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Offline Jack Hooligan

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Space Hulk: T'au Empire
« on: November 10, 2019, 12:56:13 AM »


I mainly play Space Hulk with my son, and he’s big into Anime, Manga, and Gunpla, so the T’au Empire is his favorite collection of GW models. Not having the time to create a whole new set of rules for this new faction, I’ve decided to simply lean on the tried and tested rules of the past three decades. We don’t have unique rules for T’au…they’re just stand-ins for the standard Terminator models. This allows us to simply enjoy the fantastic ride that is the Space Hulk experience without all the tedious matches of play-testing and striving to achieve balance.


T’au Ethereal on Drone (Librarian with Force Axe) and Cadre Fireblade (Sergeant with Power Sword)


XV25 Suit with Heavy Flamer and XV25 Suit with Assault Cannon


Kroot Hound (Lightning Claws) and Kroot Tracker (Thunder Hammer and Storm Shield)


Fire Warriors with Pulse Rifles (standard Terminators)

So…that’s basically it. A selection of models that are essentially re-skins (or ‘counts as’) of Terminators. Oh, The oddity may be that Kroot Tracker. He is the only character I modified for our play. He has a single d6 shot with that rifle. Not strong, but doesn’t Jam. With that Bladed Rifle, and hunter’s instincts, he is the other hand-to-hand option using the rifle for strong frontal melee attacks and having the Block ability. This game is stacked against the Terminators as is, so we haven’t had an issue with this slight change. A small tweak to set our games up how we want.

We now have a complete set of 11 models to explore floating hulks with any of the scenarios in the book (and some we have from White Dwarf). We’ve also got a large collection of genestealers painted so we’re good to play games. I do have two other directions I want to take our copy in though. One, I have Genestealer Cult models assembled that I want paint. Two, I want to do another re-skin Terminator group. I like T’au better than Terminators and my son loves them, but for me…Necromunda models is the place to get 40k kicks. It’s going to be awhile before I get to those projects though.

There's a pdf of the reference sheet for Space Hulk renamed for the T'au on my blog:
https://thepit198.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/space-hulk-tau-empire/

Offline tin shed gamer

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Re: Space Hulk: T'au Empire
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2019, 01:19:36 AM »
Very nice .
I like your colour choices just the right balance and contrast to fit nicely with the genestealers.

Have you tried the old space hulk stats form imperial guards?
As it's a great one sided game for kids (if they play gene stealers and you play guards.)
You really do end up wanting to say 'it's game over man' as they plough through your troops.
As they merrily blast away like Storm troopers hitting bugger all.

Offline Rick W.

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Re: Space Hulk: T'au Empire
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2019, 05:56:06 AM »
Excellent painting and great way to make the game yours. Thanks for sharing!
Rick, The Grumpy Gnome

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Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Space Hulk: T'au Empire
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2019, 01:58:14 PM »
Very nice .
I like your colour choices just the right balance and contrast to fit nicely with the genestealers.

Thank you. I’ve never been the best painter, but what I lack in talent I try to make up in color composition. I try to make selections based on what I feel will allow a model’s most important features to pop the most at arms length on the tabletop. Often, this means I choose fewer colors or skip over some of the smaller details.

I’ve not played with Guardsmen, but I’ll look it up. Are they in that Space Hulk “Bible” document?
« Last Edit: November 10, 2019, 02:02:12 PM by Jack Hooligan »

Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Space Hulk: T'au Empire
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2019, 01:59:37 PM »
Excellent painting and great way to make the game yours. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks! We’re enjoying them.

Offline fluffy05

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Re: Space Hulk: T'au Empire
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2019, 06:25:04 PM »
Lovely brushwork!

Great to see you playing with your son.  Absolutely fantastic  :-*
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Offline Jack Hooligan

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Re: Space Hulk: T'au Empire
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2019, 01:34:25 AM »
Thanks!

Yeah, Space Hulk is his favorite of the minis games I own. I think it's the simplicity of the rules, and each turn is a nail biting situation.

Such a great game.
« Last Edit: November 16, 2019, 04:27:22 AM by Jack Hooligan »

Offline von Lucky

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Re: Space Hulk: T'au Empire
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2019, 01:06:06 AM »
Very nice painting and setting - and KISS principle is always the best.
- Karsten

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Offline OSHIROmodels

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Re: Space Hulk: T'au Empire
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2019, 08:41:29 AM »
They look great  :)