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Warhammer 40k fan converts Imperial tank to the T’au Empire

One Warhammer 40,000 player is building a “galactic alliance” of converted models to represent the T’au Empire - led by this massive tank.

A bright red Warhammer 40k Rogal Dorn battle tank converted to be part of the T'au Empire with hammerhead ion cannon main gun

Warhammer 40,000 player Kyle Zhang is converting a custom T’au Empire army “without any T’au race models” to represent the diplomatic aliens’ coalition of allied species. The most recent addition is a Hammerhead grav tank, built on the redoubtable chassis of an Astra Militarum Rogal Dorn battle tank, and crewed by both human defectors and Kroot aliens.

Of all the Warhammer 40k factions, the T’au Empire has the best claim to be “the good guys” – or at least, they’re not appreciably more awful than expansionist, colonial empires from real human history.

A bright red Warhammer 40k Rogal Dorn battle tank converted to be part of the T'au Empire with hammerhead ion cannon main gun

Unlike the Imperium of Man, they’re eager to work with other alien species, even incorporating them into their armed forces – their longstanding pact with the Kroot being the most obvious example.

Zhang – aka Hydraphantom on Reddit – says he “just likes the concept of a galactic alliance faction”. He’s been working on his custom army since 2017, though he took a break from Warhammer 40k in that time and “only got back to it in January”.

Converted Warhammer 40k T'au Ghostkheel battlesuit, an advanced war construct, piloted by a Dryad

His force includes a multitude of conversions. There’s a converted Commander Farsight, made from a Sisters of Battle Paragon Warsuit; a Ghostkheel battlesuit piloted by a Sylvaneth Dryad; a human (aka Gue’Vesa) Cadre Fireblade; and a unit of Pathfinders filled with Kin from the Leagues of Votann.

A converted Warhammer 40k T'au Commander Shadowsun based on a Sisters of Battle Paragon Warsuit

Zhang converted the Rogal Dorn himself, picking its chassis as the basis for a Hammerhead with ion cannon because “it’s the same size”, and wouldn’t give him an unfair advantage when positioning his tank for battle. He “didn’t have the confidence” to paint it himself, instead commissioning Skistmix Commissions to do the brilliant red paint job.

A converted Warhammer 40k T'au Cadre Fireblade, based on a human model - aka a Gue'Vesa

It was an involved conversion: “a lot of stuff needed to be cut to fit”, Zhang says, and for delicate jobs “like a hand to hold on rails” that could be very challenging. The results speak for themselves!

We’re keen to see where he takes this project next: we think Zhang’s conversion skills would do a fantastic job making models for the fanfiction concept of T’au Space Marines, for instance.

Converted Warhammer 40k T'au pathfinders, the unit made up of the squat Kin of the Leagues of Votann

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