So I know the Taurox is considered to be the red headed stepchild of the Chimera. And while I don't think it is that great looking, it certainly looks better with a good paint job. It really is not as bad, at least rules wise as some are making it out to be. It is cheaper and that is obvious, but there is one big thing that no one has mentioned that I think is something to seriously consider when choosing your dedicated transports.
And it's side doors. It may be a small thing but I will demonstrate why that is not as small as it may seem. The taurox and prime have side doors, which is something the venerable chimera lacks. So it may have weaker armor and a few less guys riding in it, but those guys have far more flexibility when dismounting. Here I will show you.
So there you are, the difference between disembarking from a taurox and a chimera. Note I was not trying to maximize spacing, just get the troops out with their allowed movement range. The Taurox can really project your guys out there and when you start playing with facings, you have a lot of flexibilty. Even though the FA is only 11, keeping that facing to incoming fire is still crucial. Having side doors means you can still face your taurox towards fire and still get your guys onto their objective.
It may not seem like much but this is a game of inches, where 4 inches means you are out of range of an objective but 3 and your in. Its that critical one inch that gets you into rapid fire range or not, or half for a melta shot. The point is, pay attention to the details and figure out how to maximize effectiveness. The Taurox may be ugly, but it is not crap. Its another tool in your belt and be glad for it.
On another note, Ulfast requested to see the Taurox and storm trooper side by side so here your go ;).
I'm still working on the rest of my scions, they are taking longer than expected. Hope to have them finished before my other two Taurox's get here. I plan on loading them out with missiles and testing them out. They may be ugly and weak, but they can move and shoot and thats enough for me. Hope this is helpful.
BTW I recommend looking on ebay for Taurox's, you can find then for ten bucks cheaper and free shipping is pretty common.