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Recently I put my Broadsides, Aun and Pathfinders away for a total mobile army using 2 squads of firewarriors in fishes and the rest of the army can move 12 inches a turn... It has proven to me that Tau can win without heavy firepower and is a great army especially for scenarios and taking quarters. It is very hard to kill but I have had one problem... I never seem to use the firewarriors and fishes to their best ability... and sometimes even just let the warriors ride around in the fishes the whole game because there isn't much else they are good for.
Now, I see tremendous potential in the firewarriors but I am not getting much out of it, and not only with this army, but a basic stand and shoot army as well... Is there something I am missing here? What do you use your Firewarriors for? Because my basic strategy with them is to shield Kroot and Battlesuits or when they are in a fish, to bait out the combat troops.
So basically my firewarriors are standing there and dying while the rest of my army does it's thing... but that's not good enough for me. So please, suggestions would be great.
A little more info about my tau:
I go either fully mobile as described above or I go for firepower with 4 squads of 9 firewarriors, Pathfinders/Broadsides, etc. I almost always field 2 Hammerheads and 4-7 Crisis Suits including a Shas'O. My usual opponents are SW, CSM, Necrons and Eldar (Guardians always have conceal).
First up if you use the stand still approach do you take Kroot ?
Anyway, i use my Firewarriors as support for other units, as i battle IG a fair bit i tend to favour hitting my enemies flanks and tanks (probably my DE instincts) with crisis suits, stealth suits etc. I move the Fire Warriors forward to good positon and let them chip away at the guardsmen while supporting my units.
If i use an assault type tactic i prefer to use devilfish's to get to nice good positions and let my better units form a hole in the enemies line so my fire warriors can move up.
I prefer not too zoom up my firewarriors, disembark, and survive a few turns before dying. In my eyes firewarriors are support troops, not assault troops. I don't know enough about your favoured tactics to tell you what way to use Firewarriors but i find that covering other units from about 25" or so out works quite well because i'm using the firewarriors main strength (long range weapons).
Yeah... I always take a squad of 10 Kroot w/ Shaper, 4 Dogs and the Ld/Sv upgrade... In fact, while most people bash the Kroot... I find as long as the Firewarriors are screening them and they counter charge, they are one of my most effective troops. I also sometimes throw in another squad of the same and Anghkor Prok to dare people to attack my line...
My general tactics are to bait my opponent to me with Stealth Suits or Gun Drones and the range of most of the guns, and then hit them hard with Crisis weaponry. If I stand and shoot I always use Pathfinders to make sure my suits and hammerheads unload, I always use a hammerhead on each flank and screen units behind the Hammerheads... once I find cover close enough the suits break off and hide and the hammerheads usually try to dominate a quarter... The problem is that the board I play on maybe has a little too much cover so usually the firewarriors are forced into moving rather than standing... and if they move they are really not much use. The only thing I really get out of them that I can't out of a Guardsman is that they can shoot down Rhinos themselves.
Thanks for your comments, I see we both tend to use them to support the better units, but my methods usually amount to being pricey meatshields
I think that Fire Warriors really aren't going to be terribly lethal to the enemy at close range - and no doubt neither will he.
I tend to use mine as a baseline - a fixed position where they use their range to shower approaching foes with pulse rifle fire while also being something of a meatshield for my Broadsides (as the only other things that can't really afford to move). They have 30" range and rapid fire - use them.
Of course, that's no reason not to scatter a few dirty tricks among them. The look on someone's face when I assault and blow apart their erstwhile-tankshocking Land Raider with Fire Warriors is just... priceless.