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T’au Empire Commander

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Stealthy and lethal, the T'au Commanders command battlesuits of imposing stature and formidable might. However, it's more than just the size of the battlesuit that defines a Commander; it's their strategic acumen and ability to navigate through the chaos of ever-changing situations that truly set them apart. Achieving the esteemed rank of a T'au Commander requires years of dedicated effort, a journey marked by challenges and unyielding perseverance.
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Armed with an array of immensely destructive weapons, the XV-85 Enforcer Armour Crisis Battlesuits embody a fearsome force on the battlefield. The optional loadouts include flamers, ion blasters, and frag projectors. Their tactical flexibility is amplified by electronic countermeasure suites and extensive data-processing capabilities, elevating their combat prowess.
The Coldstar Battlesuit’s on-board holophoton countermeasures and telemetry suites provide an information deluge to its Commander pilot—a torrent that might overwhelm an inexperienced mind, but instead grants the Coldstar the ability to gracefully outmaneuver opponents, leaving enemy targeting systems futilely lagging behind.

Contained within this multi-part plastic kit is the essence of a T’au Commander, encapsulated in either an XV-85 Enforcer Armour Crisis Battlesuit or an XV86 Coldstar Battlesuit. Bursting with possibilities, the box offers an array of choices—diverse heads, engines, leg and arm assemblies—alongside a plethora of weapons. From an airburst frag projector to a plasma rifle, flamer, fusion blaster, cyclic ion blaster, burst cannon (along with an upgrade kit), and a missile pod, the armament options are boundless. Complementing this, a versatile drone awaits assembly, ready to transform into a gun, shield, or marker drone.

Whether you embark on the path of the XV-85 Enforcer Armour or take to the skies with the XV86 Coldstar, this kit empowers you to craft a T’au Commander of unparalleled distinction. Its adaptability mirrors the T’au Commander’s own ability to navigate complexity, ensuring that your miniature exudes both the grace and might that define the T’au Empire’s finest leaders.

What’s in the T’au Empire Commander box

  • x77 plastic components that make 1 T’au Empire Commander Model.
  • x1 Citadel 60mm Round base.
  • x1 Citadel 32mm flying base.

How to paint the T’au Empire Commander set

  1. Step 1: Prime the Miniature
    Begin by applying a thin layer of primer to your T’au Empire Commander miniature. Primer helps the paint adhere better and provides a smooth surface.
  2. Step 2: Paint the Armor White Scar
    Paint the main body armor of the Commander with White Scar. This bright white color will serve as the base for the armor’s appearance.
  3. Step 3: Head with Mephiston Red
    Apply Mephiston Red to the head of the Commander. This deep red will give the headpiece a striking contrast to the white armor.
  4. Step 4: Details on Armor
    Use Abaddon Black for darker areas, Retributor Armour for metallic elements, and Administratum Grey for lighter details on the armor. Apply these colors carefully to enhance the Commander’s appearance. For example, use Abaddon Black to paint small vents, weapons, pistons and crevices, Retributor Armour for insignias or bolts, and Administratum Grey for armour panels markings.
  5. Step 5: Shade the Miniature
    Apply a wash like Nuln Oil to add depth and shadows to the miniature. Apply the wash to the recesses of the armor, the head, and other details. This shading creates contrast and makes the miniature pop.
  6. Step 6: Layering
    Apply thin layers of paint to build up colors smoothly. For instance, after the White Scar base, you can apply a thin layer of Ulthuan Grey to specific areas on the armor to create highlights. This layering adds dimension and realism to the miniature.
  7. Step 7: Weathering (Optional)
    For a weathered appearance, you can dry brush Ryza Rust onto the edges of the armor to simulate wear and tear. This technique adds character and a battle-worn look to your Commander.
  8. Step 8: Basing
    Paint the base of your miniature to match your desired battlefield environment. You can use colors like Stirland Mud for earth, Steel Legion Drab for urban settings, or Astrogranite Debris for a rocky terrain.
  9. Step 9: Final Touches
    Review your miniature and make any necessary touch-ups. Ensure that the colors are even and the details are well-defined.
  10. Step 10: Apply Varnish (Optional)
    For added protection and to give your miniature a polished look, consider applying a coat of Ardcoat from Citadel Colour. This gloss varnish not only shields your paintwork but also adds a subtle shine to certain areas, enhancing the visual appeal of your T’au Empire Commander. This final touch ensures your masterpiece remains vibrant and durable, whether it’s on the gaming table or showcased in your collection.

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