Tuesday, May 4, 2010

First Stab a Tau Lists


So, here are some first cuts at some Tau Empire lists. I've been following The Tau of War for kind of a long time.  While I haven't feverishly analyzed his lists, I'd like to think that a few things that maybe sunk in:
  • Fire Warriors are for objective holding, not for leveraging 30" Pulse Rifle shots.  They belong in Devilfish that stay off the table as long as possible.  Small squads, good.  Big squads, wasteful.
  • Shas'el w/ Targeting Arrays are almost as good as Shas'o but cost 15 points less.
  • Shield Drones are good for Broadsides.  Gun Drones are almost as good, and are cheaper for everything else.
... that sort of thing.

I've taken some quick stabs at 1,000 point and 1,500 point lists; I don't have any illusions about them being great, or even good... but they're a starting point.

The 1,000 point list, in particular, seems awful... light to me.  10 Kroot, 5 Suits, 2 vehicles and some stuff that hides off the table as long as possible skeeves the crap out of me.  It'd probably be worth converting that Hammerhead into more Kroot or Stealthsuits or something.
HQ
Shas'el - Missile Pod, Plasma Rifle, HW Multi-tracker, Targeting Array

Elites
Crisis Team x2 - Missile Pod x2, Flamer x2

Troops
Fire Warriors x8
- Devilfish - D. Pod
Fire Warriors x8
- Devilfish - D. Pod
Kroot x10

Fast Attack
Piranha x1 - Fusion Blaster, D. Pod, Flechette Discharger

Heavy Support
Broadsides x2 - Targeting Array x2
Hammerhead - Railgun, SMS, D. Pod, Decoy Launchers
The 1,500 list just stacks on top of that.  Doubles down on the Shas'el, adds a small Stealth Team, upgrades the Broadsides a smidge and adds the Barracuda.

Why the Barracuda?  It's IA, not codex, and points-heavy, I know.  Really, I'm throwing it in there 'cause I want motivation to finish putting the thing together and paint it.  I expect a few games after putting it on the table, it'll be replaced with Pathfinders, another Piranha, and more suits of some sort.
HQ
Shas'el - Missile Pod, Plasma Rifle, HW Multi-tracker, Targeting Array
Shas'el - Missile Pod, Plasma Rifle, HW Multi-tracker, Targeting Array

Elite
Crisis Team x3 - TL Missile Pod x3, Flamer x3, Team Leader w/ Bonding Knife
Stealth Team x3

Troops
Fire Warriors x8
- Devilfish - D. Pod
Fire Warriors x8
- Devilfish - D. Pod
Kroot x10

Fast Attack
Piranha x1 - Fusion Blaster, D. Pod, Flechette Discharger

Heavy Support
Broadsides x2 - Targeting Array x2, Team Leader w/ HW Drone Controller, Shield Drones x2
Hammerhead - Railgun, SMS, D. Pod, Decoy Launchers
Barracuda
Any thoughts?

(No clue on the source of the Fire Warrior image.  Clearly w/o permission.)
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