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Hey all, im thinking of making a Tau special character, the guy from the Firewarrior game. pretty sure he was a shas'ui, havent played that game in years. I am making him similar to how veteran sergeant naaman from the old dark angels codex works, ie one firewarrior squad can be lead by him by upgrading the current squad leader etc etc. he will have his own stat line and rules and all.
ok so heres what i am thinking.
Shas'Ui Kais + 52 points
One Firewarrior squad in a Tau army may be led by Shas'Ui Kais. For + 52 points, the normal Shas'Ui in the squad is upgraded to be Shas'Ui Kais. He must be used exactly as described below, and may not be given extra equipment unless otherwise stated.
Wargear: Photon Grenades, Pulse Rifle, Bonding Knife
Combat Training: Kais has had extensive training in the use of many Tau weapons and tactics, through his many years in service as a Firewarrior. He is able to utilise effectively any weaponry the Earth Caste pass onto him, co-ordinate his squad's movement and fire, and spot the weak points in enemy resistance. In game terms he counts as being equipped with a Hard-wired Target Lock, and may exhange his Pulse Rifle for one of the following weapons at the points cost indicated:
Shas'Ui Kais may exchange his Pulse Rifle for a Pulse Carbine at no additional points cost.
He may exchange his Pulse Rifle for a Burst Cannon for +6 points. (Note: Due to the fact that Shas'Ui Kais is not in an XV battlesuit, it is harder a for him to fire on the move. His Burst cannon counts as a Heavy 3 weapon.)
He may exchange his Pulse Rifle for a Rail Rifle at +9 points.
Led By A Legend: Kais' infiltration and rescue of Ethereal Ko'Vash from the grip of the evil Chaos Gods, he has gained great reknown across the Tau empire as a Legend of the Greater Good, inspiring any warrior around him to continue the fight. The squad Kais joins never counts as being below half strength for the purposes of capturing table quarters, leadership modifiers etc. However, should Kais be removed as a casualty, the squad he was part of immediately falls back, as they try to preserve the body of their fallen veteran brother.
Undying Faith In The Greater Good: Kais would sacrifice his life if need be, to continue the cause of The Greater Good, thus giving him the faith and courage to brave any foe. For all leadership tests, Kais rolls 3D6 and discards the highest.
So wat do u guys think? too overpowered? too many points? etc etc please post your opinions.
Back when the Firewarrior game was released GW actually created a model and stats for him.
I'm not sure which WD it was in though, I can't seem to find that particular magazine. But there should be a reference to it somewhere on the GW website.
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i kno, i just felt like making my own home rules
This I like. I like to se home brewed special charecters that aren't like, so ber powerful that they would destroy everything like so many special charecters.
If you brough this guy to the table, I would let you play him. His rules are interesting and balanced. Good job!
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Wow you should apply for a job at GW cause obviously they cant make a decent character for the Tau. I would play him and his points cost seems fair so do his pros and cons. But what i really like are the additional weapons he can use cause it never made sense to me why this advance civilization only gave their basic troops an option of two weapons. Personally i would like to see a larger variety in the tau units, or at the very least a new alien race.
thanks for all ur feed back guys. i think the character is good and balanced, and yeah lol, GW cant make good characters for Tau, the only good one they had they got rid of.... Soon im going to work on creating a model for him, based off the pic off the cover of the game.
I'm just going to make a few random comments. Take them or leave them as you will.
- How did you calculate the points value? Just wondering; he seems to cost an awful lot simply for being a team leader, though he does have some amazing special rules.
- The Bonding Knife is a bit redundant due to the fact that its effect is covered under the Lead By A Legend rule. Also, the text of the rule can be shortened to simply "a squad lead by Shas'ui Kais never counts as being below half strength". Also, I'm not sure how effective or relevant the second part of the rule is as Kais will almost never be wiped out before the rest of the squad unless you are facing an Inquisition army with a Vindicare or an army that can actually make use of the rule that allows the opponent to pick which models in your unit die. Perhaps you could make any squad within 6" take a Morale check, similar to the Ethereal's Price of Failure rule?
- Personally, I think that rolling 3d6 Leadership and picking the highest is a bit much, even in the case of Eldar and their confounded Runes of Witnessing. In my opinion, Kais is never really described as being a particularly heroic or inspiring leader, just a highly capable Fire Warrior and this is represented by his stats and the ability to carry numerous non-standard Tau weapons. Anyway, I would recommend reconsidering this rule, but it's your call. You could justify a points drop if you cut this out.
Pretty good overall. Getting your hands on a copy of the GW rules for Kais would help in determining what they originally wanted Kais' role on the battlefield to be. It would be interesting if he could be put on the table as a lone model that functions like an Independent Character.
I didnt exactly calculate the points cost, i just guessed at a random cost that i thought would suit him. i thought the cost balanced out his special rules quite a bit.
as for the bonding knife bit, i just really chucked it in there, in the game he had a sword, and i didnt really wanna give him any special one in the rules here, so i just made it his bonding knife.
yeah i could shorten the led by a legend rule quite a bit, and i think i will change the rule actually. i jsut wanted him to be like the guy that everyone looks to in a battle, the guy that everyone knows and has heard of, and is in awe of such an awesome hero. maybe i should just make it any firewarrior unit within 6" use his leadership instead.
i think ur right about the 3rd rule, using 3D6 is a bit much. maybe replacing it with the option of re rolling failed tests? i jsut thought that u kno, infiltrating a chaos world and all that, hed sorta be a bit on the fearless side, but i didnt want him to be fearless, as i wanted him to be able to lead squads into battle. or maybe it is a good idea to jsut drop the rule and his points cost.
ok so heres wat im thinking. ill keep the same rules as above, except change the following:
Led By A Legend: Kais' infiltration and rescue of Ethereal Ko'Vash from the grip of the evil Chaos Gods, he has gained great reknown across the Tau empire as a Legend of the Greater Good, inspiring any warrior around him to continue the fight. Any firewarrior unit within 6" may use Kais' leadership instead of their own.
ok so that rule is settled.
and then the 3rd rule, itll either be dropped altogether, and points adjusted to suit it, or it will be changed to the folllowing:
Undying Faith In The Greater Good: Kais would sacrifice his life if need be, to continue the cause of The Greater Good, thus giving him the faith and courage to brave any foe. Kais and his firewarrior squad never suffer any negative modifiers on any leaderships.
ill lower his points cost to maybe 30-40 points.
tell me wat u guys think of the nes stuff.