"Traditional" Gunline and XV8 List - 2000pts

Discuss and develop your army list amongst new players and veterans alike.
User avatar
Arka0415
Shas'Ui
Shas'Ui
Posts: 1280

"Traditional" Gunline and XV8 List - 2000pts

Post#1 » Jun 18 2017 08:43

Here's my second attempt at a Tau list at 2000pts. I've decided to focus on a Fire Warrior gunline, supported by Commanders, XV8s, and of course Tactical Drones. It has the feel of a more traditional 5th Edition list (no shiny new toys like Riptides or Ghostkeels) but augmented by two Commanders, Longstrike, and Aun'va to help out with morale. Ultimately it brings a lot of firepower that can deal with heavy infantry, medium vehicles, and (with luck) heavy vehicles. The list might suffer against a true horde army like Orks or Tyranids though. It also brings a high level of Fire Warrior synergy, with a Fireblade, Pulse Accelerator Drone, and Aun'va. There are too few Markerlights, but I only plan on using Markerlights to allow my Ion weapons to re-roll ones to avoid taking Mortal Wounds. The list has 10 Command Points thanks to the high number of HQs, so that's going to be a huge advantage. Anyway, without further ado:

(HQ) Aun'va, Master of the Undying Spirit: 75
-1 Aun'va 65
-2 Ethereal Honour Guard 10

(HQ) Commander: 120
-Base 76
-4 Plasma Rifles 44

(HQ) Commander: 176
-Base 76
-4 Fusion Blasters 84
-2 Gun Drones 16

(HQ) Longstrike: 191
-Base 137
-1 Railgun 38
-2 Gun Drones 16

(HQ) Cadre Fireblade: 42
-Base 39
-Markerlight 3

(Troops) Fire Warrior Strike Team: 80
-10 Fire Warriors 80

(Troops) Fire Warrior Strike Team: 80
-10 Fire Warriors 80

(Troops) Fire Warrior Strike Team: 80
-10 Fire Warriors 80

(Troops) Fire Warrior Strike Team: 80
-10 Fire Warriors 80

(Troops) Fire Warrior "Heavy Weapons" Team: 63
-5 Fire Warriors 40
-1 Support Turret w/ Missile Pod 20
-Markerlight 3

(Troops) Fire Warrior "Heavy Weapons" Team: 63
-5 Fire Warriors 40
-1 Support Turret w/ Missile Pod 20
-Markerlight 3

(Elites) Crisis Battlesuit Team: 257
-3 XV8 Battlesuits 126
-9 Plasma Rifles 99
-4 Gun Drones 32

(Elites) Crisis Battlesuit Team: 290
-3 XV8 Battlesuits 126
-6 Cyclic Ion Blasters 108
-3 Advanced Targeting Systems 24
-4 Gun Drones 32

(Fast Attack) Pathfinder Team: 88
-5 Pathfinders 25
-2 Markerlights 6
-3 Ion Rifles 21
-1 Shield Drone 8
-1 Recon Drone 12
-1 Pulse Accelerator Drone 8
-1 Grav Inhibitor Drone 8

(Fast Attack) Pathfinder Team: 88
-5 Pathfinders 25
-2 Markerlights 6
-3 Ion Rifles 21

(Fast Attack) Tactical Drone Team: 48
-6 Gun Drones 48

(Fast Attack) Tactical Drone Team: 48
-6 Gun Drones 48

(Heavy Support) Broadside Battlesuit: 173
-Base 80
-Heavy Rail Rifle 63
-2 Plasma Rifles 22
-Shield Generator 8

Detachments:
-2 Battalion Detachments
-1 Outrider Detachment

The Pathfinder's drone team would detach and help the Fire Warriors, which would all deploy with the Fireblade and Aun'va between them. The two smaller "heavy weapons" teams could be deploy on far-off objectives. The two Drone Teams would deploy as a skirmish screen in front of the Fire Warrior gunline- I've found that Gun Drones make for better screening units than Kroot. The Plasma Rifle Commander would sit in this group as well, giving them a Mont'ka before flying away and doing his own thing. The Crisis Battlesuit Teams and the Fusion Blaster Commander would stay in reserves and deep strike to destroy critical enemy targets like heavy infantry or tanks. Finally, the Pathfinders will act more as all-purpose snipers with their Ion Rifles, since I doubt Markerlights will be very useful.

Anyway, if you have any ideas on how the list could be improved, or any comments at all, please let me know!

Return to “Cadre Building”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests