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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-20-08, 03:36 AM
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A.1. Yes, his drones just protect the commander though.
Sorry to contradict you, Calgar, but the commander loses his IC status if he comes with drones. The drones and commander become a unit and can be shot at as normal.

However, he *retains* his ability to join and leave squads, taking his drones with him. So he can still join a squad, but when he does he;s a unit and can be shot at, him and his drones.

This is why I don't like giving ICs drones. I prefer instead to just detach a pair of drones from a nearby transport or piranha and have them move in front of the commander, acting as a bullet shield without making him lose his IC status.

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IC's attatched to small units with mixed armor tends to hurt them.
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Indeed.
A fun thing to do if you have a lot of piranhas and/or devilfish without missile pods is to have everyone drop drones and then form them all up in front of the commander. Now the enemy has to overkill a bunch of tiny 2 drone squads just to get at the character

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IC's attatched to small units with mixed armor tends to hurt them.
Its not the mixed armor that hurts them but the majority toughness. Especially when the toughness is lower than theirs. The mixed armor can help them as the standard is 2 drones to a suit that means on average the drones will be forced to make the saves first before the suits.

If your going to give them drones go with shield drones as they get same toughness/armor no matter what. This helps out a lot for broadside teams.



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Be careful giving shield drones to lone broadsides though (or at least give him a bonding knife) because, as insane as it sounds, you DO suffer morale and Last Man Standing tests as a result of your drones dying.

So a veteran Tau battlesuit pilot in the best armor available, with the strongest weapons known to Tau science, perfectly capable of striding into battle all by himself...will freak out and run like a gretchen when his expendable shield drones get slagged.

If you give shield drones to a solo broadside make sure he has stabilizers and a bonding knife so he can at least fire while he falls back and try to rally.

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Be careful giving shield drones to lone broadsides though (or at least give him a bonding knife) because, as insane as it sounds, you DO suffer morale and Last Man Standing tests as a result of your drones dying.

So a veteran Tau battlesuit pilot in the best armor available, with the strongest weapons known to Tau science, perfectly capable of striding into battle all by himself...will freak out and run like a gretchen when his expendable shield drones get slagged.

If you give shield drones to a solo broadside make sure he has stabilizers and a bonding knife so he can at least fire while he falls back and try to rally.
Hey their Tau of course their going to run. But yeah I have to aggree with Gal here in that yes they do have to still take moral/ld tests for their drones dieing. But think about this... would you rather he took those 2 wounds on himself and died or the 2 drones?? Again I have to aggree with Gal that it is imperative that you give them bonding knives to at least give them a chance to regroup and the stabilizers is a very good idea.



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Reserving to FAQ this one at a later date due to the number of questions...
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