New life for old models

February 21st, 2012 at 11:26 pm (CST) by Jeff

Finally. I’ve chosen my Sept paint scheme. A simple tan with goblin green accents. Chainmail for the metal bits. Now I’m not too sure what to wash with: gryphon sepia or delvan mud. Probably a combination of both: dm for metal and sepia for the rest.

The pics:

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The Fleet is being Rebuilt

January 23rd, 2012 at 02:48 pm (CST) by Jeff

After collecting several second-hand Tau armies adding them to my near 2500 points of 3rd edition Tau then putting them in the paint-strip vat over the last several months I’ve started putting paint on the vehicles. Here’s a pic of what they looked like (and very similar to what they’ll look like when repainted):

Poor pic of my old tau painting.


There are 4 Devilfish Chassis here, one of which I couldn’t pop the top so it’s permanently a devilfish (and will likely be my one of my Pathfinder painted vehicles).

Bascoated Tau Devilfishes

Colors so far: Mordian Blue basecoat, Enchanted Blue overcoat

I have 10 sets of engines in process of being painted.

At last count I have 14-15 devilfish chassis with the ability to make up to 6 hammerheads and 3 sky rays if need be (possibly more).

Broadside Conversion mockup

There’s more going on the backend with a really nice conversion for my broadsides involving some of the old 50-70mm Heavy Gear Jager legs. The broadsides will look TOUGH.


This will be a slow week for me painting wise as it’s tech week for The Music Man at the Wichita Theatre (yes, I’m one of those part-time thespians).

Tau – Second Generation Gue’vesa

December 15th, 2011 at 06:55 pm (CST) by Jeff

These Gue’vesa (humans who have joined the Greater Good) were born into the Tau Empire and are fully integrated into their society. Their dedication is fully Tau as well as their technology.

My first planned conversion is to make the battle suits look a little more made and designed by human hands. This requires changing the feet out from hooves and adding possibly larger hands.

For this experiment I chose the Eldar Wraithlord feet as my replacement because both that I had extras on hand and the bits are very cheap online.


The only problem is that the feet make the suit very dwarfish compared to the bird hooves of the original model. I’ll be extending the bottom legs out with 1/8″ to 1/4″ plastic tubing to give it a better sense of proportion.


That’s it for this post. I’ll have to drop by the local Hobby Lobby to get some extruded plastic for the legs.

As for the hands the Wraithlord hands are cartoonishly big on the chassis so I need to keep looking.

Edit/Addendum: the more I look at it, the more the reverse knee joint is bothering me too. I may have to cut all the lower legs off at the joint and turn them around. The advantage to this is increased posability.

Thumbnail - Gauthic

Photoshop Fun: Tau Crisis Suit

April 23rd, 2010 at 10:13 am (CST) by Jeff

Bell of Lost Souls had a Caption Contest regarding the Tau’s catch phrase “For the Greater Good” and a store on an anonymous highway named “Greater Good Thrift Store”

One of the comments requested that they’d like to see a Crisis suit Photoshopped in the picture.
I quickly complied by adding a crisis suit to the picture, a quick saturation match of the rest of the photo and the a blur behind and near the feet of the crisis suit to look like the heat waves from the Jump Jets of the exo-suit.
Here’s the final (10 minute) product: