an army ready to go without aircraft and then start getting some games in. The basing process is going to take a while as I need to get 24+ stands of infantry and 10 stands of Gun Drones before I can start drybrushing the bases. So much basing to do.
So the Piranhas and Tetras are done and waiting to get based. For some reason I wasn’t able to get the highlights done as precisely as the other vehicles but I still think they look good. Onslaught Miniatures sells the vehicles in sets of five but the units in E:A can come in sixes so I will be forced to put in a Piranha into my Tetra unit to make a full unit. I should have taken this into account when I made my order but given how many other things I forgot… Once I make another order I will be able to put out pure Tetra and Piranha units as I want to be able to do. The Piranha has Guided Missiles while the Tetra has markerlights so there seems to be almost no point in mixing them. I am actually looking forward to being able to field a unit of both just to Sustained Fire a group of Piranhas at a unit that the Tetras are hitting with markerlights. Fun!
Part of the order I received from Vanguard Miniatures were some more figures from the ever-expanding Tau force. I took some time from painting to build six Skyray AA tanks, six stands of Stealthsuits and another stand of Gun Drones. I have ten Crisis Suits that I will need to clean up but I am waiting to pick up some bases before I do that. The weather here is still quite cold so I have had to resort to using Vallejo Surface Primer to get started on my Fire Warriors and Pathfinders. I have been batch painting all of the infantry so I have a try with 18 stands of Fire Warriors and 8 Pathfinders to add primer, Skeleton Bone and then Seraphim Sepia to. Simple enough to do while I watch Man City demolish Chelsea. I am not sure if I am going to use the same process to do the Skyrays so I have one model that I am going to do a test on to see if it is a doable process. Mostly I want to ensure that the colour is consistent with the vehicles I have done earlier. The basing will begin on Tuesday as I need to head to th
So before committing to basing a lo of miniatures I decided to do a small test on two stands of Tau models before going all out. This is a variant on the Epic basing scheme I used previously on my older Epic armies. Previously I would have added sand to the bases, painted it and then drybrushed it. Now I can skip a step and just use Astrogranite Debris texture paint from GW. My main concern was that the texture in it would be too large for Epic models but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The light in the photos is a bit off but there is some brown drybrushed into the texture, after doing two passes with some greys, in order to break the colour up and also to weather the base a bit to make it look like it is varied terrain and not just a single material. So now I just need to go get some more Astrogranite Debris this weekend and I can start getting them all done.
So the Devilfish are done. I had some free time and got the rest of the highlights done on the models. They followed the same pattern as the other vehicles so it was a quick job. I’ve started the Piranhas and Tetras and also started to do a quick test of some basing options for the rest of the models.
All I appear to be doing at the moment is painting Epic Tau. My second order from Onslaught Miniatures came in a few days ago so I have been busy assembling some stands of troops. I ran out of small Flames of War bases so I only have 17 stands of Fire Warriors assembled as well as eight stands of Pathfinders. The Pathfinders are on round bases to easily distinguish them from the Fire Warriors and as well it continues a standard of having core troops on rectangular bases. I have two command stands (not that the army requires them) as well as an Ethereal stand and a stand with a warrior equipped with a sword for any bonded formations I use. Prior to this I managed to get some stands of Stealth Suits and Gun Drones done. Nine stands of Gun Drones and six Stealth Suit stands. I had to cheat a bit and add some Gun Drones to fill out the Stealth Suits to make a full unit. So far the count for the army is 12 Hammerheads, five Crisis Suits, five Broadsides, nine Gun Drones and six Stealth Suits. Currently on the pain
Well I am calling them done. I suspect that there are some other details I could paint but they look good enough for me. No basing done yet, I am still not sure what style of bases I want, but they do look good assembled in a unit. I took a shortcut and made the highlights on the weapons and the blue panels the same shade of light grey. I didn’t have a light blue that was bright enough to use as a highlight on the panels and the Vallejo light grey has a slight blue tone to it so it works well without being the exact colour I would want. I could have mixed something but I don’t want to have to remix a paint every time I do highlights. Next up are the last six of the Hammerheads and then the nine Devilfish.
The Crisis Suits continue to advance. I added some light blue details to the weapons as well as painting the jet engines on the back in Tau Light Ochre. There are a few more spots on the models that one could add colour to but I have decided not to since I want the colours I do have to stand out more. So all that remains on these are some touchups and then highlights
With the first of the vehicles done it is time to start on the Crisis Suits. They are a slightly different painting task than the vehicles since they really don’t have the same large areas of colour that the Hammerheads did that helped define the colours. The main weapons are the same grey colour but I’ve made the missile pods the brown to add some of that colour in a prominent location. Since the models don’t have any lines that I can highlight on the body I have drybrushed the models with Skeleton Bone to try to add some of that colour as well.
So the first six of my Epic Tau vehicles are done. Basing will be done later once I have enough figures to do in a batch. These were a breeze to paint. Sharp details on the figures that make it easy to put on highlights. I suspect that they would look pretty good even without the small number of highlights I added. Next up are the Crisis Suits.
Got some more work done on the Hammerhead proxies. I touched up some of the overpainted areas, added some colour patches to the weapons, started the glow on the fusion weapons and painted the missile pods. Next up are the cockpit details and then the highlights.
So a few people asked about the steps I took to lift the Hammerhead model from the base. The actual idea was from ForgottenLore at the Tac Comms forum.Thanks to Don at Onslaught Miniatures it was actually easy to do. When he designed the vehicle he put a small tab at the bottom of it so that when it was glued to a base there would be a small lift. I tried it out and it didn’t look as if it was high enough to give the impression of hovering. As well, it would make it difficult to put sand on and paint the base with the vehicle so close. All of the vehicles come with metal sprues that the weapon pods and engines are attached to and so it was a simple task to clip a piece of metal into the right length and then glue it to base. Once that dried the model was glue to the metal sprue. Voila! Instant hovering vehicle. It is a wildly simple solution but it is based on the foresight that the model sculptor had in the first place.
We had a week or so of higher temperatures so I managed to get the first six Tau Hammerheads primed and started work on getting some base colours on them. I primed them using the Army Painter Skeleton Bone primer and then tested out a few different GW shades on the bottom tab to see which colour looked best. The idea was that I could shade the model as well as get some darker tones in the recesses with one pass. After I decided on a colour I tossed all that work aside and used Seraphim Sepia instead. Fairly typical for me really.I originally wanted to do the weapons in white but when I put down the grey base that I was going to use for the white it looked really good so I have stayed with that. Hammerheads WIP I need to touch up some of the colours and then add some highlights. One small problem is that I am not sure what colour to use to correct some of my painting errors so there may be some trial and error involved in that.