Tau are  right around the corner, and the community is on the edge of our seats for this coming week's revelations. Speculations are abound, and here it appears that MajorWesJanson has seen some sprues of various units and is translating that into possible unit sizes for the incoming codex.


Please remember that these are rumors until we get something more concrete, and we still are not sure of what the squad sizes will be.

via MajorWesJanson on Warseer
Firewarriors are still 4 to a frame, so they will still probably remain 6-12. Kroot could maybe get a little larger, say 12-24. Pathfinders 4-8 don't work anymore, so we will likely see them go from 4-8 to either 5-10 or 6-12, so you don't have spares in a box. Stealthsuit boxes are 3 per, so if they do increase the size, I'd expect 3-9. Crisis suits are also now 3 per box, but I don't expect their unit size to increase, unless maybe Farsight bumps their max size up.

24 Comments:

  1. Please dont' let the idea of bigger kroot unit sizes be a sign that they ran out of ideas and gave us orc equivent kroot, without the useful rules. I'm being a little pesimestic, but come on, kroot need some love.

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    1. Kroot are fine as they are. Cheap, naked bolter-2 CCW toting WS4,S4 infantry are pretty sweet IMO. I actually hope they don't change.

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    2. Tim, it's not so much that I have an issue with the Kroot rules as they are. As you put it, they're well suited for their role. It's just that fluff indicates that they're super adaptable thanks to their eating and mutation habits, and there's no way to pay to play Kroot who've had a meaner diet. To me, the rules ignore/cut people off from playing the coolest part of the unit's fluff. I know that's not important to everybody, but it is important to some, me included.

      I would really love to see the base unit stay the same, with some statline upgrade options at appropriate costs to reflect a meaner diet.

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    3. Tim, In addition, to the kroot mutations not being addressed in the rules, they honestly don't perform the role they are supposed to fill in a 6th edition environment. They're supposed to be sneaky, lightly armored shock troops for the Tau. However, they have no method of hiding from shooting casualties anymore, are outclassed in their damage (assault and ranged) dealing capabilities by every 5th edition codex and the nerf to outflank/infiltrate makes them not very sneaky anymore. They need updated rules to fit their role because they are borderline unplayable right now.
      Their shooting does little damage thanks to their pitiful BS3, if you want to bring any hitting power you lose your infiltrate capability. Their assault does little damage since they lack the ability to avoid casualties before assaulting (If they don't run off the table first) and other than forests, lack assault grenades or any method of moving through cover quickly. And finally if you want to bring any hitting power (krootox) you have to either hide in cover, or footslog across the whole table, which for a T3 no armor unit is a death sentence.

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  2. To be entirely honest none of what he said is particularly new info. We gleaned all of this info from the original round of leaked photos. It says a lot of this info right on the boxes for the leaked pics. Path finders come in boxes of 10 so of course the squad size would change for them. The kroot and fire warrior boxes didn't change so it's likely they're squad sizes are the same. Same with stealth suits. The only questions that people really had were crisis suits and broadsides. Crisis suits are now sold in boxes of 3 and the army box includes 3. To be getting full units of crisis suits in one go seems unusual for GW. Additionally people are concerned about the new broadside being in units of 1. It's a change that people are afraid of and no one is hoping for. Not that I don't appreciate you talking about Tau here. But this was all pretty obvious stuff.

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    1. Why would Broadside unit size change? They are being sold in one of's right now so nothing is changing with that. The box price would be too high even by GW standards if they put three in a box. Assumptions regarding box size and unit size correlating is a bit dangerous.

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    2. Not necessarily dangerous. I'm not making any assumptions. As a matter of fact I'm keeping an open mind. I'm aware that broadsides have always been only sold in units of one. But looking at all of the leaked photos none of the broadsides appeared to be in unit coherency with any of the others. Which indicates the possibility that broadsides may only be units of one. Not a guarantee but a possibility. I'm hoping of course that they're still available in units of three to maintain their effectiveness.

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  3. squadsizes such as 6-12 or 12 -24 would be unlikely.

    In the past codices, also despite the packaging/sprues, these units usually comes at a minimum size of 5 or 10 models, up to 20.

    Also what I did notice a little are units with pointcost of 10 or below usually have minimum squadsizes of 10, such as Chaos Daemon troops and Chaos Cultists.

    Depending on pointcosts if FWs are around 11 most likely the size will be like 5 at a cost of somewhere around 65 (including champion) Just remember if the minimum size would be 10 then we are talking about a Troopslot, which would cost at least 120 points. That's kind of steep and also not in line with the recent codices.

    Kroot are cheap. It's certain they are below 10 (maybe even 6-7) points per model. So my bet would be 10 models as minimum size, up to 30ish

    Just my 2 cents

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    1. Tau have four fingers, their fluff says they don't count in decimal system, so 10 is not a "natural" number for them. It would be like humans doing squads of seven, weird.

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  4. Just an overview of what's in my mind:

    Troops
    ~1-6 pts /size: 10-30
    7+ pts /size: 5-20 (max size depends on being either elite or horde army)

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    1. This would require new molds of the models since they are currently 4 per sprue. I would love this to be true but it is very unlikely.

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    2. AND Tau got four fingers, don't think in a decimal system.

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  5. If Braodsides will be played in units of 1 single model it can only mean that the opponent will not consider it as dangerous as 3 of them on the edge of the table... therefore we can expect less deep strikes in front of our precious tank hunters. Besides no need to buy a target lock!

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    1. Since there is no change to the size of the broadside package they will still probably be played in units of 1-3. I can't think of any codex that reduced the max squad size of a unit

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  7. Does anyone know if battlesuits can still be bought as a single model? I'm not sure how many people will want to fork out heaps of money when they only want one more suit.

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  12. MajorWes here, and this is not a rumor. I have not seen the sprues, but was speculating on squad sizes in response to another poster, and the confirmed unit sizes we have in the various sprues/boxes.

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    1. Responding to this post here:
      http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?364126-Tau-rumours/page88&p=6693175#post6693175

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