RailGunner Squad Ice In Summer
they are Pathfinders. They know this. They know that their job is to
carry Pulse Carbines to pin the enemy while shining Markerlights all
over the place for others to use to guide their shooting.
the troopers of Ice In Spring (like their compatriot squad Ice In
Summer) are all Gun Nuts. They loves them the Rail Rifles. They loves
is everything that the poor experimental A.I. Commander Drone 'Gigo
Fubar' can do to deal with these irrational Tau. They sleep with
their rail rifles, holding them tight like lovers. They spend most of
their free time polishing their rail rifles. Ask them how they are
today, and they will tell you about the status of their rail rifle.
Fubar has big shoes to fill, even though the hovering Command Drone
has no feet - it is the first of it's kind, to lead living Tau as a
superior officer. This experiment in the advancement of artificial
intelligence is not one welcomed by most Tau, but fortunately, as
long as Gigo agrees that 'Rail Rifles Are Just The Best!!!', this is
one group of organics that are willing to accept command by a machine person.
Gigo Fubar, like the rest of the experimental Drones of Vas'Quez 4,
does feel like a person. He was programmed that way, after all.
only thing Ice In Summer like better than polishing their rail
rifles is shooting them, and among all of the Vas'Quez 4 force, they
alone are eager and happy when trouble starts.
all, it is another chance to prove that rail rifles rule.
rail rifle Pathfinder is the first 40K miniature I ever purchased
I really liked these figures, and linear acceleration weapons are
just plain interesting. I once saw one demonstrated in my high
school; some of the cleverer students in the engineering classes had
built one. It shot a big hole in a massive chunk of concrete, and it
did so with but a whisper... and no moving parts.
most interesting model of my Rail Gunners is my lone female
Pathfinder, who I constructed with her helmet off, placed on a nearby
rock. I hand sculpted her head, trying to make rounder features than
the typical Tau, so that she would look... female.
idea of having one Pathfinder team led by an experimental Drone that
'counts as' a commander came from my local shop being out of any
Pathfinder Commander models. However, in retrospect, I like it
better. It is more interesting and colorful than just having another
stock appropriate model, and it fits my theme of the Vas'Quez mission
being a grab bag of misfits and experiments that no other Tau force
would ever put up with. Gigo Fubar adds a little something extra, I think.
second Squad, Ice In Spring is identical to Ice in Summer save
that the commander is a normal Pathfinder Commander model.
Shas'Ui Cloud Mountain is there, but not as colorful as Gigo Fubar...
but good as a contrast between the two teams.
the Army Card:
are really mandatory, to me, for Tau. The Tau just plain suck at
melee, and need every advantage they can get, especially against
biggest beef is that in order to use Pathfinders at all, the rules
demand that I include a Devilfish transport in my army... which I
would never want to use for my Pathfinders. It is a bothersome and
arbitrary rule which I do think exists only to sell more Devilfish
models. I am fortunate in that the way I choose to save money, in
buying a discounted box set, included a Devilfish as part of the set.
worst bit of all, though, is that I can only have ONE Pathfinder
team per Devilfish I own. I have to have a tank for each and every
Pathfinder team. This means that I can only use one of my two teams,
pretty much ever, because I don't see myself buying a second
Devilfish, just to satisfy this stupid, ridiculous rule. I mean,
think about it... A Devilfish can hold 12 Fire Warriors and their
weapons with ease, but if those guys are called 'Pathfinders', then
suddenly only four will fit, and they won't even come out to fight
unless they have a guaranteed ride waiting for them - even if they
never use it once, ever.
submit the Devilfish Pathfinder rule as the most arbitrary and
idiotic rule in all of W40K.
I really wanted to have rail gunners in my army, and they have
proven their worth.
several occasions, these gun nuts have managed to blow away far
distant and very dangerous individual enemy commanders and figures,
ones that no other unit could touch.
like my Railgunner... Pathfinder... teams.