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When I first started my tau army one of the GW employees was trying to inform me of a special rule that the tau drones have while in crisis squads. He was trying to tell me that all the initial wounds on a squad can be placed on and only cause the removal of a single drone. Say the group of 3 crisis has 2 shield drones in it. The squad gets shot at by rapid fire gauss guns. He said that say you take 12 wounds, and only save 6 of them, those 2 drones will take all 6 wounds and you wont lose a single wound on any of the crisis suits. Are any of you aware of this rule because I have skimmed through the codex on many an occasion and have not found a thing to support what the GW employee told me.
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I found this interesting, and so looked it up.
The old codex rule was simply that when a unit containing Drones and other models, the drones must be the first to take wounds. There's nothing about them being able to eat up all the wounds, leaving the other models in the unit unharmed.
So the rules were exactly like current 5th edition rules for complex units, except back then you HAD to take wounds on the drones first.