I got a closer look at some of FW's newer instruction booklets. Here's the fluffy details. This is not a review of the model, as I don't have one, yet.KX139 Ta'unar Supremacy ArmourThe first in a series of new Tau war machines designed to operate in the most testing environments and survive on the most deadly battlefields, the KX139 Ta'unar, named for a Tau hero of ancient myth, matches an Imperial Knight in firepower and durability. Deploying the Tau Battlesuit technology on the unprecedented scale required to these new 'Supremacy Armour' units is an unmatched achievement of the Ke'lshan Sept which has quickly borne fruit across the Tau Empire.
Yes, all of that is just two sentences. Wiki enthusiasts will note that Battlesuit is proper noun, and can now go make a stub entry regarding a Tau mythical hero. No explanation for a "change" in doctrine.
In the components list is a very small part labeled "Reactor," and of note is the x4 stabilizer jets. There are two head options.KX139 Ta'unar Supremacy Armour Pulse Ordinance Multi-driverA recent development of Tau pulse technology, this triple-barreled weapons battery uses powerful induction fields to propel a variety of heavy munitions with great force and precision. Fired in rapid volleys, this mix of high explosive and kinetic projectiles can either be used to fire concentrated bombardments to saturate a single target or in arcing trajectories to shower a wider area to equally devastating effect.
Two sentences, again. Seems like the weapon will have at least two firing profiles. If you're facing a real stickler about modeling, note that the canons pointed horizontally are direct fire, while "Pointed up" is indirect fire.
Only a few parts here. x3 Pulse Drivers, x3 Power Supplies, a three-part "cradle," and 12 Pulse Capacitors donglebobbers. There's no indication anywhere that the panels on top of the weapon do anything. I can't find any indication that they are covering missiles, or open for cooling, or whatever.
The FW instructions themselves seem to be pretty good, so far. I've only got some older black and grey GW instruction sheets to compare to, but these seem reasonably detailed. These are color-coded, highlighting what parts get cut away, what parts or poses are optional, and even which surfaces to apply glue to.
Website descriptions: FW Bulletin:THROUGH SUPREMACY, VICTORY!As the Tau Empire expanded they encountered deadly creatures of unimaginable size and war machines that could eradicate whole armies. To counter these threats and defend their newly claimed worlds, new technologies and tactics were devised.
One of the most potent results of this development was the KX139 Ta’unar Supremacy Armour. Taller than the crude Knights of the human Imperium, and carrying weapons of supreme devastation, the Supremacy Armour battlesuit will dominate any battlefield.KX139 TA'UNAR SUPREMACY ARMOUR
: Tau Supremacy armour is larger than any other current class of battlesuit. It is intended to meet a threat that the Tau Empire has not yet prepared for; the defence of worlds within their growing domain from the counter-expansion forces of other races. Lacking the manoeuvrability of other battlesuits, the KX139 Ta’unar Supremacy Armour was designed for static defence, carrying massively destructive, long range weapons.
Encountering increasing numbers of enemy heavy assault elements, from Imperial Knights to the towering alien monstrosities of the Tyranid Hive Fleets, Tau heavy flyers were often outclassed. Earth Caste engineer Fio’o Ke’lshan Sho’aun developed the KX139 to mount a dynamic yet stoic defence against such foes.
Armed with a pair of Tri-axis Ion Cannon and a Pulse Ordnance Multi-driver, this KX139 Ta’unar Supremacy Armour Battlesuit is ready to engage enemies at range and dominate the battlefield.
As the Tau Empire expanded they encountered deadly creatures of unimaginable size and war machines that could eradicate whole armies. To counter these threats and defend their newly claimed worlds, new technologies and tactics were devised.KX139 TA'UNAR SUPREMACY ARMOUR BODY
: This description shares a paragraph and a half with the Tau Supremacy Armour website description, but with a little bit of different info....Earth Caste engineer Fio’o Ke’lshan Sho’aun developed the KX139 to mount a dynamic yet stoic defence against such foes, engaging them at range and dominating the battlefield.
Whilst its main weapons take on enemies at extreme long range, the Supremacy armour’s Vigilance Defence System incorporates smart missile launchers and twin-linked burst cannon that can deal with foes at close quarters, including infantry brave or mad enough to charge at the towering battlesuit. The KX1039’s Barrier Shield Generator provides it with enhanced protection, even from the devastating weapons mounted on Imperial Titans.KX139 TA'UNAR SUPREMACY ARMOUR TRI-AXIS ION CANNON
: A rapid-firing, multi-chambered particle weapon whose firepower is unmatched for its size in the Tau arsenal, the Tri-axis Ion Cannon is designed to reap through enemy formations. It can adjust its power levels and rate of fire to deal with light vehicles or heavy armour with precisely controlled lethality.KX139 TA'UNAR SUPREMACY ARMOUR FUSION ERADICATOR
: Designed as a radical solution to the limitations of current Tau fusion weapons technology, the Fusion Eradicator combines a battery of multiple synchronised firing chambers. The weapon creates a blast of energy so potent that solid matter caught in its path is torn apart at a molecular level by brute thermal force, and no physical material yet known to the Tau can survive its destructive power.
The cost in materials and expertise to create a single Fusion Eradicator is immense, and the natural endurance of each weapon is limited often to a single battle. Each Fusion Eradicator is then discarded and must be replaced.
It's interesting to note that the full kit and the body's website entries do NOT share the description with what I've seen of the manuals, but the Pulse Ordinance Multi-Driver does.