Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tau Special Character - Shas'Vre Valsk
The Pilots of the Kaior Sector are know for their unique looping fighting style and charged wind attacks that seems to allow them to pull of the most amazing assaults against armor. Shash'Vre Valsk created this style of flight to counter the constant wind and sand storms in the Kaior plains. Under his training other pilots have learned how to use the wind to increase their attacks range and strength of their weapons.
Valsk's Piranha - Valsk pilots a modified piranha that as been upgraded with fusion blaster twin burst cannon instead of the normal gun drones, target lock, multitracker,targeting array.
Valsk's unit effect - Any members of his formation get a free fusion blaster upgrade but cannot carry seeker missiles.
Charged wind attack - By rerouting the static charge that builds up on the hull as the craft flies to the weapons system they allowed to increase the weapons range. Adds 3" of range to Fusion Blaster attacks.
Circular Strafe attack - By understanding the winds the pilots have learned how to rotate their craft in such a way that the guns seem to always be pointed at just the right location on the enemy. All attacks are treated as if hitting rear armor.
Ride the wind - Years of flying in the worst conditions has allows them to fly at the lowest levels dodging terrain like it wasn't there. Vehicles gain the effects of having sensor spines and the ability to move up to 6" in the assault phase.
Soothing wind - By rolling and turning the craft into attacks they are able to deflect some of the damage from an attack lessening its impact on the craft. Vehicle no longer counts as open topped for all attack/damage rolls.
So what do you think? Having a special character like this would definitely freshen up some little used units and open up whole new tactical options. I can see a wing of 3 or 4 of these making life real difficult for whoever wants to go against it. For too long the Tau have relied on outdated static tactics. This puts that mobility back into the game while still fitting the character of a Mont'ka.
For the greater good!