How to Save $$$ Getting Started With The Tau

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Hey Game Fans, we’re back with our look at the final Holiday bundle released for Warhammer 40,000, the Tau Targeted Reconnaissance Force. 

Let’s take a closer look at what’s in the box, and how it meshes with the rest of the Tau Start Collecting line. This is the last of the Holiday Battleforce sets being released by Games Workshop for Warhammer 40,000.  Hopefully it contains a formation that makes it playable out of the box.  Current Estimates put at around $170 to purchase, which is an excellent sale price.   Ready to dive in?


Tau Targeted Reconnaissance Force


This is hopefully a complete formation that you can play right out of the box (once it’s assembled).  It contains the following:

  • Pathfinder team
  • Devilfish Transport
  • Stealth Suit Team
  • Battlesuit Commander
  • Ghost Keel Battlesuit
  • Broadside Battlesuit
  • Assorted Drones (they would normally come with the other suits, but counted as separate models)

Battleforce: Tau Empire Targeted Reconnaissance Cadre

It’s an interesting mix of battlesuits and favors the stealthy aspect of the Tau game play style.  Using the Pathfinders, the Ghostkeel, and the Stealth suit team to get marker lights on a target for the Battlesuit Commander and Broadside battlesuit to destroy at range would be a very typical way for a Tau unit to operate.  I imagine that the Ghostkeel and the Broadside are listed as squads in the formation, and you can add additional suits to those teams (up to formation limits).  How does this interact with the start collecting set for Tau?  Let’s take a look.


Start Collecting Tau

The Start Collecting set includes a formation that uses all of the component parts as a single battlegroup so you can play with it out of the box.  The set contains:

  • Crisis Suit Team
  • Fire Warriors Team
  • Ethereal on hoverboard
  • assorted drones and missile pods

If you combine this collection with the battleforce, you’ll have choices for your HQ, (An ethereal or a battlesuit commander), an assortment of the Medium sized suits for the Tau, (no stormsurges or Riptides, but those are always options), and a mix of Tau infantry.  You’ve also got a Devilfish Transport to give you enhanced mobility on the tabletop.  It’s a neat mix of options and choices for a budding commander, so take a look and see if it’s what you’re looking for to get started.startcollectingtau02

You’re still going to need your Codex, your paint, and your hobby tools to get started putting your models together, but for a projected cost of around $250 retail (stores may give you a better deal, depending on the shop), it’s an excellent way to get started with the Tau in Warhammer 40,000.  Take a look, see what you think.

That’s it for the 40,000 sets, we’ll start the Age of Sigmar stuff soon. Happy Gaming, Happy Holidays Game Fans


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Trained as a school psychologist, i look at the overlap between education, psychology and games with the direction to utilize the latter two components to improve the first
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