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Tau: xv9 commander R'Alai

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Published: August 11, 2012
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an xv9 hazard suit commander R'alai from forgeworld.
99% airbrushed (bit of drybrushing on the base) . note the carbon fiber shiny armor, the recessed lights between armor panels, and the inconspicuous shields deflecting an impressive barrage with the shield drones pulling their own weight on the small arms fire, and the primary shield shrugging off a hit from a strength 10 weapon.
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robinweatherallProfessional Digital Artist
love that shield. i can imagine it bouncing a bit as well during combat (if you'd ever use this haha) that's excellent
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I really like your work and I invite you to look and I like what I do, it's a way of getting to know each other and giving us the artists, greetings from Uruguay
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ProiteusHobbyist Artisan Crafter
How did you get that amazing texture? What stencils did you use? I've seen a good amount of stencil work but nothing that small on such a detailed surface?
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ProiteusHobbyist Artisan Crafter
How did you keep it attached during the spraying?

I looked on your site and couldn't find a tutorial. :(
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Just wrap it tight for each spraying.  use a toothpick or small tool to push suspended sections in while spraying.

I only wrote tutorials for the basic stuff because everything after that is just application of the basics and easy to figure out. 

Its like normal painting. Once you learn blending and color theory you know pretty much everything. You just need to practice applications.

sites.google.com/site/thirdfat…
FamousDave420's avatar
Absolutely amazing special effects paint.  I am impressed every time I look at the photos to try and figure out how you did it.  Stunning work, my friend.
Dave
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diejangoHobbyist General Artist
my god this is one of the best minis ive ever seen
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HeresyForgeProfessional Artist
Very good idea. but carbon looks bad
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OlovniHobbyist General Artist
Mate, there has been a photohsopped version of your photo circulating the net, someone removed the wires and (sadly) your signature from the photo. Just to give you a heads-up. www.desura.com/groups/warhamme…

(or, if it's you, sorry for bothering xD)
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Thanks
While I agree it would be nice for the wires to not be there, they should at least give credit... Sigh.   Desura does not appear to be too friendly to trying to correct misrepresentations on their site.

Happy gaming/painting!
Steve
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OlovniHobbyist General Artist
just pester them and they will remove it. No site is friendly regarding correcting misinterpretation, and many people deliberatley remove signatures because... cucumbers? they want the glory? dunno.
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I just had my mind blown. this is just incredible! the plastic bits that represent the shields impact areas is a brilliant idea. the airbrushing on those is just insane! all shield stuff aside, i really like how you painted the commander. i like the carbon fiber look and the colours used in-between the gaps in the armor (i really like the pinkish purple glow on the shoulder vent things. there is just so much epicness in this work! just wow!
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=)  thanks
It was a labor of love.
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cookiesnmi1kHobbyist Writer
you lucky bastard.... still trying to get a hold of this guy.
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ElleirysHobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing ! =O
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ElnxidaStudent Artist
If I ever play against this model (Despite being a Tau player myself) I would immediately concede on the grounds of awesome.

Also, how did you do the shields proper? I want to add them to my Farsight model, because in the last few games he took no damage while sitting out in the open in a very un-Farsight-like manner. I blamed his shields, even though all of the wounds he saved were normal armour saves.
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Shield are just airbrushed acrylic.   Get any piece of clear acrylic like christmas bulbs made of plastic, and  cut and paint them.
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ElnxidaStudent Artist
I see, thanks! Definately adding these to Farsight.
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CoconutdawnHobbyist Traditional Artist
the effect on the armour is simply stunning! incredible!
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LautrecTheBastardHobbyist General Artist
The level of painting skill on display here blows my mind, I may have to pick up an airbrush and spend the next 10 years trying to master it.
Atropos907's avatar
Do it!  Its totally worth it.
I have a few basic tutorials to get you started
thirdfatecreations.com    tutorials tab on the left.
Paint, have fun, and share!
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LautrecTheBastardHobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I've bookmarked it :)
Lets give this thing a shot
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