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ive been a fantasy player for my whole TT life but im finally branching out into 40K
i was looking at starting either of 2 armies based on what i believe are the best looks, painting, modeling, history and race ethics/belefs etc...
it has come down to the Eldar or the Tau
Im basically wanting to ask what are the strong points of the eldar (in all aspects of their gaming world from their units, strengths, what weaknesses to watch out for, intersting myhtology etc) and why i should collect one.
There is the challenge... Now convince me with your farseeing powers!
If you cant decide, then play Tau, indecision is a fatal flaw for Eldar
Everything you have been told is a lie!
only reason i am indecisive is because i was dead set on eldar all along and when i went to start i already play high elves, wood elves and have a small hand in the dark elves and i got told i would get 'pointy-ear-overload' if i played 'space-elves' eldar so i actually looked at the lists this time and saw the other armies available. Tau wa the only one that *kinda* looked a little similar to the eldar with giant suits and advanced technology...
in that case better to tell us what sort of army you want (shooty, assault based, mechansied, static gun line, etc etc, then we can tell you what is best, Eldar have a vast array of possible armies, Tau generaly have 2 to 3:
1. Fish in a car
2. Fish on the ground
3. Hybrid (some fish in a car and some on the ground)
Everything you have been told is a lie!
this has just made it open the heavens for me... hehe.. fish...
in WFB i am an assault player, i like to be aggresive but to stay static in WFB is boring. in 40k though staying static and shooting isn't too bad of a prospect. i want an army that i can delve into and explore the different paths they can take and i like to be flexible with all of my lists, not all corners lists but have the flexibility to mould to a specific job or to face a particular army. sounds like eldar are for me!
ill read over some stuff and decide what i want later but thanks for 'helping' me decide what army to make
tau have the kill guns, eldar have the invuln tanks.
"War does not determine who is right - only who is left" Bertrand Russell
We bring only death, and leave only carrion. It is a message even a Human can understand.
Tau are pretty much a one trick pony, get past their guns and you can just smile and say "now what yer gonna do"? To which the answer for the Tau is die. Eldar can adapt, Tau are finished if the game isn't based on who has the bigger gun.
I know I already posted on the Tau forum, but I couldn't resist checking this one too..
As a mech-Tau player I should say that Tau aren't essentially static. Aggressive tactics work, they're just aggressive tactics followed by shooting (and generally boarding transports again next turn) instead of aggressive tactics followed by charging.
I'll admit though, Eldar do seem to get a good bit more tactical choice when it comes to the variety of units you can field and how they work.
No army in 40k is truly a one trick pony. Even Necrons (imo the least flexible army in the game) has a small handful of different lists that play differently and require different tactics. That being said, Giant Mantis hit it right on, what tricks the Tau do have focus on shooting. While Eldar on the other hand could likely be considered the most flexible army in the game.
"Fight and you'll never survive. Run and you'll never escape. So just fall, from grace."
I play HE in WFB and i think im spoiled for choice. i found it hard enough making one list let alone 3 i wanted to try so here i remain with 3 HE armies, 1 WE and teh beginings of my DE one(s)
in this case you might say i have 'pointy ear overload' and the eldar will just blow the stack on what choices i have and the endless models available which inevidablely most will end up scttered around my room like cheap plastic toy bits... errr...
with the tau at least i will have a use for each model i buy. this is just cost wise im thinking now.