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Author Topic: Tau Trained Ork Stormboyz - A Commanders' Gambit or Chance for Ork integration?  (Read 2035 times)

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This is a train of thought that was sparked on my way home from work.
A while ago I was speaking to @Wargamer about Books of Chaos* and how Khorne has respect/favour for Ork Stormboyz due to their potency and viciousness in combat being controlled by their want to be "regimented" and the like.

This got me thinking of what this could mean, and the idea came up that what would Tau do with "indoctrinated" Orks at their disposal? Would they be a further acception to Tau Doctrine of disdain for combat, or would it be reflective of a Commander or Coalition making use of the resources to hand?
Could Orks be trained in the Tau'va, and how would it affect their ability.

Fluff questions said, then their is Tabletop questions, such as where in the FOC would such a unit even be? Would their be some sort of "Orkish Drive" table the Tau player must roll for the unit in order to keep it in check? Would the unit be granted Tau weaponry?

In terms of fluff i'm not sure if it has ever been covered beyond the old story of Tau trying to convert Orks as a whole to the Tau'va, but failing due to their Chaotic nature, but as you know Stormboyz are adolescent orks being rebelious be doing drills and being orderly. Something that Tau Fire Caste probably do during peacetime or whilst they're at the Fire Caste training academies.

What do other people think on the subject?

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This got me thinking of what this could mean, and the idea came up that what would Tau do with "indoctrinated" Orks at their disposal? Would they be a further acception to Tau Doctrine of disdain for combat, or would it be reflective of a Commander or Coalition making use of the resources to hand?
Could Orks be trained in the Tau'va, and how would it affect their ability.

Young Orks could, but as they grew to maturity, they would resort to their natural chaotic selves.  It just simply wouldn't hold.  But in the meanwhile...

Fluff questions said, then their is Tabletop questions, such as where in the FOC would such a unit even be? Would their be some sort of "Orkish Drive" table the Tau player must roll for the unit in order to keep it in check? Would the unit be granted Tau weaponry?

Well, going by Kroot and Gue'vesa rules, mostly they would operate using their own equipment, probably have more reliable jump packs, and the Nob could get a Pulse Rifle or Carbine if he wanted.  They would still operate under the Fast Attack slot, though.

Probably grow to be a lot like the Ork Clan that absorbed some of the 'Humie' training and made Kommandos, the Blood Axes.
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Would it be in the Tau to try and alter the Orks' gentics to "breed" a clan/subgroup that arent' so violent? Maybe inadvertantly recreating the BrainBoyz?

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Would it be in the Tau to try and alter the Orks' gentics to "breed" a clan/subgroup that arent' so violent? Maybe inadvertantly recreating the BrainBoyz?

Anywhere outside the Farsight Enclaves, yes.  I could see some Water and Earth tribes putting in an attempt under the direction of an Ethereal.  It wouldn't be common, and just as likely end up destroyed like a similar Zerg/Nid facility would end up being, but attempts would likely be made.
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It's an interesting idea, that might work if you have the right characters.
The Orks are strongly bound by their leaders, and if you have the right Warboss you never know...

That said, the Tau will probably reject them in the end as the Orks will eventually end up infighting and ruining the whole deal.

But until then, desperate alliances anyone?

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