Ok so heres my big painting idea…
I wanted to churn out the Tau army as quickly as I could for three reasons.
- I’m not a MASSIVE fan of the faction although I do have more of an appreciation for them now after painting them.
- Simply for the challenge of trying to crack out a fully painted army as quickly as possible.
- I’m keen to move onto a fun little project after I’ve finished this one. (More on that another day).
So my idea was to base coat in black and then wrap elastic bands around everything and then spray them white to create a jagged/lined sort of look to them. Turns out some elastic (rubber) bands don’t like to be sprayed with acrylic spray paint and started snapping haha. After some trials and errors I finally managed to get a system that worked, sort of. They probably didn’t turn out as well as I expected but I still quite like the finished result.
So let’s take a look starting with the infantry.
Two fire teams
Unarigoe (grunt) Team: Front line and/or first response warriors.
As you can see they’re pretty dirty looking which was my intention. On reading some lore and facts about the Tau I learnt that their armour is very resilient and shows little, if any, wear and tear. I decided to add a little here and there anyway. I also added a couple of extra black stripes too. The unmasked troops, including the leader (on the cork), have white and black face paint. It doesn’t look that great though.
Deruta (Delta) Team: Not quite veterans but better than grunts.
I didn’t give these chaps an all over wash like I did with the grunts. Instead, I chose to pin wash with a little weathering to keep them looking fresher/cleaner. The red helmets look cool and also help me distinguish between them and the grunts. There are also a few snipers in this squad.
Next is the Pasufaindā (pathfinder) Reconnaissance Team.
According to GW these are – “Light reconnaissance units, Pathfinder Teams are the eyes and ears of their Commander in a way no drone can yet emulate. A Pathfinder’s foremost role is not to engage the enemy, but instead to operate ahead of their comrades, close to their foe, to accurately scout the enemy.”
Instead of basing black, using rubber bands and then spraying white I did the reverse for a point of difference for this squad. I like it. I also added red but kept it to a bare minimum. I dry brushed with pale and grey and then a little white as well.
Next I did the X3 XV8 Crisis Battlesuits in much the same way as the infantry ie the rubber band thing haha.
I think they turned out ok. Not amazing but ok.
Commander Velk’ Han was next and, again, I did the same technique with the rubber bands. I’d given him a bigger more interesting base because well errrr because he’s the commander I guess haha.