Hey everyone, here's my refreshed thread for my ongoing and very heretical Guard force. The 4th Tarosian Regiment, which I've been building up in this thread for the last year or two, began as a side project for my Tau force and expanded to utterly overshadow said Tau force as I learned to love the Guard's array of Big Guns and Things What Carry Them. After a Photobucket reshuffle to organise my photo collection left my previous thread completely without images, and since I'm too lazy to go through the scattered images across 23 pages to fix them, I figured it was a good time to restart the thread and do it a bit neater and tidier.
Taros was left in a situation of immense political upheaval after the Imperial attempt to strong-arm the planet back under Imperial rule. Through the aid of their Tau allies, Taros had managed to survive the Taros Campaign - known locally as the Independence War - and emerge richer and stronger from it. The Fire Caste had borne the brunt of the attack, and the battle had left many abandoned enemy tanks, aircraft and other weapons ripe for the plundering in the deserts of Taros. Over the years following the war, these were collected, repaired and forged into an army of varied marks and designs. Several regiments were assembled from the local population, which had boomed following successful Tau terraforming initiatives which had delivered plentiful water and food to the populace from previously arid sands.
As a society, Taros is a client of the Tau Empire; a close ally that enjoys a comfortable symbiosis with the Xenos race. Within fifteen years of the Tarosian victory, as reports of the failure of the Taros Campaign finally reached the callous ears of the bloated Administratum who had ordered the Taros Campaign in the first place, Tarosian regiments aboard Tau-loaned vessels were engaging in invasions on multiple, small worlds that had long been ignored by Imperial Navy patrols. These fringe words were guarded by Planetary Defense Forces which were ill-equipped to withstand a co-ordinated invasion. Some fell at the mere threat of invasion, some joined willingly, and others stood with the fierce, dogmatic perseverance the Tau had come to recognise in Mankind. Human worlds were steadily being coalesced into an Empire loyal to the Tau, but separate in its destiny. Within the Tau Empire, many debated the danger of not only allowing another empire to rise on its borders, but also the feeding of such an empire to hasten its growth.
The truth was that the Ethereals in their pragmatic and sacrificial nature had already factored the fledgling Tarosian Empire as a buffer to the galactic south. The humans would be a stop-gap meant to delay the Imperial retribution along that front, to allow the Tau to concentrate on the Damocles campaign that ground endlessly on.
Within thirty years of the end of the Independence War, a firm Empire was forged from a dozen worlds, though little remained of its original war materiel. Tanks that were slain and returned to life again and again sported increasing amounts of Xenos parts in their designs. Some replaced weapons that could no longer be armed with Xenotech weapons of incredible power. As the threat of Imperial retribution faded from the memory of the citizens of the Empire, disciples of the Machine God declared their heresy in cold binary-cant, and the Imperial war machine steadily gained momentum as it began the slow process of moving to crush the Empire, once and for-all.
Even as the Imperium drew regiments from across its expanse for the endeavour of wiping both the Tau and Tarosian Empires - whom they considered one great whole - from the face of the galaxy, a disaster struck the Tarosians that may have sealed their fate. A splinter of Hive Fleet Gorgon thought destroyed had engorged itself on outlying worlds and began slaughtering its way into the Empire from the galactic east. Several worlds fell from the small empire as it hastily maneuvered to face this new threat with its full wrath. Its forces emptied from the worlds under its thrall, secession has erupted on worlds brought into firm compliance rather than peaceful union. With Imperial retribution unknowingly imminent and no replies forthcoming from the Tau Empire in response to messages for aid, the Tarosian Empire is an ember about to be snuffed out before it ever truly kindled into flame.
Edited by CoffeeGrunt, 30 October 2017 - 12:16 PM.