Factfile: Battleforce T’au Empire Rapid Insertion Cadre

Who doesn’t love Battleforces? Aside from the undeniable satisfaction of opening up a REALLY BIG box of miniatures, saving money when building an army is always welcome – particularly if you can then use that money to get even more models. This week, we’ll be breaking down what’s in each Battleforce, how you might like to build them and the best next steps to take after you’ve got yours, whether you’re getting one for yourself this Christmas or you’re expecting one from a friend (lucky you!). Today, we’re checking out the T’au Empire Rapid Insertion Cadre.


Battlesuits are brilliant. On the tabletop, T’au Empire battlesuits of all varieties are among the most flexible units in Warhammer 40,000, capable of being equipped in a dizzying variety of configurations and ranging from subtle tools like the XV25 Stealth Battlesuit to the towering firebase that is the KV128 Stormsurge. Starting a battlesuit army is now easier than ever thanks to the new Rapid Insertion Cadre Battleforce set, which has 11 of them and plenty of drones, too!

Inside the box, you’ll find:

Stealth Suits have received a sneaky bonus in the new edition thanks to the way shooting rules now work. Previously, taking a fusion blaster in the unit was an awkward proposition, as it meant mixing your firepower, but now you’re free to fire your burst cannons at one target and your fusion blaster at another. We’d also recommend packing a homing beacon on every unit, providing your Commander and XV8 Crisis Battlesuits some extra options for deployment.

One of the benefits of this boxed set is just how many spares you’ll get for your battlesuits. Most T’au standard weapons – burst cannons, fusion blasters, missile pods and the like – share a common weapon mounting. Rather than suggesting just how you might like to divide your weapons among your battlesuits, we’ve broken down just how many of each “standard” weapon you’ll get in the set:

  • 9* fusion blasters
  • 6 Flamers
  • 7 Plasma rifles
  • 7 Burst cannons
  • 4 Missile pods
  • 1 Airbursting fragmentation projector
  • 1 Cyclic ion blaster

*Not including the 3 fusion blasters wielded by the XV25 Stealth Battlesuits

How you equip your battlesuits is up to you, but consider taking at least one flamer on your Commander and XV8 Crisis Battlesuits to discourage any units that try to charge you.

Don’t forget about your drones! There are loads of ways you can build these invaluable battlefield assistants. We’d suggest leaving the firepower to your Stealth Suits and constructing many of yours as Marker Drones. These provide some much needed markerlight support to your units while also providing some additional saves with Saviour Protocols.

Start Collecting! T’au Empire ticks a lot of boxes for your army; an Ethereal is always a welcome presence, XV8 Crisis Battlesuits are ever-useful, and a unit of Fire Warriors is great for holding your backfield while the rest of your battlesuits advance.

Of course, with four kinds of battlesuit in your collection, you’ll likely want some more, and there are plenty of options on how to proceed. The XV104 Riptide possess flexibility, firepower and, of course, a range of nova reactor abilities allowing you to adjust to dangerous battlefield situations on the fly.

Meanwhile, the KV128 Stormsurge makes for a superb centrepiece for any collection of battlesuits and possesses a truly terrifying amount of firepower – just remember to keep some drones or Fire Warriors close to prevent it getting torn to pieces in close combat!


Finally, if you’re looking for a low-points objective-holding unit, consider some units of Kroot Carnivores. These guys can move up to 7″ just before the game begins, allowing you to claim a positional advantage on your gaming table from turn 1.

An army of battlesuits waits – order the T’au Empire Rapid Insertion Cadre today.

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