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Old 08 Jul 2009, 23:38   #1 (permalink)
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I was reading through the other races in the manual, and it appears that many, many of the other races basic troops get both a weapon skill of 4, and a ballistic skill of 4. It makes me wonder why the tau, who have a ballistic skill of 3, and a weapons skill of 2, have what they have.

My obvious connection here is the orks that have a 2 in ballistic skill, while they have a 4 in weapon skill. Since the Tau are more shooty and less melee, why is it that their fire warriors have a ballistic skill of 3? If this is for balance purposes then a simple explanation would be handy.

I understand we get markerlights, but are they mainly there to compensate for having a 3 in our ballistic skill?
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Old 08 Jul 2009, 23:42   #2 (permalink)
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Most other races basic troops actually have a 3 for BS (Eldar Guardians, IG, 'Nids).

The BS3 is primarily for balance purposes. Remember that our basic weapon is S5, so against most armies that's wounding on a 2+.

Markerlights are there both to compensate for our lower BS, and also to give us a unique 'flavour' that the other races don't have.
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Old 08 Jul 2009, 23:44   #3 (permalink)
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The reason behind low WS, is because Tau don't train their infantry in h2h combat, because they don't think it's "for the greater good" or something like that.
The reason behind the low BS, is that the FireWarriors get a High Strength and high range rapid fire weapon to compensate, look at the Imperial Guard standard weapon, it's only strength 3. So they're wounding on 4s (likewise, we are hitting on 4s) and we hit on 2s for t3 and 3s for t4.
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Old 09 Jul 2009, 00:34   #4 (permalink)
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The way i see it is that the tau are kind of weedy computer nerds. Sure they design great technology and weapons but perhaps theyre not the strongest xenos in the galaxy. I mean what kind of recoil is a strength 5 gun going to have?
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Old 09 Jul 2009, 01:17   #5 (permalink)
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The way i see it is that the tau are kind of weedy computer nerds. Sure they design great technology and weapons but perhaps theyre not the strongest xenos in the galaxy. I mean what kind of recoil is a strength 5 gun going to have?
From how I see this, you don't have to be strong to aim well, also I believe the rifles fire a plasma pulse (pew pew) and I would believe it would have less recoil than physical ammunition. Of course any ideas on this matter are welcome.
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Old 09 Jul 2009, 01:23   #6 (permalink)
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This quote is from Lexicanum

Their eyes can see into the infrared and ultraviolet. Tau eyesight is good, but they focus on distant objects slower than humans. The Tau are not very good in close combat, as they find the whole concept uncivilized.

That's probably partly the reason why they have 3 BS
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Old 09 Jul 2009, 01:30   #7 (permalink)
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thank you silverbolt that explains it well. And Juraigamer I'm not exactly the best on tau fluff sorry but yes that would make sense, kind of a bit like starwars.
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Old 09 Jul 2009, 01:46   #8 (permalink)
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What I heard is that their natural eyesight is really, really bad (as Silverbolt posted), but that they compensate for it with their advanced targeting systems.
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Old 09 Jul 2009, 02:51   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you for the reply silver, however that opens up another idea

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Their eyes can see into the infrared and ultraviolet.
Does this mean the tau fight better at night than other races? Would this (theoretically) grant fire warriors acute senses?
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This quote is from Lexicanum

Their eyes can see into the infrared and ultraviolet. Tau eyesight is good, but they focus on distant objects slower than humans. The Tau are not very good in close combat, as they find the whole concept uncivilized.

That's probably partly the reason why they have 3 BS
I would think then that the Firwarriors should get some kinda night-fighting ability such as Acute sense as Juraigamer stated. :/
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