Originally Posted by The Irish Commissar
Also ye I get how both armies fight but I could help but think would space marines equivalent not to do the dire avenger job for example.
Dire Avengers are generally a fairly small part of a much larger force. Is it worth damning those eldar to walk the Path of War for the rest of their lives just to improve part of the army?
The Imp does build bigger and stronger but the tau vehicles and ships are faster and far more reliable.
I'm not totally sure what scale you're talking about so I'll just clarify what I meant.
Imperial Space Ships are faster than anything the Tau can build because they are capable of fully accessing the warp.
Reliable isn't really the word I meant I just couldn't think of a concise way to get across the fact that Leman Russ' can run on grass clippings and las-packs can recharge through sunlight.
Tau trooper armour is far ahead to standard IG, or should I say Militaryman since the name change. The tau fire warrior armor has a full communication gear, a grunt can communicate with ships while IG require a com.man and a heavy vox caster. The ig armor is weaker than fire warrior armor. The tau armor has inbuilt hostile enviro gear, and airtight. Fire warrior helms also has zoom functions.
Tau armour is superior to flak armour (in terms of protection from most things) but is on par with Carapace armour (which the Imperium probably makes more of than the Tau make armour period), below power armour (which the Imperium might actually make as much of as the Tau) and waay below Terminator armour. IG have all the communication gear they need in their helmets, the com-man is as much about logistics and authorization as it is about technology. Hostile enviro gear; like winter coats and gas-masks, which come standard with certain deployments. Power armour is self-powered and void-proof, Terminator armour can withstand nuclear fusion at point blank range. But a zoom function! They decided to build binoculars into their helmets, that's game over man. Never mind zoom, infra-red, night-vision and heartbeat monitors are standard in power armour helmets. Or the fact that a pair of binoculars takes up less space than a Tau's helmet.
In shadowsun a trooper lost a limb and was told the earth caste would regrow him a new one.
The Imperium can do that too, hell they can grow people in tanks and keep them from aging. They don't bother for most soldiers because in the time it takes to grow that soldier a new arm, and ship it to the front, he could've been outfitted with a bionic (which has several improvements over flesh) and redeployed to the front-lines already.
that being said I doubt they would make a Earth caste builder into a killing machine and vice versa.
It's not that they would, I agree that's unlikely, it's that they could. If the Tau develop genetic manipulation then it forces them to acknowledge the fact that it is now possible, albeit unlikely, for someone born in the Earth caste to become Fire caste or Air caste or, god forbid, an Ethereal. Further, Marines are not born to be Marines, they prove themselves. They are a meritocracy, the antithesis of a caste system. Every Fire Warrior was born
to be a Fire Warrior, how come only some were made
into Fire Marines?