BFG Tau Fleet – Fleet Pics & Roundup

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Hi All,

This is the roundup of the Tau fleet I have been posting up about for the last couple of weeks – finally finished and painted! It comes to a nice round 1,500pts and contains a good variety of ships.

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The flet contains two Explorer Class Battleships, two Hero Class Cruisers, three messengers, six Defenders, and six Orca Gunships. Here is the list:

Kor’O (Ld9)              80
+1RR                         25
Explorer                 230
Explorer                 230
Hero                       180
Hero                       180
3 x Messenger       150
6 x Defenders        270
6 x Orcas                150

This gives me a pretty good spread of ship types, ordnance, weapons batteries and lances at a load of range bands. Broadly the strategy with the fleet will be to hold back in the initial stages of the battle, using the ordnance from the Explorers to break up the enemy fleet and hopfully score some damage, befor driving forward with the Heroes and the escorts to mop up the remnants. How well this will work, I am unsure about – it is a not a stunningly ccomplex fleet with magical tricks etc and would probably really struggle against a well played Chaos fleet or something like Tyranids which could close and board.

This fleet has been built to go with my 1,500pt Demiurge fleet to make a 3,000pt Tau list and I have some joint fleet pictures to come. Thanks for sticking with me!

Gus

 

 

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BFG Tau Fleet – Messenger Class Starship

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Hi guys,

Another post on the BFG Tau fleet showcase / tactica that has been running here, this time looking at the Messenger Class Starship, which is an odd little vessel. It is an escort sized ship, costs 50pts, and is very very minimally armed!

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As you can see it has pretty normal escort stats for its speed, turns, shields, turrets, and armour. All very normal so far. Its weapons batteries may as well be non-existent at FP 1 @ 30cm, but the interesting things about the ship are contained in the little text box under its stats. The first thing to note is that it does not have to be bought or deployed in squadrons (though it may be), but the more important thing is that each Messenger has a Tracking System.

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So that immediately suggests that Messengers should always be braced when facing incoming fire (it will have no effect on their 1 FP either notice) and they should be within 10cm of a ship which has batteries with a range greater than 45cm. That means it should be parked either near an Explorer, or the weapons battery heavy version of the Hero.

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I have three of these in my fleet and I probably plan to have one hang out with my Hero’s and have the other two hang out with the two Explorer’s. this should hopefully improve their weapons battery fire, but also make them more resilint against enemy ordnance which means I can use mine more offensively to try and shut down the opponents ships. This should help my plan that I outlined in the post on the Explorer Class – use its ordnance to try and hammer the opponent in order to protect their fragility!

I hope everyone had a good holiday break and leave a commnt if you are interested guys.

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BFG Tau Fleet – Explorer Class Starship

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Explorer Class Starship

Hi all,

Sorry for the delay in this post, things were a little bit crazy here for a time (floods and power cuts) but everything is back to normal and the posting can continue.

This post is to show off my Explorer class ships, the only battleship sized vessel in the fleet. The last post was on the only cruiser sized vessel, the Hero class, that appears in the fleet (yes, there is also the Merchant class, but that appears elsewhere!) so it sort of made sense to keep up the increase in size.

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The Explorer is the backbone of the Tau Merchant fleet and is pretty critical to just about any strategy you can get going with them. However it is also the place where the “merchant” vibe of the fleet really makes itself known with substandard armour and weaponary coming to the fore.

The Explorer, like the Hero, comes in two differing configurations (GW sneakily giving players more options while only have to produce one model :O ) which again only differ in armnament. Each has 12 DC, a 15cm move, and 45 degree turns. That is pretty normal (though slow) for a battleship class – remember it will only take a single blastmarker to stop your ship from turning.

So far, decent. However this is where the problems start to show: each ship only has a single shield(!), and has 5+ armour all round, except on the rear which is a 4+. That is pretty shocking – a battleship with only one shield is unprecedented, while 4+ rear armour is pretty much only confined to Orks! So the ship is big, but incredibly fragile, even more fragile than the cruiser class beneath it.

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So as we can see from the stats the armnament is prety close on both configurations. The 45cm FP8 prow battery is decent, but nothing special, and the ability to take three Orcas is not super special (although Orcas are quite good). However, the 8 lanuch bays turn this ship into something quite good – 8 launch bays is a pretty fearsome amount, equivalent to an Imperial Emperor Class. Also, and this is important, each ship is only 230pts, that is less than an Overlord Battlecruiser, and and full 135pts cheaper than an Emperor Class!

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The difference between the two configurations is actually pretty minimal, swapping out 4 launch bays for 8 torpedoes. In the context of the fleet, I think I would probably stick with the full 8 launch bays, especially with the torpedo spreads from the Hero class ships and escorts. While a volley of 8 guided torpedoes is nice, I think a wave of four Mantas is probably nicer!

My fleet has two of these big boys, who I plan on keep as safe as possible, probably hiding them behind the Hero class ships or terrain, while pumping out wave after wave of ordnance. They cannot tangle with opposing ships, so while they are a good addition to the fleet, it does place a heavier burden on the Hero ships to do th heavy lifting and take the brunt of the enemy fire. It is all a balancing act – can I put the enemy on the back foot enough with ordnance from the Explorers that my Hero’s won’t get blown to smithereens?

I hope everyone is enjoying this slightly more detailed look at the Tau merchant fleet, it has been a good exercise for me to put together and learn more about them too.

Leave a comment!

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BFG Tau Fleet – Hero Class Starship

Hero Class Starship

Hero Class Starship

Hi guys,

I hope you are all well and having lots of hobby fun! This post is for the Hero Class Starship which is the first cruiser sized vessel to feature in this fleet and one that I really rather like. As it says in the fluff for the ship, the Hero is the pinnacle of Tau technology, which shows in that is is almost universally recognised as one of the more powerful ships in the Tau line up.

IMG_2035 Again the fluff tell us that the Hero was built because the Tau were determined that they should have a ship that could match the Imperial Lunar class cruiser in battle. As it became evident in the Damocles Gulf (of Forgeworld fame), they failed but they did succeed in producing a credible ship of the line with some decent highlights. The Hero comes in two possible configurations which is a nice change, with the both sharing the same basic stats with different weapons load outs. They both have the basic cruiser stats of 8DC, and have a 20cm speed just like Imperials. The turns are the usual 45 degrees, and two shields, with a 5+ all round armour and the slightly better than average 3 turrets. In addition all Hero class ships are fitted with a “Prow Deflector” which raises their prow armour to a 6+, but is disabled by a prow critical. This makes them almost exactly the same as an Imperial Cruiser – one better turret and a slightly weaker form of prow armour being the only differences.IMG_2034The first configuration of the Hero is the Vash’ya config which fires six Tau torpedoes (remember their special rules in the last post) and has a FP4 45cm Weapons Battery in the L/F/R arc. In addition it has a FP2 30cm lance battery on each side, which interestingly has a L/F arc and a R/F arc. The ship also has two launch bays as well. This is interesting as it means the ship can concentrate FP4 WB to the front AND FP4 lances at 30cm giving it more firepower than the equivalent Lunar Class. Of course, the downside is that it cannot fire FP4 Weapons Batteries and FP2 Lances to both sides simultaneously, but I feel this is a prtty adequate trade off. Given the ship is only 180pts, the launch bays are effectively free and can always come in useful especially with the reliability of Mantas.larThe other configuration is actually quite similar, the only difference being a swap from FP2 30cm lances to FP4 45cm Weapons Batteries on the side, with the same fire arcs. To be honest, I think this trade is a pretty good one as the ranges sync up better (45 vs. 30cm) and the ability to put out FP12 at 45cm to the front in addition to the 6+ prow armour and torpedoes is pretty good! It really depends on how much you feel you need the lances in your list as to which configuration you should choose. tolkuThe one thing that keeps the Hero sort of in check is that for each Hero in the fleet, you have to include a Merchant Class (here) or Explorer Class vessel (upcoming!). Now I am not saying that these ships are “bad”, just that you cannot just load up on loads of Hero class cruisers and call it a day. IMG_2032Once again, the paint scheme seems to have worked well on these bigger ships with the gradations of blue being more visible and the wash going on nicely. The green seems somewhat dimmmer on thse ships, which is a slight downside but it is the brightest green I could manage.
Hopefully you guys are enjoying these posts, I am trying to put a bit more effort into explaining what the ships are and how to use them in game, so give me a shout if you agree / disagree! Still have the Explorers  and Messengers to come.Thanks,Gus

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BFG Tau Fleet – Defender Class Starships

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Defender Class

Hi guys,

Sorry for the delay in posting again, things have been busy! This post is the turn of the Defender Class Starship from my just painted Tau fleet, which are the larger type of escort available in the list (yes, there is a third type but it is a bit weird and I will cover it seperately!).

IMG_2026Defenders, while being quite big models (and going to 2 HP in various remakes of BFG) are still only escorts, and pretty ponderous escorts at that. Each ship costs a fairly hefty 45pts and comes with a 20cm move, 45 degree turns (sloooooooooooooow for an escort), 1 shield, 5+armour, and 2 turrets. That is pretty rubbish – being more expensive than Imperial equivalents, slower, and less maneuverable. Their armnament is slightly different, being a FP3 30cm weapons battery and 2 Tau Torpedoes each. Now  while Tau torpedoes are great (20-40cm variable speed and can make turns), it is still not a great armnament – being a strange hybrid of a Sword and a Cobra class. It does somewhat justify the points cost though.

def1I am rather happy with the way the paint scheme has gone onto these ships – the turrets at the front look nicely contrasting in white with the blue ship, while the larger size has meant the gradated blue has worked more clearly. These ships, the whole Tau line in fact, have been great for washes too with the scultping really lending itself well to them.

IMG_2024In game, I would probably look to using these as two squadrons of three, though to be honest I am not sure if I would really be willing to shell out 45pts a pop for them. The squadrons would then have FP9 and 6 Torpedoes which isn’t bad, but they only move at 20cm and 45 degre turns, so bringing that firepower to bear will be difficult, and I am not sure if just torpedoes firing from a distance really justify their cost.

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment!

Gus

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BFG Tau Fleet – Orca Gunships

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Orca Gunship

Hi guys,

This is the start of a series of posts with pictures of my recently painted Tau fleet. All the models are the GW Specialist Games models rather than the Forgeworld Tau and they are supposed to go with my other Demiurg / Tau fleet featured here. Each side is 1,500pts so together they form a 3,000pt fleet which is the size I tend to like for my fleets.

IMG_2023First up are some Orca Gunships, which are the smallest Tau ship available, being roughly analagous to the Imperial Firestorm class with 2 firepower Weapons Batteries and a single Lance each, all at 30cm. This is a pretty good armnament for an escort, especially when they are only 25pts each. However they do have downsides, before you all get a bit too excited – only a 20cm move, as slow as an Imperial Cruiser, makes them tricky to use as regualr escorts.

orca statsAs you can see, I have gone for a gradated blue scheme for this half of the Tau fleet – light blue prows, mid blue middle sections, and dark blue rear areas. The ships were then washed with a thinned Asurmen blue (one of my favourite washes) and then the detailing was added in black, white, and scorpion green. The use of bright breen and white as spot colours was deliberately chosen to help tie in with the Demiurg led fleet which uses orange and bright green as spot colours, and the Merchant class cruiser for that fleet I previously painted here which uses black, white and green as highlight clours.

IMG_2021You can also see my new star mat in these pictures, and I promise some better pictures of it soon. It is lovely – well printed, light, resistant to curling, and was dirt cheap – so I am one well pleased wargamer. Now just to play some games on it!

Expect more posts in the next couple of weeks as I work my way through this set of pictures and thanks for reading,

Gus

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BFG – Rogue Trader Fleet Pictures

EyeoftheManHi guys,

Sorry to have left things so long, but I realised a little while back that although I had submitted a picture of my Rogue Trader fleet for Gothicomp (no, I didn’t do well… ) I have never actually gotten around to putting up proper pictures of it here. Bits and pieces of it have previously made an appearance and are findable here, but now is the time to introduce it properly.

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Rogue Trader Fleet

Rogue Trader Fleet

Rogue Trader Fleet

The Rogue Trader fleetlist for BFG is found in the 2010FAQ, and is one of my favourite lists to play around with, as it combines a wonderful variety of military, civilian, and suppot vessels. My fleet is led by a Rogue Trader Carnage class cruiser with Targetting Matrix (represented by the GW Rogue Trader model), supported by two normal Rogue Trader Cruisers (the two old Spacefleet models), and an allied Adeptus Mechanicus Dictator class cruiser (the Imperial cruiser model) to provide some kind of fighter / bomber cover!

IMG_1018In addition the fleet has four Dauntless Light Cruisers which are a mainstay of Rogue Traders and two Endeavour class Light Cruisers with Additional Shield (the Spacefleet Thunderbolt models). These are fast and give a good amount of WB fire to the fleet. Then I have two large civilian vessels – a Heavy Transport with Ship Defence Grid (the Galaxy class Troop Transport) and a Repair Tender with Additional Shield (the Goliath class ship).

IMG_1019After all the capital ships, the escorts are vitally important in the Rogue Trader fleet and there is a great variety to choose from! I have chosen a good variety – two xenos escorts pictured above with two rollson the xenos modification chart, eight Spacefleet Cobras, and three escort carries which give a little more AC coverage at a very high cost. Following these are some civilian ships – six transports, 3 armed freighters, 3 fireships, and four system ships.

Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoy the pics.

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BFG: Gothicomp Entries!

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Just a quick update to give you the picturs of my Gothicomp entries this year. All details / voting etc takes place here, so go vote, not necessarily for me! I know I am not going to beat out guys like Vaaish, Horizon and Winterforge on the painting side, so I tend to just re-submit some blog pictures. It is always worth doing, even if you dont win. More entries = more fun!

Capital Ship Entry:

Tau Merchant Class Cruiser with Orca escorts

Tau Merchant Class Cruiser with Orca escorts

Small Vessel Class:

Necron Jackal Class Escort

Necron Jackal Class Escort

Fleet Entry:

Rogue Trader Explorator Fleet

Rogue Trader Explorator Fleet

Additional Ships Compendium Entry:

Hawking Class Exploration Cruisers

Hawking Class Exploration Cruisers

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BFG – Gothicomp 2015

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Hi guys,

Just a super-quick post to remind you all to submit your entires for this years Gothicomp, the spaceship painting and converting competion!

It close on Wednesday 30th September, and there are four categories this year. I have entered into all four and even though I expect to come last in every category (basicallly what happens to me every year!) it is still great fun to enter and see all the beautiful entries. All the details are here. Once all the submissions are in I will pop up the pictures I submitted etc – a Tau Merchant Class, a Necron Jackal escort, my Rogue Trader Fleet, and a pair of Hawking Class Exploration Cruisers. None were specifically painted for the competition, but that is part of the joy.

Get on it guys!

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40K – Yes, I actually played a game!

Hi guys,

A post to bring you up to date on the recent momentous event in my life – I actually played a game (my first in months!) and it was a great 40k clash between my Witch Hunters and the Astral Claws of Andy from Miniature Miscellany.

It was a nice simple 1,250pt game where we had both taken a selection of units – I took an Inquisitor Lord and Retinue, two units of Sisters, a Retributor Squad, a unit of Stormtroopers, and a Priest and some Arco-Flaggellants.

I hid my Arco's behind a Rhino and moved them up in response to Andy moving some marines forward

I hid my Arco’s behind a Rhino and moved them up in response to Andy moving some marines forward

Andy had placed some Devastators in the middle ruin and walked up a Dreadnought on each sid

Andy had placed some Devastators in the middle ruin and walked up a Dreadnought on each side

On the other flank, I placed my Retributors in a wood, and moved up some Sisters in a Rhino and the Inquisitor in their Immolator

On the other flank, I placed my Retributors in a wood, and moved up some Sisters in a Rhino and the Inquisitor in their Immolator

Things start to kick off on the left as the Arco's charge in

Things start to kick off on the left as the Arco’s charge in

They promptly munch everything (except the commander with the 2+ save!)

They promptly munch everything (except the commander with the 2+ save!)

On the right, I pop a Rhino and immobilise the Dreadnought

On the right, I pop a Rhino and immobilise the Dreadnought

My Inquisitor Lord is charged by the Assault Marines, but sends them packing after a few rounds of combat

My Inquisitor Lord is charged by the Assault Marines, but sends them packing after a few rounds of combat

The game ended with both of our armies badly bloodied and neither of us having managed to sieze a decisive advantage. I was, as always, rather pleased with my Arco-Flaggellants who munched alot  of marines in short order  and totallywasted my unit of Stormtroopers, who sat in a wood all game.

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