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How do!

So we’re officially into the run up to Tau getting their 9th Ed codex.

Couple of bits shown so far, such as improvements to the Pulse Rifle and Carbine.

Today, we’re shown the codex cover art



And we’re promised the mystery model’s full reveal later.


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An absolutely uninspiring cover art if there ever was one.
   
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They've been doing really solid work for their cover art so far for the codices. I think the only underwhelming one so far was the Custodes one, other than that, glad to hear that its coming soon! Tau have languished near the the bottom for the 40k meta for a while, so it'll be interesting to see how they let them compete for midfield objectives. Also, pretty sure the silhouette is Darkstrider.
   
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 Tarara wrote:
An absolutely uninspiring cover art if there ever was one.


That's pretty on point for 9th. All the codex covers so far have been mediocre to poor to wretched (BT).
Dudeman standing forth surrounded by vague cronies and increasingly blurry background.


So this is concerning:
Codex: T’au Empire will arrive in early 2022, and with the Genestealer Cults and Adeptus Custodes codexes also landing in the same period, it’s going to be an exciting few months for Warhammer 40,000.


With GSC and Custodes delayed from this year and Tau 'early,' the idea that this is going to keep 40k exciting for 'months' is really ominous. There's a grand total of three models between these three books, unless I missed something, and two are stuck in their versus box for the foreseeable future.

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I would assume the "exciting" is code for "here's 3 new Codexes, break them to high heaven for a couple of months, and then we'll make fix it".
   
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Voss wrote:
 Tarara wrote:
An absolutely uninspiring cover art if there ever was one.


That's pretty on point for 9th. All the codex covers so far have been mediocre to poor to wretched (BT).
Dudeman standing forth surrounded by vague cronies and increasingly blurry background.


So this is concerning:
Codex: T’au Empire will arrive in early 2022, and with the Genestealer Cults and Adeptus Custodes codexes also landing in the same period, it’s going to be an exciting few months for Warhammer 40,000.


With GSC and Custodes delayed from this year and Tau 'early,' the idea that this is going to keep 40k exciting for 'months' is really ominous. There's a grand total of three models between these three books, unless I missed something, and two are stuck in their versus box for the foreseeable future.


For those owning any of those factions it'll be a good couple of months of playing new rules, for a lot of people it'll just be window shopping at the competitive meta shifting likely. Either way for a lot of people there is a couple of months excitement, but currently no army is on paper to have been previewed with big releases in the first few months and whilst Eldar/Chaos are getting previews I'd be amazed if they were released alongside 3 other books in a 3 month window. But likewise next to nothing big has been shown for Sigmar nor LotR. Maybe fart out the Heresy stuff early in the year whilst they do a round of "you get a book and 1 model" releases maybe?
   
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Better uninspiring than abominable like the BT one.

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I am just loving the codex cover art this edition!

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Wonderfully restrained model. Definitely getting a sense of stealth from it,


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Single not cloven hooves though.

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They're cloven. Just a weird angle, but the video confirms it
   
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Not half bad, but I'd probably stick a Helmet on that dude.
   
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He has little drone friends. I don't even play T'au and I want those drones
   
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Those little drones are too cute. I would actually buy this guy to paint for fun:



 
   
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Given that they just released THE pathfinder, the kit really should have been given more than just an upgrade sprue. It's not uncommon for decent plastic kits to get an update (stormcast and space marine players can attest) and compared to this taller model, they all look so squat. Tiny stubby legs
   
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They remind of the ones Seventh Sister uses in Rebels.

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Good luck transporting that mini. Looks like those Drones will break off in a stiff breeze.


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 Grimskul wrote:
They've been doing really solid work for their cover art so far for the codices. I think the only underwhelming one so far was the Custodes one, other than that, glad to hear that its coming soon! Tau have languished near the the bottom for the 40k meta for a while, so it'll be interesting to see how they let them compete for midfield objectives. Also, pretty sure the silhouette is Darkstrider.
I don't see how they could possible get Tau to compete for midfield objectives without new units to fill that role and we're not getting those.

And yes Darkstrider looks nice but I worry about those drones snapping off way to easily.

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 Ordana wrote:
 Grimskul wrote:
They've been doing really solid work for their cover art so far for the codices. I think the only underwhelming one so far was the Custodes one, other than that, glad to hear that its coming soon! Tau have languished near the the bottom for the 40k meta for a while, so it'll be interesting to see how they let them compete for midfield objectives. Also, pretty sure the silhouette is Darkstrider.
I don't see how they could possible get Tau to compete for midfield objectives without new units to fill that role and we're not getting those.

And yes Darkstrider looks nice but I worry about those drones snapping off way to easily.



I feel like they're doing something more with Kroot (at the very least some type of Kommando style pre-game deployment ability to squat on objectives) or maybe with battlesuits that let's them move in the assault phase so they can move onto objectives after blasting people in the face. It's also possible that they basically let battlesuits shoot into combat similar to vehicles.
   
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T'au just need durable, melee infantry with ObSec to compete, no way around it.

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 Wha-Mu-077 wrote:
T'au just need durable, melee infantry with ObSec to compete, no way around it.


Disagree, that's the one intentional gap in their range, they compensate using tactics and science. That's what needs to be better represented, not just shoehorn in some borderline compulsory unit whilst stripping some of their identity as a faction
   
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 Grimskul wrote:


I feel like they're doing something more with Kroot (at the very least some type of Kommando style pre-game deployment ability to squat on objectives)


The Carnivores already have their 7" pre-game move, the Hounds can move 12" and the Krootox auto advance 6", so they're actually really solid for mobility ATM. That being said, the Shaper REALLY needs to get the pre-game move buff as well to keep up with them and Hidden Hunters needs to be fixed so they have at least one viable defensive strat.

What they really need is some kind of detachment specials for taking all Kroot since they don't (and likely still won't) gain Sept benefits. Also, if they aren't given <Core> (which is very likely) they'll need something to help counteract their bad Ld and Sv since they Ethereal likely won't be able to do it anymore. Given that there are no "new" models coming out, it seems like there isn't a lot that could be done on the Kroot side, however, I think they could still surprise is with the little bit of space that they have. Here are a few ideas, though sadly I don't think they are terribly likely:

1. Bring back the Knarlocs: FW made these before, it's not strange to think they could bring this line back. Even if it's not in plastic, just having them available to purchase and no longer being Legendary would be huge. If they stay roughly as strong as they are now, the Knarloc riders are a solid melee option and they Greater Knarloc is very strong for it's points cost (currently 65, probably worth at least 75-80). I don't think Tau themselves should have much melee, but the Kroot can and should fill that role for them.

2. Kroot HQ: Make Shapers HQ units, OR even better, make a "new" unit that uses the same basic profile as the Shaper with some stat/ability changes to be an HQ unit. No new model needed, though GW could do that and also milk this with a limited edition promo model; they love that kind of thing, and for something like this, yeah I'd buy it.

3. Improve Kroot utility: Fix the wording on the Hidden Hunters stratagem to make it good. If we get a new HQ, some kind of new buff from them. Add a few new stratagems, at least one melee focused one for Carnivores. Make a "Sept" for the Kroot that doesn't effect Tau units just like the Septs don't effect Kroot.

3.5 Food Buffs: Each Kroot unit can select a pregame buff based on the food they most commonly consume and are "Shaping" into. This could be done for "free" buy giving them a general points hike, or better yet, keep the points low and make these optional for point increases. Since GW like's their D6's for randomization, I'll list 6 potential options. 1) Psyker Powers: The unit can manifest / deny 1. It knows Smite and a custom Kroot one, likely a stealthy/defense buff (though I would love a whole Kroot Psychic table). 2) Ork Ferocity: +1 A and +1 Advance/Charge. 3) Astartes Resilience: +1 T, 6+ FNP. 4) Human Tenacity: +1 Ld, +1 BS if remained stationary? 5) Eldar Alacrity: +1 M, +1 WS. 6) Beastial Nature: +1M, +1 S, +1 T, +1 A, +1 W. This unit must always move at maximum speed to the nearest enemy and must attempt to charge it if possible. This unit may not shoot. (Okay that last one was a stretch XD)

Lore wise, Kroot don't feed on Tau, Necrons (they only made that mistake once), Tyranids, or Chaos.

4. Krootsade Support: Kind of like what I said in 3.5, there is so much potential customizability with the Kroot and if we get it nowhere else, we should at least get it in Crusade.

On a note surprisingly unrelated to Kroot, they did low key mention that Pulse Blasters were also getting an upgrade to go along the trend with the other pulse weapons.


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Those baby drones are ADORABLE! I love them.

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The cover is ok and I don't have strong feelings on it either way. Personally, I preferred the artist they used back in 6/7th edition iirc.

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Everyone seems to be moaning about the codex art, I don't see why. Looks nice, not over the top crap where you can't make anything out.

Darkstrider is nice but pretty annoyed that this is our only release. Compared to all the stuff BT recently got, wouldn't have killed GW to put a bit more effort into Tau.
   
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Voss wrote:
 Tarara wrote:
An absolutely uninspiring cover art if there ever was one.


That's pretty on point for 9th. All the codex covers so far have been mediocre to poor to wretched (BT).
Dudeman standing forth surrounded by vague cronies and increasingly blurry background.


So this is concerning:
Codex: T’au Empire will arrive in early 2022, and with the Genestealer Cults and Adeptus Custodes codexes also landing in the same period, it’s going to be an exciting few months for Warhammer 40,000.


With GSC and Custodes delayed from this year and Tau 'early,' the idea that this is going to keep 40k exciting for 'months' is really ominous. There's a grand total of three models between these three books, unless I missed something, and two are stuck in their versus box for the foreseeable future.


Some of the 9th covers are pretty meh but they’re all better than the 7th single character ones which were soooo uninspiring, and a couple (AdMech, Genestealer Cults) are some of the best they’ve done, in my opinion.
   
 
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