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Short introduction for new races serving for Tau Empire.

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Tau Auxiliary Species

Tau lovers, rejoice, for new additions to the empire are coming, here to help you spread the Greater Good. Tau haters, rejoice as well, for new enemies come only so they can die under your unrelenting barrage.
Vladomije has been busy and did a lot of work on three factions we are working on in Phase 1. With his help and a large amount of artistic liberty, I decided to present several new auxiliary races for Tau.
If you skip over at Lexicanum or try some other source for Tau auxilia you will find mostly short descriptions and little to no picture references.
True enough, there is a lot of fan made pictures which are very subjective, not that it's a bad thing, but point being, GW has yet (if ever) to develop these races and incorporate them in TE.
Some time ago, I found this pic online, it's clearly WH40K and as you can see, xenos in the middle has a weapon which, at least to me, looks a lot like piece of Tau technology, so I decided to go with this picture as my basis for new additions to the Greater Good.
You can also see that picture is populated with different aliens, some of which can loosely be recognized as species that serve with Tau and are described in Lex. So, lets begin.

1. Red-Tarellian Dog Soldiers

Tarellians are a minor reptilian species of alien found throughout much of the galaxy. They are commonly known as Tarellian Dog-soldiers, because of their snouted faces and their habit of working as mercenaries. During the Great Crusade the Imperium virus bombed most of their home worlds, almost wiping the species out. For this reason they have a great grudge against the Imperium. The Tarellians have not been conquered by the Tau but are often found fighting as mercenaries in their armies, particularly when the war is against humans.
Physically, Tarellians are narrow-waisted, broad shouldered aliens that are slightly shorter than most humans, with long, snouted faces.
A Tarellian civilization was recently devoured by Hive Fleet Moloch during their advances from the galactic north and the Kiltor Sector.

Tarellians are the only species here that I'm sure of in regards of appearance.

2. Purple-Galgs Mercenary Unit

Galgs are green, scaled, frog-like creatures that often form into mercenary bands. Like most mercenaries, they fight for the highest bidder.
The only humans to come into contact with Galgs are other mercenaries, and for this reason they are considered a minor race. Most of them work as mercenaries for the Tau Empire, however, it is unknown if they work for other groups as well. Like many alien races, they have an incredible hate for the Imperium.

3. Orange-Morralian Deathsworn

Morralians are a group or species of alien that are part of the Tau Empire or at least work as mercenaries for the Tau. Their known military body is the Morralian Deathsworn.

Orange aliens looked the most suited for this. No real logic in the choice, just the knowledge that if someone asked me who would be Deathsworn of all the races in the pic, I would definitely choose these guys.

4. Blue-Nagi Psychic Ravel

The Nagi are a xenos race from the world of Sha'galudd. Highly intelligent worm-like creatures, the small Nagi are known for their mind control abities. When they were first discovered by the Tau Empire, they were despised by the Tau, who fought a series of violent conflicts with them. However they have since agreed to a peace accord and have joined the Tau Empire. Nagi's frequently serve as advisors to the Ethereal Caste.

Yes, I know, the description says Nagi are wormlike, and the blue alien is more squid then worm, but what the heck, artistic liberty full throtle :D.

5. Green-Hrenian Light Infantry

Hrenians are a group or species of alien that are part of the Tau Empire, or at least work as mercenaries for the Tau. Their known military body is the Hrenian Light Infantry.

6. Humans-Gue'vesa Auxiliaries

No need to introduce this, by now, classic Tau auxilia.

Of course, what you see in this pic is by no means the final product. I might add or take away some aspect of the model. Hrenians will be a bit taller and more agressive, Morralians will be clad in some sort of tauish armor but will probably keep the weapon shown. I'll try to keep all races named here inside some general Tau parametres when it comes to appearance. I know for sure that Nagi will have no combat capabilites, but will be purely support unit with several abilites with effects on enemy morale and health. Not really sure yet how will recruitment go, except that you will not be able to recruit all auxiliary races in one game, we will set limit to 2-3 races. With already existing Kroots and Vespids in game, this will raise the number of helper races to 7 and give really multiracial feel to the Tau. There will be new building for these races, not to expensive and probably tier I or II.
More details will be fleshed out as the work progresses.

Cheers
Zmaj

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thienhainguyenduong
thienhainguyenduong

sound great. looking forward to seeing the model :D

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ZmajOgnjeniVuk Author
ZmajOgnjeniVuk

Cheers mate, I will focus on Morrelian Deathsworn so you'll see them first :)

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Vladomije
Vladomije

For The Greater Good! We grow stronger with every race join our cause!
I will resume work I started with Tau, and try to find more material about auxiliary races. Excellent info, keep up good work for The Greater Good dear Zmaj :)

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ZmajOgnjeniVuk Author
ZmajOgnjeniVuk

Of course Vladomije :D I had a feeling you and Tragicvision will be delighted to see this news.

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moddlord1
moddlord1

That is some great news!

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ZmajOgnjeniVuk Author
ZmajOgnjeniVuk

All to please the crowd :D

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Tragicvision
Tragicvision

Tarellian Dog Soldiers! Yes please!!!!!

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ZmajOgnjeniVuk Author
ZmajOgnjeniVuk

I wondered when will you come about to see this :D

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bmwalsh15
bmwalsh15

um... the big purple guy is a Zoat, not a galg. They're a now defunct tyranid subspecies.

just felt I should point that out. the rest looks promising, though! keep up the good work!

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ZmajOgnjeniVuk Author
ZmajOgnjeniVuk

Hey bmwalsh, thanks for the comment and info, but aren't Zoats quadruped? This guy seems as if he only has 2 legs.
Thanks for the complements and sorry for a somewhat late response, saw your comment just today.

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