Why am I not inspired by the new Tau?

March 27, 2013 ·

Firstly, we finally have a blurry image of the cover of the new Tau Codex.

Now this may be a bit contentious but, the more I see of the new Tau models, the more disappointed I become. Certainly there is some nice work there. I like the new Broadsides and the Flyers for example. However, on the whole there haven't been any great additions to the Tau model range. I suppose I was hoping for something along the lines of the last Dark Eldar or Necron releases, with virtually a completely new range of models and the addition of quite a few new figures and vehicles. As it is the only new units we got were the flyers and the Riptide battlesuit.

On first examination of the new stuff I will be picking up the flyers and probably a Broadsides (although I wont be parting with the original ones...). I like the Crisis suit Commander, it is quite dynamic, but I could have modified one of the standard suits and achieved similar results myself.
The new Pathfinders are OK, and I will probably get a set eventually, mainly to get hold of the new drones.

As for the Riptide, I wont be rushing out to get one... It looks far to "anime" for my taste. Now I will add, I am not a tournament player, and as such, my Tau army is built on what I like rather than what wins games. So there may well be a lot of sense in using Riptide suits in tournaments, but I can't justify buying one when I don't like the look of the model! I may get used to it and eventually pick one up but at the moment it is definitely off of my shopping list!

17 comments:

Joshua Capps said...
March 27, 2013 at 9:09 AM  

I understand what you mean, while I'll be picking up a lot of new models for my Cadre the Riptide is definitely not on my high priority list. Especially since I'm a big fluff player and the Riptide just seems like it goes against original fluff.

TheGraveMind said...
March 27, 2013 at 9:18 AM  

I'll probably just get the codex and a flier to start off with. I dislike the new broadsides, and I also agree the riptide goes against current fluff. I'm looking for ways of alternative models. Found some nice ones already. Just waiting on the codex to see what is worth getting.

Mike Kays said...
March 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM  

I have seen many people comment that the riptide does not fit with the current Tau fluff. How exactly is this the case? I've read my codex through and through but I've never seen a section about "big robot suits are okay, but huge robot suits just don't work."

vandalworks said...
March 27, 2013 at 10:13 AM  

I absolutely adore the riptide. Its big, its a suit, and has big guns. How can a Tau player not like the look of this? I think the rumours about how it plays souns great fun too being able to risk charging yourself up to get bonuses or losing a wound.

Tim said...
March 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM  

Yeah I can't really see how Riptides don't fit the fluff. I guess because we have hammerheads to fill the same role?

Anyhoooo, I see what you're saying man. The new releases are not too revolutionary, but this is the reality of an accelerated release schedule...codices coming out more often = less models released per codex.

That said, this is substantially more stuff than the previous codex added. The 2005 codex was accompanied by Stealth Drones, Shadowsun, SapcePope, the plastic stealth suits and parts for the skyray turrets...thats it. This is WAY more stuff.

Skyler Hoeft said...
March 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM  

I agree. I don't think I'll be buying anything except pathfinders (assuming they are now fun to play)

TheGraveMind said...
March 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM  

I forget where it is at, but it is the reasoning behind why tau have no titans. They don't use anything much larger than crisis suits because it isn't efficient, both in mobility and as a weapon delivery platform.
It is about the same reason why I won't buy one. It is an overly large model purely for the sake of being large and can warrent a higher price tag. I would say I will buy some weapon bits to make conversions, but gw is trying to limit that as well.

Anonymous said...
March 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM  

I don't understand why everyone keeps saying the Riptide goes against the fluff. While it's true Tau have typically stuck to calling in air/space support when things got to be too much for the regular crisis suits, that doesn't mean the Tau would just cross their arms and say "no" to something just in principle. The Tau are constantly expanding their technology based on the difficulties they face and the races they experience. Surely if the Tau ran into an Eldar titan, which takes all the firepower of an imperial titan but gives up none of the maneuverability, the ethereals would have been turning bluer in the face (get it... cause they were already blue) yelling, "Get me that tech!"

Garnet said...
March 29, 2013 at 7:32 AM  

"As it is the only new units we got were the flyers and the Riptide battlesuit. "

As far as completely new units go, we've received two new flyers, the XV104, Cadre Fireblades, Darkstalker, Long Strike, three or four new drone types, and the new XV8-05 command suit. That's six new units, compared to just 19 in the previous book, and about double the number of drone types.

As well, XV88s are essentially a new unit, given that their loadout and function have basically changed completely, including now being able to carry Seekers, and they got a new model kit to go with it. Farsight got an entirely new design, and the fact that there are Farsight Fire Warrior shoulderpads available for purchase suggests his Enclaves will have significantly more presence in the new book. Pathfinders got a new Ion weapon. The Skyray is an actual anti-air tank, at last. Apparently, much of our weaponry is being changed up (rumours include Burst Cannons, all ion weapons and the SMS), and mostly for the better. And there are rumours that Aun'Shi is back in the codex.

Yeah, we didn't get the complete overhaul Necrons did, but that's because we didn't need it; the old Necron codex was basically one unit per FOC, and those units were mostly bland and lacking distinction in their design. Tau didn't need a radical rewrite, we just needed to not be, y'know, two editions out of date.

phoenix83 said...
March 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM  

I agree with Garnet. The Taymu needed a rewrite for 6th rather than loads of new stuff like the Necrons. I expect Eldar to get similar in their codex.

Zig said...
March 30, 2013 at 5:07 AM  

In past times I LOVED Tau. Yes LOVED. Since last edition dominated by drop pods and ever presented Maniac Marines, I played like 10 games and stopped playing Tau as I guess I was tired of loosing to 10 years old Marine "players". Since new rumors and posts I was NOT excited by this at all. And how truly so. The new things in fact are TWO units Raptide and flyer. Well how generous. Tau is the civilisation who is constantly developing, inventing and researching new technologies-They told us and after millennium of war against countless threat's in universe they only manage to develop 2 new technologies? Recession u know :) I love Tau doctrine and what they are trying to bring in to the galaxy ruled by megalomaniac on golden throne and his fanatics in power armour, but I am afraid that after what I have seen they will be extinct and forgotten episode resting on dusty shelves of former Tau players.

Zig said...
March 30, 2013 at 5:17 AM  

I LOVED Tau. Yes Loved. After last edition dominated by drop pods and ever present Marine Maniacs. I stopped playing Tau for a year after having roughly 8 games. I guess I get tired of loosing to 10 years old marine "players". When I saw new rumors and post's I was NOT excited and how truly so. Tau is civilisation who constantly adapt, research, develop new technologies-they told us and what we got after millennium of waiting? Two new units Raptide and flyer. Really? Well recession u know :) I like Tau for who they are and what they are trying to bring in to the galaxy ruled by megalomaniac on the golden throne and his fanatics in power armour. Sadly I have an impression that Tau will extinct and be forgotten by all condemned to stay on dusty shelves somewhere in 2 bedroom flats...

Zig said...
March 30, 2013 at 5:18 AM  

I LOVED Tau. Yes Loved. After last edition dominated by drop pods and ever present Marine Maniacs. I stopped playing Tau for a year after having roughly 8 games. I guess I get tired of loosing to 10 years old marine "players". When I saw new rumors and post's I was NOT excited and how truly so. Tau is civilisation who constantly adapt, research, develop new technologies-they told us and what we got after millennium of waiting? Two new units Raptide and flyer. Really? Well recession u know :) I like Tau for who they are and what they are trying to bring in to the galaxy ruled by megalomaniac on the golden throne and his fanatics in power armour. Sadly I have an impression that Tau will extinct and be forgotten by all condemned to stay on dusty shelves somewhere in 2 bedroom flats...

Garnet said...
March 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM  

Zig, you are off all over the place.

There are six new units in the codex, not two, which expands the list by nearly a full third, and the number of drones available has doubled. Weapon stats are changing, available loadouts are changing, new wargear is being introduced, and the Tau have picked up new special rules (such as Supporting Fire and Volley Fire). The army isn't being reinvented from the ground up, Necron and Grey Knight-style, but this book is nothing like the cut-and-paste job our last codex was.

Also, the Tau haven't been fighting for 'millenia' yet. They're nearly destroyed early in the Second Sphere by the Damocles Gulf Crusade, saved only by the appearance of Hive Fleet Behemoth, in 745.M41. The last codex ended with the Third Sphere Expansion and the threat of Hive Fleet Kraken looming on the horizon, which appeared around 990.M41. That's like two hundred years between first contact with the Imperium and the 'present day'. Considering the setting, going from no rail rifles to experimental rail rifles to mass produced rail rifles to experimental ion rifles is breakneck development!

And if you're losing to bad players using SM drop pod armies, especially now that the Aegis is available, the last thing you should be doing is putting your cadre away; you clearly need the practice, sir! ^_~

Panxer said...
March 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM  

Forgeworld rules:

Tetras = no need for pathfinders

Sensor Towers = Fire warriors don't need external support

Drone Turrets = cheap deep striking disruption

6th ed aegis defense line + cheap defense and sky-fire quad-gun

Remora drone fighters = cheap air to air support.

Joshua Capps said...
April 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM  

Yeah, I thought about getting some Tetra's and forgeworld crisis suits. Especially some Remora's they look pretty good, but I love my pathfinders. The best Kill Team squad you can take. The Crisis Suits just seem to fit into what everyone complained about the normal ones not being able to do that I do with them on a regular basis. Still might pick up a few Remora's as I'm not a fan of the Sharks. No clue what the other stuff does.

jewelfox said...
August 25, 2015 at 4:38 PM  

Also, the Tau haven't been fighting for 'millenia' yet.

Yes, we have. We just haven't been fighting the Imperium for millennia. Only centuries.

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