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Old 27 Mar 2009, 18:21   #1 (permalink)
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with my Tau Cadre more or less finished in the modelling stages, and visual theme chosen for painting, i've been working on Background Fluff.

the visual theme i'm using is "Imperial Japanese", as my Brother commented on how Tau tanks would look good in the olive green of the WW2 Japanese military vehicles (which was borne out after he painted one of my hammerhead's in it. wonderful look..), and i chose to run with it.

My Shas'el Commander in his XV-89 (I purchased the Forgeworld suit because it looked cool) is being painted up in a "Samurai" style scheme, which matches the stylistic look of the suit.

keeping that in mind, i thought up a name for the commander that was in the theme of the samurai/japanese concept. i chose to name him Shas'el Nan'Sha'is "Commander Swordwind".
which i've fluffed as a title given to those who strive to perfect the art of swift battle, an ancient honorific named for the sound of a masterfully weilded Dak'e'shi blade in battle.

the Project Tau lexicon i have doesn't have a guide to grammer, so i think that's the right way of writing the name.

my main problem is that i run two Shas'el commanders in larger games, and i'd like to have a seperate name for the other. ideally one with a similar naming theme.

one concept that comes to mind is the concept of "zen", instinctive action. but i'm not sure how to handle that. Mont'Ro means "battle mind", which seems like a fairly good way to describe the concept, but as a name/title it's not very good. "wielder of" or "user of" or even "teacher of" would be nice, but i can't fins words for those in the lexicon, or even similar concepts...
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Old 27 Mar 2009, 21:16   #2 (permalink)
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How about these?

Bentu'Ro - Wisemind or Smartmind

Kauyon'Ro - Huntermind (Huntingmind, Huntmind?)

Ol'Ro - Brightmind

Kunas'Ro - Agilemind

I would go for Brightmind, it kind of sounds right and Tauish.
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Old 28 Mar 2009, 14:38   #3 (permalink)
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add lots of apostrophes! ;D
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Old 29 Mar 2009, 02:32   #4 (permalink)
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http://forums.tauonline.org/index.php?topic=44888.0

start picking out stuff you like, add words you like and what they mean to a notepad. then sort through them afterword and string some together ;D. this is what i do when i need a tau name ;D
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Old 29 Mar 2009, 12:11   #5 (permalink)
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start picking out stuff you like, add words you like and what they mean to a notepad. then sort through them afterword and string some together ;D. this is what i do when i need a tau name ;D
How many of those are official? I found a Tau-lexicon online but it didn't have nearly that many words.

I'm going to start some fluff on my Cadre. As just playing an unnamed Cadre and commander seems sort of pointless to me. I first played a few years to get the hang of things and get to know WH40K and Tau. But now I'm going to start some fluff, as now (I hope) my commander won't die that often/I won't lose as often. Because how can you make fluff on a losing Cadre... not very fun. Sure some losses are good for the story but I play rather experienced players. This hasn't brought me down (even if I didn't win a single game the first few weeks), I just had to learn faster and better to get a shot at winning.

Anyway, that was a little of topic. I'm going to start copying those words in an excel sheet to make it easyer to sort them.

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Old 29 Mar 2009, 14:45   #6 (permalink)
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add lots of apostrophes! ;D
That's why I'm using a lot of Klingon! They use apostrophes! ;D
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Old 29 Mar 2009, 15:32   #7 (permalink)
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this is what it says
"Games Workshop has creating many words of Tau language, however many of them are composites that relate to phrases or meanings rather than words in their own right. Hence it is important to break down what is known of the language into its constituent parts."

so i guess its official, GW used the same part of a word multiple times and then said what it is in english, sort of like if someone talks to you in english but keeps using the same spanish word you will eventually find out what it means
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Old 30 Mar 2009, 09:05   #8 (permalink)
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How about Bob?
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Old 30 Mar 2009, 23:01   #9 (permalink)
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In response to teh 1st response. where do u find out the tau language???

and i like the sound of BoB. personaly i have a commander called Shaz' Izzle. ;D
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Old 31 Mar 2009, 00:44   #10 (permalink)
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HA!

does he have jazz hands that stun his ennemies??
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