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Old 17 Jun 2006, 04:42   #1 (permalink)
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Default WWII infantry tactics for Tau

The four F's of the infantry were Find, Fix, Flank, and Finish. Find where the enemy is, fix him in place with firepower, flank him, then move in ofr the kill.

I accidentaly applied this to a game not too long ago. I was playing IG with Daemon Hunter allies, and I fixed the bulk of my opponant's infantry with my firewarriors, then moved to his flank with my crisis and stealth battle suits. They tore apart his eliet infantry from the side, took out his tank from the rear, and killed his commander. I could then move in and take out the remaining infantry at me leasure.

I'm thinking about expanding my army to try and use these kinds of tactics all the time. I could use firewarriors, hammerheads, broadsides, or sniper drones to fox the bulk of my enemies' armies, then use stealthsuits, crisis battlesuits, vespids, or devilfish mounted firewarriors to attack them on the flanks.

I see a lot of potential and a lot of weaknesses here. Any ideas or comments?
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Old 17 Jun 2006, 09:25   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds to me that you have enough knowledge about what tasks specific units are better used for, and applied that knowledge with skill -excellent job!

The potential of these tactics is enormous, as long as you keep in mind that any unit is there to support, and be supported by, the rest of your army.
My suggestion is that you expand your army one or two units at a time, and play enough games with the new configuration that you get comfortable with your options.
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Old 17 Jun 2006, 09:53   #3 (permalink)
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Those are some good ideas but they fail where ever ambush strategy fails...the opponent sees everything you are doing.

Unless the opponent really needs to commit his units to pursue one of your units, most players are clever enough to leave a bit of flexibility to stop flanks or the like. Then again Tau are the best army to ambush and flank with because we can actually hide in the assault.

Just remember the opponent generally knows what you are doing, and can guess your intentions, and they'll place those fleet, assault, whatever troops close enough for you to not want to engage his armor (or his infantry...battlecannon?)

Besides that the tactic is a lot like the one mention in the first Codex (and I guess the fluff in the new one), patient hunter or whatever.
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Old 17 Jun 2006, 10:32   #4 (permalink)
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Real infantry tactics don't work that well in 40k because of the lack of realistic cover rules (which is what the flanking is supposed to counter). Though with pinning you can get a reasonable analog. Using your fast units to run down one flank (aka focusing firepower and limiting enemy LOS) is really what mech tau is about, and is the main stay for most Tau tacticas.
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Old 17 Jun 2006, 11:20   #5 (permalink)
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The four F's work well with a high mobility army. As mention above from raptors post.

Finding them usually isn't an issue.

Fixing them is usually our first step. In small unit tactics its not that hard, when you have multiple units it becomes difficult.

Flanking, for us would be either one of three forms. Mech Tau a la Fish of Fury, deepstriking suits, piranhas, or lastly stealth teams. Sorry, I don't consider Kroot a flanking element.

Finishing usually isn't a problem with us. I say usually because of an overwhelming volume of fire we can generate, Hammerheads, Broadsides for AP fires, Stealth and Firewarriors for mass.
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Your strategy works a lot like mine. Mine is, "take out the big guns first, then jump on the rest." I take out the heavier units that may present a problem with my beloved mechtau, then move in with my pirhanas, stealth, and pathfinders, supported by the fire warriors. I'm not a big fan of deepstriking though. Unless you have 2 squads of sun forges and the like. It all depens on how you like to finish off your enemy with out dying.

I also find that when your playing Tau, you want to cause as much damage as possible before the hurt is brought down on you.
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Following what Exokan said, as long as you can predict what your oppenent does in response to your flanks, you're essentially ok. However, if you are going to flank, I would suggest additional units for redudancy. Ex. Putting 2 stealth squads intead of 1. This gives you extra shots, and takes the pressure off you when he targets your flanking squads.
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Following what Exokan said, as long as you can predict what your oppenent does in response to your flanks, you're essentially ok. However, if you are going to flank, I would suggest additional units for redudancy. Ex. Putting 2 stealth squads intead of 1. This gives you extra shots, and takes the pressure off you when he targets your flanking squads.
I don't even call using one unit "flanking". The whole idea is to get a sizeable force around the flank, one or two units is a distraction not a flanking manuever. With mechtau I would put my whole army around the flank with firewarriors and pathfinders guarding my center and deployment zone.
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Default Re: WWII infantry tactics for Tau

So there's a clear idea on what I'm doing, the army I'm using now includes 2 units of 12 firewarriors in devilfish transports, 2 railheads with multitrachers, 2 units of 3 stealthsuits, a unit of 3 crisis battlesuits using sunfire configurations, and a commander without a bodyguard.

My force it totaly mobile, so what I think I'll do with it is use part of the force, the fish mounted warriors and the tanks, to engage my enemies army and if not fix them at least keep them busy. Then I'll use my battlesuits to come around from another direction, focusing on eliminationg the biggest threat to my army first, then going from there.

Right now I'm specifically preparing to deal with a certain army: Imperial Guard with Daemon Hunter allies. The same guy this tactic first worked on is coming back to town from basic training and I want to be ready for him and his new units.
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Hmmm, I've always thought of the Tau to be a lot like the Vietnam Air Cavalry Companies. That would make the most sense to me! Thats my 2 pence anyways . . .
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