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Old 13 Feb 2006, 09:42   #1 (permalink)
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Default What about marker drones?

I once thought i could use small squads of fire warriors with 2 attacched M.drones to get some markerlight without field the expensive pathfinders...

Now i red the codex and saw marker drones are....double the cost of a marine!

Now who would field this overpriced piece of wargear?

A 6 man FW team with 3 lights will cost.........140 pts!!!!

Can you find a use for them?
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Old 13 Feb 2006, 10:12   #2 (permalink)
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I once thought i could use small squads of fire warriors with 2 attacched M.drones to get some markerlight without field the expensive pathfinders...

Now i red the codex and saw marker drones are....double the cost of a marine!

Now who would field this overpriced piece of wargear?

A 6 man FW team with 3 lights will cost.........140 pts!!!! c**p!

Can you find a use for them?
i think there the right cost.

1) the marker drone has a markerlight which has 6 uses

a. BS+1 most people will use it for
b. Cover save -1 useful
c. Ld -1 for pining heheheheh
d. Autopass piority tests
e. light up targets in the dark
f. launch a seeker missle hits on 2+ and ingores cover and if you markerlight for a sky ray you can launch 6 missiles at once.

2) not only that but it is BS3 good for a drone

3) increase the unit size

4) is protected by unit where as a pathfinder unit losses markerlights fast the firwarriors drop

5) is networked so it will count as fireing before the rest of the squad

6) a pathfinders attaul cost is 22 because of the fish and thats at the minium

7) markerdrones automaticaly have LD 8 beacuse of the shasui for targeting piority so pathfinders cost 23 1/4

8) its in the troop/elite/ heavy choice not a fast

9) due to tau wepaonary the pluse shots and markerlight targets usally make good targets.

10) increases standard vairance of the units killing which means still means some thing compared to average.

as the codex was tested by marine playerthey probley used them like min squads with heavy wepoans and are priced as such. space marine play 127 1/2 for a krak missle hit. tau pay 124 for the seeker (inculsive of the seekers price), the seeker has it addvantages over the missle launcher with piont of fire and any unit with a marker can fire it.

i think for what it is the price is good 60 pionts for a markerlight hit you may get pathfinders for 44 but they wont last as long
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Old 13 Feb 2006, 10:14   #3 (permalink)
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holy moley,if their armr is the same as fw,then im stumped and i hope they dont qhave drone bs
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Old 13 Feb 2006, 11:58   #4 (permalink)
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Well, I do believe that they are a very expensive and in-effective way to get markerlights. The only good solution I can see as of now, would be to give a small stealth team a couple of 'em, then stick 'em out in the middle of a field. This way, they'll be shielded, and infiltrating infantry trying to take care of them will quickly be downed by the stealths BC's (unless they are infiltrating alpha legion).

However, doing a 6-man FW squad is a bad way to use them IMO, unless you want some kind of minimized troops with markerlights in which case you could fulfill troops with 2x6 firewarriors, each squad with Shas'ui with markerlight, Drone Controller and marker-drones. It'll be ~300 pts for minimized troops with a total of 6 markerlights, not too bad if you really don't like firewarriors.

Question to those that have read the new 'dex: Can a stealth team take, say 1 drone controller per model and thus have 2 markerdrones per stealth? Say I have 3 stealths, can they take a DC each, giving me a total of 6 marker drones?

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Old 13 Feb 2006, 12:32   #5 (permalink)
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However, doing a 6-man FW squad is a bad way to use them IMO, unless you want some kind of minimized troops with markerlights in which case you could fulfill troops with 2x6 firewarriors, each squad with Shas'ui with markerlight, Drone Controller and marker-drones. It'll be ~300 pts for minimized troops with a total of 6 markerlights, not too bad if you really don't like firewarriors.
Then wouldn't using Gue'vesa for that be better?

Gue'vesa # (6) x Gue'vesa Point Value = 36
36 + Gue'vesa'ui + Markerlight = 56 points
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Old 13 Feb 2006, 12:34   #6 (permalink)
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Gue'vesa are not official, and firewarriors are 1+.

However, one squad of each might be the best. It's too early to say, we'll just have to wait and see.

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Old 13 Feb 2006, 13:07   #7 (permalink)
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Since they have a Networked Markerlight, Each of those 30 points give you the possibility of raising your BS by 1! Think about it, without them, your fire warriors are 50% likely to hit, with 2 of them you can raise your chance of hitting to 86%. For me, that night just be worth it.
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Old 13 Feb 2006, 13:13   #8 (permalink)
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Gue'vesa are not official, and firewarriors are 1+.
Yes that is true. It is also a pretty much "official rumour" that Gue'vesa will be only a chapter approved selection, instead of a codex selection. :P
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Old 13 Feb 2006, 13:33   #9 (permalink)
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Question to those that have read the new 'dex: Can a stealth team take, say 1 drone controller per model and thus have 2 markerdrones per stealth? Say I have 3 stealths, can they take a DC each, giving me a total of 6 marker drones?
Since each Stealth has a single Hard Point then I can only surmise the answer to that question is yes.
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It might be good to use them if you are really, really miffed at being forced to take a devilfish for your pathfinders... though the pathfinders are still more cost effective, even with the fish.
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