Tau


T'au SEED Destiny: GAT-X105+AQM/E-X01 Aile Strike Gundam

Every force needs a commander, and for the battlesuits I'm painting up, this one is it.While I do have some other ideas, like the Coldstar Commander, a Tau battlesuit force can at the moment only have a single commander suit per detachment, so he will have to do the job in the 1500 points force.The models is a slightly converted battlesuit commander, with the 'fins' on the head repositioned in order to pick him apart on the table (apart from his colourscheme) as the migthy plasma leader of dead.  Because I went for both a regular plasma (painted purple as the color of his anime counterparts Beam Saber) as well as a Cyclonic Ion Blaster for armaments, and a shield generator for protection.  Add to this his signature wargear of a Seismic Destabiliser to annoy models in cover, and his treat of Exemplar of Mont'Ka to advance and shoot without penalties with his Cyclonic.  And his armour is upgraded to Iridium for some extra protection...He is also joined by two drones to intercept some shots coming

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Let’s Play! – Warhammer 40000: Kill Team (2019) – NEW 2-Player Starter Set

It’s time for another Let’s Play! This time we’re taking a look at the 2019 edition of the Warhammer 40000: Kill Team 2 Player Starter Set, featuring the Astartes and T’au single player starter sets from last year combined with some Sector Mechanicus terrain and all the cards to go with it.

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Epic duo game

So I took my army out to Mark’s yesterday for a four-player game of Epic Armageddon. I teamed up with Mark’s Guard force to fight a game against Dan’s Chaos and Palmer’s Space Marines. Dan had two Tactical units, a unit of bombers, a Warhound Titan and some Terminators. Dan had a Chaos Marine unit... Continue Reading →

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Krootox Rider (and another Gretchin!)

Things are flying off the workbench fast and furious these days! Too bad none of it is my own Necromunda stuff I've been wanting to work on!? I started the Gretchin at the same time as the last two and just finished it up last night, and he Krootox Rider... well... It was primed along with the remaining 12 Kroot Warriors that I was going to show Finnegan how I painted them and let HIM go at it... and it was just sitting there... and looked really cool... and looked really easy to paint... so I went ahead and painted it!?The Krootox Rider - giving Finnegan's Kroot force a bit of fire support. All painted with contrast colours - except the dread-spines on the head (which was painted with regular black paint and highlighted with grey) and the metal parts of the gun (painted metal and washed in Nuln Oil).The Gretchin. This is an older metal Gretchin - not sure where he came from...? Looks like a Mechboy's assistant? As with the others - all painted with Contrast paints - except the scrap metal on the tray.Co

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Guardian Defenders, T'au, Kroot, Cawdor Juves and a Really Big Rat...

A bit of an odd assortment of 40K related things rolling off the workbench today. A lot of this is actually for the kids. I've been experimenting with... well... other ways of painting. Not for me, I like the black undercoating and leaving that hard black line between things for contrast and deep shadow. When I got the kids painting I tried to teach them the same, but I've come to realize it requires a bit of finesse and attention to detail to pull it off and without that... well... it doesn't look good... So I thought I'd experiment with other things to see if I could help them find a different painting style that suits their needs and/or speeds up their production so they can get things DONE!Some of these were started a couple weeks ago, but were then put on the back burner as I needed to push to finish the last often Drukhari that we needed for the Strange Bedfellows Team Tournament. Some are ones I tried spraying with coloured primer (purple) and then washed with either Nuln Oil or Druchii

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Shadow War Campaign Final Mission Part Three

When we last left the Shadow War Campaign Final Mission, the Sisters of Battle had taken the lead having captured their primary objective and carried it off the table via their deployment zone.Part one, covering the mission and deployment is here.Part two is here.When we left things in Part Three, the Sisters of Battle had just carried their Primary Objective off the table, securing them 3 victory points. As they were in second position on the leader board, that meant any other Kill Team than the Orks needed 4 Victory Points to beat them and win the campaign.Enough Orks had recovered to try and drag their primary objective, the Doomsday Device, back towards the table edge. But they were now coming under attack from Blood Angel Scouts and Tau, both of whom needed to go through the Orks to get their own objectives and both of whom needed to stop the Orks if they were going to win the campaign.But despite the heavy attack, the Orks kept struggling on.Meanwhile, having lost the Data Bank that was their primary ob

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Shadow War Campaign Final Mission Part Two

Part Two of my report on the final mission of my Shadow War Campaign. Part One, covering the mission rules and deployment is here.The Orks took the first turn and advanced quickly, swarming over the archeotech.The Sisters of Battle advanced more cautiously, sending out a scout ahead while the rest followed on.At the end of turn 1, the Dark Eldar and Blood Angels arrived, deploying on opposite sides on the far left and near right.The Dark Eldar quickly found themselves under heavy fire from the Orks.While the Sisters broke off part of their forces to pursue this new threat.The Orks had seized much of the archeotech, but were now under heavy fire from all sides. And at the end of the turn the Chaos Space Marines and Tau arrived.The Sisters poured fire on to the Chaos Marines, doing no damage but keeping them pinned.Meanwhile, the Seraphim seized their primary objective.Despite being delayed by the Sisters and Orks, the Dark Eldar continued their advance.While on the left, the firefight between the Orks and Tau

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T`au SEED Destiny: ZGMF-2000 GOUF Ignited

My latest unit in my Gundam SEED Destiny inspired T`au army, this is the first set of 3 Battlesuits that will become my force's mainstay units.Basicaly standard Crisis suits, and they have the option to add an extra armoured suit.So to represent the special upgraded 2+ suit, I used an old commander head for the `leader` of the squad, and armed him with the Cyclonic Ion Blaster, a bit of the T'au equivalent of a plasmagun as it has the danger of overloading and wounding the bearer.  The other two come with the Burst cannons to lay down a serious amount of firepower with the unit.They also have Missile Pods each, but more importantly, and together with the 'horn' on the head of the leader, they have shields.Joining the squad are six drones, in the form of 2 Marker Drones and 4 Gun Drones.And those let me to teh completed unit, good for 254 points to add to the tally...The Inspiration:The GOUF, a mass produced, more close combat orientated suit that usually works in unison with the ZAKU.  They are ofte

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Epic returns!

So after many, many years away from the game I finally have managed to get in a game of Epic: Armageddon. Mark, Danny, Palmer and I all had a four player 3000pt a side battle at Mark’s very well appointed game room. I have never played with the Tau force I have built so I really had no idea how things were going to work on the table and in a game. So this was a bit of a learning experience for me. Palmer and his Dark Angels were paired up with me and Danny with his Slaaneshi Black Legion were teamed up with Mark’s Imperial Traitor Guard. I didn’t take a lot of pictures as I was pretty busy trying to remember how to play as well as trying to figure out how to use the Tau. One complicating factor was that there was not a lot of terrain in the centre of the table so there were not a lot of places for my Tau infantry units to advanced and take cover. Consequently most of my units remained on my table half while Palmer’s Dark Angels lead the attack into the opposing table half. The plan was

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Epic Tau done

So here are some pictures of my completed Epic Tau force. All of the figures are from the Onslaught Miniatures Okami Combine range. I am very impressed with the figures. Not only the level of detail in them but how easy it was to paint them up to a very good standard. The complete list of models is: 12 x Stealth Suits 10 x Gun Drones 10 x Crisis Suits 5 x Broadside Suits 6 x Ion Hammerhead 3 x Fusion Hammerhead 3 x Railgun Hammerhead 5 x Tetra 5 x Piranha 8 x Pathfinders 18 x Fire Warriors 6 x Skyrays As you can imagine, this isn’t the end of this force. I want to add a few more recon elements to the force, some more Hammerheads as well as some elements that are not in the army list like Vespids, Riprides and Sniper Drones.

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So what is next

So I just finished painting the last of the Epic Tau Crisis Suits and Skyrays. I should have the basing done tomorrow and that will be it, for the moment, for the Epic Tau ground forces. I have some recast Tau aircraft that I am going to work on but I won’t be using those right away as the folks who I will be gaming with are still working through the rules so I suspect that aircraft and AA won’t be used yet. So what to do next? There are several options. I have some Stormcast Eternals primed and ready to go. There are some Warmaster Ogres that are also primed and ready to go. I also have a box of Adeptus Titanicus terrain that needs to be assembled and painted. So many options. I suspect that I will just pick up whatever looks interesting to paint and then go with that. Given my past history that will mean that it will be none of the options listed.

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