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Old 11 Oct 2006, 22:09   #1 (permalink)
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I'm working on a new version of the Tau Jump Troops I made before. The old ones just had two grenade launchers glued to the sides of their backpack, but I want to get more detailed than that.

My main points are:

The gun- I want it to look similar to a pulse rifle, but be a little bulkier to represent an additional power cell or something that makes it more powerful. (The Jump Troopers' guns have the same stats as Vespid Neuton Blasters)

Pose- I want to make it look like these troops are ready to take off, or possibly even make a couple in flight.

Jetpacks- I really want to get more detail here. Exhaust ports, power cells, fuel stores, etc.

Armor- Logic states that having the shoulder pad, a decent chunk of armor, on one side of the body would make a Fire Warrior unbalanced in flight. I want to either remove it entirely, or slim it down and put one on each side.
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Old 12 Oct 2006, 01:34   #2 (permalink)
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These guys are oretty simple, start with a normal fire warrior with a pulse carbine and no backpack. Attach an old sealthsuit jetpack on him instead, cut off the power pack on a fusion blaster and out this on the carbine. leave the shoulder pads off to represnt less armor.
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Old 12 Oct 2006, 04:55   #3 (permalink)
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Why not mod up Pathfinders instead? They have a bit less armor, cool poses, and the sleek helmets already.
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Old 12 Oct 2006, 05:04   #4 (permalink)
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i would cut off the armor plates and then modify pulse rifles like waargh
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Old 12 Oct 2006, 18:35   #5 (permalink)
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Malcaor: The XV15 packs are too bulky, and don't look very jumppack-ish. It would also mean ordering some old XV15's, which I am in no position to do at the moment.

Jericho: I think the Pathfinder poses, while cool, are too limited. I also prefer to work with plastic. And the Pathfinders lack backpacks. And they're expensive.

edraik: By armor plates, I'm guesssing you mean shoulder pads. And the rifle modifacations sound good, I'll give it a try.
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Old 13 Oct 2006, 17:16   #6 (permalink)
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Forge world grav chutes are cool looking, and might fit the bill. Not cheap, but not too bad for FW stuff, and you'll only need a few.
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Old 14 Oct 2006, 01:01   #7 (permalink)
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how about a flamer fuel can on his back, and two fusion blaster fuel cans on the shoulder with little peices of guitar string connecting them?
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Old 14 Oct 2006, 04:15   #8 (permalink)
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for jetpacks the old xv15 jetpacks are probably your best bet--just buy the bits separately from GW mail order. 6 of those isn't even 20 bucks.
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Old 22 Oct 2006, 05:45   #9 (permalink)
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I love the old stealthsuits...ah...(he sighs happily)

the new ones are all bulky and Klkn (&#39;scuse my french), the old ones relly fit the bill, the only thing I like about the new stealthsuits is their rules!!! (now I can get targetting arrays on the squad)

I seem to remember a Tau army that featured in the WD (at least here in Australia) during the Medusa V campaign (funnily enough, by a Frenchman I think), he went by the name of Bruno Rizzo or something similar. Cutting to the chase, I think he mentioned he was having no extrataurestrials (no non-tau models) and had started on combat tau to replace the kroot and flyer tau to represent Vespids.

I believe he has an article on the GW website in the Tau section, try checking there!
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