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by Bolter&Rail
Nov 13 2017 04:18
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Stormsurge
Replies: 54
Views: 1831

Re: Stormsurge

Ya I question if a stormsurge will ever win its points back in a competitive game, but I do find it to be an excellent jack-of-all-trades and clean-up operations unit. While I don't take EWO on it, I find that whatever most armies deepstrike in the stormsurge can just unleash havoc on the following ...
by Bolter&Rail
Nov 13 2017 04:00
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)
Replies: 65
Views: 4202

Re: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)

Just played my Yvahra + stormsurge list with a quick recap here: http://www.advancedtautactica.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=26780 On the Yvahra 100% agree that shield drones can make or break her success. This last weekend: Game 1 I lost due to line-breaker against astra militarum and Yvahra died tu...
by Bolter&Rail
Nov 13 2017 03:40
Forum: Cadre Building
Topic: 2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: 2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)

Played the list this last weekend in a 30 person tournament. As literally the only list fielded that didnt have a codex I am happy with the performance 1-1-1. My thoughts below and the list I finalized on: Battalion Detachment -HQ: Commander w/ 3 Missile Pods and ATS (156pts) -HQ: Commander ...
by Bolter&Rail
Nov 10 2017 02:24
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)
Replies: 65
Views: 4202

Re: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)

Different lists have different strategies but my current thinking on the Yvahra is that if it survives the game you are playing her wrong. This is a T7 killing machine that gets in my opponents face and as mentioned takes all the serious heat off my other killing blows (commanders, stormsurges, cris...
by Bolter&Rail
Nov 08 2017 02:21
Forum: Cadre Building
Topic: 2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: 2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)

100% agree on markerlighting with fireblade for the gun drones and using that volleyfire from him to get a lot of shots. Should be able to mow down a unit+ of marines I imagine. I also like the idea of having the fish and drones splitting into 6 sacrificial scoring units (fish, fish drones, 2x drone...
by Bolter&Rail
Nov 07 2017 05:14
Forum: Cadre Building
Topic: 2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: 2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)

Here is a revised vision incorporating dropping the weaker HQs and getting some more bang. Edits underlined Battalion Detachment -HQ: Commander w/ 3 Missile Pods and ATS (156pts) -HQ: Commander w/ 4 Fusion Blasters + 2 Shield Drones (176pts) -HQ: Coldstar Commander w/ Shield Generator, ATS (150pts) ...
by Bolter&Rail
Nov 07 2017 03:15
Forum: Cadre Building
Topic: 2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: 2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)

I wouldn't really change any of the unit choices themselves, but I do think you're running too many infantry HQs. You have almost as many points of HQs as you do foot infantry. Let's drop Darkstrider and the Ethereal (-90) as well as the Fireblade's Gun Drones, the Pathfinders' single Shield Drone ...
by Bolter&Rail
Nov 06 2017 04:46
Forum: Cadre Building
Topic: 2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)
Replies: 7
Views: 329

2k Tournament (+1CP or another QFC?)

Community, Below is a list I'm looking to run at a local tournament. I think without our codex it will be an uphill battle, but want to "convert" a few armies to the Greater Good along the way. Please feel free to offer any tweaks/thoughts, but I also wanted to pose the question if you thi...
by Bolter&Rail
Nov 06 2017 03:46
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)
Replies: 65
Views: 4202

Re: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)

I place 4-6 Shield Drones next to it out of LOS... I agree. 4+ shields feels like enough. I have run just 2 drones in the past and while she hasnt been alpha-striked completely (it has been very close and down to single dice rolls). Obviously this is 100% opponent dependent, but if you have 4 shiel...
by Bolter&Rail
Oct 26 2017 06:01
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)
Replies: 65
Views: 4202

Re: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)

I magnetized both shoulder joints as well as the fragile fins she has near the top. I also had to use some green-stuff to smooth her out a bit when assembling given the resin was a little contorted. Mostly in the middle back area where the top half thrusters meet the bottom half. I didnt feel the ne...
by Bolter&Rail
Oct 18 2017 04:23
Forum: Cadre Building
Topic: Y'vahra or not?
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: Y'vahra or not?

The Shield Generator really isn't necessary on the Y'vahra, I think. Keep it with Shield Drones for as long as you can (it will outrun them eventually) and they will soak hits like crazy! The Stormsurge may not get that bonus, but putting a Shield Generator on the Stormsurge really helps its durabi...
by Bolter&Rail
Oct 17 2017 08:27
Forum: Cadre Building
Topic: Y'vahra or not?
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: Y'vahra or not?

My current list is the "Why Choose" list and I actually have a stormsurge AND Yvahra in the list. I make up for model count by complementing it with 3 commanders, 15 firewarriors, ~15 gun drones, a stealth team, a some pathfinders. That said half my list point-wise is in the Yvahra and Sto...
by Bolter&Rail
Oct 06 2017 12:14
Forum: Cadre Building
Topic: 2000 Pts. All Comers/Tournament List
Replies: 16
Views: 1123

Re: 2000 Pts. All Comers/Tournament List

How do the fusion commanders work without a homing beacon? Aren't they going to be in reserve, will deep strike out of range when they come in, and then you will have to chase your target in order to get your melta shots? Overall a similar list to what I have liked to run but I sub the hammerheads f...
by Bolter&Rail
Aug 31 2017 04:57
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)
Replies: 65
Views: 4202

Re: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)

I think the ATS is superior to the target lock if shooting at a multi-wound amour unit with an amour save of 2+, 3+ or 4+ that doesnt have an invuln save. I guess how common do these guys not have an invuln though? Vehicles are obviously usually one, but I guess the ATS would do little in this situa...
by Bolter&Rail
Aug 30 2017 05:21
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)
Replies: 65
Views: 4202

Re: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)

This is why you take a target lock for 12 points. No longer losing BS from moving. Very common equipment for him. Yes he is expensive, but yes he absorbs a decent amount of fire to bring it down and unlike the riptide it is VERY deadly to enemy elites and tanks. Ya I wanted target lock to improve t...
by Bolter&Rail
Aug 30 2017 12:54
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)
Replies: 65
Views: 4202

XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)

Has anyone tried running the XV109 Y'vahra yet? On paper he still has some fantastic damage output capabilities but the range and point cost is a hard thing to swallow. I am wanting to run one and just deploy it on the board, and hope for something juicy turn 1 that is <26" away for the flamers...
by Bolter&Rail
Jun 30 2017 05:23
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Uses for Darkstrider
Replies: 24
Views: 1835

Re: Uses for Darkstrider

Ya I made the amateur mistake of just assuming broadsides were "fly" as well and I didnt bother to screen it when some pesky infantry went to assault him since I just told myself I would fall back and wreck them next turn... Wasn't until I fell back that I realized he didn't have "fl...
by Bolter&Rail
Jun 30 2017 01:30
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Uses for Darkstrider
Replies: 24
Views: 1835

Re: Uses for Darkstrider

Ya I made the amateur mistake of just assuming broadsides were "fly" as well and I didnt bother to screen it when some pesky infantry went to assault him since I just told myself I would fall back and wreck them next turn... Wasn't until I fell back that I realized he didn't have "fly...

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