Personal request: make our missile pods and rail rifles less obscenely expensive.
I would have them be more obscenely powerful
I agree with the rest
I might agree with Missile Pods, but I actually -Really- like Rail Rifles where they are. I always take at least 2 per pathfinder squad. They are just an amazing weapon. I'm pretty sure it's not in vogue to say that... but yeah, I love Rail Rifles. I think my returns for Rail Rifles and my returns for Pulse Rifles are about equal. I always get at Least 1 Mortal wound per rail rifles in a game, and I always get multiple D3 shots landing. The biggest limiting factor for me not taking more pathfinder squads at this point, is that without protection pathfinders are target 1 for people, and rail rifles are 22 Points!
I mean... Guard have the Plasma Gun, which is 7 points on models with a ballistic skill of 4+. The difference is that the guard version has Less AP, and less Range by 6"... but is by default S7 or 8, with a possible 2 damage. 6" range and 1AP doesn't seem worth 20 points. And then if it's about Damage... well, the Grenade launcher does D3 with a Krak grenade. But then a grenade Launcher costs 5 points.
Like... I'd accept 12 points here, 15 in a pinch. But 22? A rail rifle is good, but it's not -That- much better than a plasma rifle though, and those are 11 points. Just eyeing the models, I bet if you got 2 Tau pathfinders, one could prop a plasma rifle on his back, while the other pulled the trigger... And that'd be -LESS- expensive than a single Railrifle wielding pathfinder! I'd stop what I'm doing right now and convert a few models for that hilarity.
What I did tonight, and I'll probably do again, is to use shieldwalls for transports for my pathfinders (Open top and that 3 Markerlight to not fire at the movement penalty is kind of amazing), and that kind of makes pathfinders survivable on the field... but to be honest, I've just been so frustrated with Rail Rifles over the past few weeks, because just like Crisis suites they are a great weapon with one Huge flaw right now.