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MIlitarum Tempestus Taurox and Scion Rules


We have some rules for the Scions and Taurox here. The Taurox and Taurox Prime look really good so far, with the prime being able to take options like a Battle Cannon. Whoa. The Scions are looking good as well, and I am looking forward to these models, which seems to have some great rules attached to it.


Please remember that these are rumors, as we have not yet had an official announcement or release yet.

via an anonymous source on Faeit 212
I can confirm the reports of Astra Tempestus and Militarum leaks inside. Full stat pages and lore for the Taurox, Taurox Prime and Scions. Scions are WS 3 BS 4 Str 3 To 3 with Hot-shot Lasguns and Carapace armor. They can upgrade a number of models to have Plasma Guns, Melta Guns or Overcharged Lasguns. May take a Taurox or Chimera as dedicated transport. There is also a Scion Command Squad, but I forget the difference, they have the option of taking the Taurox Prime as dedicated transport instead. Updated: Scions along with the Scion Command Squad can take a Taurox Prime as a dedicated transport.

Taurox is approx. the cost of a lone marine in a Rhino, 11 10 10 for armor and rerolls failed terrain rolls, comes mounted with an Autocannon and can hold 10 models. Taurox Prime is approx. 2 more marines in that rhino but comes with your choice of Taurox Missile Launcher, Battle Cannon or Gatling Cannon. Same armor and transport capacity as the regular model.

Other major part of the book is an apocalypse battle report between Tau and Necrons and painting guide for those beautiful Scions.

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  1. Battle canon?
    Seems a bit excessive and de-evaluates other tanks, no?

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    1. looks like access to the Taurox Prime is limited to certain units

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    2. With an 11-10-10 hull? Not really.

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    3. Basically a Chimera with a big gun... Interesting...

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    4. It's kind of like a slightly better version of lascannons on a razorback. Strong gun but 11/10/10 armor and lack of being able to take it by itself limit it. Compared to a tank with much better armor and additional armaments, it certainly does not de-value them imo.

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    5. It's kind of like a slightly better version of lascannons on a razorback. Strong gun but 11/10/10 armor and lack of being able to take it by itself limit it. Compared to a tank with much better armor and additional armaments, it certainly does not de-value them imo.

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    6. Well, keep in mind it can be taken in multiples for relatively cheap, and since it's Astra Militarum, there will be tons of firepower everywhere supporting it.

      Sure, if you look at it in a vacuum, it's meh, but nothing is ever by itself.

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    7. Also, keep in mind that the Taurox Prime will be used in the Tempestus/Stormtrooper Codex.

      Considering that we expect the model selection to be limited, having a diverse range of weapons on the Taurox Prime helps make them a semi-viable army/ally. And can't really de-value the Russ because it isn't competing with the Russ in the same codex.

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    8. @Hudson
      It costs as little as a Rhino +3 marines however. About 75-85 points a battlecannon is a steal even if it is on an AV 11/10/10 vehicle. I wouldn't say it devalues the LRBT unless vets or some basic troops could take it because while it might have the firepower of a Russ it lacks the armour, but if you can field 8 of them anyway the individual AV stops mattering so much.

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    9. Big cannon on a lightly armoured wheeled chassis?

      Reminds me of a WWII Wermacht SdKfz 234/v4 Puma.

      Hrm, pretty cool! Might be worth it if it can be "Creed"-ed.

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    10. I agree to the extent that if, and that's a big IF, you can field 8 Battle cannon at 80 pts each. Certainly would present a problem in target selection.

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    11. Hmmm.... 8 Taurox Primes camping out around the old Void Shield Generator...

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    12. Well it says the Prime option is an upgrade for the command squad so i assume there will be a limit to the number that you can spam.

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    13. Remember: that 75-85 pt range is for the basic Taurox Prime, most likely upgrading to a battle cannon costs extra.

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    14. Got a glance at the WD, it's not a regular battle cannon. It's got the stats of an autocannon but is a blast weapon.

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    15. Get it right people its a Taurox pattern battlecannon Str7 AP 4 blast, its an blast auto cannon essentially.

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  2. No clues as to the points cost of the Scions? And are they scoreing?

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    1. If they're Troops they should be...

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    2. If it follows the normal format of some of the newer codexes they will be scoring...probably only in their codex and not IG.

      Format will likely follow: Command Squad = HQ; 3-4 Stormtrooper Squads = Troops/Scoring. Each will have the option of taking support vehicles (Chimera, Taurax, Valkyrie, Vendetta). Warlord Traits. Nifty "relics". Army wide special rules. Lots of background...hopefully new stuff.

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  3. Damn, I was hoping for a punisher cannon on normal Taurox. Doesnt seem to be much benefit for Taurox over chimera, especially if the former don't have as many fire points.

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  4. This tank seems like a very unneeded mid point between Chimera/Rhino/Razorback. Unless it's an assault vehicle, what does it really bring to the table that wasn't there before? For a similar cost, a Chimera is still a better choice, with a better model as well. Seems like a missed opportunity here.

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    1. To be fair, it brings a battle cannon on a transport. That's cheaper than a Chimera for the capacity + a Russ for the cannon?

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    2. Just to chime in, but the stuff above mentions the Taurox re-rolls failed Terrain Rolls. It's not much (like the Chimera's Amphibious ability nobody uses), but it reads more like a big ATV than a IFV like the Chimera.

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  5. Interesting...will see how it performs on the table...

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  6. For those who think that battlecannon on a light vehicle is wrong.... we do have some precedent of light armour with big guns in the real world, basically an armoured car rather than an apc or mbt. Could be cool.

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  7. I'm still not sold on the Taurox. I'll reserve final judgement of the model when I see it, but not even these rules convince me that this transport has a rightful place in 40K.

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  8. Do you remember Chimerro/Chimerax/Chimedon in old White Dwarf?
    Taurox Prime is something like that... maybe :)

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    1. Heh. I do!

      Grognards unite! :)

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    2. Wouldn't actually be surprised if Forgeworld would release rules and conversion kits for them - after all, if they lose the Chimera (plus some other vehicles) they need to have something to replace them, right?

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  9. With that profile and weapon options... reminds me of an ork tank with better BS.

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    1. if you look at the models this is what the orks looted to make a battlewagon thats why it mounts similar weapons

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  10. Gotta say I'm looking forward to these. I'm looking for some non-transhuman troops to go with one of my loyalist marine armies (Wolves, Raven Guard and Crimson Fists) without going full guard. Question is will these edge out me getting a Imperial Knight? Have to wait and see the full codex.

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    1. well FOC wise you'll be able to deploy these guys with an IK..

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    2. Ah but you know, money and all that jazz. That would be the long term aim though!

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  11. I sense a Chimera/Russ kitbash in my future.

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  12. Any idea if they'll be the same allies as IG?

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  13. The Taurox to me looks like it should be part of the Adeptus Arbites arsenal rather than the Imperial Guard for urban pacification etc.

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    1. Actually aside from the tracks instead of wheels it has a similar look to modern day MRAP

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MRAP

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  14. Errm, a battle cannon on a transport for 65 points? Cue the wailing and gnashing of teeth form the win at all costs players.

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  15. That big, tough looking monster is 11/10/10? Do they serve ice cream out of it or something.

    Oh well, at least those fat cannons in my Chimera turrets can finally be battle cannons instead of those weaksauce multilasers....

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    1. Maybe its open toped or has a rule that lets youre meltas shoot out.

      Other than that, its a fail. Its a small front so opponent will get side AV quick (like with ork battlewagons).
      Its to expensiv in points. If its a assault vehicle, ig still have no real cc units unless ogryns get a massiv buff. Its just not looking very good for IG.
      Some say spam will be good. But mech just doesnt cut it in 6th anymore. And ig have so much better stuff. Why field this over vendettas?

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    2. Who knows what'll happen to Vendettas in the new codex?

      The nerf bat might swing for some units, and maybe this'll end up being a standout compared to previously awesome units.

      You never know...

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    3. What can they nerf on vendettas that would not nerf valks?
      Ok points.
      But why nerf the only Flyer IG players can buy?

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  16. Well at least I can run my mercenary army that is "count-as" sisters of battle...now to find crap loads of bolters to replace hotshot lasguns.

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  17. Well not a problem...models awful, and the scions are like brettonians in space...only thing thats good will be the heads and backpacks for conversions.

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  18. Was hoping for WS 4....human guardian list....

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  19. Codex: Militarium Tempestus Teaser is up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euIor5qdbhc

    Just wanted to say "I told you so" folks X3

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    1. @Lars - I've been saying for weeks that the MT book would be out before AM. Judging by the clues given in this trailer and the White Dwarf Page leak a few days ago, this now appears to be the case.

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  20. Do Tau get the Taurox?

    Or why is the Bat.rep. Tau Vs crons?

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  21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euIor5qdbhc

    Spotted this on the GW site. Could this be Scions?

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  22. The Taurox looks about the most stupid impractical combat vehicle I've ever seen!
    I wonder if someones five year old son had the major part of designing it

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  23. The Taurox looks about the most stupid impractical combat vehicle I've ever seen!
    I wonder if someones five year old son had the major part of designing it

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