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Old 26 Jul 2006, 00:53   #1 (permalink)
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drone soldiers, maybe tau would see that it is pointless to put there FW's out on the battlefield when they can just mass-produce drone soldiers? or is this not the way of tau ?

or could they be tau's heavy infantry armed with burst cannons or something else?

what do you think ?
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Old 26 Jul 2006, 02:37   #2 (permalink)
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Tau heavy infantry are stealth suits, crisis suits and broadsides. Drone soldiers are Gun Drones. The reason drones arent used more is that they arent perfect troops and arent a complete replacement for Firewarriors. They cant take the place of line troopers their faster and in smaller numbers. Tau do make extensive use of drones but it will probably be a long time before the Tau can perfect their AI technologies enough to make an effective replacement for Firewarriors. Even then living thinking Tau troopers will still have a big part in the army.

Also Tau already have Heavy Gun Drones and Drone Turrets that Forgeworld came out with. Tau are deffinetly making greater and greater use of drone technology over time.

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Old 26 Jul 2006, 02:50   #3 (permalink)
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It is perfectly possible that new drones will be revealed in the future, but it is unlikely that even in the far future drones will completely replace fire warriors.
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The Fire Caste would almost be pointless if drones took over all the fighting.
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Old 26 Jul 2006, 12:29   #5 (permalink)
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Also unless their AI tech is VERY good then the Fire Warrior is better than any drone because they can be creative.
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Eventually, by 10th edition, Normal drones will have TL-plasma rifles, Targeting Array, have squads up to 12, and be a troop choice. But still, FWs with always be 1+.
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Old 27 Jul 2006, 18:56   #7 (permalink)
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If you ever want carbines on the feild without markerlights, deploy gun drone squadrons.

They're really good at what they do, and they can deep strike. Blew up a dreadnought from behind with a mangled squadron.

They're also twinlinked, which is better than the single assault shot normal FWs have.

Otherwise, drone intelligences are compitent enough to function, but not necissarily intelligent enough to pwn the enemy. Since the Tau empire is small, Drones are more filler troops than real front-line mass combatants. Perhaps this will change, perhaps it won't, but until they release a gun drone squadron box....
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Organic life forms are just... better.

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Old 27 Jul 2006, 20:52   #9 (permalink)
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I have to go with Vash in this one - Drones will never completely replace Firewarriors, because then, a complete Caste would be obsolete - and the Tau believe that they gain their strength from all FOUR castes cooperating in the name of the Greater Good - so replacing one caste is NO good idea
Besides, the FWs would most likely be quite .. well... say pissed - and THEN the Empire would have a real problem, if grizzled veterans are suddenly "not needed" any more. Mass revolution, Mont`au, open civil war,... need I say more?
Or how would you respond, if you were told that, after a lifetime of loyal servide, personal hardships and possible wittnessing the deaths of a lot of friends that you are "outdated" and will get replaced by mere Drones?
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Old 27 Jul 2006, 21:23   #10 (permalink)
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How about drones built for hand to hand combat?

Either as a troop choice in themselves, or as an optional improvement for a team of Fire Warriors?

It would fit in with the fluff, with the Tau's unwillingness to get into melee.

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