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[Showcase] Objective Marker Conversion Challenge

Post#1 » May 01 2009 07:42

Advanced Tau Tactica Modelling Challenge
Official contact Shas'El Tael

The following thread contains the Guidelines, Entries and Feedback on the Third ATT Modelling Challenge : Objective Markers.
Further models by the members are included after the commentary section.


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"There..!" shouted Ursu, her arm indicating an object not far beyond the dusky rocks they had all sought cover in.
Mylen, the la'rua Shas'vre, fired a burst to the rear then glanced at the prize. A marred dome could just be made out, nestled atop a craggy knoll that overlooked the arid plain.
"That's it, no beacon signal, but that's definitely it" he replied, hunkering down as a fusillade of lasfire seared past his position.
The cadre dropship had only brought them so far, before it had become victim to the same Imperial patrol which pursued the tau even still. Numbering four times that of the tau, it was a difference in size which would quickly cut the tau off from the recon drone once the Imperials realised their quarries intent.
"Hold this position, I'll make the recovery" before such a notion occurred to the gue'la, Mylen set about an attempt.
Even as lasfire trace flickered and burned about them with growing intensity, the shas'la quickly spread out into more defensible positions

Examining his surrounds, Mylen entered several calculations into a embedded wrist-screen, looking to his most trusted shas'la when he finished,
"Ursu, if I fail, destroy it no matter the cost"
She paused a moment, then acknowledged with a sign, taking his carbine when he drew a slim pulse pistol.
The tau leader looked to the Gun Drone linked to him. After a quick mental game it orientated protectively alongside the shas'vre, underslung twin-linked carbines twitching in readiness.
""I want a coordinated grenade suppression on their forward line, then cover fire," he warned everyone, "On my tone.."
Gripping the familiar weight of the pulse pistol, an overlooked keepsake from his days flying scout skimmers, he waited for a lull in the exchange. It came quickly when the Imperials decided to inspect their marksmanship. The tau could even hear the zealous leader berate the lack of success. It was then Mylen dipped his chin onto his transmit pad, ..and ran.

The tau veteran had already covered half the distance when the EMP grenades detonated among the Imperials, ensuring a deadly fusillade was a complete shambles. The strobe effect of angry pulse weapons and desperate lasfire, accentuated the path which the shas'vre took, causing a staggered montage of violent hues upon the arid ground.

Ahead, two skulking gue'la had just come across the crashed drone. Pistol at the ready and double braced, the tau shot the pair on the run, barely sparing a thought for their tactful flanking. Even so, a simultaneous volley hit both the drone and the shas'vre. His leg knocked from under him, Mylen found himself rolling the final few steps. Although unaffected, the drone bobbed low to cover the tau's impromptu acrobatics then suddenly somersaulted sideways itself, the lead carbine clipping a small protruding rock. Yet in spite of this near disastrous end, the shas'vre found himself sprawled out next to the broken command drone.

Ignoring the feeling of a Kroot-Ox having stepped on his thigh, Mylen quickly found the relevant access panel under the scorched dome. Sliding back the sleeve, he keyed in a code. The all important data-wafer ejected from it's crashcase, which he secured immediately, then he transmitted his preset barrage request. Direct to the drop cadre's ever vigilant Manta, it would be flagged priority just for being transmitted via a command level drone. Yet for what seemed an age nothing happened.
'Granted' appeared boldly across the slit-screen.
Mylen looked to his bombardment icon and winked. As one, the la'rua hunkered down where they could while the growled auto-warning continued unabated, then abruptly ceased.

The violence that erupted with precision only a few paces away, rained mercilessly down, high explosive seeker missiles pulverising the area the shas'vre had specified. Even huddled among the rocks, shock waves snatched at the tau, as they cowered at the edge of a localised apocalypse.

Just as suddenly, the barrage lifted and a new downpour, of dust and sand began drifting across the tau. Mylen almost let himself relax a moment, but a new objective icon winked into existence. He gazed at the blue flare of light that played in his vision and let out a slight, exasperated grunt. However his mood changed to relief when an evacuation animation appeared above it.
"Ursu? confirm the strike.." he asked after a moment.
"Not much left to confirm anything about Shas'Vre" she replied, relief evident in her voice.
Mylen rolled onto his hooves as the gun drone hovered back from wherever it had found shelter, wearing a few new scratches and a clump of burnt wildgrass. Feeling as rough as the vesa looked, Mylen inspected his wound to discover the leg carapace had absorbed the lasblast. However, now useless, he discarded the ruin. While fussing, he extracted an ion charge from a hip satchel and placed it deftly under the remains of the recon drone when he finished.

"Evac, lets move quickly now.." with a mental reflex he sent out a directional waypoint, accepting the return of his carbine from Ursu as she trotted past.
Mylen followed, but limped a few paces, evaluating his discomfort then finally coming into line with the others. Having covered some distance, the tau ignored the sudden detonation behind them, punctuating the end of their previous objective.

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Welcome, to the third ATT Modelling Challenge.

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Hi, I'm Shas'El Tael, you might remember me from such threads as, the Stealth XV8, the Shea'shi Auxiliary, Tau White Dwarf articles and other online artwork, such as those decorating this fine forum. Suffice to say, I love working on Tau related projects. We have covered Firewarriors and Battlesuits so far in our past here on ATT, specifically to ensure as many folks can enter easily. In keeping with this trend, this challenge involves using all those spare bits and pieces to create something each gamer needs for those hard fought battles. In my readings I have encountered plenty of uber-XV8's, alien allies, vehicle conversions, etcetera. But few if any Objective Markers.

The Challenge? Create a single Tau orientated Objective Marker, placed upon on a single Round 40mm base. For Example;

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A Tau Power Node, a capture Objective perhaps?

The Guidelines :
- You may only enter one Marker.
- The Marker must be of Tau Orientation, be it a humanoid, object or structure.
- The judging is based on modelling creativity, not paint job. Although, a base coat is recommended.
- You must be an ATT member of at least 30days to enter. No community award-ninjas here thanks.
- All ranks are eligible to enter, except the ATT Founders (Tonka, Myself etc..).

The Judging
A thread will be setup two days before the deadline. Each entrant will then be able to email their photos to the supplied email address and be asked to supply specific details. The entries will be judged by the ATT team to produce a final cut. This will include no more than 20 entries. A straight forward A-Z entry poll will be created for the membership to then vote upon their favourites.

The Deadline?
- Entries accepted from the 18th.
- Closing April 20th (24hrs until the 21st EDT)
- The Member Poll will be opened within 48hrs, and a winner will be announced on the 25th.

Rewards?
- Winner of the third only Challenge in ATT's history.
- Your entry becoming a part of the most comprehensive collection of Tau Objective Markers to date.
- An Official ATT Administration level design Avatar created by Shas'El Tael, hosted permanently on ATT. (Subject matter of your choice)

General Comments
Feel free to create one thread discussing your work in progress, I really encourage this, as it would be beneficial to members whom are new to modelling, offering ideas about utilising even the oddest spare part. Take some inspiration from how the community went about the Battlesuit Challenge. This thread will be left open for discussion and guidance, though I feel the details are pretty clear. Please do give it a go, enjoy dreaming up your creations. We all look forward to a collection of the most extensive and enviable Tau Objective Markers on the internet today.

For the Greater Good,
Shas'El Tael

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Re: [Showcase] Objective Marker Conversion Challenge

Post#2 » May 01 2009 07:44

The Third ATT Modelling Challenge Entries.

Best Entry as voted by the Membership
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Member : Farquad (Award Avatar as above)
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Downed Shas'O Kantarka
wip thread: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13016
This model represents Shash'O Kantarka's battlesuit that has taken too much damage to continue so the pilot ejected and is awaiting evacuation.

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First Runner-Up as voted by the Membership
Member : Wolf16
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Marker Title : Emergency Repair and Supply Platform
WiP Thread: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13007&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
Description: After a major enemy attack, a group of broken Cadre's have banded together, but find themselves in desperate need of supplies. The quick thinking Fio adapt their Repair Platforms to carry weapons and provide supplies to the beleaguered troops.

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Second Runner-Up as voted by the Membership
Member : Gniknok
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Marker Title : Slow Burn
With the battle raging round them and his Kindred warriors holding the perimeter, the DX 21-87 Sabotage Drone's fusion laser burned slowly through the thick steel of the hatch, the entrance to the underground tunnel network and communications relay facility. "Just a little longer..." the Shaper thought. Feeling the weight of the grenade in his hand he smiled in anticipation...

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Entries by the Membership

Member : Darklighter
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Marker Title: The Survivor
URL link to WiP : viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13008
Description: Ukos is the last survivor of his team, with vital data that he must pass on to his cadre commander. The Enemy is hot on his tale and he must slow them down long enough for evac.

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Member : Onmyou
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Marker Title : DX-33 Transport Drone
URL Link to WiP Thread on ATT (Not Required): viewtopic.php?f=35&t=12980
A small, concise description : This marker represents valuable cargo left on the battlefield. The DX-33 Transport Drone is used to take it back savely.


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Member : Brokensword
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Marker Title : Shas El's Ma'suka's Escape Pod
URL Link to WiP Thread on ATT (Not Required): Okey dokey
A small, concise description : This marker represents Shas El's Ma'suka's Escape Pod. After an important Shas Ar Tol recon mission, his Ship came under attack and he was forced to Abandon ship. He needs to be rescued once more because of the valuable Intelligence he is carrying on his datapad.


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Member : PoisonBladeNL
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Marker Title : Necron Technology
URL Link to WiP Thread on ATT: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13064
A small, concise description : This marker represents a specialized drone, preventing a Necron Pariah from phasing out. The opjective would be to capture the pariah for investigation by the earth caste. And search for usable technologies.


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Member : MilitantJester
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Marker Title: Kroot Totem
WiP Thread: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=12978&start=20
Khandra Muli, one of the greatest Kroot shamens of all time, painted this symbol during one of his visions.


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Member : Dalyth'Montsha
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Marker Title: Captured!
WIP Thread: viewtopic.php?f=21&t=12968
Description: A dejected looking Shas'ui of the Dal'yth 2/14th Panzer Dragoons being escorted by his captor, a private of the an Imperial Guard regiment from Brimlock. Brimlock regiments have a particular vendetta against the 2/14th as many of the rank and file troops within the cadre are human decendants of captured or surrendered Brimlock Regiments after the Damocles Crusade. This poor Shas'ui's life will shortly end in a rather brutal fashion if the Cadre can not rescue him post haste.

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Member : Ultralemming
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Marker Title: Anti-Aircraft Drone
URL to WIP thread: http://advancedtautactica.com/viewtopic ... 35&t=13046
Description: This marker is representative of a drone that is used to deal with light aircraft. Often put into place beforehand by pathfinders, this drone can be operated by all but the most incapable shas' and even kroot. It is accompanied by a targeting node that can also be used by the drone via stealth and power storage. The actual model depicts a Fire Caste Warrior controlling the drone, and the drone preparing itself to fire.

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Member : Dr O'Deepview
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Marker Title : Maneuverable Anti-Vehicle Command Pod
URL Link to WiP Thread on ATT ): http://advancedtautactica.com/viewtopic ... 21&t=13102
Description : This marker represents an Air Dropped Anti-Aircraft/Anti-Tank Communications and Logistics Pod. It hovers on a stabilized anti-gravity field and can service as a stationary turret or be pushed along by Firewarriors. I has advanced optical and marker light tracking systems and it is networked into the Tau battle net. It is shield and offers four hardened seats for Infantry cover.

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Member : Aquaterry
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Marker Title : Banner Bearer
A small, concise description : This marker is representing th third phase expansion towards the imperium. The banner is rpresnting the twin planets being enlightend by the sun, both gems in their own way.

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Member : Orpheus Hangar
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Marker Title: AOIC (Anti-Orbital Ion Cannon)
Link to WIP Thread: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13103&start=20&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
Description: The Anti-Orbital Ion Cannon is largely underground, the facility powering it safely hidden away from most assaults and bombardments. It was firs tput into place on the Nal'da Sept when Shas'el Orpheus Hangar himself ordered their construction in face of a small Tyranid Splinter Fleet. The AOIC is spreading quickly across the Tau Empire as a deterrent against Orkish and Tyranid invasion after it's astonishing success at dealing lethal damage to living tissue and artificial structures alike.

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Member : Martial
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Marker Title : DX-45 "Spy drone"
Topic: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13005
Description : This drone as been deployed with the task of collecting data on an hostile world and send them via a external comlink. Always considered as a prototype, a recent repost of the Fio cast have shown a dysfunction with the stealth field generator. a cadre as been deployed to collect all the DX-45-1 for analisys and upgrade!

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Re: [Showcase] Objective Marker Conversion Challenge

Post#3 » May 01 2009 07:46

Advanced Tau Tactica Modelling Challenge
Official contact Shas'El Tael


Voting for the third ATT Modelling Challenge is now closed.
Our member favourites in the following order;

12 Shas'la Farquad's - Downed Shas'O Kantarka
8 Shas'Ui Wolf16's - Emergency Repair and Supply Platform
10 Gniknok's - Slow Burn


Congrats too the favourites and my thanks to all who entered, sharing their work and the progress. There was a gamut of cool ideas for making a raher benign rules focus into something more entertaining and purposeful.

As is custom on ATT, I'll finally post my thoughts on the various entries! :)

Entry 1,
A solid entry, I liked the attitude and the straight forward layout of the scene. This tau has been laying low, but on the moment of escape just has to buy ony a few minutes more. Clean painting, a smart marker for any capture scenario.

Entry 2,
Bringing up the first of several Drone base markers, this cleverly designed and executed model is quite inspiring to those of us who enjoy some Hubcap Homage. Whilst it is rather loose in being a classic 'Objective' the piece serves well as something unique in a Escort or Capture styled scenario.

Entry 3,
Classic Tau escape pod model, whilst really not legal to the competition (2 bases) I included this just because it sparks one aspect of Objective markers no one else played on. An inventive piece, though the Tau seems a bit sassy in his stride having just been through orbital re-entry and some freefall. ;)

Entry 4,
An interesting entry with a story line. Though somewhat army specific, I can see it being of interest to other races in a rush to lay claim to this rare find. The use of parts and story is straight forward and executed neatly.

Entry 5,
Certainly one of the most original ideas, I can understand the Tau ensuring the return of such valuable tribal items to their allies. It is a unique counterpoint to all the Tau modelling being presented here and opens up an avenue of inspiration into something more diverse than a tech grab or NPC hero rescue.

Entry 6,
I liked the posing in this piece, the feeling of dejected submission is unmistakable. Naturally his fellow shas'la just have to come to the rescue! Classic Objective marker modelling, so thoughtfully put together.

Entry 7,
This piece sits among friends of the 'Interactive' objective marker sub category. There were several pieces which approached the challenge with the idea of 'Capture' markers that boosted the army in some fashion. This piece is inventive and fun, certainly a viable idea for a game in which an enemy flyer needs bringing down!

Entry 8,
Like 7, this is one of the markers which explore the Capture + Benefit idea. Certainly at home in Cityfight scenarios, the piece is well put together, a great WIP thread, which produces a piece that is at one time obvious, the other a nice vingette within the larger battle. I did like this piece for the sheer modelling aspect too.

Entry 9,
Another Capture + Benefit piece, a lot of parts put about the model really did increase the foot print, though I allowed this entry to explore the idea that grew in the challenge of small structure pieces. Whilst not my cup-o-tau, I did like the missile rack on top, pop up and down that flying git!

Entry 10,
This piece was well put together and painted, I liked the modelling and the story of it. Whilst not exactly a classic Objective, I do see it among friends in the Capture/Benefit style. The cutter drone was a neat touch. Certainly at home on a cityfight scenario.

Entry 11,
A nifty model for a banner bearer, though with that many grenades I suspect no one but Tau are walking away with it intact. A classic Capture piece if ever I saw one. Like the first entry rescue piece.

Entry 12,
A truly Tau orientated marker, the classic Downed XV8 Pilot. I enjoyed the level of detail and the lack of getting too complex with the pilot. A deserved favourite and a well executed Tau classic.

Entry 13,
Part of the broad Capture/Benefit markers that appeared, one could conversely say they all became Capture/Destroy pieces for the enemy too! Even though the image is hazed, I do like the thinking behind this model and have found myself eyeing off a spare turret ring I have for a similar idea. Please do send in new images! :)

Entry 14,
One of the drone marker concepts, a dual role subsidury piece that can easily play an errant drone in need of capture and recovery for both sides. Well modelled and put together, I did enjoy this piece a lot. Like other drone iterations, this piece is one of the facets of Challenges that can appear and inspire wholly new takes on our Disc's o'Doom.

My thanks to each entrant, it's been a pleasure seeing your work evolve over the month. :)

I shall set about reinstating this thread to contain all the members names and place it permanently on display in the ATT Gallery. Should you devise or have something of similar purpose, please feel free to contact me to have it placed in the collection in future.

Congrats Farquad, I'll contact you about your new Avatar shortly.

my thanks to our membership!
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Re: [Showcase] Objective Marker Conversion Challenge

Post#4 » May 01 2009 07:57

Further Models by the ATT Membership


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Member : TonkaTruckDriver
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Shield Generator / Energy Generator
wip thread: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13088
Usable as a variety of Strategems in CoD or Assets in Apoc, this mobile, low-yield generator can be configured before deployment to recharge ammunition power packs, emit jamming and disruption frequencies, generate a powerful Null Field, or project a protective energy shield.

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Member : TonkaTruckDriver
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Communications Relay Node
wip thread: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13088
This is used for boosting and relaying high-bandwidth communications between forward scout teams and a primary operations center. It lacks the target acquisition and identification sensors of it's larger cousin the Sentry Tower, but is much smaller and therefore easier and less resource-intensive to deploy. It can also provide a communications link with an Aerial Drone Network if one is available.

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Member : Theambit
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Downed Ethereal & Escort

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