[Challenge | Voting] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

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Poll: Which is your favourite XV104 Riptide conversion

Poll ended at Jul 09 2013 08:53

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[Challenge | Voting] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

Post#1 » Jul 05 2013 08:53

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Now it is time to vote the Winner(s) of this years Challenge, words can not describe the amazing entries, so here they are:

Good Luck to everyone!


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Shas'Ui Ukos was posthumously promoted after his successful mission at Stonereach and fast tracked for command. The data node he secured on that mission proved most useful to the empire. Ukos was tormented by thoughts of his comrades and not a day passed that he didn't think about his lost battle brothers. Wrecked with guilt he saw an opportunity to atone for his actions and volunteered to test pilot the new XV104 battle suit. He knew this would be risky and the danger high, but to die in service of the greater good would be the greatest respect he could show to the memory of his lost Ta'lissera.


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Riptide Name: Shas'Vre Tash'Var Aloh Kor'Mont'Ka (Skyfall)

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Skyfall started his military career much like the rest of his caste as a fire warrior. His graduating class performed the ta'lissera bonding ritual shortly after becoming Shas'la. After a bloody battle on a Vespid colony world, where most of the squad had been killed in action by the invading Orks, Skyfall earned a commendation for his advanced use of 3 dimensional tactics. Springing ambush after ambush, Skyfall was able to contain the Orks before local Razorshark and Piranha support could finish the job. Skyfall's squad then passed their first trial by fire to become Crisis suit pilots on the snowy slops of Aloh'Cal VII when tasked with removing Eldar Pathfinders which had infiltrated the planet and were causing subterfuge. This earned him his first name Aloh (cold), as a reminder of his shrewd tactics at hunting this elusive prey. His second trial by fire came during the invasion of the Imperial world of Xavier Prime where his crisis team's crippling blow to the main military star port left the skies free for the invading fleet to swiftly capture the capitol and the subsequent surrender of it's planetary Governor. Skyfall lost both of his remaining brothers in the assault, but gained the rank of 'Vre and the name Kor'Mont'ka (Skyfall) for the devastation he had wrought on the star port. It also earned him the chance to pilot the new Riptide battle suit for such an exemplary display of power.




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Shas'Vre Ren'Ka'Tan, the lone survivor of a bonded Fireknife Crisis suit team, is the third pilot of her hunter cadre's XV-104 Riptide battlesuit. A young but talented warrior, she will not hesitate to unleash the energy of her battlesuit's nova reactor to enhance the power of her suit's battle systems, heedless of the dangers that have already claimed her two predecessors. Constantly at the vanguard of her cadre, she is often the prime target of enemy firepower, forcing her to overpower her shield generator to absorb the enemy's assault.


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Shas'vre Kais doesn't come from Tau'n like the rest of his cadre. He comes from the closest planet to Tau's star. Like the star itself Kais is hot, violent and deadly. Young, showing prodigious skill and a quick assent to Shas'vre, his path seemed to mirror that of the legendary O'Shovah. Realising this ethereal council needed to calm him somewhat. Kais was deployed into the care of Shas'O My'en Mesme of Tau'n's moon, Meysha. Under his care Kais' ferocity and recklessness have been turned into focus and ruthlessness. Deployed as a Monat suit with Fusion Blaster and Missile pod, Kais became a feared tank killer that appeared from the sky. When the XV104 Riptide suit was issued to My'en's forces, Kais was the obvious choice to pilot it. Armed with Heavy Burst Cannon, enemies of the Empire will learn to fear the whine of the weapon starting up...




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On the snowy hills of the distant planet Ka’ resh the 8th interdiction Cadre of Commander Winterborne encounter the dark legions of man. These guela call themselves the Fiends of Korne. They behave strangely compared to previous encounters with the guela on the defence of Dyanoi. Brutal and determined they come. They resist all envoys of peace and only cry out for blood for their god. They are formidable and ruthless but Commander Winterborne has a plan. These guela are easily led. They see victory when the commander retreats his forces in disarray from the colony but this is a ruse. The colony is not unprotected. The new dispatch of Riptide battle suits are deployed and they make short work of the contingent of mechanized guela known as hellbrutes. Ugly and slow they are no match for the quick strikes of the riptides. The colony is safe and the littered remains of the Fiends of Korne are quickly buried by the snow.


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"The Art of Vehicle Tipping"

distant THUMP! THUMP! THUMP!
"What was that?"
"Auspex is showing boggie closing in fast from the Northwest sir, wait, its gone.."
"keep checking, I'm going on top for a better view."
"yes, sir!"
Lt. Wilder took his manoculars and zoomed in to the Northwest for a better look. His heart pounding..
He put down his manoculars, his peripheral to his right detect movement.
As he turn for a better view..
"Emperor help us!"

The leman russ laid on its side in ruins.
"Good distraction Shas'vre Min."
"Good hunting Shas'vre Cal."
The two veteran pilots greeted each other in their new XV-104 Riptide battlesuits.


Entry 7 wrote:XV104 Riptide, Undertow variant.

This variant of the standard Riptide is believed to have originated on the Sept world of Ke'lshan. The extended torso carapace houses a system of capillary microtubules intended to redirect extra energy and counteract the venting issues associated with the Nova Reactor. It also allows for additional armor plating to protect the pilot from enemy fire. Although the design didn't ultimately offer any significant performance advantages over the standard XV104, there are still several of the prototype versions in use on Ke'lshan.

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This is the centerpiece image, the one that everyone should really think of when viewing the model

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These are supplement images to go with it, just giving an additional perspective of the model.

I was a little disappointed that the finer details didn't show in the resized images, but such is life. Anyway, here is my fluff piece of the description:

The XV105 Tsunami is a special variant of the more common XV104 Riptide Battlesuit. They are deployed exclusively by the exploratory forces of Shas'O Ko'vash M'yen as a ground-level aid to survey crews in orbit. The most notable features are the up-armored front intakes and the enhanced XV9-inspired chest armor, complete with visual readouts for the pilot, which are also based on the XV9 platform. Additionally, to aid with the mobility required for an exploratory suit, a secondary center jetpack is mounted on the back of the armor. It incorporates a larger intake to aid with cooling and is engraved with the text "Caution: Nova Reactor" on one side and "ATT" on the other. This is a display of homage from the Fio who designed the enhancements as a recognition of the orbital in which he learned his trade. Other enhancements include an extended heavy burst cannon and increased shin armor to help aid the pilot in any sticky situations encountered while surveying planets.

Though it is not specifically intended for high levels of combat, the XV105 Tsunami has proven to be the most durable XV10 platform yet and other cadres are quickly requesting that this variant be incorporated into their own forces. Aside from increased survivability, field testing on the consequences to performance based on these upgrades has proven inconclusive.

Hopefully that's not too long.



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Story:

The guide lights on the platform below lit up with pale blue glow as the mag-elevator completed its three-and-a-half kilometre descend into the core of the base. It took only three months for the Alliance to refit the mined-out asteroid into a state-of-the-arts hidden manufacturing facility – the Specialized Equipment Construction Theatre, or SpECTre – as it was then aptly named.

A set of air-tight heavy metal doors swung open with the hiss and clank of hydraulic pistons and grinding gears. The trio of bulky guard automatons before them parted ways to allow a lone figure in test pilot uniforms passage.

“It’s a necessary evil.” The commander’s grave tone still resonates within the mind of Ashton, the designated test pilot of the new experimental XV-104.c Heavy Tactical Assault Module. “It carries the power to cause death and destruction on levels unheard of, and yet it is as dangerous to its enemies as it is to its master.”
But it was clear from the beginning that Ashton would be the perfect pilot candidate, with his distinguish skills and service records, he was a Human and the commander had made no attempts to mask her reluctance when she handed Ashton the activation holo-key,“And that is why the technology was never deployed, at least not until now.” She signed again, “But it is necessary.”

Ashton composed himself and stepped forward, leaving the mag-elevator and the guards behind. Merely two weeks ago, what now stood majestically before him was nothing but a broken frame of twisted metal and sundered armour. “The Earth Caste of the Neo-Farsight Enclave went through great lengths to secure this beauty!” Ashton remembered the enthusiasm of the chief technical officer when he first introduced to the command staff the recovered Riptide suit. “The Final Sanction has been given, we have permission to rebuild and modify it in any way we see fit. And even the Earth Caste itself will send in engineers and technical advisors to assist in our endeavor. Tau and Human technology combined, can you believe that?” And soon enough, work on the unit’s reconstruction began, and the above-top-secret project progressed at a rapid rate.

Slowly, following a low, echoing hum, the arrays of floodlights installed around the spacious hanger bay came online, showering the dark, dormant mechanical construct with cold luminescence. The true sight of the suit had never stopped giving Ashton a sense of dread. “Some hailed it as a marvel of military might, ingenuity and engineering, while others condemned it as an abomination of science and technology created by the most radical and sadistic minds.” The master of the armoury had said to Ashton on the first day of weapons testing. “It is a wild beast, untamed, and should never be unshackled, lest it runs rampant. But that is not why you are here today, is it?” By the end of the three-day testing schedule, the old firing range of SpECTre was decommissioned due to excessive collateral damage and high equipment repair expenditures, permanently.

Reaching to open the armoured hatch in the chest of the rebuilt Riptide suit, Ashton paused one last time to kiss that little lucky charm the commander had given to him. With a silent prayer, he wrapped the pretty silver pendant around his right wrist, and climbed into the pilot harness.

The cockpit sealed shut, and within the engulfing darkness and deafening silence, Ashton cleared his mind and calmed his breathing. Then, moving with practiced perfection, he once again performed the pre-launch checks and diagnostics that he had done so on every single sortie. Lights and monitor panels slowly came to life, illuminating the lightless confines of the cockpit with a colourful brilliance.

“Scans complete, all systems operational” Ashton said into the open comms channel to central command, “this is 1st Lt. Ashton, Spectre unit XV one-zero-four custom, requesting permission to launch.” The commander came back in reply, “permission granted lieutenant, ready for the final exam?” “Yes, ma’am” Ashton answered, with a little grin on his face. “Don’t call me that. Now, good hunting, and…” the commander gave a soft pause, “Don't wreck the battle suit”

The single eye lens on the Riptide’s head blinked into life, glowing in the colour of burning flame…


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After the events on the Hive world Agrellan in the Dovar system concluded, and the tensions between the Imperium of Man and the Tau Empire had been resolved. The 20 Cadres participating in the siege where told that they were to receive the prototype XV-104 Riptides that participated in the battle as gifts of honour, following an Earth Caste diagnostic and refurbishment. One suit did not make it back to Vior’la. It is suspected that a force from the Farsight Enclaves intercepted the ship carrying the XV-104, designation TA'NK"Red”; and reports have revealed that a battle damaged Riptide being piloted by one of O’Shava ’s bodyguard ‘Vre has been engaging Ork Stompas' on worlds near Fi’Rios. The reports may bear some truth as O’Shava himself would not risk himself by using the Nova Reactor in a suit that has not seen an earth caste refit since Mu’Gulath Bay.

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Entry 11 wrote:
"report"
the Shas'vre commanded
"smart missile system: depleted...ion accelerator at 96.5%......shield generator at 82.4%...fusion reactor at 94.3%...nova reactor: offline...all systems nominal" the OS replied.
"not bad" the veteran thought to himself "not bad at all"

Farsights arm was still strong and his reach long. The fact, that Can'he was piloting this very prototype was proof of it. All of the earth castes development found their way into the enclave sooner or later, but this new batlesuit was astonishing. Although easily noteable as a prototype in an early stage it was more than capable to take down even the larger Tyranid creatures that had ventured into their space recently. But really revolutionary was that this engine could stand up to a carnifex at closequarter fighting. Given, he had depleted the whole SMS into it before closing in, but still: The servos of the new suit tore the beast to pieces in moments.

"Riptide to Range...come in"
"Range here...go ahead"
"Mission accomplished, target neutralized"
"Acknowledged Riptide...return to base"

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Legend of the Crimson Tempest.

Out of all the forces of the Tau Empire, none are as courageous or insane as those that pilot the awesome might of the Riptide Battlesuit. Facing off against the gargantuan horrors of the galaxy, these handful of Tau truly are the hammer of the Cadres. No one has displayed the same courage or tenacity as Shas'Vre Na-tan of Commander Silversword's expeditionary force. During the battle for Xi-Ahn, an Eldar Maiden world populated by outcast from Biel-tan, Na-tan utilized his Riptide to hold off the ravenous swarm of Tyranids that are the remnants of from Hive Fleet Karken. Commander Silversword sent in a large cadre to assists in the defense and eventual evacuation of the planet. The swarm proved too much even for the combined might of the Demonlance and the Defenders of Xi-Ahn to handle. To avoid more losses, Silversword ordered the evacuation of the planet, starting with the countless Eldar populous and guardians. Aspect warriors and Fire caste alike fought off the assault to the best of their abilities. Seeing the futile efforts of his comrades. Shas'vre Na-tan requested to remain behind and fight off the swarming xenomorphs while the remaining forces escaped on the last Manta out. Overcoming impossible odds, Na-tan was able to defend the Manta through its take-off procedures. With seconds to spare until he is completely overran, Na-tan's Riptide boosted into the air to try an aerial evac with the Manta overhead. Na-tan's suit was nearly safe when tragedy struck. A flying Hive Tyrant swooped in and penetrated the metal hull of the suit. Na-tan was mortally wounded. He drew his last ounce of focus to gun down the offending creature and land the suit safely on board the Manta. As desperately as the medical staff attempted to save Na-tan's life, they were unsuccessful. However he gave his life for the Greater Good and his actions allowed his comrades to escape with minimal losses. His suit was repaired and again pressed into service. Every pilot of the Crimson Tempest has lived, or should I say died, to Shas'vre Na-tan's reputation. Na-tan's spirit continues to live on through his successors. Each devoting his life to the Greater Good.


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Despite the nature of the 13th Vior'La Infiltration Cadre, there are often times when heavy support or withering fire is required to ensure the extraction of key personnel or assets when finesse fails. To this end, the Fio of the Cadre have outfitted one of the strike team's XV-104 Riptide suits with a enlarged stealth field. While the movement of the massive suit makes for a broken stealth effect, the pilot can over charge his reactor to give the stealth field a power boost allowing for much better coverage by the field. Unfortunately this has also forced the Fio to remove the suit's shield generator. Add to the prototype stealth field, the Fio have made many improvements to handling and reach, as well as reduced the massive suit from two engines to one. While this also reduces the suits airborne speeds, it serves the primary purpose of reducing detectable signatures and bulk to increases the odds of the massive suit can infiltrate to where it's needed most. When the time comes for action however, the pilot of the modified suit can kick in his/her reactors powering up for full combat as if out of no where.



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Fio'vre Lu'keth looked across the Earth Caste Engineering Factory it was a sight to behold watching all the Kor'vesa making the suits of various kinds for the Sept. Today was a lucky day for Lu'keth, he actually got to step away from his normal duties of architecture and see the other side of the coin and see things made for war. Also today was the first day the new XV-104 Riptide Battlesuit was being produced for the field. He couldn't hold back his excitement at how this would advanced The Greater Good and protect the many Shas bringing it to the Gue'la during the Third Sphere Expansion. The Fio'vre approached a monitor and saw the Nova Reactor being loaded into a special suit designed more for the Kuy'arda Sept. The monitor said that the designator for this particular suit ST-3V3.


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The XV-104-N is a unique piece of battlefield equipment recovered from the incident on Kebek III. This intimidating engine of destruction was part of the last ditched efforts of the renegade O'Segra's Sept in resisting re-integration into the Empire. While the hardware is no longer of pure Tau design, Earth Caste technicians have managed to purge all remnants of the alien influence that animated it. This alternate version of the Riptide now functions as part of Aun'P'ven's Cadre along with all other recovered FireWarriors and equipment that were salvaged from the renegade Sept.


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Entry 16 wrote:
Here's the short story component for my entry:



"So you really think that'll work?" said Shas’vre Kavash , cocking his head to one side.

"Of course! You want to get their attention, right?" replied the Gue'vesa squad leader. "You know how the Orks think the biggest thing is the most important? Well, let's use that to our advantage."

Kavash strained for a bit, his mind searching while feeling a touch uneasy. "It's a bit, how do you say?"

"Individualistic?" offered the Gue'vesa helpfully.

Surprised at how insightful his human ally had been, Kavash nodded and smiled. "That's it exactly! There's a whole world of difference between having the air intakes straightened and shortened so the Riptide suit's arms have better sideways clearance, and having this...this thing stuck on the back."

Suddenly both warriors snapped to attention. Walking casually, yet examining the suit with a discerning
eye, the Shas'O made an assessment of both suit and pilot.

"Relax gentlemen. Looks like the Fio'vre has done an excellent job with that work you requested, Kavash." She stepped closer and smiled. "With the upcoming Kauyon, you'll take a high volume of fire given the Ork habit of taking the bait."

Turning her back, she began to walk away, then looking over her shoulder, adding:
"By the way, nice touch adding the banner. A simple item, but you'll look even more important than I will tomorrow!"

"Hmm..." the Gue'vesa muttered to himself. "I didn't realise that Tau went purple when they blush."




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--OPENING UPLINK TO DATABASE - AUTHORIZATION CODE: ****** --
--AUTHORIZATION CODE ACCEPTED. ACCESS GRANTED.--
--WELCOME COMMANDER--

DESIGNATION:Fio'Ui report
LOCATION:Gri-lok Astroid Field

MISSION STATUS: We would like to inform the Ethereals of strange disappearances at our base of operations here at Gri-lok. There had been rumours of a Farsight sympathizer and as per routine questioning have resulted in nothing. But onto more pressing matters we have had a couple of old prototype XV104 go missing from Storage we are unable to find where it might have been sent, Our contacts in Mu'Gulath Bay have reported sightings of unspecified models of our recent Riptide suit. What worries me most about this is all Reports have had them seen in the Deep red of the Enclave, and sporting non standard armaments and armour. The models we lost were not combat ready or suited for battle.

Just thought I should bring this to your attention, For The Greater Good.
--UPLINK CLOSED--

--OPENING UPLINK TO ENCLAVE DATABASE - AUTHORIZATION CODE: ****** --
--ENCRYPTING--
--AUTHORIZATION CODE ACCEPTED. ACCESS GRANTED.--
--HAIL O'SHOVAH--

The acquisition of the XV104 from the Fio base at Gri-lok has proven successful. We did need to retrofit it with armour and weapons but I think we have everything under control. Shas'Vre Vior'la Mont Mon'wern'a has come forward to pilot the Suit it should be safe enough for extended periods thanks to the cooling Vanes mounted to the back of the suit. He mentions that the suit seems about "3 times faster" than the 104 models seen in our drone cameras.

--ENCRYPTING--
--UPLINK CLOSED--


Entry 18 wrote:Hi,

I'm afraid the painting on this guy is not quite finished, but I've run out of time to work on it. Here goes (and no matter what I do, I just can't get the third image to stand the right way up - sorry):

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Fluff:

Today was looking like a good day for Shas’Vre Kel’shan Mal’caor. After some heroics in the Mu’galath Bay campaign, he was finally going to be given command of a new Riptide. Glancing again at his orders as he sauntered in to the battlesuit maintenance bay, he checked his battlesuit’s designation. Passing the first few berths, he muttered the berth numbers to himself as he passed. Hailing a passing technician, he called out “Fio’Ui, where is Riptide 005?”

“Not to worry sir,” replied the Fio’Ui. “The Fio’El took it out to test some new adjustments. The 005 is something of a pet project, you see. Here he comes now.”

As the Riptide stalked gracefully in past the bay doors, Mal’caor lifted an eyebrow and muttered to himself, “these Fio just don’t know when to leave their toys alone.”


Entry 19 wrote:Hey, here is my entry into the Size does matter contest, unfortunatly i haven't finished basing it, but atleast its fully painted.

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The Firewarriors of the 29th Dal'yth Assault Cadre had seen their share of the combat against the forward troops of the Tyranid Hive Fleet Behemoth.
Their Fireblade had been medivaced several weeks ago when he was severly wounded in close combat with the remnants of a Hormagaunt Brood.
While under assault by a large scouting brood they heared a familiar voice announcing incoming fire on the attackers, several groups of Tyranid were blasted
apart and a giant battlesuit smashed into the streets, shielding the Firewarriors from incoming Hormagaunt fire. They heared the voice of their old Fireblade,
who had always mocked the firewarriors choosing to go the way of the battlesuit, coming over the comms. Tau'va my friends, i guess these jumping heaps
of metal have their uses after all.


Entry 20 wrote:This is a great challenge, i cant wait to see the other entries. Thanks for putting the time in and making this happen!

Aun'Tyr reviewed the reports given to him by Commander Lightforge of the latest incidents with the Gue'ron'sha and smiled. The new XV-104 was performing better than the Earth Caste could have prepared him for. Sha'Vre Raz, or "SkyKiller" as the rest of the cadre seemed to refer to him now, was quickly becoming a powerful symbol for the Empire. Reports indicated that anything that deployed from the airspace above the conflict had seen a dramatic decrease in their use after the Shas'vre had accurately predicted the drop zone of an elite Gue'ron'sha religious leader and his retinue silencing the threat before they could react. Shas'Vre Raz will be a busy servant of the Tau'Va in foreseeable future...

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Aun'Tyr reviewed the reports given to him by Commander Lightforge of the latest incidents with the Gue'ron'sha and smiled. The new XV-104 was performing better than the Earth Caste could have prepared him for. Sha'Vre Raz, or "SkyKiller" as the rest of the cadre seemed to refer to him now, was quickly becoming a powerful symbol for the Empire. Reports indicated that anything that deployed from the airspace above the conflict had seen a dramatic decrease in their use after the Shas'vre had accurately predicted the drop zone of an elite Gue'ron'sha religious leader and his retinue silencing the threat before they could react. Shas'Vre Raz will be a busy servant of the Tau'Va in foreseeable future...

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Entry 22 wrote:The light that makes shadow - Body Guard for Shas'O Kais Shadowstrike
Has engaged in over 100 ground combats with all manner of enemy to the empire with no known combat losses. Since his acceptance as pilot of the XV-104 his kills are only rivaled by his noted acts of heroism and selfless service to the greater good. Kills of note: Greater devil in hand to hand, Eldar wraithknight at close range, and the Swarmlord with body guard before they hit friendly lines.
"When the enemy looks, they will only see him. A blinding light that hides our blade.", Shas'O Kais Shadowstrike before the fall of space mining facility ADR-CT918

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The first of the XV-104 Riptides to reach the Vior'la cadre on Persentia was put through its paces immediately upon initialization, much to the dismay of the accompanying Earth Caste mechanics. The select few Shas'Vre chosen to master the new suit were eager to see it prove its worth in battle, but could not temper their use of the nova reactor. All pilots fail to achieve a harmony with the suit, leaving them in medical for many days after. It was in a desperate defense of the base camp that the mechanic Por'ui Koro'ta himself piloted the suit and brought all who beheld it to their knees in awe. He was given an unprecedented rank of Por'Shas and tasked with guiding his Shas'Vre pilot via nearby comms link during combat operations. It was so effective that all subsequent XV-104 received by the cadre would have both Shas'Vre and Por'Shas.


Entry 24 wrote:
Below is my xv-104 conversion entry.

TAU XV-104 Hazard Beta test suit. Tau suit designed for beta testing of a prototype hazard type XV-104, utilizing prototype weapon systems and more powerful ascending leg armature systems designed to increase jumping power during combat.

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An experimental Railgun attachment for the XV104 battle suit was being developed on a Tau occupied planet not too far from the Farsight Enclaves. The weapon was soon to go into mass production after a few more field tests, but Commander O'Shovah caught wind of these tests going on not far from a scouting forward base, as O'Shovah had decided to expand the Farsight Enclaves. Farsight had a team of Pathfinders armed with EMP grenades and 3 XV15 stealth teams nearby to assist if need be. But they were not needed as the Pathfinders managed to get close enough to stun the massive walker and wretch the driver out of the suit. Once completed, Earth Caste drones came and transported the walker onto one of Farsight's only remaining Mantas. The XV104 is still in use to this day, with some rumors suggesting O'Shovah even pilots it himself on rare occasions.



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The XV 104-6, dubbed "Nautilus" pattern by Earth caste engineers, is a pre-production prototype of the Riptide battlesuit. Its slimmer profile fits the needs of city fighting well, and this particular model's last field test was indeed in the streets of the cramped hives of Mu'gulath Bay. Since the assimilation of Mu'gulath, the Nautilus has been out of commission for extensive retro-fitting and reactor analysis. It is expected to return to field duties within the month.

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Re: [Challenge | Poll] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

Post#2 » Jul 05 2013 09:35

The most apt thing I can say right now is; "Gah!"

There were some incredible entries in there, and my final vote only came about through painstaking deliberation. Well done to all entries, you have done a fantastic job. :biggrin:
I don't know if I'm allowed to say who I voted for (I'm not sure why, but hey, better safe than sorry), but my final decision came down to a close call between 1, 8, 12, 15 and 20. They were pretty close calls too, mind you, though I think Entry 20 may have had an unfair advantage by using 'Aun'tyr' in his fluff. ;) I know you were thinking of me, whoever you are.

Entry 8, can I just ask (once again, I'm not sure if entrants must remain anonymous, so feel free to ignore this), did that Tau'sia read 'Advanced Tau Tactica' and 'ATT'? If so, well done, again.

EDIT: Alright, since everyone else is doing it - my vote went to Entry 8 in the end. :)
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Re: [Challenge | Poll] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

Post#3 » Jul 05 2013 09:48

This thread makes me glad I didn't start building my Riptide yet ;) So much inspiration, great job everyone these look fantastic!

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Re: [Challenge | Poll] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

Post#4 » Jul 05 2013 09:50

15, 17 and 23 where the hard choices for me.
But the necron hybrid has bought me in the end, hybrid tech is just SO hard to pull off, and yet it was done with such elegance here.

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Re: [Challenge | Poll] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

Post#5 » Jul 05 2013 11:31

To be brutally honest I am disappointed with the turn out, in the sense of how "out of the box" some of these are. Due to not voting for myself(feels like cheating :roll: ) mine went to 8.

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Re: [Challenge | Poll] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

Post#6 » Jul 05 2013 11:46

Is it just me, or are entries 20 and 21 the same?

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Re: [Challenge | Poll] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

Post#7 » Jul 05 2013 11:56

No, you see clear, 20 and 21 has the same pictures.

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Post#8 » Jul 05 2013 12:09

abraxus wrote:Is it just me, or are entries 20 and 21 the same?


Yes, they are the same. I've PM'ed Che Gue'vesa about it as well. Might also want to edit #16, as the last image isn't showing, and I have the feeling that last picture holds some (important) details as well(mainly the head for example)?

Apart from that, my vote goes to number 9, with number 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 22, 23, and 25 being my ''runner ups''. I must agree with Whitefire though, I had hoped to see more ''extreme'' conversions in this contest.. But the overall quality and paintjobs of the contest are simply amazing and beautiful to look at! My reasoning for voting #9 is that it is heavily converted, and it reminds me a bit of the old Gen1 Transformer Shockwave (Purple gun transformer guarding Cybertron), which my own cadre is mildly based on! While I must say I think some other paintjobs look good (or even better) too, I'm voting purely based on the model itself, with the paintjob giving ''extra points''. Good job on all contestants!

Cheers!

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Post#9 » Jul 05 2013 12:25

Some of the paint jobs on these are quite good. It has given me quite the inspiration for my own!

I really liked the LED lit entry however, I feel I wasn't able to get a true sense of what it looked like from the photos.

I think my vote goes to number 1 though.

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Post#10 » Jul 05 2013 12:49

I voted for 8 as well. I liked 15's Necron spin on the Riptide (excellent paint job too), and number 18 had a cool look with the Machine Krieger-esque torso, centerline jetpack, and modded SMS, but for me, I just liked 8's subtlety. It looks like a believable variant of a Riptide and strikes what I see as a very nice "less is more" balance.

Some other entries were really nicely posed and painted (like #1) but since "conversion" was one of the stipulations of the contest, I felt that some of these just didn't alter enough of the original kit to win my vote.
SPRUE FOR THE SPRUE GOD!!!

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Post#11 » Jul 05 2013 01:05

My vote went to 8, I dunno, as much as I like every other entry, something about it just feels 'right', heroic even...and the cannon swap is superb.

Congrats again to all the entries, you all did great!

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Post#12 » Jul 05 2013 01:28

I have to say, all of those blow my entry out of the water. Some suburb stuff here guys.

As for the Riptide model itself. GW have done a fantastic job here. It was easy to assemble, pose and paint.
I don't think I've worked with a better mini.

Once again, congratulations to all.

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Post#13 » Jul 05 2013 01:35

I was going to vote for 8, until I saw 15 and was left speechless in amazement.
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Post#14 » Jul 05 2013 02:05

For me, the choice was between 13 and 24, in the end i picked 13 but i kinda liked them both equally.
I know that quite a few were relativly unmodified, my own entry included, but the riptide kit is already very good looking, and for a not so cheap kit i understand why a lot of people would choose to stick closer to the original.

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Re: [Challenge | Poll] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

Post#15 » Jul 05 2013 03:39

I received a few PMs, that Entry 20 and 21 are both the same

This happened by accident, at the end, the votes for 20 and 21 will be calculated together to even the poll out.

Thank you for the PMs.

I can't tell you which is my favourite, they are all awesome!

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Re: [Challenge | Poll] 2013 Year of the Tau | Size does matter

Post#16 » Jul 05 2013 04:14

entry 15 is pretty amazing although I voted for entry 1, the pose is right on :P , even though its a tad sacrilegious to walk on a fallen comrades vehicle.
One does not simply kill a Riptide...

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Post#17 » Jul 05 2013 07:43

Great turn out, but remember the contest main descriptions is conversions. Not just out of the box and best paint job.

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Post#18 » Jul 05 2013 08:08

Wow some fantastic models out there, some of the conversions are brilliant... but 8 won me over just with the modified gatling gun......id love a how to on that alone? Please? Pretty Please

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