Imperial Armour 3, Second Edition "The Tauros Campaign

June 6, 2013 ·

I got my copy last week and spend the weekend reading it. I’m going to split the review into 3 parts – the “story”, the campaign, and then the rules. The first 2 parts will be shorter than the third! This is a reprint of the original book. I don't have the original book, so for those that do the first 2 parts of the review might be pretty pointless. 
Firstly, I should say I’m not a great fluff guy. It’s interesting and all, but it’s not what really interests me inthe hobby. I enjoy the painting, the modelling and the gaming far more. I’ve read some of the Black Library stuff - it’s interesting, and it passes the time, but it doesn’t really “grip” me. Having said that, I do quite like narrative gaming, and I was looking forward to reading the campaign.

So with that in mind – how was the story? Well I quite liked it really!

Oh – BTW – “Spoiler Alert”!

The story is set largely on the planet Tauros and tells how it is “acquired” by the Tau Empire who covet it’s mineral wealth. I say “acquired” because there is no Tau Invasion of Tauros. The Water Caste simply talk the planetary governor into trading minerals in return for technology and luxury goods. Unfortunately for the Governor the imperium find out and decide to teach him a lesson.

That lesson takes the form of a company of Space Marines assaulting his Palace – a pretty harsh lesson! The idea is to kill or capture the Governor with maximum dramatic impact, to send a message to the Tau Empire that their interference in imperial space will not be tolerated. Unfortunately (for the Space Marines) the Tau some how find out about this plan, evacuated the Governor, and kicked the Marines butts all the way back to their Battlebarge!

I quite liked this section because if gave some insight into how a Company of Marines might plan such a strike. It also gave a hint of things to come, in that it illustrated the Tau way of warfare - mobile, hard hitting, and flexible.

So the imperium can’t let this go un-avenged and the next section takes you through their preparations for an invasion of Tauros, assembling 10 regiments of guard, a couple of companies of Space Marines, and a Titan Legion. It then takes you through the process of planning the invasion. This section was also interesting as it highlighted the political issues facing imperial commanders.

The imperial plan is to land some distance from the capital and then advance on the capital crushing all before them. They fear a contested landing, but that doesn’t happen. The Tau Commander (Shas’o R’ymer) allows them to land and establish their “beach head” and start their advance towards the capital. Only then does he engage them in hit and run tactics, destroying their supply lines, but never closing for a full scale engagement.

This was my favourite section, as it contrasts 2 very different styles of warfare – the blunt instrument of the imperial guard, and the Rapier of the Tau. I aspire to wield my Cadre on the table top as Shas’O R’ymer wields his Cadre in this campaign!

There follows a couple of set piece engagements that I’ll leave for you to read. There is an interesting "twist" at the end (sort off) which I wont spoil. The highlight for me is a Tiger Shark killing a Titan and the rest of the legion running away like little girls (although the descripting of the Evisor Assassin was particularly chilling!).

All in all (and slightly to my surprise) I actually enjoyed the story. What I enjoyed most was that, for me, it captures nicely the “style” and “flavour” of the Tau way of warfare. If only the rules could reflect that on the table top…..!
So the story was interesting, but I wouldn't spend all that money just for the story. But of course there's much more to come in part 2!


Kraggi said...
June 6, 2013 at 5:22 AM  

Looking forward to the next part.

Rathstar said...
June 6, 2013 at 5:52 AM  

Nice part 1. Looking forward to hearing whether the tetra is still worth it.


Bottom Banana said...
June 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM  

Agreed, your reviews are going to directly affect whether I go ahead and purchase this book.

Embrace Your Inner Geek said...
June 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM  

@Rathstar - "yes" but its not an auto pick any more!

Embrace Your Inner Geek said...
June 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM  

@ BB - Mate - that"s way too much responsibility!!

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