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Tactical Drones

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Unleashing their prowess amidst the most hostile of environments, the T'au Drones emerge as an extraordinary force, guided by a networked AI that boasts remarkable capabilities. Operating in seamless coordination, these drones create a pervasive tactical blanket of firepower, effectively transforming entire battlefields.
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These mechanical marvels are more than mere information-gatherers; they wield offensive might that sets them apart as invaluable weapons in the T’au arsenal. Their AI-guided data exchange facilitates swift decision-making, enabling them to generate shields, mark targets with precision, and effectively neutralize enemies.

One of the key factors that elevate these drones to greatness is their adaptability. The melding of advanced AI technology and cutting-edge hardware equips them to assume multiple roles effortlessly, making them an integral part of any T’au tactical formation.

With their unrivaled capacity to mark targets accurately, the T’au Drones offer a strategic edge that can turn the tide of combat. Their sensors and algorithms hone in on enemy vulnerabilities, providing crucial insights for their comrades in the heat of battle.

The balance between offense and defense is a testament to the ingenuity behind the T’au Drones. Swiftly shifting between protective shields and devastating attacks, they operate with unprecedented efficiency, showcasing a level of synchronized effort rarely seen in traditional warfare.

Witnessing these agile and intelligent machines in action is a captivating experience. They embody the epitome of cutting-edge AI technology merged seamlessly with combat expertise. Their presence on the battlefield heralds a new era of warfare, where technology and strategy converge to create an awe-inspiring force.

What’s in the Tactical Drones box

  • x11 plastic components that make 2 T’au Drones, highly-advanced and highly-mobile automata of the T’au Empire. You have the option of assembling any two of the following – one shield drone, one marker drone and one gun drone.
  • x2 Citadel 32mm Flying bases.

How to paint the Tactical Drones set

  1. Step 1: Prime the Tactical Drones
    Before we start painting, it’s important to prime the Tactical Drones. Use a black or grey primer spray to create a good base for the paint to adhere to.
  2. Step 2: Paint the Top Disc
    Take a fine brush and paint the top disc of the Tactical Drone with White Scar. This will be the base color for the top part of the drone. Make sure to cover the entire surface evenly.
  3. Step 3: Add Celestra Grey Details
    Using a smaller brush, carefully add Celestra Grey details on the top disc. This could be lines, symbols, or any other intricate designs you like. The Celestra Grey adds some contrast to the white and gives your drone a more visually appealing look.
  4. Step 4: Paint the Body
    Switch to a larger brush and paint the body of the Tactical Drone with Abaddon Black. Ensure a smooth and even coat, covering all areas of the body.
  5. Step 5: Paint Cameras and Weapons
    Switch back to the fine brush and use White Scar again to paint the body of the cameras and weapons on the body. These details will stand out nicely against the black body.
  6. Step 6: Highlight the Weapons
    To add some visual interest to the weapons, take Lothern Blue and carefully paint the details of each weapon or camera. This gives the weapons a cool, glowing effect.
  7. Step 7: Shading and Layering
    To add depth and dimension to your Tactical Drones, it’s time for shading and layering. Use Nuln Oil shade and apply it selectively to the recessed areas, such as the gaps between armor plates and around the cameras and weapons. This will create shadows and make the details pop.
  8. Step 8: Layering Highlights
    After the shade has dried, go back to White Scar and lightly apply it to the raised edges of the top disc and body. This technique, called edge highlighting, will make the details stand out even more.
  9. Step 9: Weathering (Optional)
    Weathering adds a battle-worn and realistic look to your miniatures. For a beginner-friendly approach, you can use a sponge or a small brush to dab on a bit of black paint around the edges of the drones and on areas that would receive wear during combat. This simulates chipped paint and battle damage.
  10. Step 10: Final Touches
    Inspect your Tactical Drones and make any necessary touch-ups. Ensure that all the details are crisp and clean. You can also add some small decals or markings if you like.

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