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i'm currently planing on making 2 small tau armies, based on a game called orb.
i don't really want to play these armies as they are mainly for display purposes.
here's some fluff:
during the last phase of expansion, 2 tau ships were chased into, and destroyed in an uninhabited and remote system. the survivors from the 1st ship crashed onto the only inhabitable planet, while the survivors from the escourt crashed into its inhabitable moon. the survivors from the 1st ship (elysians) stayed with the standard tau doctorines, wheras the survivors from the 2nd (malus) swayed, and turned to more close range tactics.
i'm representing this by giving the elysians pulse rifles and more standard tau equipment with minimal battle damage. they will also have more drones. as for the malus, i'm equipping them with pulse carbines, and making them more battle damaged and 'makeshift. they wil;l have more people.
1.5x fire warriors
1x piranah (sp?)
1x gun drone squadron
2.5x pathfinders (as troops)
NOTE: i will post some pictures over the weekend of my color schemes. comments?, ideas?
that sounds cool
you should give their armor battle damage and change some of the weopons of the malus
if you are not playing with them anyway you could give the malus pulse pistols which GW shows you how to make on the EJECTED CRISIS SUIT PILOT page
hope it helps
Just to inform you, the name elysians is already taken by a type of imperial guard drop troop.
I always thought that it would be cool to see some tau that had reverted to more animalistic behavior. It might make a cool type of leader model to have like a wild tau as the leader of the maulus. He could be like a tau but have his hair hangining down and have been wearing like a skin loin cloth and have like the shoulder pads like gauntlet shields and have some daggers or something. It would be a real complex conversion and I don't know how good you are at greenstuff but it would be an awesome model.
thx for the feedback. i think i'll try giving some of them pulse pistols. i still need some ideas on the comanders. i don't want to use any crisis suits, but i'll probably make the elysian commander an etherial. (i think i'll keep the name 'elysian' despite the guard drop troops having the name). i still need some ideas on the malus commander though if the hair idea doesn't work, keeping in mind they are still tau, and i don't want them to look too barbaric. thinking of adding some neutral kroot.