It is as we join with others, in a way that only the Tau can, in shared engagement to the Greater Good,
that we find ourselves able to fully realize our true potential.
And that is the final source of our hopes and intentions.
Aun'el T'au Tam'ya, Ethereal caste
For those who don’t know what the ETL is, it’s an annual painting event where participants are invited to vow to paint 40k-legal units of their preferred army in a period of three months, recording their points’ values. Participants may make up to 5 such vows with a limit of 3,000 pts per vow – but no limit to the amount of units pledged. Apart from the individual challenge of completing the pledged units, each forum is competing as a team against every other forum of the B&C by adding up the points of each individual participant’s entries to work out the total score for the entire forum. The forum with the highest score wins.
But be aware: if you fail to complete your second or any subsequent vow then all previous vows are nullified and will not count towards the total of the forum! And there is another catch: the total points of each forum are modified by the completion rate i.e. the total completed points over the total points pledged. So failing to complete subsequent vows (thus nullifying all your previously completed ones) has an augmented negative effect on the completion rate and hence on the forum score. So be extra confident when you up the stakes.
This is of course a very brief description of the event. For more details you may take a look at the previous ETL here (ETL VI), but also expect some additional changes for this year’s event! The expected time to launch is in early or mid May.
Our tanks were useless. As soon as we broke cover, their battlesuits' heavy guns were locked on to us.
I swear it was as though they had someone nearby aiming for them before they shot.
And when they did shoot...Emperor's mercy! Their guns punched through our armour like it was paper.
All I could see were trails of fire where the projectiles had ignited the air.
Guardsman Cauley, 25th Graian Rifles
This will be the second time that the might of the T'au Empire will be mobilised to enter the ETL for The Greater Good and the Ethereals expect all Shas, Por, Kor and Fio caste members to acquit themselves well in the coming storm. It is the time for our young Empire to show these upstart races the strength of our mighty Her’ex’vre - the Kor'vattra will darken their skies with Sun Sharks, Razorsharks, Barracudas and Tiger Sharks - shoals of Hammerheads, Skyrays and Piranhas will rent their puny vehicles - Devilfish will carry our brave Shas towards the foe ably supported by our Kroot and Vespid allies and the heavy footfalls of our mighty Ta'unar will turn their bones to jelly in fear.
Participants vowing for the T'au Empire will be able to draw units from the Codex and Forge World units so let’s take this opportunity to organize ourselves, measure our strength and see what everyone plans to pledge. We have a great range of miniatures, an 8th Edition Codex which has now had time to settle in and the flexibility of a young and vibrant race!
Remember, the miniatures may be assembled and undercoated – but not otherwise worked on at the time of vowing them!
It is but 2 Kai'rotaa in the future - be ready! When the Ethereal call... who will answer?
Those with superior reach can dictate the terms of battle and impose their will upon their foe.
Remember, the first step on the path to victory is often the most important.
The idea is to bring together the might of the T'au Empire in one thread to encourage each other in the upcoming ETL.
Here we can post questions, ideas for vows and support and motivate each other in the months ahead.
The main things to remember is, whatever your vow:
It must be at the undercoat stage - this can also be a coloured primer and not just black and there is nothing wrong with assembling and priming your vows now so you can be ready as soon as the go is given...
and it must be achievable in the time frame as any unfinished vows automatically void all your earlier work.
Plan with care
It is as we join with others, in a way that only the T'au can, in shared engagement to the Greater Good, that we find ourselves able to fully realize our true potential. And that is the final source of our hopes and intentions.
Aun'el T'au Tam'ya, Ethereal caste
Edited by elmo, 09 March 2019 - 11:25 AM.