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I LOVE the book, starship troopers. And playing SM and IG, I have always felt that this element is really lacking (jumppacks, heavy weapons, one-man-armies).
So what happens? GW releases the PERFECT starship trooper unit... as another race. Great.
Seriosly, the new TAU race = starship troopers.
So, now, would it be ok for me (new to 40k, used to play epic) to field an imperial guard starship trooper unit? Meaning = tau suits with humans in them, possibly backed up by other IG forces (or SM).
I also loved the book!! :rolleyes:
That is an awesome comversion idea, I was thinking of doing something similar.
Still would use the Tau rules but combine the Cadian and FW boxed sets for my Firewarriors and use mostly Crisis Suits and Stealth Suits.
I might wait until the Crisis army rules come out int CA 2005? 2006?
Come on GW you said you were going to just print it!!!!
Maybe I'll work some up......
You mean you want Tau battlesuits combined with Leman Russ tanks and heavy weapon teams, auch :blink: .
No, just humans using Tau gear and the Tau Army List.
A good quality conversion job would look SWEET!!!!!!
So it's Tau with human heads and cadians with pulse rifles .
Maybe you can include Tau-helpers instead of the gue'la.
Same stats as the Tau I presume?
using the same rules as a tau is stupid, i mean look at gue'la.
i dont know the exact stats but it is NOT the same as a normal imperial guard.!!!
I loved the book as well.
This isn't the kind of conversion I would do as it doesn't quite fit in with either 40K or Starship Troopers for that matter. I'm not sure what the point of this is seeing as how you would end up with nothing more than a Tau army with human-looking Firewarriors- Gue'Vesa. Perhaps you will surprise me. Hopefully we'll see some pictars in the conversion forum?
it's of course mainly nostalgy... everytime I make "own" units I _always_ underbalance them...
my goal is here isn't to make a s00pa d00pa army, my goal is to be able to fight of some bugs (genestealers) with my mobile infantry (tau).
RICO'S ROUGHNECKS!!! *cough* sorry...
I was looking for ideas aso... for implementing this
Ah. one of the most iconic Sci-Fi books and definately one of the best! Amazing to think it was published in 1959. Quite misunderstood, too, and poorly visualised by that crappy film.
Are you intending to model the book rather than the film? If I remember correctly there were three classes of powered suit, the lighter Scout, Marauder and heavy Command.
The closest you could get, and it would in fact be pretty close to the original Heinlein concept, would of course be Imperial Marine Tactical Dreadnought Armour - also known as Teminators. But with jump packs. You would also need to consider inbuilt missile and grenade launchers to go with the fluff of the novel.
There were two main battlefield 'bug' protagonists, the worker and the warrior. They are not particulaly well discribed in the book, so the warrior at least could be based on the movie version. It is a shame that Verhoven decided not to portray the worker class in his filmed parody of the book, it would have indicated a more realistic hive economy. And swarms of workers were also used as decoys to confuse the terran troops.
Depending on how far you want to go, you may end up with highly converted minis that closely represent the book fluff, but could not be fielded in a standard 40K game, unless your opponent was very tolerant. Or just play Cadians vs. Genestealers or Hormagaunts if you want to 'do' the movie.
Ryan Dancey, Vice President of Wizards of the Coast, believed that TSR failed because of "...a near total inability to listen to its customers, hear what they were saying, and make changes to make those customers happy." Are you listening, Games Workshop ?
I really don't see how the Tau fit the Starship Troopers mold. So they wear armor - so does everybody. The crisis suits don't fit the descriptions in the book at all. Granted, the stealth suits come a lot closer, but heinlein never included stealth features.
The closest thing to MI troopers is obviously the space marines. Nothing really compares as no 40k troop choice is ever going to be as killy as a starship trooper suit (I hope - the day GW gives SMs a half dozen micronukes per trooper, it's time to find a new game system.)