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THIS IDIOT on aim actually thinks that imperium technology bests tau. Please gimme some examples to use on this moron. There are so many that are coming to mind, such as levitating takes, but he argues that the imperium sacrifices that for more armor. Please!
Well, it's hard to discount the values and intricacies of terminator armor, the pinnacle. But the most important thing is that every engineer of the tau knows how to replicate ALL of their technology. There are only a handful of imperial engineers in the adeptus mechanicus who know how to even BEGIN making terminator armor.
Edit- also, we're about on par with eldar in many aspects, such as fusion guns. Our basic guns are greatly advanced over bolters and even lasguns. On the other hand, we lack psykers to give us the ability to easily traverse the warp.
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yes, but that;s the reason we are on Medusa VOriginally Posted by mephistophales
about the techno. Tau understand how they built something and know how to fix it, you can't say that on the imperium.
the Tau are beginning to become one hell of a techno race. they are very young so.. if we are as old as the Eldar we should have beaten them on the techno area.
In general, I think Imperium technology does actually 'out gun' the best tau has on offer. Tau ships cannot navigate the warp as imperial ships can, they also do not possess teleport technology like the imperium. Not to mention power weapons, which are common in the imperium, and tau dont even have access to. So in general, I'd have to say that the 'idiot on aim' is probably right.
Having said all that, Tau technology does appear more 'futuristic' and 'hi tech' but thats simply because of their looks. The imperium has skimmers too, look at the landspeeder, a far more heavily armed skimmer platform than the tau piranha, yet which performs an equivalent role. Dont mistake looks for performance. Although I love what the tau has to offer, performance wise, there's almost always a better imperial equivalent.
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Tau have far more technologically advanced equipment. They have railguns which totally outpreform the Lascannon. They also have sophisticated Ion- and Pulse Technology which is far more effective in action when looking at ammo, range, stabilisers and such.Originally Posted by MTG Guru
The Imperiums plasma technology may have been more advanced back in the M30:s but unfortantly they lost almost all of their blueprints and information about how to not making it overheat, therefor they tune it up even more... Enough to even KILL the wearer instantly! Is that stupid or what??
The Imperium have really advanced Melta technolgy avaluable, such as the Multimelta. - My guess is that Tau also have the technology but don't use it because it probably takes to much power and dont fit any of the systems we have today... (accept for FW hammerhead)
Tau DON'T use Las technology because it sucks...
Teleporting is probably something that's under field testing to make sure it's safe to use. And THAT'S why we don't have it... yet.
Tau have FAR MORE efficient Antigravity equipment and Jet boosters, even though Marines use Jump Packs, I would like to say that Tau have more mobile jetpacks enabling them to swiftly fire at their targets before they get a chanse to fire back where Marines boost full speed ahead and count on their saves to protect them.
Sure, the Imperium have Landspeeders equipped with devastating power... Unfortantly I have to tell you that I never really liked the Pirahna because of it's lame lack of firepower when compared to the Landspeeder. But what I do know is that Pirahnas may come in larger numbers than Marines have Landspeeders.
Tau have not evolved to have psyckers but are continiously working to better enhance their space travel. (We're not on Medusa V for no reason ye know... :ninja: )
A powerweapon is a verry simple piece of equipment if compared to Ion technology. Connect a battery to a blade and you have a powerweapon... might be a little more advanced but the reason they don't use them is because they dont have the same use for it as the Imperium since they have all other sorts of technology to rely on.
A word is spreading that there is some new EQ comming for the Medusa V Campaign that BTW enables the Aun to uppgrade his Honorblade to count as a powerweapon.
Tau have better shields... Something that's only given to the most experianced in the Imperium, ref. 2 Chaplains, Iron halos (relic) etc...
The Imperium relies on millenia old thechnology when Tau keep komming up with new high technology that rocks.
You really can't mesure technology but if Tau keep going this way then the Imperium will have little to say soon... So I can't say that they are, but they sure as hell arn't less powerfull, that's for sure!
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Simple answer: The imperium thinks that their tech comes from the "Machine God". Tau made their own tech.
In other words Tau understand how their stuff works and are constantly striving for newer tech. The Imperium is having hard enough a time just maintaining what they already have, which is older then the entire Tau race.
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For one thing tau ships are capable of warp travel, they even make short hops in the warp, the only thing that stops them utilising full warp travel is a lack of psychics, the only way to travel through the warp in relative safety, is to use psykers. Tau ships are the equal of Imperium ships and the smaller fighter craft are superior and Tau have a better spatial awareness than imperial pilots.
Tau battlesuits are far more advanced than imperium equiv, they have anti gravatic and jetpack techno, and have safer weapons (plasma), they have more support options and have XV15.25's with stealth fields, something the Imperium have no idea how to create. They have advanced shield techno and advanced AI systems running drones, they have missiles which can track targets themselves and
Imperial techno is based on old old old template techno, most of the imperiums vehicles are based on template techno which predates the heresy, and the tech priests have no idea how it works or how to update the template techno, the Rhino for instance has been in service in its present form for millenia, same goes for termie suits, these are so rare because the knowledge to build them has been all but lost lost, terminator armour is preserved and repaired because the knowledge to build them to the old standard is all but lost.
Imperial weaponry is archaic, bolters have been around since before the heresy, same goes for plasma, and some exotic weaponry such as the phase knife is alien techno.
The Tau are advanced but they are not averse to studying and updating weaponry, look at the vespids gun for instance, and I read somewhere that they have had help with techno development from other alien races (I am sure it was some Epic fluff), compared to the likes of the Eldar they are beginners (I mean Eldar grow their vehicles from Wraithbone for christ sake). Imparium stuff is hard hitting but then again a musket hits hard does not mean its advanced. Tau is advanced, elegent and refined, imperium in comparison is crude, misunderstood and shrouded in mystical mumbo jumbo.
On the other hand, the Imperium has freakin' laser beams.
Laser beams which are pretty horrible I might add. Don't even think about saying "lascannon" 'cause I can just say "Railgun."
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The Imperium has much better close-combat tech but that's because the Tau ignore the field.
Tau have the better technology concepts for certain, but they lack the ability to mass-manufacture it. Railguns are beautiful but any Imperial force can bring twice as many lascannons to the field...and for a lesser point cost. Ditto battlesuits in general--more capable, versatile and costly than a Terminator suit, pointswise.
While I agree that the Tau have much better engineering schools, the scale of Imperial manufacture brings a technological effeciency of its own. The Imps will have the edge until they lose a couple more critical factories.
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