So over the weekend I played a narrative challenge mission, the Last Stand. Me and an ork player were the attackers against a IF and SoB player as the defender with a last minute addition of a custodes player.
In five turns we got the IF and Custodes player wiped out, the SoB was down to Celestine, a sister squad, a canoness and hospitalar.
In total what we had to face:
Chaplin Dread (Twin lascannon, fist w/ SB)
3x 5 man Intercessor squads (2 with assault, 1 with bolt rifles)
3 man aggressor squad - boltstorm guantlets
2x Geminae Superia
5 woman Retrubator squad (2x meltagun, heavy flamer, multimelta)
10 woman Dominion squad (Stormbolters and heavy bolter)
10 woman Sister squad (flamer, storm bolter)
5 woman Seraphim squad
Shield captian on bike
Caladius grav tank
To comp for the adding of the custodes player the Orks added a battlewagon. Not much but it's all we had extra.
Overall I needed to be more aggressive with the suits since I wasn't getting use of my rifles (burst/CIB) until turn 3. Also I figured I would stay put and took Day'loth sept. Bad idea.
Should have stuck with Tau sept and engaged. Much like how I played with my commander who was in the thick the entire battle. He was killed twice, but he got back into the fight fast. I ended up tanking the custodos player's attention, his tank killing the commander both times.
The chaplian dread wasn't too much of a problem even with it in the middle of the force. Mostly due to my commander bursting right next to him turn one and dropping him to two wounds in a single shooting phase. He was dropped the next turn by a ramming trukk.
I'm not sure I'm going to get another game with the Tau this month. Model wise I want to finish the SCD, just have to build the other fireblade, 4 shield drones and the riptide. Then paint all of them.
I'm working on the coldstar and an XV9 right now. The XV9's scheme is a bit of a chore but once I get this one done the rest are the same-ish scheme, just changing a colour or two.
Sorry for the bad lighting, but here is a preview pict.
I'm going to try and see if once the SCD is done I can get a game with it, just to try it.
Future projects for this one:
adding sniper drones and a commander w/ drone controller
Redo the shield drones for the SCD, something flatter, as well as constructing lighting cages so they can link up
Make and paint at least one more XV9, might do a total of five if I have the parts.
I'm going to place this as a softball army. Something for fun that won't stomp a competent player. Mostly for narratives and if someone is looking for a training match versus Tau.
It was awesome to get this idea out of my head and onto the field.
Might look into 3D printing and designing too to make more variations on the ghost drones I built. At least since the engines of the main (marker) drone can only be found in a $60 kit. Their the maneuvering thrusters from the commander kit.