Sol'ai Pioneers: Project Log and Additional Fluff

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Calmsword
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Sol'ai Pioneers: Project Log and Additional Fluff

Post#1 » Oct 10 2016 02:35

Hey everyone.

Now that the contest is over, I wanted to take the time to expand on the So'lai Pioneers that I submitted.

The Sol'ai Rift is, in my interpretation, is the name for the 'Perdus Rift' described in the Tau Codex map. As I understand it it is a vast frontier, bordering multiple Sept territories from Dal'yth to Vash'ya. This region would be plagued by everything from pirates, both Imperial and Chaos, Eldritch raiders and potentially even elements of the Tyranids from two centuries ago.

As described in my dataslate, these fringe colonies would have limited resources and fewer military units, all the more so with half of the Fire Caste now on the other side of the Damocles Gulf. Such 'Pioneers' would need to rely entirely on themselves for long periods of time, a decidedly unconventional formation for a race that approaches every situation with communality and interdependency.

My 'hero' unit of Pioneers serves in my Frontier Coalition army and is a combination of Tau from several Septs working in concert with the Shas'Ar'Tol in order to strengthen the border (I was inspired by the movie 7 Samurai).

Partisan Force 0-7

Partisan Force 0-7 operates along the Tash'var border as a completely self sufficient force acting in both support roles but also as shock troops. Astride Yo'shi mounts (lit: one who is righteous) these bipedal saurians are a genetic offshoot of an omnivorous steed that Tau of antiquity rode on the savannas of their homeworld.

Shas'Vre Tash'Var U'rok

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Tash'var is a unique Sept in that its Sept Prime world is still largely uninhabited. This has bred survivalists of the highest ability and Shas'Vre U'rok is no exception. Formerly an XV-22 squadron leader, U'rok was wounded fighting the Orks in the Western Quarantine Zone. During his rehabilitation the prefecture where his convalescence home was situated in came under attack by Eldritch raiders, attacks that have multiplied since Shadowsun's advances into the Imperium. With an ad-hoc unit of Firewarriors made up of security squads and Firewarrior walking wounded, he lead a masterful defense of the facilities, bottle-necking the pirates at the entrances while leading civilians into the inner grounds until Tash'var cadres could arrive.

After this, U'rok assembled the Partisan Force 0-7 with the express purpose of strengthening defenses in regions like Tash'var that do not have the necessary numbers to secure the border.


Shas'Saz'Nami'La Bork'an Ais'chel Nuo'ko

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'Wounded Hand' as he is known, is the sole survivor of the bodyguard team attached to Aun'Jaath who was assassinated on Bork'an when an Imperial kill force attacked that Sept. Deeply scarred by this event, Nuo'ko dedicated himself to a life of study to find and calm his troubled soul, living in the equatorial jungles of Bork'an as a hermit until he was recruited by U'rok.

He carries Aun'Jaath's honor blade into combat wrapped with dyed purple cloth in mourning for his fallen master. He inspires the members of 0-7 both his understanding of Sio't meditations and reminding the Firewarriors that, despite serving alone in the wilds of a hostile galaxy, they are never alone and are a part of the Greater Good.

Shas'La Tash'var Saa'ri

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Saa'ri is a young Tash'vari warrior that held the rank of 'Saal when U'rok lead her and the students of the prefecture in its defense. Deemed as having passed her trials and raised to the 'La rank, she has been by U'rok's side ever since serving as his protege.


(I'll finish the other four later)
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El ZorDacK
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Re: Sol'ai Pioneers: Project Log and Additional Fluff

Post#2 » Oct 10 2016 07:21

So Yoshi... :P , on 6 they eat the enemy!, really put a smile on my face!

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Post#3 » Oct 10 2016 10:54

I love this project! I have decided to make a squad of my own to add to my blog campaign. Keep up the great work man!

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Calmsword
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Post#4 » Oct 10 2016 11:18

So Yoshi... :P , on 6 they eat the enemy!, really put a smile on my face!


When I saw all these dinosaur models in the bitz drawer I couldn't help myself (I almost wanted to do them every color of the rainbow, but that's not very grimdark :::( ) The name was pretty fun to come up with. Yoshi literally means 'righteous' so I broke it down with Tauman's expanded xenolexicon.

Y: one
O: often seems to emphasize a sense of grandness or nobility
Shi: victory, courageous ect.

"Yo'shi" ; boom!


I love this project! I have decided to make a squad of my own to add to my blog campaign. Keep up the great work man!


Thanks Chris13f! It was so much fun, being a part of a community like this really compels you to finish a project. It's an honor to have gotten so many considerations and I can't wait to find something new to convert, paint, and develop with the help of the Orbital.
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Post#5 » Oct 10 2016 07:28

Shas'La Tash'revan Ra'kak

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Shas'La Ra'kak is a native of the world Tash'revan, a mountainous world several jumps from Tash'var Prime. Inducted early for Pathfinder training, for three standard-cycles she was the only line of defense for an Earth Caste facility routinely hounded by non-sentient predator beasts. Armed with only a, then, experimental rail-rifle and her knowledge of the terrain was she able to secure the surrounding hills and allow the Fio to accomplish their research. U'rok offered her a position in his team and she accepted.

Shas'Saal Tash'var Ma'funi


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Perhaps the most unusual member of 0-7, Shas'Saal Ma'funi is an orphan of the colony El'ex, a fringe world lost to an unknown attacker. Ma'funi was found by a deep recon Cadre three cycles after the colony was destroyed*. There they found Ma'funi, the colonies lone survivor, gone almost feral. He would spend another five cycles before he became of age when U'rok discovered him and, seeing Ma'funi's survivalist talents despite his inability to grasp any kind of formal training, had him transferred to his care.

*While the Plexus of Messenger ships and trade routes ensure contact between the Three Hundred Worlds, since Commander Shadowsun's launch of the Third Sphere, there are simply not enough vessels left in the First and Second Spheres to maintain communication on a regular basis. As such, many fringe colonies go cycles without contact.
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Post#6 » Oct 10 2016 08:45

I really like these models, Can I ask where you got the models for the mounts? I actually have some Raptor dinosaur models that I've been intending to paint and use as Kroot hounds, I think it would look very cool if I had a unit of Sol'ai to go with them.

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chris13f
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Post#7 » Oct 11 2016 07:59

Still a WiP. here is my Vior'la Sol'ai pioneers attached to an expeditionary force from Yaisdra IX

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Macknight
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Post#8 » Oct 11 2016 09:12

That's a lot of wonderful fluff, not to mention inspired followers. Yoshi is a great name too!
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Post#9 » Oct 11 2016 09:47

Excellent work. The thoughtfulness in every aspect is amazing. Every model has its own story. A valiant addition to our community for sure.
The inspired work of chris13f is fantastic too. Looking very nice.

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Post#10 » Oct 11 2016 10:37

I'm curious to know why you put a single kroot in with the rest of the squad?
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