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Old 22 Nov 2008, 20:43   #1 (permalink)
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Hey I just had a few questions. Firstly Do sniper drones and the spotter have to keep coherency just like all other squads because I saw a pic on Games workshop websight of tau against IG and the sniper drones and the spotters were like a foot apart. Secondly If a shas'ui in a fire warrior squad buys a shield drone from the armoury does it protect his entire squad or just him.

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Old 22 Nov 2008, 21:20   #2 (permalink)
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The Spotter and the three Drones he has are a single squad, so yes, they have to maintain coherency. How ever, if you buy more than one squad, the squads don't need to maintain coherency (As like combat squads for Space Marines).

And as far as Shield Drone go, they become another model in the squad for wound allocations that have an invulnerable save.
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1) The sniper drones and the spotter must amintain unit coherency. Just like any other unit with a drone controller.

2) The shield drone doesn't offer specific protection. It's just another moel to allocate wounds to.
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Firstly Do sniper drones and the spotter have to keep coherency just like all other squads because I saw a pic on Games workshop websight of tau against IG and the sniper drones and the spotters were like a foot apart.
I am taking it you are talking about more than one unit of sniper drones? In this case you can get 3 units of Snipers as 1 Heavy support slot. These are all individual units, so you only need to maintain coherency on the UNITs - Ie. One Spotter and 3 Drones. If you Take 2 Units you can happily place them on opposite sides of the table as long as both units maintain there normal coherency.
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Old 23 Nov 2008, 12:43   #5 (permalink)
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Isn't this kinda counter productive, I mean the idea behind having sniper drones is that you can have the dron far away and the drone controller safely somewhere else while he snipes....
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Isn't this kinda counter productive, I mean the idea behind having sniper drones is that you can have the dron far away and the drone controller safely somewhere else while he snipes....
Why would you say that?

They all have to be stationary to fire anyway and all have the same range, and having the drones some distance off reduces the usability of the networked markerlight. Having them together would be far, far better in my opinion.
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Old 23 Nov 2008, 16:41   #7 (permalink)
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Also, having them apart is against the rules. The Spotter essentially has a regular drone controller. According to the rules for a drone controller you must maintain unit coherency as the drones are just another model in the unit.

Now if you're talking about having 3 sniper drone teams as 1 heavy support choices then by all means seperate them. They act as 3 seperate units, but are 1 choice.
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Old 24 Nov 2008, 23:05   #8 (permalink)
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Isn't this kinda counter productive, I mean the idea behind having sniper drones is that you can have the dron far away and the drone controller safely somewhere else while he snipes....
I see where he's going with this. The drones are for the spotters protection. He's using to drones to triple his shots, and provide protection. So why is he up in the thick of things and not hiding somewhere safe? Kinda like the US Predator drones. The pilot could be like 1000 miles away. He's not running under it!

Ignore the markerlight part and then think about it.
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OK thank you. You guys have really helped me understand some rules here.
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Old 25 Nov 2008, 23:01   #10 (permalink)
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The Spotter and the three Drones he has are a single squad, so yes, they have to maintain coherency. How ever, if you buy more than one squad, the squads don't need to maintain coherency (As like combat squads for Space Marines).

And as far as Shield Drone go, they become another model in the squad for wound allocations that have an invulnerable save.
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I am taking it you are talking about more than one unit of sniper drones? In this case you can get 3 units of Snipers as 1 Heavy support slot. These are all individual units, so you only need to maintain coherency on the UNITs - Ie. One Spotter and 3 Drones. If you Take 2 Units you can happily place them on opposite sides of the table as long as both units maintain there normal coherency.
I was wondering the same, and this is a slightly confusing answer.

say I deploy 3 sniper squads (3 spotters 9 drones)
according to this I can deploy them into three of the four corners of the map?
but still have to maintain unit coherency of 2in. within the groups of 4 models?

say I place the spotter in terrain and behind a large boulder, then place next model exactly 2in. away, behind a tree, and next model 2in. further away, behind a rock and the final model 2in. further on, in open terrain, so that I am essentially deployed out over 8in?

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