Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Inq28 - Tau Mercenaries (all sorts of heresy!)

I'll admit right up front that I've never been a particular fan of the Tau - mostly that came down to the model range however, I quite like the fluff. I rather enjoy the Surprisingly Sinister Space Pope and his Ethereals, the whole caste system is interesting, and the fact that they embrace all the species they come across rather than just automatically exterminating them makes for a breath of fresh air in the grim darkness. (Heresy!) Ran across these alternate models on ebay a while back and thought they'd be fun to paint up, and subsequently thought "Hey, these'd be perfect mercenaries for a radical Ordo Xenos warband". I wasn't super happy with the initial skin tones so spent a little time touching them up and got some new pics taken:


"Big Shas O'Mal'y" along with an air caste tech and fire caste sniper joined forces with Inquisitor Travinski during an investigative mission into the incursion of Hive Fleet Kraken. The Tau were rescued from almost certain death at the claws of a Genestealer cult (side note, also thinking about doing up some villain warbands), and subsequently pledged their service to the Inquisitor, further cementing her status as a radical in the eyes of her peers. (Double heresy!)


A bit more cheesecake with these models, especially the sniper - Let's just say I had to take a few pics before I got one that's SFW. (Triple heresy!) Was fun to paint up some xenos filth though - had fun with the skintones and tried a number of different washes to try to approximate the 'typical' ochre Tau armor color. I have another few female Tau mercs coming to add to the group - they may end up spinning off into their own warband when all is said and done!

11 comments:

Greg Hess said...

Love them! Man I love when the sculpts have such expression in the face. The pose of the central figure is just awesome.

NafNaf said...

Very cool. I like the idea of a separate little tau war band, and these sculpts have a lot of character

NafNaf said...

Ps........Heretic!

The GunGrave said...

Very nice! I've never seen those models before, where did you get them??

CJ Kilbride said...

Excellent work as usual. @TheGunGrave: The three are available at wargameexclusive.com or eBay.

Dai said...

Wow, those are some cool Tau. Love the bare feet. Though I think the girls lost some armour pieces fighting those 'stealers?

Great stuff mate!

Zzzzzz said...

More heresy please ! Lovin' the fish.

Zab said...

Dirty, dirty xenos.

Rory Priest said...

Wow that really is some cheesecake alright.

Bit unfair of Big Shas to keep all the armour to himself.

#2501 said...

If more of their army had been like this (i.e. with character) I would've started a Tau force. These.... are now on my to-get list. :)

Joe B said...

They look great Mordian! I agree that the Tau range needs some more characters like these - maybe even hire the wargamesexclusive guys!