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by GND
Jan 15 2018 06:57
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Ranged Superiority: How much would you be willing to pay?
Replies: 11
Views: 524

Re: Ranged Superiority: How much would you be willing to pay?

A Broadside behind two Shield Drones is quite durable, basically proof against anti-infantry fire and decent at taking anti-tank fire too with the Shield Drones. With that advantage, and the key T5 that makes almost nothing wound on 2+, I feel like it could be a solid, survivable unit. Oh I thought...
by GND
Jan 15 2018 03:56
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Ranged Superiority: How much would you be willing to pay?
Replies: 11
Views: 524

Re: Ranged Superiority: How much would you be willing to pay?

How much efficiency would you be willing to sacrifice to have a range advantage over your opponent? I would be willing to sacrifice a lot if only for the change in list flavour, However the biggest hurdle I have a hard time overcoming isn't PPW efficiency but rather survivability. A less efficient ...
by GND
Jan 12 2018 02:07
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Phased Ion XV9 v Crisis CIB and Plasma
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: Darkstrider and Phased Ion XV9

The 5+ still apllies though when you get the +1 to BS, since the rend happens on the hit instead of on the wound for the phased ion. Sadly the wording is "on a hit roll of 6" not "6+". So markelights will not increase the chance for it to trigger. It will just trigger on natural...
by GND
Jan 12 2018 01:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Win a Ta'unar Forge World competition
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Win a Ta'unar Forge World competition

I don't think there was a thread about this here, so for those who haven't heard, Forge World is holding a competition this month. If you spend £50 or more on a order, you will have a chance to win a titan. There is a different titan up for grabs each week. This week it's the KX139 Ta'nar Supermacy ...
by GND
Jan 09 2018 06:54
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Revisiting CIB Builds (Again!)
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: Revisiting CIB Builds (Again!)

I stopped using 3xCIB and favor 2xCIB + ATS because of 3 reasons: 1. I find that spending 30 points on drones to make a unit everyone wants to kill more durable is better than spending 30 points on 9 shots on a unit everyone will want to kill even more. 2. With how cover works in this edition, 2+ sa...
by GND
Jan 09 2018 05:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Appeal for Jump-Shoot-Jump
Replies: 43
Views: 1425

Re: An Appeal for Jump-Shoot-Jump

Counterpoint Jump-Shoot-Jump is neither a tactical, skillful nor complex mechanic. It's an easy-to-learn, easy-to-master, all-upside mechanic with mediocre depth and as of 6th edition (when it was changed to 2D6" instead of 6") it's no longer guaranteed and should be called a gamble rather...
by GND
Jan 02 2018 11:59
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Why so much hate on the ghostkeel?
Replies: 7
Views: 546

Re: Why so much hate on the ghostkeel?

The Ghostkeel isn't terrible at all. However, it has the same problem that all big Tau models have right now- it's durable but doesn't output much firepower. For 200+ points it'll get you two Fusion hits on average, or 3 Ion and 2 Burst hits. This means that using an anti-vehicle loadout it'll deal...
by GND
Jan 02 2018 11:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are Razorsharks worth it?
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: Are Razorsharks worth it?

Razorsharks are pretty bad - they provide firepower you can find elsewhere for less points and aren't very durable. As a flyer they are mobile, but after Chapter Approved they cannot capture objectives. They essentially have no role or niche to fill in our army at the moment. The Sunshark however - ...
by GND
Dec 30 2017 07:03
Forum: Rules & FAQ
Topic: XV25 Target Lock and others Support System
Replies: 5
Views: 295

Re: XV25 Target Lock and others Support System

Yes, you can have a Stealth Shas'Vre with markerlight, target lock and an additional support system. As for why the ability is spelled out on the data sheet - we can only guess. I assume it's meant to satisfy the "have as much much rules as possible on the data sheet" philosophy and since ...
by GND
Dec 16 2017 03:27
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Dealing with Custodes?
Replies: 32
Views: 1371

Re: Dealing with Custodes?

If he creates a bubble 10" from the Landraider, that means his Landraider is at least 11" away from the edge of his deployment zone, meaning he lost and entire turn of movement before he can disembark the Custodes into enemy lines. Bubblewrap like this is usually useful for fairly static t...
by GND
Dec 15 2017 04:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is it Still a Strike Team with Pulse Carbines?
Replies: 10
Views: 609

Re: Is it Still a Strike Team with Pulse Carbines?

The unit name on the datasheet is 'Strike Team' and is made out of 5 - 12 Fire Warriors armed with either rifles or carbines. So yes, they would still be called a Strike Team.

Or is this not a rules question, but some weird meta-philosophical language conundrum? I am slightly confused.
by GND
Dec 12 2017 07:54
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to make Pulse Carbines viable for Fire Warriors
Replies: 12
Views: 701

Re: How to make Pulse Carbines viable for Fire Warriors

If I understand you correctly, the proposal is to be able to shoot Photon Grenades with carbines to give them extra range. This is a very minor buff (+ 6" range, our grenades are range 12") and not that useful at all since PG impose a negative modifier until the end of the turn. So you onl...
by GND
Dec 08 2017 08:45
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming T'au Codex
Replies: 1411
Views: 91267

Re: Upcoming T'au Codex

Are you sure you are remembering previous editions correctly? Because in 7th, a single Railhead has ~7% chance to one shot a Leman Russ (considering frontal facing and no cover). That's pretty bad. It could kill AV10 vehicles way better, but still it mostly just crippled the enemy vehicle via the ol...
by GND
Dec 08 2017 04:36
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming T'au Codex
Replies: 1411
Views: 91267

Re: Upcoming T'au Codex

@Draaen Costing units only by measure of points per damage is wrong. You are not taking into account durability nor utility. This isn't something that can be solved by a formula. And even in your possible scenarios, it is completely OK that some weapons will be better on the Commander and some on Cr...
by GND
Dec 07 2017 04:43
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming T'au Codex
Replies: 1411
Views: 91267

Re: Upcoming T'au Codex

Tank: The quad las-pred isn't the be all end all tank and we don't need to, and shouldn't compare our tank to it. It's from a different codex, has different synergies and has a very narrow load out. It is completely inefficient against hoards for example. The Railhead is a more generalist tank, both...
by GND
Dec 07 2017 01:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming T'au Codex
Replies: 1411
Views: 91267

Re: Upcoming T'au Codex

To be honest, you guys are forgetting that we are awful at shooting right now. No, we are not. Not less than we were before any way. The relative power of our shooting in comparison to other factions has changed, but I find that in isolation we have the same killing power as before. I can remove/ne...
by GND
Dec 07 2017 08:33
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming T'au Codex
Replies: 1411
Views: 91267

Re: Upcoming T'au Codex

Getting into combat now is much easier than in 7th/6th. It's not only increased mobility options for various units, re-rolling a single dice of the charge roll (which required a USR before, now a stratagem for everyone), but also being able to remove casualties as you choose. That's one of the reaso...
by GND
Dec 07 2017 04:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming T'au Codex
Replies: 1411
Views: 91267

Re: Upcoming T'au Codex

While I enjoyed JSJ as any Tau player and even remember the good old days when it was a flat 6" move instead of a dice roll that could screw your planing over, it was an often criticized and not-fun-play-against mechanic. It made us feel clever and tricky! (but really it's a basic tactic anyone...

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