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Tau List Reccomendations

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:59 pm 
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Hi,

I'm new to Epic and I'm almost finished building up a 2000 Point IG Steel Legion Army. I'm looking to start building up another army and I thought the Tau looked pretty cool. So, can anyone reccomend a 2000 Point army that is roughly equal to this;

Steel Legion Infantry Company ? Command Unit + 12 Infantry Units ? 250 Points
Sentinel Squadron Support Formation ? 4 Sentinels ? 100 Points
Flak Battery ? Three Hydra ? 150 Points

Steel Legion Infantry Company ? Command Unit + 12 Infantry Units ? 250 Points
Ogryns ? 2 Ogryn Units ? 50 Points

Steel Legion Tank Company ? 10 Leman Russ including Vanquisher ? 650 Points
Super Heavy Tank Platoon ? 1 Baneblade ? 200 Points
Super Heavy Tank Platoon ? 1 Baneblade ? 200 Points

2 Thunderbolt Fighters ? 150

Total: 2000 Points

I know this is big to ask, but I really don't have a clue.

I've also got another few questions;
1. Are the baneblades that FW sell ok for using in a Steel Legion army? What should I use (Mars pattern)?
2. Does the FW Tau come with bases?

Thanks for any help!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:36 pm 
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The IG list has a lot of armor. Tailoring a Tau force to counter that would be pretty easy: just stock up on Broadsides and Hammerheads. Let's avoid doing so and try to come up with something that'd be fun to play.

First, almost all the FW Tau stuff is gorgeous. The Orca is a real looker. Get one.

Then, go with one each of the core Cadre types: Fire Warriors, Crisis Suits and Hammerheads (pick the RG variant for looks). Then, you absolutely need some Pathfinders and some drones and some aircraft. Let's look at the list:

200 - Fire Warriors
250 - Crisis Suits
375 - Hammerheads

175 - Pathfinders
075 - Drones

100 - Orca
300 - Barracudas

Total points so far
1475

We've got about 500 more to play with. Get some missile boats: Stingrays and Skyrays.

225 - Stingrays
125 - Stingray upgrade
075 - Skyray

There's fifty points left, so there's some room left to play. If cost is not an issue, definitely buy some Kroot. You can use the Orca to transport the Crisis suits or the FWs or the Kroot; lot's of room for experimenting.

The FW Tau do come with bases. It's good to prepare for some snapped ankles and the like, as the resin can be very brittle. Replacing damaged models with drones or just empty ground seems to work well.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:09 pm 
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Thank you very much. That's exactly what I was looking for.

I'm really looking forward to getting started with the Tau, the models look awesome.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:11 pm 
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Sorry about the double post.

I can't seem to find any stingrays on the Forgeworld store, do I need to convert them? If so, from what?

Cheers.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:16 pm 
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(Mung0 @ Feb. 21 2008,17:11)
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I can't seem to find any stingrays on the Forgeworld store, do I need to convert them? If so, from what?

I believe most people use the Hammerheads with dual missile pods for Stingrays.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:24 pm 
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(Chroma @ Feb. 21 2008,17:16)
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I can't seem to find any stingrays on the Forgeworld store, do I need to convert them? If so, from what?

I believe most people use the Hammerheads with dual missile pods for Stingrays.

Product Code SG-EPC-T-048

Yes. A number of the units in the Tau list dont have dedicated models - Stingrays, Swordfish, Morays, Scorpionfish, Heavy Drones, sniper teams, Vespids, etc

Chroma is correct. I personally use the MissileHeads as Stingray.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:23 pm 
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Thanks CyberShadow and Chroma.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:31 pm 
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I keep harping on FW to sculpt a new turret to represent the Stingray (picture an enlarged  Skyray turret, but with 4 quad-mounts like racks of Hellfire missiles, and bigger missiles)... I've got partial work done on a 40k-scale version, but until FW bites, use the missileheads.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:01 pm 
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here is my convertion. missle head with copy of the ax-1 missle pod.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:30 am 
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Cool. Any chance of a front view?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:10 pm 
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N.P. C.S. i'll get one up over in the modeling section soon. i want to post my moray too, but i am still trying to get over the shame i feel when posting my figs on the same web site as warmaster and tuffskull and there ilk.  :D

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