1500 Points Tau Army List

April 17, 2009 ·

April 17, 2009

After some tweaks to my Tau army list after Carnage, I've decided to write up a 1500 points Tau army list. In the UK 1500 points games are run of the mill for Warhammer 40K.

Progressing from 1500 points up to 1750 points was a bit daunting for the tournament. But for anyone who regularly playing 1500 point games, I would strongly suggest going up to 1750 points, then pulling out 250 points of the units that didn't perform very well. This will make your 1500 points army list much stronger and easier to use.

Adam's 1500 points Tau army

Tau Shas’el
Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod, Multitracker, Hardwired Drone Controller with 2 shield drones
2 Bodyguards with Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod, Hardwired Multitracker, Targeting Array

Tau Battlesuit Team
2 with Twin Linked Flamer, Missile Pod
1 Leader with Twin Linked Flamer, Missile pod, Hardwired Drone Controller with 2 shield drones

(X3) 6 man Fire warrior Team
Devilfish with Smart Missile System, Targeting Array, Multitracker, Disruption Pod

Hammerhead with Railgun, Smart Missile System, Target Lock, Multitracker, Disruption Pod

Skyray with Smart Missile System, Target Lock, Targeting Array, Multitracker and Disruption Pod

2 man Broadside Team with advanced stabilization
Leader, Hardwired Drone Controller with 2 shield drones, Bonding Knife

1500pts Tau Army Thoughts:
In reducing my force down to 1500 points, I've dropped the Kroot because all they did was sit in the woods and get shot.

While I initially planned to drop the second Tau Battlesuit team, which were armed with missile pods and burst cannons, I felt the need for the new Tau Battlesuit team with twin linked flamers.

Twin linked flamers are devastating up close and should act as a deterrent for units that get to near to my moving Tau tank wall. Also, in my last game against Tyranids I desperately needed some kind of template weaponry to eradicate the sheer number of smaller creatures.

Of course, in order to field these, it meant dropping the Stealth Suits team. Now as much as I love my Stealth Suits, they weren't massively effective in the tournament as you can see from the 40K Battle Reports (LINK) they didn't really do that much. I can always switch back to them in the future.

You can see that I've kept my core units, such as the Heavy Support choices and the 3 squads of Tau Firewarriors in their pimped out Devilfish transports. So instead of reducing the solid core of flexible units, I've had to cut back on my elite choices and a throw-away unit.

I'm off to Essex Warhounds this Sunday. Let's see how my 1500 points Tau army list fairs!


Cawshis Clay said...
April 17, 2009 at 12:19 PM  

I'm returning to my Tau after a break with marines and I've been following your posts with much interest! Your list looks like a very competitive list with a great assortment of units and strats for a game.

Can I ask why you decided to field the TL Flamer suits as a squad of 3 instead as Monats (thus occupying all 3 elite slots)? I know you lose the shield drone protection, but you'd gain the ability to break up opponent's shooting. I'm pondering the same decision for my own crew of suits….to Monat or not to Monat?

Adam Hunter said...
April 17, 2009 at 12:33 PM  

Firstly, you'd be giving away 3 kill points instead of 1.

Secondly, wound allocation.

This is something I need to explain on the blog at some point, but you can strategically allocate wounds within a full size Battlesuit unit far better for long term survivability.

CJ said...
April 17, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

Looks good Adam a very streamlined army with a lot of potential! be sure to let us know how the flamers suits performed. And good luck with the games!!

Cheers CJ

jabberjabber said...
April 17, 2009 at 4:30 PM  

I gotta admit, I've not that much experience with playing Tau, or against them.
Are there any particular builds of other armies that your Tau list would / has struggled with?

Adam Hunter said...
April 18, 2009 at 12:14 AM  

Until my recent build, I struggled against all sorts of things.

Chaos were quite tough until you learn to pop all of their transports early on.

But the 1 army that gives me grief is Ravenwing because the whole army Outflanks. However, I did beat Ravenwing a while back.

The beauty of a Tau army is that you can beat anything. You just need to know how to do it and seize every opportunity.

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