I've decided to finally give in to my urge and start a Tau army, and to that end...well, I've taken a hint from Stelek's take on hybrid Tau. I'm also not a fan of the basic parade-scheme Tau, so it's out.
The army will include Kroot, Fire Warriors, tanks, and Crisis Suits. As such, I need to check out good ways to paint 'em.
I want to do some conversion work on my Tau, just to personalize them a little bit. What can I say? I'm a fan of doing at least some conversion work.
I've seen some sweet olive drab-ish Tau over at Warhammer Tau. I'm also fond of his conversions. I like the bulked-up torso, and the head-mods. I can't say I'm that fond of the bog-standard head.
I like the head conversions that Stelek's got on his Tau army, as well. The white and blue is sharp, but it's a bit bright for me.
If I do go a parade scheme, I admit I'm a bit attracted to the new-school Jade Falcon stuff Wizkids released a bit ago. Primarily black, green accents, and some gold here and there. If I go conversions, I can see if I've got wings to cast, and use the beaky heads as well. I just have to get someone to cast 'em, or cast 'em myself...
Admittedly, I aslo kind of want to do a bit of a camo-scheme as well. I'd want to do something simpler. I came across this sample of just a gently-striped gray. Simple two-toned scheme.
The other vague inspiration is salt-weathering. Jon's Vendettas (I could call 'em Valks, but I think I'll see 'em more as a triple-las threat...) are proof that it can turn out sharp, though I wonder how that'll look on Crisis Suits. I'd combine this with one of the more 'practical' schemes, to make it look like a Hunter Cadre that's been on the field for a time.