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Old 01 Oct 2007, 17:48   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys- so, next article is probably going to be the largest in the Project as it has most to do with the military aspect of the Empire.

Here's the Breakdown

Empire at War
Introduction

Cadre designations and objectives

Technology

Operational tactics

Overview of Units

XV Variants

Auxileries (this will also be an overview of the land-based species)
Kroot
Vespid
Gue'la
Orks
Galg
Tarrelians
Notable Battles in Tau history

Notable Tau Commanders

Right- would anyone like to see anything specific?
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 17:56   #2 (permalink)
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So this is going to focus on the Fire Caste rather than the Air Caste (inc. Niccassar and Demiurg)?

Whatever you want to start with is fine by me.

BTW, shouldn't it be Gue'vesa rather than Gue'la? Gue'la is a term reserved for non-Tau-aligned humans.
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 18:39   #3 (permalink)
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BTW, shouldn't it be Gue'vesa rather than Gue'la? Gue'la is a term reserved for non-Tau-aligned humans.
Not really because Gue'la is the term for humans in general and could be applied generically to us as a race like we generally refer to Shas, Por, Fio, Kor as Tau.

I tend to think of |Gue'la| as the Tau race name for us, whereas |Gue'vesa| as the term for Tau brought up humans. Thus 3rd or 4th generation humans living in the Empire.

@ Carmsword don't forget XV-42s in the variants and the naming conventions for the diffrent classes/weapons.

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Old 01 Oct 2007, 18:49   #4 (permalink)
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What's an XV42, by the way? Can't say I've heard of that one.
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 19:14   #5 (permalink)
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What's an XV42, by the way?
It's an upgraded Piranha. (Edit: My wrong. :-[ The upgraded Piranha is TX-42 ...)

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Old 01 Oct 2007, 20:51   #6 (permalink)
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You mean the TX-42.

I'd like to see vehicular classifications. I don't know if its been discussed, but XV, obvious, TX seems to be land based vehicle, while AX is air based. Drones, following from forgeworld seems to be DX however, I don't know how that fits.

And then we have the numerical breakdown, some we already know, XV's are done on mass and role, but do vehicles follow suit?
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Old 01 Oct 2007, 23:11   #7 (permalink)
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And The Morrelian Deathsworm and the Hrenian Light Infantery?
Add the Tau Forces?
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Old 02 Oct 2007, 06:42   #8 (permalink)
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i don't know anything about those two- apparently no one else does either- but we'll see-

and yes, there will be a breakdown of vehicles- just shorter than the XV.
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Old 02 Oct 2007, 11:09   #9 (permalink)
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The XV42 was what one of the special campaign characters used.
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Old 02 Oct 2007, 12:13   #10 (permalink)
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This is partly based on material from books, etc. and partly from my own reasoning...


Cadre Designations:

Cadres are grouped together into Tio'vre (translated as "armies" or "Grand Cadres"), typically consisting of 4 to 12 kau'ui (Cadres). Each Tio'vre will be given a designation (such as "Ukos"), and this will be passed down the chain, prefixed by the Cadre Number, and the total Cadres in the Tio'vre.

For example, Tio'vre Kauyon has within it 12 Cadres. These would be referred to as 1-12 Kauyon, 2-12 Kauyon, 3-12 Kauyon, etc.

The specific makeup of each Tio'vre will vary based upon its size. Most Tio'vres are eight Cadres strong, composed of six or seven "standard" Cadres, and one or two "specialist" Cadres, such as Shas'vesa (Auxiliary) Cadres, Armoured Strike Cadres, Vanguard Cadres, Crisis Cadres or Support Cadres. Small 4-Cadre Tio'vre may be composed entirely of these specialist Cadres, but it is uncommon.

Specialist Cadre Formations:

Shas'vesa Kau'ui - Auxiliary Cadre: An Auxiliary Cadre is composed primarily of Kroot, Gue'vesa or other alien auxiliaries, supported by drone squadrons and Tau support teams. Auxiliary Cadres are primarily used as second-line Cadres, intended to bolster the strengths of the main Tau force. However, where the Auxiliaries have specialist combat skills, such as the Kroot in jungle or urban terrain, the Auxiliary Cadres will spearhead the attack, leaving the Tau to follow up and secure the objective.

Xar'Or'es Kau'ui - Armoured Cadres: The Armoured Cadres are much smaller than the standard Cadre, typically composed of three Hammerheads and a Skyray, plus fast moving support elements. Armoured Cadres are used to spearhead enemy positions, smashing their way through defensive lines, breaking open armoured bunkers or using blitzkrieg tactics against infantry formations. Though they often possess heavy anti-tank capabilities, they are rarely used to engage enemy armour - due to their low numbers, an Armoured Cadre cannot risk being drawn into an extended conflict with anti-tank units.

Sho'kau Kau'ui - Vanguard Cadre: The Vanguard Cadres are heavily based around Pathfinder elements, supported by Kroot scouts, Piranhas and Tetras. The role of the Vanguard Cadre is to guide the other Cadres in with maximum efficiency. Vanguard Cadres are typically only found in the largest of Tio'vre, as they will often lack the firepower to engage massed enemies, or high-endurance targets such as battle tanks. However, a Vanguard Cadre can be equipped with Rail Rifles and heavy Seeker Missile payloads, making good use of their Markerlights to pick out and destroy key targets prior to the main Tio'vre's attack.

Xar'vesa Kau'ui - Crisis Cadre: The most common specialist Cadre, the Crisis Cadres are composed entirely of Crisis Suits, supported by a few Xar'erra (Stealth) teams. Unlike other Support Cadres, the Crisis Cadre is able to act autonomously, bringing battle to areas far beyond the primary strike area of the Tio'vre. Though they may deploy with other ground forces, the favoured tactic of the Crisis Cadre is to infiltrate Xar'erra into the enemy lines and mark a landing zone. The Crisis Teams will then deploy en masse via Orca Dropships, storming the enemy from behind and above. In defensive operations, the Crisis Cadre will typically hang back, letting the enemy commit themselves fully to the battle before launching a devastating counter-attack.

Kir'kath Kau'ui - Support / Defender Cadre: The Support Cadres are made for static defence, a concept rarely used by the Tau. Made up of Broadside teams, Sniper-Drone formations and Skyrays, the Support Cadres will deploy at critical locations, and pummel the enemy with merciless fire. Despite being slow and clumsy by Tau standards, Support Cadres can operate offensively, following in the wake of a spearhead and rapidly creating a firebase from which other Cadres can attack. A favoured tactic of these units is to occupy enemy positions broken by faster Cadres, using the fortifications of the enemy against them.
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