Monday, March 5, 2012

Update on Tau

Another update for the Tau.

As it stands right now, my plan is to get my Tau reassembled and then all primed up before I start taking the airbrush to them.   I've also been waiting for a few more airbrush related items to arrive in the mail (cleaning station, extra bottles, etc) so that's another reason why I haven't started on the painting just yet. Soon, though. Perhaps as early as this coming weekend.

With all that in mind, on to the WIP pics.
First up, the Hammerhead Tanks:


Next up, the Devilfish (there is a tank commander model to accompany the open hatched DFish, but I haven't worked on him yet.


Not quite as far along, but definitely showing some progress are the Crisis suits. These will probably be one of the last things to be finished since 1) they were seriously mangled, and 2) I want to magnetize the arms and other suit hard-points so that I can mix and match weapons and gear configurations. However, I love Crisis suits so I couldn't resist working on them.


Here is another model that was in really bad shape - Commander Shadowsun. Believe it or not, the metal model was ripped in half. I haven't put her accompanying drones back together yet, but for O'Shessera, she's ready for primer.


In addition to The Long Tau project, I had a chance to work on some other stuff as well, namely, my Tau AI squadron!



My squadron also taught me an important lesson. Not all spray paints are created equal. The GW primer spray paints may be expensive, but I think you really get what you pay for. They go on smooth and dry really well. Unfortunately for me, I had to learn that the hard way and my air force suffered a bit for it. It's hard to see in the photos, but the non-GW black paint that I used as the first coat did not coat well. It obscured detail and bubbled up quite a bit. And since they're resin models and not plastic, I'm afraid to simple green them to try to strip it off. All in all, the situation is ok, but I definitely learned a lesson on that one.

Stay tuned for more updates!

1 comment:

  1. Looking good, mate! Really making me look like a slacker when it comes to assembly and painting! Sorry to hear about the spray paint, but if it's any consolation, you can't tell, at least in the photos. And no, not all sprays are created equal. GW, you DO get what you pay for in terms of paint. I can't wait to see your new turning manuver cards under them sexy Tau planes...