Mon'sha'is Kau'ui - Blackwind Cadre

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Mon'sha'is Kau'ui - Blackwind Cadre

Post#1 » Jul 13 2015 07:58

Elevated Aun'O

Further investigation of Shas'O Ke'lshan Mon'Sha'is Lynu have resulted in no visible links to the renegade. However the commander's strong ties to Vior'La, and his increasingly heavy use of auxiliaries in much higher roles than is normal is troubling and merit's further investigation. However as this contingent is positioned for front line service my recommendation must be to suspend further external investigation and leave this duty to the assigned Ethereal.

Aun'El T'au Eoro


With a new project currently roaring in my head, I've decided to revitalize my tio've. Right now I'm planning 3 new broadsides, 2 more riptides (see stated project), and I've got repair work to do on some XV8s and possibly doing 3 more. I promise better camera work in the future.

Broadside team Gale, improvised equipment repurposed XV-89s rearmed with smart missile launchers and fielded in a support role
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Honor Shas'El B'ar'res, Current stand in for O'R'alai
Contrary to standard procedure the Blackwind Contingent does not refer to it's auxiliaries by their species names, instead using honor rank according to an assigned caste upon anyone born under the greater good. El B'ar'res is one of a rare few examples of auxiliaries allowed to ascend to such a rank and one of only 2 Gue'la. However El B'ar'res' origins aren't readily apparent as he is sealed inside his battlesuit as a life support system. Ethereals of the contingent overlook this gue'la's use of equipment far over his station as it seems to be the only way to keep an effective weapon in the fight as well as serving as a moral booster for the auxiliaries.
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Bonus points if you get the reference in name and design.

Still not sure if I wanna run the crisis team in this planned cadre lists as Helios or Sunforge. if the latter I'm gonna need to build 3 new ones, if the former I'm still gonna need to engage in some repair work.

I'll get more pics of my other suits when I get a chance. Paint scheme is waiting til I can wrangle an airbrush.

Right now the entire collection consists of 46 firewarriors, 3 crisis suits, 2 commanders, 1 command drone (buff proxy), 3 broadsides, 16 pathfinders, 1 riptide, 6 stealthsuits, 1 skyray, and 1 hammerhead. Planned on the immediate side are a fireblade, 3 more broadsides, 2 more riptides, another 8 pathfinders, and an eventual project slated after the riptide proxies and also stated on the project page.

I'm thinking for my 2nd broadside team doing the XV-81s (SMS) with XV-89 parts (they have the same base chest) for the 2+ look. However for the heavy rail rifles I'm thinking pulse submunition rifles (remembering the hypervelocity sabot from O R'alai's weapon)

Also if anyone has 3 unbuilt spare firewarriors let me know. For some reason I'm short 2 and even though usually I just run one of my shas'ui as my cadre fireblade but I'd like to finally set up a permanent mini.

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Re: Mon'sha'is Kau'ui - Blackwind Cadre

Post#2 » Jul 13 2015 08:05

I'm guessing Appleseed... It looks a bit Briareos to me...

I very much like what you've done so far and look forward to seeing them with some paint!

Have you decided on a colour scheme for them yet, or is that waiting on the airbrush too?

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Post#3 » Jul 14 2015 02:24

+1 for the appleseed reference!

I like the use of XV89's for the Broadsides.
Personally, I would bulk up the HYMP on the XV-89.

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Post#4 » Jul 14 2015 09:11

De'terra wrote:+1 for the appleseed reference!
Personally, I would bulk up the HYMP on the XV-89.


Appleseed too obvious ;)

The TL-HYMP part can replace the SMS on the back of the XV89 and the removed SMS can be added on hands to stand the TL-SMS (like the old XV88 fashion)

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Post#5 » Jul 14 2015 10:08

Gaveedra7 wrote:I'm guessing Appleseed... It looks a bit Briareos to me...

I very much like what you've done so far and look forward to seeing them with some paint!

Have you decided on a colour scheme for them yet, or is that waiting on the airbrush too?
Well the paint scheme is in flux, I have several contenders and a separate patter for the DX-102s that are in construction as well as larger vehicles.

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The contingent design is that they're supporters of the enclaves and routinely send out "recon cadres" who make their way for resupply to their wayward allies. After all there are only so many ethereals to manage an entire contingent, which is especially hard when they're hard pressed on front lined duty. I want to go for a more "realistic" camo scheme while still retaining a minor tie to the enclaves.

Kael'yn wrote:
De'terra wrote:+1 for the appleseed reference!
Personally, I would bulk up the HYMP on the XV-89.


Appleseed too obvious ;)

The TL-HYMP part can replace the SMS on the back of the XV89 and the removed SMS can be added on hands to stand the TL-SMS (like the old XV88 fashion)


the single missile launchers are the exact SMS from the the XV81 so moving that part to the hands and maybe swapping to a double stack of missiles on the shoulders would be better for the HYML. I would like to know if anyone who remembers Tael's partical accelerator cannon (PAC) I'm considering using those on my next set of broadsides instead of submunition rifles.

More terrible pictures ahead.

The Blackwind Contingent is known for using an eclectic mix of XV8 series suits and prototype equipment mixed into standard squads. Here we see a Shas'Vre crisis team leader in an XV8-05 in Helios configuration.
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The following is a clearer example of the Blackwind contingent's use of outdated or incomplete prototype and special issue equipment. First we have two XV89s stripped to operate as standard crisis units, followed by a pair of XV81 units with their missile systems removed

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Here we have a more standard example of a Ke'lshan commander's proclivities, an XV9 rearmed to serve as part of a standard battlesuit team. Though right alongside it there is a great oddity, a Shas'vessa equiped with a command and control node, multi-spectrum sensor suite and the drone intelligence seems to be programmed with what seems to be many of the same routines and data as the disposed of Puretide Engram Neurochip. This last item is especially troubling as it skirts defiance of standing orders but does not cross that line.
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For some reason the photo editor on photobucket has decided to simply not work with me. Maybe thursday I'll retake the photos and edit them later in MS paint rather than deal with photobucket again. Also please ignore the missing arms, I only realized tonight that I don't have any superglue at my apartment AFTER I dragged my entire kit and cases up 3 stories.

I'm slowly redeveloping the story around this contingent as I build and post. Right now it stands as a contingent made up of scatter cadres hailing from a half dozen septs and led by a Ke'lshan commander. I'm also leaning toward Bork'an and Fal'shia for their tendency to produce and utilize specialist and prototype equipment. Strong connections to Vior'la goes without saying when you're talking about connections to the enclaves.

So questions, comments, complaints? Let me know what you think and what you would do better, and make sure to check out my thread on the construction of my second DX-102 Arowana.

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Post#6 » Jul 19 2015 03:44

With the second Arowana done I'm moving on as fast as possible to work on more and more parts of this contingent, more specifically the T'auk'cka Kau'ui (Hybrid Cadre, placeholder name).

Honor Shas'Nel Du'nan, stand in for Cadre Fireblade normally or Darkstrider if used.
Nel Du'nan Stands as an odd but high example of what Gue'vessa should be within our forces. While her name follows the same odd convention of the Blackwind Contingent allowing the caste naming of all born under the Tau, her performance and desire to stay within the line troops fighting alongside both firewarriors and pathfinders are exemplary. Ethereals from the contingent commend her performance and acceptance of position but caution that she seems to disregard orders and council from superiors.

Cadre maintenance note: Yr Du'nan needs to throttle back, this XV9 can't take this kind of stress much longer. We'll have her machine out of service soon but I still don't like hiding little threat's comings and goings in the armories. Can't we stick her on the next outbound cadre?
-Fio'O Mesa

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Well here's my Cadre Fireblade, I realized after uploading these pics that I've forgotten the helmet antenna. Eventually I'm going to swap the head for a bare female head, which is super rare since I never use bare heads outside of my wolves, but it just seems fitting to go without this time. I had a buddy of mine, Gorfrag, tack on some extra fingers and I swapped the hooves with some human feet. Rifle, sidearm and an "bonding" knife which I'm sure gets regular use. B'ar'res firgures into Guide-high-barbarian, a leader amongst barbarians who have been raised up, I think I captured a decent translation for him. Du'nan, position-blade, a threat (positioned blade), which I think frames her well.

Tonight I finished assembling another 8 pathfinders which finishes off my total, also replaced two missing firewarriors with kroot modded to have pulse rifles, a belly plate and heavy shoulder from the firewarrior kit. Still thinking about how to add more armor on to them to give them a real 4+ but for now they'll function as fine replacements for the two missing troopers.

So now we're just left with needing to rebuild 3 rail broadsides (proxy weapons most likely), and cast and add bits to the Arowana heads, maybe bulk up the missile broadsides, and the 1850 is done and 2k just adds another riptide.

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Post#7 » Jul 24 2015 02:40

New additions today. Found my stealth team and tweaked my broadsides. Also we are being joined by temporary fielded Arowana finally!

Ata'ka Lissera - Stealth Team Ghoststrike
Ata'ka team seems to have an odd preference for their outdated armor when newer supplies are readily available. Offering no explanation or reasoning they simply go about their duties quietly and efficiently despite drawbacks.
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Broadside Team Gale, upgraded for appearance sake at the advice of this thread.
Maintenance note: Gales upgrades are finished, adding on the extra racks should give them more field time before they need resupply now.
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DX-102 Arowana Heavy Support Combat Drones, riptide count as (still need weapons and heads will probably be redone)
The introduction of these shas'vessa mounted in such a powerful combat chassis is proving to be a boon to under supplied forces on the frontier.
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The stealth team was originally done for a kill team tourney hence the paintjob.

Speaking of paintjobs I'm thinking about going straight Fal'shia for this specific cadre, I already mentioned that the contingent has multiple different sept cadres but scheme wise I'm liking the OD green armor with black fatigues and tan markings, I think it'll mix well with the base colors I plan on useing.

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