Well I suppose it's time ATT, time I showed that I do actually paint figures instead of just talk about it.
I started with Tau back in early 2006. Actually that's not quite true, I started with Tau back in 2000, when I obtained one of the original concept pathfinders (complete with textured trousers) and knew immediately that this was the army for me. There now began a series of false starts. I just couldn't get a colour scheme I was happy with, or upon finding one on a completed fire warrior, I'd look at the clock and see it had taken 9 hours to do.
Perfectionism is a dangerous thing, and it's taken a decade of painting figures to get to a point where I'm partially over it. It was Tau that got me to that state. I forced myself to cut corners on the main stuff and make the details nice and hope people didn't notice. Of course there's an endless nagging voice saying: "Could have done that better!"
I placate it by telling it I'd have a combat patrol after 3 years if I'd done it "better". That said, I really am pretty happy with them, people don't generally point and laugh so I must be doing something right. There's a lot better stuff produced by the fine denizens of this forum but I shall add my efforts to the multitude for the Greater Good.
My Commander Shas'el Y'ol Soo Mont'yr and his trusty 'vre bodyguard. Head a bit of a nod to Masamune Shirow's Appleseed (Manga of course, not the deeply upsetting films). Unfortunately, though pleased with it initially, I have grown to hate it.
Basic Firewarriors and the first things I painted. Illustrates well my "Skip the hard stuff" ethos though. The green is simply shaded and highlights only applied to the cloth and metal. I usually go all out on the lenses as they're the focal point of the miniature.
With the kroot, I tried to keep the colour scheme as far away from the rest of the force as possible but still be demonstrably green. Possibly the only drybrushed models I've ever been satisfied with!
These Gue'vesa are pretty much Tael rip-offs. In my defence I did come upon the Cadian foot / Tau leg combination independently, got stuck with the heads, found Tael's on his website and decided I'd steal more ideas. Didn't have the guts to combine the Cadian helm with the Tau one though.
Not much to say here, they're Stealth Suits. Going to add some customised "Stealth" Marker drones once I get my tools out of storage.
Plastic pathfinders. Was never happy leaving them without the Tau backpacks, as the mounting point just looks too angular, so I de-imperialed some Guard backpacks and added them on. Gives them some entrenching tools to dig observation hides.
Gun Drones... Nope, there really isn't -anything- interesting to say about these.
Plastic Stealth Sniper Drone Team As you can see, I avoid metal models like the plague. Quite pleased with the "Heavy Marker Drone", I always feel the metal guy's equipment looks far too bulky to ever move. Like trying to shift a hopping wheelbarrow.
My Sniper Drones however, show something of an imagination breakdown.
My Hammerhead. Despite all my plans for this being an easy paint army, I struggle most with the tanks. So many coats of green are needed that i can spend an entire days painting just on that. Plus they're so big that they have to receive at least some highlighting. I've added Disruption Pod "emitters" since 5th edition by lensing the "blisters" our tanks are covered in.
Last but not least, one of my two Devilfish. Same deal as the Hammerhead really, if a bit dingier.
Right, now to hit submit and find it's ruined the forum page format or all my pictures have been replaced with the visage of Brian Dennehy...
[Edited to add Devilfish Picture]