Welcome all to the closing ceremonies for our 2016 ATT Challenge.
These past months have been nothing short of exciting; with the feverish work of all of our members, the fantastic voting turnout, and of course, our excellent array of entries. The community has spoken, and the champions bringing home some awesome new gear are as follows:
In 1st place, with 18% of the popular vote, are the Sol'ai Pioneers
, created by Calmsword
You'll be bringing home the new Barracuda AX-5-2 kit from Forge World, courtesy of Mal'Caor
. Please arrange your prize delivery via PM.
In 2nd place, with 11% of the popular vote, is the AY27 Moonfish
, created by Kalten
You've earned a one-of-a-kind "Arrow Pattern" XV8 Crisis Battlesuit to add to your Cadre. Please PM me and we'll discuss details.
In 3rd place, with 9% of the popular vote, is the AX39-1 Houndshark
, created by chris13f
has agreed to sponsor your Cadre with a set of custom Sept symbols to adorn your units. Please arrange the details by PM.
As you all know, however, the popular vote is not all that decides this contest. Our panel of judges has reviewed the entries to find those which were overlooked by the popular vote, but which merit a prize nonetheless.
Before we reveal the winners of the Judges' Award, I would like to give a quick thanks to our panel of judges. Our deliberation settled on some excellent entries, and some honorable mentions.Fio'O - Tael
Fio'Vre - AgentArrow
Shas'Ui - Agent00abe
Shas'Ui - Calmsword
Shas'Ui - CmdrCASh
Shas'Ui - Czar Ziggy
Shas'Ui - Dal'yth Shas'len'ra
Shas'Ui - Kael'yn
For the Judges' Award, our first choice was the Kroot Pechodactyl Rider
, created by Ironsky
This entry fit very well with the aesthetic and fluff of the Kroot. It ties well with the goals of the contest, as the judges felt that this entry excelled in all areas of judging: Modeling, painting, fluff, and balanced rules. It is a simple, yet unique entry and the close-up image displays the care taken to craft the model.
You have won one Tau terrain piece of your choice from the Tidewall (Shieldline, Droneport, or Gunrig) courtesy of Czar Ziggy
. Please make arrangements by PM.
Our second choice was Commander Farsight (on foot)
, created by El ZorDacK
This entry showcases a well executed conversion, and great attention to painting detail. The rules we found to be interesting, but not overpowered. Our primary criticism is that the special rules could be considered ambiguous and might need some fleshing out.
You have won one TX4 Piranha kit, courtesy of Macknight
. Please make arrangements by PM.
These entries did not win the Judges' Award, but merit an extra mention from the judges.TX-145 and TX-153 A.I. Jetbikes
, created by TauMan
This entry showed a knack for conversion. The judges could spot clever use a Tau bits to craft an entry which was unique and flavorful. The rules are cumbersome, which could make playing the unit difficult, but the unique way in which two different sides of the empire utilize this technology made the entry stand out from the rest.The Dari Hunting Team
, created by Harlequin2
The conversion and paint job on these models is well executed, and it adds a unique appearance to any Tau army. The rules are a bit strong for the points, but the overall entry deserves props.The XV87 Warden Battlesuit
, created by boomwolf
The judges appreciate this model for its combination of rules and fluff (recognizing the error on the datasheet). It would make a great addition to the Tau army, but likely needs a points adjustment to be properly balanced.The Mako XV-111 Commander Battlesuit
, created by bluedestiny
The idea of a transforming battlesuit is cool. The judges loved this entry for its creativity. It is perhaps what the Coldstar should
have been.The Tau Defense Hub
, created by Shas'O Darklighter
This gets a short mention for being our only fortification entry. The Tau could really use some gun emplacements outside of the Tidewall Gunrig. This entry is simple, and elegant. It is something that another user could easily emulate and use with their own Tau forces.
Thank you all for entering, and once more a thank you to all who made this challenge possible. We will have discussion and community reviews in the coming weeks before releasing a completed ATT Fandex from these entries plus some extras I have received in the meantime.