Tau WhaleShark Superheavy Assault Gunship

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Hi,
I was thinking about scratchbuilding a centerpiece for my Tau army. I could of course just Build a Manta, but I wanted something unique. So I thought, since the Tau equivelent of a Titan is an Aircraft, I would build a huge Aircraft. Bigger than a Manta. Less of a Plane, more a flying airfield!
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    Generally, the Tau have found that Ground Based airfields are sufficient to serve as bases for the Tau Airforce. However, on the Imperial Forge World of Scalthrax IIIV, famed for the large numbers of Anti-Aircraft vehicles it produces, it was found that setting up bases on the ground was almost impossible, as the Manta's sent to Land in the Drop zones were gunned down. Though the Air Caste had the capability to destroy the manufactorums that were producing the Hydra's the Large size of the planet meant the Tau fleet was spread to thinly to refuel and rearm the Aircraft.
    The WhaleShark is the largest aircraft the imperium has ever encountered. 1.5x the size of a Manta, and dwarfing the Thunderhawk Gunship, it is not generally intended for frontline use. However, during particularly Massive engagements, it can be brought forward, and it massive firepower unleashed on ground targets. Sporting a modified naval-grade Ion Cannon, and 4 Heavy Railguns, it has enough firepower to destroy an imperial scout or middle-class Titan in a single salvo. It is equipped with heavy duty Gravatic hooks, allowing it to pick up, refuel and rearm an aircraft up to the size of a Tiger Shark and set it back on its way. It can store 2 Tigersharks, 5 Barracuda's and up to 4 Orcas or 12 Hammerhead Gunships its its 4 Cargo Holds. It also has a deck capable of Carrying 72 Fire Warriors and 48 drones, plus an ethereal. The most devastating use of a Whale Shark was during the attack on a large Imperial manufactorum. The huge aircraft engaged and destroyed the Emperor Class Titan Vindictusetto Leccus, which had been firing upon the Tau forces for several days, and had caused many casualties.

Whaleshark Superheavy Assault Gunship - 4500pts

BS    F  S  R
4(2) 13 12  10

Type: Super Heavy Flyer

Structure Points: 16

Equipment:
Ion Annihalator
2 TL Heavy Railguns
8 Long-Barrelled Ion Cannons
2 TL Missile Pods
24 Long-Barreled Burst Cannons (use BS Definition: Battle Sister or Ballistic Skill2)
4 Battlesuit Railguns
Shield Generator
Disruption Pod
2 TL Markerlight Turrets
BS Filter
Targetting Array (bonus BS Definition: Battle Sister or Ballistic Skillalready included)
Fifteen Seeker Missiles
Escape Pod

Transport:
The Whaleshark has 2 Transport decks, and three aircraft bays. The upper deck may transport 72 Infantry Models and up to 48 Drones. It may also transport 3 Independant Characters and drones. The lower deck has a transport capacity of 360 Models. it may transport up to 12 tanks, which count as 30 Models Each. It may carry up to 4 Orca Dropships, which count as 80 Models each. Crisis suits count as three models. Broadside Battlesuit count as 4 Models, as do the Forgeworld Battlesuit variants. Knarlock riders count as 4 models. Great Knarlocks count as 10 models.
The forward aircraft bay may transport up to 5 Barrucuda air superiority fighter. Each side aircraft bay may transport a single Tigershark. Aircraft embarked on the WhaleShark for a turn will automatically have their seeker missiles refilled.

Access points: Rear Ramp - up to 10 units a turn may use the rear ramp. Gravitational Hooks - see special rules.

Special Rules:
Hover Mode

Gravitational Hooks:
Up to 3 Flyers a turn may use the Gravitaional hook to board or exit the Aircraft. The flyer Must be within 12" of the front of the Aircraft to embark, and must be placed within 12" when diembarking. Flyers may not use the Gravitation Hooks while the Whaleshark is in Hover Mode. Up to 6 Skimmers a turn may use the Gravitational hooks to Disembark/embark while the Aircraft is in Hover mode.

Energy Shield:
See Manta Datsheet

Weapons:
                    Range  S  AP  Notes
 Ion Annihalator 120"  D  2    Heavy 6, 5" Blast

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