The Tau rules now are just bad, badly written, and baddly thought out. As I said above.
It looks like they had extra non selling models and said make a kill team with them (Like they did for kill team where pathfinders actually worked).
Let me see if i can focus on some glaring ones we are talking about.
- Drones are not anything. Not a trooper or a recruit. Functionally not right. Drones do not have JSJ and what comes with JSJ that would make the recon drone actually work. The BC should not have been heavy, it could have been special and only on the two options listed. The grav drone is worthless, as the effect would mean nothing in almost all situations where an actual fighter was charging you the way it is written. Our MB3 is useless, 18 inch range and no move? not the extra wound it should have, and non of the extra recon stuff it has in fluff? And our pulse drone, a tax to be like others that does not work for crap on any of the missions you have less forces. (most of them)
-- BLUF Drones are written for crap.
- Pathfinders: No stat increases from recruits, no weapon choices, no MISC choices, and they made the two ok options for weapons less good then they should have been and made them special. The ION should have been a rocket launcher equivalent. The rail rifle should have been better as well. No grenade launchers?!?!?!?!?!?!?! The model that had them forever and never had rules gets into a game with them and does not get to launch grenades? Where are emp grenades?
-- BLUF Pathfinders: look at astra and see what they should have been written like to truely see how crap they are.
-- Stealth suits should have been our Specialists / heavy gunners.
--- Heck, Stealthsuits should have been our army like chaos. Small numbers with great skills and maneuver.
-- So much frustration on this, re-read a lot and with every page it seems broken stupid how we got written.
++ I am running my pathfinder team and Space Marine Space wolves as thier skills matched us the most. Holy greater good, you can see how bad we are from the other grass.... It IS greener. The Tau grass is yard weed.
Tau devices - they could have given us Astra MISC access and we would have been good. They could have let us buy grenade launchers for our Pulse carbines THAT HAVE GRENADE LAUNCHERS!?!?!?!?!?! but they did not. Tau without gearing are not Tau.
Tau have toys and specs. Tau have tactics. Tau are not cut and paste bland 2 options cookies that go to the cookie mill.
I own and play Tau (more or less exclusively) and this is the worst tau writting i have ever seen for rules. Even the card game got us more correct than this. That said, you can fix it by playing your tau models but using astra or space marine rules. It is the only fix that I see.
If you want to play the Tau rules, you are at a HUGE disadvantage. It will grow as the game goes on. AND it is not fun as it is not Tau. It is not like 4th - 5th where we had 4 good codex items and life was hard. That was tau and fun!
This is just bad writing on a PDF for our forces. (No other army has a non functional type like our drones is the red cherry on top if you need a place to start looking at how they stacked this poop sandwich)
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