So this is what I've been working on the past few days. Painting plus video rendering.
Inspired by the Space Wolves release, I decided to try out an
urban Tau theme. My goal with the Sniper suit was to merge the space
wolf base color and combine it with a dirty, urban theme. The model
here is supposed to look as if he fits with the base, hence the reason
they are the same basic color. I also wanted a muted theme.
environments in the 40k world, I imagine, are rather dirty, so I wanted
to give this Sniper suit the appearance of having been walking through
ruins, but still give a very Tau-clean look to it. At the same time, I
was hoping the highlight color (the white) was still a muted white, so
it would stand out, but not look out of place.
Finally, the gun
itself is my take on the weapon. I imagine that the barrel of the
weapon spins rather fast when firing, so I figure the metal is worn in
a circular pattern. That's the reason for the attempt the blending and
highlighting like I did. I'm actually rather proud of it, because when
it's lit with my desk lamps, it looks natural.
Finally, this was yet another attempt at blending, which I really want to keep practicing. I'm very proud with the blending jobs I did here. Both the helmet and the gun turned out how I wanted. I still have a long way to go before I'm comfortable with blending, but overall, I think I'm on the right track.
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