Real first name: Alice
Age and gender: 25. A Girl most days
Location: Victoria, B.C.
Occupation: I'm a philosophy student!
How did you get into wargaming? Well, back in the long long ago, me and my schoolyard chums would play a little. Our friend's father must have had about 9000 points of Imperial Guard. We all we pretty enamored with both the models, and the game itself. I spent hours pouring over every picture I could find online, reading and re-reading the White Dwarf magazines, crafting army lists for anything I even considered. In the end, the sheer variety of models was my undoing. I ended up with quite a bit of stuff, but not enough of any one thing. A half dozen Battlefleet Gothic ships, a few Orks in Mega Armour, a handful of Tyranids, a smattering of Mordheim, but I did have good chunk of Space Marines, around a 1000 points worth. I only just rediscovered how awesome all this stuff is, and cannot wait to start collecting one army.
How did you get into Tau? Well I guess I stopped just before the Tau came onto the scene, because all it took was one look at a XV8 Crisis Suit to get me drooling, let alone every other piece of epic in the Tau stable. Seeing one model in the window of the local GW store made me go in and start looking the models again. Got a codex and I've spent the last few months pouring over every word, drafting list after list, saving my pennies little by little.
What would be your second piece of advice (after "read the freakin' rules") to a new Tau player? Log onto this place. The depth of tactical advice is staggering. And there's modelling tips and guides and pretty much everything you need without any fluff. It's even better seeing a forum that prides itself on having acceptable grammar.
What is your Tau colour scheme? Well I'm a huge fan of teal/cyan, you should see my closet... I think I can manage to wear something different that's that shade of blue every darn day. So I was thinking Hawk Turquoise with Bleached Bone for the fabric, and a really bright orange for the sept markings.
How did you find this site/the old site, and how long have you been a member? I had been using google to answer a few specific questions about wargear and this place came up time and time again. I've been lurking for a while now, and I'm gonna start actually buying models at the end of the month, so I figured I might actually register.
What are the origins of your ATT username? Well, I wanted to create a whole background story for my cadre, so I went hunting around on the internet here and I found a list of all the translated Tau words from the various official sources. I can link if y'all would like. Either way, Al'anuk is one of the names of my cadre commander, and it apparently translates to Little-Bird. All part of the story which I would be happy to share as well.
Have you reviewed the ATT Member Primers? I surely have!
Where and how often do you usually play? Well, in the long long ago we used to play pretty often, mostly with our friend's dad's titanic Guard army. He also had a boatload of Eldar and Space Marines as well, so we could really get some fun battles going. I've been lurking at the store and talking to my old pals as well. v40k has also been getting a workout, but it's just not the same.
Do you have any other armies, for 40K or another system? Well, not yet... But I also have a pretty awesome idea for an Imperial Guard army. One that decided to join right up with the Tau though. The idea came out of the background for my commander. Would be nice to have two forces so strangers and newbies can try it out.
What is your favourite and least favourite army to play against? Space Marines always bored me. It was par for the course to play against Marines at the local GW store, since more than half the people had them. I can imagine Necrons being a pain though... All those little robots... Le sigh.
What is your best and worst 40K moment? I do remember a brilliant moment where my 5 person Terminator squad were rapid fired at by my pal's Imperial Guardsmen and I lost every man despite that great saving throw. He hit me like 10 or 15 times too. I think that counts for both, don't you?
What does/do your family/significant other/friends think about your 'funny toys'? Pfft, they have way bigger things to worry about than my hobbies. Who cares if people think it's too expensive or that it's silly. I often do things other people consider silly or strange. Also, these things are super pretty, in case nobody noticed
What are some of you other interests? I like to read, I study philosophy, I love riding my bike and I really enjoy tasty food. I want to be a private detective... You know, if I ever have to grow up.
Do you have any pets? No... But my folks have a big fat kitty cat that loves me way more than he loves my parents. Does that count?
What is your favourite band? Right now I would say that I am obsessed with CSS, and also loving the new Asteroids Galaxy Tour stuff. I've also been rediscovering my love affair with Dimitri Shostakovich, and I'm attempting to improve my fiddling by listening to lots and lots of creole and acadian folk.