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 Post subject: Imperial Guard "Count as.." Auxiliary Tau Army
PostPosted: Jun 12 2009 07:02 
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Well, it's been awhile since I have done anything on here but I decided recently to start a new Tau Army, having taken my Orks as far I wanted for awhile. I had a Tau force a few years ago which, sadly, I had to sell and I have always regretted it. The problem is I don't like doing the same thing again, if I can help it. With the release of the plastic Valkyrie for IG, I thought I would try something with it.

My force is based on an imperial world which fell under Tau control within a couple generations. The forces on the world have embraced the Tau training and technology. They have integrated the technology where they can, such as mounting Tau weaponry on sentinels (for Broadsides) and Valkyries (devilfish and variants) or adapted tau tech for other things like crisis suits. I have not developed the parallels completely yet but they are coming slowly.

The manufactoriums on the world have modified Lasguns into pulse rifles. Mounting Railguns on a sentinels, which they had plenty of, worked well. Smart missle guidance systems were integrated into Imperial munitions. For Tau gear without any IG equivilant, the gearheads adapted Tau engineering. Crisis suits were adapted for human pilots. Some tech is still in development.

What does this mean? IG Shock troops will count as Firewarriors. Modified Sentinels will count as Broadsides, though rumor has another heavy weapons platform in development. The Valkyrie will count as devilfish and it's heavy variants. Crisis suits will be converted for human pilots. Drones are still being developed. I think pathfinders will be Tau advisors and trainers like US Special Forces. The manufactorium is still working on the Pirahna.

Here is what I have so far. The first crisis suit with the modified weapons and a broadside. Comments and criticisms welcome.

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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard count as Army
PostPosted: Jun 12 2009 07:36 
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I am amazed. This is really cool Soldierboy, I wish you best of luck. My only thought is that it will get expensive since a valkrye is almost twice the price of a devilfish.

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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard count as Army
PostPosted: Jun 12 2009 07:46 
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It will be a army slowly built. I head to Iraq in a few weeks, which will slow the build but makes more funds available. You are correct, though. I am thinking about 4 Valks at a minimum. It will depend on how long I am deployed. I figure I will save the price of a Valk monthly when I cannot drink my Sam Adams.

Still trying to think of something for Pirahna but I am sure something will come.

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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard count as Army
PostPosted: Jun 12 2009 09:03 
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remember to file off the imperial eagles & replace them with tau insignia. Otherwise looking great.


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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard count as Army
PostPosted: Jun 12 2009 10:52 
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What ever you do, make sure you bring your combat boot wearing hide back home in one piece. Iraq isn't a fun place to be. Thanks for your service, and God Bless you out there. From one Service member to another, keep your head on a swivel and stay low.

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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard count as Army
PostPosted: Jun 12 2009 11:24 
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I'm building a Tau-allied IG army as well, although I'm using IG models and codex.


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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard count as Army
PostPosted: Jun 13 2009 10:27 
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what's interesting is that all the staff at my local store (except one) are ex-military, and about three guys shipped out to Iraq a little while ago (don't remember exactly when) But come home, make sure you come home.

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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard "Count as.." Auxiliary Tau Army
PostPosted: Sep 25 2009 01:11 
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I am Canadian but I also have a friend that shiped out. He is over in Afganistan though. I noticed as well that a lot of players are ex-military. Anyway back on topic.

I like the idea of using IG with Tau. Even though the Tau do not generaly use sationary weapons I think I may buy a few IG heavy weapon teams to put in with my Farsight Enclave army (I plan on using slightly different rules as I will not be using Farsight himself). I think that after trying to assult a heavy bolter they will have learnt the stratigic value of a well placed heavy gun. And with the fluff I intend to put into my army it would make sense that they have learnt how to use a static defence.

Also you could use a few normal IG units as hand to hand specialists. I know that IG arent that much better then us at Hand-to-hand but a Sargent with a sword and pistol would still be seen as a specalist to us :) . Also you might see some more changes to the Battle suits so that they are more effective in hand-to-hand. Possibly adding small blades to the underside of guns. I mean the only thing scarier than a chainsword crashing down on you is a bigger chainsword right? Either way the Modles are amazing and you definitly need to keep up the good work I personaly look forward to seeing more.


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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard "Count as.." Auxiliary Tau Army
PostPosted: Sep 25 2009 10:03 
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Good work with the minis and a perfect example of Guard allied with Tau is the book Fire Warrior. If I remember right Guard, Space Marines, and Tau allied themselves against Chaos in that one. Man that Fire Warrior proved he needed a battlesuit all of his own after all that crap.

Good luck overseas and come back safely and while your in the army enjoy all the benefits you can because once your out they're gone like an immigrant that was told they got free citizenship. Found that one out from my dad that was in service for twenty years.

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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard "Count as.." Auxiliary Tau Army
PostPosted: Sep 26 2009 01:22 
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Looking quite spiffy, love the flamer conversion! One thing I have to day is, the Imperial Aquilas have to go.

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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard "Count as.." Auxiliary Tau Army
PostPosted: Sep 26 2009 10:56 
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Sorry, but why must the aquillias go? A few tau symbols might be nice, but I don't see why aquillias need removing. The Imperials were still allowed to keep their religion, and continue worshipping the Emperor, according to the first codex, so they could probably keep their symbols also? :-?

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 Post subject: Re: Imperial Guard "Count as.." Auxiliary Tau Army
PostPosted: Sep 27 2009 01:11 
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Wow, blast from the past. I have since abandoned this project because I just could not get as excited about it. I have shifted gears and when I get some WIP pics and little further along I will show what I am working on. IT is still a counts as force but that is all I can say at this time.

What with peace breaking out over here in the sandbox, I have much more free time than I thought I would. So I am doing something conversion heavy.


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