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Old 30 May 2005, 00:23   #1 (permalink)
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dam that BS 3 i don't roll to good trying to always get 4 really sucks i wish tau could aim a Little better
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Old 30 May 2005, 00:29   #2 (permalink)
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Its partly fluff and partly balance. The Tau do not have particularly good reflexes, and while they are trained rigourously, they do not spend centuries perfecting their aim. Also, with a weapon as high-powered as a Pulse Rifle, a squad with BS4 could chew through anything like nothing.

If its an issue of your trouble rolling good results... bring loaded dice and just say that your getting back at fate for your lack of D6 skills.
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Old 30 May 2005, 00:33   #3 (permalink)
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Its partly fluff and partly balance. The Tau do not have particularly good reflexes, and while they are trained rigourously, they do not spend centuries perfecting their aim. Also, with a weapon as high-powered as a Pulse Rifle, a squad with BS4 could chew through anything like nothing.

If its an issue of your trouble rolling good results... bring loaded dice and just say that your getting back at fate for your lack of D6 skills.
haha loaded dice > it for the greater good
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Old 30 May 2005, 00:44   #4 (permalink)
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Fluff wise? If Tau are great at making guns, why dont they get good at shooting them? I guess it could be because of their slow reflexes but why wont they train over centuries?
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Fluff wise? If Tau are great at making guns, why dont they get good at shooting them? I guess it could be because of their slow reflexes but why wont they train over centuries?
Possibly because, by 40k standards, they're incredibly short lived, and don't HAVE centuries to train?
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Old 30 May 2005, 01:04   #6 (permalink)
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Exactly. Their lifespan is even shorter than that of a human, so the time the have in military service to perfect their training is limited be default. An average human soldier has the same degree of accuracy, but to reach the next bracket of higher Balistic Skill you have to be much more experienced... the Space Marines have many generations in which to work on how well they shoot.
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Old 30 May 2005, 01:14   #7 (permalink)
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Exactly. Their lifespan is even shorter than that of a human, so the time the have in military service to perfect their training is limited be default. An average human soldier has the same degree of accuracy, but to reach the next bracket of higher Balistic Skill you have to be much more experienced... the Space Marines have many generations in which to work on how well they shoot.
This isn't true. It takes four years from being a team leader to become a Shas El', for a total of twelve years combat training from the time they use their first pulse rifle. Check the codex, it refutes all these claims of "marines have centuries to practice". This is total nonsense, and what you guys claim is true is correct, then tau can apparently achieve the same results as centuries of training in a matter of 12 years.



Tau have a ballistic skill of 3 for gameplay reasons, plain and simple. You can easily figure out how efficient a weapon is by finding out what common toughness and armor values are, and averaging what they will kill over the course of a game. Higher strength at the cost of aim can be a blessing or a blight, but it pays off on weaker troops like firewarriors and kills figures like crisis suits. This just comes down to simple math. With pathfinders though, tau can easily turn a handful of weapon systems into ballistic skill 5 for a turn so there isn't much to complain about. We just have to work at making our weapons function, unlike the marines who just walk forward and shrug off damage with their stupid power armor.

Personally, I would much rather prefer to have strength 5 weapons across the board instead of BS4 with strength 4 weapons. That extra damage category is priceless against monsters and light armor, and the inaccuracy problems can be circumvented.



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Old 30 May 2005, 02:02   #8 (permalink)
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If Tau could aim, it would be overkill! 30" Rapidfire Str. 5 BS 4? Geez... ^-^
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Old 30 May 2005, 02:04   #9 (permalink)
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If Tau could aim, it would be overkill! 30" Rapidfire Str. 5 BS 4? Geez... ^-^
then every one would want to be tau i like being the under dog of the galaxy
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If Tau could aim, it would be overkill! 30" Rapidfire Str. 5 BS 4? Geez... ^-^
then every one would want to be tau i like being the under dog of the galaxy
lol...That's a good way to put it! ^-^
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