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So what exactly do our grey-skins melee with?
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Old 27 Jun 2007, 14:36   #1 (permalink)
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Default So what exactly do our grey-skins melee with?

I've long wondered, but when forced into close combat, what do our fire warriors actually use? I get these comedic images in my mind of them swinging their pulse rifles like large, unbalanced planks of wood, almost like watching a four year old try to pick up and swing a baseball bat.

Maybe the Shas'ui, if bonded, uses the knife...but wouldn't that mean that he's actually marrying all of those that he's cutting?
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Old 27 Jun 2007, 14:54   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: So what exactaly do our grey-skins melee with?

a list o standered issue firewarrior wargear
1 armour
2 a pulse rifle or carbine
3 a helmet with all sorts of neat gadgets
4 a combat knife in a box that says "do not open"
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Old 27 Jun 2007, 14:58   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: So what exactaly do our grey-skins melee with?

All Fire Warriors on foot carry a combat knife, and according to one novel they're fairly skilled at using them as a thrown projectile as well as using it in close-quarters... which produces less spectacular results.
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Old 27 Jun 2007, 15:02   #4 (permalink)
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a list o standered issue firewarrior wargear
1 armour
2 a pulse rifle or carbine
3 a helmet with all sorts of neat gadgets
4 a combat knife in a box that says "do not open"
you forgot to add 'until Christmas'

I once saw mentioned on the forum, something about a drawing of a Tau warrior, with a 'daisho-like' weapon...
Also, it's not THAT stupid to swing that carbine around, the kroot have a pointy end on the back of their guns as well, they swing them into other peoples skull, why shouldn't the Tau?...
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Old 27 Jun 2007, 15:02   #5 (permalink)
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All Fire Warrior infantrymen carry knives, as do the lighter suits (Stealth). Crisis and Broadside suits just go Hulk all over their opponents...
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Old 27 Jun 2007, 15:03   #6 (permalink)
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the kroot have a pointy end on the back of their guns as well, they swing them into other peoples skull, why shouldn't the Tau?...
Because Tau weapon don't have "a pointy end" :.
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Old 27 Jun 2007, 15:06   #7 (permalink)
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the kroot have a pointy end on the back of their guns as well, they swing them into other peoples skull, why shouldn't the Tau?...
Because Tau weapon don't have "a pointy end" :.
and the carbine is more compact and boxy, so it'd be the difference between hitting someone with a fairly long plank (the pulse rifle) and a toaster (the carbine).

And I realize you can hold the toaster by the cable and wail it around over your head, but pulse carbines don't have toaster cables yet.

Wait until 5th ed. for that!
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the kroot have a pointy end on the back of their guns as well, they swing them into other peoples skull, why shouldn't the Tau?...
Because Tau weapon don't have "a pointy end" :.
You know what I meant...

And I know carbines don't have a pointy end, but I just pointed out that it's not a completely ludicrous thing to hit people on the head with a carbine, when all other has failed, and faced with head to head.


And wasn't the question 'what can they do', or rather 'why can't they'? Personally, I'd rather have a toaster in my hands than absolutely nothing when it comes to facing your enemy up close. Since the Tau try to prevent close combat in any way, they should try to prevent up close fighting, so the toaster-hitting is a last resort.
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As said, Shas carry combat knives (they are useful even when not stabbing Orks...) and can use them, or their rifles.

I can picture a Tau going all Little John Staff with a pulse rifle, they have the length after all.


Of course, this is all moot, as a gretchin with bird flu, mad cow disease and Aids could defeat a Shas in Close Combat, if it reached them.
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See thats why the pulse rifles are so long, so the shas can hit opponents with the barrel from at least 2 feet away. But when you run into a nemesis force weapon, well... kick those Grey Knights in the codpiece.


I always though they were called blue skins, blue-grey skinned people????
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