In the last few days we have seen a lot about the Tau, and there are more questions than there are answers right now. What exactly is the Riptide, what does it come with, and what are its upgrades are a huge one. Not only that, but now we have seen the model (box cover art), and the excitement is going nuts. This model is "freakin huge".


Please remember that while we are getting close to release dates, and this comes from a good source.... always add a grain of salt until the codex is in hand.

via an anonymous source from the Faeit 212 inbox
To answer some questions for your readers:
*The suit starts with rail cannons and can upgrade them to the Ion Weapon. 

*The profiles you have listed are wrong, but it does indeed have blast and shot options. (from yesterday)

*It does divert power from it's reactor to different systems at the start of each Tau turn, lasting until the next turn and starts with one system active. 

*One includes the gun, which is how you change it from shots to a blast. 

*For those of you wondering; yes the blast is better than the multi-shots. 

*It isn't like submunitions, or dispersed firing. Think of it more like megaman's buster. It gets powers up and fires a big shot instead of rapidly firing smaller shots (granted it's from a big gun). 

23 Comments:

  1. Tactical diversity! The one thing I love about playing Tau and now it's getting better.

    Something tells me that this new codex is going to be pretty freaking awesome.

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  2. Sounds like the trade off for the more powerful blast is fewer shots from other guns, a weaker invulnerable save , etc.

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  3. Ugh, hurry up WD so we can see 'good pics' and hurry up April! New stuff makes a good birthday present for me! Hear that Ron_Fury? As for the missing Kroot, GW prob just wants to make it so that who want Tau only armies, and focus on that, but still have the option for those who want to make their UN Force.

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    1. When is the WD due out? I can't seem to find a release date.

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  4. So, we have an Halo Plasma Pistol on the Riptide.

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    1. You think everything was born with Halo? I already played a "charged" versions of weapons in my Commodore 64... 30 years ago.

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  5. I'm wondering - can i field two, or is it a 0-1 per army thing?

    As a fan of giant robots i need to know this!

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    1. Considering GW probably wants to sell these guys as much as possible, I doubt it'd be 0-1, even moreso when taking into account that they said they wanted to do as little of such limitations as possible in the future.
      That being said, loading up your elite slots with these guys and your support slots with hammerheads must be the thing tank companies have nightmares about.

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  6. I'm definitely getting one of these for launch. Might even pick up a few more later on for apocalypse games.

    I'm really interested to see how the force organisation looks though. It looks like it should be heavy support, but rumours say it isn't. There's also the matter of troop choices. Are pathfinders now troops? Or are one suit options now troops (as it stands, the new battleforce has 1 troops, 2 elites and 1 fast attack).

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    1. There is the minimum 2 troops.. Two FW squads of 6.

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    2. Surely it'd be Heavy support?

      Ideally you'd have a character who can make crisis suits troops. That'd be truly quite lovely. An entire army of battlesuits.

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  7. I'm sorry but from the box art you can clearly see some sort of super burst cannon on the right arm... And a shield generator, but he hasn't listed it as an upgrade.. And the other pic shows Ion Cannon looking weapon and still has the shield on the left arm... Why Would neither picture in the White Dwarf (seen so far) not include the basic option? And why would it have twin rail cannons but only single options for the other 2? Also pulse weapons tend to be the basic option for Tau. I'm not disputing that it will have them, just the accuracy of this source.

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    1. He also didn't mention any points, doesn't mean the model will be free to field. Just enjoy what has been said and don't nit-pick at what hasn't.

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    2. Not to insult the rumor source, but Neko from Warseer has said that there are no Railgun options (or cannon) for the Riptide. Once again, no offense intended, but it looks as though only one of them is being truthful (not necessarily; either could be an oversight). I'm taking extra salt today.

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  8. Thanks natfka! As always, your amazing! Keep em coming

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  9. Reminds me of the Plasma Annihilator fromt the Imperator Titan, getting your charge points to spend on the weapon to see how much damage you can do. I cannot wait!

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  10. geez, is GW releasing al the xenos forces and caos first so tey can play test the marines, the way i see it next year hopefully will be marines year, crossfingers for the wolves........

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    1. I don't think it will be Wolves, they have at least 2 years until they are even due an update. I think the next marine codex will be Black Templar's, we still have the Eldar release as well. So far every release codex wise has been codex's released in 4th edition, Wolves were released in 5th edition so they will wait a while, same with Blood Angels and Grey Knights.

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    2. There's also the fact that DA were released, so it hasn't been ALL Chaos and Xenos releases.

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  12. The only thing i am afraid of (and I think i will hate for sure) is that they will do our broadsides less powerful so now you need the monster ubersuit to do the same that a couple of XV88 did.

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