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How do you overcome the Tau's poor leadership?
View Poll Results: Which of the following do you use to keep squads from running off the field?
Ethereal, and hope he doesn't die. 8 17.78%
Commander Shadowsun, and hope she's worth her points. 0 0%
I'm such a mech-tau master my guys don't get shot. 18 40.00%
what leadership problem? The dice love me! 19 42.22%
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 02:50   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do you overcome the Tau's poor leadership?

The Tau's close combat weakness gets most of the press, but they have another glaring weakness to compensate for their heavy firepower: Leadership 8! A highly mobile force is not an advantage when they're falling back off the table as soon as one of them breaks a nail. There are several options for keeping them fighting, but which one do people use?
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 02:55   #2 (permalink)
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I run hybrid alot, and my ethereal really never has anyproblem because he usually hangs with 2 xv88s and their 2 shield drones... putting 6TEQ wounds between him and harm's way.

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Old 16 Jan 2008, 03:14   #3 (permalink)
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i use a combination of bonding knives and mech
that sounds like a waste, but even with mobility, i have to be prepared for losses amongst my squads, because i usually play against imperial guard and all their stupid indirect fire.
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You need some other options, like "none of the above, I just deal with it."

I take bonding and a shas'ui for most squads, but if my FWs need to take a Ld check it's usually because they are in CC, in which case I don't mind if they flee since they are probably not going to be much help anymore (or more often get wiped out entirely).
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 04:56   #5 (permalink)
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take a monat!
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 05:17   #6 (permalink)
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How do I overcome Tau average leadership?

1)Bonding Knife: Save me more than once and made me win the game

2) Mech Tau

3) The dices loves me :If the dices fail the bonding knife always fix the situation.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 06:49   #7 (permalink)
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You need some other options, like "none of the above, I just deal with it."
Ditto, I usually just go with shas'uis around the board, though I've sometimes used an ethereal, which can be quite helpful.
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Well, tanks don't have to take ld tests, and coincidentally, most of my troops are in them for a good chunk of the game. Shas'Els have ld 10, while my crisis suits don't get shot at a lot, but when they do, it's usually death for them anyhow. That only leaves Sniper Drones and Broadsides in my army(and Kroot, but they're dirt-cheap, and I can usually get my worth by infiltrating them). Sniper Drones are the more annoying of the two, as A.S.S. allows me to move back a lower-amount of inches pack(activate it when falling back), and then you will more than likely be able to move back forward again. So all-in-all, the ld isn't a horrible attribute. It's a darn shame though, when my sniper drones retreat though. But a Stealth Field makes up for it>
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 08:34   #9 (permalink)
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LD 8 is pretty good tbh...
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 09:04   #10 (permalink)
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Yes tau are terrible in CC so keep them out of it. the best way to avoid a LD test is for their not to be one. as the listed suggestions have already said-mechanise them as tanks never take LD tests. give them bonding knives so even if they fail and break you get another chance.
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