New Tau, Get In My Belly!


We have a tendency to come across as a bit negative at times in this hobby, so every now and then it’s good to be positive, and the new Tau releases we’re seeing coming down the pipe do exactly that!

Hey everyone, Reecius here form Frontline Gaming to gush a bit about the awesome new Tau units we’re seeing coming out. They’re just fantastic and it really is inspiring to see such incredible work coming out of the GW design studio. The Stomrsurge and Ghostkeel are just amazing and the new images we’re seeing of Tau terrain and alternate Fire Warriors has me salivating. Plus, the existing range is awesome, too! The Stormsurge looks like quite a reasonable LoW. I think it will be quite potent too, more so than much of the internet is giving it credit for. I foresee them in quite a few Tau lists. Many shooty LoW are deceptively good, and don’t reveal their real strength until you field them.

The Ghostkeel as well, looks like a great utility unit and at a crazy low price in points. I see it being an excellent unit for going up flanks and harassing the enemy while snatching up objectives. Tau tend to like to castle up, this unit is durable enough to be able to operate solo without worrying about staying near other units. I think it will turn out to be quite popular with it’s speed moderate firepower and ability to fight a bit in melee if needs be.

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I love me some giant robots and Tau delivers the goods! I can’t wait to get my hands on the new book and see what kind of cool detachments and formations they get. I imagine a detachment focusing on suits, another on armor and a third on a Firewarrior based army, or perhaps the armor and infantry will combine into one. I can easily imagine some suit formations (duh!) as well as tank based versions. It will be very interesting to see what their “Decurion” style detachment will provide as these have been very powerful with the last few books. I am fine with it though, if every army continues to get powerful detachments like this. It stinks for those who don’t have them yet, but with the new rapid release schedule, I don’t think armies will have to wait for too long to get their day in the sun.

Don’t forget the very beautiful Forge World Tau suits, too! These things are amazing! And, they’ve recently been voted into the ITC format, so these are indeed, exciting times to be a Tau player!

99020187143_TauBattlesuitBundleI really do have to tip my hat to both GW and FW for creating such an awesome faction for 40k and supporting it with some stunning new models. As I have mentioned in other posts, I would like to see be a really powerful army on the tabletop to match their good looks, but I would like to see some of their more extreme strengths toned down just a bit to not make games vs. some of the Xenos races so lopsided. Things like ignoring cover so easily and such a huge amount of very cheap interceptor are a bit much, IMO, and supporting fire can be a bear, too. But, that said, I would love to see Tau get some new strengths to counter some of the things they lose (in my imaginary world, lol).

What are you all most excited about with the new Tau release?



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34 Responses to “New Tau, Get In My Belly!”

  1. Lardus October 14, 2015 5:18 am #

    Looking forward to a new Tau Codex to see what I can do to spruce up my 40K. Currently have only 1 Broadside but that will change when I know their formations!

    • Reecius October 14, 2015 8:00 am #

      I am sure they will have some cool formations utilizing Broadsides!

      • Leth October 16, 2015 7:54 pm #

        New Plastic Crisis Suits!!! with waists and ankles that wont break!!!

  2. Vercingatorix October 14, 2015 5:53 am #

    I really want to see a fire warrior and army style army. I really love the “troops in transports” style armies whether its ork truck rush, battle company, or fish of fury. It’s just going to be really tough as their is always the possibility that despite a ridiculous amount of fire, what your shooting at simply won’t die from a 2+ re-roll.

    • Kevin Lantz October 14, 2015 6:57 am #

      tell me about it, necron decurions just have smashed my tau soo hard I just give up against them these days without list tailoring vs them.

      • Reecius October 14, 2015 7:51 am #

        Yeah, Tau really struggle against Crons, particularly if they have a Cron Deathstar.

        • Kevin Lantz October 14, 2015 9:08 am #

          yeah and being tau, I can’t tailor a list to handle necrons and expect to win a tournament, so it’s very much rock paper currently, hope it changes with new version =D

          • Reecius October 14, 2015 9:30 am

            Yeah, my point exactly. Tau smash armies that are weak vs them but get owned by armies that are strong vs. them. It is a bit lopsided, I agree.

        • Vercingatorix October 15, 2015 6:44 am #

          Another example of a bizzare “Everyone shoot at this one guy” shenanigans that I wish would be removed.

      • AbusePuppy October 14, 2015 10:17 am #

        I don’t find Necrons particularly difficult for Tau, but admittedly I don’t really ever play “pure” Tau so that’s certainly a factor. But Riptides supported by Markerlighs do a great job of clearing out Necron infantry and weight of fire from Broadsides/Crisis will put some serious hurt on even Wraiths. A full Wraithstar (Orikan, Solar Pulse, etc) is obviously problematic for Tau as it is for any shooting army, but that’s why good deployment and good use of blocking units is important.

    • Reecius October 14, 2015 7:50 am #

      Yeah, I agree! I love infantry armies.

      • Kevin Lantz October 14, 2015 9:09 am #

        me too, I usually field about 80 models or more in a an 1850 list, I miss the old kroot, I used to field more models than most ork lists lol.

        • Reecius October 14, 2015 9:30 am #

          Agreed, they were quite good! Still are, actually, just not as cool.

          • Kevin Lantz October 14, 2015 10:37 am

            yeah losing that strength made getting to parking lot armies pointless since can’t even hurt rear armor now =D

        • Vercingatorix October 15, 2015 6:45 am #

          I loved playing against those style lists, though they usually were better than my orks. The popular pure tau list now is actually not that good against horde orks as it relies more on high quality shooting than number of shots.

  3. Novastar October 14, 2015 6:58 am #

    Have you seen the rumors where their fortification can move? And it’s supposed to look like its floating above the ground. On a more important note I hope there is an awesoem kroot formation and I want the +1 attack back on the rifle

  4. iNcontroL October 14, 2015 8:51 am #

    Interested to see what you guys think of the stormsurge.. we had 2 games last night where people used them and in both games they died fairly easily without doing too much. Both players ran them independently btw.. interesting!

    • Rawdogger October 14, 2015 9:06 am #

      One of which died to an Avenger, lol. Too many points from the reviews I heard but we are reviewing the model in a vacuum since the codex might have special rules interactions that make it a beast. Two more weeks until we find out!

      • Reecius October 14, 2015 9:29 am #

        An Avenger strike fighter?

      • Jural October 14, 2015 12:35 pm #

        To be fair, it died to Thor, easily one of the most powerful Avengers.

        • Bellerah October 15, 2015 7:08 am #

          What are the points for a Thor, and does it come with Mjolnir or is it an upgrade?

    • Reecius October 14, 2015 9:29 am #

      We’ll see. I have been hearing mostly positive reports, so far. I think it will be quite good, but only play testing will tell.

    • Bellerah October 15, 2015 7:10 am #

      This is interesting to hear but not surprising, as it really is not that much more survivable than a riptide in the same list for more points.

  5. Hotsauceman1 October 14, 2015 9:16 am #

    Man, Why couldnt the Codex come out when I had an actual job 🙁
    Stupid Age of Sigmar.

  6. Jet October 14, 2015 9:30 pm #

    So now I am curious, is there any 6th edition codecies left orrrr?

    • Hotsauceman1 October 14, 2015 11:03 pm #

      Nids, all of chaos, ig. So four…….
      God I hope we dont have 8th soon

      • Vercingatorix October 15, 2015 6:47 am #

        I think Nids are next. I really hope they make other builds viable. I hate armies made up entirely of flying monstrous creatures.

        • Novastar October 15, 2015 7:20 am #

          Chaos codex is marked no longer available

          • Jural October 15, 2015 11:47 am

            Crap… I have started hoping…

        • Jural October 15, 2015 11:47 am #

          I am a nid and chaos player who owns some SM/DA… nids have some fieldable builds which are fun to play. Not top tier, and they have issues against power lists, but they are fun to play.

          CSM? Just f me… not fun, not easy, not effective. You need an invisibility crutch and an army susceptible to Heldrake spam…

          I hope they are next. I will probably lost a lot of money no matter which one goes next, TBH

  7. VonCrown October 15, 2015 9:00 am #

    I did a small write-up in the comments over on Faeit212 a while back about how I, from a game design perspective, am extremely excited about the new tau codex based on what we’ve seen so far – there’s evidence in all the rules we’ve seen that the team working in this codex were really working hard to figure out how to bake the tactics tau use in the fluff into the rules as well. I’ve even put out an educated guess as to what I think the Decurion bonus might be (+1 bs during the shooting phase if the unit moved, +1 bs for overwatch if the unit was stationary).

    If they can keep this dedication to adhering to fluff up, the next tyranid codex could be very interesting indeed.

  8. marandamir October 15, 2015 9:03 am #

    I’m hoping it ups the demand for Tau and I can sell my army 🙂

  9. Jearil October 15, 2015 9:59 am #

    Thanks for looking at this from a more positive light. A lot of the community around the hobby is always doom and gloom and spouting much hate for GW and everything it’s a wonder people even play. Obviously we play and paint and all because in the end, it’s fun and the stuff looks cool. Looking forward to some more articles that aren’t just doom and gloom

  10. Dbiesto October 15, 2015 6:03 pm #

    Really looking forward to new Tau. This is probably the most updated GW has kept with the armies since I think 3rd/ 6th edition.

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