If you were skeptical that Tau were going to be released in April, well, here is yet another rumor set about what is to be seen in the Tau codex. Characters, model releases, Firewarrior Overwatch, the Riptides pt cost, and more.


Even though it seems we are right around the corner for this release, please remember that these are still very much rumors. Salt is always required. (Not to mention that we always are only seeing parts of the rules, and not the complete picture...... No sky is falling ever at this point)

via the Dude over on Warseer pt 1
More info is coming to light regarding the Tau release. What I've personally heard is:
*Aun'shi is rumoured to be returning.
*Two new characters are said to be included.
*One character is a tank commander (presumably a vehicle upgrade) like Pask from the IG Codex. He is supposedly in a Hammerhead and allows it to overwatch.
*The other Character allows Fire Warriors to consolidate after Overwatch.
*So it seems Overwatch is going to be the Tau's special trick, at least from a Fire Warrior perspective.
*The large suit thats been rumoured for a while is supposedly called the Riptide. It is a Jump Monstrous Creature armed with Ion Cannon and standard Battlesuit support weapons.
*The Ion Cannon can reportedly use two fire modes, Heavy 3 (possibly 4) and single shot Large Blast.

I have heard of the following releases:
*Riptide large suit
*Flyer dual kit (fighter and bomber)
*New Battlesuit and Broadside models (not sure if these dual kit or not)
*Plastic Pathfinders
*A new Fire Warrior HQ (not sure if the special character mentioned above or a generic one)

via the Dude pt 2
*Ethereals buff units that they join with a selection of effects. One such effect gives an extra shot. This combined with a piece of wargear that adds 6" max range to the squad means that it's possible to rapid fire 3 shots at 18".
*Apparently this can potentially be 4 if the Fire Warrior special character is also attached.
*Riptide is rumoured to be around 165 base but only start with twin-linked Plasma.
*The Ion Accelerator is apparently an upgrade: three S7 AP3 shots or one S8 AP2 Large Blast.

*There's supposedly a special rule on the Riptide called Nova Accelerator which can do 4 things:
Buff weaponry (unsure how or which weapons)
Double the shots of support weapons (missile pods ect)
Increase invulnerable save to 3++
Boost a stat (unknown which or by how much)

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  2. I like all of these rumors. This is some exciting stuff. If a lot of this stuff is true then Tau are going to have some very interesting tactical possibilities. It's good that there aren't that many units that are absolutely inarguably better than others. The only thing that is currently an absolute auto include in every list is broadsides so far.

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  3. Just waiting for the complaining to start about 'why Riptide no have Rail Cannons!' To begin

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    1. Who cares if they can use that ion accelerator

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    2. Because so many have so little patience? There is always hate for whatever codex/edition when rumors starts. Plus people already said that Riptide 'better' have rail cannons. Regardless, just want the book to drop so we can start on the complaining of Eldar rumors :)

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    3. I was going to start doing just that once I've wiped the drool off of this here keyboard.

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    4. What Tau needed was an injection of options, not just more platforms for the rail cannons.

      Fans have far less creativity (even as a collective) than does GW. They are also wrong 99% of the time when they complain about a codex prior to it releasing.

      Rather than focusing on the dozens of new things an army is getting, they will pinpoint one rumored points cost or change to a single old unit and say that the army is now ruined.

      Remember, this is the same group of people who said the Helldrake would be unplayable at 170 points. Pretty much the entire internet was in unison on those thoughts. Now it's the most abundant flyer found at tournaments.

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    5. well, since all daemons are nerfed into the dust now, I bet we will see fewer chaos lists and thus few heldrakes in the future. but who knows.

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    6. Is that a joke about people complaining about all daemons being rubbish? Otherwise I am confused.

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  4. This is just getting better and better, I really hope by all accounts that Tau DO show up next month, as it is I'm checking Faeit every 2 hours for any updates, I dont think I can last another month :D

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    1. Same here! I'm here all the time. :D

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    2. I just 'wish' that the Ion Cannon would have the effect it does on...Command & Conquer 3? A S10 Ap1 Apocalypse barrage template...

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    3. hahaha That would be a blast!... get it?
      blast? no?

      ok... xD

      (Still hoping for the chance to upgrade railcannons on the riptide thingy [wich still sounds awesome with what was said here])

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  5. Yeah. Personally all i want to see in this codex is more different options. (And naturally this wish will come true)

    Whether or not they're all usable i dont know, but i think there's always some combos if you dig enough.

    So yeah like Marq, i am liking these rumors. Not too powerful but tactically interesting.
    (especially the 'consolidate after overwatch' bit)

    Now if the flyers' stats would pop up soon, i'd be even more happier. :)

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    1. Wish something would drop on the flyers... names, what they look like, an ability. Not sure how I feel about the 'mako' name from before

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    2. Neko from Warseer mentioned that they look like upscaled TX-42 Piranhas.

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  6. I for one, think having ion cannons on the riptide is BETTER than rail guns. S10 AP1 doesn't mean anything if you miss every time.

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  7. Keep checking every couple of hours. Then looking at my bank account and feeling glum. Am suprised about the riptide not having rail cannons, but you never know if that might be an upgrade later on. Otherwise, this is looking to be a seriously shooty army and one i will enjoy adapting to fit my current Tau list.

    Still may end up taking some necron allies for dedicated anti av 14 though. And a c'tan couldnt hurt

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  8. Seems very much like last three books; low base cost for units with the option to buff with characters and items. Good stuff...

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  9. This is all very exciting.
    If these rumours are true, then this will be the cheapest edition for me so far.

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  10. I read the wiki on Aun'shi. Sounds pretty awesome. Still waiting for some type of Fusion Cannon to rub the lotion on the soreness that is the broadside community. I for one think that we'll be fine. Looking forward to seeing what the flyers are like/ I've already made my guess at the name.

    Razorfin Air Superiority Fighter (Trademarked before GW gets to sueing me for my own idea. =P)

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    1. Still have my 4th ed Aun'shi haha, looking forward to having rules for him again.

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    2. The metal Aun'shi came out in 3rd edition with the first tau codex

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  11. If Aun'shi is returning, I wonder if his model will be upgraded from Metal to Finecast

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    1. That, or a new mould altogether.

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    2. I'm also kinda surprised that pathfinders would get their own plastic kit. Would have thought it would be a dual kit with firewarriors (which desperately need a new kit as the armour on the legs of the current models is badly malformed). Oh well, one can hope.

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    3. Martin -

      While I can agree a dual fw/pf kit might not be a bad idea, as a person who has personally assembled and painted large number of firewarriros, I am not sure what you are referring to?

      Perhaps I am overlooking something, but I have never noticed "malformed" fw legs.

      Anyway, as a person who ACTIVELY plays tau, and has for all of 5th and 6th (I.e. I did not abandon them on the shelf) I am very happy to get new stuff.

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  12. Ion cannon gets better with the blast? Interesting. Don't most weapons with a blast option drop S and worsen AP? (I don't think worsen is really a word...) If this is the case, who would ever use the 3 shot option?

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    1. Does seem that aside from shooting light vehicles (and even then eh) you would never use the "standard" mode.

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    2. I see it being useful against Flyers, especially those with AV 11 or less, as templates can't hit them.

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    3. Or it might be the "potentiation" of the gun woth that last rule

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  13. What I'm afraid of is that except for the rail cannon of the Hammerhead, we have nothing more powerfull than s8. Against LandRaider or other av14, we will have a hard time :s. Except for this, all thus rules are prety cool ^^

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    1. Given the only AV 14 are the Monolith and Land Raiders, maybe the game designers are trying to shift the meta away from these vehicles in the long run anyways. I mean, Dark Angels Deathwing Land Raiders are prohibitively expensive at almost 300 points.

      Less AV 14 and Less Anti-Av 14 maybe their long term goal, but I could be wrong.

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    2. I imagine we'll still have EMP grenades. Who knows, maybe we'll even have an EMP gun of some sort. Not quite as good as haywire ATM, but you never know :)

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    3. Welcome to playing Eldar. Not much over strength 8, but then again they do have lances....

      Either way, I'm sure we'll get some goodies to compensate. Just wait for the flyers. I bet they'll be like, "vroom, vroom: RAILGUN!"

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    4. Well for the player who has some brass, you can deepstrike a Monat with fusion blaster and ruin the land raiders/monoliths day like that

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  14. Can somebody clarify/clear up for me the future of the current Firewarrior models? (or at least hint at something).

    We're seeing quite a few rumours going around about Overwatch, plastic Pathfinders, Pulse carbines etc - are we expecting new Firewarriors? possibly a dual kit with the Pathfinders?

    I swear I heard a while back about Firewarriors looking 'less rank and file' and 'more like storm troopers'. Maybe this was a wishlist or me imagining something ..

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    1. It will be 8th edition before Fire Warriors get new models. The current Fire Warrior plastics aren't perfect but they're a solid kit and GW isn't in the habit of replacing serviceable plastic kits that sell very well. I don't think that Fire Warriors are getting a new kit. I'm actually doubtful that we'll be seeing plastic Pathfinders but then again I could e completely wrong. We'll see.

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    2. I've seen mention of a Pathfinders kit quite a bit recently - perhaps I'm being far too optimistic but if they bothered to do plastic Pathfinders I'd be fairly confident it would be a dual fit for Firewarriors ala Immortals/Deathmarks, Lychguard/Praetorians etc.

      Time will tell I guess...

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  15. All nice to know, thanks Natfka!

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  16. I eagerly wait for next month, but as you worry about your wallets I have to worry where I can get money since I've been unemployed since the end of Oct.

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  17. Glad to hear the etherals might be worth taking

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  18. Man tau aren't out yet? How much longer till we see if Eldar are actually coming...

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  19. The Ion Accelerator's weaponprofile doesn't make any sense to me. Either you get 3 shots at S7 AP3 or 1 shot at S8 AP2. Why would anyone prefer the multi shots over the large blast (not having overwatch taken into account), which has superior strength and AP?

    Imho it should be more similar to a Missile Launcher. So in this case: S8 AP2 Heavy 3/S7 AP3 Heavy 1, Large Blast

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    1. Only reason I can think of is if you're shooting a tank or light transport and this way you have a decent chance of 3 glances on side or rear armour, as opposed to placing all your bets on one pen.

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    2. Shooting at a Trygon or carnifex perhaps.
      With blast you do 1 wound but heavy3 could do 3.
      Also the Blast mode cannot fire overwatch.

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    3. Maybe the blast template takes a turn to charge, or you cant move and shoot it, or you lower/remove an invulnerable save by using it.

      Or maybe the range is different.

      Could be many things separating the two!

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    4. I think it's good for hunting enemy flyers hat can't be hit by the blast. At least against AV 11 vor less it's decent enough and ground targets get the blast.

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  20. As long as I can field all kroot. Im happy.

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  21. Cmon already! I'm ready to table some 6th Ed Tau with my war torn Eldar Dex!!!

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  22. No mention of range for either mode of the ion accelerator -- the blast is probably short ranged.

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  23. What I'm itching to know is, will one of the flyer builds have markerlights? We already heard that markerlights will let ground units hit flyers, now we just need (non-forgeworld) flying markerlights.

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    1. (Forgot to mention, yes I know it's mostly irrelevant given how broadsides are likely to turn out. Would just be a cool synergy thing is all.)

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  24. Actually what I find interesting is that Nova Accelerator on Riptide. Sounds great. Always wanted that range of choices :)

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