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Mini of the Month

Grand Master

Grand Master Arendil by Brother-Captain Arnendil. Check our forums for more information.

Member's Quotes of the Month

"Imagine! the horde!! *drool* - my speed freek army would be but a supporting wing next to this body! It'd be awesome!

No it wouldnt. It'd be a huge pile of grey axes and legs and bodies lying around for another decade while waiting to be finished.

It wouldnt take me anothet decade, I'm sure.

It would!

It would not.

It would!

..." - Esque

- It's here, Ork Board

Quote of the Month

"When victory is required, use force. When force is required, use greater force. When the greatest force is required, use your head; knowledge is everything."
- Book of Cataclysm.

Forum Statistics

For the month of May:

New Topics: 1,215
New Posts: 22,289
New Members: 146
Page Views: 1,489,701
Most Visitors Online at Same Time: 345

In Total:

Topics: 57,378
Posts: 932,373
Members: 8,300
Most Visitors Online at Same Time: 641

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Recent News

Competition News

We had a downright incredible turnout this month for two of our competitions - 21 and 19 entries.

In the HQ contest, Wissam won out with his superb Space Marine:

In the conversion contest, Cadaver's goulishly sculpted Nurgle Defiler won the day:

Be sure to check out the Tau Online Grand Summer Story contest, running June through August; write a Warhammer-related story for the chance to win free Warhammer miniatures!

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Top Five Tau Threads

Top Five non-Tau Topics this Month

Interview: With Arguleon-veq

Arguleon-veq has been a member of Tau Online since 2004, and is a global moderator. Veq has made almost 4,000 posts, and posts across a range of boards - from the Eldar and Tau boards, to The Enclave. Veq is also very much into fitness.

(Q) What attracted you to this site and how have you found it so far?
A: I was a member of a few forums but they all seemed too big and inaccessible, it was hard to get to know people. I stumbled across Tau Online when I was thinking of starting a Tau army. It was a close but open and welcoming community and a site that looked set to grow [much like the Tau in 40K  I suppose]. So I decided to sign up and try to help out. Its now grown into what I consider to be the best 40K Website/Forum on the Net.

(Q) Which armies do you collect, how big are they and how long has it taken to accumulate them?
A: I have most armies from both 40K and Fantasy, I have for 40K around;
6000 Points of Chaos,
5000 Points of Eldar,
4000 Points of Guard,
4000 Points of Marines,
3000 Points of Orks,
2000 Points of Arbites [Witch Hunter Rules] - all converted from the Necromunda Enforcers or the Classic Arbites range,
1000 Points of Necrons.

For Fantasy I have about;
10,000 Points of Chaos,
5000 Points of Dogs of War,
3000 Points of Wood Elves,
3000 Points of Orcs and Goblins,
2000 Points of Dwarfs,
2000 Points of Empire,
1000 Points of Ogres,
1000 Points of Lizardmen.

I've been playing the game for nearly 11 years now, since I was about 10 years old.

(Q) Any advice for the rest of the community?
A: Try to be open minded on things, actually listen to what other people say and don't just stick rigidly to what you think is right without first hearing other people out. Try not to give advice on things you don't really know about, or state things as fact when they are opinion.

(Q) If you would have to pick one favourite quote from movie, book, etc. what would it be, and why would you pick that (why would you think it is "cool")?
A: I used to have loads of these, I loved the part in Devils Advocate when the main character is questioned about if he should win a certain case or not and he just roars in frustration ‘I win that's what I do!' I loved that. I give my all to win at anything I do, I don't believe it's the taking part that counts, to me its first or last. Seconds is nothing. I'm not a bad sport and I take losing graciously but I always give my all to win. My body is a ruin of ripped muscles, broken bones and scars from that mentality when playing sports lol.

(Q) Why are you the "Arbiter Senioris"?
A: As a huge fan of Arbite Fluff and having a 2000 point Arbite Army, I figure its pretty fitting plus as a GMod here at TO ‘I am the Law!' :p

(Q)Why did you start working out so much?
A: I was always playing a lot of sports at school but I was overweight, It didn't bother me so long as I still played well but when it started to effect that I started to work out. It was only a little at first. I trained a fair bit whilst I was at college. I started training really hard before getting stabbed as I wanted to make a go of getting a few pro fights. I trained even harder after getting stabbed as I needed to work hard to get healthy again. I had some problems that needed some brain scans, turns out there isn't much they can do for it though, it can sometimes make training hard but I just do as much as I can, it hasn't been as bad lately so I'm putting in the hours again, I will get at least 1 professional fight 1 day lol. Plus its just nice to know that your fit and healthy and that your body looks good. That you are physically capable of dealing with most situations in life.

I've never really understood why more war hammer players aren't more into getting in shape and combat sports, we play the game because we love the idea of warriors, waging war and battle, of martial prowess and might making right. Kids that are huge football fans invariably play football and dream about becoming footballers. Surely we as fans of this kind of thing should learn combat arts and want to grow up to be mighty warriors :p. There are a couple of the top mixed martial artists in the world such as Eves Edwards and Anderson Silva who only started fighting because they were comic book fans and wanted to be like a super hero themselves. Andersons nickname is ‘The Spider' after Spiderman, lol. I urge you all to try and be your own superhero, lets make an army of nerds!.

(Q) What's your idea of a good night out?
A: To get my boys round my place in the afternoon in the summer, start off on some cold cider just sit around chatting and getting drunk whilst we are getting ready, get the train into town and meet up with my girls in our fave pub. Any nice friendly, comfy pub will do. Have a laugh, get properly drunk on bitter and then head off to the clubs about 11-12. Dance like idiots all night whilst knocking back the spirits and then we all head back to one of our places to crash or if its nice out, sit out in a park or some grass somewhere till the early hours of the morning. It always helps when there are no idiots trying to start fights.

(Q) What is your favourite model that you possess?
A: I have an old limited edition games day Chaos Lord, the one without a helmet and holding a guy by the throat with one hand. I also love my Ork Warboss converted with an Inquisitor scale Techpriest arm [the drill one] and an Inquisitor scale Chainsword as a Choppa. I'm fond my  Heresy Miniatures Tunnel Dweller model too, which I use as a Nurgle Daemon, and I've always like my Dragons.

(Q) Knowing your love of UFC who's your favourite UFC fighter?
A: Sean Sherk is one of them, he has to be one of the hardest working people in all of sport. Go on Dailymotion and search his name and watch the All Access show on him, its amazing. It inspires me to work harder. He has only last to the 2 best ever in the world, and that was at weight class above what he should have been fighting as he is only a small guy. He also recently lost to probably the most talented fighter in the world but hung with him manfully for 15 minutes before a controversial stoppage, the guy he was fighting has all the talent in the world but is so lazy and arrogant it just made me like Sherk more. I like Randy Couture too, always gracious and respectful and always overcoming the odds, a true champion. I think I am fond of wrestlers in general because its something I have no real training in [hard to get in the UK] and so it impresses me a great deal to see people do things that I cant. I can box and I'm good at BJJ, so seeing those things done doesn't really impress me as much.

(Q) How much can you bench press?
A: I don't know, I've never maxed out [as I don't own enough weights to lol] and I train for strength endurance and functional strength so bench presses aren't a big thing for me as they make you inflexible and it doesn't really help you at all in fight sports. I currently have enough weights for about 200Llbs on my bar though, I can put that up for 2 sets of 5. I'm 155Llb in shape.

(Q) How do you keep motivated to keep fit?
A: Because it helps me to win at the things I love, it makes me feel good about myself, it gets you women and its nice to know you can physically handle almost any situation.


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Rant: Daemonic Disaster by Wargamer

Despite myself, I was pretty excited about this Daemonic Codex... even if I had to stick my fingers in my ears and ignore all the rumours about it.

Let's start with the good points. Codex: Daemons has some very nice stuff in it. The Special Characters, of which there are many, are all entertaining in their own way; Skulltaker is a combat monster who inflicts Rending hits on a 4+, Ku'Gath is a fire-magnet who can lob Nurglings as an Ordnance weapon, and in between we have all manner of gribblies big and small who cause havoc in their own way.

Moving on from that, we get some pretty potent units. Slaneeshi and Khornate Daemons compete for the title of "Biggest Killer", whilst Nurgle Daemons laugh merrily as an entire army's firepower only manages to drop 60pts worth of models.

That was the nice part. Now to rip this Codex to shreds.

Firstly, you have to Deep Strike. This is so insufferably annoying that it alone is enough to make me not play Daemons. I have played several playtest battles, and not once has my army arrived in a fashion that is even close to what I needed it to.

The other major element is one of boredom. The Daemon player will often have nothing to do except sit there and roll Armour Saves for most of the game, as you cannot charge on the turn you arrive. Despite the fact I won my first battle, I was bored rigid because my turn was over in two minutes flat, whereas my opponent spent half an hour shooting me each turn.

What really annoys me about this Codex, however, is that GW basically screwed over anyone playing a Themed List. Nurgle cannot fight in combat worth a damn, and the other three factions just aren't tough enough to survive the barrage of enemy fire that will greet them when they arrive. The list was clearly written with the intention that you take Daemons from all four patrons, dropping tough Nurgle stuff in first (with Tzeench for fire support), before following up with Khorne and Slaneesh to break the deadlocked assaults and storm the army to victory.

That is all well and good, but it's also a pile of rubbish. Half the armies advertised in the Codex are Khorne and Slaneeshi combined. If you don't see a problem with that, then I advise you never enter a GW store again for fear of Dreadsocks greeting you at the door. The Codex takes a very exceptional and rare circumstance, the Undivided Legions of Chaos, and makes it the only realistic way to win a game.

So, despite the very cool and potentially devastating units in the list, the Codex is flawed to the point of insufferable. I have heard many people making claims how it will be "Better in 5th", but I don't buy that; if this is a 5th Edition Codex, it should be out after 5th Edition, not before it. I see no changes to the 5th Edition rules in any rumour thread, hypothetical debate or leaked ruleset that suggests this force will magically become worth the money you wasted on the rulebook and/or models when the Edition jumps a digit.

Leave this one in the Warp where it belongs.