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Hunter Continengent

Hunter Cadre

Commander - Drone Controller, x2 Marker Drones

Crisis Team - x3, 2 Plasma rifles each, x2 Target Lock, x1 Vectored Thrusters

Drone Squad - x4 Markers (with Commander 1)
Drone Squad - x4 Markers (with Commander 2)

Fire Warriors - x9 Pulse Rifles
Fire Warriors - x9 Pulse Rifles
Fire Warriors - x9 Pulse Rifles

Sniper Drones - x2 Spotters, x4 Drones
Sniper Drones - x2 Spotters, x4 Drones
Sniper Drones - x2 Spotters, x4 Drones

Contingent Headquarters

Commander - Drone Controller, x2 Marker Drones

Firebase Support Cadre

Riptide - Ion Accelerator, Fusion, Stim Injector

Broadside - HYMP, Seeker Missile
Broadside - HYMP, Seeker Missile

Firebase Support Cadre

Riptide - Ion Accelerator, Fusion, Stim Injector

Broadside - HYMP, Seeker Missile
Broadside - HYMP, Seeker Missile

Tidewall Gunfort (Fortification Formation, but not part of the Contingent)

x3 Gunrigs

1995/2000

Ok. I think I managed to design a new 2000 point list with the new codex. I can't use any of my Forgeworld models, so this was one that offers a lot of toys that I like, without needing a lot of extra purchases to reach what I need.

So I put one squad of Sniper Drones in each Gunrig, most likely. Maybe not, but that's an option. As long as one spotter is in there, I get my BS5 shots with all 3. Plus the FBSCs can fire at +1 BS before markers, and can offer TH and MH to anyone else firing with the contingent.


Edit: Sadly, this army was already invalidated, since I don't play Unbound. You can't take a Fortification in the Hunter Contingent. Oh well.
 

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There might be a Detachment yet in the Tau Codex that allows you to take this swanky new Fortification since GW took the time to make it and all.
 

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I've asked around thanks to the Black Library leaks. It needs a CAD. About 150 points minimum if you use a Fireblade (which could fire the gun at BS5)
 

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Well that smacks of stupid. Here's our first ever non-Imperial terrain feature, it's in the Codex, it's awesome, people want it....but you can't use it with any of your fancy new Tau Formation/Detachments.
 

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That's about how it boils down to.

I have to say that the more I think about it, the less interested I am in the new Hunter Contingent super-formation. It feels clunky and overly complicated, and while in some ways it's more flexible than, say, a Demi-Company, the bonuses are weird, and the tax can be rough depending on what you want to put in your army.

I'm seriously considering just going back to what I had before, which was just more CADs, with a mix of Tau and Farsight (since FSE seems to still be valid).

I'm far more excited about the Fortification than the Hunter Contingent. And I'm dreading the endless debates that come from the Buffmander (which I don't use).

However, with that said, here's my second draft...


Hunter Contingent


Commander - DC

Fireblade

Crisis x3 (x2 plasma each)

Marker Drones x4
Marker Drones x4

Strike Team x7 rifles
Strike Team x7 rifles
Strike Team x7 rifles

Sniper Drones 3+1

Firebase Support Cadre

Riptide - Ion, Fusion, VT, EWO

Broadside - HYMP, Seeker
Broadside - HYMP, Seeker

Firebase Support Cadre

Riptide - Ion, Fusion, VT, EWO

Broadside - HYMP, Seeker
Broadside - HYMP, Seeker

Combined Arms Detachment

R'alai

Commander - DC

Strike Team x5 rifles
Strike Team x5 rifles

Tidewall Gunfort

1998/2000

I'm not really happy with it, but it has a lot of what I wanted. I may drop the Cadre Fireblade (who mostly exists to run the Gunfort), and just use the Sniper Drones. They're there mostly because it was the cheapest required 'heavy' slot in the Contingent, and I'm not a fan of tanks or the Stormsurge, and all of my Broadsides were already tasked to the formations. Doing that would give me some spare points for a few more Fire Warriors, or maybe adding some more options here and there.

I'm also a little concerned about anti-air, because I don't want my super-Riptides tied up with anti-aircraft duties.
 
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