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Old 23 May 2008, 04:39   #1 (permalink)
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Default XV22 Battlesuit HQ?

In the game Dawn of War: Dark Crusade the Tau Commander wears a XV22 suit. I've only started playing Warhammer 40k since 4th edition so I don't know the answer to this question. Did you used to be able to take an HQ in a XV22 other than Commander Shadowsun?

And if so why did they get rid of it? Or did Dark Crusade come out after the last the last Tau Codex? Perhaps this suggests in an updated codex we will be able to take HQs in XV22s.
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Old 23 May 2008, 04:49   #2 (permalink)
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An XV22 is just a size 2 experimental vehicle. I doubt we'll have a mass-produced XV22, in a future codex unless we get a variety of options to show it's experimentalnessness.

So, no, to answer your question. We haven't had another XV22 option in the main codex before Shadowsun.
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Old 23 May 2008, 05:31   #3 (permalink)
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The second 2 is for experiments, so we would never see a mass-production XV22. It'd be called something else like say the XV25 for Stealth.
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Old 23 May 2008, 06:17   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, it makes sense that Shadowsun would have the only one. But when Kais was wearing one, I thought maybe they'd be going into mass production.
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Old 23 May 2008, 07:11   #5 (permalink)
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Well, O'Kais's battlesuit seems to be a variant of Shadowsun's XV22. Not to mention the similar XV22 suit that the commander in Soulstorm wears.

You could just do a conversion and play a "counts-as" Shadowsun model. That's always fun to do.
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Old 23 May 2008, 13:02   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, it makes sense that Shadowsun would have the only one. But when Kais was wearing one, I thought maybe they'd be going into mass production.
What he's saying is that if it went into mass production it would no longer be an XV22 suits. With Tau battle suits the first number is for mass class (2, same as stealth suit size) and the second number is for battlefield role (2 means experimental phase of development).

Any experimental battlesuit of that mass class would be an XV 22 suit, hence why both Shadowsun and O'Kais have different suits with different capabilities that are both come under the XV 22 classification. The moment the suit became mass produced it would be assigned a different secondary number as it would no longer be an experimental weapon system.
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Old 23 May 2008, 18:06   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the clarifications guys, I really appreciate it!
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Old 23 May 2008, 21:50   #8 (permalink)
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Oh Dawn of War just gets various things from table-top 40K and jumbles them up into a nice RTS package. The XV88 Broadsides have Forgeworld bodies, yet have their railguns in the standard GW positions on the shoulders.

They've also added some good ideas to the Tau, such as Ethereals having magical powers, drones being able to dig underground, and the Drone Harbingers. The Ethereal magic and digging drones are quite 'WTF' to a table-top Fluff Nazi, but I'm ok with them as it's a nice change from the generally dismissive attitude GW seems to have against the Tau.
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Old 23 May 2008, 21:56   #9 (permalink)
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If only 40k was like Dawn of War and while your one squad of Fire Warriors was being assaulted you could still fire at the enemy. ;D
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Old 24 May 2008, 00:54   #10 (permalink)
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I am hoping that a plastic XV-22 with unique options will be part of the next Tau release. Aside from an updated Crisis Suit and possible plastic Pathfinders, there are not many things in the range that really need replacing.
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