Sunday, April 7, 2013

New Release - Tau Riptide and Broadside Battlesuit for Warhammer 40k

Gamesworkshop is at it as always with the New Release this month of the XV104 Riptide and XV88 Broadside Battlesuits for the Tau Empire! We've always liked the feel of the Tau models and these new models are no exception.

Tau XV104 Riptide Battlesuit
The Tau XV104 Riptide is the pinnacle of the Earth caste's battlesuit development. It stands twice as tall as the XV8 Crisis suit, but its movements are more like those of its smaller cousins than the mechanical stiffness displayed by Imperial walkers with their crude servo-motors.

Tau XV104 Riptide Battlesuit
The XV104 Riptide takes the evolution of the Tau battlesuit to a whole new level. Sleek and elegant armor panels, along with bolts and grills, cover its body.

Tau XV104 Riptide Battlesuit size comparison
Most notable is the models size, huge! You'll find it towering over the rest of the Tau and even other battlesuits. For your reference, here is a size comparison to the Broadside and a dreadnought, courtesy of the Total Wargamer Blog.

Tau XV104 Riptide Battlesuit details
Despite its enormous size, with ball and socket joints it remains a maneuverable model whose arms and legs can be posed in a variety of different ways. Either standing tall or even kneeling down, you can use it as a unique, dynamic centerpiece for your Tau army. With some careful clipping, the joints can be given an even greater range of motion.

Tau XV104 Riptide Battlesuit sprue
You also get three variant heads and a range of weapon options including a heavy burst cannon, twin-linked smart missile systems, fusion blaster and Riptide shield generator.

Tau XV104 Riptide Battlesuit sprue
The XV104 Riptide battlesuit contains 108 plastic components and a Tau transfer sheet with which to make a XV104 Riptide Battlesuit and two Shielded Missile Drones.

It will also set you back $85.00 USD

Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit
The second Newly Released kit is the XV88 Broadside Battlesuit.

Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit
Designed to offer long-range support, the Broadside Battlesuit has exceeded expectations, becoming a mainstay of the Hunter Cadres and tank-killers of legendary proportions.

Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit
Powered by a particle accelerator, a Broadside's heavy rail rifle shot can penetrate the thickest plasteel bunkers.

Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit
With robust armoring, maneuverability and a stack of weapons within the box, the XV88 Broadside Battlesuit provides the Tau collector with a number of options.

The kit brings a fresh twist to the line of Tau battlesuits - they're noticeably denser models with a great presence in a collection of miniatures. Each one features a particle accelerator on the back.

Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit
he standard weapon is for the long and immensely powerful-looking twin-linked rail rifle, though they can be outfitted with eye-wateringly potent and somewhat fist-like twin-linked high yield missile system pods.

Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit
If that wasn't enough, then you can also use the twin-linked smart missile which is enough to please any Tau weapons connoisseur.

The kit also comes with a Shield Drone and Missile Drone.

Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit Sprue
The XV88 Broadside Battlesuit  plastic kit contains 91 components and a Tau transfer sheet with which to make your Broadside Battlesuit and two Drones.

The Broadside Battlesuit retails for $50.00 USD

Tau XV88 Broadside Battlesuit Details
Next post we'll look at air support for your Tau forces!

Til then, Have a Great Battle,
The Old Crow

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