It’s still the month of the Tau for fans of Warhammer 40,000! To prove that anyone can paint tabletop quality models, our staff, Dale, decided to take on the challenge to speed paint (and assemble) the fantastic Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit just a couple of days ago. Without further ado, lets dive into the makings of!

October 27th, 2015

8:00 PM: I pried open a box of the XV88 Broadside Battlesuit. Looking at the components inside, there doesn’t seem to be many. This should be fairly doable.

8:38 PM: Seems like the XV88 Broadside Battlesuit is now online! I finished building it with the options that I wanted. As expected, it wasn’t all that challenging. Took me longer than anticipated as I was managing the Netrunner League as well.

8:42 PM: Joe offered to help with the undercoat (or priming of the model) since I was busy with the League.

8:49 PM: The undercoating is done! Now the only problem is waiting for it to dry and cure. Joe offered to help with the base coating of red, as I wanted this XV88 Broadside Battlesuit to be part of the Farsight Enclave.

9:16 PM:  The base coat of red is completed! Joe did a pretty even base coat with the airbrush, which sped things up significantly. I decided to bring it home for further painting of the details.


The base coat is done.

23:42 PM: Supper needs to be dealt with first before painting. Instant ramen looks fantastic.

0120 AM: Food coma happened. Finally decided to start on painting. Will begin with the major colours.

0147 AM: The grey areas now done. They were done carefully so I don’t have much to touch up on later.

Greys are done! Looks better now.

Greys are done! Looks better now.

0150 AM: Decided to take  quick break. Tuned in to Netflix for some background noise while I prepare to work on the minor colours and detailing.

0352 AM: Still working on the details and such while watching “Parks and Recreation”.

0405 AM: And I’m done. It’s way past bed time. Time for me to turn in. More models can be completed in the days to come.

And it's done! All that remains is to put it on the table and play!

And it’s done! All that remains is to put it on the table and play!

TLDR: Total time taken for a pretty basic tabletop ready paint job? Around 3 hours, that includes assembly and not loafing around.