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Don't get all excited- I don't mean 'steamy' like the pictures of the Battlesuit pilot leaning out blowing kisses at the Firewarrior. I mean steamy like 'steam punk' style Tau.
Again- don't get upset. I know that Tau are the supposedly technological race out there, and that Victorian and Steampunk themes are usually applied to Chaos and the Imperium. But here's what I'm looking to accomplish:
I'd like to use a battle-suit heavy army. We're all fully aware that the Tau are based on Japanese Mecha, so why not give them a taste of their own medicine and send back pre-mecha Japanese culture. All of my Battlesuits are going to be Samurai. In a similar vein to mech shows like Gundam, each suit will have it's own distinct coloring and marking, with a unifying theme to tie it to the rest of the army.
The rest of my army is going to mounted in Fish's, and will probably be a conversion between Kroot bits, and firewarrior bits. I'm doing this, because I like the look of the kroot rifles in a steampunk army (slender, long barreled musket type weapons) and I think that Kroot heads would look awesome with some little round goggles on them.
So my question: since my army is consisting mainly of 7 Battlesuits, and 2 units of Fish'd Warriors, how well should I expect it to perform? And how well do you think opponents will receive my strange Kroot/Firewarrior hybrids?
With nothing but battlesuits and fire warriors, I think the list will probably perform pretty badly. You need some heavy support because without it you will have no way to deal with vehicles at range. I would suggest adding in some XV88 broadside battlesuits into the mix - I am sure you can think of a way to make them fit your theme. If you think you could get them to fit the theme, I think hammerheads and a skyray are an even better choice.
I would also use regular Kroot somehow - kroot and kroot hound support is vital to the way many of the best Tau armies play. You could still fit them into a samurai theme - the kroot could be like peasant conscripts or something.
In keeping with your theme (which I think will look awesome, BTW), I would use:
Crisis Suits as the equivalent of Samurai leaders and/or mounted cavalry
Fire Warriors as the equivalent of Samurai troops
Stealth Suits (the old XV-15 model) as the equivalent of "Ninja"
Kroot as the equivalent of peasant conscripts
Broadside battlesuits as the equivalent of some sort of artillery
Just my $0.02
Last edited by ZenGamer; March 24th, 2009 at 19:27.
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Tyranid Hive Fleet Typhoeus
T'au Empire, Bork'an Sept
I'm sorry- I didn't specify. I am currently planning on running this as a CityFight/dense army, but I am making use of 2 Broadsides, and also outfitting my Piranhas to "park and bark" in some dense terrain and just blast the hell out anything that comes too close.
Also- I like the idea of the kroot-as-peasants. I would really need to post up some lists, but I'm finding that battlesuits can become quite expensive quite quickly.
I have the first suit mostly converted, now I just need to get him painted and posted.