GND wrote: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.
Yes it's a meta question rather than rules, as I'm working on military terminology for the lexicon. The original Tau lore had different terms for different weapon load outs on crisis suits and vehicles. Example: an ion cannon hammerhead tank is a TX-76, but a railgun hammerhead is a TX-78.
For pulse carbines going all the way back to 3rd edition could fire photon grenades force them to "go to ground" and thereby keeping the unit from moving or shooting - "pinning the unit". This is no longer a thing in 8th edition.
However, in a historical context, it would seem that if a pulse rifle unit is called a "striker team"; then a unit armed with pulse carbines might be called something else. Like maybe a "suppression team"?
Okay, so it is no longer in the rules, but it does make sense IMHO.Military Terms for Fire Warrior Teams - Tau EmpireTau EmpireTeams
Ka’rua...... ...Strike team (Pulse rifle)
Mankar’rua ...Suppression team (Pulse carbine)
Tseuk’rua .....Breacher team (Pulse Blaster)Weapons
Aiski’tak........Hand bomb (demolition charge/explosive)
Aiki'gar’tak.....Hand grenade (any hand thrown explosive - generic