Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tau: State of the army

It's been a while since I posted a "State of the army" article. Last time was 4 months ago. I can't believe time goes as fast as it does.

I admit, the summer months were slow when it came to hobby-ing. More time is spent outdoors on other activities and going on vacation.

So, doing a quick calculation with the numbers I used in the last article, in June I had painted up about 460 pts worth of models. In the 4 months time since last article, I finished my Devilfish (+/-100 pts) and 2 gun drones (I'm not counting pts for those), 4 Kroot (28 pts) got painted and my Riptide was done yesterday (190 pts) giving me a grand total of 318 pts painted in 4 months... that doesn't sound like a lot, but considering the time I actually spent on painting these (Kroot needed a brand new painting scheme so I had to smik that and the Riptide is the first giant model I have done), I think that's quite alright.

Incidently, exactly 6 months have passed since I rebooted my Tau army (I started off on April 16th with Shas'la S'mik). So in 6 months time I painted 778 pts worth of models, which is not bad, considering my track record before this army ;)

After the break, a breakdown of the models I have, what is painted and what is planned... also... some army shots.

Stuff that is finished:
  • 11 Firewarriors
  • 3 XV25s (stealth suits)
  • 2 XV8s (crisis suits)
  • 2 XV88s (old broadside suits)
  • 4 Gun drones
  • Marker drone
  • Devilfish
  • Riptide
  • 4 Kroot
Stuff that is standing around, gathering dust:
  • Weapons for my XV8s!!
  • 6 Kroot
  • 10 Pathfinders
  • Fireblade
Stuff that needs stripping:
  • Hammerhead
  • 2 Gun drones
  • 2 Kroot Smik
  • 1 Firewarrior Smik

Stuff that needs buying to form an army:
  • 20 (or so) Firewarriors
  • Some other stuff maybe...
And now for some army shots. I tried to enhance my photography by using a white surface and background, but the lighting was just crap and I had no idea to get it better with the equipment on hand so I just proceeded taking crappy army pictures :(

The start of this project had some faster progress, but I've settled into a steady workflow and I think the quality of the paintjobs I'm cranking out is consistent so I'm really happy with the progress on this project. Keep watching for more Purple Tau!


  1. I love your army man, but ya gotta turn that flash off. Get all the lights on in your flat and that should compensate. I want to see :D

    1. Thanks for your kind words, sir.

      All the lights are on in that room (no point in turning them on in eg. the garage, I suppose :p) but without the flash, you don't see anything... I'll need to figure out some better lighting...

    2. What I do if there really isnt any light at all is put the models on a large white sktechbook. That way all the reflected light is sent onto the models. also a desk lamp helps. keep up the good work man!


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