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    Are shield drones good? if so Where can you buy them?

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    Shield drones are good as long as they're the majority of a squad. Two of them to a single Crisis suit or Broadside suit can keep that unit alive for quite a while. use them pretty much any other way, though, and they're useless. You can order shield drones out of a GW bits catalogue (likely to be found at your LGS) or you can get them in Stealth suit Shas'ui packages (and probably some other blisters I don't know of) Also, you can take a normal gun-drone, steal an antennae from another gundrone and a shield generator from one of your crisis suits, and models one yourself. It's not perfect, but it'll do.

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    Actually, the Shield Drones can be pretty useful even when not in the Majority... In fact, they can be a bit better!

    Example:

    3 Crisis, 2 Shield Drones

    1 Lascannon wound, 1 Plasma wound, 5 Bolter wounds

    All wounds are rolled against the Majority Toughness, which in this case makes the Drones slightly more resilient since the Suits are in the Majority, and thus the Drones are also wounded as if they were T4.

    First, due to "torrent of fire" (more wounds than models), Your opponent can nominate 1 model to roll a save. He chooses one of the Crisis, and You choose a Bolter wound to save against.

    Next, allocate wounds to Majority Armour first, which means the Crisis. Unsurprisingly, You allocate 3 Bolter wounds to the Crisis.

    Next, two wounds go to the Drones. Unsurprisingly, You allocate the Lascannon and Plasma wounds to the Drones.

    The 1 remaining Bolter wound wraps back to Crisis.

    End result:

    Crisis save against 5 Bolter wounds (1 nominated to specific model). Note that if the model that was forced to save against the wound allocated by the "Torrent of fire" rule fails its save, that specific model takes the wound. This essentially means that the model will be removed as first casualty if the Crisis suits fail any further saves, due the "Remove whole models when possible"-rule.

    Shield Drones save against 1 Lascannon and 1 Plasma wound.

    As we can see, the Shield Drones still increase the survivability of the Crisis team... Rather considerably I'd say, seeing as the Lascannon and Plasma would've killed one suit outright and probably wounded another. =)

    This based on the Tau FAQ which states that Drones with Tau follow 4thEd Majority Toughness and Mixed Armour rule.


    Of course, if the above situation was 4 Lascannon wounds, You would lose all of the Crisis and possibly a Shield drone, since the Crisis must be allocated to first due the Mixed Armour rules... In that sense the Mixed Armour rules can be a bit of a problem when the Drones are in the minority.
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    Drones die first. This is a "special rule." Despite what a lot of people will tell you, this has not been superseded. The FAQ would have to specifically mention superseding such a rule in order to supersede it.

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    Drones die first. This is a "special rule." Despite what a lot of people will tell you, this has not been superseded. The FAQ would have to specifically mention superseding such a rule in order to supersede it.
    But the new FAQ's do that.
    It clearly states that the drones are subject to the majority toughness and the majority save rule.

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    WOW! :lol: Uzi-99, thanks for that!. Talk about using the rules to your advantage!
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    Of course if your opponent was smart, he would simply choose to not shoot the bolters... since if the SD's are not in the majority, shooting the bolters actually hurts him.
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    Originally posted by Jozef@Dec 17 2004, 11:29
    But the new FAQ's do that.
    It clearly states that the drones are subject to the majority toughness and the majority save rule.

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    "specifically"

    No, they don't do that. Compare this with some of the SM fAQs, where they do, very specifically, void or change certain rules.

    All "follows majority armor rules" means is that use which ever save is most prevalent. The rest is unintended.

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    Need a torrent of fire to prevent drones from taking wounds for the suits. Forcing the suits to take the save forces the wound on them, not the drones.

    Uzi explained it.

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    Yes, I understand that is what everyone is saying, I do not need it explained to me one more time. I'm saying the special rule overrides that.

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