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As some of you have no doubt noted there is a new article up on the UK Games Workshop site showcasing a Tau hunter Cadre. For those of you that haven't seen it, here's a link:
I thought I'd post this as, well, we're Tau players! But, also as I usually find such articles, that take a look at the different aspects of a force: army composition, painting and modelling etc, very interesting; and I thought some of you might too.
I think this guy, Bruno Rizzo, is a very good painter; although I dislike the weathered/dirty effect to be so prevalent across the whole army (I like my Tau clean), he does it well. Furthermore, the blue 'glowing' effect that he uses on the battlesuits and Sniper drones looks great, and the stealthfield effect on the XV22 is awesome. The pathfinder rail-rifles and the sniper-team spotter conversions are pretty simple but look really good too.
The one thing I don't really like is the army composition. He has a lot of battlesuits, which is cool, but half of these seem to orientated around deepstrike (which is fun, but risky); furthermore, he only has a pitiful handful of Fire Warriors and sinks a load of points in a Pirahna that will probably drop out of the sky if you frown at it.
What does everyone else think?
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I think it's standard GW propaganda of "show all our new untis, so people will buy them," and therfore not worth paying attention to. Just one sniper team? No HH's? 18 FW is 12 too many in my book. Yes, some of the painting is nice. I also like the glowing effect, also think there was too much weathering.
Several of his Crisis suits have parts from several different forgeworld kits. Without a discount, that'd be insanely expensive.
I think the mark that separates a truly great modeller and painter from a merely good one is doing something unique and great-looking with a lesser kit.
I regard the Crisis Suit kit as a lesser kit. It requires quite a bit of work to pose it well, and looks rather like it was made out of legos.
But this guy did something great even with his non-forgeworld kits. I'm extremely impressed.
I disagree,I do not like the worn look of the suits, it simply is not Tau, they would not let their equipment get into this sorry state, and I think his army list configs are appaling.Originally Posted by JOHIRA
I dont even think his painting standard is that good, the Wood elf army, now that is nice.
That is probably one of the worst armies I've seen in a long time. That list won't last long IMO. 3 FW teams of 6???? that won't work. No HH's and a MP FB commander that just don't work.
And for the painting I don't really like it... as riki says it looks too old and in a poorly state.
The only Tau army I think could have some rather old worn-out looking stuff is a Farsight Enclave and only on those things that is 0-1 like HH's and that just to indicate that they don't have access to more of those
Yeah a farsight army with loads of scavenged parts and really worn out armour would look so friggin cool, I may actually do this in the future, after my GT list.Originally Posted by Arakiaz
I'm planning on doing it myself sometime.... just have to find a lot of cheap suits and a lot of time to paint and convert.Originally Posted by rikimaru
I was planning on modeling some combat damage on my units. Not much just a bit and make the 0-1 things looks a bit older than the rest of the army
Originally Posted by Arakiaz
I did that! On one of my broadsides, I put bullet holes and such. After it fell out of a window. Twice.
Have any of you noticed that his devilfish doesn't have ANY upgrades? He's fitting TAs on the XV25s but no decoy lancher on the fishie...
Good modeller and painter though.
Those who live by the sword... Will be gunned down by those who don't!
hmmm, I'm thinking of doing that. For my pathfinder DF. Multitacker is just oo expensive, on a unit I didn't want to take. Just use it too move troops at 12", but mostly shoot at 6". You can move less than 6" and yeah, you can get penned, but at least you don't need decoys. Also, if you move it over 6", the drones can still shoot.