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Are 8 skimmers too much for Mech Cadre?
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Old 22 May 2006, 22:47   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering if 8 skimmers would be too much for a mech cadre when playing on a 4x4 board with 25% terrain. One point of Mech Tau is point conservation and I am wondering if one could field 8 skimmers effectively on a standard table or is 8 skimmers to unwiedly for Mech Tau unless playing on larger tables.

I have 4 Crisis suits and the Skimmers I had in mind are;

4x Devilfish
2x Hammerheads
2x Piranhas
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Old 22 May 2006, 22:50   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Are 8 skimmers too much for Mech Cadre

well, i cant really see anything wrong with it.. Just dont think that crisis suits count as skimmers, they are more like jump infantry to me
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I feel that 8 would not have enough space to use their manouvrebility on a 4x4 table. 6x4 should be fine, but on the 4x4 you will be unable to use your speed to your advantage as much. That is just my IMO though, other people would diagree. On the 6x4 tables though it should work fine aslong as you use them effectively. Have you used a mech force before? They take some getting used to, but once you have got used to it you should do very well

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Default Re: Are 8 skimmers too much for Mech Cadre

My finished army has:

4 devilfish, four pirahna and 2 HH.

Yes there are moving problems, but it is better on a big board.
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Not too bad. Just watch out for Guard and their unholy amount of Lascannons, and SMurfs with their BS4 twin-linked Lascannons.
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And Iron Warriors, and Autocannons (they kill more of my skimmers than blimming lascannons).

And BB, you're undisputed emperor now? Bit of a promotion no?
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I see nothing wrong. My 2K list has 4x Devilfish 3x Hammerheads 6x Piranhas.
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Old 23 May 2006, 00:40   #8 (permalink)
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Don't see anything wrong with it, although taking less than 3 hammerheads in mech is a bit odd in my book.
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Don't see anything wrong with it, although taking less than 3 hammerheads in mech is a bit odd in my book.
Well the background is that this is a highly rapid response mech cadre. Hence more devilfish and fire warriors then Crisis Suits. The rapid reaction force zooms in and deploys around the objective armed with pulse rifles. The Warfishes act as the mobile fire support vehicle for them while the 4x Crisis Suits are the more expeirienced soldiers who provide leadership and extra fire support. The Hammerheads provide anti-armor support and assist with anti-infantry once the heavy armor is neutralized.

I figure fluff wise 1 hammerhead supports 2 devilfishes hence why I went with 2 instead of 3. The Piranhas provide extra anti-tank by hit and running the enemy as well as acting as the forward scouts.
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On a 4x4 board its going to be a little annoying moving all those tanks and skimmers. Heck sometimes I have trouble getting all my skimmers to move around without bumping into each other and I usually run 5.

You should be fine. In fact a fully mechanized army could run as many as 25 skimmers. 3 HH, 7 DF (including 1 from an etherial and his bodyguard), and 15 Piranhas. Just imagine that number of skimmers on the field.
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