[Transport] Devilfish Troop Carrier
Outline of the uses of the Devilfish Troop Carrier for Tau
armies in the 5th Edition of Warhammer 40,000
Authored by SpartanTau
"214, Tank 214. Evac at W-1282-X. Repeat, evac at W-1282-X." Shas'Ui Kak'aloh turned down the volume before cycling the engines for take-off. The Devilfish's hull began to subtly vibrate as the power increased to both the main engines and the gravitic repulsion plates studded along the bottom of the craft. When full startup was complete, a process that only took moments, Kak'aloh began backing the tank down the ever-dropping rear ramp of the Manta.
The craft hit turbulence just as the nose exited the missile destroyer, but the years of training allowed Kak'aloh to quickly stabilize the craft. In most situations, the Manta would have slowed, even stopped, before deploying the up to four vehicles it could carry, but the enemy's AA fire had made that short stall too much of a risk for the Air Caste pilots.
Not like I've never done this before, Kak'aloh thought as he monitored the numerous readouts as the Devilfish began slowing its descent, lightly leveling out just over the tree line.
The Shas'Ui punched the throttle, dipping closer to the folds of the planet as he followed the waypoint marker to the distressed Fire Warrior team. Most of the fighting was still off to his right, and the range was such that the various visual distortion equipment would prevent any engagements until he neared W-1282-X. A warning indicator flashed on the screen: one of the Gue'La's primitive heat-seeking missiles was tracking the tank.
"Like that could stop this," he said while cycling the thermal drones almost absentmindedly. The reassuring shockwave from the explosion against the radiative defensive shield that momentarily shrouded the vulnerable thruster arrays came soon after, and Kak'aloh continued on.
On the final approach to the pick-up site, he loitered briefly behind one of the destroyed Gue'La buildings to pummel the attackers with a salvo of drone-controlled missiles before arching around to evacuate the beleaguered team.
"Thank the Aun you're here," Kak'aloh heard the Fire Warrior Shas'Ui say soon after the rear ramp dropped. The remains of the team quickly loaded up in the rear hold while the Devilfish continued raining missiles down on the now-pinned enemy infantry.
"Don't thank me," Kak'aloh responded through the intercom, "thank the technology of our Empire."
The Devilfish Troop Carrier is the Fire Caste’s mobile personnel carrier, able to rapidly redeploy Fire Warriors on the battlefield behind a protective armored skin. That does not mean that the Devilfish is without teeth; its nose-mounted Burst Cannon and Gun Drone accompaniment are dangerous to enemy infantry, and it may replace its Gun Drones with a Smart Missile System.
As a Dedicated Transport, the Devilfish can only take part in a game of Warhammer 40,000 when purchased as a transport option for one of two units: Fire Warrior Teams and Pathfinder Teams. The Devilfish can carry up to twelve infantry models, usually either a Fire Warrior Team or a Pathfinder Team, but may carry any infantry unit (an Ethereal, Fire Warrior Teams, Kroot Carnivore Squads, Pathfinder Teams, Vespid, Drone Squadrons, and Sniper Drone Teams). Although Battlesuit Teams are classed as Infantry, they may not be transported as the Devilfish's own rules state that no bulky, very bulky, or extremely bulky models may be carried.
Certain sets of upgrades taken with a Devilfish have become more prevalent than others based on how they perform, the cost associated, and numerous other factors. The two following builds are explained in more detail later in the article but are alluded to in the upgrades section. These names are also commonly used as shorthand for the particular Devilfish, as it conveys the same information as a longer description.
- Warfish: A Devilfish that has replaced its Gun Drones with a Smart Missile System.
- Note: This particular Devilfish may also be called a 'Smartfish' due to the name of the added weapon system.
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