Cadre Fireblade Finished!

Finished off the final details on the Fireblade and am very chuffed with the results. Although the sept and cloak markings took a bit of patience I think I got the effect I was looking for.  Now all I need to do is think up some background for this chap, as I always like a bit of a story to go with each of the models/units in an army, especially an HQ.

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade

I do know that this guy will be leading the smaller forces I take, with a Battlesuit Commander taking over as the points go up. I have a list which I will share for you that is something of a target for the first chunk of the force:

Cadre Fireblade

10 Fire Warriors

10 Fire Warriors

5 Pathfinders

5 Pathfinders

Crisis Battlesuit:

Fusion Blaster, Burst Cannon, Target Lock, 2 x Gun Drones

Crisis Battlesuit:

2 x Burst Cannon, Drone Controller, 2 x Gun Drones

Which is 500pts on the nose. I think this is a good starting point as it is made up of a core units of any other list I’ll be making and I’ll explain why.

I’ll always have Fire Warriors as my troops because I really am not a fan of the Kroot models. I realise this will leave a fairly diverse squad out of the mix but I’m more of a painter than a gamer these days so aesthetics will always win out when I’m building my lists.

Pathfinders I feel are too cheap to not be taken, considering what they can do. Sitting these chaps behind the Fire Warriors and using there markerlights helps the rest of the force , but they have the bonus of being a great unit to support using their carbines. Although if they do get targeted, caught in the open, assaulted, looked at in a funny way etc. they will very likely suffer a horrible demise.

Battlesuits I love. I will be taking one unit of each kind in my completed force (a long way off yet :(), so the obvious place to start is with a couple of XV8’s. The main idea with these guys is that they eventually form a squad of 3, with 2 battlesuits with burst cannon, fusion blaster and target lock and one with 2 burst cannons, drone controller and the full complement of gun drones. I like the idea of having a unit that can pump out 28 strength 5 shots and has an extra couple melta shots that can target a different unit 😀

As this is my target I still need the Fire Warriors and another battlesuit. I already have a box of Fire Warriors on the way, so hopefully get to starting them very soon…

Fireblade Progress

Really getting into the Cadre Fireblade now, and not gonna be long until he is finished.

Cadre Fireblade WIP Front

Cadre Fireblade WIP Front

Cadre Fireblade WIP Back

Cadre Fireblade WIP Back

I’ve been working on his cloak, the blue sections as well as finishing the skin and facial features. The cloak will be getting some extra work with some kind of freehand design, but not decided on what yet. I’m probably just gonna stick to some tau-ish lettering, in red, around the edge and keep it fairly simple. The reason I’ve decided on red for this is I think it will blend in with the rest of the model much better, I’m not looking for it to be flashy or in your face cos I don’t think that’s what the Tau are all about.

So continuing on with this chap I still have all of the sept markings to add, as well as lenses, both on the model and on the base. So as I said, not far to go 😀

Tanks & Fireblade Update!

Little bit of painting, little bit of modelling today. Started to fill the gaps on the Hydras with some plasticard, and to give you an idea of the gap here’s before and after:

Before & After

Before & After

As you can see the plasticard does a rudimentary job, gonna need to do a wee bit of greenstuffing to smooth the whole thing over.

I also found myself distracted by the Cadre Fireblade, that’s been sitting on the table for a wee while now, and managed to add a few colours to the chap. Didn’t really realise how much of the model is armoured, this makes things a little easier on the model and means I can dedicate more on the cloak and the sept markings. These elements more than anything help to distinguish him from any old firewarrior. Anyway enough rambling, here’s a picture:

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade

And just because they look cool :D, the tanks again:

Tanks!

Tanks!

 

 

Next Projects; Harlequins, Cadre Fireblade and more Death Korp!

I’ll be starting my next lot of jobs soon, and I have a few on the go now.

First up will be a squad of Harlequins for an Ulthwe army. I’ve been given free reign on these (except bone and black masks to tie into the army). This is both good and bad, on one side I get to experiment and do what I think will be cool. On the other hand I am notoriously indecisive, which may mean it takes a while for me to settle on a colour scheme, layout etc.

Harlequins

Harlequins

Following these guys I have the next lot of Death Korp to paint. For this round we have an engineers squad with heavy flamer and commissar, to be used as a veteran squad, another Basilisk, and a standard squad of dudes. Looking forward to the engineers, as from the brief look I’ve had they are some really crackin models.

Death Korpsy Goodness

Death Korpsy Goodness

My lovely wife also treated me to some models this week, in the form of a Cadre Fireblade and a box of Fire Warriors. Having to wait until next week to get the FW means I get to focus on the Fireblade first, and I dont mean to sound like a broken record, but again, what a crackin model. Bit expensive for what it is, but the detail and character is outstanding for a plastic mini. GW are out doing themselves on the plastic clam characters!

Cadre Fireblade

Cadre Fireblade