Merry Christmas from Warhammer Tau!

December 25, 2014 · 1 comments

Short and sweet: Merry Christmas!
Thanks for reading, especially since lately our authors have been very busy with RL!

Farsight's Commander Team: The Eight

December 8, 2014 · 0 comments

This is not a full blown tactica article, it is more of my own musings on the uses of The Eight. I think that their usefulness has lessened since the arrival of 7th edition, and due to some oversights in the Farsight supplement itself. Let's take a look at these guys and see what they can do for us on the tabletop!

Local Tournament Results

November 17, 2014 · 4 comments

A little earlier this month I posted up the 1500 point army list that I'd be taking to a local tournament. Those that checked it out might be interested in seeing how it performed. Instead of separate batreps, I'll put up a summary of each game in this post, to give you an idea of what worked and what didn't.

Local Tourney List: 1500 points

November 3, 2014 · 2 comments

1500pt Local Tournament List

My area was fortunate enough to have a small gaming shop start up a few months ago. As a proper welcome, I am running our first 40k tournament to help get a bit more interest going. It feels so good to be playing a game and have young folks come in with wonder in their eyes (woah, what is THIS game?)

Though I am basically running the tourney, we have few players, so I'll be participating. Plus I love playing. Here is the list that I'll be bringing in only a couple short weeks.

Tactica: Riptides

October 24, 2014 · 5 comments

My Cadre's HBC Riptide.

This is the next article in the Tactica series. Remember, this is a community exercise and all comments and suggestions are very welcome. I’ll make any changes before it’s posted in the Tactica section.

So – Riptides!


Riptides were the shiny new model in the Tau Codex (well other than the flyers which I’ve never seen anybody use!), and they have proved very successful (if you’re a Tau player) and very controversial (if your not!). What I want to do in this article is try and get to the heart of why they’ve been so successful.

Tactica: Cadre Fireblade

October 21, 2014 · 0 comments

I am going to break away from the vehicles and units to focus on the new HQ option: The Cadre Fireblade. This is the Sergeant Johnson of all Firewarriors and he brings some cool synergy to Tau lists.

Forgeworld Update: (Expands on Skyler's Announcement)

October 6, 2014 · 0 comments

For those who missed two of the biggest things to happen on Forgeworld lately -at least as far as the Tau are concerned, the Kroot are gone from the FW site, and there is a new Battlesuit for us Tau lovers.

I am not sure why the Kroot Knarlocs and Greater Knarlocs were taken down a couple of months ago, but they are indeed gone.  I badly want a baggage Knarloc, so if anyone wants to sell or trade one…

I have a sneaking suspicion that the long rumored Kroot Supplement may have something to do with it.  At least I hope it does.  It would be nice if the Knarlocs moved over to plastic and were in the supplement.  But this is just wishful thinking for now.  I will keep hoping.

As for the Battlesuit, Holy Shit!  Have you seen this thing yet?  It is a Riptide class monster that sits in a fast attack slot.  WS2 kinda sucks, but BS4 isn’t so bad.  

Plus, it can leave the battlefield (even when engaged in close combat) to go into ongoing reserves, then deepstrike next turn.  It can jump like mad, and can also jink when thrusting or swooping.  Swooping on a Battlesuit?  Jinking?  


And dropping flechette dispersal pods along the way.  Like the postman delivering bad news.

I like it.  I love it.  I’ve gotta have it!  

I will let you know.

£72... that's like $115.  About the same as a wraithknight...

By the way, this sets the stage for large Battlesuits in just about EVERY slot of the Force Organization Chart, except troops.  

Imagine Farsight and O’vesa in command, three Riptides in Elite, three R’varnas in Heavy, and three Y’Vahra in Fast Attack.  Jam up your troop slots with Crisis teams and you have one hell of a strike force.  

Big bouncing battlesuit army, nice and clean.  

Check it out here.

Oh my God, I need a shower.

Keep your fingers crossed on the Kroot.

I play Tau.

Riptide Variant: XV109 Y'vahra from Forgeworld


Introducing the newest addition to the Tau Empire: the XV109 Y'vahra! I am over the moon about this new battlesuit, so I figured I'd post about it!

Tactica: Hammerhead

October 3, 2014 · 5 comments

Hammerheads are the Tau Empire's standard battle tank. It is a hardy vehicle that can has changed roles as time has gone on. Once the premier anti-tank vehicle in the game, now the bane of infantry everywhere.

Tactica: Piranha Light Skimmer

September 5, 2014 · 5 comments

As requested, the next Tactica article will be the Piranha Light Skimmer. Piranhas were one of the biggest winners when the 6th edition codex was released, but a high dollar-to-point ratio keeps these guys from swarming the tables of casual gamers.

Tactica: XV-8 Crisis Teams

August 25, 2014 · 3 comments

Next up is the renowned XV-8 Crisis Team. They are the heart and soul of the Tau army, and they have been since Tau were first released. Let's see how to best utilize our old friends in 7th edition 40k. Strap yourselves in, this will be a long one...

Tactica: Fire Warriors

August 18, 2014 · 5 comments

Hello and welcome to the next installment of our Tactica series. This time we will be looking at our basic grunt: the Fire Warrior.

Battle Report: Tau vs Astra Militarum

July 25, 2014 · 2 comments

---Shas'El Bork'an J'Shas'ka called a halt to his battlegroup's advance. The XV8's fanned out into a holding formation around one of the larger ruins while he tried to get his bearings. The rain was coming down harder. From inside his battlesuit, he could not feel the falling droplets directly, but his sensor ranges were decreasing and there was an increase in static throughout his suit's neural connections. He looked around, but the only landmarks in this part of the continent were the numerous ruins from a forgotten civilization. Even the recon probes would have trouble mapping the area accurately in these conditions. 

Battle Report: Tau vs. Grey Knights

July 21, 2014 · 0 comments

--Vre'Ho'kais whispered over the comms,"Target in sight Shas'El". Obviously there was no need to whisper, there wasn't a chance that a human would hear him speaking. Indeed, were a human standing a tor'lek away, Vre'Ho'kais would be both invisible and inaudible thanks to his stealth field generator and sensory detection dampers. He watched as the Gue vehicles crawled slowly between the outer buildings of the ruined city, red and silver against a dreary grey landscape. 

1000 pt Farsight Enclave List

July 16, 2014 · 5 comments

As the title suggests, this is the list that I will be bringing this weekend for the third Escalation round. We did a round at 500 points during 6th edition, and then decided to do 500 points again after 7th hit.

Escalation League Battles: 500 pts

June 23, 2014 · 0 comments

Escalation League: 500 points

This last gameday with my LGG we had our second Escalation day. Our first escalation games were last month at 500 points, but that was 6th edition, so we opted for repeating this point level to keep it small for 7th edition. I'll give a brief overview of the list I was running and how the games went.

DIY Homemade Portable Wargaming Table

June 13, 2014 · 11 comments

Though not strictly Tau related, I did put my R'varna in a couple of the pictures. That counts right?

There aren't very many options out there for portable wargaming tables. Those that are out there all have their own flaws and my design is an alternative method for those of us who are limited in everything except willpower. No money? No time? No space? No problem.

This tutorial is not meant to be a strict step-by-step. It is intended to get your creative juices flowing and thinking about how you can make your own with what you have available following the same rough design.
In theory, this tutorial should have something of value for just about anyone, regardless of their resources or handyman skills.

Now, down to business...

7th Edition Tau:

May 31, 2014 · 16 comments

Hello all.

I am going to be discussing a few of the changes to Warhammer 40k with the arrival of 7th edition, and what they mean for Tau players.

Hu Jin Tau touched on some of these, but I'd like to examine them in a bit closer detail. The short answer, is that things have changed, but we are still in the fight, with some new tricks too.

New Rules... and Possibly New Problems for Tau

May 24, 2014 · 3 comments

So, I just looked through the new rulebook, and it's a beautiful thing, but a couple of things concern me.

First, Warp charge points and how the psychic phase works.  It appears to be similar to how the winds of magic works for fantasy, which means it sucks for Tau.  We will get dispel dice in equal number to the warp charge points generated by the psyche, but we will not get any kind of bonus for psycher level.  And then we have to roll a six on those dice to deny the witch… (not really a change, but annoying.)

Bummer, maybe we will get some kind of FAQ that will help us out a little.

Secondly, we have a nice buff for our skimmers in that they have a 4+ jink save, but as no good deed goes unpunished, we are now only able to snap fire the turn after we jink. 

Bummer, maybe we will get some kind of FAQ that will help us out a little.

Third, vector strike got nerfed a little, may be an issue for those of you who fly barracudas, but I think the trade-off for others not being able to butt rape firewarriors as they fly over will be ok.

Lastly,  super heavies and super heavy flyers get to move and fire just like their conventional counterparts, which means they should also get the jink saves… (I am referring to the  Tigershark here).

I hope they don’t FAQ this one.

Let me know what you think.

I play Tau.

Battle Report: Tau vs. Astra Militarum

May 14, 2014 · 2 comments

I got another game in a couple weekends ago against the new and improved Astra Militarum. I didn't have much experience with them before the new codex, but it looks like I'll be seeing them fairly often in my new gaming group. Let's see how my Tau measure up to the Imperial grunts.

Converting the XV 107 - R'varna Battlesuit

April 6, 2014 · 4 comments

From the Forgeworld website
Hello All!

Today, instead of my occasional contribution of a battle report, I will be showing off my latest model: the XV107 R'varna by Forgeworld.

With all the new monstrous creatures and Imperial Knights running amok, it is a good thing that the Tau have the Riptide to compete. The R'varna is a heavier defensive variant of the Riptide. It sacrifices mobility and versatility for increased firepower and survivability. The R'varna is an awesome model, but I wanted to make a few changes to it...

Battle Report: Tau vs. Chaos Space Marines

March 21, 2014 · 2 comments

I am finally starting to get settled into my new area and job, so this last weekend I managed to get a casual game in. My area has no FLGS so we play in our basements and hobby rooms when we can.
This was my first game against my opponent so I had no idea what to expect as far as play style or army or terrain. He usually plays at 2000 points so that is what we went with. He hadn't played Tau since 2nd edition, so we used one of the Tau Battle Missions even though it wasn't really updated for 6th edition.

Back in Business

March 13, 2014 · 3 comments

Sorry for the delay in posting, but I've had a hectic time for the last few weeks.  My armies are covered in dust, and my enthusiasm had trailed off a bit. 

But now I'm back, and I have excellent news, for the most part. 

My idea to paint a squad of crisis suits in Seahawks colors bombed.  So I am going to stick with my white, brown, and orange scheme.  This is excellent news indeed, because as good as navy blue and lime green look on Russell Wilson, they look like shit on a crisis suit.

Back to my old business...

I keep looking at that list of stuff to do (that I mentioned a while back) and that particular list hasn't changed.  But I have added another list to it.  I still have all that new stuff still sitting there in boxes, but a friend just gave me his (rather) large and (very) unfinished Tau army in exchange for some Ork stuff I will never, ever use.  

And honestly, things got very intimidating, very quickly. I love this huge new army, but again, it's intimidating. I don't even know where to start...

So let's deal with that...

(Click the title of this article to see more.)

Seahawk Sept

January 19, 2014 · 2 comments

So there we go.  My Seahawks pulled it out.  They're going to face the Broncos at Superbowl 48, and that means two more weeks of abstinence for me and my beloved Tau.

Hey, it's only weird if it doesn't work.

See you all then (and whether they win or lose the Superbowl, the Ethereals and I will have a special Seahawks surprise for our Tau).

Marshawn Lynch is an Ork
Sherman brings the pain, so he is definitely Dark Eldar
Russell Wilson is Tau.  Fire Caste.
And to his credit, Kaepernick is a deamon.  
        --Slanesh because though it's a pleasure to watch him, you know it's a sin.

I love the Seahawks, but I play Tau.

New Year, New "To-do" List

January 14, 2014 · 1 comments

So here we are well into 2014!

My Seahawks are doing great things, and I have been very busy.  I have not been too much into my Tau lately because I have been spending a lot of time with my football buddies and our favorite beverages made from malted barley and hops.  I will be posting regularly again soon, well I guess that really depends on how much longer a football season our boys are going to give us...

If they get to the Superbowl there will be two more weeks or so of bacchanalic debauchery.

But whenever we do wind down Football season, I have a list of projects piling up, in fact since our new codex dropped.  Until now I had just bought a couple of new models and proxied the rest.  But now I will have the time and money to purchase and work on my Cadre.  I will document my progress.  

Here is my Tau Top Twelve... for 2014 (catchy):

1) Build 2 squads of the new XV-88 broadsides.  One will have rail rifles, the other high yield missile pods.  I started two of the rail rifle models already.  One I built as recommended, in the pose you see on the GW website.  The other I modified.

He is standing more upright, and is quite tall.  He also has one of my unused XV-805 commander's extra hands, which is holding a captured servo skull by the tentacles. I will post the how-to soon, it still needs a lot of work.  

I may even build a third squad that I can magnetize the rifles and missiles and switch them to suit my needs.  That will give me the option of six rail rifles or six HYMPs.
Here is a preview.  He stands a good 10-20% taller than a crisis battlesuit.

2) I have spare Cadian and Fire Warrior bits, and I feel a squad of Gue'vesa calling to me.

3) After that, I have a new XV-805 to re-pose and build.  I have decided that I am not overly fond of his flamboyant landing, and I want my second one to be a little different.

4) Build and paint my Longstrike and Darkstrider.

5) Get a new set of pathfinders (even though I do not like their helmets).

6) Convert a devilfish to be the command/black ops DF required by one of the pathfinder formations.

7) I have another couple of Riptides to build, but not in the standard pose.  One will stand up fully like the broadside.  And the other will be kneeling.

8) Two Hammerheads and a Skyray (which will all be magnetized).  I will post the How-tos.

9) I have two forgeworld XV-88s and I am going to convert them to have jetpacks on their backs instead of pulse generators or whatever those devices are (but obviously not jetpacks).  Thse guys go with my R'Myr as XV-89 bodyguards, and while I love the rounded cockpits, I want the jetpacks to look right.

10) I have three tetras, and want another one (or three).  Seems like six will be a good number for my Cadre organization (which I will share another time).

11) Six more battlesuits, 3 stealth suits, another broadside (all pictured at the top of this post) as well as a couple of piranhas and a butt load of drones.

12) I need to paint, a lot.  I have a great scheme, just need to get it on more of my models.  My scheme is white armor, with bronze under-parts for the battlesuits, brown for the uniform fabrics. The white armor is accented with orange and brown, with a bit of gold on connectors, knobs, doo-hickies, and all of the big flat-head screwdriver head whatzits.  I am using electric blue for power flows, and flourescent green for sensors and lights.

I have more, much more.  I currently have about 7000 points of Tau, only about half of which has been built -most of it new in the boxes.  My goal is to get it all done by the end of the school year (June). 

I am also in possession of an Eldar army, most of which is also still in boxes (95% in boxes).  But my Templars are mostly all built, as are my Lizardmen.  I am still collecting models for all four of my armies, I only need a few forgeworld flyers for my Tau, a super-heavy tank, a revenant titan, and a flock of jetbikes for my Eldar, and a couple of big monsters for my Lizardmen. 

My Templars only need the new SM codex and whatever new units that introduced (I have not even looked at it because I have been pissed about the BT getting rolled into the SM codex).  But I suspect I will need the two new vehicles, Hunter and Stalker, and a squad or two of Centurions.   None of those Armies will get any attention until the Tau are done in my display case.  Besides, maybe a few codex supplements will be out by then -such as the rumored Kroot, Templars, and maybe even an Eldar Saim Hann.

But this is not about them.  


That is on my list.  

I play Tau.

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