Team tournaments are always fun. I like being partnered up with a random person. The idea of not knowing what half your army is going to consist of prior to entering battle is enormously challenging. Four generals combining and pitting brain power and list power over three games of Warhammer 40k generally results in a hilariously good time for all involved.
Since my Space Wolves are so many grey plastic pieces right now, combined with the fact that I hate playing unpainted minis in tournaments means I’ll be fielding my trusty (some would say cowardly) Tau in combat once again.
The format for the tournament is 1 HQ, 0-1 Elite, 1-3 Troops, 0-1 Fast Attack, and 0-1 Heavy Support with a “floating” extra choice in one of 0-1 slots. For Tau, this usually means elite or heavy support. I usually ask myself the question, “What armies are likely to show up?” before constructing my lists for these team tournaments. The majority of our players are (unsurprisingly) MEq, but there is a very strong contingent of Orks and a couple of Necrons as well. When I look at the potential lists, I sense a very chronic lack of railgun. This, of course, must be rectified. Here’s what I’m currently thinking
Shas’el – Airbursting Fragmentaion Projector, plasma rifle, fusion blaster, hard-wired multi-tracker, bonded
Shas’vre Bodyguard – plasma rifle, fusion blaster, flamer, multi-tracker, 1 shield drone
Shas’vre Bodyguard – plasma rifle, fusion blaster, flamer, multi-tracker
3 “Fireknife” Crisis Suits – plasma rifles, missile pods, multi-trackers
6 Fire Caste Warriors
10 Kroot and 7 Kroot Hounds
Devilfish – disruption pod
3 Broadside Battlesuits – twin-linked plasma rifles, multi-trackers
Team Leader equipped with bonding knife, hard-wired target lock, 2 shield drones
1 Hammerhead Gunship – railgun, burst cannons, disruption pod, multi-tracker, black-sun filter
I feel that Tau have some of the weakest troops, so I’ve skimped on them. Since I will likely be paired up with Orks, Marines, or Necrons, I don’t think it will bite me too badly. I’ve tried to bring as much heavy firepower as possible with as much “duality” or versatility as I could. The Shas’el and Retinue are capable of tackling hordes, tanks, or heavy infantry, while the fireknives and hammerhead are good all-rounders. My broadsides bring S10 and really excel at taking down Tyranid MCs and small, elite squads like Obliterators.
I’ve gone for an unbalanced list, because, so far, it hasn’t bitten me in the ass. Hopefully, I don’t find myself with another player who only took minimum troops or we could be in trouble.
Feel free to comment and rip this list apart.