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Old 23 Jul 2005, 17:04   #1 (permalink)
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I was commenting the other day that the Tau (unlike say SMurfs) have specific types of firepower in specific places. That is to say that I can only have railguns in 2 (usually 1 location) (Railhead or Broadside). While other races can have a squad with some members in it upgraded with a variety of weapon types (meaning that I can't specifically take out those models with lascannons for instance), the Tau are left without that option except with Markerlights. What if in all the places you could take a Markerlight for 10 pts, you could take a Railrifle for 15 pts. (I know that they are usually a 10 pts upgrade for pfs but it needs to be balanced). What about 15 pts for adding it to a crisis suit (twinlinked potential for 23!!!), or making it an optional upgrade for all stealth teams? or allowing you to replace the 2ndary weapon of a broadside with twinlinked railrifles. (That would make a broadside one mean railgun machine!) By not restriting railrifles to pfs, it would allow you to field railrifles in games which are smaller than 1k-2k (where most players think that pfs become worth it) or where pfs are just not practical.

So in short what do you think about:
Optional Upgrade for Team Leaders?
Crisis Suit Upgrade?
Stealth Suit Upgrade?
Broadside 2nd Weapon Upgrade?
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Old 23 Jul 2005, 18:23   #2 (permalink)
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It makes sense for the team leader to get it as an upgrade, but I don't think it really works with the others. Well maybe with Broadsides. It's a heavy weapon and doesn't fit with the mobility concept employed in Crisis and Stealth suits.
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Old 23 Jul 2005, 21:04   #3 (permalink)
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Interesting argument that you point out here. If "its a heavy weapon and doesn't fit with the mobility concept employed in Crisis and Stealth suits", then why are they given to the 'most mobile' troops in the Tau arsenal? PFs are supposed to epitomize the fast attack of the Tau, so why not give their most uncharacteristic weapon to a more realistic platform (a recoil-dampening suit). If the weapon is a 'heavy' weapon, but it can be carried by a Tau, then why shouldn't power armor suits be able to carry them. If its a heavy weapon for infantry, then keep it that way for suits, and let the 6" assault move simulate the added mobility of a suit. If that's not enough you could downgrade it to assault 1, but thats potentially abusable.
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Makes you wonder how Kais managed to run around so fast with his Rail Rifle, and how he managed to change the batteries so quickly...

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Makes you wonder how Kais managed to run around so fast with his Rail Rifle, and how he managed to change the batteries so quickly...

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Old 23 Jul 2005, 21:21   #6 (permalink)
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Go play Fire Warrior and you'll see

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Old 23 Jul 2005, 23:01   #7 (permalink)
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Or better. Read the book.
The papery-squary-writy thingies...which has no monitor. Looks like a codex, only in smaller format and thicker.
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The book...*shudder*...

Talk about a video game storyline badly transitioned into a novel. It totally put me off even considering buying the novel for Dawn of War...

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Old 24 Jul 2005, 00:46   #9 (permalink)
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Rail rifles shouldn't be given to Crisis and Stealth teams for the same reason as pulse weapons: they're infantry weapons. Plasma rifles are superior to rail rifles in everything except range. Also, Pathfinders are the only squad that it makes sense to give rail rifles to because they are the Tau equivalent of a heavy weapon team. They each carry a heavy weapon in the markerlight.
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Old 24 Jul 2005, 00:51   #10 (permalink)
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I think they should make Rail Rifles like sniper rifles and have sniper rifle abilities, and make a troop unit that consists of marksman FW who have Rail Rifles, Tau Snipers >. That would shine new light on Rail Rifles, but probably weaken Pathfinders.
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