First off - thanks guys for the positive response.
Second off, we now have a topic linked into this log. For those wanting to talk Fluff and Crunch, this topic right here
will allow you to see the proposed list in detail. And you can help Ebon out with the Fluff. Just watch out for Snark Sharks. The page is flooded with them.
Third, well...New Plastic XV-15's! These'll be popping up on Faeit as someone's sighting of a new Plastic Kit soon enough.
I got the idea looking though Battlesuit Conversions on Google Images, and I came across someone's old idea for some more Humanoid looking Stealth Suits. To be frank, I never liked the XV-25 - way too big, bulky and hardly sneaky. Thus I give you the XV 27-2, the latest in Tau Stealth Suit technology!
But how to make one? Well in a special case, I prepared a quick "How To" in case you fancy making some of these suits yourself:
First thing you're going to need is some spare XV-25 Torsos. You start by very carefully cutting the Jetpack off the suit. I used a combination of my old Plasticlippers and a Craft Knife to pry it off. Cut the newly snipped off Jetpack down as appropriate for stage 2.
Stage 2 involves a component that will strike people as bizarre - a Tactical Squad Space Marine Torso. On these suits, I chose to use the Betrayal at Calth torso, but any Space Marine Torso will do. Make sure to remove any Imperial emblems with a File or Craft Knife first. In the below example, I snipped off a few rivets with a Craft Knife as carefully as I could. I've also found the little slot for the Marine's backpack and the piping behind the neck brace may need to be removed to ensure a smooth integration between the two components.
If you've done things correctly, you should be able to attach the Jetpack and Torso together now. If they don't fit at first, trim the suit further. Use Liquid Green Stuff to smooth over any unsightly cuts that are visable.
And bam! Just attach the arms (though the ball joint will need to be removed first), legs and weapons from the XV-25 kit and a head of your choice, and you can have your own squad of Not-XV-15's.
Happy New Year, folks!