But I have a massive Farsight Enclaves army.... why would they make me start another.
hahah So cruel. I think they might want an army that could be taken by any of them first hence why I think it's most likely an auxiliary they signed on with just before the 4th got all crazy lost. That seems to be the best way to do it to me so no Tau player is closed off from taking new stuff.
If it is the Tau Colony State of the 4th then it will be kinda disappointing since I can't lore wise add them into my army and would have little justification to actually buy them given how busy my schedule is. I would need to think of it as an entirely separate army.
Then again it would also be the most new out of all these ideas. I still think it's unlikely but not impossible. If they were going to do new stuff for Tau 4th just say they built it before they left so they can all get the new goodies.
If the new faction is so different like chaos tau then yeah whatever they are basically an entire new force at that point so I can justify them as an opposition force.
I think GW themselves have said the rest of the year will be rounding up the IoM/Chaos releases after 8th or heavily implied it. So likely we'll be part of xenos wave next year with everyone else. Other less reliable rumors as I mentioned in another thread have said Nids and Orks up first for new stuff. If I was a betting man I would say this order of xenos next year.
Orks > Nids > Necrons > Tau
Put the mandatory IoM/Chaos release in there somewhere. Probably something for the nu-marines.
If the next big update is mid to late next year for us then it gives me plenty of time to paint up my Kharadron/Beastclaw Raiders + whatever random Tau I buy with my big bulk order.