Tau 600 Point Army

January 15, 2013 ·

Last week I posted the 500pt Tau army list that I was using towards the end of last year. I designed the list to be fast and mobile (except for the Broadside, which was basically included to attract enemy fire). I reduced the Fire Warrior squads to the minimum size and crammed in as many Crisis suits as I could afford (five if you include the commander). I also armed most of the suits with assault type weapons, so that they could take down large numbers of poorly armoured troops (with mixed success).
The comments after I posted that list were very interesting, and if nothing else they go to show just how many different ways a Tau army can be built. I have been thinking over the various comments and I will be rejigging my army again in the near future. In the mean time, our campaign has escalated since the Christmas holidays and we are now playing with 600pt armies.
Here is my list. It still maintains many of the contentious elements from the 500pt army, but I have removed the Broadside suit and added a Hammerhead and a drone squad. In it’s first game, against Eldar last week, even considering some very mixed dice rolling on my part. I virtually wiped the Eldar out with only minimal Tau casualties.

Tau 600pt List

HQ (87pts)
  • Commander (87pts)
    • Shas'el (87pts) Independent Character
      Missile pod (12pts), Multi-tracker (5pts), Plasma rifle (20pts), XV8 'Crisis' battlesuit
    Elites (174pts)
  • XV8 'Crisis' Battlesuit Team (174pts)
    • Shas'ui (42pts) Burst cannon (8pts), Flamer (4pts), Multi-tracker (5pts), XV8 'Crisis' battlesuit
    • Shas'ui (65pts) Burst cannon (8pts), Missile pod (12pts), Shield generator (20pts), XV8 'Crisis' battlesuit
    • Shas'vre (67pts) Cyclic ion blaster (15pts), Missile pod (12pts), Multi-tracker (5pts), XV8 'Crisis' battlesuit 
    Troops (132pts)
  • Fire Warrior Team (66pts) Photon Grenades (6pts), 6x Shas'la with pulse rifle (60pts)
  • Fire Warrior Team (66pts) Photon Grenades (6pts), 6x Shas'la with pulse rifle (60pts)
  • Fast Attack (48pts)
  • Gun Drone Squadron (48pts)
    • 4x Gun Drone (48pts) 4x Twin-linked pulse carbine
    Heavy Support (160pts)
    Hammerhead Gunship (160pts)
  • 2x Burst cannon (10pts), Landing gear, Multi-tracker (10pts), Railgun (50pts), Targetting array
It is game night tomorrow and Jeff is bringing his Necrons over. I am not sure if Del will be over with his Eldar yet. If they both show up it may be my turn to referee. If I do get to play I will report back here afterwards, with any decisions about how i am going to change my army. Will it be the end of the Cyclic Ion Blaster!


Casey Roberts said...
January 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM  

Um quick question since I don't have my dex nearby...

Don't you need to have the Shas 'Ui upgrade to take photon grenades or any other wargear?

Otherwise it's a novel list; don't see many gun drone squadrons around these days!

David Drage said...
January 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM  

Just checked my codex, you don't need a Shas'Ui to get the Photon or EMP grenades.

As for the drone squadron, it fitted a gap in my points that nothing else seemed to fit. So I thought I would give it a try. They have helped lay down some fire, and the jetpacks have been useful for nipping in and out of cover...

Yancy Small said...
January 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM  

I think a single plasma rifle is pointless and overpriced at 600. Six man fire-warrior teams are to fragile to survive any amount of fire, and to few to lay down usefull fire power. Photo Grenades seem like a wast of points. If someone is assaulting your firewarriors, they are dead anyway. The gun drones while I enjoy unpopular units (I run vespid in almost every tournament I enter), I think they are points better spent elsewhere at 600 pts as well. In general, I'd adjust the list just a little, and go with this:

600 Pts - Tau Empire Roster

Total Roster Cost: 600

HQ: Commander Shas'el (3#, 101 pts)
1 Commander Shas'el, 71 pts = (base cost 50 + Hard-wired Blacksun Filter 3 + Missile Pod 12 + Twin Linked Flamer 6)
1 Shield Drone, 15 pts
1 Shield Drone, 15 pts

Troops: Fire Warrior (10#, 100 pts)
10 Fire Warrior, 100 pts = 10 * 10

Troops: Fire Warrior (10#, 100 pts)
10 Fire Warrior, 100 pts = 10 * 10

Elite: Crisis Battlesuit (3#, 129 pts)
1 Crisis Battlesuit, 43 pts = (base cost 25 + Missile Pod 12 + Twin Linked Flamer 6)
1 Crisis Battlesuit, 43 pts = (base cost 25 + Missile Pod 12 + Twin Linked Flamer 6)
1 Crisis Battlesuit, 43 pts = (base cost 25 + Missile Pod 12 + Twin Linked Flamer 6)

Heavy Support: Hammerhead Gunship (1#, 170 pts)
1 Hammerhead Gunship, 170 pts = (base cost 90 + Railgun 50 + Two Burst Cannons 10 + Disruption Pod 5 + Multi-Tracker 10) + Blacksun Filter 5

Attach the Shas'el to the crisis team and his drones will keep both units alive through turn one and avoid giving up firstblood or slay the warlord (hopefully).

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