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Surrey, BC - Canada

So my Tau Sept Cadre Army was born out of a desire to have some models for action photos to pose with my Elysian Drop Troopers, based on the Taros Campaign and perhaps to help out my groups Tau Player in group games. I started this when the initial attraction of the Tau was starting to fade and folks were moving to other armies. I found a willing partner just across the boarding in Washington State and he wanted to build a Guard Army and I was looking for Tau. I had picked up an Imperial Guard Starter set for a Renegade Army that never really got off of the ground and he had a partially assembled and painted Tau Battle Force with some metal Pathfinders and an extra Hammer Head. Since the models I had to trade were NIB I added some Heavy Weapon Sprues and bases and both sides were happy (always the best kind of trade). That was the start of my Tau Sept Cadre…I did have to wait a bit for the models to pass through customs and when they arrived I discovered that these were the first models assembled by my trading partner. No problem, but it was going to mean some extra work as the first plastic models are always a bit of an eye opener…especially if they employ the Testors tubed cement.

So here is a small Tau PLOG from start to nearly completed as one model remains to be done. Remember these are all old models and first variation Tau, no updated suits or fancy Ghostkeel models or anything like that.

So first things first, you need some troops, so some cleaning and striping of the partially assembled or painted models began. Many of them needed some pretty substantial repairs.



Painted:



The long painting war continues...

CB

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Surrey, BC - Canada

Another batch of FireWarriors, this lot had fewer rebuilds.







More to come as the long painting war continues...

CB

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Got enough plogs?

A very nice go at the classic scheme, they look really sharp.

   
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Damn you're prolific! Nice Tau, always good to see some salvage work too.

EDC
   
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Surrey, BC - Canada

Cap'n Facebeard wrote:Got enough plogs?

A very nice go at the classic scheme, they look really sharp.

Thanks Cap'n Facebeard, against the forces of silver, grey and white we must do battle with paint and glue. Yes, the scheme is pretty traditional.

evildrcheese wrote:Damn you're prolific! Nice Tau, always good to see some salvage work too.

EDC

Thanks evildrcheese, repair work is the major work on this build. The original owner was very liberal with glue, but it was his first plastic models and for a new modeller he showed a lot of promise, I bet his stuff is fantastic now.



Because there were a lack of left arms with the FireWarriors I did things like the one I added the binoculars to, taking spare bits to make models as there was a limited number of left arms and when on was really glued to slag I wanted no model left behind.




One more group of FireWarriors and then I was going to take on some Suits or one of the tanks.

The long painting war continues...

CB

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Of all your forces I think the painting here is the best. You could list it as pro-painted without lying.

   
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Sydney

Jesus you paint fast CB!

A squad of 10 painted to a good standard would take me the best part of a year!
Ok I only paint for a couple of hours every couple of weeks but still... impressive output

   
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Surrey, BC - Canada

Cap'n Facebeard wrote:Of all your forces I think the painting here is the best. You could list it as pro-painted without lying.

Thanks Cap'n Facebeard. Doesn't everyone on eBay list their items as "pro-painted"?

Aryllon wrote:Jesus you paint fast CB!

A squad of 10 painted to a good standard would take me the best part of a year!
Ok I only paint for a couple of hours every couple of weeks but still... impressive output


Aryllon, these were painted a while ago, I am still trying to catch up to present state, besides I paint my armies to the table top standard and not the epic levels of detail we see on so many on your models.

So here was one of the tanks I inherited after stripping off the old paint and converting it to a Devilfish.



Then with basecoat:





Lots to do still, but quite a change.

I added some rare earth magnets to have the Seeker Missiles hang on the underside of the nose. I had never realized how interchangeable the Tau tanks were so I picked up three fuselages and two sets of Skyray sprues from a bits seller and for the price of one tank I had parts for three with two additional variants. (as I had a whole bag of flying bases and could skip the landing gear and other attachments)

Thank you for the views and the comments.

The long painting war continues...

CB

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Another great piece, could be from a White Dwarf (or whatever they have now, Visions of Dwarves or some guff)

   
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 Cap'n Facebeard wrote:
Another great piece, could be from a White Dwarf (or whatever they have now, Visions of Dwarves or some guff)


Thanks Cap'n Facebeard,

So the little Tau Sept Army that could now had two Troop Choices (as long as I was happy with 8 man squads) and a dedicated transport, so it needed an HQ Choice...naturally I looked at the Crisis Suits.

Now the fellow I had purchased the Tau Army from had glued together several Crisis Suits already.



Before you knock them for being rather simple please remember they were the original Crisis Suit models and these were some of the first plastics that he had every assembled and glued. So there was a lot of glue and I spent some time to cut off/sand down a lot of it...but the poses were basically fixed ahead of time and I was fine with that. You can see the dust left over from the sanding...they were put together with plastic cement, but it looks a little like crazy glue after sanding.




So I had an HQ if I wanted it, but I was excited about a more dynamic model for a Commander at this point.

More to come, thanks for the views and comments.

The long painting war continues...

CB

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Wow. Pretty amazing what a new paint job can do. Those really look like they leapt off the GW page.

   
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Once again I can't think of much to say, it looks really good!
Not familiar with these models, is the Tau symbol on the back molded or a transfer? Or dare I say, freehand?

   
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Surrey, BC - Canada

kakita wrote:Wow. Pretty amazing what a new paint job can do. Those really look like they leapt off the GW page.

Thank you kakita.

Cap'n Facebeard wrote:Once again I can't think of much to say, it looks really good!
Not familiar with these models, is the Tau symbol on the back molded or a transfer? Or dare I say, freehand?

Cap'n Facebeard, thank you for the compliment, the Tau symbols on the rear armour are transfers.

Now I did some Drones (not exactly exciting) and then decided to tackle a broken Crisis Suit. I replaced all the flying stands as the previous ones were all broken off or misty from glue.



I believe it was initially built to be jumping, but feet had broken off etc. So some repairs and the addition of a flying stand made a more balanced model.



Thank you for the views and the comments.

The long painting war continues...

CB


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I'm not a fan of the Tau aesthetic - especially after some idiot ditched the "we use flyers for big targets" mindset for ALL THE MECHA! ALL OF THEM! - but you're doing a great job of repurposing these figures, Captain.

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Surrey, BC - Canada

 Dysartes wrote:
I'm not a fan of the Tau aesthetic - especially after some idiot ditched the "we use flyers for big targets" mindset for ALL THE MECHA! ALL OF THEM! - but you're doing a great job of repurposing these figures, Captain.

Thanks Dysartes, this Sept Cadre will be more of the traditional 40k army.

My project has grown from a plan to paint up some figures for photos with my Elysians into a proper small army.

Next I did the metal Pathfinders, they were really quick to paint...being simple oranges and browns. I am certain they are not as nice or flexible as the new versions, but beggars cannot be choosers.




The long painting war continues...

CB

PS: Dysartes, just a question...you are not the same Dysartes who posted a whole load of tactics articles back in the earlier version of Dakka Dakka were you?


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As far as I know, I've been the only Dysartes on DakkaDakka, but I didn't post tactics articles here.

I did run Dysartes.com back in the day, but missed a renewal on the domain name and lost control of it :(

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Surrey, BC - Canada

 Dysartes wrote:
I did run Dysartes.com back in the day, but missed a renewal on the domain name and lost control of it :(


Dysartes,

It must have been on your site that I remember reading the tactic articles. Thank you for hosting and keeping that site up as long as you did.

Back to the Tau Cadre, finished up a pair of Shield Drones that I think came with the original Pathfinders:



I also repaired the last Crisis Suit and painted it up to join the other two with Plasma Guns and Missile Pods:


Still needs some markings, but other than that done.



The long painting war continues...

CB

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So my little Tau Sept Cadre had reached a playable size and I still had not done any action shots with the Elysians. Since at this time Pathfinders required a Devil Fish as a required buy my army looked like this:



The undersized troop choice buffed up with a pair of Drones...actually both squads ended up with the buff as I did not have enough painted Drones.

I started working on the second Devil Fish built from a former Hammerhead.


The white is from the super glue remover.

I also tinkered with the ones with the landing gear missing hull to make a Hammer Heads.








The long painting war continues...

CB

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Looking good in the army shot,

   
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 Cap'n Facebeard wrote:
Looking good in the army shot,


Thanks Cap'n Facebeard,

Next up I switched back to painting and did a second Devil Fish and started the Stealth Suits.

The Devil Fish was done in a flash as I used one of the chassis from the bits seller, so no scarring or sanding needed to be done, here it is with the first, repaired Devil Fish in the foreground.



Then the first Stealth Suit, basically I had seen the reactive camouflage before and did my own take on it simply extending the base colours up the model to a join point where I switched to the Tau Sept Scheme and making some lightening between them. Here is the first a two times normal size.





The long painting war continues...

CB


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That's a nice transition effect, Captain.

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Thanks Dysartes,

Here was the whole squad done up.





In case anyone is wondering, the reason for the antenna on the side was that remember most of these models had already been assembled and these had already had damage to the antenna so during the repair I figured I would save some future damage.

The long painting war continues...

CB


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That's a great effect, well done

   
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Surrey, BC - Canada

Thanks Cap'n Facebeard,

Painted up the third Devil Fish, again a restored Hammerhead tank I had used super glue remover to get back the chassis and added the burst cannon and turret and viola another transport.



You can see a little scarring on the body just above the round vent. It also has rare earth magnets added to hold the Seeker Missiles.

Also did some Drones.



New stands from my bag of flying bases to replace the broken and clouded ones.

The long painting war continues...

CB


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The drone with the extra lens remind me of a White Dwarf showcase of a Tau army where the guy had made a Tau combat reporter with a camera drone.
The scarring could easily be a lascannon impact they've painted over. What are Tau vehicles made of anyway?

   
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Plot armour, Cap'n Facebeard, unadulterated plot armour...

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Surrey, BC - Canada

Thanks Cap'n Facebeard and Dysartes,

Painted up a Team Leader for the Pathfinders.



Since that is not that much on the new front here is all three Devilfish together. One in the center has no landing gear as it was one of the single sprue purchases.


And a shot of where the army is at this point.


The long painting war continues...

CB


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Then I finally started painting the Hammerhead/Sky Ray convertible tank out of one of the chassis obtained from a bits seller.

Some WIP shots:




Built with a magnetized turret and magnetized burst cannons. Saw that I needed to sand down the sides of the Hammerhead barrel.

Did finish up six more Firewarriors to complete two full size squads.


The long painting war continues...

CB

Spelling corrected thanks to Dysartes.

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Excellent work. I am so jealous of the speed at which you can turn out these really very well painted models!

Also loving the restoration and repair work

 
   
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Surrey, BC - Canada

 D4V1D0 wrote:
Excellent work. I am so jealous of the speed at which you can turn out these really very well painted models!

Also loving the restoration and repair work


Thanks D4V1D0, but I do not paint that fast, I am rebuilding my PLOGs that were lost when WarSeer went down. So they appear to progress really quickly until I reach the stage I am at now, like my Sisters of Battle PLOG.

So I sanded down the barrel of the Hammerhead and touched up the paint, I also finished the Skyray conversion with Rare Earth Magnets, some of the photos:






The Cadre so far:



Thanks for the comments and views.

The long painting war continues...

CB


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