|Finally, a painted Stealth Suit!|
Jim has graciously accepted the challenge with his Blood Angels! He's still new to the rules, as is my GF. Thus for my contingent, I'll only have a squad of Grymn fighting alongside their Tau allies. That will allow me to play a little bit whilst concentrating on helping with rules, taking pics for a future blog post, and whatnot.
Looking to bolster the Tau's defenses, I've noticed that to get some good cover for her broadsides, often comes at the expense of good fields of fire. Shield drones suck as once a Broadside fled the table after its drone died. Thus the best solution is the ubiquitous Aegis defense line. However being a xenos army with vastly superior technology, why in the hell would they be hiding behind an IMPERIAL fortification?!? GW's excuses as to why their terrain kits are always 'Imperial only' are lame at best as they clearly capable of making more xenos terrain than just Ork barricades. Luckily, there are lots of 3rd party companies who are taking up the slack.
|Its a fort...field? Force field fort? Well, at least its not a pillow fort...|
One such company is Burn In Designs. I was wary of the laser cut wood kits after a poorly designed SM drop pod kit I got years ago. The addition of the laser cut acrylic made it look rather good though, plus it was cheap, and not imperial looking so figured what the hell? The energy shields are shaped to vaguely resemble the energy shields from Halo and come in various colors. Due to the Tau's advanced technology, they can fire out thru the energy shields with no loss of effect, yet incoming fire is often absorbed to the benefit of those behind it, huzzah! True there's no quad gun to go with it, but if there's one thing the Tau lack, AA weaponry isn't it...
|Space Commie Pinkos indeed.|
Whilst it looks kinda orangy, once you put a mini behind you'll see that its actually pink! I figured my GF would prefer that color, and it goes well with black. Plus I figure that pink and black terrain ought to illicit a few groans of annoyance at the game shop, lol! Thus with 2 broadsides with their 2+ saves, camped inside the Aegis for a 4+ cover save, and probably a squad of Fire Warriors to keep the BA from deep striking inside the walls, this ought to provide a good fire base for this weekend's game.