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    Tau terminology

    Hey i have been playing tau for awhile now and i still don't know some of the terms so i decided to make a thread to name the different terms so i and other newbie's know what the more experienced tau players are referencing.

    Terms i here commonly such as helios, fireknife and a bit more rare the deathrain, i really wish i knew what these meant.
    I know they are suit set ups but could someone please explain what specifically they are, it has made it a bit difficult to get help from these forums.

    My wins and losses are like 4-5, which isn't that great and i will be posting my main 2-3 lists when i get home from school for critique.
    But just to let all know there is alot of cheesy chaos and terminator heavy players at my club and i can't take them down!


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    Take a look at this http://www.librarium-online.com/inde...d=144&Itemid=2 It was taken from the Index of tau articles at the top of the main page. Usually when a stratefy or something is commonly being said (such as fish of fury) you're best bet is to check the FAQ's and articles because other people would have asked this before you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evil_Exodus View Post
    Take a look at this http://www.librarium-online.com/inde...d=144&Itemid=2 It was taken from the Index of tau articles at the top of the main page. Usually when a stratefy or something is commonly being said (such as fish of fury) you're best bet is to check the FAQ's and articles because other people would have asked this before you
    Ok, Help it is.

    Helios is Plasma, fusion, and Multi.

    Vior'la Crisis Suit Configurations
    Death Rain - Three Shas'ui all with twin-linked missile pod, drone controller and 2 gun drones.
    Sun Forge - Three Shas'ui all with twin-linked fusion blaster and shield generator.
    Burning Eye - Shas'vre and two Shas'ui all with twin-linked plasma rifle and target lock.
    Vior'la Monat - Shas'vre, bonded, drone controller and two gun drones, burst cannon, fusion blaster, hard-wired multi-tracker.
    Tau'n Crisis Suit Configurations
    Brightwind - Shas'vre with burst cannon, plasma rifle, multi-tracker and hard-wired drone controller with two gun drones. One Shas'ui with target lock, fusion blaster and missile pod, One Shas'ui with missile pod, plasma rifle and multi-tracker.
    Darkfall - Shas'vre with twin-linked missile pods, drone controller with two gun drones and hard-wired blacksun filter. One Shas'ui with shield generator, flamer and drone controller with two gun drones, One Shas'ui with flamer, fusion blaster and drone controller with two shield drones.
    T'au Crisis Suit Congfigurations
    Fireknife - Shas'ui(Team Leader) with plasma rifle, multi-tracker, missile pod, hard-wired drone controller with two gun drones, bonded. Two Shas'ui with plasma rifle, multi-tracker, missile pod, bonded.
    Blinding Spear - Shas'vre with plasma rifle, burst cannon, multi-tracker, hard-wired drone controller (two gun drones). Two Shas'ui with plasma rifle, burst cannon, multi-tracker.
    Soul Cleanse(Monat) - One Shas'ui with flamer, fusion blaster, shield generator, hard-wired drone controller with two gun drones.
    Last edited by Lucy; November 30th, 2006 at 06:38.
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    If you clicked the link i supplied, you would have noticed that I actually linked to the article, not just to where the FAQ's and stuff are. The article is about XV8 crisis suits and contains all the information you need regarding configurations.

    (part of the article)
    Configurations:

    The fireknife: plasma rifle, missile pod, multitracker.
    This configuration is very popular as it fits into the role of a crisis suit perfectly. It is useful against medium and heavy infantry and light and medium vehicles. The fireknife is in fact excellent against light and very light vehicles, and has a decent range too. The fireknife’s weakness is that it's too versatile. It doesn’t kill or destroy medium and heavy infantry and medium vehicles with the greatest efficiency. Fireknive’s are recommended if you don't know what army you're playing against, but it is often a good idea to specialise a little even then.

    The deathrain: twinlinked missile pod (target lock/flamer/shield generator).
    This configuration is probably the second most popular, if not the most. It is useful against medium infantry and light to medium vehicles. The deathrain’s range plus its assault move keeps it safe from a lot of weaponry, and gives it a lot of choice to what scenery it can use to jump shoot jump from. The deathrain’s weakness is that it is horrible against heavy and very heavy infantry because of its high cost and low volume of shots. Deathrain’s are recommended if you are facing any medium vehicles (AV12 transports and artillery) or powerful medium infantry (tyranids, eldar).

    The helios: plasma rifle, fusion blaster, multitracker.
    This configuration is very popular, especially on commanders. It is useful against heavy and very heavy infantry. The helios’s weakness is that it has a very short range, relying completely on the assault move and surrounding terrain to protect it. Helios’ are recommended if you are facing heavy infantry, or as a complement to a deathrain in a balanced list.

    I guess i should have just done that in the first place, ohwell i thought he might have liked to read the article i got it from

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    Well, I belive that link to the rather nice article severely needs an update, as helpful as it was.. but it had several glaring mandates that are no longer applicable. I'll give a list:

    3. The main reason for not giving crisis suits gun drones is because it takes up a hard point that could be used for another weapon or twinlinking. If it’s a hardwired option then it costs 27p, which is not worth paying for 2 gun drones. Also, if it’s hardwired you must take a multitracker on a hard point instead of hardwiring, again denying...
    Almost all of this is no longer true. The first sentence is still very true for a non-team leader Crisis Suit (only), but now hardwired controllers with gun drones cost only the cost of the gun drones, making it essentially a free add on of 2 (purchased)drones to the unit. Additionally, there is no longer a limit to the number of hardwired options a Crisis Team Leader can take, so he can hardwire both now, and thereby denying nothing else to the suits capablities.

    5. Shas’vre have useless upgrades to WS and I that are never worth 5p, unless you are using farsight and wish to pay 10p for +2WS and +2I.
    This strongly mandating bit of advice is no longer true as well: The additional benefit of upgrading to a Shas'Vre now includes the right to purchase special issue wargear, which in my experience makes that a more common upgrade. Additionally, Farsight no longer gives stat boosts, so.. well.. you can see it needs an update. Oh! and speaking of Farsight, since this is an article about Crisis Suits and their applications, it would be remiss to not mention the 7 Suit bodyguard available to Farsight, and how that alone would change an army's style, Suit count, etc.


    I am currently looking into a way to foreward this post and these changes to the people who could edit/update the article, but right now, from looking at things, I cant find a direct way. So, here the info sits for now. :unsure:
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    I've been reading about an "Aurora" config and was wondering what that was. Can anyone help with this? Thanks
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    I believe that's another name for the bladestorm configuration. Plasma rifle, burst cannon, multitracker. It's a configuration specialized for handling infantry of all types, the downside is you give up vehicle stopping power. Some people take the CIB in place of the plasma rifle, this makes it better at killing guard equivalent armies, but hurts its MEQ stopping power.
    Last edited by mephistophales; November 30th, 2006 at 18:48.
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    Re: Calaban

    Many articles that have previously been posted contain false information, due to new codecies coming out.

    Our articles section is also a little unorganised at the moment.

    I'd recommend PMing one of the admins about the articles and everything, or starting a topic in the Site Feedback & Support section. Many of the authors of past articles aren't even around anymore, to be honest.

    I do think we need a revamp of the articles section, and in turn the articles themselves, so we can get some fresh things running through.

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