So this is the result of what started out as a desire to paint a Fire Warrior combined with providing my Tau playing friend – Andy – with something he can use.
The white with red details is his personal colour scheme, quite striking on a dark table but what a ball-ache to paint!
White is the DEVIL!
Wary of building up from my usual black primer I went with The Fang – a dark blue – and built up with layers of grey until I got to the primary white of the armour which is white with the tiniest drop of grey in it to make it “off-white” and to provide a contrast for my pure white edge highlighting.
Now Shadowsun has a lot of nooks and crannies between the plates of her armour. At first I left them black but because there were so many and the contrast with the black it made her look like a cartoon which wasn’t the look I was going for. So I filled in some of these nooks with the off-white I was using and instead gave her a very thin purple wash. I hoped this colour would provide an ethereal edge to the model which might suggest the stealth armour/femininity.
I also used the Nihilakh Oxide again on the thing she is standing on but found the blue too bright after application so I toned it down with a black wash.
This little red markings were fun to paint. I googled “Tau symbols” for my inspiration and went to town. I even managed to sneak my initials in there… Let’s see if Andy ever notices my mark haha!