I’ve been writing some lore for my Tau Empire army, to give them a unique identity beyond being “Those guys with guns”, so here we gooooo

Big info dump underneath the read more, about planets, the cadre as a whole and the commanders personality + the colour scheme of the army. Probably more to come in future if I still like what I’ve written tommorow.

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Oh no. Again.

For some reason, her face reminds me of someone I went to college with. [REDACTED]

Anyhow, I have no idea how it happened, I only noticed once I put the finishing touches on this sculpt. If you’re out there reading this for some odd reason, sorry for unconsciously jacking your facial features.

Tiny Beginnings

While Tau weren’t my first army, they were the First 40k I actually played with. With my older brother passing down a huge army and myself making a few additions in the form of XV8s, Kroot Hounds and Krootox, I had an army to be reckoned with. But all was not well. Falling into a state of disrepair, (A.K.A. little brother), the army was buried in the rubble of a teenage bedroom.

No more. Several things, such as a new local store, being the slightly-more-mature age of 19, and slavering over the Riptide have seen my resurface. Join me as I moan about the old metal models and build new ones. As I build hunter cadres and debate colour schemes. As I sketch for the Greater Good and build up Backstory. 

This is not a recounting of the Codices. THIS IS TAU-RES.

Больше дополнений к кодексам: Крууты и Эльдар


Стало известно, что в первом квартале следующего года выйдет еще одно дополнение к кодексу Империи Тау, на этот раз повествующее об ауксилариях. Наверняка будут присутствовать крууты и, возможно, веспиды.

Кроме того, ходят слухи, что в будущем нас ждет еще одно или даже два дополнения к кодексу Эльдар.

Поговаривают о Биель-Тане и Сем-Хайне. Логичное предположение, исходя из того, что эти два рукотворных мира освещены меньше других из “большой пятерки”.

Но я бы не был так в этом уверен, Чёрный Легион - “ультрамарины хаоса” получают свою книгу ранее всех прочих. Так что не стоит удивляться, если темой внезапно окажется Ультвэ или Алаиток (но только бы не Алаиток - читать о беспросветной жизни провидца Старбейна было бы невыносимо).

И, по слухам, эти дополнения (или хотя бы то, что выйдет первым) будут отличаться от тех, что мы уже видели, так как вместе с ними выпустят новые миниатюры.

Какие? Обновленные джетбайки или аспектные воины? А, может быть, и что-то совершенно новое.

В любом случае, раньше следующего года эти релизы скорее всего не появятся и пока что остается лишь строить догадки.

#118 - Large Mason Wasp

Abispa ephippium. This common name is an understatement - this is Australia’s largest wasp. It might not look like much in the photo below, but compare to the soft-drink can in the background.


A much better shot of it here at Wiki


They’re actually quite common - one visited that pond at GhenghisCon last year while I was keeping watch, and the day I identified that giant horsefly up in the hills, a good number of these wasps were flying around with a drone like heavy bombers, and probably endangering any passing small planes (although the fatal crash of a Boeing 757 really has been blamed on mud-dauber wasps - it’s believed they nested in the airspeed sensors.

This I learned while looking these wasps up, is that there a wasp of similar size and very similar colouration, Pseudabispa, that attacks the real Mason Wasps, kills them, and then lays its eggs in the carefully provisioned cells prepared by the real wasp. The blog is here - The original paper, complete with some excellent photos, is here. To quote from Mathews and Mathews’ abstract:

Despite an abundance of potentially available cells in nests of three other large solitary wasps common at the same site, P. paragioides was found associated only with nests of A. ephippium. This unusual report of apparently forcible and lethal interspecific nest takeover for a non-social wasp parallels behaviors previously known only from socially parasitic eusocial Hymenoptera. Exploitation by P. paragioides may help explain why its host displays some of the most highly developed parental care known in any solitary eumenid, and why its nests are spaced widely from one another.

#105 - Orange Potter Wasp


Eumenes latreilli

photo by AussieTrev

My photo was terrible. Here’s another one by the Chews, instead.

These girls hunt and paralyse caterpillars, and build pot-shaped mud chambers. They’re huge wasps, and very impressive, but have zero interest in humans except as providers of convenient eaves to keep their nests dry, and wet concrete for when they want to upgrade from mud.

GhenghisCon 2012 - Hymenoptera Survey

January 2012 - a lovely opportunity for some insect-watching. In the middle of the venue courtyard there was a small water feature, only a meter or two across, with a somewhat dribbly fountain in the middle, barely capable of keeping itself wet. This pond is almost filled to the brim with rotting leaves, and snail poo, and waterlilies, and it’s also the only non-chlorinated fresh water for quite some distance around.

Which may explain why, over the course of the convention, it was visited by several million bees. All day long I could watch them flying in at top speed, filling up on water, and lumbering off again with a full load, like the Berlin Airlift in reverse. Beelin Airlift? They needed the water to keep their hives cool, of course, apparently a full-time job in this weather. European honeybees are feral pests, of course, and I very occasionally get called out to spray a swarm, but I was content to leave these ones in peace and simply observe. It helped that the pond was also visited by no less than eleven species of native wasp while I watched.

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