Petition for Tau Orca

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Panzer
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Re: Petition for Tau Orca

Post#11 » Apr 22 2017 04:51

Not gonna lie, I'd buy it.....if it were in plastic and if we had rules that actually make flying transports worthwhile. As long as it's in resin with the current rules there are a ton of other things I'd rather buy...including whole new armies.
And yes I'm one of those who didn't sign the petition. Not a fan of Forgeworld resin for bigger models at all.

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Gragagrogog
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Re: Petition for Tau Orca

Post#12 » Apr 22 2017 06:08

You might have better luck drawing a 3D model instead. Due to the boxy design, it should be easy to draw and it can be printed in 0.1mm layer FDM printer and still look good after some thicker paint job and a bit of sanding. The way they did it with resin makes me wanna pull my hair out... No regard for thin wall, making it heavy AF just so it's easier to make molds for it.

Otherwise, I don't like FW rules being split into several books and being outdated an edition or two, an updated pdf on the website is preferable.

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Re: Petition for Tau Orca

Post#13 » Apr 22 2017 11:20

I have tried to spread the petition around a few facebook sites where I am involved and hopefully we will get some more interest.

Fellow members of the Tau Empire, a challenge lies before us and we humbly request your assistance.

It has been too long since the skies where graced by the roar of our mighty Orca shuttle carrying our warriors in defence of The Greater Good.

Too long have evil merchants tried to extort a high price for ancient and damaged Orca in the E'bay system.

The time is right to try to correct this wrong. Hasten, all loyal Caste members, to the following spacial coordinates and let the voice of the Fire Caste be heard.

Tau'va

https://www.change.org/p/forge-world-co ... on=minibar


AnonAmbientLight wrote:What they probably did was look at how many people were buying them vs making and storing them and decided to discontinue the model.

If the 40 or so petitioners wanted the Orca, they would have bought it within the last couple of years it was available. Ebay will probably have them if you really want them.


Peoples opinions and personal circumstances change. I would not have contemplated buying one when they where available but now, with having more interest in the fluff and a little more disposable income it would have become a welcome centrepiece to my collection. It was officially discontinued in 2014

A little internet searching shows one which went for $375 in 2015 on eBay and a Chinese firm selling knock off copies for $450

Also bear in mind that the Manta is still available and I do not believe they have sold a massive amount of these.

I still hope and believe that at some point a new mold will be produced along the lines of the Barracuda and Tiger shark and keeping FW in the loop that there is still interest cannot hurt.

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Re: Petition for Tau Orca

Post#14 » Apr 22 2017 07:12

El'mo wrote:Also bear in mind that the Manta is still available and I do not believe they have sold a massive amount of these.


The Manta is only make-to-order to my knowledge, so FW isn't really losing any money in having it on their store. The Orca on the other hand, was probably not make-to-order, so having stock would cost them money, and if it wasn't selling well when we Tau players couldn't afford it, then they may have evaluated that it be better gone than on the shelf. Still, I, like many others, would love to see the Orca resurface with a new model. I was never fond of the Orca model, so I'd be extatic to see an update for its design, but hopefully not too different from the initial idea.
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jens
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Re: Petition for Tau Orca

Post#15 » May 24 2017 04:14

77.

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Post#16 » May 24 2017 04:42

78 :P

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Tash'Myr
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Post#17 » May 24 2017 05:26

79.

Cant believe I hadn't seen this thread. I have always loved this ship, ever since i saw it in the Fire Warrior game. Would love it to be available again, especially now I am more likely to afford one :biggrin:

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Panzer
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Post#18 » May 24 2017 05:35

So after the initial 50, it didn't even double the number over the course of a month. I don't think this petition will do anything. :D

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Post#19 » May 24 2017 07:29

Panzer wrote:So after the initial 50, it didn't even double the number over the course of a month. I don't think this petition will do anything. :D


Even if Forgeworld does not pick it up, hoping someone else will make something similar we can use as a functional stand in. Planning to build my own standin, but would rather get the "official" if I can.

Oh, and 80.

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DietOfLiquor
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Re: Petition for Tau Orca

Post#20 » May 24 2017 11:29

I'd love to see it return redesigned. Hopefully the weekender will shed some light if it will make a return.

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Post#21 » May 25 2017 08:55

Anyone know of any good 3D printer plans for it online?
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Gragagrogog
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Re: Petition for Tau Orca

Post#22 » May 28 2017 07:55

Image

I thought it would be managable to do in a weekend, but the nose took forever and still is a bit off... Also it seems like there are different versions of the bottom side from the images I googled, Did they just updated the model mid production and didn't tell anyone? :D Anyway, I guess it'll take a weekend or 2 to finish...

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Pyropower
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Post#23 » May 28 2017 07:59

That looks awesome, I love the orca. It would be epic to drop troops right into the fray. They might get chewed up but it'll look awesome

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Post#24 » May 28 2017 08:07

I would love to know if it'll get 8th ed rules or not... But it can always be used as a piece of terrain :D

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Tearphoenix
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Post#25 » May 28 2017 08:50

Gragagrogog wrote:I would love to know if it'll get 8th ed rules or not... But it can always be used as a piece of terrain :D


When Death from the Skies received an update, it was missing the Orca. I sent FW an email and this is what I received back:

Hi There,

Thanks for the email, With regards to the Orca getting an update for death in the skies we have been told this is unlikely as the model has not been available to buy for a good number of years now and whilst available in the more recent version of the Taros campaign it has not been part of the product range for so long that it will not likely stay for the next update for tau.

I will forward your email to the studio as another email showing interest for the rules. If we get enough email they may look at adding the orca in the rules.

Thanks again

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Pyropower
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Re: Petition for Tau Orca

Post#26 » May 28 2017 09:01

Fair I like the idea of terrain, It can easily be an amazing narrative objective

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Gragagrogog
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Post#27 » May 28 2017 10:10

Tearphoenix wrote:When Death from the Skies received an update, it was missing the Orca. I sent FW an email and this is what I received back:
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Aye, they won't do rules for something unless they sell a model since that company were selling tyranids GW didn't have models for...

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Re: Petition for Tau Orca

Post#28 » Jun 03 2017 08:59

The Orca appears in the TOC for Imperial Armour Index: Xenos. It will have 8th edition rules.

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