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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.

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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 – Demiurg and Tau Fleet Pics

DemiurgStrongholdHi Guys,

Sorry it has been so long since the last post, things have been a bit hectic with flat viewings, conferences, and work! Still I have managed to get alot of real life stuff done so it hasn’t been too bad.

Still, welcome back, and please do take a moment to have a look at the latest fleet pics I have of my Demiurg led fleet here.

IMG_1104I am really rather happy with how this fleet has turned out, especially the way that the classic Tau ochre colour scheme gels with the dirty cream of the Demiurg, connected through using the same spot colours of orange and bright green. I also think it represents a pretty uniqe style of fleet too, being largely demiurg with some less than optimal Tau support – very fluffy and unique.

IMG_1105The fleet adds up to a nice round 1,500pts and represents half of my whole Tau collection. The other Tau fleet that makes but the rest of the 3,000pts is a more typical Tau fleet composed of Explorers and Heroes etc, and should be making an appearance at some point  on the blog. I have recently hit a bit of a painting lull so it may be a while, but don’t worry I still have lots of bits and pieces still to post.

Thanks and give me a comment!

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BFG – Demiurg Stronghold Class Battleships

demiurg_stronghold_02Hi guys,

Welcome back to the fourth post detailing my current Demiurg / Tau fleet project. This time it is the turn of the Demiurg ‘Stronghold’ Class vessel, a pair of which make up the backbone of this 1,500pt fleet.

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The paint scheme for these ships has been kept exactly the same as with the Bastion class vessels shown before on the blog, with the use of cream, bright green and bright orange across them. The cream has obviously been heavily washed to give the appearance of colour difference across such large ships, but also given that the Demiurg like to operate as mining ships, I want some “dirt” on them.

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For those that don’t know, the Demiurg models were produced by Forgeworld really quite early on in the Tau release which means that they are resin. This is both a god-send, as it means you are not trying to balance a great big hunk of metal on a tiny flight stand (these are actually magnetised to it as they are that light), but it means that often putting them together straight can be an issue. I bought these models second hand (for a good deal!) but the previous owner has assembled them rather wonkily – the “wings” were not level etc etc.

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The Stronghold class is a much beefier model that the Bastion class which matches well with the fluff that a Bastion class will carry a single ‘clan’ of Demiurg, while a Stronghold is liable to have three or four ‘clans’ within it. In game they are DC10, 15cm move ships with a 6+/5+ armour save, four shields, and four turrets. That’s pretty decent for a ship, but comes in slightly slower and smaller than an Imperial Battleship. Almost in recompense, the Stronghold has one of the most fearsome short range armament in the game: its has FP12 30cm Weapons Batteries on each side, backed up by FP3 60cm lances on each side too. In addition it has a FP14 45cm Prow weapons battery (this would be amazing if it were F/L/R, but sadly its Front facing only…), as well as the usual Demiurg Cutting beam.

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Now all this might be enough, but each ship also comes with six torpedoes and three fighter/bomber/assault boats. This makes the Demiurg vessel really very heavily armed, but, like with the Bastion, alot of the arcs / ranges do not match up well. I think that this would encourage playing the vessels close to one another in the hope that you could get the bands to match up and truly hammer the opponent. Like all Demiurg the Stronghold starts with high leadership (10 in its case, 9 for a Bastion), and ignores the effect of all celestial phenomenon, including blast markers – which makes the 15cm move better than it might otherwise be – not bad for 350pts which is basically the same as an Imperial Retribution class Battleship is it?

I think this makes them a pretty interesting fleet to play / fight against, and I hope to take them to the stars in the near future. I have some pictures of the full fleet together still to post as well soon. Otherwise I have been playing around with some spare Imperial cruisers I have and painting some bits and pieces.

Thanks,

Gus.

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BFG – Demiurg Bastion Class Cruisers

Everyone remembers Squats right?

Everyone remembers Squats right?

Hi guys,

Back after a slow blogging period with some Demiurg ships for BFG. Demiurge are a bit of a weird one, in that they only appear in BFG as allies / mercenaries in the Tau Empire list. This hasn’t stopped them being labelled as the Squats by everyone, but I am not sure what they really share beyond being technologically advanced miners. There is one concept sketch supposedly by Jes Goodwin which shows them as short and fat, but it does seem a little bit of a stretch…

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The ships are really nice with lots of detail which makes them perfect for drybrushing. I decided, after asking for inspiration on the BFG Facebook Group, to take a rather different to normal scheme and go for a cream shceme in contrast to the more established metallics. In addition to the cream (undercoat pale gray, heavy drybrush white, drybrush cream) I added some Green and Orange as contrast colours which I think has worked very well. They look really rather nice next to the brighter colours of some of my other fleets.

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In game the Bastion Class is the smaller of the two available Demiurg ships, being roughly analogous in size to an Imperial Cruiser but much more heavily armed. It has the standard 8DC, 2 Shields, 6+ prow 5+ sides, 2 turrents, and 20cm speed like an Imperial cruiser but is armed with a wide variety of armaments – FP6 30cm Weapons Batteries on either side, FP2 60cm Lances on either side, FP8 45cm Weapons Batteries on the Prow. In addition to this, which is already quite fearsome (It is like a Lunar with longer ranged lances and an extra FP8 to the front…), it also has two unique weapons systems. It can launch either four torpedoes to the front or two squadrons of fighters / bombers / assault boats in each turn and also has a prow mounted cutting beam. This hoovers up blast markers that the ship moves over and turns each one into a 15cm Lance shot.

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I am not sure how often the cutting beam will prove useful or get to fire given how short the range is, but each ship can more than handle itself in a fight. The weapons are a little bit too diverse to be truly fearsome though – different ranges and facings make bringing all of them together rather tricky.

These two ships form the core of my Demiurg fleet, along with two Stronghold Class ships that will make an appearance soon. I hope everyone is having a great hobby-tastic time!

Gus.

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BFG – Tau Emissary Class Cruiser

fdrHi guys,

Sorry it has been awhile since the last post, I have been busy with real life and with sorting out podcasting stuff. I return with the second Tau cruiser that forms part of the mostly Demiurge fleet I am currently painting, this time an Emissary Class vessel.

IMG_1072This is the only Forgeworld Tau ship I won or, given the current market price, am ever likely to own. The Emissary is another rather odd ship, like the Merchant featured in the last post.

“Unlike the other hull designs resulting from the Kor‟or‟vesh initiative, the Il‟Porrui “Emissary” cruiser is primarily intended as a diplomatic vessel. This provides it the necessary mix of firepower and maneuverability to make it a suitable conveyance to transport Por Caste dignitaries, Tau commanders and Ethereals in relative safety. By design, it is also capable of seeing off all but the most powerful adversaries of a similar class it may encounter”.

IMG_1070IMG_1069The paint scheme is again very simple, although in these pictures the wash looks alot patchier than it does in real life. The ship was undercoated Tau Sept Ochre, before being lightly washed with Gryphonne Sepia. I then used the same Black, White, and Scorpion Green spot colours in order to tie the ship in with the rest of the fleet and to pick out some of the details like the Tau symbol and the turrets.

IMG_1071Again the light on the above photo seems to have made the imperfections more noticeable, but I am relatively happy with the way the ship has turned out. In game I plan to run the Emissary as the “Il Porrui Sa’cea” configuration as I only have two Orcas and have no need for the gravitic hooks the other configurations come with. This load out has 3 weapons battery firepower at 45cm and one 30cm lance to each side, both of which can be combined in the front arc as well. That gives it FP6 and 2 lances in the front arc which isn’t too bad, plus it has 3 torpedoes and an optional 6+ prow armour. They are rather brittle at only 4DC and 1 shield and need to be kept protected.

Next up will be some Bastion and Stronghold Class Demiurge ships, before some fleet pics!

Thanks,

Gus

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