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Interesting points to note are:
-A basic Railgun HammerHead costs around 150 pts, but the rail gun isn't twin-linked.
-A broaside costs around half those points, but they have TL railguns.
-Hence for each hammerhead rail gun, you can instead roughly have 2 TL railguns.
Broadsides themselves are quit solid, with a good save and multiple wounds.
So does this make HaMmErhEaDs, relatively cost inefficient? Or redundant.
Hammerheads do have a number of other advantages you've overlooked a little though. For sheer tank busting, then its Broadsides all the way. But the Hammerhead has speed on its side, as well as the Sumbnumition option.
So no the Hammerhead is very far from redundant and also to make a unit truly as efficient as a Hammerhead you have to pay for shield Drones, A.S.S and target lock (so one has to be a team leader minimum) and suddenly the cost goes up by 55pts to a total of 205pts on average for your two man unit. Not so cheap then eh, no one takes vanilla XV88's if they know what they are doing.
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It depends what style army you play as to whether or not you take broadsides or hammerheads, or both even. Im a mech tau player, hence I would choose Hammerheads any day of the week. As Phoenix said, there are a number of great benefits hammerheads get over broadsides ie: more maneovarable, so it can get into place easier and faster, and most importantly the submunitions, an excellent horde killer which you wont see on a broadside.
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The railhead is the ultimate in flexibility. There's a reason it's been the traditional backbone supporting mech Tau armies. You can never go wrong by taking a pair of railheads in any Tau list.
My own personal preference, however, is to use more specialized units rather than generalized. I use broadsides for dedicated tank hunting, and usually include an ionhead for dedicated infantry-hunting. I feel that my list is more efficient this way ... but obviously that focus has downsides as well.
ninjabackhand: point and click, again, really? even after i give you an military term "shock tactic" you still call it point and click.
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Hasn't this topic already been discussed like an innumerable amount of times?!
Lurking and digging can provide very useful.