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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#31 » Jan 12 2011 02:41

Arise my thread, arise.

Hello Sherpa, thank you for your kind words. As a moody self-critical teenager, they do wonders for my self-esteem. :D

The problem is indeed a case of the plastic not being strong enough. I will have to look into metal rods.

Now then, time for an update!

The next wave of ships just arrived yesterday. First up a group of Orca-class gunships:

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Next is a Merchant class. Here is the retro-cool packaging it came in:

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And an exploded view:

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Unfortunately I was unable to get good close-ups of the individual components, so there are no images of them, just a group shot.

Now, I have two big problems with my Merchant. The first is that last night I discovered, to my horror, that my superglue had died and is now nought but a gelatinous glob of, erm...something. The other, much bigger problem, is that the core piece of the Merchant has been badly cast, and the front section is somewhat twisted. As it is a metal component, I am somewhat unsure of what to do about it, and it is too thick for my standard procedure for dealing with such distortions. If any of the finely honed minds here have any suggestions, I'm all ears. However, remember that I am only an adolescent male, and my resources are very limited.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#32 » Jan 12 2011 04:29

Contact GW and tell them about the miscast. Chances are you'll get a new model to replace it.

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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#33 » Jan 12 2011 08:22

...And THAT is why I'm scared to start BFG. It's all metal, aaa :-(
GW's pics really don't do the ships justice, though. I might order some now.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#34 » Jan 12 2011 12:34

catland88 wrote:...And THAT is why I'm scared to start BFG. It's all metal, aaa :-(
GW's pics really don't do the ships justice, though. I might order some now.

Actually, many of the larger ships are plastic-like my Chaos Cruisers.

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Post#35 » Jan 12 2011 10:41

And, at least from what I've seen and been told(thanks to people at my local HobbyTown USA), the ForgeWorld models are resin, as with all their other stuff.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#36 » Jan 13 2011 01:03

Correct, the forgeworld BFG line is all resin.

GW's pics really don't do the ships justice, though. I might order some now.


Hooray, I might have convinced someone to get into BFG. Funnily enough though, I myself rather like GW's pics of them.

Another update soon people.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#37 » Jan 13 2011 01:26

Kakapo42 wrote:Correct, the forgeworld BFG line is all resin.



Hilariously, this actually makes the ForgeWorld models cheaper than the GW ones. And, since they're far better both in looks (IMO) and in rules, there's really no reason to buy the old metal ones.



Kakapo42, have you looked at the stats for the new Tau ships in IA3? If not, you may revise your fleet list once you see them.

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Post#38 » Jan 13 2011 09:13

Cheaper they may be, but they're too sensible to trust Paypal and I don't have a credit card.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#39 » Jan 17 2011 05:20

Hello Peregrine, nice of you to drop by.

I own a copy of IA3 and have indeed looked at the stats for forgeworld's line. I was very tempted to purchase them instead. But deep down I myself prefer the GW ships. A large part of it is that I prefer their 'floating city' aesthetic, but they also resonate with me. Maybe it's because when I was younger I was exposed to a lot of older sci-fi artwork, and some of my happiest childhood memories were looking through my dad's copy of Mehanismo, maybe it's because I'm a huge fan of Firefly so I'm drawn to the idea of old but trusty transport ships, or maybe it's because as a teenager I subconsciously see purchasing a GW Tau fleet as a way to rebel against mainstream society, but for whatever the reason, the GW line appeals to me more than forgeworld's. To each their own I guess.

My apologies if that accidentally became a screed and I have caused offence, that was not my intention in the least.

Catland88, go for whatever fleet or faction you like the most. It is ultimately your decision and yours alone to make.

And in other news, I have just sent GW an email concerning my misfortunes with the Merchant. Here goes nothing...

Update is imminent people, don't touch that dial. Or keyboard/mouse, as the case may be.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#40 » Jan 17 2011 11:25

Yeah, catland, get what ever fleet you want. Me, I have a SM fleet painted in the colors of my future chapter, the Iron Dragons.

I would personally recommend go Imperial first so you can get used to using ships as they are the easiest to use. Then you can brach out from there.
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Post#41 » Jan 18 2011 05:52

I would personally recommend go Imperial first so you can get used to using ships as they are the easiest to use. Then you can brach out from there.


Chaos have easy-to-use ships as well. Tau, SM and Orks work as beginner's fleets at a stretch. Eldar, Tyranids and Necrons are more complex because of their funky special rules. That's my take on it at least. But don't let that daunt you, go for whatever fleet you like!
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#42 » Jan 22 2011 12:53

Time for an update, even if it's a double post.

My Orcas:

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Sorry about the last one. I tried to get a shot of the engine glows on one of them, but I must have got the wrong lighting or something.

On the Merchant front, I have contacted GW and they will send a replacement as soon as I mail them the miscast Merchant, which I plan to do so as soon as I can find a suitable container. The pieces look as though they could all fit in an envelope, but I'm concerned that an envelope may be too fragile for such a purpose.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#43 » Mar 30 2011 07:31

Wow. I think you may have another convert. Those babies are looking pretty sharp. I gotta say I think I like the Forgeworld models more, but yours definitely look great. I just think Forgeworld has a more "Tau" aesthetic.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

Post#44 » Apr 17 2011 01:28

Thank you Xeno, I strongly encourage you to try BFG.

Time for another update: Behold the new, improved Merchant!

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And with paint

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Sorry about the last two, I'm still not quite sure where I went wrong, though my current theory is that I had the camera too close.
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet- would you like fluff with your hobby?

Post#45 » Sep 29 2011 05:17

Arise from the abyss my thread, Arise. I'a Cthulu, I'a I'a!

Ahem. It's certainly been a while. But I have not been idle, ohh no, not at all.

My most recent additions have been a second Explorer and some more escorts. However, rather than show you all more of the same, I thought I might add a side order of fluff. It's not much, but a start.

Vessels of the Kor'vattra

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Part 1: Gal'leath


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The oldest class of starship still operating in Tau space, the venerable Gal'leath or Explorer class is a true workhorse, and forms the heart of many Kor'vattra fleets, despite having been officially declared obsolete by the Kor'ar'Tol many Tau'cyr ago.

The key to the Gal'leath's success has been it's versatility. These huge vessels feature a modular design and unmatched cargo space, allowing them to be configured for a wide variety of roles, including freight transport, construction, research and development, deep-space exploration or a colony ship. The Gal'leath is even able to serve as a makeshift orbital or deep-space dock for smaller ships.

Because of this the Gal'leath is a valuable asset for many Tau fleets and battlegroups. While normally relegated to a simple supply ship in newer Kor'or'vesh battlegroups, the Gal'leath often forms the core of Kor'vattra fleets, with a Gal'leath contingent acting as a 'home base' of sorts for the fleet.

However, the Gal'leath is primarilly a vessel of peace, not conflict, and is out of it's element in a fleet engagement. While it does possess formidable close-in defences and a potent heavy railcannon battery, the Gal'leath lacks the heavy armour and shielding true warships are fitted with, and it's slow speed and ponderous turning make it highly vulnerable to enemy attack. As a result, in battle the Gal'leath's role is to act as a fleet carrier, striking at enemy targets from afar with attack craft and, more recently with the introduction of the Bor'kan variant configuration, missile salvoes. When used this way, Gal'leaths have been able to cause terrible damage to enemy formations without risk of exposure.

While many more developed septs have since mothballed or scrapped their Gal'leaths, the utility and reliability of these starships will mean they will almost certainly be found plying the stars for many years to come.


Not bad for my first background writing I think. Thoughts and feedback is, as always welcome.

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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet- Would you like fluff with your hobby?

Post#46 » Dec 02 2011 07:42

Lovely set of models, very nice background.

Did you ever solve the stand is? I tend to find that the larger GW made ships don't stay stable, and have taken to using the heavier sort of stand you get with Valkeries.

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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet- Would you like fluff with your hobby?

Post#47 » Dec 02 2011 10:07

Excellent background info! I love fluff that takes a historical style; it makes everything come to life!

The ships look great too. It makes me want to get a few!

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Post#48 » Dec 02 2011 03:31

I like it. I really wish GW would do more with BFG, i hate how it's been left to rot.
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