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Is it worth it to use shield drones with Ethereals?
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Old 07 Apr 2006, 18:05   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it worth it to use shield drones with Ethereals?

I have a upcoming torunament and I want to use the ethereal as my 2nd HQ. But I am worried about his save(which is nil). So I decided to put 2 shield drone to protect him. I don't mind cancelling his IC status as he is the most static dude im my entire army: Just stand there and give everyone his good special rules.]

So.......what do you think?
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Old 07 Apr 2006, 18:37   #2 (permalink)
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I didn't think drones took away IC status in the new codex.
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Old 07 Apr 2006, 18:39   #3 (permalink)
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I didn't think drones took away IC status in the new codex.
Oh yeah, I forgotten that drones are wargear. :P
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Old 07 Apr 2006, 19:34   #4 (permalink)
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Well any referee who says three models aren't a unit isn't worth much salt to me.
So what you do, assuming your referee agrees with a lot of us here that nothing changes when an IC is accompanied by drones from the old codex (i.e., that he loses IC status) is giving your Ethereal two drones that have no armor save whatsoever (shield drones take the armor save and movement type of the unit they are bought by), but a 4+ invlunerable save.

You've just given your opponent the opportunity to tank snipe your ethereal and make all of your Tau units take Price of Failure, assuming you don't have the unit join another unit.
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Old 07 Apr 2006, 20:14   #5 (permalink)
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i would take an ethereal with no drones or bodygaurd and hide him behind suits or broadsides
or take him with a 11 man bodygaurd of fire warriors and put them in a devilfish,
so in other words dont use sheild drones(or just dont use an ethereal at all)
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Well, considering the fact that the ethereal's only save is from the shield drone, yes it is quite worth it. Even if your strategy is to just have him sit there, he should still be able to protect himself.
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Old 07 Apr 2006, 22:02   #7 (permalink)
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Oddly, the shield drones will get a 4+ Invulnerable save and no Armor Save, since an Ethereal has no armor.

I think Ethereal with Shield drones means basically that you can get sniped from across the board with a variety of weapons. Losing first turn could mean losing the Ethereal, causing multiple units to fall back off the board. An Ethereal in a Devilfish with an Honor Guard has 9 more wounds and a Vehicle to blow up before you can hurt the Ethereal.
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If he's static, then keeping him as an independant character amongst the back ranks will mean he can;t be targetted anyway, which in itself provides enough protection. Shield drones dont cancel IC status, but do mean that he can be targeted as a unit (so cancel a small section of the IC rules).
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Old 07 Apr 2006, 22:39   #9 (permalink)
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i myself would much rather have an honor guard squad but if im stuck for points then it is better to either assimilate him in another squad or just use the drones. i would say go for the honor guard squad though.
 
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Hiding him behind a rock won't work though! His inspiring presence needs LoS! Totally useless...

Keep the IC status. Or use Aun'Shi. Oh, wait, you CAN'T! HAHAHA!
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