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FW TAU (what to buy!?)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:28 pm 
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Hello!
I was thinking, what to buy from FW to make nice allround TAU army 3000-4000 pts.
-Manta, any use?
-Is 1 Fire warrior pack + some gun drones enough to make needed stands!?
-Kroots?
Etc...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:27 pm 
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I bought one or two packs of everything ... and organize from there ...  But you need an answer from a hard corps, veteran Tau player ... :alien:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:34 pm 
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Personally, I would start by looking at the core Cadres. While some people would drop the Fire Warriors, I would take one choice of each of the three to start.

The Fire Warrior pack has 25 warriors. You need eight bases, meaning an average of 3 per base (and one lonely guy left over). Since Epic allows 3-7 minis per base, this is legal even without gun drones. The bases may look a little empty, but a single gun drone on each brings it up to four miniatures and should look fine.

You can take a Manta at this level, no problems. However, your post states that you want a general list. The Manta will become the real focus of your list at 3000 points, and dominate, leaving you less points for other air caste. To start with, I probably would not take one, and grab some other aircraft instead.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:41 pm 
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Ok, thanks!
Pathfinders/Tetras & Stealth suits?
Number of Tanks and other suits?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:09 pm 
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I had some thought what I'd like to buy for tau.

Following a list what I plan to order. Total points are near 6000 Points if you use all models. So that one has lot of options for 3000 Point games.
I'm not taking a lot of heavy warmachines or Aircraft here.

@Tooniki: The total is propably too much (expensive) for what your looking here. So I hope it is helpfull for you.


REFERENCE DESCRIPTION Price: COST
SG-EPC-T-041  3 EPIC TAU BURST CANNON DRONE TURRETS ?4.00 ?12.00
AW-TAE-F-005  1 AERONAUTICA IMPERIALIS TAU TIGER SHARK AX-1-0 ?14.00 ?14.00
SG-EPC-T-049  3 EPIC TAU RECON PACK ?9.00 ?27.00
SG-EPC-T-048  4 EPIC TAU HAMMERHEADS WITH DUAL MISSILE POD TURRET?7.00 ?28.00
AW-TAE-F-001  2 AERONAUTICA IMPERIALIS TAU ORCA DROPSHIP ?16.00 ?32.00
SG-EPC-T-039  2 EPIC TAU SKYRAY ?7.00 ?14.00
AW-TAE-F-003  1 AERONAUTICA IMPERIALIS TAU TIGER SHARK ?14.00 ?14.00
SG-EPC-I-014  3 EPIC 40,000 TAU STEALTHSUITS ?6.00 ?18.00
SG-EPC-I-015  3 EPIC 40,000 TAU CRISIS BATTLESUITS ?10.00 ?30.00
SG-EPC-I-008  1 EPIC 40,000 TAU COMMAND ?6.00 ?6.00
SG-EPC-I-016  2 EPIC 40,000 TAU BROADSIDE BATTLESUITS ?10.00 ?20.00
SG-EPC-I-005  4 EPIC 40,000 TAU FIRE CASTE WARRIORS ?12.00 ?48.00
SG-EPC-I-013  2 EPIC 40,000 TAU PATHFINDERS ?5.00 ?10.00
SG-EPC-I-004  5 EPIC 40,000 TAU GUN DRONES ?5.00 ?25.00
SG-EPC-T-010  6 EPIC 40,000 TAU HAMMERHEAD WITH RAILGUNS ?7.00 ?42.00
AW-TAE-F-002  2 AERONAUTICA IMPERIALIS TAU BARRACUDAS ?10.00 ?20.00
Total ?360.00

optional: extra Barracudas for ?10.00

Conversions would be the following

18 HH(RG) used for: 10 HH(RG) 4 Devilfishes and 4 for Swordfishes (including weapons from 4 further HH(RG) and 4 HH(DM))

9 Drone Turrest used for: 4 units of Heavy Drones and 9 Robot Sentries.

2 Orcas used for: 1 Orca and 1 Scorpionfish

12 HH(DM) used for: 6 Stingrays and 6 Devilfishes (6 Missilepods used for 4 Swordfishes and 1 Scorpionfish)

6 Skyray used for: 4 Skyrays and 2 Devilfishes  (2 Skyray-Missilepods used in 1 Scorpionfish)

=>  number of left over Devilfishes: 4+6+2=12

Units based with FW: 5 per Base or 4+1Gundrone
Crisis: 3 per Base
Stealth: 4 per Base
Pathfinder 5 per Base
Gundrones: 5 per Base
Heavy Drones: 2 per Base (Drone Turrets are quite big)
Broadside: 1 per Base (LV)

So far my ideas.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:35 pm 
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When I made my Tau purchase (which cost about as much as a black market pancreas) I bought a bunch of drones to stretch my infantry purchases.

And the Manta may or may not make it into your army lists much but you must buy one if you have the means...  If you don't you'll be thinking, "Dang, I got all these great mini's but I don't have the crown jewel in the Tau army" and it will eat at you and eat at you until you buy it anyway, this time paying an arm and a leg for shipping.

Not that this ever happened to me or anything.... :p

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:36 pm 
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I think that i'm going to use 2 crisis/base, 3 stealth/base, 4 gundrones, pathfinders, fire warriors/base, maybe some gundrones to inf bases...


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:04 am 
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And the Manta may or may not make it into your army lists much but you must buy one if you have the means...  If you don't you'll be thinking, "Dang, I got all these great mini's but I don't have the crown jewel in the Tau army" and it will eat at you and eat at you until you buy it anyway, this time paying an arm and a leg for shipping.

Not that this ever happened to me or anything.... :p

*clapping*  :D   :D   :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:05 pm 
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Manta was/is THE reason for me to start collecting TAU...  :D
Hmm, Manta & 1 Tigershark for airpower in 3000pts...  :p


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:00 pm 
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Using Fusionheads for Swordfishes sounds easy, but if i'll use railheads to make them i could use the leftovers to make 6 more Devilfish! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:15 pm 
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Is there any big difference in Railheads & Ionheads? in gameterms?! i could save some ? in sticking in one kind on HH


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:47 pm 
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Sounds about right ... :alien:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:56 pm 
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Btw, would it be rude to mount Tetras & Piranhas in single bases?!
Making the Big order this week... :D


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