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One thing i'm noticing... just how huge is that ubersuit / Riptide?

Its £50, £17 more then then Dreadknight. Also... its more then twice the hight of those crisis suits and at least as tall as a flying stem... so what... 15cm?
 

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One thing i'm noticing... just how huge is that ubersuit / Riptide?

Its £50, £17 more then then Dreadknight. Also... its more then twice the hight of those crisis suits and at least as tall as a flying stem... so what... 15cm?
Should mean it's in the flight path of air units, and gets automatic skyfire then :wink:
 

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If there is one thing I am noticing, its that all those kits come with a fuckton of drones.

Seriously though, I am liking the models.
 

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Didn't someone once say GW will never make the money back on the drones mould? Maybe something to do with that.

Also if they're cheap enough (points wise) then its an effective way to lay down fire, especially if carbines are made to be assault 2
 

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Didn't someone once say GW will never make the money back on the drones mould? Maybe something to do with that.

Also if they're cheap enough (points wise) then its an effective way to lay down fire, especially if carbines are made to be assault 2
They are also great to screen and soak up fire.....
 

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From http://tauofwar.blogspot.com/
"All your Broadsides are now too small for tournament play. New ones are on 60mm bases, yours are on 40mm. Some power gamers might complain about you field your old ones."

I'm glad I held off to buy all of my broadsides :grin:
 

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From Faeit212 regarding the images:

Tau Information Flows Free.


This is another Tau treat, as each image we have seen is explained with details on what you are seeing.

I expect a balanced 6th edition codex with the Tau, and look forward to seeing what it brings.


via neko over on Warseer
I'm glad someone's posted those - I feel I can speak a little more freely now

Looking at the double spread:
- The flyer on the left is a gunship. The chin-mounted burst cannon you can see, but the main weapon is actually mounted on the underside of the tail, and is some sort of turreted array of ion weapons. My first thought is that this should make the flyer easier to use, as you don't need to be pointing at the target. It also has 2 pop-up seeker missiles.
- The flyer on the right is the bomber. It doesn't actually carry any bombs, but instead has a generator for forming bombs out of plasma as they're needed. It also has a detachable drone fighter in each wing for defense.
- Below the bomber, you should be able to make out a lot of white missile tips. These all belong to a Broadside model. The uppermost bundle of missiles is a shoulder-mounted pod, whilst a bit lower you can see 2 more bundles of missiles in arm mounted pods. Also, to the right of the shoulder pod you may be able to make out a seeker missile pointing straight up - this is the suit mounted seeker I mentioned.
- To the right of that you have the XV104 Riptide. You should be able to make out an ion cannon of some sort on its right arm, and a shield on its left.

2nd Attachment:
- Here we can see the box art for the XV104, this time armed with some sort of uber-burst cannon. On this shot you might be able to make out the twin support weapons mounted under the main gun. It also comes with 2 shielded missile drones.
- And another picture of the bomber.

3rd Attachment:
- Pathfinders. You can't really make out the new experimental weapons I'm afraid, but you can certainly see that one of the drones is beefier than the rest. If I understand right, this drone can sit in place of the cupola on the devilfish, and grant some sort of C3 bonuses.
- Broadside suit. In this shot you can see it built with the twin heavy rail rifle (the rifle you can see is actually 2 heavy rail rifles side by side).
- Crisis team. It's just the current suits repacked into boxes of 3.

Another tidbit not shown:
- The XV8 varient is a finecast commander's varient. It looks similar to the XV8 (maybe with longer limbs?), and may well have the same rules, but is posed with the hand units deployed.
And concerning the Riptide:
Answering Questions About the Riptide


In the last few days we have seen a lot about the Tau, and there are more questions than there are answers right now. What exactly is the Riptide, what does it come with, and what are its upgrades are a huge one. Not only that, but now we have seen the model (box cover art), and the excitement is going nuts. This model is "freakin huge".


Please remember that while we are getting close to release dates, and this comes from a good source.... always add a grain of salt until the codex is in hand.

via an anonymous source from the Faeit 212 inbox
To answer some questions for your readers:
*The suit starts with rail cannons and can upgrade them to the Ion Weapon.
*The profiles you have listed are wrong, but it does indeed have blast and shot options. (from yesterday)
*It does divert power from it's reactor to different systems at the start of each Tau turn, lasting until the next turn and starts with one system active.
*One includes the gun, which is how you change it from shots to a blast.
*For those of you wondering; yes the blast is better than the multi-shots.
*It isn't like submunitions, or dispersed firing. Think of it more like megaman's buster. It gets powers up and fires a big shot instead of rapidly firing smaller shots (granted it's from a big gun).
 

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Just one thing is the broadside in the double page spread a new or old one.
I have a feiling they will be different than before in more ways than just the gun.
 

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More pics and some rules from the WD







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Via Kirby over on 3++
*Skyray can shoot and ground and air targets (one assumes at full BS)


*Special character is "like" Chronus for tanks. Tank Hunters. Potential cover boost. Tank can overwatch.

*Hammerhead roughly 160-170 WITH character.

*Special Pathfinder - Nightstrider.

*Shadowsun has split fire. Maybe.

*Riptide roughly is T6/W4/2 Sv/5 invul with the special option working on a 3 or higher (i.e. 3plusplus , better blast, etc.). Around 175 pts with Ion Cannon (S8 Ap2 blast; super charge takes to S9?).
5 wounds!? And more gun options outside of Ion cannon - supporting missile pods?

*All Ion weapons have a 'supercharge' option but at a risk (gets hot?). Drones can have Ion weapons.

*Interceptor drones are in! heavy drones with actual weapons AFAIK. They are a FW unit iirc which has been moved to 40k. there are 6 drone types (see below).

*Repulsor field. D6 s4 ap- hits to attacking units at I10

*Supporting fire allows other Tau units within 6" to overwatch a charging unit as well. Not sure if this is all Tau units or just specific types.

*Markerlights are for all intents and purposes, the same. Buff BS, remove cover. BS can be buffed for Overwatch but not sure if this counts for Skyfire, too

*There is somethign called.... puretide engram neurochip.

*I haven't heard anything about railcannons for the Riptide. It starts with a Burst cannon (of giantness) though and can buy a Skyfire option.__In the pictures we can see underslung plasma rifles with the burst cannon.__IDK base cost for Hammerhead but that appears to be about right. I'd still imagine one hammerhead + 2 broadside units with the info I have but it might go the other way, too.

*6 different types of drones.
Grav inhibitor
pulse accelerator
recon drone (which can fit in the turret cupola of a devikfish and provide communication relays and fire support)

*Cadre Fireblade -
IC with split fire, markerlight, supporting fire, volley fire (+1 shot for Pulse Rifles/Carbines if unit and IC do not move).
Upgrade for Fire Warrior units - not sure if an actual IC or just has LoS! properties, etc.

*Pathfinders compete with fliers so I'm guessing no option to move them and they stay in Fast Attack.

*Riptide is an Elite choice

*85 pts gets S8 AP1 Skyfire for Broadsides; same statline
railguns are now S8 Ap1 base - rail cannons are S10 AP1.
The way the ruling works is at the beginning of the shooting phase they can choose to have skyfire or not.
No beam railgun shot

*Kroot?
There were some solid thoughts on Kroot before with rules, etc. but since they might not have new models soon, they might not want to showcase them. But yes, quite possibly they have been cut until this silly ally supplement book which would be frustrating but that would be very strange as GW generally never removes units from books.
 

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Damn the Riptides nice... Even better looking in the clearer pics. Just wish I knew how huge it was.


Still don't like the flyers though.
 

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One thing i'm noticing... just how huge is that ubersuit / Riptide?

Its £50, £17 more then then Dreadknight. Also... its more then twice the hight of those crisis suits and at least as tall as a flying stem... so what... 15cm?
Seems like the box has loads of options though, seeing as how we've seen 4 different main (big) guns so far and a plethora of smaller ones (at least fusion blaster, missile pods, SMS and plasma rifle) so I expect the price has more to do with that than just size.

Also, I think those thigh plates are perfect to fix the nose of the schizo flyer.
 

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Love the tiny head on the riptide, plus I need a new drool rag this one is full
 

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(I don't play tau for the record, long live the Empawah!) I was on the gw website and on the main page is an advertisement for a book about this shadow sun felow and in the description it says that she is going to lead the next phase of the tau empire's expantion, a new crusade against the imperium??!!?? Best send the Krieg 50th to the border! LONG LIVE THE EMPAWAH!!
 

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(I don't play tau for the record, long live the Empawah!) I was on the gw website and on the main page is an advertisement for a book about this shadow sun felow and in the description it says that she is going to lead the next phase of the tau empire's expantion, a new crusade against the imperium??!!?? Best send the Krieg 50th to the border! LONG LIVE THE EMPAWAH!!
Tau expand between every codex. Shadowsun also led the last expansion so I'm not sure this is that much news. Having a book about it though is going to be great.

And it's going to be a long time until Tau seriously annoy the Imperium, they've swallowed a few fringe worlds and are rubbing shoulders with Macragge, but in the prior case the Imperium doesn't care enough yet and in the latter case, the Tau and the Ultramarines are pretty much permanent allies so there shouldn't be any major diplomatic incident.
 
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