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Old 04 Jan 2008, 06:32   #1 (permalink)
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Default Marker Drones?

Why would anyone use them? Markerlights are a hvy weapon, and every unit w/ access to them is mobile.

I mean, I -suppose- you could give your Broadsides some, or a static FW squad if there even is such a thing.....but really, why? 30pts and you can't move? wtf?

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Old 04 Jan 2008, 06:55   #2 (permalink)
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One (very expensive) use I have for Marker Drones is to toss them in with a minimum-sized Stealth suit unit. The unit has 3 suits (one team leader) and five markerlights (one on the team leader, two marker drones on him, and one each on the other two suits). Here are the major pros and cons I've found with this unit:

Pros:
-unless an enemy unit is pretty close, the stealth unit tends to get ignored because they aren't dealing immediate, obvious damage.

-having Infiltrate on a markerlight team can work miracles, even if it's just to slag enemy vehicles who think they are hidden from the dangerous units when they get slammed by Seekers

-if somebody starts coming after them, they can JSJ away pretty quick as well as firing nine S5 shots on the move

-a scoring unit that, again, tends to get ignored and can secure objectives quickly with JSJ

-when the drones are gone, you still have 3 stealth suits than can do some nasty damage

Cons:
-poor armor save due to the drones

-one powerful indirect fire round can ruin the whole unit (which I think is stupid since firing at an invisible unit seems to me like firing at an arbitrary point on the field, which you can't do in the rules)

-Expensive. Pricey. Not cheap.

-also T3, which means they're pretty fragile

-when they do get knocked down to just the suits, they are no longer a scoring unit

-need to stay stationary for maximum effectiveness. Sure, they CAN jump away if there is trouble, but then you just lost 5 markerlight shots.


I personally run three Sniper Drone teams instead of this Stealthfinder unit (two less markerlights, but NINE S6 AP3 shots and still stealthed). I have used this Stealthfinder team to great effect in tournament play, but that was in a 2500 point tournament. Usually you won't have enough points to justify running this team.
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 07:32   #3 (permalink)
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How are you putting them on the regular suits? Unless I missed something huge that lets you put markerlights on every body only the leader can have it + the drones.
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 07:35   #4 (permalink)
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Well you can have a drone controller, right? On any suit? Then just buy a marker drone?

I mean, I don't do it myself, I think they're fking useless, I was just asking if anyone ever thought up a use for them, or if GW was like OMFG TAU=MARKERLIGHTS LETS GIVE THEM 10
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 08:27   #5 (permalink)
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Ninja Snarl, that's the biggest unit of pants i've ever heard..
1. only the teamleader can have a markerlight
2. why would you give them a marker light?
3. Why would you have a marker drone with the unit?
4. why would you have 5 marker drones in the unit? D:

The cons most definitely outdo the pros, stealth suits are designed to be a 'jumpy around the battlefield being hidden' type of unit, not sit there and shoot marker lights, especially not n a 30 point beefed up fire warrior, the stealth field is a load of naff if you want to get close enough to shoot, and for the cost of a suit you can get three fire warriors with better range, the only use for them is there infiltrate and fusion guns :P
For the cost of your unit you can probably get a squad of pathfinders with the devilfish..

Now I don't know why marker drones exist, but one unit they are good in is the ethereal body guard, - that's if you use them as a static unit mind, bs5 fire warriors are nice
But otherwise I'd say they only exist because they're on the stealth sprue :P
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 08:32   #6 (permalink)
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Ive discovered they are very effective when attached to Stealth suits and Crisis suits because even if you cant use them when you move you can still move 6' in assault phase.
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 08:34   #7 (permalink)
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Ive discovered they are very effective when attached to Stealth suits and Crisis suits because even if you cant use them when you move you can still move 6' in assault phase.
No you can't, they're heavy weapons, and you can't charge if you used a heavy weapon, now what your reply will be 'but I'm not charging'
But jumping in the assault phase is still a charge,you just don't have to contact enemy
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 08:56   #8 (permalink)
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I'm just gonna blunder in like the big oaf I am to say the TimJim is completely right, please don't try and justify this kind of rules breaking with 'creative' interpretation.
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Right, I'm always right, I'm a beardy-cheesy tournament player!
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Old 04 Jan 2008, 09:09   #10 (permalink)
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See I'm not, but I spent far far too long as child losing games because of people breaking the rules. Now I like to know enough to go "*ahem*... you can't do that..."
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