Posts Tagged ‘tau’

An update.

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Well, I actually used Kroot, which was not something I ever planned to do. But as I have barely over 1500 points of Tau if I use *everything* I have exceptions have to be made. They have actually proved if only for getting in the way of bigger, scarier, units. I’ve taken to driving up to the nearest Gaming Shop once or twice a month to play and I’ve been having a lot of fun. Last weekend saw a ‘3000 a side 2 vs 2 match’ pitting Tau and Ward’crons of all things against a pair of Ork armies. This is after a visit where I got beat by said Necrons and the time after that where I got beaten by Ultrasmurfs, a game that I almost drew… but some Assault Terminators drew my last scoring unit off of an objective and so I lost. That’s not what we’re talking about today though.

The, probably, most interesting portion of this match was that one of the Ork players was using a homebrew variant on Stormboyz, using the idea of “looted teleporter packs” Roll 3d6 and a scatter die… you get the idea. He’s planning to scrap the rules at the moment and use them as regular Stormboyz. Personally I love the idea of a unit that just randomly transports itself around a battlefield… it seems so very, very Orky. Perhaps give them six inch move and then only roll 2d6, giving you at least *some* control over where the troop is going? Oh well… The group has praised my Broadside conversion, and I got a few thumbs up for being one of those types who reposes the arms of my Crisis Suits. But hey that’s boring battle stuff, the two or three of you who wander in here occasionally (on purpose) are probably more interested in projects. Well I have four on the go right now!

1. A Crisis suit with a ‘twin linked missile pod’ that is firing missiles and is stomping on an Ultramarine (which will be painted to mimic the Ultramarine players painting style as best I can) who just so happens to be making use of one of the Grenade arms. It has a few ‘issues’ mainly when posing I neither had, nor had room for the marines legs on the base… so they’re not modelled. Also these firing missiles is a bit more difficult than I’d anticipated.


This image is a little bit outdated but for the most part it’s not changed. I attempted to add green stuff smoke effects to those chunks of paperclip… and was unimpressed, currently thinking about using some cotton and drybrushing it to simulate the smoke. I’ve repaired that knee joint by taking the bottom bit off of a Tau shoulder guard and gluing it in there.

2. I’m working on a terrain board. Currently I only have a 4×4 foot section, this section is cut into four 2×2 foot pieces. I’m aiming to make it 6×6 by… adding two more pieces. Four of those pieces will feature some form of hills and then I can have a whole bunch of options available for how I put them together. Modular just seemed the best way to go considering my space and storage options. Right now my table can only deal with (barely) the 4×4 foot board. No picture of that because honestly right now it’s just four things of foam board.

3. Another Crisis Suit! This one right now is just a crisis suit with a “customized” fusion blaster and an Airbursting Fragmentation Projector. I mounted the Fusion Blaster to the underside of one hand, sideways. (the barrels are oo instead of 8) I then cut the fuel cell off and glued it to where that little mounting tab would have been on the underside. I have no picture yet because it’s really nothing special yet. I’m planning on equipping it with Iridium Armour, I’m just not quite sure of how to model that yet. Possibly I might get an Ironclad or Venerable Dreadnought kit and use some of it’s bitz. But then I have a Dreadnought sitting around that I don’t want to assemble until my sister gets her Assault on Blackreach and we swap Orks for Marines and I can kit bash the Dreadnoughts.

4. Magnetizing the Skyray portion of my Hammerhead/Skyray… no picture because again, nothing really interesting. I’ve just run into difficulties getting the missiles to affix themselves nicely to the underside of their mounting wing thing.But this might be due to me using chunks of paperclip for the missiles to stick to; I’m not sure yet.

5. I know I only said four but I kind of forgot about this until now. I’ve put together some not particularly interesting ‘converted marines’ to round out the Gue’vesa Squad. Which brings it up to eleven units. So I’ll repaint my Gue’vesa’ui into a Gue’vesa’la and add in a regular Tau for the Shas’ui. Fairly unimportant at the moment since I don’t use the Imperial Armour rules for them I just field them as kit bashed Firewarriors, which really is all they are.


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, 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

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 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.


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

Got my Terminators based which is nice, painted metal bits on a few more Orks… nothing much really as I’ve still not got the paint to do anything interesting now. Until January sometime. >.<;

Waiting for my paypal transfer to go through so I can order the bitz I need from bitzbarn to make my Gue’vesa.

Been a while since I last ranted… possibly due to the fact that I’ve recently acquired my first set of Warhammer 40,000 miniatures. Nothing fancy shmancey or anything, just the Assault on Blackreach set, gives you some movement rulers, dice, condensed rulebook, templates and a small amount of both Space Marines and Orks.

I’ve gotten most of the Marines painted up. Went pretty simple for my first set of painting. Based them black, painted them Regal Blue, gave them an Arshurmen Blue wash… and that was pretty much it. apart from a dry brushing of Boltgun Metal and Chaos Black to give them a roughed up appearance. I need a couple colours before I can finish up though. Gold and some form of brown for belts/straps/tassets. I am however pretty much done with my Dreadnought. I could have tried to file off the mold lines but I’d have to repaint in patches if I did that. Which could only add to the look I was going for I suppose.