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I can basically prove that the Tau were designed around feudal Japan and Taoism, also called Daoism. In feudal Japan there were the 4 classes. Basicaly farmers, merchants, politicians, and warriors with a fifth caste being the devine Emporer. Does this sound familiar or what? Taoism is an eastern religion based on giving up ones self to the greater good of the universe. Just search google and you'll see it.
Can anyone guess wher GW got the idea for Tau?
That's all I have right now, anybody else have any insight to go along with this?
Well, I can understand and agree.
You are very right but then again, this is a tabletop game. ^_^
Tau=Japanese in the 41th Mellenium.
And I think that is damn cool! *continues watching gundam* :lol:
Yeah it's painfully obvious GW was heavily influenced by Japan when they made the Tau. Thier Crisis Suits look like something out of Mobile Police Patlabor and there's the stuff you just mentioned.
But anybody ever notice how much the Tau look like doplhins? They even have that blowhole looking dent in thier foreheads. And it you scramble around the letters and add and "N" Tau turns into Tuna, and we all know canned Tuna is usualy about 5% Dolphins that where caught in the net. :shifty:
So wait, if I get 20 cans of tuna I can possibly have a can worth of dolphin? The posibilities of that is mind bogling.
:o OMG!Originally posted by Edicius@Feb 22 2005, 23:15
But anybody ever notice how much the Tau look like doplhins? They even have that blowhole looking dent in thier foreheads. And it you scramble around the letters and add and "N" Tau turns into Tuna, and we all know canned Tuna is usualy about 5% Dolphins that where caught in the net. :shifty:[snapback]336266[/snapback]
Did GW also capture the Tau in fishing nets? (tuna and dolphin thing )
:lol: I want to Tau Tuna (hey! That got a ring in it! for tonight! :lol:
Well, thier tanks are named after fish (hammerhead, devilfish, orca) . The Tau are advanced like the Japanese, honestly, they had PS2 when we had N64.
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Hey Edicius, you'll be pleased to know your theory is spreading. I called my mate's Tau "terrifying dolphin warriors" during a game the other day and after I pointed out the grey skin and blowhole he has started calling them that too.
It's quite funny hearing him curse his own troops when my Orks crush them in cc:
"Stupid f***ken pansy dolphin boys!"
EDIT: Oh yeah I could be wrong but I don't think "politician" was one of the feudal japanese castes. I'm pretty sure they were peasant, merchant, artisan and samurai, with priests, prostitutes, actors and artists being "the floating world"(existing outside the caste system). They also had an "untouchable" caste who worked with meat and dead bodies.
I wonder what a Tau untouchable caste would be...they could think of something cool for that I'm sure.
Originally posted by robotnik@Feb 22 2005, 18:17
They also had an "untouchable" caste who worked with meat and dead bodies.
I wonder what a Tau untouchable caste would be...they could think of something cool for that I'm sure.[snapback]336310[/snapback]
That would be the Kroot. Nasty parrots with guns.
Wow..my madness is spreading. Today LO, tommorrow the world! Muwahaha!
Incredibly awesome concept and I've been thinking the same myself.
On top of all the other neat stuff, I have a few things with art/models:
1) Check out the Tau pages in the rulebook - wakizashi at a FW's hip? Looks sort of Japanese to me.
2) I read somewhere (on here, a while back) about someone comparing the FW's shoulder pad to the shoulder pads of feudal Japanese archers.
3) Doesn't Tau armour, in a way, represent that of a samurai's armour? I think so, at least.
4) Look at their hair, the way they tie it and such...I don't know, it all just seems really Japanese to me.
I do belive we all agree that Tau are based on Japan towards the end of the feudal error. When were the Tau released and did it in any way conincide(sp?) with GW coming out in Eastern Asia and Japan?