(BFG) Tau fleet- The Great White (and Tan) Fleet

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Kakapo42
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet

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

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

Post#49 » Dec 02 2011 04:27

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


So do I, and I am the only player left in my area now. It really sucks. :sad:

But I sure did enjoy the historical fluff! It made me think of a documentary on it and I greatly enjoyed it. :D
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Re: (BFG) Tau fleet- Would you like fluff with your hobby?

Post#50 » Dec 02 2011 05:00

Hello,

Nice "old-school" fleet You have Kakapo! Nice to find another Admiral in this black and cold space! My Kor'Or'Vesh will gladly assist You whenever needed. :biggrin:

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