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    Tau Raid Fleet (approx 750 points)

    Hey, I have finally decided to get my second fleet painted and ready to go. I have a small Tau force and though they seem to fare badly in bigger games, they excel in raids when compared to Imperials atleast. The list I am currently using is:

    Protector class Cruiser w/ Kor'El (ld8 + reroll)

    Emissary Class Light Cruiser

    4 Castellans

    4 Castellans

    Total: 770points

    The sheer amount of Tau missiles that this combination can put out is quite nice, and very useful against many forces as from turn 1 I can start harrying their ships and threatening their few capitals.

    Compared to other races, Tau capitals are a little undergunned, but the fleet has four launch bays and the ability to launch 2 bombers a turn, not much but a good way of disposing of crippled ships.

    The one thing I am curious about is - Should I just take more Castellans or keep the Emissary? An alternate list looks like this:

    Protector class Cruiser

    4 Castellans

    4 Castellans

    3 Castellans

    Total: 740 points

    More missiles and firepower, and marginally more staying power (more shields making up for the loss of 1 hit worth of ship).

    What do you think fellow BFGers? More Heavy Escorts and missile spam? Or the Emissary for the 2 Barracuda squadrons and 45cm forward battery?

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    Hi,

    I love the FW Tau fleet, have one myself.

    First of all: going over the point limit is a no-no for me.

    I advice to squadron escorts in unequal numbers (3 instead of 4 or so) but sometimes it doesn't work.

    In 750pts I personally take 2 Protectors, a Kor'el, and 2x3 Tau Castellans (730pts). Since especially the Protectors excel in these circumstances.

    I agree with you the Tau are better at low costs, 1000pts, is great for them. Good raiders. The main reason are the versatile weaponry of Protectors.
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    Hmm, sounds good actually... I get slightly less Tau missiles, and drop some firepower, but get superior range, some Ion cannons and more bomber support.

    Sounds like a good trade off to me . And means buying less Castellans to bolster what I already have .

    Do you squadron the Protectors or have them acting independantly in support ofb the Castellan squadrons?

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    Check this here what I had to write today:
    Port Maw - The Battlefleet Gothic Source: Forums / Tactics, Strategies and Battle Reports / Tau CPF vs Chaos 1000pts

    And no, don't squadron. When used single one can brace and the other can still reload.
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    Excellent thanks. Well having 4 x 6 strong Tau missile salvoes a turn (potentially) will be interesting to say the least . Should put the wind up the average non-Eldar opponent .

    Thanks for the help - I now just need to concentrate on getting a good paint scheme sorted.

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    Here's my Tau fleet:

    I have a third Protector and a seventh Castellan.

    My Gothicomp 2007 Painting contest winner:
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    Very nice, how do you get the White so pristine? I do think that whitei s a very Tau colour for a fleet, though I am tinking of combining it with the more traditional Tau sandy orange-brown in a siilar way to the way you have used the blue on your Custodian.

    Any tips on how to achieve such a clean white effect? The only reason i steer clear of it is because i have never really been able to achieve a clean white coverage on my models except for small parts, I stick to reds and browns alot of the time because they are just alot easier to blend.

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    Well, I wanted to do this fleet white as I never done it before and I wanted a cool striking look for the whole fleet.

    Washed the models,
    then sprayed them white (GW spraycan)
    then painted all, black lines first.
    then I used skull white to go over mistakes and increase the whiteness
    then varnished with Purity Seal (not matte)

    Never gonna paint white again in such large numbers. On all other colours mistakes can be fixed easy but on white it is tedious. Never painted with such precise precision.

    Luckily it all worked out well.

    Also this fleet looks cool in other colours as well. Check out Gothicomp Gallery this year for a real cool Emissary and Protector white/purple.
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    Must have taken you a while! What size brush you gotta use for tiny black lines like that? I'm soon to be getting a FW Tau fleet but I suck at painting and am not the most patient person about so I need a quick-fire but effective paint method as all I have is some Vallejo paints, some Black spray and some Army Painter dip that probably won't fit any of the larger ships in!

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