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An interesting though occurred to me. Most of us don't take Stealth suits very often and I got to thinking.
Would you take stealth suits more frequently if they were troops?
The idea of stealthed, armored guys sitting on an objective (or outflanking later in the game to move in on one at 12" a turn) is rather appealing. I'm not saying it is good enough to replace our basic riflemen in their wondertanks, but it might be worth considering. At least we wouldn't have to waste precious XV8 slots on the stealth teams.
I'd probably do it - even just making them scoring units still bought as elite choices would work, if buffed up slightly. As it is they just don't compare to XV8s.
An outflanking and fast moving scoring unit with stealth fields and S5 weapons...sign me up.
The stealth field would make them incredibly hard to knock off an objective from a distance with heavy weapons.
Outflank and the jet packs make it possible for them get onto an objective very fast(something the Tau would love to do better).
Here's the nifty thing though... If the stealth suits can take rail rifles in the next codex, and are made scoring units...
We have a unit sitting somewhere you can't shoot them, blasting you with long range AP3 pinning weaponry.
The problem...to make them scoring units and/or improve their weapon options, GW will undoubtedly impose a points price increase. This would most likely resign them to the "only against certain lists" pile.
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EDIT: That being said, he would have 2 less wounds and no option for a super-tank to hide in. ^_^
Last edited by WyteNite; July 15th, 2010 at 10:03. Reason: Added counterpoints for the sake of fairness.
If they were cheaper, I think they would be a lot more popular. As they are now, my current deep-strike tank hunting unit (that I dont like all that much) costs 137ish, I think. Kind of steep for what are easier to kill than space marines.
Stealth suits as Troops are Win. I'd use them in that capacity.
But because they are Elites they are Fail. I'll never use them again until we get a new codex and our build options are wide, wide open.
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I love this idea! Scoring stealth suits would be awesome!
I seriously doubt that GW will make the Stealth a troop choice, the fluff is to set in stone regarding the Fire warrior, the FW is where the Tau start in the Tau forces and they work UP from there. The Stealth suit and the XV8's are worn/piloted by Tau who have earned the right. The Stealth is elite and that is where they will probably stay. The way I see it going is Stealth fields being available on other suits but it will still be an elite thing.
i like this idea, but as riki said its probably not happening.
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I agree with the above.
They should make the XV25/XV22 similar to the XV8,
Unit Type: Jump Infantry (jet pack)
Team: 3-6 models at 22pts/model.
Equipment: Each team member is equiped with stealth armor w/integral stealth field generator and must choose 1 Battlesuit weapon system. Each team member may also select 1 battlesuit support system.
Personally I would consider taking them if it was more like the above, as the different weapon options would greatly improve their usefulness.