Agentarrow wrote:I have only recently started doing anything other than simple bases, but I completely agree. My Skitarii tell a better story than my Tau do for that reason, because they have bits of Tau strewn across the battlefield.
Agree with you there, am using my huge stash of space marine bits for all my bases in some form. I have so far stuck to the rusted look on all the marine tech, but i am add some of my space marine chapter colors to the ruins soon.
Your color scheme is amazing and I love your conversions, the Ethereal with the Dwarf engineer's axe is brilliant, I may just borrow that idea
and bases are a key part of an army that often get neglected so it's nice to see people talking about them! Loving this thread so far
Thank you so much Dark that really makes me feel very good mate!
I have held on to that Dwarf Engi axe for a year always coming close to using in a piece. We have a special character competition going on at a local store in the escalation league. Am hoping to win best special Char and Best Painted in the competition.
materpillar wrote:) and your army fluff significantly more grimdark than mine (I like my characters to fall pretty squarely in the morally good side of things). "The Greater Good above all... in honor of the Tau'va, at times terrible things must be done." That's horrifying... and pretty awesome.
I'm curious to know if you're planning on doing more extensive fluff, or if you're mainly interested in the painting/modeling aspect of your army.
Materpillar, I now have some more fluff for you to enjoy my friend. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint. Anyone please feel free to chime in on the fluff give more ideas or things that would be cool to improve on. Am building the fluff up for part of the escalation league competition too. Is a best fluff award and would love to win it in the name of ATT.
Am still new to tau fluff so is a lot I don't know, my goal is to have my cadre make sense and be able to fit into the 40k universe. I do this in all my fluff forces in 40k, picking worlds with little background so I can do what I want history wise.
The Expanded Fluff " Will add it to the opening thread post too. "
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The sun was already long below the horizon as Shas’O Kirna surveyed the dark wasteland beyond the hive city limits. The vast world of Sa'Cea a barren, rocky landscape, harsh and unforgiving to all life. It is here where the 42nd M'yen Ka Kau'ui train its Cadre warriors for battle. Orders from T’au commanding Kirna to stand ready and refit for the next great expansion. This order to remain on the arid plain, not being accepted with open arms by the 42nd. The urge for battle growing as each day passed, yet still the obeyed all T’au.
The surrounding area filled with the sounds of missile bombardments as his cadre worked diligently to accomplish its task. Rows of a prototype XV90 Broadside Battle-suits, similar to the XV88 model with the exception of a few improvements such as Advanced targeting sensors, sleeker railgun design with improve energy capacity to increase firing time. The XV90, currently stood equipped with a prototype twin link High yield missile pod design. Each XV90 firing multiple volleys of four missiles per volley to gauge optimal range and target acquisition per missile.
“The necessary evil in the face pending threats, Soon shall we exterminate the heretics, and for T’au. “
Shas’ O Kirna commented to a group of officers behind him, taking in data and making adjustments calculations to XV90 pilots.
The Heretics of which he speaks refer to any foe that T’au condemned to execution, and any others who would stand against the Empire. Over the centuries many foes stood against the Empire. Why, a target needed to be purged never crossed the mines of the 42nd M'yen Ka Kau'ui all that mattered was complying with the standing order for T’au.
The 42nd a cadre made up of hardened warriors who were willing to sacrifice all glory for the service of the Tau’va. It was decided that the Unforeseen Strike Cadre was needed to combat the growing threat of Heretics, as a force that would be able to move swiftly and conduct high speed strikes with no mercy. The warriors that made up the 42nd preferred battles against the Imperium and their mighty Space marine chapters. No, other foe was considered in the same esteem of honour on the battlefield. Several battles against foes such as Daemons, Tyranids, Orks, and Eldar has occurred during the 42nd’s formation but no other foe measured up as the greatest prize/trophy for a 42nd M'yen Ka Kau'ui warrior as a helmet from a fallen space marine.
It was hoped that a more sober, and apathetic attitude towards killing would make each warrior able to perform not only the purging of worlds, but hunting of renegades/traitors to the empire an easy task. Likewise the slaughtering the civilian populations and prisoners/deserters who did not repent their ways and accept the free gift of joining all Tau’va.
While this Cadre was formed during the second expansion to follow the call for great good to cover all the galaxy in name of T’au, never before had a cadre been assembled for the purposes of pure destruction and ruthlessness. Sa’cea the homeworld of warriors, had been the logical choice to rally such a Cadre. Its warriors raise from birth to bring honor to T’au. The price being no mercy, no retreat, no fear under any condition. Victory or Death for the great good of all T’au such was their sacrifice. Forever they would be sent into acts of violence and against terrible foes, with only hopes of recognition of glory, and valor. For all purposes, they were simply a military killing team, made to do all the dirty work so others of higher morals could create a greater empire without its average citizen ever knowing the full scale of the price for Expansion.
The commander of this force felt so close to their next great goal, only a few more months of development left in the new Tsunami battlesuits, all Fio'Vre arrow’s calculations being integrated into the strike forces Riptide and Crisis suit battle units. The prototype XV90 Broadside being of pure 42nd warrior development, though rumor spoke of outside developers being asked to produce pieces of the new broadside.
Still Kirna continued pushing the Sa’cea industries to produce suits and ships of the fleet at an unsustainable rate till achieving full Cadre strength again. Some odd quirks about Shas’ O Kirna the commanding officer have been noted by some warriors, such as repeating himself multiple times, holding onto small objects and arranging items into line or other patterns. Kirna however has proven his zeal and earned commendations multiple times in the officers academy and been decorated on the battlefield many times as a skilled Riptide pilot. A native to the Sa'Cea Sept steeped in knowledge of urban warfare, bloodied from long months of constant battling. Kirna has shown only love and an almost poetic joy for battles, with an odd belief that battles contain a beauty only true warriors of T’au will ever see.