Finally had my Forgeworld Order arrive mid-august! (Ordered in April
Composed of R'myr, R'alai, 2 Tetra's and an XV9, I've decided to wait with these guys until I see some solid information surrounding the rumored Forgeworld Tau Book.
Combined with the upcoming GW Tau release, I'm very reluctant to start on any major Tau projects. I'd just hate finishing up a pair of suits, only to figure out they turned out somewhat incompatible, or lacking WYSiWYG due to a new ruleset.
Instead, about a month ago I've started on a side-project (non 40k), A Revell Type XXI U-2540
Though I'll refrain from posting Non-Tau imagery on our Orbital. You can see some images here
This one's been gifted to me about 10/11 years ago, and it's been collecting dust ever since. I'm very happy to finally see this one up in my display.
Learned a lot during the assemblage/painting steps. a lot of things I'd never had to do/wanted to do before. Most notable was figuring out how to shade such a large area, and blending in rust effects. (mixing a shader 50/50 with matte varnish works great!).
The experience gained here will be invaluable when attempting some Tau vehicles.
Back to Tau
Working out more specifics on my Tau army and it's Fluff.
I'm set on the paint scheme. Very satisfied with the results myself (and getting feedback that makes me blush).
Heavily leaning towards a Tau "Shock" Detachment that specializes in close-dropping Battlesuits equipped with Flamer weaponry.
These would burn out/scatter entrenched positions, and support heavier Tau equipment by denying enemy movement through "walls of flame". (XV-109 anyone?)
Detachment Shas'O would be a veteran to piloting an XV9 Close-Support-Armor. With experience gained in the field, he'd be familiar with the close-support role, and Hit&Run tactics.
Recent Forgeworld order may or may not be related to his upcoming conversion