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by GND
Nov 23 2017 03:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming T'au Codex
Replies: 819
Views: 49175

Re: Upcoming T'au Codex

The 'random character becomes a Psyker' is not new. You had that effect on one of the Empyric Storm Cards that came out around the time Gathering Storm started. It was an optional thing you could use with any mission. So technically 'Tau psykers' aren't a new thing. More to the point, I am disappoin...
by GND
Nov 23 2017 03:39
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Have you noticed Tau always seems to have a "crutch" unit?
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Have you noticed Tau always seems to have a "crutch" unit?

I don't know where you played during 7th edition, but Riptides where hardly a crutch or the only powerful unit in the codex. Yes, the Riptide Wing was the most powerful thing you could bring from our 'dex, that's why it was played in the tournament circuit. You always use the most powerful option in...
by GND
Nov 22 2017 06:53
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upcoming T'au Codex
Replies: 819
Views: 49175

Re: Upcoming T'au Codex

I would also like to remind people, that while the leaks seem to be true, partially being confirmed by what was previewed on WC, they are not complete. They look hastily rewritten, don't have the exact rules, are full of typos and at least in one case are missing an entire rule (the IK relic chainsw...
by GND
Nov 22 2017 05:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Burst cannon vs gun drones
Replies: 37
Views: 1020

Re: Burst cannon vs gun drones

Now depending on rules interpretation, we do have a strategy to mitigate this that I expanded on in a different thread about what I call "pocket wounds" or wounds that you can take that don't degrade your army; however, some events and stores don't allow you to pass off successful wounds ...
by GND
Nov 19 2017 03:36
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: The All-Flamer XV8: Tactics Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 1181

Re: The All-Flamer XV8: Tactics Discussion

Well, lets do the math, it's really not difficult in this case. Bodyguards with ATS => 9 * 0.33 * 0.66 * 0.5 = 1 unsaved wound against MEQ. Crisis suits w/o ATS => 7 * 0.33 * 0.66 * 0.33 = 0.5 unsaved wound against MEQ. I'm not going to bother factoring in re-rolling ones (which I guess comes from F...
by GND
Nov 15 2017 04:03
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: The All-Flamer XV8: Tactics Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 1181

Re: The All-Flamer XV8: Tactics Discussion

I have played Stealth Teams in 20+ games and have lost the entire squad turn 1 only once. And that took most of my opponents firepower + a lucky charge with Thunderhammer wielding unit (and that happened mostly a result of him having no other targets) I find that a 4 man team provides a good balance...
by GND
Nov 14 2017 02:25
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: Firebade volley rule double check
Replies: 43
Views: 1056

Re: Firebade volley rule double check

Embarked units are not on the table so they won't benefit from any auras, but the Attached Drones rule on the Devilfish (and other drone carrying vehicles) say that "the <vehicle> is considered equipped with the Drones' weapons". And it is a <Sept> unit, so yes the Fireblades aura would af...
by GND
Nov 07 2017 03:22
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)
Replies: 65
Views: 4243

Re: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)

Yes, what Haechi said :D

Also, units that would actually do some damage after surviving overwatch, as tying it up is pointless. But I remembered Warptime and primarchs in the meantime, and that answers my question.

OFF-TOPIC: Why do people refer to the Y'vahra as a 'she'?
by GND
Nov 07 2017 03:06
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Revisiting the Droneport
Replies: 52
Views: 1110

Re: Revisiting the Droneport

All of which is dependent on Tau tanks getting a big enough boost from the codex to make mechanised Tau competitive in the first place. I wanted to reply questioning how a competitive mech Tau list looks like until I read this :) But I agree, if mech Tau is good I can seen Droneports being good in ...
by GND
Nov 06 2017 12:39
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)
Replies: 65
Views: 4243

Re: XV109 Y'vahra (any feedback?)

I place 4-6 Shield Drones next to it out of LOS. Pathfinders or Coldstars are usually the ones that take the drones. Pathfinders can Vanguard away afterwards, and Coldstars can zip away wherever they want with their ridiculous movement. But I don't play against optimized tournament lists, so the amo...
by GND
Nov 06 2017 12:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Revisiting the Droneport
Replies: 52
Views: 1110

Re: Revisiting the Droneport

Yeah, the Droneport's usefulness seems very dependent on your opponents list, what his ratio of anti-infantry vs anti-tank weapons is. If he overcompensates on the anti-tank side, more Pathfinders would be better, or vice versa. Against a TAC list, I would argue the Droneport has it's place. Denying...
by GND
Nov 06 2017 07:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Revisiting the Droneport
Replies: 52
Views: 1110

Re: Revisiting the Droneport

I have tried a Droneport full of Pathfinders twice so far, with high success (when it comes to increasing the survivability of Pathfinders - debatable when considering other metrics). In both cases it was just 10 Pathfinders inside, as I believe the mere +1 BS for the Marker Drones (stackable with a...
by GND
Oct 30 2017 07:03
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!
Replies: 64
Views: 4122

Re: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!

Yeah, I have tried a brigade 2 - 3 times, and if I remember correctly, lost all games with it. It's not the Troop or FA or Elites, it's the damned Heavy Support. I consider the R'varna the only good heavy support options we currently have, but even that is a heavy points commitment, requires suppor...
by GND
Oct 30 2017 03:33
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!
Replies: 64
Views: 4122

Re: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!

Have you ever considered a brigade? You troops and FA slots can be taken up by FW and drones, cheap and play in a manner which you seem to enjoy. Yeah, I have tried a brigade 2 - 3 times, and if I remember correctly, lost all games with it. It's not the Troop or FA or Elites, it's the damned Heavy ...
by GND
Oct 27 2017 03:22
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!
Replies: 64
Views: 4122

Re: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!

And since there are six objectives in a Maelstrom mission, it's not that absurd to consider that an advancing team of fire warriors can get from one objective to another in a single turn. That has happened to me multiple times actually. I also think it's important to not underestimate the third mar...
by GND
Oct 27 2017 05:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shield drones. I'm totally confused.
Replies: 27
Views: 911

Re: Shield drones. I'm totally confused.

I agree with Panzer on this. The most limiting factor is the "enemy attack" part. The rulebook uses 'attack' all the time, but doesn't say what exactly is an attack. Is Smite an attack? (I think yes) Is an enemy exploding vehicle an attack? (maybe yes) Is a friendly vehicle exploding an at...
by GND
Oct 26 2017 09:04
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!
Replies: 64
Views: 4122

Re: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!

Those two are not troops, have poor leadership, lack Photon grenades and in the case of hounds, cannot shoot (I am also hitting a problem of not owning enough drones, but that's my personal issue).

I was skeptical too. Try it in a couple of games.
by GND
Oct 26 2017 08:47
Forum: Tau Tactics
Topic: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!
Replies: 64
Views: 4122

Re: I'm replacing all my strike teams with breachers... on foot!

But I want to move. I need to move. To job of min squads of Strikes isn't to shoot. Their shooting is negligible. Did you even read what I said? They take up space, hold objectives (Mealstorm of War style), inhibit enemy movement. Fast movement is important for those jobs. Therefore advancing. There...

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