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Well, those two pictures will show you what I’ve been working on for the last little while. Although I will inform you that the angle of the piranha is manipulated. If you saw it from the other side you’d see up under the shoulder pads at some still clearly green greenstuf. >.> You see, partway through assembly of the piranha I ran out of my Citadel Plastic glue. Having not purchased a backup yet, nor found a viable replacement in local shops… I was tasked with either using greenstuff, super glue, plastic model cement, or simply leaving it half assembled. I attempted to make do with what I had but even now the wings are a bit bendy. I’ve already managed to break one of them off and had to reattach it. At the same time I also discovered how crappy the plastic in the flight stands is. >.<; Hopefully I also learned ‘don’t glue things to flight stands’ I glued my defcoptaz, but then didn’t glue my first six gun drones. So then why did I think it a good idea to glue the piranha and shield drone?

The piranha was a little broken when I received it but it was simply a corner on the narrow end of one of the engines. I’ve repaired it with greenstuff as best I could and it still looks a bit dented but it’s significantly better than it was. The paint job is also clearly not done. The engines will be either blacked or a very dark grey. Another coat of the kommando khaki all around and then I can start focusing on lenses and the stuff in the cockpit, eventually the pilots themselves.

The Pathfinders well they’re kind of meh.They’re my first ‘all metal’ miniatures and I have to say I’m not particularly fond of the metal minis, which works out since they’ve apparently just switched over to resin… although I think the Tau only get the sniper drone team done in “Finecast” but I could be wrong as I’m going on third oor forth hand information here. Still, the metal is difficult to work with, most of my antennae were bent and I’m wary about rebending them as I don’t want to break them. I also had trouble with a couple of them not fitting into the slotta bases simply due to GW slapping their name and stuff onto the tab. I had to file that off to get them to fit. >.<; although the files have been great to work with now that I have them.

Oh and yes, that’s one blister pack of Pathfinders and then a Pathfinder Shas’ui.

Of course until I get myself a Devilfish I can’t use the Pathfinders so they weren’t exactly a well thought out purchase. :p

My next purchase is planned for three months from now. It’s looking to be a bit on the expensive side as I’ll be getting myself a Tau Battleforce. It’ll net me another XV8 and a Devilfish as well as another batch of Fire Warriors and then some Kroot and XV25’s. I almost forgot that a Markerlight Drone is also part of the Battleforce. I intend to, in the least, own one of every Tau miniature. Regardless of wether or not I ever plan to use them. Simply for the hobby aspect of things. Well and I’ll also be ordering some Plastic Glue. :p

The reason for the “three months” is that miniwargaming.com(where, might I add, I use the username Vault) has started a weight loss challenge. My goal being to lose thirty pounds within three months from the 25th. The battle force purchase will be a sort of reward for me reaching my goal. Or quite possibly a consolation price to take my mind off failure. ;p Well, that and it’ll take me about that long to be able to afford it on my current budget. :p Works out pretty well because Canada Post has up and decided to go on strike, meaning that, for the time being, our postal system is going to be even worse than normal. Which is terrifying and yet at the same time comforting; because as bad as they are, they could be worse. :s

Some Tau stuff.

Posted: February 5, 2011 in Gaming, Tau, Tau Fluff, Warhammer 40k
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Because I haven’t gone on about my Tau in the last little while…

These three pictures are my speculative army colour scheme. I used the fun little Tau Painter program from Bolter and Chainsword. FOr the colours I actually copy pasta’d colour swatches of Citadel range colours from an online shop into photoshop and acquired their colour codes. Those codes were punched into the painter and give a farly close rendition of the intended colour. First of course is a typical shas’la but then I was playing Dawn of War and noticed that Shas’el and the like have variant colours. I was informed that basically all that was done is that in some pieces the Sept colour and main colour were swapped. Thus the second picture, the third however is me tryingto break up the brown earthy colours. I do feel that I need a much darker orange but you can only get so dark an orange before it’s technically another brown. But thatthird scheme is just an idea for the moment. I don’t even think I ordered an orange that would work as a platform for a darker colour.

Originally that armour was meant to be Graveyard Earth but now that I have a pot it’s lighter than I thought it would be. I’ve since ordered some Privateer Press “Battlefield Brown” that may or may not replace it. My initial Tau army will be relativley small, two groups of six Fire Warriors, two Crisis Suits and then a Crisis Suit Commander. I think you can guess already that I’ll be as Crisis Suit heavy as is possible. No Broadsides as of yet though, though I have plans for at least one in the near future. I saw an amazing conversion for the rail guns that turned them into one big handheld gun… it looked really cool. It’ll require a little bit of Green Stuff which is good since I really need to fiddle around with that stuff at soem point.

Oh, my army the “Sin’shan” has been upgraded to a full fledged Sept which I’m currently calling ‘He’eio’kio’ which is more or less ‘uncountable trees’ hence the foresty colour scheme.

Whelp, my own personal computer died so I’m being forced to type this up on the other computer in the building. Not too terrible as it’s by far superior to my old machine which is a veritable fossil by comparison. It does however mean that the picture I took of my assembled and partially painted Gue’vesa units is stuck on a machine that likes to freeze up on me every couple of minutes. When you run XP with around 500mb of ram that couple minutes hardly gets windows to a useable state. >.<;  I also cleared off my camera’s memory card just prior to these issues cropping up so even that doesn’t save me. I’ll have to take the picture again for the next post… because I’m not about to wander off now and do it, it’d break my chain of thought and stop me from rambling on. We can’t have that now can we?

First up we have my AoB Warboss… whom I call Thundaface and the rest of the Orks are part of the “Reavadags” an Orkyfication of River Dogs… Because there’s a TV show here based on my little chunk of nowhere. In it at one point was a band called ‘Thunderface’ and the local sports team was the River Dogs… from Dog River. >.> He’s painted pretty much exclusively with my ‘Decoart’ paints, as are the rest of the Orks… The only Citadel paints I used were uh… Boltgun Metal… and Blood Red for the eyes. >.> He’s got some WAAAGH paint on… as do all of my non-hat wearing Orks do. In a variety of colours… some of them have it on their arms as well, I just thought it looked amusing. >.<; I’m not allowed to buy anymore Orks for this army because that green is a hodgepodge mixture of several of my paints that I probably couldn’t re-create if I wanted to. Well, I mean… I’m still planning to get some Squigs but they’re just for shelf use… because I like Squigs. Oh and derp, that angle and lighting shows unpainted parts in my gun barrels. :s

I might be trying to make a Grot Tank sometime in the future as someone on the MWG forum posted some homebrew rules for little Arena battles between Grot Tanks and it just sounds amusing to me… and I’m on the wrong continent to try ordering the “proper” Forgeworld kit. Or I’d just get those… and an Orca… and a Tetra one of their Piranha and a bunch of their Crisis Suits. >.> Luckily for me it’s to fidgety to convert currency and shipping is really expensive and whatnot. Maybe eventually I’ll visit my relatives in England again and make a stop off to buy a bunch of their stuff. Course I’d be restricted t what I can fit in a carry on bag, because like hell would I be  putting that through the hell that is the luggage department. :s Or I could get a proper suitcase instead of a dufflebag…

Next is a just for fun picture of some Terrain I made… it’s just three levels of “cliff” just large enough to obscure about half odf a Dreadnought and thus technically give a cover save… at least I think that’s how the rule works. If the picture was actually supposed to be of the Terrain then well, it’s be horrible, this should be seen from one of the sides otherwise you get a photo like this and miss you know, the entire thing. Instead though the four spare Imperial Cadians who I could have saved and converted to Gue’vesa later on but I assembled and started painting just for the fun of it. THey were the “peg and hole” variety of miniature so there really wasn’t much I could do if I’d tried to save them for bitz or anything. Uh… they’re Codex Gray fatigues roughed up with Graveyard Earth and Kommando Khaki. Then any black bits were drybrushed with Blood Red? Then any Aquila got the same treatment before faces got hit with Dwarf Flesh and then Elf Flesh. then everything got covered with a nice homemade black “wash” (simply watered down paint). They still look largely unfinished but I’m not quite sure what to do with them. >.<;

Uh, I’ve got a ruined building made from foamboard busy getting a little bit melted by spraypaint… I really like the foamboard because it doesn’t melt as dramatically as the styrofoam  I used earlier. You hit it a little heavily and you get this nice rough looking spot. Breaks up the flat parts and saves you putting rocks or dirt *everywhere*. Uh, I had some long strips left over so I cut them into vaguely block shapes and glued them up into a hodgepodgey little wall section. It’s also being melted a bit at the moment. I’ve also got a proper undamaged building assembled… but nothing glued into place. I’ve just ‘nailed’ it together with toothpick halfs so I can fit it together and abuse some of my measuring whoopsies into shape. I intent to put a signboard up on top but I’m not sure what I want it to say… I’ve got a bunch of Imperial Propaganda pictures I pulled off of google so maybe something from those can be shooped to fit it. I’ve also got to figure out how to make a door for it… I’m not confident enough at all in my freehand painting skills to consider just trying to paint one on. >.<;

Uhm, yeah that’s about it…

Even more terrain

Posted: January 6, 2011 in Gaming, Terrain, Warhammer 40k
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Because that’s all I’ve been doing recently. Making quick little terrain pieces. I should be able to order my Tau right away so this is great as it will give me something else to work on. >.<; Though between then and now my Cadians should show up so I’ll have Gue’vesa to play with while I wait. I’ve got all the bitz I ordered already and I must say I was quite impressed by bitzbarn.com Every individual bit was in it’s own labeled little bag.

That said,y ‘other blogs’ list has been slowly growing. Though I’ll take this moment to warn you about “Life after the cover save” you need to either expect to be offended or have one strange sense of humour if you’re going to try listening to their podcast.

On the other hand (you have different fingers) there’s the newest addition “Art of Rumplification” I’ve not poked around his blog too much yet but I ran into him on mybattalion.com and he’s got some very nice stuff in his gallery there so I expect nothing less. 😉

I’ve started developing fluff for my Tau army, the Sin’shan, which is more or less the “People’s Army” I’ll be naming all my initial units… coming up with fluff for most of them. Ridiculous, but it amuses me and it’s something to do while I wait for them to get here.

They’ll currently be lead by Shas’O Sa’cea Ra’cova Lar’shi, for those who don’t know the Tau naming conventions that makes him Commander Wrongbreaker Valiant Victory, from Sa’cea. Whose background I’m currently piecing together simply from his name. :p Whether ‘Wrongbreaker’ will be in reference to something wrong that he broke or something he wrongly broke I’m not sure. The ‘Valiant Victory’ bit is more along the lines of a once off act of bravery. At least according to the lexicon at Advanced Tau Tactica. >.<; My initial order, when I make it will only give me 300 odd points (not counting the Gue’vesa anyway.) and so isn’t really on par with the Space Marines and Orks armies from Assault on Blackreach, which is all I can play against for the time being. >.<; The downside to living in the middle of nowhere.

The hard part of naming all these units is remembering which one is which. :p Not that it particularly matters, unless I want to keep track of who did and didn’t die in a particular battle… which I do, because I’m a nerd. I suppose I could vary their sept stripes…

edit: Well, in the course of naming my Tau I seem to be going more for a bug people from Andromeda scheme than the wiki description. According to the 40k wiki Tau names are somewhat dynamic, describing lifetime achievements. I stuck to that with “Commander Wrongbreaker” but the rest of them are getting more… useless names. Much as the aforementioned bug people in Andromeda had names that were haiku’s mine are named things like “To accept a worthy cause” or “Dark moon above me.” They just sound better to me. The god new only nerds like me will think to look it up at ATT. :p Best yet? “Smarter than many Warlike people” aka Shas’la T’au Kles’bentu Mont’re’sin

edit edit: I should have realized that for my Gue’vesa I’d have to invent an Imperial regiment… thus we have the 15th Belgique Regiment, because what’s awesomer than a planet based on Belgium? An army from a planet based on Belgium, that’s what. Also it lets me name one of these Gue’vesa after a teacher I once had whose family was from Belgium. :p No idea what the regiment would have nicknamed itself… I’m not that far yet… that’ll come in far later.

January, you can’t get here soon enough. I need [want] my Tau units now. T-T