Monday, April 29, 2013
I am now in the process of trying to determine what makes the most sense for my Tau army. I still have not decided on a sept but I am sure I can find a fluff background and marking that works once I have decided on the armor color. Where I am stuck is the armor color and therefore am asking for your help.
Here are my current three top themes. Please let me know your thoughts or even a whole new theme...
1. As most of the units have some aquatic theme I thought I would start there, and I think that the leopard sharks natural coloration would make for an excellent color scheme. My only concern is that grey is well grey and tends to blend into many city boards. While that is practical as an urban camouflage, it is less exciting for a game of toy soldiers...
2. Next up we have the race car inspired, white with stripes. This makes for a very attractive battlesuit and infantry color scheme, but does not allow for the same camouflage opportunities on the vehicles.
3. Finally we return to mother nature for a variety of lizard inspired earth tones.
So what do you think?
Sunday, April 28, 2013
In today's piece we will begin our tactical review of the new Tau Codex. We will be looking through the codex to see what it tells us about how it needs to be played. For starters we will be looking broadly across the Tau for trends and opportunities. We will start here as it is important to understand the whole before before trying to put together the parts.
|My old Tau army gearing up for an apocalypse game|
1. Access to an abundance of strength 7 firepower across the entire FOC outside of troops.
2. Access to a significant amount of AP 2 and 3 firepower (including templates) across the entire FOC outside of troops.
3. Multiple cover denying options (markerlights, AFP, Smart missiles).
4. Unparalleled access to interceptor and skyfire.
5. Army wide buffs from ethereals, supporting fire and markerlights.
6. Troop options that easily wound most basic troops and have better than normal ability to wound high T opponents. (Only DE really rival us in this department)
7. Great mobility from JSJ units.
1. Assault phase with the majority of the army, and the entirety of the army when you're talking about combating a dedicated assault unit.
2. Pronounced lack of long range greater than strength 7 firepower (only hammerheads, railsides, and the occasional nova blast)
3. Access to cost efficient troop mobility.
4. Dependence on synergistic effects to maximize shooting or leadership.
|No more massed strength 10 shooting, one of the biggest changes in the new codex|
So what lessons can we take from this in building a list?
1. We will be able to deal with infantry, heavy infantry, and monstrous creatures at range.
2. We have to make sure that we provide adequate firepower to deal with high AV vehicles, either through mobile melta delivery platfoms or the inclusion of high strength long range firepower.
3. We have to invest in troop mobility either through high cost transports, large numbers of outflanking troops or allies.
4. We have to be wary about over investing in strength 7 weaponry to the exclusion of a range of tools.
5. Because of the synergistic effects we enjoy from markerlights etc... We have to very carefully balance the inclusion of allies. While they can certainly balance some of our weaknesses, they also dilute the synergies. (Every non-Tau unit added is one less unit that can take advantage of those markerlights or supporting fire).
We will apply these takeaways in a later post as we start looking at individual units and how they complement the overall army. However, Part III will focus on my new color scheme thoughts.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
How did this play out? Well it starts with some dumb luck, fortuitous timing, GW's new accelerated release policy, some good friends in the know, and some hard earned experience in dealing with new releases...
As some of you may remember I traded away my old Tau army with grand intentions of a new color scheme and better conversions on my crisis suits. Bartertown was my friend as I was trading the DE and excess SM for an army that many folks no longer played.
I shortly thereafter received very early indications from those aforementioned friends that a new Tau codex would definitely be dropped in early 2013. So I went back to Bartertown with a vengeance, my strategy to maximize trading value was fivefold -
1. Pick up plastics on sprue (betting that GW wouldn't update a plastic kit)
2. Models that were weak in the old codex - Ethereals, Sniper Drones and Pathfinders (once folks found the tetra)
3. Assuming that battlesuits and drones would still be relevant.
4. Thinking that the ever present broadside would be nerfed.
5. And good old dumb luck, not one of the trades I tried to make for Vespids worked out.
The strategy paid off and I found myself the proud owner of some 4000 pts worth of Tau that I acquired for about 45% of retail value (trading always goes in your favor when you are trading newer for older...).
At this point I was going to start building, but here GW's new release policy helped me out. My favorite GW armies have always been DA and Tau. So when GW decided to release both relatively close to another I put the Tau project on hold as I waited to complete my DA.
I also was painfully reminded to wait on buying the new shiny. Looking at the gorgeous Dark talon model that was billed as an air superiority fighter I decided I needed two so I could match up with the ludicrous flyer armies that kept popping up. Anyone that has read the DA rules can tell you what a horrendous mistake that was. I had acquired two overpriced flyers that worked better better as a mobile ground assault platforms in a codex that already contained all the mobile ground assault I needed. Never again would I buy a new model before reading the codex.
So now outside of converting up an Azrael and stripping a Sammael model I am done. Time to start the Tau...
I still need to buy some of the new plastics, which for the first time I waited on, and will talk about that in Part II when I start to dissect the codex.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
After being on the receiving end of the banner of Devastation, I've decided to try fielding an Inquisition Land Raider Crusader with psybolt ammunition to enhance its shooting. I was only able to fine the standard pattern at my FLGS but I decided to pick it up anyway and make a modeling project out of it. Here's a WIP shot of my scratchbuilt hurricane bolters. They're magnetized so I can swap them out for other weapons.