Honestly, not really my cup of tea any more, BUT the organizer of the local event is a great guy and a friend so I have to go, right? It also doesn't hurt that because the event will be competitive it gave me a chance to paint a whole bunch of big Tau suits, which I normally wouldn't paint as they are too good to field in numbers in a friendly game (unless you don't want friends for long). So, without further delay, here are some of the brand new units from what I call my Pacific Rim Tau List, since its a lot of giant robots.
Lets start with the big boys, three Riptides, in a Riptide wing formation. You get to take 3 of them, at the same price as normal, but they all get better, for FREE! Reroll overheating, hit enemies easier if another Riptide has already fired at them, shot everything twice in a turn (once per game), and don't take up any slots in your force organization chart. Yes, all that for free!
While I like the overall look, and they pop (in my eyes at least) at table top level, they do look rough close up. There is no subtly here, they will not win any painting awards, but they are not meant to, they are fast rough and dirty, so no offense taken if you don't like the style, several people I know don't like it already!
Next up is another formation for the army, the Advanced Stealth Cadre.
Once again, units at the same price as normal, but better! The Ghostkeel (the big suit in the middle) can fire at +1 ballistic every turn, ignore cover, and target the rear Armour of any vehicle it shoots at, plus either (or both) of the units of small stealth suits get that bonus as well if they are within 6" of the Ghostkeel. For FREE.... are you starting to see my issue with recent GW rules?
Oh, did I mention that with the drones that come with the Ghostkeel give it a 2+ cover save in the open due to doubling its stealth and shrouded saves?
Last of the new units painted for the tournament is my commander and her unit, although to be fair half of the unit is from 10 years ago just being retouched up with chips, edge highlighting, and new bases.
Shadowsun herself comes with 2 shield drones that give 4+ inv saves and a drone that lets a single unit within 12" reroll all 1's that turn. On top of that she has 2 melta guns that she can fire at different targets!
So there you have it, all the new units I painted up over the last few weeks for the army. The army is 1850 points and really that makes up most of it! The only other units in the army are a small 8 man unit of Firewarriors, a unit of Kroot (that Sean McWatt painted for me YEARS ago and that I just touched up a bit), and a few Broadside Missile suits.
At least I had a lot of fun painting them!!!