It is no news flash that the Tau Firewarrior box set suffers from the least accessories in Warhammer 40,000 (A set of grenades, two-pronged thing and a ritual pocket knife? I mean.. seriously.). This is even more poignant due to the fact it is the only infantry sprue available for Tau. It would appear we are not only cut short height wise, but apparently our kit too. Despite our guiding Aun's relaxing beneficence, this Fio is turning an annoyed shade of purple at this injustice.
After looking about the Games Workshop plastics, it turns out, one can find several options among the ranges that work quite well. Namely Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf & Empire kits, with a few choice pieces from 40k Imperial Guard, Orks and Space Marines. The following is a compilation of all the accessories you can raid for decking out your collection with the minimum of modelling effort :
Warhammer Dwarf Thunderer Regiment
The Dwarf Thunderer kit has a myriad of perfectly sized pouches and bags. Merely shave off certain details or add a bit of Greenstuff. It is worth browsing the whole Dwarf plastic range for further bags.
Warhammer Bretonnian Men at Arms & Empire Handgunners Regiment
Shave off the bird detail and you have fitting slim pouch, otherwise the elongated gunpowder pouches of the Empire Handgunners work just as well against the narrow hip line of tau firewarrior models.
Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard & Ork kits
You can obtain the small pouches from the Ork Boyz kit (top left). The three alternate pouches and bags are from the new Catachan Command kit. The Smoke Launcher is from the IG Vehicle Accessory Sprue (which I personally clip and turn into Seige Grenades.. see below)
Warhammer 40k Space Marine & Scout kits
Probably the most obvious source of pouches. You can shave the larger SM pouches in half to make a better fit, but some shaving on the under side to match the smaller torso of a Firewarrior is required. Same with the smaller pouches, except the Scout pouch set (bottom left). You can raid the Space Marine Scout bikers and standard Scout squad boxes for more pouches but it gets fiddly with all the extra Imperial grenades.
[Work In Progress images of several Shas'Ui and Shas'la]
XV8 Helm neck with Tau Sensor Aerial (Drone controller) Dwarf Thunderer ammo pouches and shaved Marine Ammo satchels
Dwarf Warrior Kit pouch & Dwarf Thunderer ammo pouches. Modified Imperial Guard Tank Smoke Launcher (aforementioned Siege Grenade)
The key thing you notice is, these bags and pouches come from Warhammer kits that contain miniatures with slender and small torsos. Just like a Firewarrior. Little if any shaving is required to nestle these about the belt line of a Shas'la. There are several more available among these suggestions, however these offerings are the more readily acquired and used.
This is the more interesting part. How to get your little blue modifying mitts on these goodies. There are several ways. You could buy the boxed sets that contain each of these parts. Whilst you will certainly net every single accessory therein, I suspect your wallet will be catatonic thereafter. Never despair, particularly when an Aun is near, for there are some alternate and more concise (read:cheaper) options to try. A measure of patience and politeness helps this endeavour no end when taking this alternate path.
The wonders of the Internet provide Trading & Swap forums and also dedicated Bitz sellers. The following is a list of recommended sites (most require an account for authentication and shipping) for you to browse and markerlight parts for deep striking your mitts upon :
- BitzBox.co.uk [Link]
A well known and established Bitz trader. A good first stop to look for these parts. Posts globally. (I have used this service many times)
Bits and Kits [Link]
Another well known Bitz trader based in the UK. Posts globally.
The Combat Company [Link]
An Australian Bitz trader that provides 40k bitz only. Posts globally. (I have also used this service many times)
Wargame Bits [Link]
Well known trader website, large and diverse selection. Posts globally.
The WarStore [Link]
Another well known bitz trader website. Posts globally.
British parts trader. Posts globally.
The Rogue Market [Link]
A parts trading community covering several ranges.
Quite a large parts trading community that also covers several ranges.
One of the more obvious places to start. Discounts abound, but often not as concise as the above.
Also don't forget to browse ATT's Online Buyers Guide, it covers various sellers across the internet with ATT Member's purchase thoughts.
Why stop at just modifying your Shas'la there? Why not add Auxiliary Accessories too?
Check out ATT's Player Created Auxiliaries Guide.
Or if you think that's a bit much and would rather throw about some mercenary enticing coinage;
Check out ATT's Alternate Alien and Ally Miniatures Guide.