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Old 20 Jan 2005, 02:23   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need some advice on this 1500pt. tau army

Hey, the general strategy with this army is to be a mobile tau army. The only unmobile part of this army is the broadside battlesuits, because their there just to provide some covering fire for the rest of the army while they do their thing, and also they are normally one of the enemies first targets in a game, so they really work good as a decoy too, and can really pack a powerful punch in enemy vehicles&really tough troops. Please feel free to give me any advice or criticism.

HQ

1 xv8 crisis battlesuit shas'el- 85pt.
-missile pod-
-plasma rifle-
-multi tracker-

ELITE

3 groups of 1 xv8 crisis battlesuit shas'ui-185pt.

battlesuit 1-
-burst cannon
-missile pod
-multi tracker

battlesuit 2-
-fusion blaster
-missile pod
-multi tracker

battlesuit 3-
-plasma rifle
-missile pod
-multi tracker

TROOPS

3 groups of 12 normal firewarriors (no upgrades at all)

All groups equipped with 1 devilfish troop apc (3 in all; 1 to each group)
-gun drones

Kroot carnivore
-8 kroot carnivore
-4 kroot hounds

HEAVY SUPPORT

2 groups of 1 hammerhead gunship (both of the hammerheads are equipped the same)
-railgun(solid shot)
-two burst cannon
-multi tracker
-Disruption pod

1 group of 3 xv88 broadside battlesuit
-twin linked railgun- free
-smart missile-free
-1 with multi tracker
-2 with targer lock


TOTAL= 1500pt.

Please give me some advice on how to improve this army.
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Old 20 Jan 2005, 02:35   #2 (permalink)
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Nice list overall, just a few suggestions.

I would group at least two (if not all three) of your XV8's for a stealth team. They will pay off tremendously, especially in a mobile force.

Your also going to need some more Kroot carnivores to make the squad effective, bump it up to 16 of em' and do what you will with your hounds.

Other than that, pretty solid list.
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Old 20 Jan 2005, 02:39   #3 (permalink)
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two things: First of all, whats so good about stealth teams? they seem kind of expensive for a a deep striking burst cannon. and also, what could I take out to add more kroot, because I'm trying to keep my army at 1500pt. or lower.
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Old 20 Jan 2005, 02:44   #4 (permalink)
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what's good about stealth teams?

1. an enemy has to roll 2D6x3 as in NightFight before shooting them

2. In a full squad, they can pump out 18 S5 Shots and pop back into cover!

that should be enough right there.

I'd take out the hounds for the extra carnies.
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Old 20 Jan 2005, 02:47   #5 (permalink)
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Does this army look any better? I only modified the kroot. And also, what should I take out to add the stealth suits?

HQ

1 xv8 crisis battlesuit shas'el- 85pt.
-missile pod-
-plasma rifle-
-multi tracker-

ELITE

3 groups of 1 xv8 crisis battlesuit shas'ui-185pt.

battlesuit 1-
-burst cannon
-missile pod
-multi tracker

battlesuit 2-
-fusion blaster
-missile pod
-multi tracker

battlesuit 3-
-plasma rifle
-missile pod
-multi tracker

TROOPS

3 groups of 12 normal firewarriors (no upgrades at all)

All groups equipped with 1 devilfish troop apc (3 in all; 1 to each group)
-gun drones

Kroot carnivore
-11 kroot carnivore


HEAVY SUPPORT

2 groups of 1 hammerhead gunship (both of the hammerheads are equipped the same)
-railgun(solid shot)
-two burst cannon
-multi tracker
-Disruption pod

1 group of 3 xv88 broadside battlesuit
-twin linked railgun- free
-smart missile-free
-1 with multi tracker
-2 with targer lock


TOTAL= 1497pt.

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Old 20 Jan 2005, 02:51   #6 (permalink)
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Honestly, I'd take out the other HH. I know, may sound crazy. But you got another one and a full squad of BS's. That should be enough to take out your enemy's big guns and tanks and enough points to add the Stealth squad.
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Old 20 Jan 2005, 02:55   #7 (permalink)
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is there any other smart way to add a stealth team without taking away heavy support units? and are the stealth suits a necessity to a good tau army?
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Old 20 Jan 2005, 03:05   #8 (permalink)
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The only other 'smart' option is to take out a broadside and an XV8, but it's your call. I personally think a HH and a squad of BS's is enough heavy support for a 1500 pt army, but that's just me. They're not necessarily a 'necessity' but a very great asset, believe me, you probably won't ever hear of someone hating stealth suits.
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Old 20 Jan 2005, 22:35   #9 (permalink)
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I would probably do that too.. In my 1750 army I field 2 HH and 1 XV88/BS just to be able to field those nasty little stealths just bcz.

Move 6", fire 15-18 S5 shots at 18". Then pop back 6".
Rightly done the enemy wont be able to shoot you as he can only roll 18+3 on the nigth fighting rules! AdIf he moves he still will need 3 fives on the roll to be able to shoot you!

and I tell you.. not even a carnifex or tyrant will be able to withstand that amount of fire for more then 2 or 3 rounds! Say that you hit 7-9 of the shoots, then wound 3-4. he is almost bound to miss 1 or 2 save throws..

So I say again.. swap a HH for a 5 man squad of stealths.. it will pay off..

O and not to forget.. they are really nice to use on the backs of light tanks.. S5 can really be anoying for chimeras, land speeders and those equals!
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Old 22 Jan 2005, 02:33   #10 (permalink)
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I'd say, keep the hh. You already have enough troops killing power, and if you face heavy vehicles the stealths won't cut it. hh's can also take more abuse than stealth, and can do a lot of damage to troops as well as heavies. give them a target lock and decoy launchers too. The extra ten points can really pay off. If you really must drop the heavy support for stealth, drop the broadsides. I just don't like them except when I need a lot of railguns (think lots of nid monsters or land raiders) because they cant get out of the way when the enemy gets near them.
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