Tau Paint Scheme:: Dar'Yth Sept
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I originally got the idea for white Tau at the beginning of the original Tau Codex. Mark Owens's pathfinder team and tanks I thought looked awesome. So I decided to model an army on my own on the basic colour scheme of that (and incidentally use the same Tau sept as him, Dal'yth)
Painting a White XV8
- The unfortunate thing about white is that it takes about 5 layers before you can fully cover darker colours, and by that time it looks very uneven and blotchy. So to overcome this I sprayed the main model white first (in separate pieces).
- The next and most obvious stage was to apply chaos black wherever it needed to be placed, again i mainly got ideas from the codex about where to paint the darker parts of the battle-suit.
- Then using the very old paint, ghostly grey which I had a stash of. I painted in the nooks and crannies. Although this isn't easy sometimes, if the grey is watered down sufficiently, you can wipe off any access paint which covers the unwanted parts with a finger, and it also provides a cleaner finish! Another thing done to make the battle-suit more interesting was to paint random panel's codex grey adding some variety to the model.
- The Final painting stage was applying the detail, I used a detailed brush to create the sept marking in red and also the small crescent moon shape of the eye, I also used this brush to highlight the grey panels in fortress grey (the white didn't need highlighting, what's whiter than white!)
- And finally was gluing the model together, however for XV8's which were on a stand I did not glue the XV8 to the stand, for storage purposes