View Full Version : Battle won and lost Tau

10-07-2009, 15:20
Have the Tau ever won a major battle and have they ever lost a battle and which ones thanks

Lord Malorne
10-07-2009, 15:22
Read the codex.

10-07-2009, 16:07
harsh.....but Dreameater you should go to lexicam and check out the Wars of the Third Sphere, The arkunasha war, and the Koloth Gorge Massicre. O and the Damocles Gulf Crusade. Hope that helps.

Creeping Dementia
10-07-2009, 16:14
There hasn't been any huge publicized battles like Maccrage or Armageddon, because major Marine chapters haven't really been involved. There have been plenty of stuff against orks, guard, Nids, etc. Most are campaigns or series of small/average sized battles, which are much tougher to quantify than the big classics.

10-07-2009, 17:35
I don't think Lexicam.com is the right site

10-07-2009, 17:41
He means Lexicanum.com id say. Heres a link to it http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Main_Page :)

10-07-2009, 19:24
I'll try and list some that are not on Lexicanum...

The War of Dakka: A major Ork invasion is pushing deep into Tau space (5th ed Ork codex). At the moment the Tau are losing heavily as the Orks are proving adept at turning their own weapons against them.

The Taros campaign (the setting of Imperial Armour Vol 3)

The Nimbosa crusade: The Tau annexed this Imperial world in 992.M41 while the Imperium was distracted by Hive Fleet Kraken. The initial invasion was led by Tau commander Brightsword, who crushed the Vostroyan 9th at the battle of Polia (Cities of Death). After attempts to delay the occupation with fake negotiations failed, a retaliatory crusade was launched by the Imperium. The Black Templars captured the planet's main defence orbital (WD 312) allowing the Ultramarines to spearhead the attack (WD 299) while the Raven Guard took out key Tau landing positions (4th ed SM codex). The war "was eventually won, but the Tau, under a new supreme commander, are not about to let Nimbosa go without a fight".

The Zeist Campaign: Once again the Tau took advantage of a Tyranid invasion to capture a number of Imperial worlds between 997 and 999.M41. The Imperials retreated to a few heavily defended worlds and sacrificed others to buy time for a counterattack led by Captain Sicarius of the Ultramarines. Commanding elements from 12 chapters, Sicarius broke the back of the Tau invasion at the battle of Augura, resulting in most of the Imperial worlds being liberated (5th ed SM codex). A counter-invasion of the Tau empire was called off due to the 13th Black Crusade. The reins were handed over to local Imperial commanders, resulting in...

The 2nd Damocles Crusade: This blitzkreig campaign focussed on Dal'yth Prime, where the previous invasion had stonewalled. Despite Eldar intervention on the Tau's behalf (mostly concerned with providing early warning and keeping the opportunistic Dark Eldar off their backs), Dal'yth Prime eventually fell to the Imperials, striking a major blow to the Empire (Return to Damocles campaign weekend).

The Medusa Campaign: In 000.M42, the Tau sent a large army to Medusa V to protect a team of Earth Caste researchers studying the warp storm that was closing in around the planet (Fall of Medusa V).

At the same time as the Medusa V conflict, a well-planned campaign was instigated by Aun'O Vash'ya Mont'shi, hoping to gain ground while the Imperium was focussed elsewhere (Canadian summer campaign). 12 Cadres complete with vast Air Caste support were dispatched under the command of commander Eirl'O'Vash, and began aggressive negotiations with the closest Imperial worlds. The delay Mont'shi had hoped for by timing his expansion to coincide with Medusa proved his salvation - the footholds the Tau had established in the Imperial sectors closest to the Gulf were just too strong, and dozens of Imperial commanders were slain or captured in cunning traps sprung by the Tau and their local allies. At the end, the forces of the Tau Empire successfully blunted the attacks of the Crusade, leaving them in a stronger position than ever on the Eastern Fringe.

The much-vaunted "fourth expansion" went no further however. The Tau on Medusa V successfully defended their "Celestial Accumulator" on Charybdis Crest, but the experiment to unlock the secrets of true Warp travel was a failure, and the fate of the Earth caste researchers left behind when the warp storm hit has convinced the Tau that the Warp is no place for them. The Tau withdrew from the planet, with Shas'el Ty'res (commander Shadowsun's brother) being killed while rescuing commander Fireblade from a Slaaneshi daemon. In the face of these events, the fourth expansion was halted while questions were asked among the Tau leaders why such a crusade had been undertaken while the previous third expansion still had to be consolidated (Fall of Medusa V results).

"Present day": The main priorities of the Tau Empire are probably to defend themselves against the War of Dakka, and to retake Dal'yth Prime to consolidate their holdings to the galactic west.

11-07-2009, 01:13
whoops sorry about that i cant spell worth my life, but at least you got the site.