4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

A Forum to discuss models of the Tau's Enemies, including Alternate Wargame Systems.
User avatar
CoffeeGrunt
Shas'Ui
Posts: 1122

4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#1 » Sep 08 2014 05:20

"If we are to prosper in this galaxy, in this madness where the Y'he, Be'gel and other barbarous creatures refuse the light of the Greater Good, then we must extend our hands in union to as many races as we may find among the stars. Such is the reason the Gue'vesa fight alongside us, and such is the reason T'ros prospers, as Tau shall."

-Aun'sol, reporting to the Ethereal Council on the forming of the Tarosian Empire.

The 4th Tarosian is one of many regiments in service to the Tarosian Empire. In the wake of the Taros Incident, during which Tau forces battled with an Imperial Crusade to reclaim the planet and the system it resides in, Taros bought its independence in blood. Though the Tau value it massively in a strategic sense, it has little value for settlement of colonists. It was decided in the years since that Taros would remain a human-held world, but a world held by humans who would cooperate with the Tau.

Taros' location to the Galactic North of the Tau Empire makes it an excellent "buffer zone." The Tarosian armed forces are entirely independent in matters of local defense, such as fending off piratical raiders or small Ork hordes. However, this independence is still supplemented with an extensive Earth Caste program that aims to make Taros not only a mining powerhouse, but a production powerhouse as well. Vast arms factories were raised in Tarokeen, fueling a massive force of Fire Warrior-trained Gue'vesa capable of claiming and holding a small cluster of local systems. While the Tarosian Regiments are left to defend their own borders, the Tau are always on standby to assist in matters of defense where an enemy presents a grave threat to the small empire's existence. The arrival of the Splinter Fleet Orochi was one such instance.

Many Tarosian vehicles are adapted from Imperial designs merged with Tau equipment, though many more are ancient war machines obtained during the Imperial retreat from Taros.

User avatar
CoffeeGrunt
Shas'Ui
Posts: 1122

Re: 4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#2 » Sep 08 2014 05:30

Gue'vesa'kor - Aircraft of the Tarosian IVth

The Regiment makes much use of Valkyries, primarily as a means of delivering small strike forces into the heart of battle. Some of the men who ride down to ground on their grav chutes are from the Elysian soldiers left behind after the retreat. A few of those left behind saw the light of the Greater Good, and now fight alongside their former foes, teaching the Tarosian soldiers the ways of airborne warfare.

Image
Image
Image

It is a core Tau strategy to strike hard and swiftly to cripple a foe. The Mont'ka is a tactic very suited to the Vendetta Gunship, which screeches onto the battlefield unleashing fusillades of Lascannon fire onto key targets, often delivering small strike teams to support a beaten gunline. The Vendetta has saved the fates of many Guardsmen from a rampaging Carnifex or an oncoming Land Raider, and the telltale screech of its engine is treated like the cavalry horns of old Terran myth.

Image
Image
Image

User avatar
CoffeeGrunt
Shas'Ui
Posts: 1122

Re: 4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#3 » Sep 08 2014 05:38

Armoured Power:

No Regiment is complete without a large dose of hard armoured support bearing earth-shattering ordnance. The preferred mount of the Regiment's Tank Commander, the Vanquisher often waits days for its kill, watching a high-traffic highway from beneath its camo-shroud and cover. Once the most essential target is identified, the Vanquisher makes its kill, leaving only a smoking wreck. While the Earth Caste have attempted to replicate or enhance the Vanquisher shell, progress has been difficult, and thus the few shells still in storage are allotted to the battles where anti-armour firepower is mostly urgently needed. In the right hands, a Vanquisher shell can outdo a Railgun in tank-killing ability, making it a treasured asset on the field

Image

Where the Vanquisher demands careful application, the deployment of the Demolisher tank requires far less subtlety. The main weapon is capable of shattering all but the mightiest beasts with its Demolisher shells, while the rank rumbles through any obstacle to crush the opponent and leave a gaping wound in their defensive lines. Even the mighty Terminator armour of the Astartes is powerless against a Demolisher breaking their lines, and many are the opposing tanks that have been crushed to scrap metal under a well-placed hit from this weapon.

Image
Image

User avatar
El'mo
Shas'El
Posts: 1444

Re: 4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#4 » Sep 09 2014 01:09

You have obviously given some thought to the background to your force. Great to see models and fluff.

The camouflage netting on the Leman Russ Vanquisher is excellent and the weathering is coming along nicely.

Looking forward to seeing more.

User avatar
modelglue
Kor'El
Posts: 1251

Re: 4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#5 » Sep 09 2014 05:03

Woooo, those Leman Russ tanks are definitely doing it for me, love the Vanq'. The infantry shields on the Heavy Bolters are a nice touch, but why not drill out those barrels? That would go along way in adding to the appearance. :)

User avatar
CoffeeGrunt
Shas'Ui
Posts: 1122

Re: 4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#6 » Sep 10 2014 04:29

Thanks guys. This army's been a very fun change from my Tau, and I've learned a lot from my painting. Ultimately I'll be repainting my Tau under a new scheme after these are done, hopefully far better than they are now! As far as drilling the barrels, I keep forgetting t get a drill to do so! It's on the list of things to do in the future, so hopefully I'll get the time to grab one from the local crafts store.

The Camo Netting was a really easy trick to do, tempted to add it to a couple of other tanks in the regiment now! The fluff mainly evolved from the fact that this army was originally going to be a combination of the Tau and Guard rulesets using Gue'vesa models for each, (so Fire Warrior-counts as supporting Conscripts, modified Crisis Suits in small numbers, etc, etc.) However, 7th dropped and really tightened up the Allies Matrix, killing my planned army in its infancy as I lost that nice working together feel I was hoping for now they're Desperate Allies. As a result, the Tarosian IVth evolved from a force working directly alongside the Tau, to an independent force in its own right.

User avatar
CoffeeGrunt
Shas'Ui
Posts: 1122

Re: 4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#7 » Sep 10 2014 04:37

Command Team:

No Guard Regiment can function without the watchful eye of a Company Commander, directing the forces on the field from a vantage point to deliver the right firepower and forces to the right places to see the enemy crushed with ruthless efficiency. The Gue'vesa'O who take on this role are not promoted noblemen or heavy-handed tyrants as most Guard regiments are subject to, they are warriors who have ascended through the ranks due to their tactical prescience and fighting ability. These soldiers often have spent time in the Fire Warrior training domes deep in the Tau Empire, learning much of the ways of Tau warfare, and how it can apply to their own men and machines.

Image
Image

However, a well-thought battleplan is worth nothing if essential air support is harried, or forces waiting in orbit to strike are delayed by the enemy. Always at the Commander's side is a representative of the Gue'vesa'kor, who has a constant voxlink to the ships waiting in orbit above. Their direction ensures that Valkyrie-borne troops or Vendetta strafing runs arrive precisely when required, and that forces may Deep Strike without delay to scythe through key targets harassing the ground forces.

Image
Image

User avatar
CoffeeGrunt
Shas'Ui
Posts: 1122

Re: 4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#8 » Sep 10 2014 05:05

Gue'vesa'vre:

Few Guardsmen ever advance to the rank of Gue'vesa'vre. Some will sadly die as mere Vesa'la, armed with little better than the weaponry the Imperium would throw them into the meat grinder with. Some will achieve the rank of Vesa'ui, Sergeants and vehicle drivers trusted with greater roles, who may die or choose to remain in their position, feeling they best serve the Greater Good in these roles.

It is a rare soldier who shows the commendable lethality and long service record who may attempt to ascend to the rank of Gue'vesa'vre. Such a path is not easy, as arguably out of a conservative spite against the Gue'la in general, members of the Fire Caste deliberately ensure the trials required to attain this role are difficult to the extreme. A Gue'vesa'vre will forsake his home and travel to the Inner Spheres, the core of the Tau Empire. Though many will journey to T'au itself, some will find themselves on still-reputable Septs such as Vior'la or Bork'an. It is here they supplement their existing knowledge with the grueling training regimen set out for them. They will become experts in a variety of Tau weaponry, from the humble Pulse Rifle to learning to pilot the fearsome Hammerhead. Those who adapt and excel in these roles are masters of a variety of weapons and ways of warfare.

The final barrier to acceptance is the Trial by Fire, which tests the mettle and devotion to the Greater Good of these soldiers. Many will adapt to this adversity and excel, as humans are wont to do. Indeed, while some Fire Caste members are optimistic about the military potential of the rapidly expanding swathe of Gue'la worlds falling under the Tau's influence, a few voice words of concern that the Gue'la armed forces may one day outnumber - and dare they say it, outfight - the Tau in their own Empire. Such naysayers are a minority, however, as the training regimen of the Gue'vesa'vre ensures a fully compliant servant of the Greater Good at the end of it.

Image

User avatar
CoffeeGrunt
Shas'Ui
Posts: 1122

Re: 4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#9 » Sep 10 2014 06:18

Artillery Support:

Some Fire Caste members consider artillery a barbaric and ancient method of war. However, there has been many a battle where Gue'la ordnance has bested Tau precision on the field, granting a measure of grudging respect to the Gue'la war machines that bring the sky down upon their enemies. The Wyvern was one such war machine that the Tau grossly underestimated during the war for Mu'galath Bay. From hidden positions they cut bloody swathes through Kroot forces, and even the hardened Fio'tak Fire Warriors wear into battle found itself powerless as shrapnel sliced its way through gaps in the plating. Since then the Fire Caste has gaineda meaure of respect for such artillery support in the face of horrors like the unending swarms of Hive Fleet Orochi.

Image
Image

User avatar
CoffeeGrunt
Shas'Ui
Posts: 1122

Re: 4th Tarosian Regiment: Gue'vesa WIP

Post#10 » Nov 18 2014 08:42

A big ol' update, as I haven't frequented this site much lately, I'm afraid. First off, my new Manticore:
Image
Image
Image

A very fun model to paint and play. Those rockets put the fear of the Greater Good into a whole lot of misguided Xenos. (Also they seem to be tailor-made to give Orks a bad day.)

Return to “Enemy Units & Alternate Systems”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests