Friday, May 22, 2009
Shadowsun: Leader of The Third Phase Expansion
Shadowsun is one of the often over-looked gems of the Tau Empire. Her stealth field, two fusion guns and command-link drone make her a very capable commander if you're leading a force with lots of infantry (and that includes battlesuits). Crisis suits have leadership 8 and have to take leadership tests when their drones die, as per codex rules pg. 31. Plus, battlesuits fall back 3d6" and generally hug table edges so failing leadership test can be a huge loss. Shadowsun's Command link Drone confers her leadership of 10 to any infantry within 18 inches.
Contrary to popular belief, Shadowsun is not a tank-hunter, even with her two fusion blaster. So don't go deep striking her behind enemy lines alone. She should hold back, taking advantage of her stealth field and preventing your troops from fleeing off the table. The fusion blasters are a last defense against attacking forces.
Think of her as an ethereal with some extra kit that actually makes her worth taking.