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Old 13 Feb 2005, 02:42   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Tau player - Need help

I just recently started a Tau army since my friend was selling his and I have been wanting to play them for a while, so I bought it. I haven't gotten anything new so far, and this is what I have:

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Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod, Multitracker

Crisis Suits x2
Both Plasma Rifle, Burst Cannon, Multitracker

Fire Warriors x12

Kroot x 15

Pathfinders x 6
Rail Rifle x3

Devilfish x1

Gun Drones x12

and the Codex

Now, my questions are where should I go from here, and where do I get the rules for the Rail Rifles? Right now I'm planning to get some big guns ala Broadsides and maybe a Hammerhead, and at least one more Fire Warriors squad. My other friend also has some Tau, which (he thinks) are 12 Fire Warriors, 3-6 Stealth Suits, and a Broadside. So what else should i get to expand my army to 1500 and 2000 points? (It's currently at around 750)
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Old 13 Feb 2005, 04:15   #2 (permalink)
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first off you should fortify your troops and crisis suits, saying that i would almost go and buy the battleforce, considering you get free kroot. Unless of course you have a small budget. Secondly buy another devilfish so you can perform the Fof (if you dont know what this is go read the FoF thread) and then some heavy support. Hopefully your friend game you all the bits so you can put either a Missle Pod or Fusion Blaster on your crisis suits, as hopefully your need to use Burst cannons on crisis suits will be nullified by your stealth team.
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Old 13 Feb 2005, 05:07   #3 (permalink)
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I'll make a to buy list!

1- 4-5 boxes of Fire Warriors. Fire Warriors are a must in Tau armies and when you are able to use them in large numbers do so.

2- Crisis Suits- Using the standard Fireknife (Missilpods/Plasma Rifle/Multitracker) are useful

3- Hammerhead- At least 1 but 2 is good

4- Stealth Suits- Cool looking and effective against horde and armor save 5 (Ex. Eldar) armies

Then go from there. You can also get another Devil Fish to either use the FoF or play smal games with a mobile army.

Also, stats on Rail Rifle is O0. Not a very useful weapon IMO.
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Old 13 Feb 2005, 05:30   #4 (permalink)
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Bah grim 4-5 boxes of FW is waaaay too many i'd say 36 max and also no posting stats of guns
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Old 13 Feb 2005, 05:46   #5 (permalink)
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I use 72 FW in my army. 36 is far to little IMO. Anyway, I think the GW site has the stats. I wouldn't know though.
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Cops give a damn about a negro
pull a trigger, kill a nigger, he's a hero
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one less hungry mouth on the welfare
first ship them dope, let them deal to brothers
give them guns, step back and watch them kill each other
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Old 13 Feb 2005, 05:49   #6 (permalink)
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well i use devilfish so 36 FW shooting twice is the same as 72 FW for less points also the stat posting is illegal, not sure if you got that part maybe you should edit it for you get pwned
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Old 13 Feb 2005, 06:07   #7 (permalink)
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Sadly, I did not get all the bits to the Crisis suits, so they are pretty much stuck with what they have (but he did give me a flamer, which is quite useless on Crisis Suits).

Getting the Battleforce isn't such a bad idea, although I don't really have any money ATM. Also I'm not a big fan of Kroot, since they got no save even with the Shaper, and I don't really like the Eaters of the Dead special rule although it's more from a fluff standpoint on that.

And, even though the stats did help , you should probably delete them since it is against forum rules.
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Old 13 Feb 2005, 20:33   #8 (permalink)
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first of all, why do people ask for stats on the forum? you gotta know thats against the rules, why not PM a member instead?

and as to what you bought, you got a very good start there, the crisis 'O are in fireknife so thats all you really need (its pretty much the best config) and the 'ui can be remodelled easy.

first on the purchase list is a HH, it may look expensive but it pays off, its the best unit in our arsenal bar Crisis (FW dont count you have to take them) its also considered one of the best tanks in the game (2nd or 3rd minimum) and provides enoughbig guns while keeping the army mobile enough to still be good (there are many threads on how broadsides bog down armies) I'd set the HH up with ailgun and Burst cannons so you can use the missiles it comes with to add Missiles to your crisis and make them fireknife aswell, so you get a 165pt main battletank with a railgun and some missile pods, a bargain.

second on the list would be another Fish, that allows you to use those pathfinders (yes the Tau army is quite eavy on tanks when played well :P) and anoher FW squad so you dont have to use the Pathfinders or drones (which are a little broken in a bad way right now)

third purchase is where you decide what you want in your army, playtest some stealthsuits and maybe more crisis to see what you'd like to expand with.

and dont discount kroot, in mobs of 20 they are superb and must take 5 casualties before a Ld test and if they infiltrate into cover (which is what theyre for) they get a healthy save and ge to fire bolters out of cover and assault anyone that comes close with 60! yes thats 60! S4 attacks, theyre marvelous, and in your situation theres no need to buy another squad of kroot, 5 houns will serve fine for now and sae you money aswell ;D.

also, 72FW is far too many, 24 in 1000pts is fine and thats your first milestone so there isnt that muc that you need to buy to get there.

hope that helps, and try reading the stickied threads obove the forum for help, I wrote some of them so they are mostly good ;D
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