Tau Translocator

This Article was written by:
Sholto

Article Writer's Avatar
Posts: 67
Karma: 2
No Comments View rating View Rating [Report to Mod] Report to Librarian
A new item of Special Issue War gear for Tau Commanders only:

Translocator - 30 points

First encountered by Imperial Guard forces during the Gideon IV Anomaly, this is a piece of experimental Tau technology used only be experienced Tau Commanders, whose effect can be seen in this fragment from the report of a company sergeant of the Mandellian 17th:
"The lads dubbed 'im a Jack-a-Box, for cause he kept poppin' up outta nowhere, shootin' us and then vanishin' again. He were a proper pain in the-[RETRACTED]"
Utilising a blend of the stealth suit technology and a vastly miniaturised version of the warp-dive system that powers their interstellar fleets, this equipment allows the Tau Commander to disappear from the field of battle and re-appear elsewhere, often to devastating effect, or simply to avoid being over-run.
The device is used in the movement phase, but may not be used if the Tau Commander has already moved, is attached to another unit or if the Tau Commander is locked in close combat. The Tau Commander counts as having moved at the beginning of Turn 1 for these purposes, so the device may not be used on Turn 1.
The Tau player must identify the translocation target area to his opponent (which may be anywhere on the table, excluding impassable terrain, and observing the usual unit placement rules eg. not within 1" of the enemy), and then roll a D6:
D6 Roll Result
1 Optimal translocation. Place the Tau Commander on the translocation target area. Do not roll for scatter. The Tau Commander may now move, shoot and assault as if he had started the Turn on the translocation target area, and had not moved.
2-5 Functional translocation. Immediately deep-strike the Tau Commander to the translocation target area as per the rules on page 84 of the rulebook (ie. roll for scatter).
6 Delayed translocation. This operates as a Functional Translocation, except that the deep-strike takes place on the Tau player's next Turn. Remove the Tau Commander from the field until then. The Tau player may not alter the translocation target area he identified. If there is no next Turn, then treat the Tau Commander as wounded for Victory Point purposes at the end of the game.
If the Tau Commander has any drones, they will accompany him. The Tau Commander must detach from any unit he has attached to before he can use the translocator. Note that detaching counts as movement for the purposes of using the device. The Tau Commander may not take a translocator if he also takes a bodyguard. Due to the device's size, it may not be taken on any Crisis suit that also has Vectored Retro Thrusters or Ejection System.
Designer's Notes: this device allows the Tau Commander to deepstrike several times per game. The considerable advantages this has are reflected in the cost, and are hopefully offset by the limitations. In particular, rolling a 6 will potentially place the Tau Commander in serious peril, as the enemy will have advance knowledge of where he will be appearing. If there happens to be unit there when he arrives, then unless he scatters, he is dead! In addition, use in Turn 6 to grab a distant table quarter will be discouraged by the possibility of the Tau Commander vanishing off the table and gifting VPS to the opponent. It would be of obvious use in a Helios configuration to target back-field armour, but would complement other load-outs equally well. It has been made Special Issue, but a Tau Cadre packed with translocator-equipped VX8 Crisis suits might be worth play testing (with an understanding opponent!).




No comments

Other Content

All the content currently available!
Showing page 1 of 19 pages
[Next] [Last Page]
Army: Category: View:
ArticleAuthorDate AddedRatingCommentsViews
Ork Skullhamma Battlefortress "Wartanker"Khanaris7th Jun 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-41912
Tau PiranhaOggy7th Jun 10Current rating for this item: 3 stars
3 stars
-22041
Sa'Cea XV84 Shas'el De'mure (BATTLESUIT COMMANDER)BlairH19th Apr 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-18422
Multiple Assaults And Youcrazyguy83210th Apr 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-10198
The Art of Vengeance: Using Sternguard RoundsWarpspiderman1st Apr 10Current rating for this item: 4 stars
4 stars
111536
Blood Angels Codex Review/Thoughtscrazyguy83213th Mar 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-22951
Ork Army List TacticaEasyification7th Mar 10Current rating for this item: 4 stars
4 stars
-15893
Urban BasesMurchankite9th Feb 10Current rating for this item: 5 stars
5 stars
-26889
Plastic Grey Knight TerminatorsGreyDeath30th Jan 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
130004
Slaaneshi Keeper of SecretsSILK20th Jan 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-9906
Chaotic Tactica - Chaos LordsSILK6th Jan 10Current rating for this item: 5 stars
5 stars
-9536
The Wolfwing - TacticaEasyification3rd Jan 10Current rating for this item: 5 stars
5 stars
-11709
Daemonettes, anyone?SILK1st Jan 10Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-9921
Using Green StuffAunny23rd Dec 09Current rating for this item: 3.5 stars
3.5 stars
-12247
Ruined BuildingCar'Lel23rd Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-11477
Slaanesh Daemon PrinceAlabaster23rd Dec 09Current rating for this item: 3 stars
3 stars
-30872
A Guide to Playing 40K FasterThor{DoH}21st Dec 09Current rating for this item: 4.5 stars
4.5 stars
-9263
Seeking Alternatives - Constructing a List that Works for Youxx21st Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-13598
Arnell's Ascendancy [Novel length, Part 4]Tyross (FT)20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-8588
Dark Angels Verses Ulthwe [Battle Report and anti-wraithlord tactica]Tyross (FT)20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 2 stars
2 stars
-12894
Enemies Of Ancient EldarRezzy20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 5 stars
5 stars
-12794
Starting A Tau ArmyTau Online20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-19611
Eldar Tactica: Methods of AttackJUST_LIKE_NAM!!!20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-12620
Daemonhunters Tactica: Know Thy SelfTyross (FT)20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-10423
Chaos Versus EldarTyross (FT)20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-10528
Assessment of the Tau EmpireWargamer20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 2.5 stars
2.5 stars
-14818
Commander FarsightOxiotle20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-14391
Eldar Versus KhorneTau-killer20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: Not rated
Not rated
-8783
Conversion Guide: Coverting a Valkyrie to a Vendetta Aunny20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 4 stars
4 stars
-25814
Tau'Va Tel'OshiWargamer20th Dec 09Current rating for this item: 1 stars
1 stars
134823
Showing page 1 of 19 pages
[Next] [Last Page]

TauOnline.org is completely unofficial and is in no way endorsed by Games Workshop Limited.