Tau Commando Strike Force - Kill Team Project Log

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Tau Commando Strike Force - Kill Team Project Log

Post#1 » Jan 13 2015 08:49

An Old Idea
I've always been inspired by computer games and films that focus on Teams of skilled individuals instead of a full army.
So the idea of a Tau Commando army using Battlesuits started after seeing Farsight and his large bodyguard in action when the last Tau Empire codex came out, since then the idea has always been at the back of my mind but never actually used as I always found myself doing other projects.

The Commando Suit
I hate the standard Battlesuit so my conversion I created was to have a more elite and commando feel to it inspired by the Republic Commandos and Dark Crusade Tau Commander. The suits would act as Crisis Suit proxies and would be that they would be mounted on scenic bases to match the height of the original model.
Here's the concept & the original conversion followed by the Mk2 that was created a few years later...

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The newest model!
With the Farsights Enclave book I now planned to create the army at last and once more the suit conversion has been updated with custom shoulder pads and a bit more bulker armour.

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Too Small For The Job
Having recently completed the conversion I went to a local hobby centre to compare it to a standard crisis suit. Sadly no amount of scenic bases can bridge the huge size gap between the 2 suits, to ignore it would be unfair given that hiding out of sight in the assault phase is a key part of Battlesuit army tactics.

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But rather than throw in the towel I've decided to take a break from my Grots and do a small project log on creating the 7 man Stealth suit Kill Team, consisting of the following...

A Badass leader,
X2 Basic Suits,
A Medic,
An Engineer (with drone),
& finally a Demo or comms Expert?


So I look forward to reading your comments and will soon be creating the next suit, which would you like to see converted first?

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Post#2 » Jan 13 2015 09:56

Love your prototypes. I'm curious where the torsos came from. What model? I can see the stealth, fire warrior and crisis parts. I'm always looking for better models to place on the table as proxy's. Amazing.

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Post#3 » Jan 13 2015 10:23

Looks really great, i like your unique characters a lot !

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Post#4 » Jan 13 2015 11:18

Wow! I love that model you've created! I too am curious about where to find that torso. Also, where did that hands come from?? Really slick conversion there, you should be quite proud.

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Post#5 » Jan 13 2015 02:09

That torso is from a plastic space marine, the one without the full aquilla on it's chest, just a skull which has been drilled off.
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Post#6 » Jan 13 2015 02:27

timb6ea wrote:That torso is from a plastic space marine, the one without the full aquilla on it's chest, just a skull which has been drilled off.


Correct, I then drilled a hole and put some green stuff through it to create the Iron Man power core. I'll be uploading a full rundown of the bits either tonight or tomorrow.

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Post#7 » Jan 13 2015 02:54

I always love some Tau covert ops units.

Might I suggest making all of your specialists instead of basic troopers.

What I mean is... make a Comms Expert, a Demo Expert, a Medic, a Leader, a Sniper, and an Engineer. Then during games simply field whichever you are not making a 'specialist' in the game as 'standard dudes'. This will allow you to make a full awesome commando team and give you all the options you could want to field.

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