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I know Warhammer 40k allows us gamers to make up names for our characters and heroes, but it seems Tau get it difficult.
We have to consider mouthfuls such as Shas'O Voir'La Shovah Kais Mont'yr (ie commander farsight). it still bugs me about how to make up a tau commander name with the little words we get in the Old and New codex (using both, I managed to get out Shas'O Bork'an M'yen Mal'Caor, whose name means the Unexpected Spider, and comes from the Bork'an sept.)
Is there anyone else out there who makes up Tau names for their commander or Ethereal, and if they do, do they know of any way to get more words to construct better names?
Well, you could go for the hard way with actual Tau words, or you could go the easy way and just pick a couple of english words and squish them together, like Windblade, Steadyhand, or Jellybean.
The third option is just make something that sounds Tau'ish, since just because it's not in the Tau list of words doesn't mean it shouldn't be a tau word.
ie. Thys'u Nah'du Sai Lyva (the third, esq.)
I give my Tau characters Japanese mythical or historical names, I like the way they sound and you can even pick names to match their fighting style.
My commander is called Sun Wukong, (in Japanese mythology he is the monkey king). He is fast, hard hitting and agile, whch fits the Tau commanders way of fighting nicely.
So, is this also how codenames such as "Deathrain" and "Fireknife" were introduced. (Just wondering cause that would mean its possible to make up hundreds of names purely on the purpose of the model)
Heh heh! Nice one, PW!
Last weekend I played in a 30k-a-side Tau vs IG/SM game. The IG overall commander's name was Feldmarschall Rimmel (the IG player is a military history fanatic!), so we decided that the Tau supreme commander should be Shas'O Vy'Koun'Tmon'Go'Mur'I.
In short: make up your own names for your commanders in a Tau-like fashion, or find a good Tau lexicon and make up something using actual Tau vocabulary. A Google search will net you a few places.
"Tau Commandment #226: Participants who use Velocity Trackers in the Tau Clay Pigeon Tournament will be disqualified"
My Tau army are members of da WU-TANG CLAN!!!!
You could also borrow other people's alien languages. I personally use Stargate Goa’uldeze ever since I noticed that O’shovah is like shol’va (which interestingly enough translates into traitor).