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Old 07 May 2007, 18:56   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys....first post and need some help.

Ok here goes. I just finished the first part of my Tau air cadre/squadron (see attached). Anyway I now have some more Tau AI planes, two more Barracuda and two Tigarshark AX-1-0. Now I dont actually own the AI rulebook (use friends to play) and Im not sure if its in there or not, but I want to know some information on the structure of the Tau air caste. Basically I have these new models and I was thinking about painting them in a slightly different scheme (still in keeping but swapping the greys and blue). Prehaps the AX-1-0 and barracuda could be part of an auxillary or seperate bomber squadron/wing with fight escorts. However im unsure of the internal structure do they have mixed or single roll squadrons in the background? So would this be viable or should I keep the fighters the same and try a different scheme on the AX-1-0 or just paint the whole lot in the current scheme...

I just dont know....any advice or insight most welcome.

ps: i hope this is posted in the right place....


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Old 07 May 2007, 19:24   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07 May 2007, 19:50   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums!

Most of what we know about the Air Caste comes from Battlefleet Gothic. They follow the same ranks as the Fire Caste, but the jobs are distributed differently.

My guess is that you aren't going to see any Kor'O among the terrestrial fighter squadrons, as they seem to be more involved with commanding the fleet. Kor'la are going to be the navigators, gunners, and other console operators on Air Caste craft. Kor'ui are probably going to be commanders of individual aircraft. Kor'vre are likely to be the squadron commanders, and a Kor'el is probably going to be the overall commander for all fighter craft attached to given carrier. Given how Fire Caste like to lead from the front, it would not be too much of a stretch to guess that some more aggressive Kor'els and Kor'vres like to pilot fighters themselves. That would be my guess, at any rate.

Nice job on those, by the way. I really like the subdued color scheme you have chosen, and the highlights are really sharp.
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Old 07 May 2007, 21:17   #4 (permalink)
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Sweet! I can finally use my mass expertise!

anywho, for squadron configuration, usually ships stay with the same type of ship. I say usually because it depends upon the situation, like: for tiger sharks they mix the variants for titan hunting: regular tigers take out shields and the AX-1-0s hit the titan directly for mass damage. sometimes they could intertwine barracudas and tiger sharks for anti-bomber squads, but still, it depends on the situation.

P.S. i love the paint scheme!
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Old 08 May 2007, 01:39   #5 (permalink)
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Cheers for the replies guys.

Shorelineviking can you elaborate on what you wrote, do you think it would be plausible that the bombers would be part of a seperate squadron or wing with different scheme, or would all be part of the same squadron and therefore have the same scheme.

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Old 08 May 2007, 01:43   #6 (permalink)
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I'd think kor'la would be still in training as such. I really don't see them in air combat until kor'ui. Maybe as damage control on a vessel and such, but this seems a bit much for a kor'la. But I'm a shas, so what do I know

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Old 08 May 2007, 01:52   #7 (permalink)
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Don't know, but they sure look good. Nice work
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Old 08 May 2007, 03:43   #8 (permalink)
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I'd think kor'la would be still in training as such. I really don't see them in air combat until kor'ui. Maybe as damage control on a vessel and such, but this seems a bit much for a kor'la. But I'm a shas, so what do I know

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Well, remember that there should be Kor'saal rank for trainees. The old codex has Kor'la as messengers, Kor'ui as carriers, Kor'vre as pilots, Kor'el as captains, and Kor'o as admirals.
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Old 08 May 2007, 06:14   #9 (permalink)
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Shorelineviking can you elaborate on what you wrote, do you think it would be plausible that the bombers would be part of a seperate squadron or wing with different scheme, or would all be part of the same squadron and therefore have the same scheme.
Now, with the tau, squadrons are more difficult to organise, beacuse the only real tau "bomber" is the manta. the tiger shark is more like a heavy fighter. On the paint scheme, if all the ships are from the same ship/carde/planet yes, they should be painted the same colours. To differenciate seperate squads, you add markings, like a odd-coloured line on the wing or cockpit. that part is all up to you.
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