This month we were approached by Raymond Makowski from The Hammer of Wrath blog, who wanted to share his Tau Cadre with Tale of Painters. Read on as I hand over to Raymond for his very own guest post here on Tale of Painters.

Hi Raymond here. Having entered the hobby in January of 2012, I began collecting and painting Tyranid and Space Marine armies. Both forces grew in size as I slowly added pieces to them, but I'd never purchased and entire army in one shot.

I stumbled across Tale of Painters, and having seen the "Tale of Mega Painters" articles, was inspired to challenge myself with a similar project. When the new Tau units released last spring, my decision was made… and I went a little overboard. I purchased two new battleforces, two broadsides, two new hammerhead/skyray kits, a riptide, a pathfinder squad, cadre fireblade, farsight and dark strider.

The first squad of fire warriors prepared for basing

The completed fire warrior squad, the first models for my new cadre!

I began work on the army in August, starting with Cadre Fireblade and a squad of Fire Warriors. I knew that if I painted via the force organization chart, I could field the units as allies to my space marines, and playing with new models would inspire me to keep hobbying. After I completed the HQ and troops choice, I decided to work on the piranhas and stealth team to fill out the fast attack and elite slots.

The piranhas in sub-assemblies and ready for completion

The completed piranhas ready for battle

The color scheme applied to a stealth team

I started a blog to detail my progress on this, and several other 40K related projects. The blog is updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with tutorials, reviews, WIPs and showcases.

Are you painting a battleforce/megaforce and want to join in?
Now you can! Stahly and I would like to open this project up to everyone. If you're a member of the Tale of Painters blog list and you're blogging about a Games Workshop army we would love to feature  your models on the Tale of Painters blog. Send me an email at with a link to your blog and make sure you include a couple of pictures and a paragraph or two about your army project. We look forward to hearing from you.