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Codex: Fighting Tigers of Veda (pg 15)
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How to Paint Fighting Tiger Vehicles
Fighting Tiger vehicles have the same color schemes as troopers: for example, a Rhino that transports your Tigers of Rudra (Jatis Mahaduyana) is going to be orange with black stripes, like so:


Above: Example of a Fighting Tiger Rhino 

The same also applies to bikes, Predators, Land Speeders, whatever. Painting a Fighting Tiger vehicle may seem daunting at first, but it's really no harder than painting a squad. Here's how to do it:

Prepare the vehicle, prime it with white paint, then apply a coat or two of Fiery Orange, Bubonic Brown, or Skull White as appropriate. Paint stripes running vertically (up and down) except on Tigers Eternal (Dreadnoughts; see photo below); paint these running horizontally (side to side). 

Fighting Tiger Dreadnought
Above: Example of Fighting Tiger Dreadnought

It helps to picture the vehicle as an actual tiger (see below) and paint accordingly: start stripes in the middle of the “back” (the top of the vehicle) and have them run down each side, ending in points near the “belly” (bottom of the vehicle).

Unlike real tigers, Fighting Tiger vehicles do not have white undersides; paint stripes coming up from the bottom and running up the sides as well. Remember to vary the width, length, and curve of the stripes (to avoid painting zebra stripes). For bigger vehicles, use larger stripes than you would for troopers, otherwise it'll take you forever to finish the model and it will look odd.

A real tiger
See how the stripes run down the side of the body?

Most vehicles were not designed to accommodate stripes—the top plate of the Vindicator, with all those fans, vents, gizmos, and doo-hickeys, is probably the most difficult. Be patient, use paint sparingly, and go with what looks good. 

Be sure to leave space on the vehicle where you can paint its name, because any Fighting Tiger vehicle larger than a bike has a name (see below).

Tiger Claw--a Fighting Tiger Vindicator tank
Photo © copyright 2001 by Carl Menconi. Used with permission. 

Fighting Tiger troopers have Chaos Black or Bestial Brown armor pieces to break up the striped parts and keep them from looking like striped blobs: for your vehicles, paint on details (lights, skulls, gun barrels, handles, smoke launchers, etc.) to accomplish the same thing. It's also perfectly okay to NOT paint stripes on some parts of the vehicles, as on the Attack Bike below.

Many gamers like to paint “battle damage” on their Space Marine vehicles to simulate where bullets and shells have hit the vehicle; they do this to liven up the model (because after all, a Ultramarine tank is basically a big blue block). Avoid painting “battle damage” on Fighting Tiger vehicles, as it will not work well next to the swirl of stripes.

Vehicles attract a lot of attention, so spend time on them and make them look good.

This is the end of the painting section of Codex: Fighting Tigers of Veda. The next section discusses special characters.
 
 
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Related Pages
Painting Fighting Tigers: Introduction
Tips on Painting Fighting Tigers 
Fighting Tiger Painting Guide (Original)
Fighting Tiger Painting Guide (Simplified)
Painting Fighting Tiger Characters
Painting Fighting Tiger Vehicles

Fighting Tiger Gallery
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Last updated December 2008
Codex: Fighting Tiger logo (GW style) by Jason Foley 

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