Tau Empire – now with more added Greater Good

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As a Tau player since their release in 2001 I have enjoyed seeing their evolution, both as an Empire and as a playable force, and this release was a successful continuation for both.

To show off the new advances in Tau technology, here are some unboxing videos (my first time doing these - quite enjoyed, though plenty to learn I am sure.)

NB - both videos are currently undergoing stabilisation on Youtube so the shakes will be reduced in the near future

Sun Shark / Razor Shark dual flyer kit Unboxing

Riptide Battlesuit kit:

And here are some images of the kits built:

NB - the Riptide is missing his Shield Generator as I will be doing a slight alteration that requires it to be painted seperately

I will have them painted up shortly, of that I have no doubt! So watch out for that and my review of each FoC slot coming soon.

April 8, 2013 by Fenriryan

Tau – For the Greater Good GAWD!

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My name is Fenriryan, and I am screwed - Tau are getting updated.

New tau codex
Farsight is back!

Someone has managed to scan and distribute some colour images from WD, which can be found at my favoured info source Faeit212

I will save you the gushing over my love of the Riptide (I like big mechs and I cannot lie...) and Shark aircraft (though where are my plastic Barracuda or Remora?), but instead voice something I think this release heralds that we should all be aware of.

The trend towards large centerpiece models continues, hand in hand with flyer models. Thats fine, they look good, and its relatively balanced to give each army something of this ilk.

But the prices - good GAWD what happened there!

£50 for Riptide - the Dreadknight is only £33! Yes, its big and impressive, and you'll likely only get one, but the same can be said about the Dreadknight and Mawloc.

This movie could easily be about a Dreadknight vs a Mawloc - I smell a lawsuit!

£30 for a SINGLE Broadside! Yes, they are now 60mm based models, but you now what - we didn't need a new Broadside. Certainly not one that means we all have to rebase our current ones, if not replace them entirely. Given Broadsides were a money spinner for GW, as every Tau player had at least 3 if not 6 or 9, and under new Allies system, they were very popular anti tank allies. Why the fish to the face like this?

The Crisis Suits are remaining priced roughly as they were, only know they are only available in a box of 3 for £45 rather than £15 a pop. Not too bad I guess, but then compare them to Killa Kans, Khorne Juggernauts, Raveners and other similar options. They are £27-£33 for 3, and some of them were new sculpts when released as tripled up plastic kits. Crisis suits have not been redesigned that we are aware of, so why have they not been brought into line with similar units?

So whats it all mean? Have GW lost the plot? Are they trolling Tau players?

Hell no - it's April folks - new Tax year, new price rise - I would stake my Talissira bonding knife on it. As such, these could well be the bench marks for where all similar units will jump to.

If this is true, it will be interesting to see how many people jump out of GW. No, I am not saying that the sky is not falling, but it would be fair to say that its cracking.

For the price of a single Riptide, someone could pick up a MERCS gang and rulebook. A unit of 3 Broadsides could be a Warmachine battlegroup box, an extra heavy, a full unit with UA and a solo.

I know that for me personally I had already called day on any new GW armies - I have a Xenos (Tau) and a generic 3++ collection, but its starting to get too much to upkeep them too. Sure, I'll keep playing what I have, but that will be it - no more purchases short of new edition rules/codex due to their inherent necessity.

I have drawn a line on the sand, and if Tau are a benchmark of whats to come, will you do so also or stick it out a little longer?

New Tau Empire Codex 2013
New Tau Empire Codex 2013


Model Magpies Not-so-Annonymous

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Hi all - my name is Fenriryan and I am a recovering Model Magpie.

But what is a Model Magpie - its what every gamer is at heart, but tries to avoid being. You see the new shiney toys and all you can do is stare and yearn for it (and block out the sound of your wallet/other half crying out).

Its likely the most dangerous urge of a gamer, possibly a close second to table flipping in rage (though a rceent discussion of uber store flipping in rage may alter that order further)

I like a varied palatte - 40K, Fantasy, Necromunda, Malifaux, Bloodbowl, Firestorm Armada, Warhammer Quest, Infinity, Kill Team. I am proud of every collection, but I have so many that alot of it simple doesn't see any table time. Yet for each system I have a backlog of hobby work to do, and a list of minis that have triggered the primal Magpie within.

And with the slew of Kickstarter projects too, I feel guilty as I can barely support what I have, and yet there is more coming out that I would like to support - Dropzone Commander & MERCS, I'm looking at you...

As a result, every 6 months I would sit down and realise what I have left on my workbench, have a serious guilt trip over it, then storm through most of it amd burn my self out.

As such, starting 2012, I decided to start following the Paint One, Buy One (POBO) philosophy... Ive slipped of the wagon a few times, but I always find my way back to it, and my backlog is greatly reduced from where it was (if I don't count the entire 2.5k of Beastmen who need basing).

I hope that by the end of the year I will be clean and resolute in my strict adherance POBO.

So thats my story - my name is Fenriryan and I am a recovering Model Ma... Ohh... Archangel. DAMMIT!

Damocles & Thunderfire

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The pilot is into my Golem Battle Frame, but I am still mid move so all my paints are still packed.

That left me but one option - buy and build another kit 😉 (There goes my New Years Resolution of Paint One/Buy One)

Shes not the prettiest of vehicles at first glance, but once built, the core chassis is actually very sleak. I have scraped back all the detail on the stain glass enclosure next to the pilot to be bare armour, and it looks even better.

The plan is to mount a land raider hatch & radar where the assault cannon gunner was crammed, and mount a Forgeworld Air Defense Command Platform on the back:

And hey presto - Damocles Command Speeder (using all rules for the standard Rhino version of course)

But the last Thunderfire cannon I am not so set about yet...

I know I want it as a walker, as I have avoided tracked vehicles so far, and think a walking platform would look better than anti-grav (Ant - I am still going to find a home for your idea though - something naturlly more lithe maybe)

To that end, I have 2 sets of Ironclad Dreadnought legs and a base for the chassis. But its the actual cannon part Im unusre of.

I like the idea of showing it was more of a MIRV launcher rather than mortar, and ideally would use the FW Excorcist launcher:

Only they don't sell them seperate anymore.... Grrr...

Alternative include the puppet wars equivilant:

Or an extended Valkyrie missile pod:

So I invite feedback and ideas, suggestions and thoughts, as I not sure which way to go with it...

1-2-2013 - I got lucky on eBay - I got a Second Chance at an Exorcist Missile Rack so have managed to nab one, and at less than FW did sell it seperate, even with the p&p from the US. Thats my Thuderfire sorted!

Golem Class Battle Frame

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After the roaring with laughter response to my Ogre class assault walker dreadnought conversion:

I have once again let myself loose on the Imperium's beloved tech to build something special for my slowing growing Space Wolf/Space Marine alliance.

This time around, I am working on a Contemptor stand in, based on the Dreadknight chassis, currently dubbed the Golem class Battle Frame.

The main design aim was for an enclosed cockpit, and a pose more akin to the Scouts I have used for my Power Armoured Space Marines. The weaponary is also more subtle than the standard Dreadknight gear.

Here are some pics to show where it is now (forgive the quality - mini photography still not my forte):

It will be armed with a Kheres Assault Cannon, Close Combat Arm with Heavy Flamer and Cyclone Missile Launcher - a good versatile load out I feel. The arms are done, I just need the Cyclone, but I have the parts for a dry fit of what I want to do.

Ogre Class Combat Walker

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I present the latest in urban warfare cybernetics:

The Ogre Class Combat Walker

This is going to be my Dreadnought for my Space Wolf based Mercenary force I am working on in the run up to 6th Ed.

It is based on a design I saw online, but modified for my personal taste, and in such a way that all the parts of it come from just the following 3 kits:
Ironclad Dreadnought
Aegis Defence Line
This made is easier and cheaper to source and build.

I am particularly happy with the Sentinel missle launcher fwhere the sarcophagus normally goes - looks like a good utility launcher - hunter killers, smoke launchers, frag assault launchers... What ever you need, it can carry.

Storm Raider conversion completed

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Here are some shots of my ready-to-paint 'Storm Raider' conversion:

This uses a Storm Raven, the Chapterhouse Storm Raven extension kit (I DO NOT reccommend btw unless you very happy at fixing poor casts), a few bits from a Stormtalon and some plasticard (oh, and yes, greenstuff a plnety to try and tidy up after the poor castings)

I am happy with it, and a good lick of paint will hide many of the blemishes.

Next up is to make it a landraider sized scenic base for it.