With these exciting times for Tau I'm trying to speed up production in my construction hangar to make room for some of the rumoured upgraded XV8s. As seen below the third of the experimental suits is finished modelling. Most of the parts had been finished ages ago and waited to be assembled, which I did! These three suits can serve as both XV8 and XV88 battlesuits, but don't have the option for high yield missile pods (they didn't exist back when I started them).
I've also had a second hand, bad assembled, suit lying in one of the boxes for years. While the previous suits were made because I disliked the current XV8 battlesuits I began liking them again after seeing the picture on page 70 of the 6th codex (it's the one where all the suits are lined up from firewarror armor to the XV104 Riptide). While looking very cool it still has the iconic Tau aesthetics. I wanted to try converting the suit I had to look as much as the one in the picture as possible without going too crazy. The result you can see below. Though there are obviously some differences, I thing the coolness factor of the suit is quite a lot higher than the original, while still having Tau aesthetic! Which, as Megildur
and various others correctly mentioned, was lacking from the other suits. Though they have deserved an important part in my army! If the new XV8s turn out dissapointing I plan on buying some old ones and converting them the same way. This suit is sort of a proof of concept, so it's quite statically posed as if rolling off of the assembling line. (I also might have been quite lazy in some areas
). Oh and the suit was missing a shoulder somehow, so I made one using sprue (again, quite lazy, haha!).
Edit: Are the images too large? If so please tell me, I'll keep it in mind.