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Asher
05-05-2005, 19:01
Hi and welcome to an issue of the Forge World Newsletter that is packed full of good things to look at. All the new models we’ll show you today are being released at the end of May but are available to pre-order right now. Have a good look and enjoy!
Thx,

Ewen Little,
Forge World.



New Tau Shas’o Battlesuit identified!
Imperial intelligence agents have identified a new type of Shas’o Battlesuit. First encountered during fierce fighting on Taros, the Tau supreme commander, one Shas’o R’myr, personally took to the field. He appears to have been equipped with the most up-to-date evolution of the Crisis Battlesuit, equipped with systems as yet unavailable to other Battlesuits. The Shas’o R’myr model is armed with a twin-linked plasma rifles and a shield generator and we have experimental rules available to download from the Forge World website until the finalised rules are released in ‘Imperial Armour Volume 3: The Taros Campaign’. This new model stands just a little bit taller than a regular XV8 but is a lot bulkier, and quite nasty looking too!


Link:Click here to take a closer look


Essential upgrades for Space Marine Terminators.
As soon as we saw the new plastic Space Marine Terminators, we knew we just had to make some extra pieces and upgrades for these excellent new models. This pack of Ultramarine Terminator Shoulder Pads is just the first in a range that will be released over the coming months. The pack contains ten shoulder pads, five proudly displaying the Crux Terminatus and five different shoulder pads carrying the Ultramarines Chapter icon as well as various purity seals and honour badges. My own Terminators are a focal point of my army and the addition of a set of finely detailed shoulder pads this summer will make them that bit more special and of course they will then fight even better!


Link: Click here to see photos


‘Sabre-toothed’ Tiger Shark?
Until the Taros campaign the Tau had few weapons capable of stopping Imperial Titans and super-heavy tanks. The Tiger Shark seemed to be the ideal vehicle to transform into a formidable ground attack weapon, as it combined speed and manouverability with the capacity to carry a fearsome array of weapons. This new variant of the Tiger Shark is equipped with two heavy railguns (usually found in the far larger Manta) and a combination seeker missile and markerlight system. Upon its initial deployment against forces of the Imperium on Taros it was discovered that the AX-1-0, as this new variant was codified by the Imperium, also retained its missile racks and drone controlled burst cannon. At the time of writing I have yet to see the experimental rules for the new Tiger Shark AX-1-0, but my Blood Reavers Space Marines have just put in a requisition for a Whirlwind Hyperios.


Link: Show me it now!



New Tallarn Rough Riders, but no horses to be seen!
Some Tallarn regiment’s Rough Rider squadrons ride large xeno-mounts, called Mukaali. These desert-dwelling herbivores are indigenous to the vast equatorial deserts of Goru-Prime. Many Mukaali have been transported to other desert worlds, including Tallarn itself, because of their superior evolutionary advantages in dry desert conditions when compared to horses. A Mukaali’s main advantage over a horse is its exceptional endurance and load bearing ability. These three new Tallarn Mukaali Rough Rider models make a great alternative to the more usual horse mounted Imperial Guard. You’ll be able to find more background and history on the Tallarn’s use of Mukaali in ‘Imperial Armour Volume 3: The Taros Campaign’ later this summer.


Link: Take a look here


And there’s more…
We have a few more smaller new models that are also available to pre-order from today. Firstly we have a great little pack of Epic 40,000 scale Ork Battlewagons. I really like the tiny gunners and the twin-linked Big Shootas on each side of the Battlewagon. Next is the BFG Courier which is used by the Tau to transport equipment and supplies within their Empire. Lastly we have a Space Marine Whirlwind Minefield Marker. Covered in mines, these markers are the exact same size as the Ordnance Templates used by the Whirlwind when firing Castellan missiles and could be handy when you want to lay down several minefields across the battlefield.


Link: Click for pictures of all three



Final call for Vienna and Baltimore!
This Sunday, Shep and I will be in Vienna representing Forge World at the Vienna Gaming Day being organised and run by Games Workshop Germany. We are taking a display cabinet full of painted models to display and have sent over a large pile of our models that will be on sale all day. I’m hardly back in Nottingham before I scream back over to the USA again, this time for Games Day Baltimore. I won’t be alone though; Tony and Warwick are coming along to talk about and show off sections from the forthcoming ‘Imperial Armour Volume 3: The Taros Campaign’. Tony will of course be hosting one of his very popular (and funny) Forge World Seminars again this year so try not to miss that if you can. Dean, Tris and I will be meeting up with Steve and John, two of our US Outriders, and together we will be running a huge Forge World sales stand. If you want a little bit more information on either of these events you can find links from the Forge World events page and we look forward to seeing lots of you there.


Link: Click here to go to the Forge World Events page


All available to pre-order right now…
Shas’o R’myr, the Tiger Shark AX-1-0, Tallarn Mukaali Rough Riders and all the other new models we have shown you today are available to pre-order on the Forge World online store right now. All the models are released from the 30th of May and orders will be sent out in the same order that we receive them.


Link: Click here to go to the Forge World online store

my_name_is_tudor
05-05-2005, 19:15
any chance of the links?

Strikerkc
05-05-2005, 19:16
Unfortunatly, for me any ways, it seems FW still hasn't figured out that their web page is slow as dirt (at least not good enough to handle their "news letter" traffic) :(.

Inquisitor Engel
05-05-2005, 19:18
I've seen it, although now it's not loading.

Like the Gundam-Sheid, like the sleek armour. Hate, hate, hate the helmet.

my_name_is_tudor
05-05-2005, 19:20
goodness grief they need a higher bandwidth...

Capt. Buko
05-05-2005, 19:24
ok I can say this without lying, but this is the FIRST EVER tau suit that looks cool...everything else that GW or FW have put out prior was/is been crap...this one rocks and thanks for finally making me admire something that the tau get...the RRiders are interesting...besides being the worst pictures that I've ever seen FW take of some minis..I think they look pretty good. The lances don't really look like anything explosive?? Mounts, to me are very star wars for some reason...I have to say a unit of ten would look very cool.

invivos
05-05-2005, 23:22
Great, the TAU battlesuits are getting cooler and cooler! :D I am really tempted into starting a pure Tau army now,I already own a hammerhead anyway. And those new FW suits are way better then the old GW ones with their silly heads...

Strikerkc
05-05-2005, 23:57
Great, the TAU battlesuits are getting cooler and cooler! :D I am really tempted into starting a pure Tau army now,I already own a hammerhead anyway. And those new FW suits are way better then the old GW ones with their silly heads...

Well, to be honest, I'm not horibly impressed by this FW batch. I've actualy liked the standard suits more than any of their takes on them :rolleyes:.

And as far as a Tau army goes, I'd personaly sugest to hold off. They're not nearly mobile enough (unless you sink lots of cash and points into vehicles). The enemy can close with them far to quickly in 4th :(.

Puffin Magician
06-05-2005, 00:28
The new look of Tau Crisis suits is certainly an interesting alternative to the Games Workshop approach. I like both designs all the same, but each for different reasons. I'm glad FW has released R'myr's rules along with the model as we're still waiting on the rules for Crisis Suit variants that have existed for months: Xv81, Xv84, and Xv89. The Disruption Pod
"bubble field" is nice little addition too. I wish the shield looked less like a Japanese robot would be holding it and more... I'm not sure, Tauish.

And I'm certainly glad the Whiteshark [Epic name for the Railgun Tigershark] is finally here.


Like the Gundam-Shield...

Shield is nice, but looks a little too Gundam.

Make up your mind, would you? :p

Inquisitor Engel
06-05-2005, 00:29
Well, to be honest, I'm not horibly impressed by this FW batch. I've actualy liked the standard suits more than any of their takes on them :rolleyes:.
I like the XV89, but not the other two. The backpack things just don't do it for me. The head on the XV89 and those bits of extra armour are just gorgous though.

I might pick this guy up and use his body only for my Shas'O. Shield is nice, but looks a little too Gundam.

Getz
06-05-2005, 05:58
Interesting that FW are producing Minefield templates for Castellan missiles. I'd've thought that any fool with a spare ordnance template and some sand could do that...

I like the new suit, but doubt I'll invest this time. I'm already sinking quite enough of my next paycheck into XV89's.

Cypher
06-05-2005, 09:09
Forgeworld make stuff for people who would rather spend a pile of cash than make something from scratch.

Im happy with the Terminator Pads, and at 8 pound for a pack of ten they're actually reasonable value compared to GW metal pads. Got a couple of sets on order :D

That Tau suit does look cool: perfect for a command model.