Thank you Wolfs16
I appreciate your input so far and the project movement.
The Custodian is a resin model, and luckily for me I got some good castes from Forgeworld this time. Maybe they put in some new molds recently because the quality of molds in this most recent order was much better than some of my older ones.
As to the acquisition of the Custodian, I was going to have it acquired through backdoor means. The idea I had in mind was this particular ship was damaged lightly in an engagement, and connections through T'au got the ship 'decommissioned' due to unrepairable damage. Then the ship eventually vanished from orbital dockyards. Any investigation into the vessel would show it was dismantled and decommissioned, though the crew no doubt would argue that it was bull that their ship got slated for decom with so little damage, and members of the dockyard crews might say they swear the ship left dock under it's own power...
Pretty much the enclave would have gotten the vessel through contacts within the empire, and with a few councilors or such and all the right paperwork, anything can disappear. =D
As to the name of my most recent commander or it's first one... I have no Kor in my cadre, nor am I all that familiar with castes aside Fio and Shas. Anyone here is quite welcome to suggest names, perhaps of one of their own captains to have been it's first commander, plus a new one for the current commander.
Unrelated to the tau fleet I am building, I have clipped apart an old XV9 I had built poorly, and am reassembling him to fit on a XV8 base as a counts-ass Shas'O so I can field Da'Korst in a normal non-campaign game. This suit is painted in my old color scheme and style, and currently is just propped up on some random base I had for pictures. Basically these two pics are the 'before pictures', after pictures to follow.
Also I found one of my favorite old Shas'Ui, who will be getting a repaint to current colors and standards.