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Old 14 May 2008, 04:25   #1 (permalink)
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Default what do you guys think about sniper drones?

im thinking about picking up two sniper drone teams wht do you guys think?
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Old 14 May 2008, 04:31   #2 (permalink)
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They can be effective in the right situations. They cause havoc for MEQ's (which I find are the majority of armies I face), and incase they don't have any heavy targets, they can also use their markerlights to support your other shooting. Also, at only 80 points a squad, Sniper Drones are pretty cheap.

However, their downfall is their (relativly) slow manuverability. They seem out of place in a pure mech list, and even sometimes in a hybrid list. Thus, they are better in larger point games, where they can be guarenteed at least some sort of target every turn.
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Old 14 May 2008, 05:11   #3 (permalink)
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I actually love them for smaller point games. In a large game you can get quite a bit of them together for a better, if static, heavy shooting slot than a HH.

With some Kroot backup, these are nice to form a solid fire-base to revolve around.
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Old 14 May 2008, 13:54   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: what do you guys think about sniper drones?

I just bought some snipers I hope they will give me an advantage when facing Space Marines
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Old 14 May 2008, 15:23   #5 (permalink)
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I love Sniper Drones and Ideally field 3 teams, they deny a power armour save and with S-6 can wound pretty easily aswell, I use the Spotter's Markerlight to bring the drones BS up.
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Old 14 May 2008, 16:15   #6 (permalink)
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I call sniper drones "The Tau Heavy Weapon Squad", These Snipers are great for killing and hopefully pinning marines.

However as Mavfreak said they are slow, but if your effecting snipers to be fast your in for a big surprise. :P

Their biggest downfall is that they don't count as a scoring unit. :'(

Do you play Hybrid, Static or Mech, I wouldn't field them in a mech army, otherwise your good to go!
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Old 14 May 2008, 16:37   #7 (permalink)
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Well, with the new version of 40k, not much will count as a scoring unit anyway.

But anyway, I like sniper squads, they're great VS Light vehicles/walkers and heavy infantry. They are practically immobile though, so if your line is hit by tyranids or orks, you may have to say bye bye to them. But yeah, they're perfect against SM were you always know there will be something for the snipers to shoot, and if the marines are in a rhino, all the better, the snipers can blow up a rhino quite easily.
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Old 14 May 2008, 18:54   #8 (permalink)
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I think Sniper drones are great, but you have to know how to use them. I use 3 teams of them in my 1750 GT list, with great success.

Sure they aren't scoring, but that can also be a benefit. They are too powerful for your enemy to ignore, but if they get shot at your not losing any scoring units. Also, if your opponent decides to shoot them, he needs to make a stealth sight check. If you're using your sniper drones properly, they should be more then 24 inches away from the enemy. With this in mind, it will be very hard for your opponent to make the stealth roll. If they don't make the roll, they can't shoot anything else that turn. It's a small little catch-22 for your opponent.

good range, pinning, high strength, low ap, marker lights, stealth field, whats not to like?

Quick tip, keep in mind you can use the Networked Markerlight to benefit other units. Lets say you have 1 drone and 1 Drone Controller left, it makes more sense to use that marker light to benefit the full crisis suit team nearby.
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Old 15 May 2008, 02:18   #9 (permalink)
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They make great little anchors for your firebase 3 of them, squad or two of firewarriors n broadsides with kroot support great little firebase while mech n suits go hunting. altho as already said... like broadsides (without ASS) their not movin anywhere during the game lol! cept maybe at the very beginning when there might be nowt to shoot at n good fire lanes just out side the deployment zone.
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Old 15 May 2008, 03:30   #10 (permalink)
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I've used them before, but personally don't prefer them, as they're simply too immobile for my tastes.

However, if stationary is your style, Sniper Drones can be great. Plenty of anti-MEQ fire, long range, and they can provide markerlight support if needbe.
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