As of right now i only have an Ultramarine army and it is nearing completion and once it is done i was looking for another army to start and figured that tau have my style of fighting...shooting the crap out of things then beating them to death later (am i right? lol). The main point of this post is asking for help on how to start and tau army and how to use them. i was thinking id start smallish and have a 1000 point army. thank you in advance for all your help.
haha im sure they are...seeing that im an Ultramarine through and through...i read all Ultra books and the last one where they fight the tau has inspired me to start their army seeing the fight they put up with the Ultramarines i was very impressed. what are some of the ways i can field them...is it like the DOW computer game? but i was thinking of a well rounded shoot/attack army and i think the suits do both of those if im not mistaken lol
Post by The Envoy (AWOL) on Aug 21, 2009 8:13:00 GMT -5
Well, Tau can be run in multiple formats depending on your style of play:
1. Static Gunline- Your basic stand and shoot line. I don't really like this style myself, as it cuts down on your objective grabbing ability, and you can easily get pulled apart by fast assault units or outflankers. With this type of list you don't really rely heavily on Crisis Teams, but Broadsides become very much worth it.
2. Mechanized- Again, pretty standard fare, everything that can have a transport does. This is what I normally play, as it provides the most protection for my Fire Warriors, and dropping three Hammerheads can be quite scary for some people. Depending on preference, you can be suit heavy or not. I tend to run my HQ and a Stealth team in smaller games, but in higher points, I take at least another unit of Crisis Suits.
3. Hybrid- Pretty much what you're thinking of. It's a good mix of speed and fire, as you can hold your home objective with some Fire Warriors, and range ahead with Crisis Teams to contest other objectives. Add in a little mobile fire support from a Hammerhead or two, and some static support in the form of a Broadside team or a Sky Ray.
4. Ninja Tau- Because of the way Reserves now work, Ninja Tau is a fairly new option that I'm not really keen on, but it does work. Basically, you start with everything but one, maybe two models in reserve. You then use normal reserve rolls or the Positional Relay to pull in your units from all over when you want them to come in. This style relies heavily on Deep Striking and Outflankers for getting in your opponents face quickly, so it can work for or against you.
Those are the big four styles I'm familiar with. There are others no doubt, but these tend to be the most effective from what I have seen.
yes the hybrid is most likely what i would drift to lol but i could probably explore the mechanized style when i get more into them and get more models/points. thank you very much for all this help and advice. just one more favor to ask. could you give me a good 1000 point army list for me to go out and purchase when i am ready to for the hybrid style? thank you again in advance