I began collecting Tau miniatures when GW released them in late 2001. I think it was the Crisis Battle Suits that attracted me to collect the army. The suits reminded me of Robotech mecha. I remember the army didn't play well on the table, it was weak in every aspect imaginable. I placed my Tau army away in storage and moved on.
Today I enjoy the painting and building part of the hobby, and play games once in a while. I wanted to update my Tau army, and give it a second life. I spent many hours assembling and posing my Tau. I believe the original Crisis Suits were to static and cried out for motion. I used green stuff, pins, and after market bits to help give my Tau some variety.
I do own one of the new Crisis Suit boxes that came out last year. The new suits designed well. The problems I address above are not present on the new suits, which is a good development for the kits. I look forward to putting the new suits together when I find time.
The unique bits were designed by Jon Paulson of Paulson Games, whose bits can be found on Red Dog Minis website.