Saturday, April 27, 2013

Codex: Tau Empire (Continued)

Well here we are again sports fans, welcome back!

What Tau article would be complete without this pic?

Ok so let's jump right in shall we? What better units to start with than the brave and fearless commanders and ethereals that lead the Tau to victory?!

Commander: First up we have the basic tau commander, I'm convinced at least a commander + bodyguard is the minimum amount of crisis suits any tau army should have! Even if you prefer to just put him in a regular crisis suit squad, which actually gives you an extra suit over taking a bodyguard just at the cost of the regular suits not being able to take signature systems. The commander is a good buy for his cost, just be careful of tacking on too much expensive wargear, although I do strongly recommend taking the Iridium armor on him as it now gives 2+ armor as well as +1 toughness to raise up that instant death thresh hold to S10! This works particularly good if he has a bodyguard since you can stick him out front to eat up all the S8 ap3 missiles and the bodyguards always allow him to pass look out sir rolls for when he you start failing to many 2+ saves. Another very good piece of equipment for one of his FOUR weapon/system slots is the drone controller, if you're going to take gun drones that is,4-12 BS5 twin linked S5 pinning shots is not too shabby(possibly more if you're  going to be running farsight like I am). Other than those just arm him to compliment your army, him and his boys are pretty reliable at most tasks they set their mind(or guns) too.

Ethereal:I do believe they got much better from the previous codex, but I still find them ....MEH. Don't get me wrong they are a decent buy for their points and can be potent in game. They have 2 12" bubbles, one grants LD 10 for most Ld based tests, the other bubble grants any of the following chosen abilities at the start of each movement phase: Stubborn, +1 shot to all pulse weapons when firing at half range, 6+ feel no pain, and allow models to run AND  still get to snap fire. Now most of these are pretty good as there are no restrictions such as Ld test or must choose a different one each round, Stubborn has its uses, but its nothing you look for on purpose in most Tau armies. All these bonuses also come with a risk, when the ethereal is slain he automatically grants +1 victory point to the enemy(so +2 if he's your warlord!!!)... I don't know about you but since the release of 6th Ed. Ive won/lost a handful of games on a single VP, and all that stands between the opponent and that extra point are 2 measly T3 wounds with no built in saves ( and of course any unit he's in but really what tau unit is resilient enough to survive a determined opponent?), so overall he's decent if you run a lot of Fire warriors and that +1 shot at short range would really be maximised, but otherwise I'll stick to other Hq's

Commander Shadowsun: Not a lot to say, kind of straight forward, she's a stealth suit commander and has 2 fusion blasters that can split fire if she wishes, she gets 3++ shield drones except she's only T3 so a strong wind can instant kill her once she starts taking saves, although if shes in a stealth suit unit she can auto-pass look our sir rolls if there is anyone left to pass it to... As long as she's not your warlord she makes a decent kamikaze.

Commander Farsight: I think he will be a very popular HQ, I myself will be running him with a full 7 suit bodyguard + and extra commander just to make sure the unit it over the top! He/unit doesn't scatter when deep striking, he's good in close combat if necessary, but at the cost of only having a single plasma rifle for shooting.

Aun'va/ Aun'shi: Basically beefed up ethereal's personally aun'va is the only decent one in my opinion as Aun'shi is meant for close combat... He's got a few tricks up his sleeves but will not fare very well in a challenge against most! Aun'va has a cool ability that allows him(and his unit) to make a special save versus every shooting attack that hits, having to roll equal to or above the ap of the firing weapon, which means dont fire your good stuff at him, it wont work!!! anything lower than Ap 4 and the unit effectively has a 3++ or 2++ and AP1 always fails, and ap- never gets a roll!!

In general the Tau HQ section has a wide variety of uses(some less useful than other..looks at Aun'shi) and I will leave you with a glimpse of my unfinished Tau paint scheme.

You Shall Not Pass!!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Current projects update

   Greetings fellow people who enjoy imagining a brutal sci-fi universe battle taking place while shuffling miniatures across a 6x4 table.
   Well the biggest project that I've been slowly clunking away at is my nurgle chaos marines/steel legion traitor army. I WAS going to go the basic green that your about to see my defiler base coated in but I've decided to go more ambitious since the majority of my infantry is fleshy(zombies!!!).. so I will be stripping down the defiler and will post results soon of what i come up with. You can thank the guys over at The Mandulian Chapel  as there work has constantly inspired me to up my painting skills(can only go up from where I am haha).

Monday, April 8, 2013

I'm back like the Death star, except it's not a trap...

Greetings fellow wargamers,

    After a long hiatus having to do with many life aspects such as my 15 month old son and Career paths, I am back! I will be posting at least once a week, hopefully maybe 2-3 times. Soon I will update everyone on my current wargaming projects but as for now what to talk about in my resurrection post?? why not what everybody else is talking about? And something that I have waited a long time for...CODEX:TAU EMPIRE

Monday, October 8, 2012

Decisions Decisions....

Hey guys

Sorry for the delay in my next posting, alot is going on and I'm not getting the time I need to prep for the GT, although I am my own worst enemy. You see there's one "problem" I have in regards to this hobby.... When I start thinking of army ideas and I find one I like enough I want to start it RIGHT AWAY!

So heres my Dilemma , I recently was looking through my IG codex(I had a huge Cadian IG army up until I sold it a few months back)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The GT progress update and thoughts on tyranids in 6th Ed.

Progress update:
I've mostly been working on the 18"x24" display board for the GT, I dont want to spoil it by describing my plans but I think it's gunna come out GREAT, I haven't worked on the alienid paint scheme at all since I just adjusted my 1850pt list that I plan to use for Octobers event and the Da boyz GT in November.

The rough list im planning on bringing is :
1 tyrant guard-rending claws/S.talons

 Hive tyrant w/ Wings, 2x TL Devourers, parox/leech

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Inaugural address

Hey there sports fans!!!

My name is Chris, if you would like a bit of background just read my bio.