Jefffar wrote:I think you may be reaching the modeling for advantage realm there, however as each firing port works for 2 models, 2 ports on one side are enough to give a broadside team complete freedom to fire.
I could certainly see people taking issue with putting all 4 heavy bolters on one facing of it, but I don't think the GW model looks very "Tau" and was hoping to make my own. Best to make sure it has the exact same features in the same places, just to be safe, I suppose?
As to the Skyshield, the ability of jetpack infantry to move freely over it while others treat the step up as difficult terrain is certainly handy, but I'm not sold on the use of it to deepstrike. Unless you're trying to set up a killing ground, I'd think you'd usually want your deepstrikers to hit the enemy where they are most disorganized, not where they'll likely direct the bulk of their force. I can see some tactics of using the Positional Relay to delay reserves, then drop all of them onto the Skyshield, but any opponent worth their salt will probably just stay away from it.
Actually, that could work. Use the Skyshield as a deterrent; put one important "bait" unit (Broadsides, perhaps?) in it, and keep them safe from short-range units with the threat of a mass Crisis drop, but don't bother actually dropping units into it unless it's threatened.