=][= Rumours Roundup : Tau Empire - Updated : 18/03/2013
Rumoured Release Schedule
General Codex Information
Author: Latest rumour says Vetock, earlier said Phil Kelly or Robin Cruddace
State: Everything is done
Nothing is troops until you unlock it with a HQ or character.
Commander in a crisis suit unlocks crisis suits as troops
Ethereal unlocks fire warriors
Shaper unlocks kroot
-Stealth armour option (XV22 as worn by Commander Shadowsun?)
The shield generator functions exactly like the shadowfield for the dark eldar, 2+ until missed
Shield generator makes the model Eternal Warrior until he fails his save so ignores the first instant kill
-Buffs to units they join
Kroot Master Shaper
-Minor psychic powers
XV8 'Crisis' Battlesuit Team
-Completely redesigned (not just recut sprues and ankle tweaks), less boxy and including a 'morphic weapon'
-Mostly same stats but now 3 wounds
-Comes with every gun option and you can choose what weapon systems you fire every round
-Cost around 60pt per model
-Squad size max 5
-Hit and Run
-Pick 2 guns and a skill or 2 skills and a gun
-New models with interchangeable arms similar to Killa Kanz
-Stealth suit mechanics may change
-Advanced scout unit similar to pathfinders
-Equal to Banshees without the scream
Fire Warrior Team
-BS increased to 4
-Firewarrior carbine to get a grenade launcher (either explosive or EMP)
Kroot Carnivore Squad
-Kroot fieldcraft rule - presumably switched to Stealth and Infiltrate USR
-Maybe minor psychic powers for Shapers or Shaper like character this is something Ghost has heard from other people and not stated directly
-Light armor saves (6+)
-Kroot shaper will allow for the unit to have a special genetic trait.
-Kroot shaper might get minor psychic powers
-Equal to Banshees without the scream, might be Elite only
Devilfish Troop Carrier
-Can no longer transport Kroot
-Can carry 15 models, 10 models and 2 battlesuits, or 5 battlesuits
Kroot specific transport
Gun Drone Squadron
-Will act as a type of Tau Commando infantry
Piranha Light Skimmer Team
XV88 Broadside Battlesuit Team
-Can take network markerlights instead of the missiles on their arms
-One markerlight can fire the seekers off one model
Sniper Drone Team
-Railgun: Draws a line across the table hitting everything under it. Multiple penetration through vehicles, only stopped by a glancing hit.
Vespid Heavy unit
Heavy weapons of some sort
Sky Ray Missile Defence Gunship
-Better choice of missiles
-Seeker missile S6 AP4 Blast
-Choose the missile type at the beginning of the game
-Despite the payload its main role will still be target marking.
-Seekers replenish and are no longer one use items
-Missiles always hit side armour
-Can only fire 1 seeker per round
Note: If rumour is true we should see the return of:
Aun'va - Master of the Undying Spirit
Aun'Shi - Blade Masters
O'Shovah - Commander Farsight
O'Shaserra - Commander Shadowsun
New Special Characters
-Demiurg Special Character
Heavy Support Platform
-Heavy Weapon and Crew
-Rail and Ion Cannon
-Can carry 15 models, 10 models and 2 battlesuits, or 5 battlesuits
-Size between Piranha and Hammerhead
-Open Topped (Assault Vehicle)
-Assault after Flat-Out
-Drop Troops along path (similar to Storm Raven)
-Dedicated Transport option for a new unit
-Named after a snake (My bet is on Viper or Cobra)
-Has a networked marker light like item/weapon that can stack
-Options for rail guns or gattling cannons
"Ubersuit" rumoured to be called Riptide
-Battletech/Mechwarrior sort of thing (probably Dreadknight sized), with a special 'ridiculous' ability that lets it rain down shooting if it stands still.
Looks a bit like one of the Battletech Mechs that is named after an ancient weapon.
-The Battletech Mech in question is the Warhammer IIC mech (no joke about the name.) one of the unseen mechs in the battletech universe. The suit itself is quite big, not quite dreadknight sized but it can "brace".....yes Matt Ward does play Spacemarine. The trouble is that it will be competing against Broadsides, Skyrays and Hammerheads, all of which have improved, a lot.
Demiurg have 1 HQ, 1 troop and maybe 1 else. Presumably the Elite choice mentioned elsewhere
Demiurg ancients are a thing Probably HQ, but could also be the elite unit
Possible Demiurg elite choice
Demiurg Ancients: Think of them as cranky old wise men who saw the Imperium in its infancy. They have seen the Eldar come and go, and thought it was just another decadent empire, though they normally take hundreds of years to make a decision. The tau have something special the demiurg like.
Demiurg are "equal to banshees without the scream" so presumably anti-armour close combat, or at least have that as an option. This might also be elite unit rather than the troop one, or be a unit that does both - like a kit that would let you make Boyz and Ard Boyz (or Dwarfs and Longbeards). An elite unit, but being an upgrade to a troop slot to keep out the way of the battlesuits.
Demiurg are apparently a lot less Dwarfish than the initial concepts, instead being more like little stone golems (Ozruk from WoW was mentioned)
As a tongue in cheek nod to the fate of the squats, there is a named Demiurg (who may or may not make it as a SC) who survived fighting Tyranids and personally killed a large monster by drilling his way out after being "Swallowed up by the 'Nids"
This Demiurg is aware that the Ethereals have some kind of power over the Tau (maybe other races too) but not the Demiurg, who have presumably signed up for political reasons and of their own free will
Demiurg and one other new race join the army, the latter being something bizarre or at least something we've not seen before.
They get a heavy version (in addition to the assault unit) with some sort of heavy weapons.
Kroot get an additional unit
No Knarloc riders,though perhaps something big (new WFB monster-szied) for the Kroot
All current metal sets to be plastic (Pathfinders, Krootox, Vespids)
4 box sets, and 4 blisters in wave 1
Demiurg plastic box
Battlesuit plastic box (maybe including sniper and broadside)
Vespid plastic box (redesign that looks much cooler)
Demiurg ancient blister
New Tau SC blister
No longer bought as wargear
They are bought as a unit and then divided as you see fit at the start of the match
You can mix your drones when bought for the point cost needed
This addresses the Drone Squadrons etc as an option.
-Only team leaders can take a shield generator. Functions exactly like the DE Shadowfield, 2+ invulnerable save until the first failed save at which point it ceases to work.
One Markerlight can fire the seekers off one model
4E prototypes now standard equipment for all suits.
Tau rumours are hard to come by at the moment so when scraping the barrel I saw this, not really a reliable rumour but it brings out an interesting point. Could we have some people going to their local GWs and simply ask if it'd be a good idea to order Farsight or if the employees would recommend waiting a few months?
An interesting release schedule rumour popped up today, including some 6E starter box content rumours.
Finally some new rumours, after being dead for a while we finally get a small rumour
Some more from Jared Van Kell, not much new but at least it's something.
Finally some good rumours, it's been a while but we have some interesting stuff here
More Tau rumours from Tabitha
Some more Tau rumours
Small compilation of the most recent rumours regarding the Tau
Updated with all the new stuff I could find, if I missed something please let me know.
Send me a pm with a link to the missing information.
Demiurg were refuted by several of the more reliable rumormongers since last fall, I'd have expected you to migrate them out by now. They are certainly one of the oldest rumours, but only recently have they been dismissed.
Additional rumors: Remora Drone codex entry. (I do not personally believe this as I am sure we're only getting 1 flyer and that is the Barracuda - however, I could imagine GW writing the Remora into the codex and not release a plastic kit, leaving 2 fliers in the book but just 1 kit.)
EDIT: And I find it impossible that they would release a stand-alone Krootox kit. Unless they made Krootox very powerful they wouldn't shift them on their lives. If they do make Krootox in plastic, they are making a completely re-worked Kroot box altogether, complete with hounds and krootox. And no, they'd never make Krootox finecast short of a stopgap solution just because of the amount of material bulk that goes into one.
Could you provide a link to the Remora Drone rumour?
Everything you linked is either a stop gap (great unclean one) a very niche specialty item (Bjorn, Canis) or not as big as a Krootox (Grotesque and Fiend)
Nobody would ever pay 380 NOK for a Krootox (the price point of Canis and Bjorn) hence my point. A Krootox is not a special character, and costs a whopping 50-60 points. My guess is a refurbished Kroot kit with 1 Krootox per 15 Kroot and 2 Hounds. That would be a neat little wonderbox.
I think you are wrong.
It is a given fact that GW are slowly going through every line for the armies of their core games and transferring every pewter model into finecast. Since it is easier and cheaper for them I expect this to happen over the next few years. Whether this applies to the specialist games I don't know however.
Heck I reckon in 5 years time we might be in the minority since we could remember a time when we used pewter models. Man that makes me feel old thinking about it.
I do agree however, that a complete kroot box-set would be an excellent idea. Cant see it happening though, as it would reduce profit potential - sell one product at an increased price, or split it to sell two for a higher total cost, but apparent cheapness individually.
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