Not much updates with my Flesh Tearers. Been busy painting other stuff. Namely Empress Messalina IV from Reaper Miniatures. She's from their Chronoscope range and a really neat model. She is sculpted by Mr Patrick Keith whose works i greatly admire. Check out his blog/site!
I also really appreciate the clever tie-in to the real Empress Valeria Messalina of ancient Rome who is famous for her scheming ways and court intrigue. She was also known for being a tad promiscuous, which caused her eventual death at the hands of her husband the Emperor Claudius. Well enough history...
The miniature has been an inspiration and temptation to start a Tau army. I think she has all the major features of the WH40K Tau race, specifically their Ethereals. She has the potential to spearhead a rather themed Tau army. She could be an Ethereal with much power over the Tau Empire's aliens, namely the Vespids and Kroot. Or she could be like the Roman Empress of her namesake with great influence over the Tau warrior caste who all fight to do her bidding and win her favor ;)
I like the floating chair idea. In alot of ways she reminded me of the Tau special character Aun'Va aka Master of the Undying Spirit. I painted the orb in her hand to be of the same colors as the energy swirls at the bottom of her base to link them. Also gave her some peacock inspired feathers.
Side view. I plan to paint the base the color of the Tau orange-brown scheme at a later date. Need to get the paint.
Other side view. She will represent a Tau Ethereal in the game. I have heard they are not too useful. But i'm all fluff over tactics hehe!
Back view. Still got some highlights and bases to finish up.
I also have the option of placing her on a bigger base. This way she could be a counts as Aun'Va if needed.
Also simultaneously painting up a Rhino. It'll primarily be for my Flesh Tearers and will be the same color scheme as the Flesh Tearers in White Dwarf 376 April 2011. I felt the minimal red and largely back scheme works well as i can use the Rhino for a few ways.
It can be a Flesh Tearers Rhino as intended, or a Death Company Rhino or an Inquisition Rhino as they all share the same color scheme.
Just gave the interior the ubiquitous brush of Boltgun Metal paint and Badab Black wash.
I'm not gluing the top hatch on as i plan to paint the Flesh Tearer symbol on one side and leave the other side black or red so i can do a switch.
Have a super start to the week everyone :)