Why You Should Get the Tau Battleforce Right Now

November 28, 2011 · 2 comments

I was adding up all the units of the Tau Battleforce to see how much of a saving it gives you. And I discovered that the individual contents come to £91!

I've taken this opportunity to stock up on these at £48 each from Wayland Games before GW makes them unavailable. I just ordered 4 and saved myself £43 per box. So that's £172 I just saved, which I will of course spend further down the line.

But will the Crisis battlesuit get replaced with a new model? At this price I don't care too much, because I just made a huge saving and the other models in the box will certainly be carried forward.

I also bought a copy of Super Dungeon Explore while I was at it. I mean, why not? I'll no doubt post a review of it in time once I've played a couple of games with it.

I'm really looking forward to building and painting my Tau army again!

Anvil Industry Bases

November 23, 2011 · 2 comments

Joel from Anvil Industry has given me a bag of bases to test with my Tau Firewarriors. But what's special about these resin bases is that they're made from what Joel calls 'heavy resin' and they have a textured dome on the underside.

This gives the models a much lower centre of gravity and lots of grip which stops them from falling over when you place them on uneven terrain.

Check out the video. It's quite remarkable! When I visited him at Anvil Industry we managed to get one model to stand on terrain at a 50 degree angle. Very impressive stuff. Why has no one thought of this before?

I should also mention that the Anvil Industry bases are quite cheap and have just the right amount of detail for building and painting a whole army. So you can easily glue models on to them and paint them up without worrying about the models looking right or being drowned in all the detail crammed on to the base.

I'd better get cracking on some Firewarriors and get these all painted up!

Tau Concept Art

November 21, 2011 · 2 comments

This Tau concept art has been kicking around since 2005, but then so have many of the concept sketches for the new Necron units that we're only just beginner to see now.

So I thought it would be interesting to look back at a lot of the sketches and ideas from way back to the 4th edition Tau Empire Codex publication and get an idea of what we can expect from the 6th edition Tau Empire army.

Now you may remember the Vespid Stingwing sketches which were leaked online for a short time. These designs, as well as the new XV25 Stealth Suit and Commander Shadowsun were created by Roberto Cirillo.

In fact, elements of his Tau Battlesuit concepts have been used by Forgeworld in the creation of their XV9 Battlesuits and weapons.

I've often wondered which kind of direction the general Tau 'style' would be taken in and based on the more recent Forgeworld Battlesuits, I can imagine something far more alien and high tech, moving away from the boxy 80's anime mecha shapes and producing something more sleek and advanced.

There seem to be almost insect like elements to Cirillo's designs, which would certainly set Tau technology apart from the other armies.

It would also unify the overall look and feel of the Tau and any other aliens inducted into the Tau Empire which are also rather insectoid in design.

Either way, I'm looking forward to the inclusion of many new Battlesuit types in the new Tau Empire Codex -especially now that Games Workshop are creating all kinds of new weapons and battlefield roles to keep each army as different as possible.

Allies of the Tau Empire
Cirillo came up with all kinds of alien designs from four-armed towering monsters to the Vespid, Centaurs with sci-fi crossbows and even these critters to the left.

While it's fun to have these extra units in the Tau Empire army, the focus should always be firmly on the Tau and their highly advanced technology. That is why people play the army and are drawn to the army in the first place.

Sure, I'd like a squad of Demiurg as much as the next guy. But only if they fulfil a role in the army that the Tau can't fill themselves. After all, why else would the Tau really want them in their Empire?

New Weapons
Necrons received all manner of new and exotic weapons in their new Codex and I expect the new Tau Empire to be exactly the same.

Oddly though, it seems that the Necrons got all manner of Strength 5 guns, which were one of the Tau's defining features as an army. They also received all manner of Tesla weaponry to go alongside their Gauss weapons.

With Tau pulse weaponry being based around plasma technology it will be interesting to see what's in store for the Tau. Especially when railguns and ion cannons are currently rare. Will we see more electromagnet weaponry? I'd bet that we do.

Although I can't help thinking I've seen some of these guns in District 9. Personally I'd give anything for my Tau to have the gun that fires a lightning bolt which instantly liquidises a target in a show of red water!

Anyway, we'll just have to wait and see what we get. In the meantime I'm going to keep building up my army with units that I believe won't change, like Fire Warriors, Kroot, Stealth Suits and Tau tanks.

What Should I Buy for Tau Now?

November 14, 2011 · 6 comments

We're ready to start building Tau armies in time for the next Codex, but when so many models in the Dark Eldar and Necron ranges have been updated or phased out entirely, how can we know what we should buy for Tau?

I've sat down a put together a list of 'safe units' to build and paint while highlighting the units that I think will get a makeover, or might just get phased out altogether.

So if you're seriously thinking about building a core Tau force over the next couple of months, read on...

Stealth Suits these will most probably stay the same.
Crisis Suits I believe will received a complete overhaul.

Fire Warriors will probably stay the same.
Devilfish - Yes will probably stay the same
Kroot will probably stay the same.
Kroot Ox will probably get moved to Finecast
Kroot Hounds will probably get moved to Finecast
Kroot Shapers will probably get moved to Finecast. I hope GW finally releases the Limited Edition Kroot Shaper holding the rifle above his head like a club. It was clearly so 'limited' that it was never released...

Piranha will probably say the same. Here's hoping for the return of 3 in 1 boxed set.
Pathfinders I really hope get redone. Otherwise the existing models will be moved to Finecast.
Vespid Stingwings will likely be moved to Finecast

Hammerhead will probably stay the same
Skyray - Yes will probably stay the same
Broadside Suits I believe will received a complete overhaul.
Sniper Drone Teams will either get phased out or completely redone. The kit is metal and wouldn't be ideal for Finecast.

So What Am I Going to Get?
For now I will be steering clear of Crisis suits (as much as I love them) and focussing on building up a core force of Tau Firewarriors, Kroot Carnivores, Hammerheads and Devilfish transports. I might build some Stealth Suits to break it up too. But I'll hold off on Piranhas for the time being.

Otherwise everything else feels a bit 'off limits' at the moment. I've never been a fan of metal models, so if things like Kroot Hounds are coming in Finecast resin, I will be very happy.

I just plan to buy, build and paint what I can now...and then wait.

"That patient hunter gets the prey!"

Why You Should Love Your Army

November 7, 2011 · 12 comments

November 11, 2011

"You loved your Tau army." James said one evening, completely out of the blue.

It turns out that James had been seriously considering starting a Necrons army. But, he was torn over the morality of it all. Grey Knights had unleashed some serious cheese upon the game and having been penned by Matt Ward, the Necrons looked set to be the same.

But of course, James being James, he couldn't bring himself to play an army just for the sake of winning. He has to be enthralled in the story of the army. That's why he stuck with his Thousand Sons through thick and thin. That's why he always held an inane belief that his Space Marines were somehow so much better than other Space Marines, which still baffles me to this day. This is also why he sold his Eldar army a while back, because he just didn't get engrossed in their story or relate to any of the characters.

Where is the Love?
James continued telling me how I should never have sold my army and moved on to play other races, explaining "You liked playing them so much, that you didn't even care about 'being competitive' or if you lost."

And he's quite right. Although I spent a lot of time developing my own army list and a style of play that worked well for me rather than mimicking the tournament meta lists on the internet. So the competitive element was there. I wrote a really great post on why I love playing Tau a while back and in hindsight I should have stuck with the army for these reasons.

But only now that I'm tired of driving metal boxes across the board in a straight line, as fast as I can, and that I'm tired of ultra competitive 40K, have I realised my love for the hobby and what it means to create a completely unique army for yourself.

Finding the Love
I met James at the cafe for breakfast on Saturday. He was already there when I arrived; coffee in one hand, the new Necron Codex in the other and a greasy fried breakfast on the way.

"This is horrible!" he joyfully exclaimed as I sat down...and began reading all manner of nonsensical stuff from the new Necron Codex.

"So you're going to do Necrons?" I asked, feeling rather scornful at the sheer volume of disgusting rules he was reading out.

"I'm not sure," he answered. "I can't figure out a list yet and I want something that's characterful rather than just being all out competitive."

After a hearty fully English breakfast and a wander round Harlow town, we dropped into the local hobby shop so I could pick up a Warmachine starter box and took a look at the new Necron releases.

Tempted as he was, having read the new Necron Codex, James didn't buy anything. But when I remarked that the plastic Necron Overlord from the Command Barge boxed set reminded me of Skeletor, suddenly his interest for the new army was set in motion...

I think that we often need to see beyond what Games Workshop provide us with as the basis for an army. Some how we need to add our own inspirations and make an army our own. By including elements from years of playing Turrican, watching Transformers and various mecha anime shows, plus a little feudal Japan history and a Russian inspired military colour scheme (with orange stripes!) I got my Tau army -and they were brilliant!

What will James' Necrons be like? No doubt evil and maniacal if they're going to be led by Overlord Skeletor! I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to see what he comes up with. But most importantly, he needs to love building, painting and playing his army. Then it doesn't matter if you win or lose, because you're enjoying the game and the story of a game -And that's what this hobby is really all about!

In the meantime, I'm getting some funky urban bases for my first batch of Tau Fire Warriors. Then I'll be continuing with my original Tau colour scheme of military green with orange stripes. It's just one of the many things I loved about my Tau army.

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