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Re: Fi'rios Cadre, Koriolis Contingent (+ Bork'an Cadre) [Pics]

Post#21 » Nov 26 2012 08:05

Over a week since my last post. Time for an update!

I got joint 2nd place in the local store's monthly painting competition, joint with my housemates Arjac Rockfist! The dawn duel with the nerf guns remains unneeded, and honour satisfied. Actually really proud, he is a more accomplished painter, though mine took me ~5 hours or so longer than his. I thought it was a neater model too - here he is:

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Arjac Rockfist - Not mine!

The winner was a predator tank. The painting wasn't fantastic, but there was some impressive weathering which popped it somewhat. I should have got a picture.

We win nothing but kudos for all this, but hey, it's its own reward in my opinion. Next months project is a Space Marine Librarian. I am thinking Fire Hawks chapter colours!

Felt a bit ill this weekend, so aside from watching some DVDs (Kung Fu Panda still makes me laugh like the man-child I am) and ofc the fantastic F1 season finale (108 days and counting 'til the new season starts - honestly, winter to me is the F1 off-season) I built some firewarriors, a second Devilfish/Skyray/Hammerhead, and cracked on with my XV81 commander. I also finally decided on a colour scheme for my Crisis Teams, which I am happy with;

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Shas'vre Fi'rios Eio'nen

I am afraid that the painting is a bit scruffy at the moment. I am a bit of an instant-gratification kind of painter. I get impatient to add details and accents, and neglect the necessary base coats sometimes. This has been painted up from an old grey undercoat, so the white has taken a lot of effort, and I got bored. The markings need neatening up, and some touch-ups on the glow effect (which took a lot of playing to get right). He is holding my version of a Cyclic Ion Blaster. The design is based on something I have seen on this site somewhere - if anyone speaks up to claim credit I will display their link proudly.

I was going to post some WIPs of my commander, but he is a pile of pieces right now. I didn't like the head too much, so I have modified a kitbash head I have seen a few times on ATT. I will try to get his base finished and some WIP shots of him in the next couple of days.

The last picture is my Piranha. I added the camouflage scheme, and a bit of soot behind the engines. Much work to do, however!
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Piranha

This week I will try to finish my commander, and get the first Firewarrior squad complete. I hope I can get a family photo of my joint Fi'rios / Bork'an campaign army soon.
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Post#22 » Nov 29 2012 07:48

Commander Update!

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So-far-unnamed Commander

The base is not finished yet - I have snow and grass to add. His position on the base will likely change too. He had been blu-taked to the base for the photo-shoot, and slowly fell over as I was taking pictures!

I may do a blue gem effect on the Tau symbol on his shoulders since there is a lot of unbroken white around there. Still, I am happy with how he's turned out, and I'm getting better at the glow effect. It's a lot more subtle on this model than the last XV8. My custom bodged AFP looks alright too, imo.

I was unsure about the gold semi-circle panels with this scheme, but I decided to go ahead with it to tie the new suits in with those in my old colour scheme. The positions of the markings etc is also the same. I am hoping this will be enough to stop them looking to incongruous.

Now, if only I could drum up some enthusiasm for painting my firewarrior teams....

C&C always welcome,

ttfn, ~K

edit: clarified a sentence.

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Post#23 » Dec 09 2012 07:37

I finally got around to finishing my commander's base, and pinning him to it. I am rather proud of it, honestly. I used the 'bicarbonate paste' style snow for the drifts and packed snow, and the snow flock for frost and fresh powder.

Here is a little family portrait of my Commander, Ethereal and bodyguard.
Please forgive the slightly poor shot; I have lent my camera out so am relying on my phone camera (a HTC One S for those interested).

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L-R: Shas'O Fi'rios Ol'erra, Aun'el Fi'rios Ky'lynu and Shas'vre Fi'rios Eio'nen

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Post#24 » Dec 10 2012 10:29

Piranha done (bar the base). I do not need this for our campaign, but I love the model so couldn't resist it.
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The slog that is my Firewarrior team continues. I am finding them rather... frustrating. There are so many flaws on them, and I am having trouble being neat when I am batch painting. I think for the second team I will paint one a night, and take my time over each one, treat each as a separate character. Does anyone have any tips on how to be a little neater with my painting? Am I just too impatient?

As a break from trying to tidy up white armour panels I painted another BFG cruiser. Here is a picture of the houses two opposing fleets. I am winning at the moment I think!

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Additional: I have just noticed that the Piranha pilot and co-pilots antennae are missing! I have no idea when that happened. Will have to hunt the old sprue, or I'll have to make some. That will annoy me.

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Post#25 » Dec 10 2012 11:02

...or not give them any...

I leave them off of all my firewarriors, but you could easily say that warriors mounted in vehicles are using the vehicles' superior communication systems and thus don't require personal comms

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Post#26 » Dec 10 2012 02:28

That's a good enough justification for me! I do like the aesthetic of the antennae, but if i can't find them then they'll have to manage without I guess.

Thanks Da Skyman :)

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Post#27 » Jan 07 2013 07:50

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a new year to remember!

Resolutions are still going well; I am writing more, and started drawing again for the first time in years. Just need to do my first gym visit of the year now...

I have also been cracking on with a bunch of models. 2nd Firewarrior team started (1st is nearly finished), 2nd tank started, and I have improved my commander and even sprayed a Remora drone I have had sat on my desk for the best part of 6 months. I hope to have a family shot of my fully painted campaign army up in the coming week, but expect some work in progress shots in the meantime.

I am away at the weekend at my splendid lady's, but in case I get some free time I will take my Space Marine Librarian with me to paint. It is the only Space Marine I own. I fell in love with the Fire Hawks chapter colour scheme in the Badab War book. It should be a nice change from the white and green!

Work has been extremely quiet this week (it always is in January), so I spent a few hours tinkering in CAD. I have never been completely enamoured of either GW's or Forgeworld's take on the Tau star ships, so I had a quick go at designing one myself. Fluff aside (gravitational based drive meaning the ships tend toward being short and wide) I always preferred the Imperial Navy style of ship; long, thin with an engine stuck on the back, and capable of huge broadsides.

Here is the result of my messing about. Any thoughts? It seems to be missing something.

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Anyway, enough waffling. Here's to 2013!

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Post#28 » Jan 07 2013 08:02

I've always pictured tau ships as having a hammerhead on the front, they tend to mount weapons forward facing rather then for broadsides and that seems to make sense to me. A wide front, dropping down to a thinner, but taller, middle section, and then widening out again, though not nearly as far, in the rear. Similar to how the devilfish looks from above, but wider in the front. I also picture something of a ring around the mid section, like the life support section of a 'modern' space station (the spinning ring thingy).

Then again, I'm odd, but I like the ship, looks like a giant flying railgun... which very well might be what it is XD

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Post#29 » Jan 08 2013 08:18

Borrowing some more aesthetics from the vehicles might make it shout "Tau" a bit more. If I get chance I'll have a go at adding a hammerhead bow tomorrow.

As for the centrifugal gravity ring, that tickles my space travel sci-fact side! Like that idea a lot!

Maybe it's a large ship sized railgun drone, perhaps carried as an escort. Nova cannon rules, maybe? Perhaps I'm being silly! :-P

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Post#30 » Jan 08 2013 08:25

It seems I am destined never to get around to finishing my firewarriors. Tonight's distraction? Remora drone.
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Edit: Better pictures! Woo.

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