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Old 21 Dec 2005, 17:32   #1 (permalink)
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Default From what is Tau armour made?

Hey all,
i'm gonna make for my Tau a armour a little bit damaged,
so dous anyone know what kind of metal (or other material) Tau armour is made?
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Old 21 Dec 2005, 17:37   #2 (permalink)
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I reckon tau armour has a surface of either some sort of advanced composite or a very tough plastic. The skeleton of the likes of battlesuits and tanks is likely a highly advanced metal
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Old 21 Dec 2005, 17:43   #3 (permalink)
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Definantly hard plastic. Well, if you look closely at the models, they have an undersuit which is undenyably (sp?) cloth, and on top of that, they have sectioned plates of armor. So....some kind of composite plastic or equally hard material. But the Tau probably have some kind of resource to them we can't imagine, kinda like how the Eldar have Wraithbone. Paint+Model it however you'd like.....but I'd probably show cracks coming from the initial wound, to show the cracking+displacement of energy throughout the armor plating.
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I imagine Lexan-like plates around a ceramic core. The cloth, I think, is made of the stuff in a bullet-proof vest. I would think that the armor would have the shell bounce off or gauge a hole, shattering the entire plate, in an all-or-nothing deal.
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So, when it's damaged and the paint is like ''removed'' you see a silver colour or what?

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I do armour damage with a pale almost-white-gray-green color, to imply that the armour is something similar to Titanium Diboride ceramic. (It's a semi-plastic composite that is roughly 100 times the strength of steel, at half of the density... you have to "electroplate" it onto an existing shape using electromagetic stuff. Really cool 8)
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In Firewarrior they use the term "fiotak" if I remember how its spelled right.

I imagine its a kinda high tech plastic or ceramic composite material. You could always just do black, whatever blasted it might have scorched it aswell blackening the armor so instead of worrying what color is underneath just give black scoring.
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As most here, I think it'll be some kind of advanced synthetic material. On my minis, I just paint darker spots of armour and highlight them to simulate shallow dents and rips. Thus I avoid the problem of coming up with a new colour for beneath the paint. Maybe you could just do something like that plus some dirt and maybe paint, that has faded a bit and become lighter.

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If it is a plastic resin composite (Lexan is a good example of what we have now), it would be the same color, except maybe blackened and cracked. Lots of blackened scorch marks.
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It could be some kind of ceramic that has the britalness of titanium, or maybe some sort of alloy that they have made with their resources.
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