Adrian one of the gents at the York Wargames Club is letting me share some pics of his heavy infantry.
I’ll let him tell you about them.
Tanks and heavy infantry with some conversions/add-ons to use as a Tau Gue’Vesa auxiliary force in 40K. Added breacher shoulder pads, dozer blade, searchlight, missile launcher and hunter killer missile from GW models and extra Pig Iron baggage.
The back story is that they are from a world long forgotten by the Imperium which has gone it’s own way in the last 1,000 years and it’s technology has diverged as they have fought wars against each other. Then the Tau begin trading with them and in a couple of generations they happily join the Tau Empire.
I chose Pig Iron models as to my eye they are somewhere between human and Tau but not owing much to the Imperium.
The infantry will count as breacher teams if used as a straight count-as in matched play games.
For narrative/open I’ll be coming up with custom rules in 40K to add the sniper, medic, squad heavy weapons men, and the 2-man laser cannon with ammo robot.
I don’t like my tanks clean
It’s all about multiple layers over a fairly light base colour. On this I made shapes with blu-tak over a skeleton bone base colour then spray-canned light green, light grey, then light sand, successively removing strips of blu-tak. Then went round all the crevises with sepia wash fairly liberally and smearing it downwards a la gravity with a convenient finger. Next was highlights with a light sandy big fat drybrush. Then a few edge and corner chips with gunmetal/silver over dark brown followed by running a BB pencil around the edges of the tank to roughen it up more. The most wonderfully messy bit was using weathering powder and MIG pigment fixer which you can use to get either a smooth smeary graduation or get it to clump together as on the front of the dozer blade. Hours later after the fixer had dried I went round with a rough brush and finger smeared the bits I wanted softer. The dozer blade clumps will likely erode over time but I’ll just re-apply if needed.