[Phase 1] The 8th Edition Academy Project Introduction and Table of Contents

Discuss tactical and strategic development for 40K/Tau.
User avatar
Czar Ziggy
Posts: 566

[Phase 1] The 8th Edition Academy Project Introduction and Table of Contents

Post#1 » Aug 13 2017 09:26

Tau'Va Commanders and members of the other castes. I would like to begin to lay out the ground work for a project that we were only beginning to start thanks to Ell'ran at the end of 7th Edition. As some of the older members of the forum may remember, we had a very comprehensive guide to many topics in our Academy Articles Sub-Forum back in 5th Edition. These ranged from complete game overviews and breakdowns of our various unit entries and war-gear, to tactical strategies using different combinations of units (such as the Fish of Fury).

Now, it's still too early to really begin drafting articles at this moment in 8th because we are still learning and discovering new things, plus we are still awaiting our new codex, which should be in our hands no later than the end of 2018. However, now is a good time to start organizing topics as some are disappearing quickly under the heavy posting traffic we've been getting over the past few months. I have done a search through all our topics dating back to the launch of 8th Edition to create this table of Contents.

This brings me to the purpose of this thread. This thread will serve as a quick reference to what topics of discovery we have on-going to various units and tactics. These articles will be very useful once we start [Phase 2] for looking at the information that we have compiled here at ATT and will be the source material for many of these articles. Please note that if I have overlooked a thread, feel free to PM me or post it in this thread and I will update the Table of Contents. Also, feel free to start topics on units and war-gear that do not have a dedicated thread as of yet. The more information we can gather, the better our Academy articles will be. Our goal for the Academy is to have the best and most Advanced Tau Tactica on the internet.

Table Of Contents

Unit Entries


-Commanders and XV8s - What loadouts will you bring in 8th Edition?
-Deploying the QFC - what's the best way?
-4 x CIB on a Commander is FUN
-Danger Close Support

-Rising Star: Cold Star Commander In 8th Edition


Cadre Fireblade
-Fireblade's volley fire with drones
-Cadre Fireblades: Our true Markerlights

Commander Farsight

Commander Shadowsun
-Shadowsun vs fusion commander



-Darkstrider + Stealth Suits
-Uses for Darkstrider

-Longstrike Tank Ace
-An interesting application of Longstrike's hull shape and terrain.
-Keeping Longstrike Alive

-Shas'o R'alai v. Missile Pod/DC Commander



Striker Team

Breacher Team
-Breachers are still good

Kroot Carnivores
-Kroot Carnivores article - early preview

Drone Sentry Turret


Kroot Shaper

Kroot Krootox Riders

Firesight Marksman
-8th Ed Firesight Marksmen (without Sniper Drones)

XV25 Stealth Battlesuits
-Stealth Suit Deployment - Infiltrate
-8th edition Stealthsuits
-Stealthsuits for Markerlights (8e)

XV8 Crisis Battlesuits
-8th edition crisis suits
-XV8s - What to take with CIBs
-XV8s - From Theory to Tabletop
-XV8 Flamer Discussion

XV8 Crisis Bodygaurds

XV89 Crisis Battlesuits

XV84 Crisis Battlesuits

XV95 Ghostkeel Battlesuits
-Tau Ghostkeel....is it a viable option>?

XV104 Riptide Battlesuits
-RIP riptide

Fast Attack

Kroot Hounds

Pathfinder Team
-Pathfinders: Ion Rifles or Rail Rifles (or none)
-Pathfinder Drones - Look better on paper?
-Pathfinders, the unsung heroes.
-Grav Inhibitor Drones

Pathfinder Tetras
-Tetras - worth it?

TX4 Piranhas

TX42 Piranhas

Tactical Drones
-Drones on 8th : Which ones/where?
-Marker drones and you
-Why 8th Gun Drons as OP
-How will you use Shield Drones, post-FAQ?

Vespid Stingwings
-Vespid Stingwings article - early preview

XV9 Battllesuits
-XV9 Hazard Support Team - 8th ed. discussion
-Xv9 with DBBC is anything better point for point?

XV109 Y'Varha Battlesuit
-Fresh from Forge World - XV109 Y'vahra for 8th!
-The Y'Vahra - A tactica

Heavy Support

MV71 Sniper Drones
-A use for sniper drones?
-Sniper Drones, hitting on +3?

TX78 Sky Ray Gunship

TX7 Hammerhead Gunship

XV88 Broadside Battlesuits
-Broadsides in 8e
-XV88 Broadsides in 8th ?
-Not taking Missile Drones on Broadsides?

XV107 R'Verna

Heavy Gun Drones
-Heavy gun drones in 8e


AX3 Razor Shark Strike Fighter

AX39 Sun Shark Bomber
-Let's talk about the Sun Shark

AX52 Barracuda
-Barracuda viable?

Remora Drone Stealth Fighters

Tiger Shark
-Airwings and the Tiger Shark Fighter-Bomber


Dedicated Transport

TY7 Devilfish Transport

Lord of War

KV128 Stormsurge
-What's the best support systems for a stormsurge?
-Stormsurge stabilizing anchors and destroyer missiles
-Stormsurge PBC uses

KX139 Ta'Unar Supremacy Armour


Tidewall Droneport
-Droneport and pathfinders

Tidewall Shieldline
-8th Edition - Tidewall Fortifications
-Tidewall and Piranha thoughts.
-Shieldline rule and dice roll rules.

Tidewall Gunrig

Sensor Tower

War Gear
-Support Turrets in 8th Edition
-Fire warrior pulse pistols?
-Gunslinger pathfinders or other infantry units
-Pulse Carbines almost useless
-8th Ed: Cyclonic Ion Blaster vs Burst Cannon
-Photon Grenades -- What's the Point?
-Mathhammer - Markerlight Sources
-Markerlight sources and their accuracy
-Know your Support Systems.
-Homing beacon question
-Seeker Missiles
-FAQ UPDATE: ATS now a must include on Suits?
-Multi-Tracker Clarification
-Early Warning Override

Warlord Traits
-Warlord Traits


-The MantaCore
-Modified Fish of Fury Tactic?
-My battleplan...
-Combat Handbook: Tips and Tricks for Tau

Czar Ziggy
Last edited by Czar Ziggy on Dec 03 2017 09:58, edited 3 times in total.

User avatar
Czar Ziggy
Posts: 566

Re: [Phase 1] The 8th Edition Academy Project Introduction and Table of Contents

Post#2 » Aug 14 2017 04:22

Please note that this thread has been stickied in the Tactics sub forum for ease of access.

Czar Ziggy

User avatar
Czar Ziggy
Posts: 566

Re: [Phase 1] The 8th Edition Academy Project Introduction and Table of Contents

Post#3 » Feb 13 2018 06:26

Hello everyone at ATT!

I just wanted to bring this thread up again as we near our codex release. I'm hoping we can use this thread to ear mark various threads that we've been developing over the past months to help keep track of topics we've started to talk about, and others we might need to start talking about moving into writing the academy articles. If you see a thread that should be in here, post the link below below or PM it to me to get it added.

I would also like to take this opportunity to start a conversation about what our academy articles should look like / consist of. In the past, the academy articles of old (4/5th edition) were designed to help players maximize the use of a given unit/war-gear/tactic. It always had a competitive focus, but did not go so far as to suggest not using the item that was the focus of the article (eg; why use Vespid when Crisis can do the job better). As any member of the community can participate to write article submissions for the academy, I would like to suggest that when writing an article about a given topic, that you look to explain how best to maximize the usefulness of the thing you are writing about, even if it is sometimes not obvious, or might only seem to have a place in casual games.

This is also all about community involvement as well. While one member may be the one posting, it takes the community as a whole to bring their collective experience together to help flesh out an article. Don't be shy about collaborating together to make the best articles. These will help not only new members/player to the T'au faction, but can also help to teach a few of us old dogs some new tricks.

Also, a reminder to those beginning to write their submission articles to follow the thread title header;
[Article Submission] Topic
as outlined in the Submissions for the Academy Articles [2017] guidelines in the academy articles sub-forum.

A wonderful example article from when we were gearing up in 7th to do new articles is this one by BabaGanoosh;
[Troops] Firewarrior Team

Thank you for your time.

Czar ZIggy

User avatar
Posts: 3282

Re: [Phase 1] The 8th Edition Academy Project Introduction and Table of Contents

Post#4 » Feb 13 2018 07:45

Looks like a fantastic project, I'd be glad to contribute!

Since the goal of making a this "Tau Tactica" is to produce articles, the first step should be to identify the important topics, and then read through those threads again to find not only the "answers" to the important questions, but also the key information that supports the conclusion.

However, identifying the important questions and issues might be tricky right now, since we don't know what is going to change.

Anyway, looking forward to it!

User avatar
Posts: 868

Re: [Phase 1] The 8th Edition Academy Project Introduction and Table of Contents

Post#5 » Feb 14 2018 01:51

Czar Ziggy wrote:
A wonderful example article from when we were gearing up in 7th to do new articles is this one by BabaGanoosh;
[Troops] Firewarrior Team

I updated that article to 7th from a much older article by BabaGanoosh - the format is OK (other than us losing the images of course) but I feel it could usefully be tweaked for 8th. I did make some suggestions in the academy curriculum development forum which seemed like the best place for that discussion.

Return to “Tau Tactics”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests