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Old 09 Jul 2005, 00:27   #2 (permalink)
MalVeauX
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Default Re: Help with the counting?

Well, first you'd have to consider which weapons we are allowed:

Fusion Blaster
Plasma Rifle
Rail Rifle
Ion Cannon
Rail Gun
Seeker Missile

Now, we must consider on which kind of unit they're fielded upon as well:

Crisis Suit
Hammerhead (or Devilfish in terms of Seeker Missiles)
Pathfinders
Broadsides

That leaves us with very little choice, no?

Pathfinders are not cost-effective, so that rules them out unless you like them (they can be really good though, but they're definitely not a Tau power-gamer unit, right?).
Crisis Suits are good, but expensive and dodgy since too many can break the list.
That leaves the humble Hammerhead, which is extremely point-cost effective, however doing so, will deny your army list of Railguns, which will put the brunt of anti-tank onto the Crisis Suits.

So what kind of game would you want to play?

Another thing to note is that a Tau army that is purely based on low AP is much like a StarCannon Eldar army - only the Tau aren't resilient enough to do that. So honestly, I would advise against trying to push as much low AP into the army and perhaps just take a different view to the way you play your units, to get the same effect.

As for putting an army list together with what you know about Tau and their access to mass low AP - the answer is, they don't have it. You can take a few models with low ap: Crisis suits with plasma/fusion blasters is your low ap maxed crisis suit, which isn't terribly expensive, and your hammerhead with ion cannons is the other. The rest of the army is not able to take something that is cheap, reliable and as you want it, low ap.

So if you want low ap, I'd suggest a single heavy of XV88's x 3 for your railguns, then 2 hammerheads with 2 ion cannons. That's your low AP source really. Then make good use of mounted fire warriors and kroot to be your work horse of the army and get have the crisis suits setup for tank busting (death rain comes to mind, deep striking).

Good luck to you...
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