Vas'Quez Tau
The Tau Of Vas'Quez 4

     Sniper Drone Team Crimson Leaves

So far, Commander WarmRain has tried to engage sniper commander Sun Willow in conversation. At the three month mark, the enigmatic man suddenly looked at her for a full minute, and then spoke in a flat and measured tone: "Yes, I do like ham."

WarmRain had asked that question the third week after they had arrived on Vas'Quez 4, in reference to the introduction of human food animals to the Tau diet, as a result of the increasing population of Gui'La joining the Tau Empire.

There have been complaints that the unnaturally quiet Sniper Drones stare menacingly at anyone who passes by them. WarmRain originally tried to explain that robotic camera lenses cannot show emotion; but when she found herself shuddering at the very same thing one day, she abandoned that argument.

Once, Stealth Commander StillSea confided that while sneaking about at night in stealth mode, he had spotted the sniper commander and his sniper drones huddled about a stack of human children's books -fluffy bunnies and roly poly puppies - while giggling and speaking in low whispery tones to each other.

Was it true?

Commander WarmRain really doesn't want to know.

About the Miniature:

This is my most heavily modified model next to Commander WarmRain. The original sniper team kit has a commander that has his head buried in the remote scanner/telepresence machine, he is molded as one piece with it. After seeing something similar in White Dwarf, I carefully carved that body away from the remote scanner and constructed (with sprue, bitz, and green stuff) the screen that presumably the commander would have been staring into, and the controls he would have been grasping. Then I took the Devilfish commander and rebuilt him into a standing version of the sniper commander, and put both behind a low rock, as though they had set up there for cover. I added a Pulse Carbine slung over the new sniper commander's back for effect, and added a power unit to the side of the scanner to help support it, now that it no longer had a commander attached to it to help hold it up.

The result is a reasonably unusual interpretation of the model, albeit the basic look borrowed from another hobbyist who I admired. Nothing wrong with that. I'm new at this.

About the Army Card:

I really love the sniper team. They always hit on 2+ on a D6, wound on 4+ and have terrifying anti-armor capabilities. The Networked Markerlight that they can use for themselves is just gravy. Plus they can pin enemies. What's not to like?

Well, I'll tell you.

Looking at these models you would naturally assume that the sniper drones are built for speed, with those big engines in the back, and their sleek racing look; I automatically assumed they should be able to be flown at speed independently around the battlefield, triangulating on the unfortunate. They are controlled via a standing scanner, remotely, through telepresence, so this only makes even more sense. Additionally, the remote is described as being primarily used to give orders, the Drones are already artificially intelligent, and can make independent decisions.

Oh, nay nay.

They all have to stay within two inches of the commander and his telepresent remote control system. And if he dies, they explode. Whaaaa?

Sometimes, Games Workshop are complete asses.

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