Back on topic here. In October of 2001, the Tau were revealed to the world of 40k. At the time, I was collecting Chaos Space Marines and it wasn't a good fit for me. I was getting more mature in my tastes of fantasy worlds and I wanted something more Sci-Fi, something more realistic than daemon-possessed space marines. I was beginning to shy away from Knights and Elves in Space. Enter the Tau. Here was a line a miniatures that embodied the practicality and militarism I was looking for in 40k. They had a high level of technology, they had battlesuits, they had hover tanks, and more importantly for me, they didn't come with knives to a gunfight. This was a proper army for the battles of 41st Millennium!
Looking back at these White Dwarfs, I really like seeing the concept sketches done up the by the design team. I only wish the models were a little closer to these great images of battlesuits and armor clad space aliens.
Images copyright Games Workshop, used without permission. Please don't sue me.
Fast forward almost 10 years, rumors of the 3rd incarnation of the Tau Codex are trickling through the warp. August 2011 is the date being uttered and I really hope it is sooner than that. My worry for sometime had been that Tau will go the way of the squats but it appears, to my pleasure, that this is not the case. Unfortunately though, the rumors of the new codex has actually shelved my Tau. I'm just not as interested in playing the old Dex, with the thoughts of a new one running through my head. I do have some color schemes I'd like to try out on an entirely new army, utilizing all the conversion work and painting skills I learned on my current Tau force. One thing I really want to see is a resurgence of Tau Stealth Suits. I've got around 15 of the old original metal models that are itching for some paint and my conversion saw.
For now enjoy these pages I scanned from my old White Dwarf!