A Drone for Every Occasion (part 4)

November 29, 2015 · 0 comments

This installment:  Gargantuan Drone.

OR Say "Hello" to Gargantuan Drone... 

I say "Gargantuan Drone" because the thing kinda looks like a big-ass drone.  It's got all the little anti-grav doo-hickies on the bottom, the thruster vent in the back... it's round, you know, like a drone. It really looks like a giant burgerbot... oh, never mind. The moment has passed.

One segment of the Tidewall Rampart is the Droneport, and some have called it stupid, and useless, but I'm tired of listening to teh Internet Trolls complain.  Let's see what this thing is really all about...

Here's what GW has to say about it,

"The rumbling thrum of repulsor engines announces the arrival of a Tidewall Droneport. Serving as a mobile bunker for the warriors of the Fire caste, it provides excellent cover, moving fighters into place and acting as perfect lures for a Kauyon battle plan. However, these are all secondary concerns - the Droneport’s greatest asset is the arsenal of nested Drones, able to detach and provide covering fire, mark targets for powerful strikes or deploy their built-in shield generators to provide even more protection to the Tau manning the defense line." 
Like I said, I have seen a lot of chatter on the interwebs about how worthless this guy is, and I obviously disagree.  For 60 points you can run this little guy on its own for a number of in-game benefits.  Not shenanigans, benefits.  Shenanigans are for Librarians and Dark Eldar.

First of all, you get four "free" drones -gun, marker, or shield, whatever you choose.  Ok, so what? Ok, maybe you're not into drones, so why are you playing Tau? Anyway, that reduces the cost of the actual Droneport to 12 points (60 for the whole thing, minus 12 points for each of the four drones: 60-48=12, except in Washington State where the correct answer to a math problem doesn't really matter as long as you show your work...   ;)  

So in the end, the Gargantuan Drone actually costs the same as most other drones, 12 points.

Second, and it's a huge second, for 12 points, you get mobile cover.  MOBILE COVER. The Droneport can move up to six inches over open ground in the movement phase -even when models are on it. But it cannot move in the assault phase (like smaller drones) nor can it move to within one inch of an enemy model.  It can carry 3 battlesuits comfortably, or 12 Fire Warriors (if one hangs out on the stairs), but only one XV-88 (sadly). Riptides and Stormsurges are right out.

Models like Pathfinders and Broadsides can still shoot after this drone moves on their behalf. The models on it do not count as having moved for the purposes of shooting. The other good news is it cannot be activated by enemy troops (they can't drive it at all and they can't commandeer its drones unless they are also Tau). This effectively makes it a hover-drone for units, not just surfer-tool Ethereals.

Third, It is classified as "Battlefield Debris: Defense Line," which grants models using or behind it a 4+ cover save regardless of whether or not they are 25% obscured.  That's in the BRB, not my interpretation of a convoluted rule.  

And lastly, Units actually on it can re-roll To-Hit rolls of 1 from any shooting attacks.  This re-roll extends to any friendly units standing on (or hover-boarding on) any of the components on the Tau Tidewall fortification combinations I have seen so far, though that could change...

I'm still trying to find the bad in this. For 60 points it is hard to find anything in any army that gives you all that.  Tell me what you think.

Army-wide BS3 for Drones...

I play Tau.

Eastern Empire Down

November 27, 2015 · 1 comments

Just letting you all know that a good guy got screwed over a few days ago.  Sebastian, who runs Eastern-Empire.com (another Tau Blog site) was the victim of a massive hacking attack.  His data is jacked and it's going to take him a while to restore his back-up.

Some people are just assholes.

I'm telling you this because it was Sebastian's creativity and awesome modeling skills that encouraged me to invest so much of my time and energy and emotion into my little blue plastic soldiers (as well as my Kroot, and my Naga, and my other little aliens).

Here's hoping you get things back up and running soon Seb!  I already miss your site.

Angry Tau Collectors


Seems like a lot of Tau wargamers and collectors are upset with GW at the moment.

The Kauyon and Mont'Ka campaign books are currently sold separately for about $74 US each. Many gamers bought the Kauyon book when it was released a few weeks ago, and now see that the Limited Edition Warzone Damocles Set includes both books for $205.

Of course GW did not mention the contents or even the existence of the Limited Edition when it released the Kauyon book... The metal coins and other bits in the LE are quite worth the $50 this time, really. Did anyone else notice that the slipcase in the second photo on GW's website is upside down?  One would think they could read Tau writing... after all, they created it, didn't they?

Anyway, folks are upset because had they waited they could have bought the limited edition for only $50 more than each of the two books separately -which is a great deal considering the how many collectors were fairly screwed over with the $180 limited edition codex.  That one was definitely not worth the bloated price tag.

The LE Codex was $131 more than the standard codex, and besides the nice box, gave you a rather nice map, some cards, and the coins. Definitely a bloated price.

My friend Salvetti bought the Kauyon book and is now pissed (American version of this word = angry, not intoxicated). I would be angry, too. I normally buy the campaign books right away, but this time I didn't have the cash so put it off till today, actually, payday.  Glad I did.

I also normally defend GW even though some of the things they do are a bit shady.  This one I cannot defend. They had to know this would happen and that they would irritate their customers.  If they didn't, then their marketing analysts should be sent home.

I feel for you guys....  Good luck selling them on eBay.

A Drone for Every Occasion (part 3)

November 25, 2015 · 1 comments

And here's our third installment of our 22-drone coverage. I've decided to add a couple more posts after this one to address the Gargantuan Drone (a.k.a. Tidewall Droneport), drone net, and other fun. Full disclosure, I do own all these drones, but those I do own are unassembled and unpainted, so I will rely on Internet pictures until mine are up to snuff.

The drone to the right is our Drone Sentry Turret, which is not a drone by the standard definition, but uses drone technology -as do a couple of the drones on this list. We will get to that later.

Let's get down to the brass tacks.

These are all the drones in the Tau inventory (that I know of), and that's too many for one post. So, I'm going to break them up as follows.

Part 1Part 2Part 3
Gun DroneGrav-inhibitor DroneDrone Sentry Tower
Shield DronePulse Accelerator DroneDrone Defense Turret
Experimental Shield DroneRecon DroneHeavy Gun Drone
Command Link DroneMissile DroneHeavy Gun/Marker Drone
Marker DroneShielded Missile DroneRemora Drone Fighter
Sniper DroneInterceptor DroneTechnical Drone
Warscaper DroneGuardian Drone
Stealth Drone
Hover Drone

(Click the title of this article to read more)

Farsight's All-Battlesuit Army is Back

November 24, 2015 · 1 comments

There was a bit of moaning when Farsight's ability to take crisis suits as troops was "lost" in the Codex update and Kauyon books.  But with Mont'ka, it's back.

Farsight's Dawn Blade Contingent is able to take a Retaliation Cadre as his core formation.

That Cadre consists of:

1 Commander
3 units of Crisis Battlesuits
1 unit of Broadsides
1 unit of Riptides

Tack that onto the "Eight" as your Command Choice, and maybe a Rapid Insertion Force or a Drone-Net full of BS-3 Marker Drones for your Auxillary, and Boom....  Jetpack JSJ goodness all over the place without the need for pathfinders.

Broadsides excepted, of course.  :0

You could always take a Firebase Support Cadre (or two) to beef up your all-battlesuit army swag...

Yeah, that's right.  The Big Red Battlesuit Boys are back.

Warzone Damocles: Mont'ka. New Formations!

November 23, 2015 · 8 comments

The new formations have leaked! Some of them are quite nifty, check it out...

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