|Some new adds for my Tau collection.|
Earlier this fall ByronM was kind enough to host several folks for a "FriendsCon" - a group of players who love GW's 40k setting, so much so that as a group we ignore the things we don't like about the 8th edition of the rules and just play for kicks. Curt brought out his Sisters of Battle, and at the time had shared with us how jazzed he had been to work on those figures again, as the Sisters had been a force he collected "back in the day". Ah - the power of nostalgia!
When assembling my own FriendsCon force, I was moved to go back into an old collection as well - my Tau! I built and painted nearly all of my Tau forces back when they were originally released (around 2000 or so?) - so many of my Tau models are almost all 20 years old! The Tau were one of the first real attempts I had made at a "serious" 40k collection - a complete force, with attention to painting etc. etc. that was a big deal for me back then. I had loved how the red and white painting combo had come out, and even though we got carved to bits on the table, they generally looked great while getting blasted/obliterated/tabled.
But time moves on, and my hobby interests moved all over the place (as you can see at the side of this blog!). And at several points, I vowed I would sell my Tau forces, and I tried to on several occasions - but a sale never worked out. So I still had all of these models for FriendsCon. With Byron's help, I sort-of-figured-out-a-bit of the Tau's 8th Edition codex, dusted off the models after pulling them out of storage, and hit the table with them. And you know what? It was super fun! A sign from the Hobby Gods that these models must stay in my collection - and be improved...hence these models!
And wow...have the Tau ever changed! The models available from GW for the Tau range today are really something. New suits. New drones. New versions of suits. Wow! My amazing wife even got one of them for me for Christmas in 2018...one of the new Broadside suits, so in October I put that model together and got out the red paint!
XV88 Broadside Suit
|XV88 Broadside battlesuit. That huge frigging rail gun sure fits with the 40k vibe!|
|Old and new...the model on the right was painted back in 1999!!!|
|Prepare for GREATER GOOD TIMES!|
|Fantastic detail on the back...you can see the Smart Missile pods on the right shoulder.|
|The sculpting/design of this model is super cool...what a great re-visioning of the XV88|
|Shield drone on the left, marker drone on the right.|
|Markerlight drone...so cool! We didn't have these back in 3rd edition...|
|Shield drone...for an old salt like me, very cool to see these as fully plastic models...back in the day you needed to get metal parts to convert a gun drone to a shield drone.|
Deep Strike Veteran Shas
|A cigar? Is that greater good for your health?|
|Cool view of the "jump pack"...|
|Shas with friend, the mysterious "Gunslinger"...|
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