Archive for the ‘Tau’ Category

So, school might be stealing away a lot of my time… more than I’d like quite frankly but on the upside it’s also a source of income… which means I can afford to do what I plan to do this sunday… take as close to 1000 points of Space communists to my “Friendly not-so-Local Gaming Shop” and  see if we can’t destroy some tiny plastic people.

This is really exciting as it will be my first ‘proper’ game… you know, one where my opponent will be fully capable of informing me that I’m doing things wrong. Hopefully that doesn’t happen too often.

Anyway, today began with firing up a certain “Army list Builder” and checking how many points I have, just shy of 1400 so I only made a 1000 point list. Which… is huge, my prior matches have all been on the level of Assault on Black Reach sets so… 500 points *maybe* ;p

I then spent a good hour and a half scouring the house for my Little Grey Book and Tau Codex which got put somewhere back around Christmas when someone wanted to use the table for eating or something like that. Those found it was time to figure out transportation… which is currently looking to be a Battleforce box until I actually get to The City and can then buy a plastic stand in of some variety.

I’m taking… all 12 Kroot that I have, three groups of 6 Fire Warriors, Crisis Commander +1 Bodyguard, A Pirahna, 4 Pathfinders +Devilfish, a Broadside and then two more Crisis Suits… and I’ve just had a moment of panic because I forgot my Force Organization Chart and thought I had too many Troop Choices.

The Kroot are just kind of…. there… to soak up points. It’s either them or I try to fill the void with another Fire Warrior Squad and a group of six Gun Drones. :/ Which I’m not sure works… no, the Fire Warriors alone put me over and with the drones I’m almost 100 points over. >.<; I think I’ll go big next time and try to pick up a Skyray box and use the kit to build a Railhead… do Skyray boxes still have all the Hammerhead stuff? Of course my Marines still need an Apothecary and a Chaplain… and I should get some stuff for the Orks to keep those to armies close to par… especially since my sister prefers the Orks to the Marines…

Well, those two pictures will show you what I’ve been working on for the last little while. Although I will inform you that the angle of the piranha is manipulated. If you saw it from the other side you’d see up under the shoulder pads at some still clearly green greenstuf. >.> You see, partway through assembly of the piranha I ran out of my Citadel Plastic glue. Having not purchased a backup yet, nor found a viable replacement in local shops… I was tasked with either using greenstuff, super glue, plastic model cement, or simply leaving it half assembled. I attempted to make do with what I had but even now the wings are a bit bendy. I’ve already managed to break one of them off and had to reattach it. At the same time I also discovered how crappy the plastic in the flight stands is. >.<; Hopefully I also learned ‘don’t glue things to flight stands’ I glued my defcoptaz, but then didn’t glue my first six gun drones. So then why did I think it a good idea to glue the piranha and shield drone?

The piranha was a little broken when I received it but it was simply a corner on the narrow end of one of the engines. I’ve repaired it with greenstuff as best I could and it still looks a bit dented but it’s significantly better than it was. The paint job is also clearly not done. The engines will be either blacked or a very dark grey. Another coat of the kommando khaki all around and then I can start focusing on lenses and the stuff in the cockpit, eventually the pilots themselves.

The Pathfinders well they’re kind of meh.They’re my first ‘all metal’ miniatures and I have to say I’m not particularly fond of the metal minis, which works out since they’ve apparently just switched over to resin… although I think the Tau only get the sniper drone team done in “Finecast” but I could be wrong as I’m going on third oor forth hand information here. Still, the metal is difficult to work with, most of my antennae were bent and I’m wary about rebending them as I don’t want to break them. I also had trouble with a couple of them not fitting into the slotta bases simply due to GW slapping their name and stuff onto the tab. I had to file that off to get them to fit. >.<; although the files have been great to work with now that I have them.

Oh and yes, that’s one blister pack of Pathfinders and then a Pathfinder Shas’ui.

Of course until I get myself a Devilfish I can’t use the Pathfinders so they weren’t exactly a well thought out purchase. :p

My next purchase is planned for three months from now. It’s looking to be a bit on the expensive side as I’ll be getting myself a Tau Battleforce. It’ll net me another XV8 and a Devilfish as well as another batch of Fire Warriors and then some Kroot and XV25’s. I almost forgot that a Markerlight Drone is also part of the Battleforce. I intend to, in the least, own one of every Tau miniature. Regardless of wether or not I ever plan to use them. Simply for the hobby aspect of things. Well and I’ll also be ordering some Plastic Glue. :p

The reason for the “three months” is that miniwargaming.com(where, might I add, I use the username Vault) has started a weight loss challenge. My goal being to lose thirty pounds within three months from the 25th. The battle force purchase will be a sort of reward for me reaching my goal. Or quite possibly a consolation price to take my mind off failure. ;p Well, that and it’ll take me about that long to be able to afford it on my current budget. :p Works out pretty well because Canada Post has up and decided to go on strike, meaning that, for the time being, our postal system is going to be even worse than normal. Which is terrifying and yet at the same time comforting; because as bad as they are, they could be worse. :s

First bits of colour.

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Tau, Terrain, Warhammer 40k

Well we know my Tau colour theme is brown and green. But I’ve got my first splashes of colour on my crisis suits. Particularly the three plasma rifles I’ll be running. One on my command unit and a set of twin-linked on the Broadside…. the two little canisters ones red and ones blue. That’s about as colourful as we get. :p Well, there’s some red on a flamer fuel cell as well.

But wait, you say, didn’t I just recently post that my units were ‘locked’ in combat? Well they were, but someone decided their typewriter absolutely had to be put on the dining room table instead of any of the other rampantly available counter space in the building. As a result several troops and pieces of terrain were moved. So I’ll either hope I have a picture of the table and we can go back to approximate positions later, or just start again.

I just felt I needed to break up the deep dark brown a bit. I’m still a bit cunfuzzled as to how to tackle highlighting though. I have a vague idea how it works on people, but I’ve never really seen a video on vehicles, let alone crisis suits which are vaguely giant people. >.<;

I’ve some pictures of my building taken. It’s partially painted and I just did some green stuffing on some of my edges. I could have possibly dried some drywall mud instead of green stuff but I don’t have any of that on hand. If I still had my previous job I’d have had access to a crap ton of the stuff and that would have been great. But I don’t. -.-; So I set about adding green stuff and I’ll be trying to paint it up to look like a crude weld. Which should go great considering the rest of the buildings done up in a metallic silver.

I’m also doing some mixing with my non-citadel acrylics trying to manufacture a nice rust colour but that’s not bore any fruit yet. Pictures will show up tomorrow probably. Well, later today, considering it’s 01:32 locally… kind of watching Scrapyard Challenge and painting crisis suits.

Been a while.

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Tau, Warhammer 40k

Yeah, it has, because really I haven’t been up to too much. I’m working on a little ruined building out of some of my foamboard… and not doing a lot of anything with my Tau. Because they’re stuck in a time loop repeating the same four seconds over and over.

I started a small battle against my sister, who is again playing Orks, posssibly because I mentioned at one time that Tau suck at close combat. We reached a point in the game and had to put it on hold as she had to go back home. Although the game has had an epic, epic moment already around turn three. She managed to get Nobz into assault range of one of my Fire Warrior squads… and proceeded to assault them. I rolled I made all my armour saves and took no wounds. On the strike back, I inflict one wound, winning the assault. 😀  I must have been taking all of these ‘Fire Warriors have paper armour’ comments too seriously as so far they’re not as fragile as I thought.

Then again there isn’t a single vehicle in either of the armies so maybe I shouldn’t say things like that till I’ve played a “real” game. ;p

In other news, I ordered myself some Pathfinders + Shas’Ui and a Piranha. A pair of Devilfish will probably appear whenever I decide to get another box of Fire Warriors to bump myself up to two squads of twelve.

Painting… Sept Markings are irritating. Not the circles, the stripes. Getting them even semi-consistent is hard enough, they’re still not as clean as I’d like them to be but I really don’t know how I’m going to get them to that point. Maybe if I put paper just over the edge and paint my armour colour out over it to clean up the edges. That could work… I’ll try it out later on one of the ‘dead’ guys.

Let’s see what else? I’ve got a foamboard building on the go. Big enough it’d mostly obscure a crisis suit…but I don’t think it’s wide enough to hide a tank behind. Plus by the time I finish stabbing it with a screw driver for ‘simulated battle damage’ it’ll probably have a couple holes all the way through it. :p I had a bit of a let down with my paints, erm, not the citadel ones my regular humdrum acrylics. I picked up a bottle of metallic silver thinking it’d work nice for well metallic terrain, what else? But I wasn’t smart enough to shake it in store and when I got home I discovered that it’d seperated, no big deal acrylics do that right? Well this one had partially solidified on the bottom of the bottle. So I salvaged what I could of it… and learned a lesson. Thankfully it only cost me a 1.50$ Only the one bottle was like that though the rest of what I got in that purchase was fine. Maybe it just had to do with it being metallic. >.> I got a metallic gold as well and it’s fine though. :s I don’t know anymore. Anyway, that’s my update for now.

Some Tau stuff.

Posted: February 5, 2011 in Gaming, Tau, Tau Fluff, Warhammer 40k
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Because I haven’t gone on about my Tau in the last little while…

These three pictures are my speculative army colour scheme. I used the fun little Tau Painter program from Bolter and Chainsword. FOr the colours I actually copy pasta’d colour swatches of Citadel range colours from an online shop into photoshop and acquired their colour codes. Those codes were punched into the painter and give a farly close rendition of the intended colour. First of course is a typical shas’la but then I was playing Dawn of War and noticed that Shas’el and the like have variant colours. I was informed that basically all that was done is that in some pieces the Sept colour and main colour were swapped. Thus the second picture, the third however is me tryingto break up the brown earthy colours. I do feel that I need a much darker orange but you can only get so dark an orange before it’s technically another brown. But thatthird scheme is just an idea for the moment. I don’t even think I ordered an orange that would work as a platform for a darker colour.

Originally that armour was meant to be Graveyard Earth but now that I have a pot it’s lighter than I thought it would be. I’ve since ordered some Privateer Press “Battlefield Brown” that may or may not replace it. My initial Tau army will be relativley small, two groups of six Fire Warriors, two Crisis Suits and then a Crisis Suit Commander. I think you can guess already that I’ll be as Crisis Suit heavy as is possible. No Broadsides as of yet though, though I have plans for at least one in the near future. I saw an amazing conversion for the rail guns that turned them into one big handheld gun… it looked really cool. It’ll require a little bit of Green Stuff which is good since I really need to fiddle around with that stuff at soem point.

Oh, my army the “Sin’shan” has been upgraded to a full fledged Sept which I’m currently calling ‘He’eio’kio’ which is more or less ‘uncountable trees’ hence the foresty colour scheme.

Well, I ran into a slight dilemma, which I think I have since solved. I ordered a bunch of rifles, heads and backpacks from BitzBarn.com a little while ago and I received a refund, I thought, because they over guesstimated their shipping rate to Canada. Not true, I noticed a note on the Paypal transaction that informed me it was because they were short two backpacks.

Not knowing what exactly is in a box of Fire Warriors I was just a little bit confused as to what to do. But I think I’ve figured it out. I was originally going to split a group of twelve Fire Warriors into two 6-Tau squads but I’ll just tack another box of Fire Warriors onto my prospective order. Then run two 11-Tau 1 Drone squads, that way I can still fit them into a Devilfish Transport if I ever decide to get one. This way I have two full sets of Fire Warrior Bitz I can scavenge for my Gue’vesa project. Including armoured torso pieces if I want some variety… THat would make my Gue’vesa look a bit more rag-tag than I want though, unless I just put it onto a Gue’vesa’ui and leave the Gue’vesa’la with regular Cadian torsos. I don’t know. We’ll see when I get that far. At this rate I might wind up ordering my Cadians well in advance of the rest of my Tau. >.<;

Of course this means I’m going to need twelve more names. :p Luckily I realized that Microsoft One Note is pretty much perfect for what I envisioned for keeping track of who did what in a fight, once I figure out how to make it super easy to identify who’s who. Though I think all the bases are numbered so that may be what does it right there.

Now After the ‘Click here for more’ I’ll go on about a battle I had yesterday evening.

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I’ve started developing fluff for my Tau army, the Sin’shan, which is more or less the “People’s Army” I’ll be naming all my initial units… coming up with fluff for most of them. Ridiculous, but it amuses me and it’s something to do while I wait for them to get here.

They’ll currently be lead by Shas’O Sa’cea Ra’cova Lar’shi, for those who don’t know the Tau naming conventions that makes him Commander Wrongbreaker Valiant Victory, from Sa’cea. Whose background I’m currently piecing together simply from his name. :p Whether ‘Wrongbreaker’ will be in reference to something wrong that he broke or something he wrongly broke I’m not sure. The ‘Valiant Victory’ bit is more along the lines of a once off act of bravery. At least according to the lexicon at Advanced Tau Tactica. >.<; My initial order, when I make it will only give me 300 odd points (not counting the Gue’vesa anyway.) and so isn’t really on par with the Space Marines and Orks armies from Assault on Blackreach, which is all I can play against for the time being. >.<; The downside to living in the middle of nowhere.

The hard part of naming all these units is remembering which one is which. :p Not that it particularly matters, unless I want to keep track of who did and didn’t die in a particular battle… which I do, because I’m a nerd. I suppose I could vary their sept stripes…

edit: Well, in the course of naming my Tau I seem to be going more for a bug people from Andromeda scheme than the wiki description. According to the 40k wiki Tau names are somewhat dynamic, describing lifetime achievements. I stuck to that with “Commander Wrongbreaker” but the rest of them are getting more… useless names. Much as the aforementioned bug people in Andromeda had names that were haiku’s mine are named things like “To accept a worthy cause” or “Dark moon above me.” They just sound better to me. The god new only nerds like me will think to look it up at ATT. :p Best yet? “Smarter than many Warlike people” aka Shas’la T’au Kles’bentu Mont’re’sin

edit edit: I should have realized that for my Gue’vesa I’d have to invent an Imperial regiment… thus we have the 15th Belgique Regiment, because what’s awesomer than a planet based on Belgium? An army from a planet based on Belgium, that’s what. Also it lets me name one of these Gue’vesa after a teacher I once had whose family was from Belgium. :p No idea what the regiment would have nicknamed itself… I’m not that far yet… that’ll come in far later.

January, you can’t get here soon enough. I need [want] my Tau units now. T-T