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Old 28 Jun 2007, 06:54   #1 (permalink)
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So I haven't been on the forums for...oh...maybe a year or more. I took a break because of the demands of school but I'm looking to break out my Tau army this summer and play around with 4th edition. I have not kept up at all with updates to the game and the factions, so I was hoping to get a crash course in some of the updates made to the rules in general and to the Tau. I'll buy the new rulebook and codex soon, but in the meantime perhaps some of you could indulge me. I know you can't post specifics, but anything in general would be helpful in terms of new balance issues or things the Tau now rock/suck at because of changes made.

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Old 28 Jun 2007, 08:13   #2 (permalink)
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4th Ed. has been out for ages (3+ years now)
Main Changes:
Sweeping Advance is based on Initiative instead of distance.
Vehicles damage tables shuffled a little.
Vehicle weapons classed as Main (S7+) and Defensive (S6 or less), always allowed to fire ALL defensive weapons if the vehicle moves 50% or less of its allowed movement.
Assault streamlined, all models within 2" get their full attacks.

Ethereals got boned. Inspiring presence is LoS only.
Crisis suits are cheaper, weapons are the same, plasma is more expensive.
Some special 1 per army wargear and weaponry for Crisis Suits.
Targeting Array added to battlesuit wargear list.
Stealths get the option to take a battlesuit support system. Can also have 1 Fusion Blaster per 3 models in the squad.
FW unchanged. Bonding changed to 'ui equipment, but only costs half as much.
Devilfish can now take SMS instead of drones.
Vehicle armoury essentially unchanged, but seekers are reduced to 2 per vehicle.
Kroot are now 1 combined unit of troops, so Hounds are no longer FA and Krootox don't take up a HS slot. Options and min-max amounts generally unchanged.
Gun Drones no longer drop to Ld4 if they're reduced below 4 models! Makes them great cheap scoring units in groups of 4-6.
Pathfinders are the same, their fish gets a nifty piece of wargear.
Piranha light skimmers. A little more expensive than landspeeders, but have 1 better front armour. Can take Burst Cannon or Fusion Blaster.
Vespid, tough as suits, but not as resilient, fast as hounds in CC, but useless save. Their gun is also very good anti-MEQ but short ranged.
Broadsides get the option to take A.S.S. (Slow and Purposeful).
Hammerheads the same, Ion Cannon half price.
Sky Ray, same AV as HH, but has 6 seekers and 2 networked markerlights. It's more of a support tank, but is deadly in terrain heavy areas.
Sniper Drones, the best new HS choice, 0-1, but up to 3 teams in one slot. armed with rail rifles. Brutal at any points level if you take enough.

that about sums it up.

EDIT: Thanks for that one Tonka, don't use the frisbees much myself.

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Old 28 Jun 2007, 12:02   #3 (permalink)
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Gun Drones are the same.
Gun Drones no longer drop to Ld4 if they're reduced below 4 models! Makes them great cheap scoring units in groups of 4-6.
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Old 28 Jun 2007, 23:01   #4 (permalink)
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Oh gun drones can count as scoring units I got them confused with sniper drones. Thank you.
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Old 29 Jun 2007, 20:48   #5 (permalink)
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You didn't mention that the markerlights are now alot better, that the commander has become mandatory and that kroot hounds have lost the relentless chase special rule. Also I think the stim injecters need a mention - they're one of the "special one per army peices of wargeer" - as they give the universal rule "feel no pain" to a suit which can give commanders a much needed survivability boost. Aun'shi has been done away with* :'( and the ethereals now can take an honour guard which is basicaly a squad of fire warriors with a few buffs and the best thing about ethereals is now when they die* . And last but not least there is the option to have the new special character commander shadowsun lead your army; she has a version of the XV-25 stealth armour called the XV-22 and has two fusion blasters and an advanced target lock. (Oh and vespid are quite good in cover/cities of death).
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Old 30 Jun 2007, 01:48   #6 (permalink)
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Sniper Drones, the best new HS choice, 0-1, but up to 3 teams in one slot. armed with rail rifles. Brutal at any points level if you take enough.
Um sorry Ravage but sniper drones fallows FoC just like any other unit but one Heavy support choice can be filled with 3 teams per army allowing you to take up to 5 sniper units on the field at once and with Ap , Strength , Range , and a Stealth field Gen. making these things one of the deadliest choices we can make... or not depending on how you play. 8)
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Old 30 Jun 2007, 01:52   #7 (permalink)
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Sniper Drones, the best new HS choice, 0-1, but up to 3 teams in one slot. armed with rail rifles. Brutal at any points level if you take enough.
Um sorry Ravage but sniper drones fallows FoC just like any other unit but one Heavy support choice can be filled with 3 teams per army allowing you to take up to 5 sniper units on the field at once and with Ap 3, Strength 6, Range 36, and a Stealth field Gen. making these things one of the deadliest choices we can make... or not depending on how you play. 8)
I hate to say this but I have to: You, Sir, are WRONG!!!! ;D

No, serioulsy, Ravager is right. 0-1 heavy support slots may be used for sniper drones and this single one slot may contain up to three units of drones.
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Old 30 Jun 2007, 09:19   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks Trogdor. ;D

The OP asked for general information, I gave general information, simple as that.
I know could have gone into detail about each piece, but there are enough threads here that cover all that if you really need to know it anyway.
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Um sorry Ravage but sniper drones fallows FoC just like any other unit but one Heavy support choice can be filled with 3 teams per army allowing you to take up to 5 sniper units on the field at once and with...
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Old 30 Jun 2007, 12:29   #10 (permalink)
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Were does it say that? Shudent it say that in the Title for sniper drones? ??? and thanks for telling me about the stats I changed I changed it.
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