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I looking to make a new army mainly to beat down tau. I'm looking to get input on what sort of tactics and strategy's other sm's use vs tau that are effective.
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Look into Ravenwing. Tau HATE Ravenwing.
If you don't want that, just load up on assult squads and LST's. That usually works ^_^
What you want to do is divide their firepower so losses per unit are kept to an acceptable level. Be careful for mech tau though; they hurt like hell and are almost impossible to out-maneuver (hence my reccomendation of Ravenwing )
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I would suggest, avoid tanks, avoid footslogging. Deep strike up close with drop pods, or maybe infiltrate some units with teleport homers. Deep striking landspeeders is nice b/c they drop in and can fire away! Deep striking assault marines takes much more care b/c they have weak shooting and must stand still (in a tight group, nonetheless!) and take a tau pounding for one full turn. (The squad will probably be wiped out in that brief time if they are in the open. You will want to deepstrike them behind some terrain, which they can jump over in the next turn...
A tactic I like is when using the trait Cleanse and Purify, put 2 meltas in a squad and drop pod it right in their lines by their tanks. Marines step out 6 inches from the tank and two shots! Almost a guarantee to crack that tau tank. Also, you can do the same with two plasma except you drop by the crisis suits and rapid fire! The bolters will mow some down and the plasma makes 'em either pop like popcorn, or melt like chocolate in the sun (can you tell I have not had lunch yet?)
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I've only played against Tau a couple of times. But I felt I should point out this article on the front page of the LO that's for taking on Tau with SMs.
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i beat tau by deepstrike 2 termie squads on both flanks and let them assault and a bike squad with chappy in the front while my 2 dev squads taked care with the hammerheads
I play a footslogging, tank heavy Space wolf force, so you'd imagine id have a really hard time with Tau, but all things considered, the combination of dodging around cover, deepstriking wolfscouts (not quite deepstriking but any deepstrikig unit will have a similar effect) and a hell of a heavy bombardment with a whirlwind and a Russ Exterminator have been helpful in wiping out his infantry. Course, it all depends on the tau player you face, mine likes a mix of firewarriors and tanks to an exclusio of all else, so I can fight him in much the same way I would play any shooty tank heavy army.
Mind you I have seen my Russ blown by a single firewarrior who shot it in the back, Turning face and trying to complete my objective appears to have been a mistake. Ah well, it only blew up and killed 3 other marines... Let that be a lesson for the future.
Last edited by Morkai; May 23rd, 2006 at 22:33.
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THough I am a chaos player I can say this as general advice.
Indirect fire is great. I use a Defiler but I think a Whirlwind can do some damage too. The advantage is you can shoot what you cannot see- Battlesuit. Combine this with speed (Bikers/assault marines) and infiltrators.
If I were to play loyalists I would consider allying with the Inquisition in order to get me a good old assasin, the female one can cause serious havoc among the battlesuits, not to mention the deployment-trick.
"Your battlesuits stands in front of the cover, he he"
Jump Packs and Drop Pods, as many as you can take. Little to no models with an Armour Rating, they will just pop. Minimize the number of points you put into HQ (just a jumping chap probably) and make sure that you get close as fast as you can. Although I only have one bike, I hear they are devastating to the Tau, so that couldnt hurt.
Best of luck,
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