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Vectored Retro Thrusters - How do YOU use them?
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 01:12   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vectored Retro Thrusters - How do YOU use them?

I've been toying with the idea of a monat suit with the VRT system. Before I commit myself I thought I would ask for ideas about their uses, and preferred weapon loadout for suits so equipped.
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 01:20   #2 (permalink)
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I throw them on my Shas'El with a PR and FB, as well as Iridium Armour. He's often Deep-Striking to take out armour and such, so the VRTs are sort of a contingency plan for me, as I find he gets assaulted a lot when he's trying to return to the main lines.
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 03:16   #3 (permalink)
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That is precisely what I was thingking of doing. Using him as kind of crazy kamikazi Deep Strike Specialist - focusing on anti-armor. I figured the VRT would come in handy staying alive long enough to return to the lines.
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Give him stim injectors and he eats guard for breakfast.
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 03:27   #5 (permalink)
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Again someone reads my mind. Exactly what I have planned. I'll post on the Army List page and let everybody know how it works out after my next match.
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 03:41   #6 (permalink)
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I would give him Stimms, but my Shas'O's already got it.
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 08:24   #7 (permalink)
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i prefer to use them for ant-infantry purposes. with burst cannon and CIB on a shas'o you will eat the majority of a guard unit. then you can go in and kick but up close.
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 11:18   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: Vectored Retro Thrusters - How do YOU use them?

Well, another use is fielding a Shas`O with Shield gen, Stims, and a FB or PR, and just assault the enemy.

Assault, you ask?

Yeah. Attack him, so the unit (assault marines, Immortals, whatever) is caught in CC - the Shas`O should be tough enough to survive two CC phases, because on the opponents turn, he disengages and falls back -levaing you free to pepper the unit with everything you`ve got in the next turn.

Should work great to delay an assault, but I`ve never tried it out so far...
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 20:37   #9 (permalink)
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Should work great to delay an assault, but I`ve never tried it out so far...

I have. It's saved me from defeat a number of times. It will work on just about anything that can't instant - kill your commander (eg, power fists). Even with a shield gen (my commander usually has too many guns to take one) it's just too risky to charge or be charged by power fists/Carnifexes, etc

You don't always have to charge. Alot of opponents will charge any Tau unit they are in range to given the chance. So leave your Shas'O in front of your army, and take the charge. You only have to survive one assault phase before pulling out. Although the opponent gets +1 attack on the charge, you still end up facing less attacks.

Another favourite of mine is locking a unit in place with the Shas'O, then using that to position a unit of Crisis Suits with flamers and plasma rifles.
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Old 27 Dec 2006, 21:50   #10 (permalink)
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Yeah, but I guess the problem with getting charged is not the CC, but the shooting phase, which can kill your Commander...
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