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    Winter Tau army

    Hi gents,

    I began my new Tau army and decided to paint in white. It's a hell of work to paint in white and for me, as beginner, very difficult.
    How do you like it and what tipps do you have for me ?










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    I like the camo pattern, very nice.

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    White is much easier if you start with a pure white undercoat, shade the whole thing in a very light gray or blue, then build the white back up again in very thin layers. More so than any other color, if your paint is too thick, it will be glaringly obvious with white. If you can see brush lines, add a tip of water and go over it again.

    Also, the camo pattern is fantastic.

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    Originally Posted by SourImplant View Post
    White is much easier if you start with a pure white undercoat, shade the whole thing in a very light gray or blue, then build the white back up again in very thin layers. More so than any other color, if your paint is too thick, it will be glaringly obvious with white. If you can see brush lines, add a tip of water and go over it again.

    Also, the camo pattern is fantastic.
    Until now i only used one kind of white color and tried to paint in several layers. I have trouble, especially for the small firewarriors, to not paint in those thin details like on the leg armor.
    I will try that with the light grey for sure, thank you for this!

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    Originally Posted by Shoggy View Post
    Until now i only used one kind of white color and tried to paint in several layers.
    Starting with a white undercoat introduces its own set of challenges, so if that doesn't work you might start with a black or gray (preferably gray) undercoat. You don't want to just use layer after layer of only white in that case. From a darker undercoat, start with a dark gray, work up to a lighter gray, and introduce more and more white from there. Layer after layer of nothing but white over a black undercoat is just making life hard for yourself.

    Same with yellow or red, where you'll typically want to start with a base layer of brown.

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    Okay thank you. I will try it with a darker grey, then a brighter grey and then the final white (i completely sprayed them black with my airbrush in the beginning)

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    Originally Posted by edmundblack View Post
    White is what is known as "a fucker" to paint over large areas, but you're doing a great job, these look awesome.
    To be fair, the larger areas, like on the Hammerhead or the Crisis, are airbrushed

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    Fantastic work so far! Particularly like the look of the Hammerhead. As others have said, white's a bastard to paint smoothly. One option I've heard of is to spray white, recess wash with a thinned down black wash like nuln oil, then layer the white areas with white again. I've never tried it so I can't say how it works, but it might be easier My only other tip is that the cammo may look more "real" if you slightly overlap the light and dark grey areas, maybe see how it looks on some paper first. It looks super crisp though so well done

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    Originally Posted by ultramar!!!! View Post
    Fantastic work so far! Particularly like the look of the Hammerhead. As others have said, white's a bastard to paint smoothly. One option I've heard of is to spray white, recess wash with a thinned down black wash like nuln oil, then layer the white areas with white again. I've never tried it so I can't say how it works, but it might be easier My only other tip is that the cammo may look more "real" if you slightly overlap the light and dark grey areas, maybe see how it looks on some paper first. It looks super crisp though so well done
    That's also a interesting idea, thank you

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    Finished my Broadside, just some finetuning left.

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