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I'm going to start a new tau army....are they effective in tourneys especially against eldar and marines?
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Hey There. Some Tips to help you against SM (Ive never really played against Eldar)
For Heavy support Id suggest 2 HammerHeads both with Ion Cannons. Reason being is for their AP3 Also Id suggest you get either another Hammerhead (with a Rail gun) or a squad of 3 broadsides each with 2 shield drones. Reason being for the Broadsides is their TL Railgun (Str10 AP1) Since its AP1 that means all glancing hits are counted as penetrating.
For Elites Id suggest Crisis teams. Reason being is they are the only people other than Heavy that can have weapons to pierce SM armor. Obviously you have to have a Fire Warrior squad. Theyre more for the Scouts that pop up. Lastly I Suggest a full squad of kroot. (kinda iffy on it though) Since you can deploy terrain put a large wood in the center and place the Kroot 6" in the woods. That way if SM come you can kill one or two and charge in close combat. Sure youre bound to lose most of the kroot and possibly combat. but you would possibly kill all the SM. 20 Kroot 3 attacks on the charge 60 attacks. put some kroot hound in there with them just in case. Shaper? NO. But then again you should definently wait until the new codex come out before you buy ANYTHING.
Enforcing above points, I would recommend the same -- Ionheads (people seem to dislike them, but they're pretty useful if you let broadsides or 'suits take care of tanks, which I will explain...). Broadsides aren't the best for a mech army, as they have to not move to use their weapons, so are slow and tend to get left behind and vulnerable. Use the third heavy support slot for a railhead. Use the tactic with the ring of drones around a Shas'o commander (independent character, so if he's surrounded by drones he cannot be targeted becuase he'll never be the closest unit), and equip the 'suit with Fusion Blaster/Plasma Rifle or TL Fusion and deepstrike him and the drones around a tank and take care of that... tactic I use against a SM player, but maybe he's not that good, who knows o_0
...Equip the rest of your battlesuits with plasma rifles and fusion blasters, or TL plasma rifles.
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First Step, WAIT. Were getting a new codex in a month or 2 Release dates vary wildly, best thing is just to wait and see when it's available in your local store.
Then, either pay real close attention to the Tau Forum as I'm sure people will be posting reviews on the codex and new features and units.
Or if you rather not wait just buy it, even if you decide not to play Tau as your army, imagine the knowledge you have AGINST Tau armies. I know the basic strenghts and weakness of most armies, and do more specific research if I know who I'm facing in advance, I don't change my list too much, maybe a suit weapons here, but I don't switch out whole units, it more for knowing what a unit can or can't deal with and doing my best for countering it.
At least thats how I see it.
Yeah wait we get a new codex very soon (on March 13th I think - atleast in Denmark) but in general stay out of their charge range, especially eldars, they are not good at range but they outmatches Tau in cc and close shooting