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well i just started up space marines after playing guard for a while and i was wondering about some of the common tactics against tau. because I usually play with my friend who plays tau and the tactics i used to use against him were usually just overwelming him, but that doesn't work now so I'm looking for any help possible and i have a lot of old and new models so i should be able to make a variety of units that you suggest.
thanks in advance.
against tau, armour is kind of all-or-nothing. give him a lot of targets, or none at all. if you use armour, I suggest speeders with flamers or H.Bolters, whirlwinds, lascannon/missile dreads, and Land raider crusaders. if you dont, sternguard, vanguard, sniper scouts, bikes, dev squads. alternatively, load up in drop pods with deathwind missile upgrades and away you go.
Don't try to outshoot them and get in close combat as soon as possible. Things that work really well are drop pods, bikes and speeders.
Armor is a problem againts the Tau railguns, so you have to use a lot or nothing.
Whirlwinds are amazing against any army that has no power armor and if you can hide them effectivelly, a couple of them will ruin any Tau player's day.
see the one problem i run into when i play him is all my heavy hitters like tanks artillery and all the other things like that are marker lighted and then rail gunned. because he uses a lot of drones
Once you're in combat railguns are moot.
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