Good day Commanders,
Today for your consideration I have 3 units for perusal.
First up is my simple conversion of an xv8-05 Commander battlesuit
No huge conversions, just a beefing up of the chest, and the addition of a left shoulder pad. primed, and base coated only.
If I play a Commander, he's usually buffing things, so no magnetized hardpoints on this model...yet.
And as an aside...I hate this unit's standard leg pose. If only they made this same kit with poseable knee joints!
The "just jumped in" look doesn't work well after turn 2, it just looks like the opponent broke wind, and he's trying to lean away from it.
Next, an Xv8 crisis suit team.
Magnetized, primed up, and ready to go! I wanted to beef up the Shas'ui's, so I tried to give them a nice piece of chest armor, and then the targeting relay assembly on opposite sides from each other. Additionally I wanted to beef up the jetpack a bit. The Shas'vre is supposed to be a little more mobile, so I made up a standard jetpack, with a little bit more of an aggressive look. I absolutely love the posing options, and the look of digitigrade legs, so it's a standard on all of my battlesuits save the above Commander, and the Dancer-class suit.
Broadside Battlesuit heads make these models look far more menacing than the standard ones.
The idea behind these suits is that they are always going to be the team deepstriking in from higher altitudes, and so need a bit more booster power to land safely.
And the finale for today's rollout of Tau hardware is a scratchbuilt/kitbashed XV9-05 Shas'o R'alai count-as battlesuit.
Really fun model to bash together, a bit time consuming, but I'm happy with the result. A little Y'vahra-ish, and less Pyramid-head than the original.
He stands about a cm taller (with the intake) than the battlesuit commander, but his base is a tiny bit larger than an Xv88's.
Heavy washers=no tippy models!
Not too much to say about the function, as it's a R'alai count-as.--he's supposed to wreck face.
Can't wait to play test him in a game.
Until next time,