My Barracuda... my beautiful Barracuda.... what have they done to you...
I hate it. I'm sorry but I just can't stand the redesign. I can't quite put my finger on it, but a combination of the cockpit canopy, oversized fins, skeletal wings and Soulstorm-esque features makes this new version just look wrong
to me, and all the options in the world cannot redeem it in my eyes. That it uses the boring old standard burst cannon design just adds insult to injury (although I do completely understand it, as I know for a fact that most if not all of the old Forgeworld burst cannon molds have become irreparably damaged, but I still dearly miss the old massive elongated Forgeworld burst cannons. I always loved how they looked on the Tau aircraft and heavy drones).
It's timing certainly doesn't help, since I'm currently going through something of a crisis with the tabletop hobby. I haven't genuinely enjoyed a single GW release for three years now (the last one was the 6th edition Tau re-release in 2013), and Forgeworld isn't far behind (I can't think of any Forgeworld releases in the last three years that I've genuinely enjoyed, but I could easily be forgetting something). Which wouldn't be a problem except that outside of exactly two exceptions I haven't found a single other model manufacturer that produces models I genuinely enjoy either, and it looks like the entire industry and hobby is moving in a direction I don't want to follow. This, combined with frequently encountering negative comments about numerous older GW models from the early 2000s era that I adore and genuinely do enjoy (which wasn't a problem in the past, but has slowly begun to wear me down) has left me feeling... well I don't want to say depressed, because I'm certain that I don't actually have depression and I don't want to distract from what is a very serious mental condition that many people face daily, but certainly profoundly miserable.
To make matters worse, it's not just any Tau model, or even any 40k model, it's the Barracuda. Alongside the (older) Firewarriors and the Hammerhead, the Barracuda is the third of the holy trinity that comprises my three all-time favourite Tau models (and over half of my favourite 40k models of all time), and indeed the three models that originally got me collecting Tau in the first place. The original Barracuda is a timeless classic in my eyes, and an iconic symbol of both everything I love about the Tau aesthetic and my hobby roots and influences. Consequently it's a model that I am extremely
I always dreamed of one day owning a full squadron of 40k-scale Forgeworld Barracudas. I even had plans to convert a few into the AX-06 Space Superiority naval variants. Looks like that's one more I can add to my ever growing list of dreams that will never be. Oh well.
As far as I'm concerned, this
will always be the real