Cool Conversions – Tau XV88 battlesuit with Arms

Recently Darkly on the Tau Empire Community group on Facebook released images of his recent converion painted up the Tau XV88 stormsurge with arms, see below (which personally I think it should always have had).

Tau XV88 Stormsurge Conversion by Darkly on Tau Empire FB Group

This was acieved by using the Puppetswar: Prime Battlewalker‘s arms, which thankfully Puppetswar now sell seperately.

Pupperswar conversion arms

News/Rumours – Leaked images of the new Tau models

Images dropped last night on the Warhammer Tau Blog and then spread like wildfire around the internet of the rumored new Tau models release. This release had originally been rumoured for mid-September, it now appears to be October 10th by the cover of the White Dwarf below, and I’m really looking forward to this.

Leaked White Dwarf  89 - CoverLeaked White Dwarf  89 - BackLeaked November Issue of Warhammer Visions with Tau  Stormsurge on the coverLeaked White Dwarf  89 - Tau Fire WarriorsLeaked White Dwarf  89 - Closeup Tau Fire Warriors and new XV8 Battlesuit in the background

The new massive Riptide variant on the cover of the November Issue of Warhammer Visions called Stormsurge, thought to be Games Workshop’s answer to the amazing Forgeworld R’Varna Battlesuit.

Sporting a huge shoulder mounted Rail weapon (though is you compare the cover of Warhammer Visions to the back of White Dwarf you will see that the shoulder weapon changes, so there will be at least 2 options for this weapon), 4 seeker missiles, a huge main missile pod payload, and a host of secondary smart missile systems, it is sure to bring the pain to your opponent on the table, and increase competition for an already heavily contested Heavy Support slot.

If that was all, we would have been happy, but Games Workshop went the extra mile. Releasing a new design of Firewarrior which are a welcomed improvement, minor alterations to the XV8 battlesuit design (seems to be able to pivot at the waist), and another smaller Riptide variant sporting an Ion Cannon style weapon and Fusion Guns. This smaller variant has been rumored to be a “Stealth” variant, which would be awesome.

With still more than 3 weeks to go until this release hits the shops, I, as I am sure every other Tau player is getting very excited, and are counting the days until it hits the shelves.

Tau KX139 Taunar Supremacy Armour

Not to forget, the Forgeworld Tau titan that went on sale last week at the Forgeworld open day, and will hopefully go on general release in the coming weeks, this is a very good time to be a Tau player.

#WIPWednesday Tau Broadside parts and Death Company Dreadnought

Still in the very early stages but I have the base colours down on the broadside weapon systems and drones and I have started in the red elements on the Death Company Dreadnought that comes in the Deathstorm boxed set. At this rate I should have it all painted by next year…

#WIPWednesday Tau Weapon Systems and Death Company Dreadnought

#miniaturemonday 15/12 – Tau Broadsides

For the last few weeks I’ve been getting back into the swing of painting, and fitting this in with my new responsibility of being a dad. I have found that after Joshua was born, hobby activities rightly have been left by the wayside. Now 2 months in I can reliably get about a hour or so in-between feeds which I use to top up on sleep mostly, or if I get a chance, do a little painting to relax.

This Broadside team was one of those relaxing diversions. I magnetised the weapon mounts so that when I get round to painting them, I can easily swap in the alternate Railguns.

Missile Broadside TeamMissile Broadside Team

The next thing on my painting table is a Forgeworld Baracuda, but I’m not deluding myself into thinking I will be getting this finished before the new year. I may put up a few general hobby articles in the next few weeks, possibly covering the Black library advent calendar, and any cool hobby related news.

So In the mean time, Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year when it arrives.

A late #miniaturemonday Tau Broadside weapons and weathering is finished

I meant to get these guys finished for #miniaturemonday but alas it was not meant to be. Two months ago I painted these 3 broadsides with the high yield missile pods to a basic table top standard. In the last week I have been working on bringing up the standard of these suits to the same level as the rest of my army and getting the last 2 weapon options painted, the railgun and the plasma guns, as you can see below.

3 Tau Broadsides with Rail Guns, Plasma Guns, and Seeker missiles