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Would Tau ever steal Imperial vehicles?
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Old 23 Jun 2006, 23:04   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering before if any Tau would steal Imperial vehicles, then "bring them up to snuff". As in, a Leman Russ having a railgun, and anti-grav gear. I thought it would kind of be cool to make a Sept like this, sort of renagade style, using converted Chimera's for the Devilfish, and Leman Russ' for the Hammerheads.
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Old 23 Jun 2006, 23:06   #2 (permalink)
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I seriously doubt that.

Like the Eldar, Tau has a kind of arragonce towards those who they think are lower tech adept than themselves. That include the IG.
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Old 23 Jun 2006, 23:25   #3 (permalink)
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However, like the same reason why Eldar don't steal a Landraider and put a Prisim turrent. They're too arrogant to do so. Not to mention the incapability with 2 different races technology.
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Old 23 Jun 2006, 23:37   #4 (permalink)
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Imperial armor is inferior to Tau tech therefore there would be no point to take it
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Old 23 Jun 2006, 23:55   #5 (permalink)
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Well, lets put it in a scenario. You are a commander in a renegade Tau sept. Lets say you got banished(do Tau do that?) and you cannot gain any more of those beautiful anti-grav tanks. You are fighting the Imperial Guard, an Armored Company. Your troops begin to be slaughtered by Leman Russ'. Needing armor badly, you order a team of firewarriors to attempt to steal a Russ or two. The fw's succeed and now you have three Leman Russ' in your armory. Fortunately, you have the technology to make the Russ' anti-grav, and some spare railguns salvaged from destroyed hammerheads. What would you do? Either continue to have your troops be run over by enemy tanks(or just continue to run), or would you upgrade the captured Russ'?

I understand that the Tau are an arrogant race, but in wartime, things can change at drop of a penny(or bullet).
Maybe if you were ex-Imperial Guard human soldiers "banished" you might but pure breed Tau wouldn't
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Old 24 Jun 2006, 00:31   #6 (permalink)
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I think the Tau tanks are much better, but I could see a Imperial planet that went over to the Tau getting the Tau to upgrade some of their tech... to help out the greater good of course.
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Old 24 Jun 2006, 01:17   #7 (permalink)
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I expect that installing antigrav systems in a Leman Russ would be far, far more effort than that required to simply build a Hammerhead or ten. For comparison, imagine someone trying to waterproof a car, streamline it, and install an outboard motor so that it could be used as a boat. In the time that it took to do that, they could have operated a production line churning out dozens of actual boats.

If the Tau happened to capture some Imperial vehicles, they might well turn them over to ex-IG Gue'vesa, since they'd already be trained in their use.
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Old 24 Jun 2006, 01:32   #8 (permalink)
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Eh? whats this about ignorance? The a tau are not like the elder in that effect, the plain fact is there is no point converting any "imperial" tanks as the Tau tanks are all SO much better.


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Well, lets put it in a scenario. You are a commander in a renegade Tau Sept. Lets say you got banished(do Tau do that?) and you cannot gain any more of those beautiful anti-grav tanks. You are fighting the Imperial Guard, an Armored Company. Your troops begin to be slaughtered by Leman Russ'. Needing armor badly, you order a team of firewarriors to attempt to steal a Russ or two. The fw's succeed and now you have three Leman Russ' in your armory. Fortunately, you have the technology to make the Russ' anti-grav, and some spare railguns salvaged from destroyed hammerheads. What would you do? Either continue to have your troops be run over by enemy tanks(or just continue to run), or would you upgrade the captured Russ'?

I understand that the Tau are an arrogant race, but in wartime, things can change at drop of a penny(or bullet).
Maybe if you were ex-Imperial Guard human soldiers "banished" you might but pure breed Tau wouldn't
Farseer is right Besides which the tau empire is closely nit and combined with the way they govern and the average Tau's attitude it is a near impossibility to get a single renegade let alone a whole Step. (O'shava being the only example and even then there are doubts)


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Old 24 Jun 2006, 01:50   #9 (permalink)
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"So do we give the Gue'vesa the hammerhead tank when they need armor support, then? We already deny them Pulse rifles ('cept to the Gue'ves'ui), and they seem happy enough driving their noisy, innacurate machines anyway. Besides, they know how they work, and could probably do a better job using them then we could.

When they're old enough to earn their liscence and the Aun says so, then we'll let them use more of our standard arsenal... and maybe they'd get an entry in our codex."
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Abanim already pointed out the biggest flaw in trying to do this. In the time it would take them to put in anti-grav motors and then rebalance it so it doesn't flip, streamline it, and then make it up to snuff byt heir standards... They could make 5 hammerheads.

Stealing tanks and melting them down for scrap metal... That's an idea. Railgun with the barrel from a Leman Russ, anyone?
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