|[The new Forgeworld Tau Barracuda]|
The Tau Forgeworld Barracuda has been out of stock for sometime. I've got a barracuda myself, and much preferred it both aesthetically and tactically compared to our codex flyers. It was part of my tournament army for a while, but has fallen out of favour since the new codex dropped last year.
As if that wasn't enough the new Barracuda also comes with different weapon options:
The original Barracuda was definitely best against Infantry, but with the addition of the weapon options it can fulfill more roles. With a Railgun, Cyclic Ion Blasters and Seeker Missiles it can really fulfill an anti tank and/or anti air role (depending on it's aircraft designation follow the Death from the Skies supplement). I'm tempted with a flexible role with an Ion Cannon & Cyclic Ion Blasters. With the addition of the Missile Pod that the previously Barracuda had (and from the picture looks like it still has) that would give it 11 Str 7 shots with the option of exchanging 9 of those shots for a large blast & 2 small blasts at str 8 (although with the Gets Hot rule).
I can't wait to see the rules for the model, as it'll be interesting to see whether it stays as a 2 hull point flyer or whether it is upgraded to 3 hull points as it's bigger (and much bulkier) than the codex flyers.
What do you think of the new Barracuda ? Will you be retro fitting an existing model or are you tempted to buy one of the new models ?