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[WIP] Tau Refueling facility (Concept picture heavy)
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Old 07 Jun 2005, 02:19   #1 (permalink)
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In modern war, fuel supply is a major concern. Quickly deployable, mobile supply is paramount. So I began to think about the Tau and their approach. At first I figured, they wouldn't bother, being a Drop force. But, should they gain a beach head, how would they go about it ? The Devilfish and Hammerheads clearly require fuel of some sort, though I suspect it is a 'Fuel-Rod' ala Fifth Element at the Space Port with the Rastafarians.

Looking at these fuel containment devices in use today for quick deployment got me thinking;





Massive fuel bladders. Nifty yes, odd looking on a miniature battlefield ? Yes.

So expanding on a deployed Tau Outpost, I imagined containment domes filled with the fuel source, to which Skimmers hover over to, and are serviced by a slaved drone, which either sallies out with hose in tow or a Fuel Rod is rotated out into the drone housing, to be drawn out by the drone and then slid into place aboard the skimmer.

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Presently I like the hose line, it's darned obvious what I'm presenting. However, a carriage which slides up (underneath the drone as it deploys) with two cylinder recesses. One with a charged Fuel Road, cycled from the storage dome, and the other empty, ready accept the spent Rod.

Thats more involved, but certainly entertaining. My concept idea for that one;



Thoughts ?
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Old 07 Jun 2005, 10:18   #2 (permalink)
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Very cool. I think you should expand on the refuelling idea a bit to take into account the Tau's favoured strategy; guerrilla warfare. Maybe a highly mobile refuelling vehicle, to ship the fuel rods to and from the outpost.
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Old 07 Jun 2005, 10:44   #3 (permalink)
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Wouldn't drones use electricity?

(not to put you down, as that's an awesoem idea)
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Thats awsome! great ideas, I really like the rod system.
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I personally prefer the fuel rod concept. Better contained and easier to transport/handle. It seems a more technologically advanced method of fuel storage to me.

Great ideas Tael, you've got my evil-conversion mind going. Thanks for sharing.

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I like the fule rod idea alot. Good work.
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may i envy your creativness? >> 'cause that's friggin awsome!
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Old 08 Jun 2005, 01:39   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks lads, it's looking fairly obvious the Fuel Rod idea is the way to go. ;D

Finished converting the drones into something less 'Gun Drone' last night. I also found some pieces to make the carriage with

A Fuel Rod transporter is a great idea, but my resources for modelling up whole vehicles are limited. On the idea of the possibility of a Fuel Dump, I pretty sure the Tau would aim to have something dirtside once they're certain they dominant some territory.

Drones probably have a battery, and run off a charge for sure, but they certainly need a power source.

In regards to the structure, the connection for the Drone housing to the main structure is pretty broad, about 15mm.

I'll tinker some more with this input and update shortly.

Here is an internal cut-away of the storage facility. I do these so I can visualise whats inside and how to reflect that on the outside. This also helps when I make destroyed versions of the buildings.

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That is really cool. I like the idea... that is a good point about the fuel.

However, when the Tau are conducting an operation (such as re-taking a planet) where they don't have structures set up, what do they do? Hows about a HUUUGE fuel-drone... hee hee hee, with a swarm of smaller ones hovering around it. Battlesuits and drones low on power could simply flit back to the rear of the battle line to refuel, and if the position is threatened, the fueler can move. Seems more Taulike to me...
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ohh, i like that idea! Kinda liek that giant crab cannon thing in the gallery? only taller, more slender like?
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