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Fire Warriors can punch through a TANK! (sometimes... )
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Old 03 Nov 2008, 03:49   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fire Warriors can punch through a TANK! (sometimes... )

So I just got back from the Glen Burnie GW HQ, which by the way is AWESOME, and I had the funniest realisation. We all know that strength 4 is potentially deadly to vehicles because now when you assault a vehicle you assault against rear armor. It's easy to picture a robo-cop like Space Marine in power armor doing this. But how funny is it to think of a Fire Warrior doing it?! Let me explain....

We all know of our beloved space pope Aun'Va... Well if he dies then you not only get the standard "Preferred Enemy" that ethereals normally give in death but you also get "Furious Charge." As such on the charge Fire Warriors would be strength 4!

So let's say you're facing down an imperial guard chimera from the front armor arc and have no way of moving into the side armor arc. If your Aun'Va is dead then you've got a decent enough chance of putting some hurt on it with your fire warriors. If it moved less than 6" then you hit on 4's with a re-roll and then you glance it on 6's!

The mental image of a unit of Guardsmen inside a Chimera and then all of a sudden something just starts punching holes in the tank armor! Then the next thing that happens is the hatch is ripped off by tiny four fingered hands and there's just a pissed off fire warrior standing there. That's probably the funniest thing I've ever heard of in my life! ;D
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Old 03 Nov 2008, 03:53   #2 (permalink)
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I guess that's what the word Tauliness was invented for. :P
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Is that penetration only for vehicles?
What else would you like to penetrate?
Sisters of battle for starters.....
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Old 03 Nov 2008, 04:27   #3 (permalink)
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No do it with crisis suits s 6 against rear armor that will put some major pain on the enemy. Or stealthsuits can be Major pain when they do this.
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Old 03 Nov 2008, 04:40   #4 (permalink)
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Of course you could do it with crisis and stealth suits. The only thing that I was trying to point out is how funny of a mental image it is to think of fire warriors going up to a vehicle and ripping the door off its hinges.

My idea was to take a Tyranid Broodlord and convert it to look like a fire warrior that is hulting out! haha.... joking of course, but it's funny to think of.
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Old 03 Nov 2008, 07:16   #5 (permalink)
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LOL very funny - its just unfortunate that once Aun'va dies you may not have much of an army left to chase the tanks with!
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Old 03 Nov 2008, 10:04   #6 (permalink)
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Don't photon nades count as S4 as well when used on a vehicle? Or did they remove that rule from fourth?

If so, you don't have to handicapyourself by taking an ethereal.
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Old 03 Nov 2008, 13:02   #7 (permalink)
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Love the visualization...

But on the serious side, I am really considering using EMP 'nades. The nice part about them is that their built-in rules in the codex make them sooo much better than the average 'nade in the rulebook. 4-5 equals glancing hit, 6 is a penetrating.

So, a group of 12 FWs roll 4+ to hit the tank, so 6 hit. 2 of those will be glancing, 1 will be penetrating. I am not sure how I would get 12 FWs that close to a tank, but it would be pretty awesome to see that happen.

I also like the idea of Tank Ramming. A Hammerhead going all out into the side or rear of any transport has a good chance of winning that. May even be a good use of that pathfinder devilfish after you have used up the reacon beacon.

I know some of these ideas may sound ridiculous, but I am very big on experimentation.
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Old 03 Nov 2008, 15:45   #8 (permalink)
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If you have photon grenades you hit on a 6 in CC if the vehicles have a RA of 10 (which 95% do) -- which is almost reason in itself to get them.

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Old 03 Nov 2008, 16:12   #9 (permalink)
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Another funny thing is that a Fire Warrior team can carry 12 photon grenades and 1 EMP grenade on the Shas'ui. The leader can claim to carry it based on his wargear and get away with it, as opposed to the whole squad with EMPs.
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Old 03 Nov 2008, 16:19   #10 (permalink)
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Yes Wild, but you would only get one shot with the EMP. Might be me, but if I have a Fire Warrior team out in the open, attempting to take out a tank, I might want to kill the tank so that some of my team has a little bit of cover. Easiest way to do that is to have as many attempts as possible.

Of course, it's just my opinion.

I also love the idea of a BUFF Tau standing next to the rest of his team.

"Who is he?"
"Oh he's Brun'o. He rips doors off of tanks so we can get to the squishy interior."
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