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WORK IN PROGRESS: Tau Empire

I finally got my paints in.

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I decided on the digital camo in urban colors. So I am sticking with the greys for this army. I got Vallejo White Grey, Vallejo Light Grey and Vallejo Panzer Dark Grey. Now, I intended to follow this image…

Slovak MiG-29 1

…but when I got the model in my hands, I talked myself into thinking the Panzer Dark Grey should be the base color, and that I didn’t need the transition color. So I thought I would like the Panzer Dark Grey and the White Grey…

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Wrong I was!

Now I plan to reprime this wing and stick to the program. This is a lesson learned: that plans are made for a reason.

I finally got a chance to try out the MaskFX digital camo sheets.

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I like them. The masking is clean cut and very thin, so it conforms very easily to what I have painted thus far. One thing I did notice is that the corners were peeling up on some of the rounded corners, but it was more on the bottom side, and that didn’t matter much anyways.

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My OCD is gonna get in the way of this project. I can see that now. I need my corners to be crisp and my lines to be straight. When you’re dealing with a bunch of random squares and rectangles… *sigh… this is gonna take forever. But I knew what I was getting in to.

So tonight I try again. If you’re going to try to do this, I would suggest spending some time and thinking about the pattern. I plan to sit down tonight and really study how to maximize the pattern and how NOT to waste a bunch of paint…

Necrons

I couldn’t resist! I said that I was going to focus on the Tau Empire, but the Necrons just keep creeping in. Yesterday, I started on the next part of my test model.

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I applied Vallejo Model Air Gun to the middle beam that supports the carapace. My plan is to go from Gun, stipple/drybrush Reaper Blackened Steel and then stipple/drybrush Reaper Tarnished Steel. Then apply some weathering pigment to give it a rusted metal feel. Not too much. Just enough to add some interest and blend the sandy carapace and the metal.

So far, so good.

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