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Old 10 Feb 2008, 19:32   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do Tau have hooves or feet?

A question has been puzzling me since I started collecting Tau a few years back.
Namely do Tau have feet or hooves? ???

Looking closely at any artwork from GW it appears that the Tau seem to have hooves &
that they have them covered by what ever material they use.

Staff at the local GW outlets seem clueless ( know surprise there! ) even the boffin's
at GW Nottingham aren't to sure. ???

On examining the plastic Fire-Warrior sprue there is an absence of any apparent toes so
when it comes to painting I have been treating the foot area as parsley opened toed meaning
a small amount of blue/grey flesh is showing & that the foot area is painted in various blown shades trying to emulate something like a horses hoof.

Can any Ethereals out there answer my Delmer? ???

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Old 10 Feb 2008, 19:40   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Do Tau have hooves or feet?

Tau have hooves, I have no doubt of this for these reasons:

When examined closely ,both pathfinders and fire warriors, the "feet" are simply to small to be feet, if indeed they are feet they are incredibly small, on top of the fact that they do not sit right to be feet and would have an incredibly swelled front of their foot we can come to the conclusion that no. Tau do not have feet.

Hope thats helped ^^
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Old 10 Feb 2008, 19:52   #3 (permalink)
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Old 10 Feb 2008, 20:09   #4 (permalink)
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ugly feet. ^-^ i'm the cleverest... :
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Old 10 Feb 2008, 20:12   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Do Tau have hooves or feet?

now I think of it, they probably have feet like crisis suits. >.>

I guess I was wrong, still, what I said made sense
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Default Re: Do Tau have hooves or feet?

Tau have hooves with 2 toes.

which isn't so out of the ordinary since ungulates (animal with hooves) have from 1 to 5 toes (IIRC).
ex:
1 toe: horses
2 toes: cow, camel
3 toes: tapir (rear legs)
4 toes: pigs, tapir (front legs)
5 toes: ?
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Old 10 Feb 2008, 20:59   #7 (permalink)
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If you look at the scantily-clad Forgeworld Air Caste pilots, they seem to have hooves. Unless they scrunch their feet up like they're wearing heels or something...
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Default Re: Do Tau have hooves or feet?

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Tau have hooves with 2 toes.

which isn't so out of the ordinary since ungulates 9anymal with hooves) have from 1 to 5 toes (IIRC).
ex:
1 toe: horses
2 toes: cow, camel
3 toes: tapir (rear legs)
4 toes: pigs, tapir (front legs)
5 toes: ?
Correctomundo!
They have hooves with toes, like camels, as they evolved in a desert climate, like camels :P
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Old 10 Feb 2008, 21:31   #9 (permalink)
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I presume then, that the fire caste have hooves with 3-4 toes and the other castes have hooves...would make sense since:

fire caste runs around in many forms of harsh terrain.
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Old 10 Feb 2008, 22:07   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: Do Tau have hooves or feet?

All Tau have hooves - 2 cloven-hoof "toes" and one vestigial dew claw - just like Crisis suits.

There's plenty of artwork that shows this.

Tau Empire Codex
Cover Art - Bottom-Left - Just above where it has the WH40k logo and 'Codex' written, you see a Fire Warrior foot that looks to be covered.
Page 3 - Bottom-Center - Fire Warrior foot with two "toes" and dew claw.
Page 28 - Bottom-Center - Fire Warrior with two "toes" and dew claw.
Page 35 - XV25/XV22 Art - Hoof Covers with cloven hoof design and dew claw.
Page 36 - Fire Warrior Art - Fire Warrior with two "toes" and dew claw.
Page 37 - Ta'lissera Art - Fire Warrior with two "toes", dew claw not visible.
Page 38 - Pathfinder Art - Pathfinder with two "toes" and dew claw.
Page 40 - Sniper Drone Team Art - Spotter with two "toes" and dew claw.
Page 47 - Shadowsun Art - XV22 Hoof Covers with cloven hoof design and dew claw.

Fire Warrior
Cover Art - La'Kais with uncovered cloven hoof and dew claw.

Games Workshop
Pathfinder - Pathfinder with two "toes" and dew claw.

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Note: Fire Warriors do not usually cover their hooves except presumably in hostile or NBC environments, as per the Fire Warrior novel.
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