913.M41 The Six Hour War
Captain Severus Agemman demonstrates why he is Captain of the Ultramarines 1st Company when he leads a Strike Force Ultra in the destruction of a substantial Tau garrison in just six hours. In a sublime execution of the teachings within the Codex Astartes, Agemman invades the sun-scorched desert planet of K’ail close to the edge of the Damocles Gulf, where the disputed territories of the Imperium and Tau Empire collide. Though the garrison is well-equipped with battlesuit and armour support, Agemman’s twenty veterans perform a coordinated strike that cripples the Tau’s central defence network. Whilst Stormraven-borne battle-brothers make a series of diversionary attacks on munitions caches around the garrison’s perimeter, Agemman personally leads a teleport assault directly on the Tau command node previously identified by elements of the 10th Company. Thinking they face a much larger force, the surviving Tau retreat into the void rather than be destroyed.
806.M41 The Novum Deception
During a so-called mission of peace, a Tau Hunter Cadre launches a pre-emptive strike on the capital city of
Novum Prime, railguns destroying a dozen Vengeance Weapon Batteries before the Imperium is aware of the
deception. In answer, the stronghold Citadel of Judgement opens fire on the aggressors with its macro-cannon,
obliterating the Tau, and a third of the city itself, in a dozen apocalyptic shots.
995.M41 At First Unseen
A talented demagogue, the Water caste ambassador Por’O Myen O’Res convinces the populace of Lurid IX to join the Tau Empire one speech at a time. Wherever he appears, the ambassador is guarded by several Hunter Cadres from the Fire caste, and the skies above him are patrolled by Air caste pilots at all times. The Raven Guard are given the honour of his execution order, but have barely a dozen warriors with which to accomplish it.
Instead of mounting a direct attack, Shadow Captain Shrike leads a Storm Wing-led strike that bears all the hallmarks of his signature stealth tactics. The gunships fly in close formation through the winding miles of Lurid IX’s graffiti-strewn underways, emerging from a pitch-dark culvert less than half a mile from the Water caste delegation. Myen O’Res is gunned down in mid-speech, the sheer volume of missiles and bullets thundering into his podium overcoming the shield generators intended to protect him. Three squads of Crisis battlesuits soar towards the low-flying Storm Wing Squadron to avenge their fallen ambassador, but they are met in mid-air when Shrike and his jump pack veterans effect an aerial deployment, barrelling into the Tau’s midst with lightning claws flashing. The Raven Guard’s dramatic victory is broadcast by the same pict-thief servitors that the Water caste had intended to use for their own ends, and the world of Lurid is returned to the Imperial fold within the hour.
The Lions of Macragge – Ultramarines 2nd Company
The Command Squad of the Ultramarines 2nd Company has been known to reform alongside Chaplain Trajan. During the Hagus Wars, Chaplain Trajan’s squad spearheaded several counter attacks against a potent Tau expansionary force to recover the Sword of Zalthus. The legendary weapon, once wielded by Company Champion Zalthus a century before, had been captured during a devastating sequence of planetary raids. After Captain Sicarius had sustained great injuries from a XV104 Riptide, the Lions of Macragge rallied around Trajan and delivered a blistering strike against the Tau Ethereal leading the force. The Sword of Zalthus stands to this day, engulfed by clouds of incense, safe in the Ultramarines’ Reclusiam.
Lucky for us, Codex: Space Wolves has just been released and contains an entry for this:Lyi'ot wrote:
- Expand 'War Under The Oceans' - Incomplete
Absolutely fantastic find, thank you! I'll need to sit down and type this out, but that shouldn't be a problem.
This is the only Tau-relevant entry I can find within the new codex. If I manage to get to a hobby store this weekend I'll see if I can discover a page number.Codex: Space Wolves - COMETH THE WOLFTIME wrote:966. M41 The War under the Ocean
The Tau Empire, encroaching ever further into Imperial space, mines the bed of the ocean world of Kvariam Alpha. It takes a full decade for the domes and corridors that stretch along the ocean floor to be discovered by an augur probe. With the Imperial Guard unable to engage the Tau forces so far below the sea, the Space Wolves are called in.
Gunnar Red Moon’s Great Company makes planetfall upon Kvariam’s meagre land mass and takes the fight to the Fire Warriors stationed there. Having established a beachhead, Gunnar and his men split off from the main invasion force and launch a massed armoured assault into the depths. They drive deep into the ocean along the sea bed, the adamantium hulls of their Land Raiders proof against the terrible pressures of the ocean.
As the tanks near the alien domes and spires of the Tau cities to disgorge their Terminator-armoured passengers, circular portals in each section fan open and teams of graceful, propeller-tailed battlesuits move to intercept the slowly approaching armoured column. A desperate, silent undersea battle erupts, but despite the bewildering array of sleek torpedo-armed craft brought to war against them the Space Wolves still manage to shatter the domes of the Tau mining operations. The sea around them is choked with corpses before the Tau finally flee.
It's actually a copy of what was printed in the Space Wolves 5th ed codex. However, your comment had me look through the old Planetstrike book and I discovered this:R.D. wrote:I think that's pretty much just a repetition of what's come before (in the Planetstrike book I think).
Basically the same war, but some interesting tidbits—like underwater Mantas! I also just noticed the other account has "propeller-tailed battlesuits." Weird? There's also art in the Planetstrike book for this battle (pages 52-53), but I lack a clean digital image and/or a scanner.Planetstrike pg 56 wrote:The War for Kvariam Alpha 966.M41
The Space Wolves of the Adeptus Astartes bring War to the waterlogged Tau world of Kvariam Alpha, their Drop Pods plunging deep into the oceans before disgorging their Space Marine passengers. As the land war rages above, a slow but deadly battle is joined between Space Marine and Tau Battlesuits in the depths of Kvariam's sea. Torpedos, prop-bombs and missiles from the Space Wolves Thunderhawk Gunships take a heavy toll on the Hammerhead and Manta gunships that gracefully move through the water to intercept. Hundreds of Tau and Space Marine corpses float to the surface, but the Space Wolves are eventually successful, and make the long walk back to land along the sea bed.
On Crastille, during the War of Weeping, a single squad of Ratlings held the narrow bridge over the tumultuous Widowash River for three full days. Six times the Tau attempted to dislodge Manvolio Grand’s Ratling Sharpshooters, and six times they were hurled back by pinpoint fire. Kroot Shapers and Pathfinder Shas’ui tumbled into the river’s surging flow, neat holes blown through eye-sockets and throats. When a pack of Kroot Hounds was loosed across the bridge, the Ratlings put each down with a single shot, the last beast skidding to a halt on its face a good three metres short of Manvolio’s snipers. Eventually, the Tau were forced to commit several Stealth Teams to the fight – against these near-invisible foes, the Ratlings stood little chance. Most of the abhumans were slaughtered before they could flee, but Manvolio and his closest cronies made it back to Imperial lines alive, there to be hailed as heroes for their efforts.
In the year 456.M40, an invasion took place on the Imperial planet of Bruttulus. Tau troops launched a surprise attack, taking over the planet's defence laser batteries and shield generators, making it impossible for Imperial reinforcements to reach the planet's surface. As more and more Tau troops arrived, the situation for the beleaguered defenders became very grim indeed.
Colonel Sjeaneus of the 513th Baneblade Linebreaker Company decided that desperate measures were called for. The three massive Baneblade tanks under his command had become separated from the main Imperial army and were located only a few miles from one of the main shield generator stations. Rather than falling back to join up with the rest of the Planetary Defence Force, Sjeaneus decided to launch a desperate counter-attack. If he could break through the Tau lines, there was a slim chance he could reach the shield generator station ad destroy it, allowing Imperial reinforcements to land on the planet. Dawn broke just as the Baneblades stared their attack...
Colonel Sjeaneus's assault caught the Tau unawares, but as more and more Tau troops began to arrive the situation became increasingly desperate. The first casualty was the Empeor's Might, which was immobilised by fire from Tau Hammerhead tanks and then overrun and destroyed by Krootox Riders. The remaining two Baneblades, Victorius and No Respite, were severely damaged but still managed to break through the Tau and reach the shield generator station, which they eventually destroyed. Colonel Sjeaneus was slin in the final stages of the battle, and was awarded a posthumous Honourifica Imperalis for his actions.
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