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Starting Tau - What to Buy Next?
« on: March 29, 2018, 07:42:22 AM »
Hey. So coming back and starting a new list, and I went with Tau. It looks like you can get good mileage out of fire warriors in this edition which super-excited me, as I always like them a lot but not-so-much the look of suits everywhere.

Anyhow...

I picked up the getting started set (ethereal, 3 crisis, 1 fire warrior squad) and a second box of fire warriors.

I'm not looking for a full list just yet, as I want to keep my collection relatively modest until I actually paint it all up. What would make a good next three or four purchases though? Besides a commander, of course.

I was thinking maybe two devil fish, a squad of path finders, and a third squad of fire warriors?

Any thoughts on ideal squad loadouts (or, perhaps more importantly, are there any weapon options that are simply complete lemons to be avoided?)

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Re: Starting Tau - What to Buy Next?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2018, 08:01:03 AM »
With squad load-outs, you don't have that many options, really. Whether you go rifles or carbines is dependent on what you want them to do (and your Sept, to a lesser extent), but you can't go wrong with pulse rifles, overall.

As for what to get next, a Cadre Fireblade is a required purchase for FWs in a Devilfish. The Ethereal is very meh, imho.

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Re: Starting Tau - What to Buy Next?
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2018, 01:01:49 PM »
The Ethereal is going to be left on the shelf for the majority if not all games. Just not worth it. A commander will do a far better and more versatile job.
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Re: Starting Tau - What to Buy Next?
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2018, 11:13:56 PM »
Any thoughts about what to put on the support turrets and/or drones? Or are neither really worth worrying about much?


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Re: Starting Tau - What to Buy Next?
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2018, 11:53:18 PM »
Keep the drones to a minimum unless you're after limited screening units. Support turrets depend more on whom you're usually fighting. A good SMS is wonderful for cover saves but a missile pod in time is better for smacking a vehicle when it comes about. For Gun/Marker Drones and the likes you need someone around with a Drone Controller to make them more useful.

There are stratagems that help with this but they're very situational.
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Re: Starting Tau - What to Buy Next?
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2018, 05:58:02 AM »
Support Turrets are for Strike Teams that are holding still. If they're in a Dfish, skip them. Drones w/Strike Teams I've never found worth it.

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Re: Starting Tau - What to Buy Next?
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2018, 12:40:26 PM »
With the right stratagem you're able to use them twice so there is potential for moving on/off objectives while still maintaining utility.
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