Fusion BladesThis peculiar but deadly innovation was created at the request of the third Commander Brightsword. They are, in appearance, heavily modified fusion blasters, but in truth, they are miracles of science. When the firing impulse is sustained, each weapon can fire a constant stream of energy that blazes from the muzzle of the gun like a blade of pure light. They consume an incredible amount of energy, however, and are prone to shorting out in the midst of battle.
At a cool 50 points, this signature system is about as expensive as a piece of wargear comes. It is also primarily a close combat weapon, and takes up two whole system slots on your Commander's battlesuit. These downsides mean that it is pretty much written off as a waste of precious points. However, the concept of it is too amazing to pass up, and many Tau players find a way to fit it into their lists just for the cool factor.
I've written up a summary of why I think the Fusion Blades are a great piece of kit HERE
Like most relic wargear there isn't an actual piece of model kit to represent this. The best you can make out, according to the Supplement, is that it actually looks just like a pair of Fusion Blasters. That is lame. Like many Fusion Blade lovers, I took it upon myself to convert my own model representation.
Constructing the Blade
I was disappointed. My style actually put me into close combat often. People needed to fear the Fusion! So I set about finishing the conversion as I had envisioned.
If you can't tell, what I had envisioned was a sword of fire, swirling around to a point. It didn't really turn out that way, but oh well.
Painting the Blade
The goal was to make a weapon that looked like it could do some serious damage on the battlefield. Unfortunately, in my latest tournament, I only managed to use the blades once. I got into combat with a mini Thunderwolf star and killed an Iron Priest on a wolf. After that, the game ended before my commander and the Wolf Lord were able to finish their duel. The blades did, however, get a lot of attention and scared opponents into focusing fire on my commander.