"Our conquest is inevitable, our ascension a matter of time. Let none who are wise deny our destiny" - Aun'va, Ethereal Supreme.
Followers of the Greater Good, don your battlesuits and charge your plasma rifles, because today is a glorious day to be part of the Tau Empire. There are nine fantastic new kits available to pre-order, from the towering might of the XV104 Riptide to the stealthy Pathfinders and the infamous Commander Farsight, plus a brand new full-colour Codex to go with them. But that's not all, because three new digital products and six new miniatures for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Strategy Battle Game are also available to pre-order.
The Tau believe that battles should be fought at range, that their foes are prey to be hunted and annihilated in one swift, efficient strike. However, the galaxy is a dangerous place and their 'prey' tend to fight back, which is why the Tau are continually developing new technology to deal with them. Their latest experimental weapon is the XV104 Riptide - the most powerful battlesuit to grace the battlefields of the 41st Millennium. Equipped with the latest in Tau technological innovation, the Riptide sports a huge ion accelerator (or a heavy burst cannon), a bewildering array of battlesuit support weapons and systems, a shield generator, a jet pack and two shielded missile Drones follow it into battle. To say the Riptide is prepared for any situation would be an understatement.
From the skies comes the Sun Shark Bomber and the Razorshark Fighter, the Tau Empire's answer to aerial warfare. Where the Razorshark Fighter is designed to intercept enemy fighters and strafe the foe with well-placed shots from its quad-ion turret, the Sun Shark is a dedicated bomber, dropping pulse bombs as it glides across the battlefield while its Interceptor Drones protect it from enemy fliers. Colin Dixon and Matt Holland, the designers of the kit, give us an insight into its design in April's White Dwarf and you can see the Sun Shark in action in the Battle Report, much to my enjoyment and Jes' despair.
To run alongside all the new Tau releases, there are also three new Digital Products available to pre-order today: Codex: Tau Empire, Altar of War and a new How to Paint guide which features eight stage-by-stage painting guides for the Tau for everything from Riptides and Devilfish to Kroot and Vespids. Head over to our Digital Products page to find out more about them and to pre-order them for your iPad.