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Ethereal as sacrifice for better CC?
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Old 06 May 2006, 18:36   #1 (permalink)
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I had for some reason this odd idea for a tactic (Used only if odds are slim in none victory point games) to throw your Ethreal to the dogs to get your FW into reasonable CC with some good dice rolls but is it really all that great of an idea?
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Old 06 May 2006, 18:40   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think so. Too risky.
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Old 06 May 2006, 19:00   #3 (permalink)
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the only time that this might possibly be a good idea is if you are facing another tau player. even with the preffered enemy trait that you get when the ethereal dies, your strength is still a 3 so the best you could ever hope to get is a 4+ to wound. if you also take into account the low initiative of the tau (most of the armies out there the tau will go last against) its not really worth it.

in the last codex it was well worth it to take an ethereal, and back then you didn't get the preffered enemy if he died, just the panic attack from the rest of your army. now even with some of the positives they gave him its not worth the risk to take one into battle.

besides tau aren't meant to get into close combat. they are meant to shoot at anything that even remotely looks at them funny. if you want hand to hand so badly then you need to take a look at chaos, orks or one of the more close combat oriented marines.
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Old 06 May 2006, 19:55   #4 (permalink)
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Also the fact is that killing off an Ethereal for some slim CC bonus... pointless. Also I hope that you can make all those Panic checks as you might just fail enough to defeat yourself.
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Old 06 May 2006, 20:11   #5 (permalink)
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risk half your army running off the board just to give the others a low, low melee bonus?

If its full mechanized list, then there's no point because the bonus is near useless. if its not, you'll likely lose a good chunk of your forces.

that bonus doesn't turn you into marines for melee. it just makes you slightly less horrid.
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Old 06 May 2006, 21:54   #6 (permalink)
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all those points and an HQ slot just so your army will do slightly better in cc(and they will still probably lose) just keep them out of cc. plus your army could turn tail it just isnt worth it.
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Old 06 May 2006, 22:00   #7 (permalink)
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I only take my Ethereal because he looks awesome (I did an amazing paint job on him).

I just pay a measly 60 points for him and viol'a! I also give him a couple of shield and gun drones for protection.
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Old 06 May 2006, 22:43   #8 (permalink)
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geez, big ben is the only person thats ever given a good reason to take an ethereal. I love my ethereal model (its the old one with the mark of office) and I plan on painting it lovingly.

still won't play it though. gonna use it as a counter or objective marker. can see some really fun games where I must save the ethereal from the evil imperium of man, or else face the consequences back home. ;D
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Old 06 May 2006, 22:44   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you, thank you.


I LOVE my Ethereal model, he is the model I've put the most work into painting EVER! Other than my Broadside, but only because he had a TON of stuff to paint...
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big ben how bout a pic?
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