Beginner's game (500 pts list)

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Boomcrash
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Beginner's game (500 pts list)

Post#1 » Aug 03 2017 12:59

Hey everyone, total nooob here so here we go:
I played once in 4th edition W40k but abandoned the hobby for years. Now I'm coming back ready to (re)learn the game. Therefore I want to make a list so I can get an overview of tau units and tactics. I will be playing a casual game vs necrons. I don't need to build the most optimised list, just one so I can test things and learn. The necron player won't bring any vehicles, just a mix of infantry and elites (warriors, inmortals, flayed ones...).

Here's what I've got:
12 fire warriors (can be used as strike teams, breacher teams or even pathfinders)
1 devilfish
1 fireblade or darkstrider
3 XV8 (or commanders)
10 kroots
3 XV25 stealth team
~15 drones (gun/shield/marker)

Here are two lists ideas:

++ (Tau Empire) [501 Pts] ++

+ Troops +

Strike Team [43 Pts]: Markerlight

Strike Team [43 Pts]: Markerlight

+ HQ +

Cadre Fireblade [42 Pts, 2 Pwr]: Markerlight

Commander [153 Pts, 6 Pwr]: Drone Controller, 3x Missile Pod

Commander [164 Pts, 7 Pwr]: 4x Cyclic Ion Blaster, 2x MV4 Shield Drone

+ Fast Attack +

Tactical Drones [56 Pts]: 5x MV1 Gun Drone, 2x MV4 Shield Drone


And:


++ (Tau Empire) [501 Pts] ++

+ Troops +

Strike Team [43 Pts]: Markerlight

Strike Team [43 Pts]: Markerlight

+ Elites +

XV25 Stealth Battlesuit [90 Pts]: 3x Burst Cannon, 3x XV25

XV8 Crisis [283 Pts]: 3x XV8, 5x Burst Cannon, 3x Cyclic Ion Blaster, Drone Controller, 6x MV1 Gun Drone,

+ HQ +

Cadre Fireblade [42 Pts, 2 Pwr]: Markerlight


Those will cover basic tau "tactics": choosing a good place for the gunline and manta strike positioning.
For markerlights I'm just trying to get reroll ones, so I've thrown a couple of those in the strike teams in case fireblade fails me. I think getting more ML sources with such a small army is not worth it.
What do you think?
For necrons in particular I've been reading that they are vulnerable to high saturation of shots, so pick a target and focus fire on it, right? Any other tips?
(Oh, and I didn't bother about battle-forged and command points cause I don't think I have enough variety of units.)

Thanks!

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Yojimbob
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Re: Begginer's game (500 pts list)

Post#2 » Aug 03 2017 01:28

I like your first list the most as it is built of what are good units that we see in bigger games so it should be a good basis for what you want in the future if you expand on your army. One or two reliable markerlights is fine for 500 points. Don't need more than that in a game that small.

I recommend using the fish with breachers and darkstrider if you get the opportunity to make something that you like around that type of unit. A backfield long range unit like a missilemander and a strike team would be good to pair with that type of list.

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Re: Beginner's game (500 pts list)

Post#3 » Aug 03 2017 01:52

What edition are you playing? 5th 6th 7th or 8th?

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Re: Beginner's game (500 pts list)

Post#4 » Aug 03 2017 01:54

Knives wrote:What edition are you playing? 5th 6th 7th or 8th?


8th edition :D
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Re: Beginner's game (500 pts list)

Post#5 » Aug 03 2017 01:55

Knives wrote:What edition are you playing? 5th 6th 7th or 8th?

Look at the Crisis Suits cost. It's definitely a 8th edition list. ;)

That being said...get rid of the Burst Cannons they are still bad on Crisis in 8th. :P

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