Sunday, September 28, 2008
Old Shatter Hands
Old Shatter Hands is my Cadre's Shas'o Commander. I always play him as a Shas'O with Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod, and Hard-Wired Multitracker. His other wargear slots vary, but he usually takes a stimulant injector, positional relay or vectored retro-thrusters.
He's old for a Fire Caste Tau and wears a specially designed suit, awarded to him after his successes in the Third Sphere Expansion campaigning against Imperial forces. He trusts tried and true technology. Atypical of most tau, he is reluctant to take and rely upon experimental weapons. His reilable old plasma rifle has taken down many a foe from Eldar Autarchs, countless space marines, and even swathes of Imperial Guardsmen.
There is a lot of customization on this figure. Most of it has been copied from various modellers whose work I've seen on the internet. The missile pod was my own creation however as were his trademark hands that were taken from space marine kits.
The name, Old Shatter Hands, comes from a character in Karl Mai novels. I've never read a Karl Mai book but I know the character and really like the name. When I broke a bone in my hand from punching a friend while roughhousing (tequila can be very dangerous), the name seemed to fit my incarnation on the tabletop.