Deathbringer Flight + Farsight Enclave

Since Tau and Necrons are Allies of Convenience, they can be ally without the major drawbacks of Desperate Allies or Come the Apocalypse.

Ironically, Tau actually are somewhat weak in terms of high strength, anti-tank shooting since Broadside Heavy Rail Rifles are not only S8 AP1 and S10 shooting is only found on Hammerheads these days.

It just so happens that, for the cost of 32 MBs per Flyer, Necrons have access to a formation called “Deathbringer Flight” which allows them to take 2-4 Doom Scythes and grants them the following bonuses:

1 – Doom Scythes firing their Death Ray get +2BS for each Doom Scythe from the formation that has previously targeted that same unit that same shooting phase.

2 – Enemy units within 12″ of two or more Doom Scythes suffer -1Ld

Combine all this with each Doom Scythe’s S10 AP1 Lance Small Blast shooting against ground targets and its TLed Tesla Destructor, which puts out 4 x S7 AP- shots at either ground or air targets (with bonues hits from rolls of 6+ to Hit), and you have a very versatile flyer that can provide tremendous fire support to an allied Tau cadre.

Now, how can the Deathbringer flight combine with Tau effectively? I would offer that the Farsight Enclave is an excellent counterpart to a Necron flight of 4 Doom Scythes. Consider the following:

— TAU CAD — (1360)

HQ (288)

-Tau Commander with Fusion Blaster/Plasma Rifle, Vectored Retro Thrusters, 2 x Shield Drones (144)

-Tau Commander with Fusion Blaster/Plasma Rifle, Vectored Retro Thrusters, 2 x Shield Drones (144)

TR (348)

-Crises Team with 3 Suits, each with Fusion Blaster/Plasma Rifle and Target Lock (174)

-Crises Team with 3 Suits, each with Fusion Blaster/Plasma Rifle and Target Lock (174)

FA (120)

-Pathfinder Team with 5 x models (60)

-Pathfinder Team with 5 x models (60)

HS (604)

-3 x Missilesides with HYMPs, 2 Target Locks (208)

-3 x Missilesides with HYMPs (198)

-3 x Missilesides with HYMPs (198)

— NECRON DEATHBRINGER FLIGHT — (640)

-Doom Scythe (160)

-Doom Scythe (160)

-Doom Scythe (160)

-Doom Scythe (160)

As you can see, you have a solid firebase, with Missilesides to engage light vehicles and infantry, Crises Teams and Commanders to DS in and engage heavy infantry and vehicles, and Pathfinders to “force multiply” the entire battle group with Markerlights.

Additionally, everything in this task force is backed up by the Deathbringer flight, which really is the “hammer” of this army list, providing the Tau with S10 AP1 and massed S7 shooting support once they come in. Against enemy hordes, you can use the HYMPs, Smart Missiles, and Doom Scythes. Against MEQs and light mech, you have the Crises Suits and torrent of fire from the Missilesides. Against TEQs and MCs, you have the Crises Teams and the Doom Scythes.

Overall, I would say this a pretty versatile force that employs the varying strengths of both the Tau codex and the Deathbringer Flight formation.

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