Yojimbob wrote:leo1925 wrote:Draaen wrote:The big thing though is their cost to me. 3 fire warrior squads and 2 fireblades is a steal for 3 command points and all can do quite well on their own while being relatively sturdy. Plus we like commanders anyways so it's not like we are hurting to fill out HQ slots for the most part meaning the only "tax" is the fire warriors. If sniper drones become reduced in cost or better brigades will be quite accessible to Tau.
I, on the other hand, think that strike teams are quite expensive at 8pts per fire warrior. If the cadre fireblade was a better force multiplier and/or we had a markerlight table that did anything serious to help the strike teams*, but as they are now they are a bit overcosted.
*as it stands now the makerlights help the strike teams on the 1st markerlight, situationally on the 4th and then on the 5th.
I know BS 4+ isn't good but getting those shots at 30" with the potential of 2 shots at 15" unbuffed with str5 weapons on a chassis that has a 4+ seems pretty good to me for 8 points. If anyone has the points of other basic troops I'd like to see them for comparison but I feel like our basic troops is definitely not overcosted. Lots of cheap battalions with hidden lights everywhere.
And they lack any versatility, they are made with a stationary gunline in mind in an edition that really doesn't favor such tactics.
Strike teams cost the same as guardian defenders while having worse BS, much worse WS, better save, a bit better leadership, comperable weapons (ours might be a bit better but i don't think so), situational better overwatch, no versatility and worse force multiplier. Also both have access to only one expensive transport (theirs is better but let's not dwell on that).
When compared to termagants (with devourers for comperable cost) we come out on top because we have better force multiplier (for the shooting phase), both units have no versatility and we have better save. Congratulations, our mainstay troops are more effective at shooting than nid troops.
Let's not even go to AM troops, the comparison makes me sad.