Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Oh The Places Well Go...

Well, well, well.

Guess who has a new Codex. And my, oh my, how things have changed.

Kroot and Ethereals are officially viable units in the army. Supporting Fire is an amazing army-specific special rule that makes those nast marine assaults just a wee bit more bearable. Rail Rifles are finally as nasty as they should be, and the new fliers... yum.

My brain is SPINNING with ideas for new army lists and nasty tactics... stay tuned. As I flesh out some strategies in my head, I'll start posting them here, along with the continued progress on my army. I'm going to have to get some of those new Broadsides... and a Riptide. Or two... C'mon! A Jetpack Monsterous Creature? I'm sorry, but YES PLEASE! +2 armor and 5 wounds of beat you up bad!

Tau are finally really formidable again! I'm excited, guys! Stay tuned for more info!

Prosper like Tau!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

New Codex...

Oh the possibilities...

So I haven't seen the new codex, seeing as how I'm poor. But boy howdy... I've been reading back through the 6th ed. 40k rules and things are going to get interesting. Stop, for a moment, if you will, and consider the Crisis Suit.

In 5th ed., you could move 6" in movement, then shoot in the shooty phase, then move 6" back into cover (or wherever else you wanted) during the assault phase because you're a Jet Pack model. Pretty nifty all by itself. But 6th ed. changed that just a scootch. For the better, in my opinion.

You can now move 2D6 in the assault phase. Now, 2D6 averages out to a roll of 7, so on average, you'll be rolling with more movement than before already. BUT... on a good day, you'll have 12" of movement. Can you imagine the insane movement possible with a secondary move like that? Talk about the potential to dominate the enemy! Now, conversely, on a bad day, you'll only have 2" to move. On those days, it's a good thing your Crisis suits can take a beating :D

I've been holding off on  really delving into the new rules until I can get the new Codex in hand, since I don't know what else GW will have meddled with, but I can tell you this: There will be LOTS of tactics posts up here one I get the Codex :D

Stay tuned, followers of the greater good! There's plenty more where that came from!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

O'Suam's Boys...

So here we go! O'Suam's battle group is starting to come together! I'm really happy with how the overall theme is coming together for my Tau. I can't wait to have a full 500 points ready to battle. From there it gets very easy to point up the remaining larger pieces (tanks, etc) to fill out my lists. You can checkout close up shots of O'Suam and the Broadside on the "We Can Rebuild Them..." page. 

I've got a good bit of work done on the next group (stripped, base coated, initial color paints done), so I should have two units of Fire Warriors available soon.

On another note, I trashed a bunch of figures the other day. Some of my Fire Warriors were just too ooked up by the previous paint job to meet my needs, so I didn't bother with keeping them. I still have four full squads of Fire Warriors, and about eight spares in case of breakage. My Kroot also suffered some "Casualties" after due to badly broken guns etc, or just not coming out of the stripping process well. I've still got plenty (enough to deploy over 2000 points if need be), so I'm not stressing it. Of course, depending on how the new Codex looks, I could be screwed either way lol. SO looking forward to the new Codex! Can't even CONTAIN it :D

Talk soon, followers of the Greater Good!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Fire Breather Returns

So, it's only been six months since I've posted anything. I ARE GOOD AT BLOGGING!

So work was nuts for a while, and time was scarse. I'm finally back in the saddle, though, and with the new Codex slated for April at this point... I couldn't be happier :D

There's more rumors than you could shake a stick at right now for Tau, so I'll avoid speculating on any of that until I have ye olde new Codex in my grubby little hands. Instead, I'm gonna give you an update on my army's refurbishing!

The Fire Warriors that I started in a Mean Green soak at my last post finally came out of the soak a week or so ago (that's right, almost 6 months of soaking) and the damn white base coat is still fighting for a foothold. It helped some, but some of the models are still going to have to be replaced. I based coated them all last night, so we'll see how it looks with final paints on. Maybe I'll get lucky!

Right now, I'm working on finalizing my 750 army. Here's where I stand:

O'suam - Done
Crisis Suits x2 - Done
Fire Warrior Team 1 (12 models) - Done
Fire Warrior Team 2 (12 models) - Primer Coat Finished
Fire Warrior Team 3 (12 models) - Pending
Fire Warrior Team 4 (12 models) - Pending

My goal is to have my 750 pt army fighting fit by the end of April. After that, it's almost all tanks and other larger models to level up to 1000 pts and beyond.

I'll post up pics of my completed models tonight. I'm pretty excited with the progress I'm making lately. Feels good to be seeing them in my colors.

Stay tuned, kiddos, and until next time...

Prosper as Tau shall.
O'suam (Aaron)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bleeding Colors

Lord have MERCY it's been nuts at work lately! I'm working 45 hours a week on average, and large chunks of my nights. The bonus - I guess - is that when I reach 42 hours by Thursday, I get to leave on Friday at noon lol. On the plus side: I really enjoy my job and the people I work with. On the down side, I don't get nearly enough time to work on my models, or my other projects.

But I digress! A comment on the Advanced Tau Tactica forums lead me to reconsider stripping my Tau. My initial attempts had bee unsuccessfuly, but the maybes started creeping in (Maybe I didn't soak them long enough, maybe I was using the wrong cleaning product, etc etc). So, I headed over to Ye Olde Home Depot and picked up a bottle of Simple Green and dunked my Kroot in.

The Kroot that were just painted a flat green, cleaned up perfectly, but the one that I tested that was fully painted barely cleaned up at all. Large amounts of his topcoat stayed on, and most of the base coat. Bummer... So I figured, why not try my Firewarriors. Same deal! More of the top coat came off on these guys, but that white undercoat ain't going ANYWHERE. I don't know what the original painter used, but lordy if it isn't durable.

The problem is, it's that base coat that's causing me to lose my details and have chunky looking paint jobs. When I basecoat new models, I do it by hand, using a flat black paint that Reaper puts out in their Pro Series. It hugs to all the crevices and crannies and gives me a fantastic, solid base coat without looking any detail. Painting over it is a dream. These Tau guys... not so much.

So I'm soaking them again, hoping that maybe now that I've cracked the surface in some places I can scrub the rest of the paint off and get some semblance of clean models to work with.

I forgot to take pictures of the last round, but I'll snap shots of this round for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for reading guys! Prosper, as Tau shall!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

O'Suam'kor - Commander Firebreather

The Manta had crashed to the ground with such a thunderous rumble that even the green-skinned Orks had to stop and stare. Commander Firestorm's unit was dumbfounded. They'd seen the death of their commander and now this Manta - which was ferrying an Ethereal to safety - been brought down by a furious salvo of Krak missles from the Ork camp.

The men were buffeted with and long, loud WAAAGH! As the Ork invaders rushed forward. The lines broke as the Tau Fire Warriors and their Kroot companions tried frantically to recover from their loss. An angry rage was building among the troops, but already they were scattering. One in particular.

Shas'ui Firebrand ran away from the fray, not out of fear, but duty. His path lead him straight to the downed Manta. There was a chance that their Ethereal had survived the crash, and if he did, the he was honor-bound to save them.

Selflessly, he dove into the burning wreckage of the Manta, searching desperately for the Ethereal. A cough from the back of the ship drew his attention and he moved toward it. Half-way there, a bulkhead exploded, blasting flaming chemicals onto the Shas'ui. He cried out in pain, but moved forward still, trying in vein to put the flames out.

He knew his life was all but forfeit, but he would not give up his search.

Outside, the battle raged on. The traumatized Tau were being battered from all sides by the Ork hordes. The sound of heavy bolters and plasma rifles cried out amid the smoke and ash of the battle. Hope was non-existent on this battle field. One after another, the blue blood of the Tau sprayed out onto the field, dyeing the ground purple as it mixed with that of the Orks.

Suddenly, all eyes turned back toward the Manta as a fiersome scream rose above the noise and the sound of a railgun firing off into the sky echoed across the battle field. Even the Orks stopped to behold the site.

Atop the wreckage, Firebrand stood with the Ethereal, his suit still on fire and the ejection of spent air from his rebreather making it seem as those he breathed out fire from his very lungs. The etheral raised his hand, his signet of office glinting against the fires around him.

"Fight, my brothers! For the Great Good, we must prevail!" He cried.

With a furious roar of exaltation, the Fire Warriors turned back to the battle, and began pushing the Ork back. Firebrand stood as lung as he could before letting out a pained whimper and falling to his knees. He was as good as dead, but he'd done his duty and could die with honor.

The next thing Firebrand knew, he was waking up in a Tau medical station. The Ork had been pushed back to their encampment and the planet had been taken for the Tau. Tau emissaries had gone to the Ork camp to attempt to forge a treaty so that the two races might work together for the Greater Good. Rumor had it, those talks were going well.

Shas'ui Firebrand was too badly injured to continue serving as a Fire Warrior, but due to his honor and dedication to his troop, he was given a promotion to Shas'o and command of an elite Crisis battlesuit team. His name was changed, after much debate, to O'Suam'kor - Commander Fire Breather - and his legend preceded him into the ranks.

None question the Fire Breather, for they all know he servers the Greater Good, above all else.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More pics!

Check out the 'We Can Rebuild Them...' for new pictures for my army! The much promise Firewarrior and Kroot pics are up!