|Love this pic.|
While previously I have mentioned that the traditional monobuild of Tau is the only way to go, I've been playing around with a different setup. Basically, two-man Crisis squads and two 5-man Fire Warriors in Devilfishes. The reason for the Crisis squad setup is their abysmal leadership and the expense of squad upgrades. Crisis suits are jump infantry with poor leadership, and should they break less than 50% then they can never rally. Also, if vehicles are the target often one of the suits is wasting its shots. And lastly, 3 suits are tough to hid behind cover or vehicles, as one of them is bound to have something hanging out. So, i've been playing two-man squads. They may break, but they will never run off the map unable to rally due to squad size. Also, they're easier to hide. So, I used this strategy in my 1850 list. Heres the list, in case you are wondering:
x1 Shas'o: missile pod, plasma rifle, multi-tracker
3x2 Crisis: missile pod, plasma rifle, multi-tracker
2x5 Fire Warriors: x1 pulse carbine
2x10/5 Kroot/hounds (one squad had 4)
x1 Devilfish: disruption pod
x1 Devilfish: disruption pod
2x2 Piranhas: fusion blaster, targeting array, disruption pod
2x1 Hammerhead: railgun, sms, multi-tracker, disruption pod
x2 Broadsides: advanced stabilization system, squad leader w/ target lock, x1 shield drone
With this list I wanted to make sure I had lots of blockers and bubble-wrap, but kept almost all the firepower of the 2k list. Overall, I feel this is a pretty solid list. The downside of this list is the killpoint count: 20. 20 kill points if i've popped all the drones, 16 if I keep them attached. That is beyond silly. The worst part is, there is no other way for Tau to do it. But, whatever. With two Fire Warrior squads I could potentially claim two objectives, and contest the others with what was left of my force.
Game 1: Me vs Chaos Demons: Major Loss
x8 Bloodcrushers: iron shield (or whatever its called, 3+ armor save)
2x1 Demon Princes
So I brought in my kroot and my commander, and put them in cover. Demons dropped, I shot some, killed a demon prince. He assaulted and killed everyone over two turns. Thats when things took a turn for the worse. Nightfighting stayed in place for 3 more turns! We had 4 turns of nightfighting, so I didn't start dropping his models until turn 5. It took me a couple turns to get everything in, which was no big deal. Basically though, it was a massacre. The nurglings deep-struck into my zone, and 27 fearless swarm wounds per squad was not something I could feasibly take down. So he chased me across the map, devouring my squads, and I ended the game in the top left corner of the map, when i came in bottom middle. Final Score: i got blown away. I lost 8 kill-points, and he had 9 troops in my deployment zone. And his most expensive unit survived. He lost 3 kill points, and had 1 of my troops in his deployment zone. It was brutal.
Game 2: Me vs Eldar: Draw
His list was somewhere along the lines of the following. I dont remember most of the details, as this was my first game to ever actualy fight an eldar army. so the weapon upgrades are pretty much lost to the mists of history.
|only pics i could find were game2 deployment|
x6 harlequins: x2 fusion pistols
3x10 dire avengers: exarch
3x1 wave serpents
x6 warp spiders
2x2 War Walkers: eldar missiles
|my side of the field|
|end of turn 2?|
Game 3: Me vs Grey Knights: Massacre
His list was as follows, i think:
x5 purgations: x2 psycannons
Nemesis Dreadknight: greatsword, h. incinerator
|Prob GK Skulls|
So turn 1, he moves foward. This map has a lot of of blos cover about as tall as half-a-dreadknight. However tall that actually is. But, none tall enough to block a Stormraven. So he moves foward, flips a couple tokens: nothing. He moves the purgation squad and whatever the other was foward, uses astral aim to be able to shoot my kroot, and then i go to ground for a 3+ and nobody dies. My turn, i explode his Stormraven, put a wound on his dreadnight, my piranha squad moves 18" and drops the drones on a marker: its the one! at this point, i run it back 4", and then assault move it another 6". His turn involves moving foward, and the dreadknight killing a piranha and the drones. meh. The rest of the game involves him moving foward towards me, shooting kroot pointlessly, me using Devilfish drones to keep the objective out of firing range of him turn 3 on, and me shooting everything to death besides 8 paladins and draigo. Turn 6 they barely reached the middle of the table, and i rolled a 1 for every wound i put on them! I kid you not, a 1 for every missile pod, every rapidfire plasma gun, every railgun, you name it. It was a massacre in my favor. As mentioned, i dropped everything but the remaining 8 termies and draigo, and he killed 3 piranhas, 6 drones, and 9 kroot from one squad. It was beautiful.
|they forgot the rinse step|
So yes, there it is. I didn't place as high as I wanted, due to loss-draw-win, but it was fun. Until nextime!