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Old 28 May 2006, 01:20   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hammerhead, Broadside, or 'fish?

I'm just starting Tau and am requesting some advice as to what the next unit I purchase should be. I have:
1 XV8 commander
16 kroot
12 fire warriors+drones
4 Stealthsuits

I am leaning towards a Broadside (was in a mega-battle and didn't have much luck taking out tanks), but I can be convinced otherwise.
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Old 28 May 2006, 01:29   #2 (permalink)
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xv88 is cheaper to buy than HH, and is tougher in a unit of 2 with some shield drones to help out.
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Old 28 May 2006, 01:34   #3 (permalink)
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What's with everyone using this team of two stuff? If you have the slots open, which he does, it's much better to use two Monat Broadsides BOTH with Shield Drones.

Broadsides are some of the most efficient heavy hitters we have, if you choose them, you won't be sorry. They are, however, less manueverable than many other Tau units, so you have to play smart.

Hammerheads are some of the best tanks in the game and are significantly easier to use in an efficient manner than Broadsides.

I would buy a broadside or two for some reliable, low cost ant-tank. With twin-linked Plasma rifles at only +10 points and the ability to equip shield drones, they are amazing for all jobs and fit perfectly in a Hybrid list.

But that's just me.
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If you need anti-tank, I'd go with a HH. Its much more fun to use then just one BS. Buying one BS might be cheeper, but look at the difference in price, and the difference in the model you get. HH's are more worth it IMO. I'm not saying BS are bad, I have 3 myself, and I use them quite a bit now, but when starting Tau I'd go with the HH any day.
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If you need anti-tank, I'd go with a HH. Its much more fun to use then just one BS. Buying one BS might be cheeper, but look at the difference in price, and the difference in the model you get. HH's are more worth it IMO. I'm not saying BS are bad, I have 3 myself, and I use them quite a bit now, but when starting Tau I'd go with the HH any day.
Have to disagree. If anti tank is what you need Broadsides do it better then a railhead. Deepstriking Sunforges do a better job to at cracking a tank
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Old 28 May 2006, 08:45   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Hammerhead, Broadside, or 'fish?

really it depends on the armies you typically face and the typical terrain you play on.
lots o' cover? not great for broadsides.
many tanks and fast transports? hammers can have problems.
tell us about terrain and opposition and we can help you more.
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Old 28 May 2006, 08:50   #7 (permalink)
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Hes playing against armour.

Armour can take out youre hammerhead as well.

I'd go with the pair of broadsides. Or take 2 monat ones with shield drones.

Im not sure if Id go with the plasmas as last time I played them the smart missile was awesome

Broadsides with 2 shieldrones in cover are far more durable than a hammerhead.
I think a hammerhead needs more experience/skill to use good as it can be destroyed a tad easier.
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Old 28 May 2006, 11:22   #8 (permalink)
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best broadsie combo i've found for less than 200 points is 2 Broadsides with A.S.S., with a team leader with 2 shield drones.

Statistically, this unit can take as much firepower as a unit of 6 terminators.... trust me THATS hard!
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Broadsides with 2 shieldrones in cover are far more durable than a hammerhead.
throw an infiltrate/speed chaos lieut at him, and he and his drones die in a first turn charge.

My vote is either:
(a) 2 hammerheads and 2 broadsides
(b) 3 hammerheads.
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Broadsides with 2 shieldrones in cover are far more durable than a hammerhead.
throw an infiltrate/speed chaos lieut at him, and he and his drones die in a first turn charge.

My vote is either:
(a) 2 hammerheads and 2 broadsides
(b) 3 hammerheads.
And those sorts of chaps tend to travel with infiltrate raptor packs with three melta guns. If that kind of unit hits you then you are pretty much dead.
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