Embrace the guidance of Darkstrider, a legendary Pathfinder who spurns promotions to remain steadfast with his comrades within the T’au Empire. Take command of your T’au forces with this skilled leader, harnessing the cutting-edge technology of the Empire. Darkstrider’s prowess lies in his capability to illuminate the Achilles’ heels of foes, enabling allies to dismantle them with utmost precision. Leading by example, Darkstrider wields Shade, a custom pulse weapon that embodies his potent combat prowess.
What’s in the Darkstrider box
- x11 plastic components that make one Darkstrider.
- x1 Citadel 32mm Citadel round base.
How to paint the Darkstrider set
- Step 1: Clothing
To begin crafting Darkstrider’s unique appearance, apply Abaddon Black to create a bold and captivating aspect for his clothing.
- Step 2: Armor
Shift your attention to Darkstrider’s armor, embodying the essence of the T’au Empire, coat the armor with Tau Light Ochre, setting the foundation for his distinctive T’au aesthetic.
- Step 3: Skin
Use The Fang to paint his skin, creating a natural complexion that contrasts elegantly with his technological elements.
- Step 4: Details
With Leadbelcher for metallic components, Mephiston Red for the camera lenses, and Abaddon Black for the body of the cameras.
- Step 5: Shading Clothing and Armor
To add depth and realism to Darkstrider’s clothing and armor, apply shading using Nuln Oil or a similar black wash. Focus on the recesses and crevices of the fabric and armor plates. This will create shadows and enhance the three-dimensional look of the miniature.
- Step 6: Highlighting Clothing and Armor
Using lighter versions of the base colors, such as Eshin Grey for the clothing and Averland Sunset for the armor, carefully apply highlights to the raised areas of the fabric and armor. This technique will simulate light hitting the surfaces and make the model pop. Apply these highlights sparingly to maintain a natural transition between light and shadow.
- Step 7: Shading Skin
To give depth and dimension to Darkstrider’s skin, apply a thin layer of Druchii Violet or a similar purple wash. Focus on areas like the eye sockets, beneath the collarbone, and any other areas where shadows would naturally occur.
- Step 8: Final Touches
With a fine brush, delicately refine the model’s details, crafting a visually engaging and polished masterpiece.
- Step 8: Varnish
Select a varnish finish – matte, satin, or gloss – and gently apply it as a protective shield, preserving Darkstrider’s integrity against the passage of time.
- Step 10: Paint the base
With texture paints, such as Astrogranite Debris, to create a terrain that resonates with Darkstrider’s narrative and complements his character.