Friday, September 20, 2013

Warhammer 40k Tau: AI Sniper Drone

Hey Folks,

A bit more converting done and now I have finalised how I will make my "drones"

Rough storyline I am working on is that my army will represent a test Cadre where Fio cast from the Farsight Enclaves (far away from the restraints of the Etheral caste) are building advanced AI Drones to bolster the Enclaves forces. 

I've gone with a very much Geth inspired anthropomorphic drone, which *may* have been influenced by Necron technology...
Ves'ron'ui Sniper armed with a Longshot Pulse Rifle - in game terms this is a Sniper Drone (and has a stealth field!)
Busines end of the sniper rifle and showing the single large photo receptor which will be the signature design feature of the drones
Sniper Drones are "Jet Pack Infantry" so the tau Fire Warrior shoulder pad makes a good jet pack cowl, under which is a Fire Warrior grenade pack which looks like small vents
And a nice big antennae as it's a drone after all so is a networked AI

Overall now I know how to build them they won't take too long. Just need;

17 more Sniper Drones
6 marker or missile drones
2 shielded missile drones 
2 shield drones 

So a wee bit of work to do!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Warhammer 40k Tau: WIP Concept Engram AI Battle Suit and Fire Warrior

Hi Folks,

The SciFi Bug has bit again and amongst the other stuff I have been doing I have taken the plunge and am starting my first 40k army for many years: Tau

I had played 40k since 2nd edition and it was my game of choice for about 10-12 years until I became a bit "over" it with 5th edition and moved to more Historical Games

I have always loved the freedom to convert models however and while Historical games do allow this the scope is limited, whereas with 40k the only lit is my imagination (and time and money!)

There is a tournament coming up at the end of October: Conquest hosted by Comics Compulsion and I figured I would enter. Sadly I don't have an army so I need something I will like and can build and paint in about 5 weeks! Enter: Tau Farsight Enclave

The Farsight Enclave is a supplemental list to the Tau Empire army and crucially allows Crisis Battlesuit Teams as Troops Choices. I am a massive Armoured Core/ Mecha fan so this is right up my alley...I have also just finished Mass Effect 3 on Xbox and have always been a fan of the Geth. 

So: Drone/ AI/ Memory Engram piloted battle suits (think Ghost in the Machine) will be the theme for my Hunter Cadre

Here is the first models;

AI battlesuit - less weapons (these will be magnetised and are on their way) but it is heavily converted using Crisis and Stealth parts. Not sure if I want to add shoulder pads?
AI Fire Warrior: converted out of Necron and Tau bits
Size comparison 

Still thinking on a colour scheme but it will be battle damaged is my thoughts so far.