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Old 13 Apr 2007, 20:06   #8 (permalink)
Shas lyn
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Default Re: Pros and Cons of the Hammerhead

The Hammerhead vs Broadside debate goes way back, but really it's a matter of tactical necessity. You need to ask yourself if your list is more in need of firepower or mobility. Broadsides pack more of a punch, but they're stuck pretty much where you place them during deployment. Broadsides are mobile and relatively durable, but lack the reliable/consistant heavy punch.

The Tau army NEEDS good mobility AND good firepower to do its job. You just need to balance how you're going to get what. For example, I prefer a pair of Piranha to a Hammerhead if I also have a Broadside squad to back it up. Yes, it costs more, but I also have both the anvil AND the hammer while taking up only one heavy slot (Tau usually have plenty of unused FA to spare).

On the other hand, having a trio of hammerheads is quite handy for cases where the list relies heavily on XV-8 and XV-15s. It all depends on how your structure is set up, and how you expect to support which unit with any other unit.
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