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Starting out with Tau
Old 20 Dec 2007, 16:45   #1 (permalink)
Kroot Shaper
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I've jsut started collecting models to build a Tau army and would like to know if the Tau Empire Megaforce box is worth picking up?

For those that don't know what it contains, I've listed it below.

2 VX8 Crisis Suits
3 Stealth Suits + Marker Drone
20 Fire Warriors
6 Gun Drones
3 Piranha's
1 Devilfish APC
1 Hammerhead

I thought to start out with this and add a Sniper Team as well for my first purchase, figuring I could muster a 1000 pt. army list out of those models.

Thoughts, suggestions, and feedback are encouraged~!
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Old 20 Dec 2007, 17:00   #2 (permalink)
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I think it's good because it's cheaper than buying them all seperately and you get a good balanced force
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Old 20 Dec 2007, 17:04   #3 (permalink)
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All the units are good starting units, but some will need tweaking.

One of the xv8s needs to be the commander. The other could be his bodyguard, a second commander, or a lone xv8 elite slot. the body guard or elite choice options I would add another 2 bodies to the unit. Units of 3 are nice.

The stealths need to be 5 or 6 strong. Its about weight of numbers with these guys, the more burst cannon shots you can roll the better.

20 Firewarriors will become 2 squads of 10, or 3 squads of 7 (use spares and the hammerhead tank commander for the extra one). 3 Squads with shas ui with marker light and target lock gives you 3 marker light shots. Nice!

Gun drones - deepstrike unit, target rear armour of tanks. Only use i see for these.

3 Piranhas - Obviously these are to sneak around the side and rear of enemy tanks, shoot the tanks that have been lit up by the markerlights. Few seekers would be nice.

1 Devilfish - I'd either buy the hammer head sprue on mail order for this, or buy pathfinders for it.

1 Hammerhead - Its all good! Give it decoy launchers and multitracker. Always take Smart mssiles.

I wouldn't go for the sniper team straight away, I'd look at xv8s/pathfinders/hammerhead turret sprue options first.
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Old 20 Dec 2007, 18:11   #4 (permalink)
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Great insight! I will take it to heart.

That pretty much sold me on the value of the Megaforce, which I will start with. Once I get some more disposable income under my belt, I'll pick up a few more XV8's, a Pathfinder group and that should do me

Thanks for the help .... and anyone else that wants to throw their 2 cents worth in, please do so ... the more info I have the better I'll be~!
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Old 20 Dec 2007, 23:32   #5 (permalink)
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I got that box to start out as well. I use the fusion on the Pirhanas and I recommend some more firewarriors. Simply because they're like guardsmen. Good luck on your Tau! I hope to see some army lists and pictures of paint jobs.

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Old 21 Dec 2007, 14:59   #6 (permalink)
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I just made a deal with a buddy of mine, and he's selling me his Tau army w/ Codex for $100! Added to this I'll get the Battalion Box and my wife is getting me a Pathfinder regiment and Sniper Drone Team for Christmas!!!

All total I'll have the following:

1x Farsight
1x HQ XV8
4x XV8 Crisis Suit
3x Stealth Team w/ Marker Drone
32x Fire Warriors
12x Kroot
1x Hammerhead
1x Devilfish
4 ~ 8x Gun Drones (not sure exactly)
7x Pathfinders
1x XV88 Broadside
1x Sniper Drone Team

If that's not a good start to a Tau army, really I don't know what is
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