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by Kakapo42
Feb 14 2018 08:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Revisiting XV8 Naming Conventions
Replies: 18
Views: 582

Re: Revisiting XV8 Naming Conventions

So, if I've got this right, you guys would prefer a simple, but more canon-orientated naming system? Basically a parallel to the Living Tau Xenolexicon but with a list of all the canon XV8 names of the past with their loadouts? Then maybe tips on how you could make your own customised name based on...
by Kakapo42
Feb 13 2018 11:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Revisiting XV8 Naming Conventions
Replies: 18
Views: 582

Re: Revisiting XV8 Naming Conventions

I agree here. There's also the issue of using terminology that "sticks" though- "Fireknife" caught on in the past because everyone used that configuration. It might be best to figure out the popular and viable configurations first, and then apply new terms to them? The Fusion Co...
by Kakapo42
Feb 13 2018 10:00
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Revisiting XV8 Naming Conventions
Replies: 18
Views: 582

Re: Revisiting XV8 Naming Conventions

As I'm a Classichammer retrogamer, the old system of conventions still works just fine for me. :biggrin: However, if you are looking to revise it for use in 8th edition, I would suggest that at present you might perhaps be overthinking it. The original Crisis Team names from GW - Deathrain, Sunforge...
by Kakapo42
Feb 06 2018 07:13
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 5th Sphere Technology: Ghost in the Shell?
Replies: 26
Views: 956

Re: 5th Sphere Technology: Ghost in the Shell?

⋅ Communications networked from Korvatta fleets in space, all the way down to the shas'ui squad leader. Meaning that all pertinent information is available to all levels of command in the battlespace. All of it available in real time. This is something the Imperium should be able to do, b...
by Kakapo42
Feb 06 2018 05:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 5th Sphere Technology: Ghost in the Shell?
Replies: 26
Views: 956

Re: 5th Sphere Technology: Ghost in the Shell?

It should also be noted that the reverse of Arthur C. Clarke's third law also holds true - any magic that's sufficiently analysed becomes a science. In 40k emotions, faith, incantations and so on are all quantifiable forces in The Warp (as much as anything in The Warp can be quantified and measured ...
by Kakapo42
Feb 05 2018 07:51
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 5th Sphere Technology: Ghost in the Shell?
Replies: 26
Views: 956

Re: 5th Sphere Technology: Ghost in the Shell?

Eldar are the most advanced. To everyone else their technology looks like magic. Tau technology looks like technology. Going by most background, Necrons are the most advanced. Their technological grasp eclipses even the Eldar (with the most pronounced examples being stuff like Inertialess Drives an...
by Kakapo42
Feb 05 2018 12:09
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tau Command/Rank Structure
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: Tau Command/Rank Structure

I hear you guys talking but you're forgetting about drones, of course the Shas'nel has drones along. Not as effective as suit screens, but alleviates the need to carry the stuff. I don't think we're forgetting them, more simply going by what the models and artwork suggest, and since the Shas'nel mo...
by Kakapo42
Feb 04 2018 11:13
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tau Command/Rank Structure
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: Tau Command/Rank Structure

This is the 41st millennium and the Tau Empire has the most advanced integrated battlefield systems. Everything the shas'o, the shas'nel has too. It has to be, otherwise the fire caste would be the Astra Milawhatnow. The shas'o is the person with the authority of command, but the responsibility for...
by Kakapo42
Feb 03 2018 07:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tau Command/Rank Structure
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: Tau Command/Rank Structure

A lot of modern Tau leadership structure has been developed as a response to them reaching the natural conclusion that from a practical standpoint central overarching bureaucracies just don't work on an interstellar scale - the distances involved are just too big for that kind of system to be even r...
by Kakapo42
Feb 03 2018 05:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tau Command/Rank Structure
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: Tau Command/Rank Structure

On the topic, I don't think anyone has talked about how ethereal's fit into the commander structure. Presumably, way up the chain they're the ones calling the shots, but lower level ethereal presumably also operate in cadres in some capacity. I've been fantasizing about building a 'special operatio...
by Kakapo42
Feb 03 2018 12:04
Forum: Painting & Artwork
Topic: New to the hobby, looking for Vior'la paint scheme instructions.
Replies: 17
Views: 608

Re: New to the hobby, looking for Vior'la paint scheme instructions.

If you have an ibook capable device, you could consider looking at GW's painting guides for further guidance. Otherwise, if painting from a non-white undercoat, it's very counter-intuitive but the secret to painting white well is don't actually paint white - instead paint successive layers of very l...
by Kakapo42
Feb 02 2018 07:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tau Command/Rank Structure
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: Tau Command/Rank Structure

That's false, any atmospheric aircrafts used by tau military are piloted by fire caste pilots Might I inquire as to what source this comes from? Virtually all GW material I have encountered states otherwise, that the Air Caste handles both aircraft and spacecraft. This includes the original Tau bac...
by Kakapo42
Feb 01 2018 05:35
Forum: Painting & Artwork
Topic: Denoting Rank
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: Denoting Rank

Arka0415 where is this information coming from? Is this from the 7th edition codex (don't have that codex)? Or is from some other source? I know such specific detail for each rank wasn't part of the Tau lore up to sixth edition. Most people made up their own version of this when painting there mode...
by Kakapo42
Jan 31 2018 11:45
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tau Command/Rank Structure
Replies: 43
Views: 1358

Re: Tau Command/Rank Structure

- Strategies for visually representing ranks? Adding 'line and dot' style Sept Markings is the traditional method for marking out various ranks. I personally only mark out unit leaders (regardless of rank) with such markings, using different patterns to denote different unit roles, but the GW studi...
by Kakapo42
Jan 31 2018 06:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tau in Close Combat & Traditional Tau Martial Arts
Replies: 48
Views: 1287

Re: Tau in Close Combat & Traditional Tau Martial Arts

Actually, given that jetpacks have to be highly efficient as to not be huge wastes of energy, I would assume that they convert most of the energy into propulsion, rather than heat. I would say that using jetpack thrust in CC could be a very viable way of dealing large amounts of damage. I believe t...
by Kakapo42
Jan 31 2018 06:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tau in Close Combat & Traditional Tau Martial Arts
Replies: 48
Views: 1287

Re: Tau in Close Combat & Traditional Tau Martial Arts

When discussing the subject of battlesuits in hand to hand combat, one thing that should be considered (and is often overlooked by both hobbyists and GW writers alike) is that both Crisis Suits and Stealthsuits already have a very effective close combat weapon built in as standard - the jetpack. Whi...
by Kakapo42
Jan 31 2018 01:45
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tau in Close Combat & Traditional Tau Martial Arts
Replies: 48
Views: 1287

Re: Tau in Close Combat & Traditional Tau Martial Arts

Regarding modern Tau hand to hand proficiency: It's very clear in the original Tau background that their lesser close combat stats are entirely due to training and experience factor. This is why the Farsight Enclaves, who have much more extensive training and experience in hand to hand combat, have ...
by Kakapo42
Jan 27 2018 08:35
Forum: Modelling
Topic: Tau in the Jungle (Compilation of the ideas so far...)
Replies: 14
Views: 538

Re: Tau in the Jungle (Compilation of the ideas so far...)

Perhaps a compromise solution could be a considerably darker version of the green and khaki scheme photographed? As I understand it good camouflage in low-light conditions is typically something that matches the natural colours of the background environment - consider that (contrary to popular depic...

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