Tau 600 Point Army

January 15, 2013 · 3 comments

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!

Tau 500pt army list

January 11, 2013 · 10 comments

I have had a couple of very successful small battles recently, 500pts before Christmas and now up to 600pts just this week.
I thought it would be worth opening my army lists so that they can be discussed.
Today I am posting the 500pt list.
Please let me know what you think!

HQ (87pts)

  • Commander (87pts)
    • Shas'el (87pts) Independent Character
      Missile pod (12pts), Multi-tracker (5pts), Plasma rifle (20pts), XV8 'Crisis' battlesuit
    Elites (221pts)
  • XV8 'Crisis' Battlesuit Team (159pts)
    • Shas'ui (50pts) Burst cannon (8pts), Missile pod (12pts), Multi-tracker (5pts), XV8 'Crisis' battlesuit
    • Shas'ui (42pts) Burst cannon (8pts), Flamer (4pts), Multi-tracker (5pts), XV8 'Crisis' battlesuit
    • Shas'vre (67pts) Cyclic ion blaster (15pts), Missile pod (12pts), Multi-tracker (5pts), XV8 'Crisis' battlesuit
      XV8 'Crisis' Battlesuit Team (62pts)
    • Shas'ui (62pts) Missile pod (12pts), Multi-tracker (5pts), Plasma rifle (20pts), XV8 'Crisis' battlesuit
    Troops (120pts)
  • Fire Warrior Team (60pts) 6x Shas'la with pulse rifle (60pts)
  • Fire Warrior Team (60pts)
    6x Shas'la with pulse rifle (60pts)
Heavy Support (75pts)
  • XV88 'Broadside' Battlesuit Team (75pts)
    • Shas'ui (75pts) Multi-tracker (5pts), Smart missile system, Twin-linked railgun, XV88 'Broadside' battlesuit

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