5th Edition Tau Tournament Army

March 7, 2009 ·

March 8, 2009

5th edition 40K has brought many changes to my Tau army and with a tournament looming just three weeks away it's time to finalise my Tau army list.

I only discovered I had to make a Tau tournament army for 5th edition when James asked if I was ready for Carnage. He couldn't believe that I didn't have a Tau army list prepared when the tournament was just three weeks away, which means that I not only need to finalise my list, but paint some stuff very quickly!

Carnage is a Warhammer and Warhammer 40K tournament, run by Simon Tull. While there tend to be a number of Carnage Events run throughout the year, the one at the end of March is the biggest and takes place at Warhammer World in Nottingham.

For a Londoner, (or Hertfordshirean if you prefer) this means a wild weekend of cheap booze, easy women and some great venues to enjoy like Rock City and my favourite pub The Pit & Pendulum. And we'll play 40K during the day as well.

Last year I took my Tau army to the field for the first time in the big game of Hide & Seek that was Warhammer 40K 4th edition.

I got spanked for my troubles until game 5 when I was properly MURDERED by a Grand Tournament regular (cheers Neil!).

So we swapped armies and played another game. He slaughtered me even faster than before, but was happy to outline the essential tactics and philosophy behind playing Tau. Which essentially, is to be patient, causing minor damage, then when the enemy is within short range, jump out and murder them, then jump back.

Taking this more patient approach to my next game (instead of "Raaawr! For the Greater Good! Dakka dakka dakka!"), I quickly outmanouvered my opponent and gunned down tanks, men and even his commander in a short succession of turns.

In the end I finished 8th overall, which was pretty good considering how horrendous some of my earlier games had been. But then, I did have the extra points from conversions, squad marking, paint scheme, army selection, best army nomination and sportsmanship.

Although I feel that all of these (apart from sportsmanship) shouldn't have any reflection on your total score for playing games. It's like having a really close fought game which ends with a draw on objectives and a draw on victory points...but then your opponent wins extra points because his army is 'pretty'.

Sorry there haven't many painting tutorials, modelling guides or tactics lately. 5th edition has been a bit of a curve ball for me and having only played a handful of games with my Tau army under the 5th edition rules, it's going to take a fierce tournament to cement the facts about the army in my mind.

The next couple of weeks I'll be painting up some Devilfish, the Forgeworld Tau Broadsides I bought and other random Tau bits. Hopefully I'll get a few games in as well. But you can expect a big tournament report when I get back from Carnage with photos of my games as well as the best army nominations, etc, etc.

Voting for the Tau Commander ends on Monday evening!


Tim M said...
March 8, 2009 at 3:50 AM  

Good luck! I too, don't like the "pretty army" extras. I know that a lot of people like to doll up their armies, and that's OK, but I play for the game. I've been playing for over 15 years, and have had ony 1 completely painted army and it was a fantasy one. I prefer to go to a tourney in hopes of playing someone I have never played before or I haven't played in a long time. That's why I played in the 'ard boyz tourney this year. I had a great time and didn't have to worry if my whole army was painted.

Adam Hunter said...
March 8, 2009 at 5:19 AM  

You've gotta have a fully painted army! It's just not right otherwise.

I'd never forgive myself if I rocked up to Warhammer World to play on their beautiful terrain against my opponents fully painted army...then I get out my grey and silver force.

Anonymous said...
November 28, 2009 at 2:59 PM  

i went up to warhammer world last year and i got told off for using my Black Templars by 1 of the staff

i accept the fact that my space marines arn't true Black Templars but i left some of the detail for any changes of the rules or codex such as the new release of the spcae marine's codex

it's like Hunter said about not having the army fully painted. saying that i chose do Black Templars because i coundn't be bothered to paint the rest of the colour scheme i was going to do which was Crimson Fists. in the tourny i went to last year i came 25th out of 35 and i have only be playing for 2 years

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