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Offline Admiral_d_Artagnan

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Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« on: January 11, 2011, 09:41:36 AM »
Yesterday I bought a ship which I will be proxying for my Tau fleet. Actually bought 2 of them. I just don't know which ship it will proxy or if I ought to just make up rules for the class. Here are the pics (the black ship is the one I bought):



The ship in the middle is the one I will be using to proxy or make new rules out of.



The one on the right is my "Merchant" proxy.



Here's a pic to show size comparisons.

For everyone's info, the black ship was featured in Tron Legacy known as Clu's Command Ship. The Star Wars transport will be my Merchant. Copyright of the two ships in the pics are owned by their respective owners, of course. I'm just using them to proxy Tau.

What would be the ideal ship to proxy? I already have models which will proxy the Hero, Bastion and Stronghold. I'm not well versed in the FW Tau rules so I'm sticking more with the GW Tau BFG rules. Or should I just make up new rules for it? If I do make up new rules, it means it would be a carrier of course with a big prow LB with torps and reduced Railguns and Ion Cannons. Should it be a regular, heavy or battlecruiser or maybe even grand cruiser? It is wider than a Vengeance though shorter by 20%.
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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011, 02:08:27 PM »
It is big: heavy cruiser.

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011, 03:14:45 PM »
Maybe some sort of missile Heavy-cruiser?  By the way, can we see some side views, etc, so we can see more detail?

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011, 08:19:06 PM »
Ive always wanted to see a true missile ship in either tau fleets.

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 08:57:32 PM »
I do hope you will remodel the hammerhead look alike thing heavily and not just repaint it. With some green stuff It has potential thou.
As for the more detailed "Rebel" transport it could be some sort of 8-10HP heavy transport, habitat ship, heavy carrier or pretty much anything for Tau? :)

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011, 10:30:41 AM »
Don't remodel! It looks cool!

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011, 12:02:47 PM »
Have no plans to remodel it. I think it looks ok as it is. I'll take better pics of top, bottom, front, rear and sides and post them tomorrow.

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2011, 01:48:33 PM »
i think it currently does lack detail compared to all the other ships. where they have crenellations, buttresses, turrets and antennae, the tron ship has big flat spaces. im not saying it should look like everything else, but it would look a bit odd alongside everything else. 

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2011, 05:42:01 PM »
Hmmm, I agree, it needs some turrets, radio masts, etc. But its a great starting place for a conversion.  By the way, can you tell us who produced the star wars ship that you've got as well?

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2011, 11:26:21 PM »
Hasbro. It's part of their Titanium series line if memory serves. I have the Blockade Runner and Tantive IV Corvette which I use as Hero and Hero variants since their the same ship but different colors. I also have Star Destroyer (Bastion proxy), Imperial Attack Cruiser (Stronghold proxy), Executor and Invisible Hand and 4 of the Rebel Transports (which I use as the Merchant) and Radiant VII or what Hasbro calls a Rebel Cruiser while other sites call it a Consular-class.

Also have a Battlestar Galactica which I am not sure yet what to proxy as it is a big mother, almost twice as big as any battleship model in BFG.
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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2011, 09:09:21 AM »
Here's some more pics:

Front View:



Rear View:



Side View:



Top View:


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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2011, 09:14:30 AM »
If you remodel it I will be displeased.

The Tau FW ships are pretty plain compared to the IN/Chaos as well.

From what I see:
size of large cruiser.
A strength 6 prow launch bay
no other weapons

Make it a stealth ship.

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2011, 07:39:37 PM »
It looks much better from the new views.  I'd say make it a transport ship, or something that isn't directly combat related?

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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2011, 11:18:19 PM »
Yeah I was thinking also of a Steath assualt ship with prow and maybe port and starboard LBs (if you check the side view there is an area near the prow which lookss like a dark space suitable for LB) and aft gravitic hook (there is a hatch if you notice in the rear view pics) for 1 Orca (or FW equivalent). Maybe even store it internally?

So maybe Str 4 prow LB, str 1 port/starboard LB? Tau version of the Styx? With Str 1 gravitic hook for the Orca? No other weapons. Str 3 turrets?

If it's stealthy with 5+ armor, against direct fire, needs a 6+ to hit if more than 15 cm away? Against ordnance it would still be 5+.

Am also fine with it being an assault transport of sorts, Tau version.
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Re: Got a new ship to proxy for Tau
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2011, 09:14:42 PM »
I've concluded, upon some considerable reflection, the black figure just looks too darned plain to be played as a gothic ship.

I'd postulate that if you looked at the overwhelming majority of the existing range you'll note that over the surfaces there is a detail density in excess of one change in surface contour per mm. This is a condition that this figure fails at and this, to me at least, strongly implies that it's at a much coarser scale. If someone tried to field this against me, they would at very least get raised eyebrows and a few snide comments if not open mockery.

The Star Wars ship is fine in this regard.