"Those of you who would flinch at the horrors you commit, those of you who would lament the lives you extinguish, the land we claim, the fields we scour, the towns we burn, the bastions we smash - indeed these are terrible acts we are about to commit. These acts are deeds for good. The fury of war fans the flames of the greater good. For it is ever the star of the Tau'va that guides us through misery, death, and fatigue to emerge once more in a universe re-forged. These men you are about to kill are naught but the building blocks of a new age."
-Aun'O Naganito Kirosasha
A little flavor text to get you into it. True, the greater good is the only justification for our brutal new codex. There's just so much to like about it. I played my first game today against my buddy, who actually helped me craft the list I used.
What a blast! I feel like a young shas'la again, lifting his pulse rifle for the first time. Delighted by its power, but still too inexperienced to wield it elegantly.
Broadsides are still one of my favorite units and attaching a commander with the puretide engram chip made them effective despite the drop in strength. Marker lights are now amazing - combine them with storm of fire for ridiculous woundings. I was rolling 30 shots at times, scoring 15-20 wounds with a single fire warrior squad.
One thing we noticed instantly was that if Tau aren't facing large blasts, they can bunch up and make themselves unassailable. Thus helps them make use of the supporting fire rule and ethereal invocation powers to maximum effect.
Along the same lines, it seems you can't just rush at Tau anymore and hope to make it intact. Enemies will need some sort of long range fire to soften up the battle line before one can advance. We talked after the game about how Guard have what it takes. If you wanna beat Tau, get yourself some Guard allies - manticores for the win! Space wolf long fangs aren't a bad choice either.
I think I want CommanderFar sight. Not to build a farsightbomb as much as to add an element of daring into my games. For the most part, today was about being an effective shooter and maximizing the efficiency of markerlights, instead I want some more action! Farsight could add what I'm looking for. Thoughts?