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I really like Tau and I really like zombies. So I figured I would make an army of zombie Tau. I'm wondering though, What would justify the tau becoming zombies? I want the army to be fluffy, you see. So what do you fluff experts think? I have one idea, but I want to hear what the experts think first.
I like Zombies too, eat the flesh! The most common cause of zombies is Nurgle's zombie plague. However these zombies are typical mindless eaters of flest so they won't work well as Tau. This is because Tau shoot so much. I must point out at this time that the main 40K rulebook fluff is wrong about the first infection of zombie plague in the 41st millenium, zombies have been around longer than that! We have zombies today, fools think not but we do! Though I'm not sure if you want to make a Tau army and do them up rotten and just say they are zombies for fun or if you are going to use other rules that are more zombie-like and say they are Tau-zombies.
The other type of zombie is those infected with Tyranid cortex leeches. Small Tyrand organisms that get into the brain, probably in a microscopic larval form in drinking water. There have been brief mentions of them in the Tyranid codex and elsewhere. As far as I can tell though they are identical to plague zombies in how they behave, only they have no disease but a Tyranid organisim living in their brains and Tyranids can control them. You can use the route of them being Nurgle worshipers, somehow corrupted and now half-dead.
The 40K universe is very big however. There is a whole galaxy to explore and there is no reason your zombie-Tau can't have a reason not coming from the well known fluff. You can decide it is a disease or some kind of alien infection that has taken over the Tau. The Tau may of been looking for an way to survive in nasty conditions and accidnetally or on purpose been infected with a variation of the zombie plague. Now that they are infected they continue to serve the empire in isolation form those they serve. Use your imagination to do them the way you want them. Because they will be unconvetional some people will be confused about them but that doesn't matter. Cooking up your own idea can work well and there is no reason not to do it just because the main fluff doesn't mention your idea.
I, personally, would choose to use Nurgle's zombie plague. However, the only problem with this is that Nurgle armies are usually heavily infantry-based and not very fast as everything is bloated with disease and corruption, so you would want to be very conservative about your vehicle use. This does leave an opening for the use of broadsides though, as they fit the theme well. In any case, I would think it's be a lot of fun to model pestilence-filled, bloated bodies of Nurgle-worshiping Tau.
Genetic engineering, done for the greater good, using variations of the zombie plague. BUT EVERYTHING WENT HORRIBLY HORRIBLY WRONG!!!
Zombie tau, eh? Well, what I'm thinking isn't probably what you're aiming for, but anyway... I was thinking you could somehow tie their 'zombification' in with an Ethereal, in one of two ways.
(I'm just going to assume the Ethereal Pheromone Control Theory is know and correct in this case, so bear that in mind when reading these blatherings...)
The first method would be that the Ethereal's control has literally subverted the will of all those in the army, and they are mindless 'zombified' drones following their Ethereal's commands.
The second idea is that an Ethereal with the Tau in question was killed in battle. As usual the Tau went nutso, and in this case became very aggressive and violent. They've effectively lost their minds and regressed to their feral nature, making them somewhat like zombies, perhaps.
I dunno. I'm not sure if either idea works for what you intend. And to be honest I'm not sure how zombie Tau would really work. I mean, I don't really see zombies leaping out of Devilfishes and rapid-firing in disiplined ranks. Zombies to me are the slow, shambling horde type, always hungry for brains.
Are you intending to use a different army list, but just use Tau miniatures to represent the zombies?
I agree with the zombie plague, thats the most pheasible way i can think of atm.
If a Million Guardsmen die, that's a statistic. If one marine dies, that's a tragedy.
Nanobots could work, I think, which can be filed under an experiment for the greater good gone horribly wrong.
An advanced medicinal advance using tiny droids to repair and keep alive a test firewarrior squad goes well until they get massacred by passing by baddies (pick a baddie, any baddie). Now, with their bodies constantly being repaired by those nanobots (though hardly fully, since damn it Jim, they're nanobots, not miracleworkers), their minds a former shell of themselves from death that simply will not come, and the horror of what they've turned into, they mercilessly attack any that comes before them, maddened in their desire for someone to finally end their misery.
At least that's one idea I'd think of if I liked rotting flesh. (I'm going for tomb kings fantasy wise. Skeletons have that charming smile.)