Of course Tau have been where most of the rumor bits are found. I have grabbed a small collection of these rumors and placed them here for people to read on.

Please take these with salt. Regarding the January White Dwarf near the end of this posts, please add a lot of salt to this one, as I have spent some time looking for any real source of this rumor, and not found it. It was worth mentioning here because if it does happen the excitement for the Tau would off the charts.

via ghost21 ( a little question and answer first)
A local guy who claims close ties with his GW rep says that he was told that Stealth teams were moving to fast attack. Any truth to that or was he blowing smoke?

there are some force org changes but im not sure if thats one

So, from the sounds of this, it's now possible to have a "Tau Empire" army that doesn't actually include any Tau?
Demiurg for HQ, Kroot for Troops, Vespid in Fast Attack, etc.

as far as im aware yes, however , if you theme a force you get a troops and one other choice, not really much, however ill not be using any tau, just aliens

ghost, if you've seen the new suit sprue, I was just wondering what direction they are taking. Is it a 2 units one box (crisis and broadside) type of thing? Or is it multiple suits on one sprue? Also, any new guns on the sprue. I've been hoping for the ion cannon on broadsides since tau were released. Or did any of the special issue stuff make it's way into standard crisis suit rotation?

i can only say rounder n more dynamic, and expect 3 to a kit

via Tastyfish (take this with a little extra salt)
We should know in just over two weeks, there's also rumours that Tau are on the back page of the January edition of WD. Usually comes out around the 16th I think.

via KarlPedder (not sure where he got these)
Battlesuit Pkit
Vespid FA/HS Combo Pkit
Demiurge Pkit
Assault Transport Pkit
Ubersuit Pkit
Kroot Beast PKit
Fighter Pkit
Dropship Pkit

other rumors
Finecast Box "new" xenos
Finecast blisters 4 in 1st wave more to follow

Demiurg are apparently a lot less Dwarfish than the initial concepts, instead being more like little stone golems (Ozruk from WoW was mentioned)

As a tongue in cheek nod to the fate of the squats, there is a named Demiurg (who may or may not make it as a SC) who survived fighting Tyranids and personally killed a large monster by drilling his way out after being "Swallowed up by the 'Nids"

This Demiurg is aware that the Ethereals have some kind of power over the Tau (maybe other races too) but not the Demiurg, who have presumably signed up for political reasons and of their own free will

Stealth suit mechanics may change

Kroot fieldcraft rule - presumably switched to Stealth and Infiltrate USR

4 new 'Tau' units*: Note these will not all probably be in the first release - there's 2-3 plastic kits here and we already know 3 for the 4 that are coming out.

Dropship (carries upto 15 models or 2 battlesuits and 10 models, or 5 battlesuits)



The Ubersuit is a Battletech/Mechwarrior sort of thing (probably Dreadknight sized), with a special 'ridiculous' ability that lets it rain down shooting if it stands still.

Looks a bit like one of the Battletech Mechs that is named after an ancient weapon


  1. So before Necrons are cold and dead again we would get Tau? Sort of like the Tyranids and Space Wolves a few years back. That isn't outside the realms of GW possibility.

    It would get the two old xenos out of the way so they could get new/renewed (insert power armor army here) into the mix.

  2. I've had the Deathwatch rpg recommended. Saw 'true-scale' space marines conversions. Now a tone of xenos excitement! Do you think someone is dropping hints?

    If that picture is the 'new look' battlesuit I will be very, very, very happy. Not that I mind the 'boxy' suits of today.

    I'm assuming the finecast box "new" xenos is not the Demiurg.


  3. XV-9 suits
    Orca dropship
    golems & few ICs(finecast)

    rest will be recasting packaging of old stuff

  4. If they have hazard suits in the new book with actual GW sculpts (don't want to have to deal with resin) then I'm going to start up a Tau army the moment they're released.

  5. @Warped T, that pic is from the Dawn of War Dark Crusade game, the commander unit. It's a XV22 battlesuit, like the one Shadowsun wears. I'd love a gunship/dropship for the Tau. Just not to keen on everything moving away from the Tau race, they are the "first among equals" after all. As to the sniper suits, I doubt that, what would be the point if we already have the sniper drone teams, that btw lack for nothing.

  6. @TheFool144

    Shame, I really like the look of that battlesuit. Helmet is better than Shadowsuns. Prefer it to the Hazard suit too. As for the Tau, they will likely dominate the codex with their alien allies getting only a little attention.

    @Anonymous 3:16 PM

    Agree about the resin. I'm not sold on the Hazard suits, but perhaps the models look better in the flesh than the FW photos.

  7. The image is from dawn of war videogame?

  8. I mean, it looks very sleek, is it from a cinematic?

  9. @ Pickman, no, it's just the model for the Tau commander. Go check out the game, they actually used Forgeworld XV88's as well, helped me quite a lot with my color scheme and is a fun game.

  10. Original source of the rumour is Brokensword on ATT,

    "I've been told to look in the back page of the next white dwarf that's out this week (January edition). Whether its for modelling reasons or whether my friend at GW was hinting at Tau I can't confirm but his words were "you'll like it""


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