OK, I love the new Tau!

March 30, 2013 ·

My last post was a little down, I still feel I would have liked to see some more new miniatures (troop choices or different elite choices), however after absorbing the contents of issue 400 of White Dwarf I am a lot happier.
Between the different weapons options and the amazing selection of new drones available I feel it will very easy to create some very flavoursome Tsu armies.

Also I feel that the suggestion that the Kroot and Vespids will be excluded from the codex can be layed to rest. A couple of the WD400 photos of pages from the codex clearly show the Kroot,  and a Kroot Gun is also included in the codex weapons section.

I have even grown to like the Riptide a little more. I won't be rushing out to get one,  but I will probably pick one or two up eventually.


Tim said...
March 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM  

Yeah that whole thing where people thought kroot were not included was silly. I mean, just because they aren't getting new models, people thought they were removed from the army? Silly.

As far as the new models - they are pretty sweet. The broadsides could have been better though. They are a little two bulky and kind of a lot of stuff tacked on in a haphazard way.

I don't know why you were expecting the dark-eldar-treatment, the line had a fair amount of plastic kits that were iconic - fire warriors and crisis suits - no way was GW going to re-do those. Just not good business sense.

So far I am very happy with the new Tau...I feel young again! haha! Old Shatter Hands may just come back in a new form.

paulus pego said...
March 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM  

we have waited a long long time brilliant we have some great models codex looks ok

Garnet said...
March 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM  

I'm excited about the new book and the new models, but I will completely second your sentiment regarding our rather massive paucity of Troops options. It'd be nice if Pathfinders, at least, had wandered over there, especially if their armour is really getting downgraded to 5+, and Gun Drone squads would've been nice too; both units would've seen way more use in that section than crowding up FA with the Piranha and the new flyers.

Tim said...
March 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM  

Troops...yeah its an issue.

Hopefully the writer has made it so the troop units we have - fire warriors and kroot - are given the options so that they can be tailored to multiple roles - or a flexible enough on their own to be worthwhile. Personally I love fire warriors and kroot in this edition and the codex will only make them better.

Lots of people don't get kroot. Kroot are one of the best troops we could ask for. Being so cheap, we can use them to fill out our ranks. What happens is a small horde, supported by some amazing fire power. I think thats one of our strengths - cheap troops coupled with some hyper-elite shooters.

Garnet said...
March 31, 2013 at 8:29 AM  

The current Fire Warrior isn't bad, exactly, and with a pretty thoroughly confirmed drop to 9 points, they'll be slightly better. But given how modular so much of our codex is, it's highly frustrating that Fire Warriors are basically impossible to customize. And given that scoring Troops are essential for victory in five out of six rule book missions, having only the most basic and generic of options available really can be problematic in terms of balancing scoring and shooting power properly.

Also, I've just never liked Kroot. It's mostly an aesthetic thing, but also, the lack of an armour save and being an assault unit armed with a rapid fire weapon. If I wanted cheap troops, I'd Ally in some Guardsmen for gue'vessa counts-as.

Anonymous said...
April 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM  

Kroot withkroot hounds now thats a mob. 12 initiative 5 two attacks base and one on the charge will get a few marines down for the 20 kroot carnies swinging their two attack and one on charge kroot rifles comes to 84 attacks at 192 pts.

Outflanking 32 models or infiltrat them ino terrain or just kroot wall them around important things. Glad theyre not gone

Anonymous said...
April 3, 2013 at 4:27 AM  

I'm really excited about the new Tau. I even like the new Riptide. The new aircraft will look good with the bars between wings and tail removed, something I intend doing.

We've been waiting a long time. But my impression is it was well worth the wait.

Duncan Wright said...
April 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM  

Well, kroot now have the option for sniper rifles. If you look at it, you have fire warriors with rifles, fire warriors with carbines, kroot with kroot guns, and kroot with sniper rifles. Since the two permutations play so differently, that's almost like 4 choices.

Garnet said...
April 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM  

I dunno, I just can't see a situation in which it makes sense to replace rifles with carbines. All you get is a slight improvement in an incredibly narrow range band (18"-16"), and the loss of a solid foot of range.

The increase in carbines is good for drones and to a lesser extent Pathfinders, but Fire Warriors I predict will basically always stick with their rifles.

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