Debunking Rumours - Product List

With the Tau out it's time to take a look at the veracity of a rumour I alluded to a few weeks ago. You can follow this link for the full list of rumoured models, but below I've listed the entries relevant for the Tau

284054630110202 Kroot Kroothawks RE
256145512010301 Tau Empire Nautilus Defence Platform PL
256146011840307 Tau Empire Mako PL
256145730740301 Commander Farsight RE
256146211440307 Tau Empire Vespid Stingwings / Vespid Spinewings PL

Those of you that have been keeping up with the Tau release will notice that the only familiar model on this list from the new wave is Farsight. The product number given for him does not match with anything I can see on his GW page (the only number on there is the Part Code:  99810113020, which is totally different). If anyone gets chance to look the box or sprue for this model over and see a likely number or indeed, nothing of the sort, I'd be interested to know.

Taking away the models that are conspicuous by their absence from this release wave and the codex, leaves us with the Vespid, which remain a Finecast unit, rather than a plastic re-release as the above suggests.

As good as the other products named above sound, there's nothing to back them up.

So that's the list proved pretty much wrong across the board with the Tau releases. Getting one model right out of five isn't the hallmark of reliability, especially given that it's a special character they were likely to revisit.

Am I writing the list off? I can't not given how far of base it is. I'll come back to it again when we see another relevant release and see how it holds up though. Should any of the "missing" models turn up though (or if someone matches that number to Farsight), I'll eat my words and reassess things.


  1. There was further information regarding this list provided since it was initially posted stating that the numbers were artwork codes, not product codes. Apparently these codes are assigned far in advance of actual releases, and cover all posible releases rather than only the confirmed options. Those items that didn't feature could have been planned at one point in production, or could be related to a future expansion etc. etc.

    I'm not saying they were genuine, but in light of that information (which came out before solid Tau rumours surfaced) it makes a little more sense.

    1. I'd not heard about them being artwork codes, so that's interesting. White Dwarf could get a nice series of articles properly looking at the different GW Studios, and giving out a couple of bits of "behind the scenes" information. It'd be interesting to know what the rate of attrition is for model ideas, and see a Codex from the word go to finished product.

      We'll see how things stand when we get another relevant release.