Manufacturer: Corvus BelliVaarso Battlespeak Notation: In the Tohaa Trident, those special operation units working directly for the Special Operations Military Commandment are identified with a zero. A second number, separated with a dash, signals the unit's special purpose.
Gao-Rael Unit, the 0-5, is recognized by number 5, Rael, symbolizing the Hunter, an icon relating to physical perfection: strength, quickness and sharpness of senses.
Profile: Tohaa civilization wouldn't have been able to resist the unstoppable charge of the Combined Army if their own army, the Tohaa Trident, didn't know how to evolve and adapt to the new threats brought by each new race the EI introduced to the struggle. The appearance of the insidious and treacherous Shasvastii, expert in all kind of camouflage and deceit, was initially a hard blow against Tohaa forces. The Shasvastii hidden assassins and shooters caused many casualties after their entrance into the conflict. However it didn't take long for the Tohaa Trident to create specific units to counter this new danger. And to a civilization like the Tohaa, having spent such a long time living in constant conflict, "to counter" has a definitive meaning. Therefore, the main trait of the Gao-Rael unit is its operational disposition. This special unit hasn't been conceived to combat hidden Shasvastii shooters as battlefield foes, but to hunt and exterminate them like the vermin they consider them to be. Trained by the best blade-beast hunters of the forest world of Luloah, slayers of dangerous beasts designated as class-1 predators, this unit's members exemplify the ideal of the tracker-killer. Gao-Rael study their zone of operations with pinpoint accuracy, searching for any hidden enemy; when a menace is located, they unleash their entire firepower, neutralizing their target with the satisfaction of a hunter having brought down its prey.
Miniatures are supplied unpainted. Preparation and assembly may be required.
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- Niche Role Option
If you expect to come up against a lot of Camo or ODD, this is a viable spitfire option. As the only MSV lvl2 Tohaa has, you can put this guy in a triad and effectively ignore troublesome targets. If your opponent is not fielding these than there are better spitfire options in Tohaa.
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- General Use Camouflage Counter
While the Gao-Rael Sniper may not suffer from reduced movement, the Gao-Rael Spitfire option can. A slower platform means the high-burst Spitfire may see limited use, and as it commonly represents 10% of an army's points, it may be unsatisfactory to some players.
However, the Gao-Rael is still a very fine Medium Infantry, and a unit that is always linkable and effectively counters Camouflage would be useful to any faction. The Gao-Rael Spitfire may also proxy nicely as a Combi/Adhesive Launcher loadout, as such is a defensible Lieutenant option to Tohaa players.
A lovely sculpt that requires no trickery to assemble.
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