Alien Allies for Tau - Gue'vesa
The next big alien allies group for Tau is the Gue'vesa or expatriate humans.
According to the official rulebook,
The Gue’vesa, literally ‘human helpers’ in the Tau tongue, are human warriors who have taken up the cause of the Greater Good as their own. These humans, often the descendents of troops captured or abandoned during the abortive Damocles Crusade, now live and fight alongside the Tau. For them, fate has dictated that the Imperial Creed and the rule of the Adeptus Terra be replaced by loyalty to the collectivist Tau Empire and to the ruling Ethereal caste.
Imagine that, humans working for the Greater Good... intriguing, isn't it?
Ok, so there are two paths you can take for modeling Gue'vesa: the strictures dictated by the data sheet or as members of fire warrior-like squads.
The standard military squad of these outcast humans consists of 6-12 humans carrying lasguns best portrayed by models from the Imperial Guard or Necromunda range. Basically they have a standard Tau statline except for slightly bumped weapons skill and initiative of 3. Two of them can carry pulse rifles, and their team leader is elgible for a markerlight. They can also take EMP grenades just like firewarriors, and they cost 6 points apiece. Downside? Again, IG armies get significant bonuses against them in close combat. These are apocalypse units from the previous version, so you need consent from your opponent to field units of these guys like this.
Essentially, these guys are little more than armed thugs, but they are effectively statline Tau, only 5 points each, and a troops choice so they can hold an objective --maybe. Again, be sure to talk to your opponent about using them.
Implementation method 2 is not based on the IA III book, just common sense. I can field two units of human auxillaries with my Tau armies. I have armed them all with Tau pulse carbines and simply run them as fire warriors when I want pulse carbines or just need more troops. They are modelled from bits of fire warriors and Imperial Guard Cadians, and since they are 100% GW models running tau rules and are virtually indistinguishable from the units they represent on the tabletop, I do not need permission from anyone to use them. But I don't really need it anyway, most of the folks I play with like them. The only question I ever get is where did I get all the Vox caster heads? (thank heaven for ebay!)
I tell you this not to be sneaky or weird, I just really get into the fluff and I really like customizing the models. The same five fire warrior poses 80 times got to be a pain, so I mixed in a little Cadian. You may not like the idea, and that's perfectly ok -don't model them.
Here's the recipe
Cadian torso with the imperial aquila sanded or filed away
Cadian boots (for the human foot look, 'Oomies don't have hoofs)
Fire warrior antenna stalk
Fire warrior legs with feet cut away just above the boots
Fire warrior arms and weapons
Fire warrior shoulder plate (with tau logo gently separated for another troop project)