The Stormsurge is a heavy weapons platform designed to serve as the Tau Empire's Titan killer, created by Earth Caste engineer O'Ishu'ron after Tau forces were frequently being outmatched by Imperial Titans and Super-Heavy Tanks. The KV128 was the first of the Tau's new generation of heavy artillery assets known as Ballistic Suits. Less maneuverable than a Riptide, such is the power of the Stormsurge's weapons that the suit is equipped with thrusters and retractable ground anchors to counter recoil. In truth, the Stormsurge is more of a walking tank than a true Battlesuit. Unusually for a Tau battlesuit, the Stormsurge has two crew instead of one. It is operated by a selected pairing of veteran Hammerhead crewmen, who have graduated in the ballistic suit academies on Bork’an.A Shas'vre experienced in Battlesuit piloting controls the suit itself, while a Ves'oni'Vash graduate controls the weapons systems. It is said that crewing a Stormsurge is less prestigious then a standard Battlesuit. The Shas'vre wears a hair braid to signify his rank
This multi-part plastic kit contains all the components necessary to build one KV128 Stormsurge, ballistic suit of the T'au Empire. It includes an astonishing 171 components - four head options, two pilot assemblies, a reactor suite, two leg assemblies and two sets of stabilising thrusters! Various vents and assemblies can be modelled optionally closed or open, and the whole miniature has incredible posability. Includes one Citadel 170mm Oval base.
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