Monday, 10 August 2015

Tau: Tanks (Part 1 - basecoating)

Well, it's been a long break but I figure it's time to get back to work on my Tau.

I still have a fair amount of work to do to finish this army (Stealth suits, Battlesuits, Drones, Aun'va, O'Shova, not to mention a shedload of alien auxiliaries) but I decided I'd start by getting some paint on my tanks.

I have 5 tanks in all:
  • 2 x Devilfish
  • 3 x Tanks that have been magnetised so can be Hammerheads, Devilfish or Skyrays)

I covered magnetising the tanks in some previous posts (here, here and here), so this is just about painting.

Onto a rattlecan-grey primer I add a layer of Minitaire "Nautilus blue"...

Then a deliberately mottled layer of Minitaire "Werewolf Grey" (which is actually pale blue). I try to mainly pick up the places where I would expect light to catch...

Next I add some Minitaire "Snow White" again to pick up highlights and lighten the colour of the model overall.

Here's the model with the engine pods in place.
Next I'll start picking out all the dark bits of the model. I'll be doing that again with the airbrush (my intention is that 90%+ of the paint on all the models in this army should be applied using the airbrush).

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