Here's the 1500 points Tau army list I intend to take to this year's Warhammer 40K Grand Tournament.
Tau aren't one of the strongest tournament armies under 5th edition 40K, but they can give a good account of themselves and that's what I intend to do with them.
Last year I wasn't happy with my Tau, so I borrowed James's Deathwing army and had a blast, coming 1 position away from qualifying, which wasn't bad considering how badly I played.
This year, a lot more competitive players are attending Heat 1 of the 40K Grand Tournament, so things are expected to be a lot tougher.
All the same, I'll do my best with the Tau and pray for as many Annihilation missions as possible :)
1500 points Tau army listTau Shas’el with Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod, Multitracker, Hardwired Drone Controller with 2 shield drones
2 Bodyguards with Plasma Rifle, Missile Pod, Hardwired Multitracker, Targeting Array
Tau Battlesuit Team
2 with Twin Linked Flamer, Missile Pod
1 Leader with Twin Linked Flamer, Missile pod, Hardwired Drone Controller with 2 shield drones
(X3) 6 man Fire warrior Team
Devilfish with Smart Missile System, Targeting Array, Multitracker, Disruption Pod
Hammerhead with Railgun, 2 Burst Cannons, Multitracker and Disruption Pod
Skyray with 2 Burst Cannons, Target Lock (comes as standard), Targeting Array, Multitracker and Disruption Pod
2 man Broadside Team with advanced stabilization
Leader, Hardwired Drone Controller with 2 shield drones
NOTE: some of my eagle eyed readers have pointed out that my usual list was 10 points over, having unintentionally added a bonding knife to the Broadside team and a Target Lock to the Hammerhead. Fortunately I haven't had to use either of these upgrades in any of my games!
ANOTHER NOTE: Please also note that the Tau Battlesuit team in this army photo are armed with missile pods and burst cannons. I'm currently painting the unit with missile pods and twin linked flamers.
ONE MORE NOTE: I'm sick of playing James's space marines, dark angels, deathwing and ravenwing. I need to get some games in against other opponents with different armies. Am currently pestering a Tyranid player from Essex for a game.
I need to do a lot of work on my Tau army. Not only does it need to triple in size, it needs a lot of Battlesuits, commander variants, troops and most importantly...Commander Farsight!
After the Grand Tournament, I'm contemplating fielding a similar army to this, but with another Hammerhead instead of the Broadsides and another Firewarrior team in a Devilfish instead of the twin linked flamer battlesuit team...or instead of the commander's bodyguard. There are plenty of options to play around with.