T’au XV104 Riptide Battlesuit

XV104 Riptide Battlesuit

The T’au XV104 Riptide is the pinnacle of the Earth caste’s battlesuit development. It stands twice as tall as the XV8 Crisis suit, but its movements are more like those of its smaller cousins than the mechanical stiffness displayed by Imperial walkers with their crude servo-motors.

Attacking the T’au

There are a range of huge dioramas in Warhammer World in Nottingham. One of them involved Imperial Titans attacking a T’au base.

Imperial Titans attacking a T’au base.

Including the powerful Warlord Titan armed with Mars Pattern Warlord Titan Apocalypse Missile Launchers

Imperial Warlord Titan

The Apocalypse Missile Launcher is a Titan-class support weapon capable of firing volleys of missiles to saturate a wide target area. The superior elevation and mobility of a Battle Titan as a firing platform makes the Apocalypse launcher a surpassingly flexible weapon. When mounted in pairs on the Mars pattern Warlord Titan, the Apocalypse launcher becomes even more deadly.

Supporting the titans was a Mechanicum Ordinatus Ulator.

Mechanicum Ordinatus Ulator

A rare and truly arcane weapon system of staggering power, the Mechanicum Ordinatus Ulator is of the smaller classes of Ordinatus, but nevertheless is one of the most potent war machines at the Imperium’s disposal.

The Ordinatus Ulator carries a trio of Volkite Culverins as its secondary armaments, but its primary weapon is the Ulator class Sonic Destructor. A terrifying weapon whose origins lie in the shadows of the Age of Strife, the Sonic Destructor generates a wave of annihilation that wreaks havoc across the battlefield.

Attack on the Titan

There are a range of huge dioramas in Warhammer World in Nottingham. One of them involved Imperial Titans attacking a T’au base.

Imperial Titans attacking a T'au base

The Reaver Titan was marching forward despite being repeatedly attacked by T’au forces.

Imperial Titans attacking a T'au base

T’au battlesuits  flew over the attacking forces attempting to stop them.

Imperial Titans attacking a T'au base

It was an impressive display and included a huge T’au Manta as well. The scenery is excellent representing a T’au base or colony.

Imperial Knight attacking against T’au forces

There was a huge display of Tau forces defending themselves against an attacking force of Imperial Knights.

Imperial Knight attacking against T'au forces

The Imperial Knights did appear to be significantly outnumbered, but were holding their own. I really like the Imperial Knight models and nice to see them in big scale compared to the Epic ones I have somewhere…

Imperial Knight

Fighting for the T’au was the KV128 Stormsurge.

KV128 Stormsurge

An absolute colossus of a machine, piloted by graduates of the Ves’oni’Vash, the KV128 Stormsurge is designed as an extreme heavy-weapons platform. Not as manoeuvrable as a Riptide, instead relying on thick armour and devastating loadouts, these hulking, squat ballistic suits are capable of changing the course of a battle in seconds with a decisive volley of astonishing firepower. Fitted with thrusters to counter recoil, bristling with pulse weaponry and missile pods, the Stormsurge is the T’au Empire’s Titan-killer.

It was an impressive display and included a huge T’au Manta as well. The scenery is excellent representing a T’au base or colony.

Tau Manta

A finished and painted Tau Manta at Warhammer World.

au Manta at Warhammer World

The Manta measures 630mm/25 inches long and has a wingspan of 860mm/34 inches! Weighing in at 12.5 kilos/28 pounds, it weighs six times as much as a Thunderhawk Gunship.

This is one big model. I was never sure how you could use it in games, the weight must make it challenging to use in tabletop games.

I certainly don’t have the funds to buy one, and no time to build and paint one. As it comes with two Devilfish, two Hammerheads, eight Battlesuits and six Gun Drones, I don’t think I would even have the time to build and paint those.

Bring back the Epic version, well bring back a version for Adeptus Titanicus.

How to Paint Citadel Miniatures: Tau Empire

Citadel have released another guide on painting Citadel Miniatures, this time to coincide with the release of the Tau miniatures this one is (as you might have guessed) is about painting the Tau.

How to Paint Citadel Miniatures: Tau Empire

The valiant Fire Warriors, advanced battlesuits and sleek vehicles of the Tau Empire fight at the forefront of their great Third Sphere Expansion. In this Army Workshop, the talented Studio army painters demonstrate how to paint a varied selection of Tau Empire miniatures using the Citadel paint range. Example miniatures featured in this extensive painting guide include Commander Farsight and a mighty Riptide Battlesuit painted in the colours of the T’au Sept.

Always think it is useful to know the paints that others have used, so you can at least get a similar effect.

Get the How to Paint Citadel Miniatures: Tau Empire guide in the iTunes Store.

Codex: Tau Empire – now available

Codex: Tau Empire is out and now available for your iPad. Can be a quick and easy way to get hold of the Codex and certainly useful.
Codex Tau Empire

Codex: Tau Empire is your comprehensive guide to unleashing the might of the Tau upon the battlefields of the 41st Millennium. This volume introduces the four Tau castes, the Ethereals, and their mercenary allies. This dynamic race has begun its Third Sphere Expansion, setting forth into the stars to grow the borders of their burgeoning empire and bring the Greater Good to the galaxy. This digital codex includes interactive miniatures galleries, lavish full colour artwork, and full rules for fielding an army of the Tau Empire on the battlefield.

Certainly at £29.99 it’s basically the same price as the printed version, so time to make a choice. Useful to have on the iPad if your opponent is Tau as you can switch very quickly to the digital version and not have to worry about carrying lots of heavy books around.
Get Codex: Tau Empire from the iTunes Store.
 

Tau Devilfish


The classic Tau Devilfish APC from the displayt cabinets at Warhammer World.
Always quite liked the Tau concept, but was never sure how well it fitted into the Warhammer 40,000 mythos. They seemed a little too high tech for the universe background.
Anyhow the Devilfish is a nice looking model and this is how it looked when the Tau were first released all those years ago.