I first started collecting my Tau just at the dawn of 6th edition, and I have regrettably made very little progress over the past two years to complete any sizable portion of my army. My hopes are that by starting this project log I will get an extra kick of motivation to work, with at least some regularity, on my models. Admittedly, this isn't going to be easy given my general indecisiveness and my penchant for modding a bit of every model, but that will be covered in due time over the course of this log. Hopefully.
This log will have a similar format to Lyi'ot
's The Fire Age
's Ghosts of Estau
logs. Their logs have been the inspiration for mine, and I also like the neat format they have utilized.Cadre Influences and Development
Before I had even started playing Warhammer 40,000, my introduction to the tabletop incarnation of the Tau Empire was mostly through ATT, and particularly the Guide to Mech Tau
. The information found within still inspires the direction I wish to take my cadre to this day. This philosophy was eventually combined with timb6ea
's Tau Commando Cadres
article, to form a fairly solid foundation of what models I wanted to field and where my cadre would end up.
This mobile, mechanized playstyle choice has formed the core of the fluff of my cadre, and this informs more than anything else what I will field. My cadre should move quickly, and the slowest elements should only be my battlesuits—which according to IA3 means that my force has an approximate overland speed of 50 kph (~30 mph). This generally means that I will omit models without transport options1
(Kroot and Sniper Drones), but I also don't field models that I find unattractive, even if their rules would otherwise fit with my cadre (Vespid, Razorsharks and Sunsharks).
While I had a playstyle and template for collecting miniatures, it wasn't until the Battle for Change
here on the orbital that I first created any fluff for Crimson Fang—nearly a year after starting my collection. I improvised a name for the leader, Shas'vre Sei'gi (presently the cadre's shas'el), and his team adopted the callsign Crimson
. Crimson was chosen partially because red is my favorite color, and it was also inspired by the song, Kurenai no Kiba
(The Crimson Fang) by JAM Project, which has one verse2
that really resonates with my personal moral compass:
In order to shine light upon the unknowns of tomorrow, you must become the fangs for those who have none.
It also seemed to fit the relationship that the shas have with the other castes, and I even used the line as a sio't meditation for my commander to recite during the battle.
I hope that as I continue this log I will talk more about my cadre fluff and adopted playstyle, but I think the above should serve as a good primer for now.Model Inventory
Currently, the state of my army is mostly in half-assembled, armless, Fire Warriors; a primed, partially magnetized Hammerhead; and five sloppily posed XV8s.I'd provide close-ups but it isn't worth it at this point. Any worthwhile pieces will be detailed later.
- 28x Fire Warriors
- 5x Crisis battlesuits
- 2x Remote Sensor Towers
- 1x Devilfish (primed, but not fully assembled to enable painting the interior)
- 1x Hammerhead
- 1x Tank Commander (ForgeWorld)
Not Yet Assembled
- Lots of Drones
- Lots of Fire Warriors
- 2x Devilfish
- 2x DX-4 Technical Drones
- 1x Battleforce
- 1x Pathfinder Kit
- 1x Remote Sensor Tower
- 1x XV8 Crisis Battlesuit Kit
- 1x XV88 Broadside Battlesuit Kit
I am also somewhat of a bits hoarder. This is due mainly to my love of pouches for infantry models, but the new accessories for battlesuits (heads, support systems, etc.) also play a good part. Ultimately this means that I have tons3
of bits (including an entire sprue for the Skyray turret); these are mostly Tau, but a few Imperial ones (read: pouches
) have made their way in as well.
Thankfully, I actually enjoy assembling and converting models (my assembling only ever being held back because of the requirements of eventual
painting). I have several conversions planned in my head and on my cutting mat right now, and I hope to share them very soon.
1: The only exception to this is Broadsides. While I do consider them to be too slow for my cadre, they were my first experience with tau battlesuits in Dawn of War: Dark Crusade, and as a result I have an extreme attachment to them. I do intend on eventually having one full team of them (the new models inevitably being modified to suit my tastes), and I rationalize their ability to keep pace in the form of Orca or Manta transportation, as is required of nearly any Tau Cadre moving long distances.
2: I am referring to the translation used in the English dub of the show Gravion Zwei
. Other translations
I have seen don't translate the verse in that way, however many verses in the song support that sentiment regardless. Also, I really
like the way that one sounds.
3: It is likely that many who have been in the hobby longer than I have probably have way more than me, but I like to think I have more than my model purchases and experience would suggest.