Tripwire here, from The Hammer of Wrath blog, presenting the third part of my guest series featuring my Tau Sept, Arashikage. This time we’ll examine the Broadsides and the Riptide.
There was no resisting the allure of new mech suits, and both the Broadsides and Riptide have fantastic new kits that look amazing on the tabletop. I purchased two Broadsides to increase the punch my army had.
You might have noticed something different about my main weapon – it’s a conversion of the high yield missile pods. I wasn’t a fan of the “boxing glove” execution on the box, so following a tutorial on Advanced Tau Tactica, I converted and magnetized the main weapon to be both the HYMP and the railgun.
I’ve also done a minor conversion on the head, following a tutorial created by my blogging partner, Dieter. He took the spare heads in the kit, and stacked them, to create a heavy jawline, like a boxer, that we call the “brute” head.
It’s a great kit, and I only wish the main crisis suits had been updated as well. They are dated on both an artistic and technical level.
My second elite slot is filled by the Riptide. Let’s be honest, there’s no way I was NOT going to buy a giant killer robot for my Sept.
The kit was easier to assemble than I had feared, and choosing the color breaks and adding the weathering and chipping was a joy. Probably the most fun I had hobbying last year.
I magnetized ALL the hardpoints, allowing me to choose any loadout in the kit. Admittedly, I usually run the Ion and missile pod combo, though.
I really enjoyed designing and applying my Sept’s mark to the shield. I really appreciated the level of customization they allowed in the parts.
I also created a custom head for this model using the spare face plates in the kit. I felt the regular head was much too small proportionally. I wanted to indicate an upgraded sensor package to match the massive firepower the suit has. I’m quite pleased with the way the lenses turned out.
That covers the big ‘bots in my Sept. Next week we’ll examine the Heavy slots, including the Skyray Gunship and the Hammerhead featuring Longstrike.
man, this comments section is a ghost town. I am really not a pageview draw for you guys, am I? sorry 🙂
When I look at the individual page hits you're actually doing really well. Not bad for a non-space marine post 🙂
I'm coming back regularly to look at these Tau articles. Just had not commented until now. I am really impressed with the army and want to try out your shading technique with the oils. 🙂
Actually, I like your posts quite a bit. I generally dislike Tau but your approach really works – probably the best I have seen in terms of overall aesthetic. And having just painted a bunch of Star Wars storm troopers for Imperial Assault, I have a new appreciation for the challenge in doing white well.
Don't worry, Tripwire, people are seeing your stuff. They look like a great tabletop army. The seams are a little distracting. I've painted Riptides before and the seam lines are a b—-tch! One method I've found that really works is using superglue (I use zap-a-gap) to fill the seams and then sanding it down with fine sand paper.
Yeah, the seems on these can be tough. Thanks for the tip about the superglue, I'm definitely going to give that a shot, as the the liquid greenstuff is obviously not cutting it!
Really nice and clean paintjob! I prefer the pictures from the gaming table
I really like your paint scheme, its refreshing to see a non- tan and brown color. How is the seams lines on the Riptide? From what I can tell there seems to be some lines that are hard to remove, like the front vent of the jump pack.
I also like the nod to GIJoe
I'm curious as to what you're referring to. Please share.
ArashiKage means Storm Shadow in Japanese, who was the Cobra Ninja in GI Joe. The color scheme he wore was white and he had a Tattoo on his arm that was red. Thats were I thought the red highlights may have come from The name of the ninja clan was also called ArashiKage
I approve of this level of geekery.
Me too. Awesome.
Kuwajima nailed it. It's a shameless crib from GI Joe! 🙂
I looked up the technique for doing an oil wash because of your models. Reminds me of the Robotech style of mecha. Love the look!
- Max S
So I recently picked up a Tau army from a friend and, being new to the warhammer hobby, have run into a few problems as far as painting goes. I have watched numerous tutorials online and even read the fire warrior tutorial here on this site yet I still can't seem to figure out how everyone is getting these nice, bold, dark lines in their Tau armor. The two test models that I've painted have turned out very, well… Let's just say less than stellar. This may be a very simple thing that maybe I'm just not grasping but any help would be very appreciated!
Easiest way is to prime white, undercoat grey, base coat white then wash with black ink, clean up all areas with grey and finish with white. Same as painting gundam models
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Bold, solid striking colours. Clean, bright photography. Coherent, uniformed army scheme.
Just a joy to look at pictures like these. Bravo Sir.