Monday, February 13, 2017

Miniature Monday: February 13th

I should be better about updating this blog.  And I shouldn't write while fairly tired but I wanted to get things down tonight.

I've been working on some Farsight Enclave models, making it the third attempt at a Tau Empire army.
Finished models?! Unpossible!
I'm using colors similar to what I painted the Finecast version of Commander Farsight back in 2013.  That is; a bright red (compared to the darker 'dried blood' red typically used for Farsight colors), with a gray that's on the lighter side for the 'sept color'.
The process translates to basing red areas with Citadel Khorne Red and then getting a nice even coat of Citadel Evil Sunz Scarlet over all the panels.  I'm aiming for a flat look, almost cel-shaded.  Tau are one of the few model ranges where a flat color look is appropriate.

Anyway, the colors are...
  • Red Armor: base entire area with Citadel Khorne Red, layer with Citadel Evil Sunz Scarlet and avoid the panel lines.
  • Grey Armor: base entire area with Citadel Mechanicus Standard Grey, layer with Citadel Dawnstone and avoid panel lines.
  • Gold: Base with Citadel Retributor Armour.  Touch up with thinned black paint into the panel lines as necessary.
  • Lenses:  Base with Citadel Thousand Sons, layer on with Citadel Ahriman Blue and leave a sliver of the previous color visible the opposite where the highlight would normally be.  Put a dot of Citadel Pallid Wych Flesh in as the reflective highlight on the lense.
  • White Logo: Carefully layer in Citadel Pallid Wych Flesh.
  • Horsey Feet: Layer in Citadel Zandri Dust.
  • Tau Skin:  Base with Citadel The Fang, layer in Citadel Russ Grey.  If you really want, you can do a fine highlight of Citadel Fenrisian Grey over that.
  • Lighty Bits:  Just put Citadel Moot Green over these.  It's a spot color like the lenses, so use it sparingly.
  • Structural Bits: Pretty sure I used Citadel Skavenblight Dinge for these things.  You can't see them in the photo very well, but the techno-babbly bits on the underside of a drone's disk-top would be this, along with the odd parts of a Crisis Suit.
Also, I used a clear gloss on the turret's missile tips for that extra bit of shine.  Once the red on the Fire Warriors is done, every thing else is quickly done.

At first I was throwing Citadel Mephiston Red down as a base, then washing that with a black wash.  Then I realize the end result was pretty similar to Khorne Red to begin with.  So to save some time and energy, I opted to just put down Khorne Red to begin with.

Hopefully I'll have more done next week.