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New Tau!
« on: September 16, 2015, 04:30:04 PM »
So, you gents seen the new Tau pics yet? Anybody excited to get an ultra-missile-Riptide-splosion happening? Thoughts on the new suit or FW models?

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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2015, 04:59:36 PM »
The Riptide/Stormsurge with the huge beslubber off gun on its shoulder? Looks very nice indeed.

Edit: Bad marketing for an October release when Sept-ember would have worked better.
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2015, 06:19:47 PM »
I think it will be interesting to see what they do to the army as a whole. They really don't need very much other than access to D weaponry and their flyers are underwhelming.

Oh, and Vespid. Three damn editions and you'd think they'd get them right, but no...

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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2015, 06:57:27 PM »
From the Stormsurge it appears GUNS GUNS GUNS is the call of the day. You can identify at least four different weapons systems (three if the different missile pods are the same except for artistic license). The new Stealth Suit looks to be up scaled so perhaps new support systems involved.

The Vespid I suspect were someone's pet project and they got bored and/or transferred. Not a whole lot has ever happened with them except being slaughtered in the BL stories.
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2015, 09:07:57 AM »
Given the new Riptide model and that forgeworld monstrosity, I worry a little bit about the design aesthetic going into the Tau these days. They just seem to be bolting on giant guns for the sake of it, and I don't know if that's a good look for them. They're straying towards "orky."

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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2015, 06:35:16 PM »
Very true. While I know it's a fool's errand to look at 40K with an engineering eye with some of these new Tau designs you take a glance and can't help thinking there's no way that could function without magic.
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #6 on: October 3, 2015, 01:02:26 PM »
Preorders have begun including the Stormsurge.
KV128 Stormsurge | Games Workshop Webstore

The tiny support braces behind the Stormsurge's legs just look ridiculous.
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #7 on: October 3, 2015, 05:24:08 PM »
150 box ...  omg I will not buy something like that before long but i gotta admnit it looks pretty details for the model :D  looking sweet even if i don't judge it to be particulary appealing to the eye compared to normal tau suit that are much more elegant ^^
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #8 on: October 4, 2015, 09:38:13 AM »
Honestly, the Ghostkeel looks much more interesting to me. A big, stealthy super-suit? Sign me up!

If I had time  (I don't), I could see myself building an entirely stealth-themed army. Stealth suits, ghostkeels, pathfinders, and kroot would be cool.

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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #9 on: October 4, 2015, 02:54:05 PM »
The Ghostkeel does sound interesting and seems you can kit it up to be a tank hunter or infantry scythe like other stealths. I've been reading the potential for plenty of cover save shenanigans as well.
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #10 on: October 6, 2015, 12:17:00 PM »
I'm actually starting to warm up to the Stormsurge.  After reading the most recent White Dwarf, I see some good potential for it with the Pulse Blast Cannon (I'm thinking we should just call this the Pulse shotgun).

Rather than using the stabilizers and giving up mobility, I see using a unit of two or three Stormsurges aggressively.  As GCs they can keep up with the rest of our army just fine and so set them to hunting enemy super heavies and GCs, or if none available vehicles and MCs.  The nice thing is that again as a GC, the Stormsurge can use the rest of its many weapons to harass nearby infantry.  That's a large amount of fire coming from the cluster rocket system and SMS.  I'd even say in this role it would be worth upgrading to the twin-linked AFP for more great anti infantry.

And, if there aren't any SHs, GC, MCs, or vehicles to target just keep farther back from infantry you want to disappear and use the main guns large blast.

Even one Stormsurge by itself used this way can put out a lot of firepower and is fairly survivable given its number of wounds.

So what do others think of using the Stormsurge this way?

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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #11 on: October 6, 2015, 04:51:15 PM »
I haven't seen the stats, so I can't comment precisely, but the theory sounds good to me. Being able to shoot at multiple targets is quite the benefit for a platform mounting that many guns.

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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2015, 01:24:42 PM »
The Ghostkeel is *quite* large now that I've seen the official pictures.
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2015, 04:24:49 PM »
The Tau Breacher Squad sounds quite interesting, if you're of a short-range firefight bent (such as myself). Pulse Blasters sound sweet, though that extra-short high-power shot is going to be hard to manage with a larger squad.


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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2015, 02:46:28 PM »
A mobile defence line, that sounds kind of silly. Apparently all sold out as well.
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2015, 06:09:11 PM »
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2015, 06:13:22 PM »
With force fields. It just looks so flimsy, so open, so not defensive. Well within the usual from GW for defence structures, or course, which is the problem. Come on design crew, think about it.
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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2015, 06:14:21 AM »
A mobile defence line, that sounds kind of silly. Apparently all sold out as well.

At least it's not the overdesigned piece of tin that is the Stormsurge?

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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2015, 09:20:38 AM »
At least it's not the overdesigned piece of tin that is the Stormsurge?

Earth Caste Tech: Sir, there's still a few square meters of the Stormsurge not currently covered with missiles?

Earth Caste Supervisor: WHAT? (hits big red button) Emergency! Emergency! To stations everyone! We NEED MORE MISSILES!

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Re: New Tau!
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2015, 04:45:31 PM »
"Sir, we've lost another Stormsurge pilot. Just like the others, after firing all their weapons they die from a massive erection."

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