VIP Transport Conversion

August 9, 2009 ·

I saw this simple conversion over at the Advanced Tau Tactica this morning. Normally I'm not a fan of taking toys, sticking some 40K bits on and saying "Hey look, it's a 40K vehicle", but this one works rather well.

Basically, they've taken a Jedi fighter craft, stuck a fusion blaster, Tau aerial and shield generator on it and painted it in Tau colours.

Because we're planning some Apocalypse games and Planetstrike games integrated into a lengthy campaign of sorts, this got me thinking -what would an Ethereal cruise around in?

Obviously, a Devilfish full of his elite Firewarrior bodyguard would be the first choice for such an important official.

But let's say, it's an ambassador of the water caste or a valuable earth caste technician?

In the background it says that Piranha recon vehicles are used for scouting, fast attack and ferrying VIPs to key locations.

But I think I may have to 'borrow' this conversion as a better representation of a more 'civilian' Tau vehicle.

It's getting rather cold and lonely in the Tau 40K blogosphere lately with only Tau of War and The Hunter Cadre as comparable resources to read. So I'm finding myself frequenting the Advanced Tau Tactica more and more as a source of conversation and inspiration.


Raptor1313 said...
August 9, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

I'm with you on the 'I PAinted it like a 40k things and it is one now!' approach to toys.

Then again, given the choice between hauling around in a Piranha or something that's at least closed-top like that? I'd take this conversion bit any day of the week.

Granted, given the puny range of the Fusion Gun I would've mounted it more forward, but that's me.

And in time (actually, very shortly) i will be joining up with the ranks of the Tau in battle. I'm finally to the point in my army-building where all I lack is Crisis Suits, and I can at least proxy those easily enough.

X7373Z said...
August 10, 2009 at 3:01 PM  

i don't have as much of a problem with that so long as it actually looks like part of the army that your in, and the stats are fair, and personally i find that being able to DO just that to be rather ingenuitive as Games workshop doesn't have the same customization options as doing it yourself does.
to put an example on all this: i am planning to take a covenant scarab from halo (from halo 3 mind u) painting it up differently mounting a pair of heavy railguns and a bunch of other things and making into a tau super heavy skimmer with landing gear and a bunch of stuff. the points of the thing are going to be in between a warlord and reaver titans.
I have a story for it and the people that i play with will allow its use so all i need to do now is to build the damn thing...

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