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Hammerhead Down 40K by ukitakumuki Hammerhead Down 40K by ukitakumuki
>>>EDIT: Added backstory and retouched image!<<<

For those who remember this piece of mine: [link] and left cool story ideas about the origins of such a "heretical" IG design, thank you! I've been considering different plots and the whole Tau engineering collaboration + Gue'vesa auxillary idea seemed the most plausible and exciting for me.

Here's an updated story on its origins:

The Phobos Pattern was originally designed by an eccentric, albeit well-meaning techpriest on a forgeworld along the dark fringes of Imperium space. It was built in memory of his son, who died on an icy moon while serving as a Imperial Guard conscript in some forgotten campaign against Tyranids.

His labour of love, the Phobos Pattern, a semi autonomous exo-suit, was designed for normal human proportions, and for deployment amongst the Imperial Guard. The suit was not intended to replace or even come close to an Astartes armour, but act as a 'force multiplier' to bolster IG ranks and to allow once disabled soldiers to fight as equals alongside their own. Once complete, the Phobos MK1 plans were presented to the Imperium, and deemed absolutely heretical. As a result, his Forgeworld was to be swept by Space Marine kill teams in a purge mission. The Older brother sent to kill the younger brother as ordered by their Father.

The small Astartes force that was sent to wipe them out realised the visionary aspect of the project during the mission briefing itself, but continued their mission without question for fear of being labelled traitors.

The IG test-pilot force that comprised of young and old, able-bodied and paraplegic, all suited up in Phobos Pattern armour and fought back bravely to preserve their project; as well as to prove their undying love for the Imperium's future.

Eventually, the Astartes force was reduced to the last Marine, a Sargeant who called down an orbital nuclear bombardment when the mission was deemed a failure.

In his final moments he looks on as a shuttle escapes the facility and into the warp, and with it, the construction template for the Phobos Pattern armour. That was his only act of defiance to the Emperor in his lifetime as a Space Marine, one that he hoped would help pave the way to a brighter future for the Imperium.

The shuttle emerged from the warp years later, and found itself in Tau space. The Tau, learning of its origins and potential, openly embraced the Phobos Pattern prototype and began additional R&D work to implement it into their Gue'vesa/Human Auxillary force.

***END TRANSMISSION***

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In this scenario, the Tau combat systems research/construction facility that manufactures the Phobos Pattern armour itself, also maintains an actual Tyranid hatchery on location to be used in live combat trials. As such, they operate on a remote population-free moon due to security concerns.

A major security breach later, and the only surviving Tau (the facility commandant) and his trusted aide and Gue'vesa hold off the escaped Tyranid specimens till a rapid response lockdown crew arrives. The facility's personnel sacrificed themselves to buy him time to download the Pattern construction plan and hotfoot it to the extraction point, and he is clearly determined to see the mission(and their valiant sacrifice) through. The Tau force evacuating them are a special stealth-only anti-'Nid detachment sporting customised gear: XV25 suits and Super-Remora drones as well as a Longbow Heavy Sniper drone to neutralise hardened specimens.

"Bear with the pain, commandant! Hammerhead is inbound. The plans must survive for the greater good!"
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BULLETPROOFCHEETAH Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
What more can be said, vision is not always accepted but neither is it that easy to kill.  Well done!PuRE iNSaNiTY 
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Arandompokemonfan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
So the Imperium attempted to wipe out a group of humans for creating a suit of armor that while not as powerful as Space Marine Power Armor, would prove to be potentially helpful for the Imperial Guardsmen which it was designed to work for, but it then ended up in the Tau's hands who developed the suits for their human soldiers? The irony is strong with this one. 
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Ashofthewilliams Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Student General Artist
wait. 
that's not a gue'vesa...
because gue'vesa means "human" helper..
astartes gave up their humanity long ago..
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Arandompokemonfan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
Not a Space Marine suit. It's a suit of purely robotic Power Armor that was reverse engineered by the Tau off of a Heretical design of Power Armor that was designed for un-augmented humans to use. 
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Ashofthewilliams Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Hmm..that's pretty good.
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halo11791 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
The pauldrons and extra robotic arm also give the part away.
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THenkle61 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
Awesome work!
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SlyFlySpyGuy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
HERESY! I must hunt down this Space Marine's dead body, and double execute him! He let advanced technology fall into the hands of filthy xenos scum! HEEEEERESY!!!
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*snort* ADVANCED tech XD

astartes tech is so far behind tau, silly imperial ;D

then again i myself am thinking of power armoured chaos soldiers =D
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not a space marine

its a exo-power armour that a HUMAN can pilot =D

it's this deviant artist's cool idea.
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SlyFlySpyGuy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Mhm. Mhm. *cocks bolter* That's all very interesting. *BLAM*
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=w= *bounces off my chaos armour* orly?
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SlyFlySpyGuy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
*draws Inferno pistol* Ya, rly. *Inferno BLAM*
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AnaLoGMunKy Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student General Artist
COOOOOL!!!!!!
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SpaceMarine-007 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Yes. A raw-expression sublime piece of artwork, mate
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amod58 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015

Hello,

really wonderful, a joy and a pleasure to watch such a beautiful picture!

Simply THANK YOU!

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kaamkinoyat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
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TheImperialFist Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Sweet mother of god this is sweet art.
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DrDoSoLittle Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
So, these are some Space Marine hereteks partying with the Tau? Interesting.
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Metalbutcher Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Yeah great job :3
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Metalbutcher Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Anyway, nothing can stop the Great Devourer; the only demon (entity should i say) who created a whole race (and the most dangerous with that)
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BobBobson38 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
I'm not going to talk about the problems with the Tau, that would take away from the wonderful art. I just want it said that the Imperiums thinly veiled Catholicism is the worst part of the fiction. Does it not bother anyone else that when examining the story and lore most if not all of the Imperiums problems can e traced back to religion?
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Seraphim27 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Hope you don't mind if I steal this idea for a one-shot mission for my Kill-Team's Deathwatch campaign.

"Find and destroy the prototype and its plans! Purge the heresy! For the Emperor!"
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
staples
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Would be honoured! :)
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Seraphim27 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 26, 2015
Awesome! It'll be fun to watch them panic as they come across a group of these for the first time thinking 'Ah, fellow Battle-Brothers' only for them to turn around and start blasting them with Pulse Rifles. >: )
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
ha, yes :)
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ShaunMichaelJones Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
Looks glorious. The Tau, Eldar and Humans should really join forces for the short term just to sort the galaxy out.
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Angrislaug Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
tau are too naive for their own good. and they never fight in glorious close combat. if you get under their range they are but sand bags since even that they have big battle suits, they use them only to carry even bigger guns but not in close combat. they are pathetic weaklings.

eldar are ALL corrupted by slaanesh. there is only one very small part of them that is not. and those are Exodites (if compared to fantasy, exodites would be wood elfs if eldar are high elfs) they dont have same glory nor are they blinded by bride as their kin. their life is filled with hard work when they try to turn the ground into fields where they can grow their food. they have a lot in common with humans. even tho they are xenos, they still deserve alliance with humans. tho even that the Emperor seek out to destroy all eldars but he is not around anymore. I dont think that corpse really says anything and inquisition are just assholes.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would LIKE to see some tau close combat battlesuits .3. <3
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Ashofthewilliams Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Onager gauntlet.
only one guy survived using one.
FARSIGHT!
so that means close combat for tau is TREACHERY!
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PaperTigerTitanium Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
too bad a large number of tau's opponents on the battlefield never be able to reach that distance...
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BobBobson38 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
'Tis nice to here someone with sence.
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Well, yes.
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bowwing333 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this idea!    Tau are the best allies humans could ever ask for....they make better allies than fellow Imperial forces!    I wish there were more on the Gue'vesa...Would love playing a whole army of IG/Space Marine/(insert other race's defectors here).   The races must all stand united for the Greater Good!   
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Strado22 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
What I love about Warhammer 40k, is that your urge to play an innovative/ heretical army list is as accepted, lore-plausible and encouraged as my urge to field a loyalist Imperial army to burn out the heresy you just spouted.

So long as the enemies of mankind draw breath, there can be no peace.
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Why?
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Fishlegs5 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
BECAUSE THINKING OTHERWISE WOULD BE HERESY!!!
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
THINKING IS HERESY!!!
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antcow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Man I dont like the Tau, such assholes...
But anyway, was there a Phobos armor in the actual canon of WH40K? They Imperium should have kept it.....
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Allsmiles98311 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
 (I believe this is the very first time I have ever heard someone call the Tau assholes. I feel compelled to comment because of this uniqueness. I'm kind of interested as to your reasoning why if you'd be keen to share it.)
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antcow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
They are assholes!
"Oh, we do this for the greater good!" says anonymous Tau fire warrior
As in, the ethereal's greater good that is.

Ever see the Tau ending in soul storm? That's what the greater good looks like XO
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you DO know the games are NOT canon x3

so the whole "tau sterilizing humans" and stuff is not true =D
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antcow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
I wouldn't put it past them, dumb smelly tau XP
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Allsmiles98311 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
 (No actually, haven't seen it in Soulstorm yet. Really behind in completing that game. I did however see the one for Dark Crusade... So you're mainly coming from the P.C. game lore in your hatred of them? Because I do remember them not coming across too well in Dark Crusade...)
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antcow Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
It was one of those two games, I don't remember to clearly.
But yeah, screw those passive-aggressive jerks.....
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Allsmiles98311 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
 (I understand, thank you for taking the time to indulge my curiosity.)
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antcow Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Sure, no problem ;)
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MagusBlack Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Lhas'rhen'na!
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