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Showcase: XV104 Riptide



Well this has been a mission to paint in time for doubles this weekend, but here it is – the Riptide!

I don’t know how well it can be seen from these pics but the black areas have all been dry brushed with Dawnstone grey and washed nun oil. I’m quite pleased with the effect because it really brings out the darker parts of the model. Also apologies for the base not being complete, it requires a flock, but we’re nearly there.

The gun has been magnetised and fits quite well into the arm without showing.
I also pleased that the plastic cast for this kit came with very few mould lines, so I only had to shave off the sprue cuts.



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Tau Rumours Update

So here are the rumours so far split by Unit Types for ease of reading.



  • Release Date

    • Release is looking like the 6th April.
    • New Tau Battle Force box containing existing models.


  • HQ


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    • Farsight new design as seen at games day
  • Troop

    • Fire Warriors
      • FW are now 9 pts
      • Some kind of upgrade or character called Cadre Fireblade that boosts FWs. May even be a budget HQ choice.


    • Kroot
  • Elite


    • XV104 Riptide Battlesuit – £50 / US$85
      • Stats; T6 W4 2+ Save, 5+ Inv, Jet or Jump Pack.
      • Weapons: Ion Cannon, Burst Cannon, Rail Cannon options. Plus other crisis weapons mounted under primary weapons and on shoulders. Two Shield Drones, new variant or look. Has something called a Nova Reactor which boots primary weapons
      • Look: 7 or 8 inches tall and comes with multiple heads to choose from
    • Crisis Suits £45 / US$75
      • Now sold in a box set of three models. Same models.
      • Possibly new wargear options.
    • Stealthsuits
      • Can now BS2 Overwatch
  • Fast Attack


    • Sunshark Bomber – £40 / US$65
      • Weapons: Plasma Generator which launches bombs/missiles. Defensive drones with rail rifles.
    • Razershark Fighter – £40 / US$65
      • Weapons: Burst and Ion Cannons, seeker missiles.


    • Pathfinders -£20
      • Special Character Pathfinder called Nightstrider.
      • Come in kit of what looks like 10 with 3 drones.
      • Drones: A Grav Inhibitor, Pulse Accelerator and Recon Drone.
  • Heavy


    • XV88 Broadside Battlesuit – £30 / US$50
      • Stats: T4 2+ Save, Slow and Purposeful
      • A new look battlesuit, similar to many previous conversions holding railguns in both hands.
      • Now a plastic kit.
      • Railguns now S8 AP1 Heavy 1 but has SkyFire if chosen at the start of the turn.  Cost is 85pts.
      • Base is now 60mm.
    • SkyRay
      • Can now shoot air targets
    • Tank Commander
      • Possibly allows Overwatch.


    Looking good so far and I can’t wait but remember, other than the images of box sets and White Dwarf articles these are still rumours!


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