First off, the image above is a conversion. None of the rumors below are discussing a Tau Titan, but instead a Dreadknight sized suit that has the aesthetics of the image above.

That being said, a large Dreadknight suit sounds rather fun for Tau. You should heavily expect more and more people moving towards having a small collection of Tau in their armies, after all already a unit of Tau Broadsides with dual Railguns is a fantastic addition to any army list.


The following were taken from Warseer. The image above comes from doing the google image search "Fil Dunn Tau"


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Anybody who might be interested in what tau models (or at least one of them) you can really expect next year might want to type "Fil Dunn tau" into a google image search.

Just to clear things up there IS something very similar to that image coming for tau.

via Stickmonkey (an old quote from a long time ago)
I do have sources telling me there is a bigger suit, which has been reported from others. Reports have it being a ranged beast(metaphorically, not literally) with 2 twin linked rail cannons and a missile option.


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Basically according to my sources it's pretty much a Dreadknight sized suit with dual (note not twin linked) rail cannons and SMS with a rule for something I will call "hail-fire" in that it shoots massive barrage of weapondry if not moving in the movement phase.

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  1. That's pretty awesome!

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  2. Actually got me thinking - who do we think would be writing the Tau codex? It wouldn't be Kelly, as he is most definitely writing Eldar, and it wouldn't be Ward, as he is just coming off of Dark Angels and probably preparing for the next Space Marine codex.

    Cruddance anyone? Frankly, as much as Tyranids turned out badly, he has a proven track record with shooty armies - Imperial Guard do it better than anyone. It really wouldn't surprise me if the new Tau become the dominant shooty army as befits their fluff.

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    1. With out a doubt cruddance

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    2. Guard was only good because it was partly written by Mat Ward.

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    3. 'tis CrudDACE not -dance. :)
      But yes maybe it will be a good dex. I hope so..

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    4. Hopefully it's not imba like Guard.

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    5. If Cruddace does have at it, I will feel the pain of the Tau players being a Nid player and the butchery he made of that. In truth, there is only one decent writer at the mo and thats Kelly; Ward over powers everything, wrecking the game and Cruddace under powers/over prices everything, making them very expensive for what they can do, leaving Kelly being the only decent neutral writer

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  3. Didnt someone rumor this awhile ago? A new walker for the tau?

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    1. I recall that as well. In fact, I believe it was one of Ghost21's rumours.

      If we start getting refreshed Demiurge rumours, we may have a mildly awkward situation on our hands. :P

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  4. Cruddance u say? prolly means tau is gonna get a flyer with 3 twin-linked railguns then. zzz

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    1. Say yes to the RailBird.

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    2. Tau all have fish names... more like the Dragonfish or gulper eel

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  5. Macross Missile Massacre coming your way summer 2012.

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    1. Lol, if it gets too Macross-y I'll feel bad I'm not playing Tau.

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  6. Oh no.... you've been infiltrated by "bots".... now on topic. Good for the Tau...a big battle suit sounds fun.

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  7. the model in the pic was a Goldendemon winner and saidly only went for around 500,- USD if i recall correctly.
    I dought the GW model being that great or big. But prob very high.... in price ;D

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    1. It will look better, because it won't just be a kit-bash, and will come with loads of extra parts.

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    2. Helbrut comes with One extrapart...

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  8. This I'm going to have too start saving for. I just hope it's released this coming year and not further off.

    Thanks for the update natfka!
    Keep them coming... Just take care of yourself while your at it

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  9. Amazing! Cannot wait! Thanks man. Hope you're feeling better soon bro.

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  10. It sounds great, but it also sounds VERY un-Tau. Unless their entire combat doctrine is being re-written for the new codex I can't see where a potentially slow, ponderous suit fits into a technically advanced Cadre that relies on speed to get into position and (mostly) precise firepower to hammer specific targets before repositioning. Like Crisis Suits. Or Hammerheads. Or Tetras. Or fusion Piranhas (in concept at least). Or Vespid (as a mopping-up unit). Or Hazard Suits...

    It'll be a pleasent surprise, at least.

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    1. I see it fitting in in Patient Hunter armies, not so much killing blow however.

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    2. Broadsides are slow and ponderous, being unable to fire whilst moving so there is already a precedence. However there is nothing that suggests that this new suit cannot reposition quickly if needed, only that it gains a bonus from remaining stationary.

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    3. They can now move reliably with ASS (advanced stabilization system) gives them slow and purposeful which disallows overwatch and sweeping advances and running. (none of which your broadside should ever have to do.)

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    5. I was a actually hoping for a dread knight sized assault suit. I know that tau are not an assault army, but even non assault armies should have at least one unit that makes drop pod dreads and demon princes think twice. Even Squishy IG can take meltagun guns and power fists. tau have no such option, and kroot are a joke in 6th now. Being as intelligent as they are, I do not see it being "un-tau" of them to recognize this weakness, and build a toug suit to try to counter it.

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    6. Good deployment planning and table position will do more for the Tau than a assault unit that doesn't fit. On the other hand, I could see them getting something like Combat Tactics to help them break from assault enabling then to continue shooting.

      Formation, formation, formation. Units in position to help one another is more powerfull.

      Goodluck getting that assault suit though.

      Bellumvinco

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    7. We wouldn't need assault suits if we had... DEMIURGS!

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    8. Yea.... Tau need assault suits.... Then next on the list space marines will be getting rail guns, dark Eldar will then get terminator armor, then IG will get targeting arrays, next thing you know orks will get land raider crusaders.... I'm so tired of the cries for a tau assault suit.

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  12. Anyone else catch the use of the word Barrage in the destription?

    Bellumvinco

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  13. Coming soon to a rumor near you TAUTRON! formed in the movement phase by combining 5 Parana into one massive robot to combat the evil titans of the imperium!

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  14. Tau rumors :) Super Happy. Thanks Natfka!

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  15. What is it with making vehicles that are CLEARLY vehicles into monstrous creatures?
    You remember the old days where monstrous creatures were actually creatures? Those were some great days eh.

    They should've made the hellbrute an MC if they were going to keep up this pattern. Now THAT would've made it different from loyalist dreadnoughts.

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  16. So, once again, the rumor says rail cannons (not guns.)
    Am I the only one who immediately thinks the D Strength rail cannons we already have on things like the Tiger Shark AX-1-0?

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    1. Maybe Railcannon will be a rename of the Hammerhead Railgun, while Railgun remain the ones on Broadsides

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  17. combat suit no, hs support suit yes. i'm not concerend with the next big kit be it a gundam suit or flyer as we know it will be ok i'm more concerned with the points cost of the units we have.

    kroot are now very overpriced and vespid are not even worth thinking about at the moment we need options in our foc not just spamming suits fw and broadsides though sniper drones are a ton better than before.

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    1. How are kroot over priced? Kroot still perform brilliantly if used for what they're meant for. Meat shield/annoyance/tar pitters

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  18. Feed me more tau rumours please ... Need to work out the budget for my bday since we miss chrissy this year. Looks like its more fw under the tree....

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  19. Holy throne alive I'm so sick of people crying about wanting a CC super suit for the tau. It's completely ridiculous. All it would do is be shot to pieces before getting into charge range. If you really want to have a CC element to your tau army do the smart thing and ally up instead of groaning about what would end up being a wasted codex page. What do you want next? A tau primarch with a 2+\2++ being half space marine/half tau?

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  20. We no need no CC suits... suits need to have hit and run, and a reliable mean to trigger it. And more and bigger guns, everywhere xD

    Lol@ tau primarch concept xD although something relatively OP would be nice for a change. XD I'll be happy with a gattling railgun

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