Hi guys, my first post here aside from my profile post so I hope you go easy if I've unexpectedly broken any rules.
Last year a group of my friends got me back into 40k and I managed to score a pretty decent Tau army off one of my friends in exchange for a surplus video card. Anyway I've been slowly building on a pretty decent base of miniatures and essentially wanted to just show 'em off as I've received so much inspiration from this site and understand that seeing other people's ideas can spark your own unique ideas and get your creative juices flowing!
You'll probably notice some ideas from the site here used on these miniatures like the "drone heads" on some of my battlesuits and the modded jetpacks so I hope no-one minds if I used an idea I saw here (Been lurking for a while you see).
My army doesn't really have much fluff for it at the moment. Essentially it's a cadre led by one of O'Shovah's hand picked elites, O'Kara. As such she was allowed a group of Earth Caste Tau to build her the Dawn Spire, a larger but similar powered emulation of the Dawn Blade. The Dawn Spire incorporates 2 blades connected by a long staff, the increase in weapon size necessary to incorporate the energy systems required to power it.
They're not the best pics but pretty much all of these guys are still at least a LITTLE bit WIP(As in they need some clearing up of their paint jobs and glow effects and such added).
O'Kara and retinue
O'kara and retinue (Only the painted ones this time)
O'Kara charging into battle. Since this photo I've actually drilled through both dawn blade pieces and the hand holding the blade and extended the length of the dawn spire (and made it a million times more sturdy :p) using a long piece of metal from my pinning kit. It's also wrapped in green stuff to make it look like a grip rather than just a long rod. Will get pics soon I hope.
One of O'Kara's retinue
Other of her retinue that is painted so far
And the last of her retinue so far, not yet painted and is simply a counts-as XV-8 with Twin Linked Melta, just wanted to make my Farsight bomb look a little more menacing
Regular battlesuit squad
SDT with partially painted glow effects
XV-9 Gunbuster as was theorised in another thread on here. I'm a big anime fan so making one of these was not a question of "if" but rather "when"
Annnnnnnnnnnnd the beginning of a group of Special forces warriors