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Highland_Piper

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Tau Rumours
« on: September 21, 2010, 03:10:42 AM »
From the WarSeer

Quote from: "dante76"
Through a new source, who with hindsight turned out to be pretty accurate with Blood Angels and Skaven....

Pencilled in release date of Aug 2011 (currently in playtesting)

  • 7 Alien allies (don't know if this is new or in total), new figures for 2 of them
  • All metal sets to plastic (Pathfinder box, Kroot with hounds and Shaper , Vespids)
  • Box of Krootox and possible larger
  • Possible new tank
  • Changes to Hammerhead Railgun rules. Essentially draws a line across table hitting everything in line. Multiple pen through vehicles, only stopped by a glancing hit.
  • Changes to markerlights. Point system. 1 Markerlight point = + 1BS, 2 Markerlight points = reroll to wound/hit 3 Markerlight = Difficult Terrain test (blinded by the lights?). Cannot be stacked. So cant have reroll to wound and reroll to hit at 4 points. ( I need him to explain this a bit more...)
  • Battle Suits. A plug and play system. Essentially streamlined. Pick two guns and a skill or two skills a gun. New models might have interchangeable arms similar to Killa Kans....
  • Pathfinders no longer have to take Devilfish (probably infiltration)
  • No human auxilary in list... (whatever Tau call captured guard who fight for them)
  • Firewarriors who do not take Devilfish can take 6 Kroot Hounds
  • Specialist Firewarrior squad who have forsaken gun training for close combat training. Probably -1BS +1WS +1I. Probably Elites.

I'm not so sure about the Specialist Firewarriors.  Now I know from personal experience that once a model is within 8"-12" of a Tau squad they are dead.  But it just does not seem like the Tau thing to have.  I would have preferred a special Gun Drone with only one Carbine Rifle and Flechette like the vehicles, or some other alternative.  If there is going to be Close Combat Tau specialists it should be a type of Crisis Suit or new alien allies not the Firewarriors.

I like the not having to take a Devilfish for the Pathfinders

Firewarriors and Kroot hounds?  I guess that would be ok.  It would help with the Close Combat.

I'm not sure about the new Markerlight rules.  No stacking?  I like giving my Broadsides a BS of 5, no minuses to Leadership?

I like the Hammerhead rule, but will they reduce the ST and AP of the weapon?

New tank?  Definitely a good sign.  Could use more Piranha variants as well.

Alien allies?  Fits perfectly within the Tau doctrine.

Now what I would like to see

Tau Drone Box Set

  • 4 gun drones
  • 2 Markerlight Drones
  • 2 Shield Drones
  • Or 8 drones with the pieces to make what you want.

Revamp the Shield Drone rules.  They are useless for the most part.

Revamp the Stealth Suits.  The Stealth Suits are rubbish.  The rule is that the attacker must roll 2D6x3 to see if they can shoot them.  I've never seen anyone fail this.  The average roll is 18".  Unless they are at opposite ends of the board most units will see the Stealth Suits.  Just to prove my point I will roll randomly 8 times.  - 15"   21"    12"    21"    6"    24"     21"     24" -  So only one maybe two good rolls in the Stealth Suits favour out of eight.  Rubbish.
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Re: Tau Rumours
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2011, 12:17:56 AM »
Warhamemr Tau blog posted this

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New Heavy Support Platform
Basically immobile deep striked! heavy weapon and crew. Rail and Ion Cannon, and missile launcher are all obvious options here, but nothing solid with the rumor.

Assault Skimmer
Something between size of piranha and hammerhead, fast skimmer open topped, assault on disembark.

It's assault after a flat out move, and has the "drop troops along path" option similar to the storm raven.

New Drop Ship
Not the FW one, but something new. Holds a boatload of fire warriors, or a few battle suits.

New Battle Suits
Not sure if these are the "next gen" suits or just heavy suits redone with out metal bits.

Based on the recent GW Tau artwork, I'd expect a completely new look for the Tau Battlesuit. Something sleeker that in keeping with the latest FW models, the current Fire Warriors and Tau tanks.

I'm not sure what 'New Tau Artwork' he is referring to.  I like these suggestions and they would be a welcome addition to the Empire.
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Re: Tau Rumours
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 12:07:19 PM »
Sneak peaks of Tau April release!!

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Re: Tau Rumours
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 07:28:13 AM »
The new battlesuits look really great.  Looks like Tau wallets will have a new hole blown into them  ;D

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Re: Tau Rumours
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 11:15:06 PM »
No mention of the Kroot or Vespids.  :(

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Re: Tau Rumours
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2013, 01:57:27 AM »
I especially like the large battlesuit.  [Riptide?]

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