Short Form Battle Report #289 Harlequins vs Tau

Harlequins vs. Tau!

Here are the lists!:

5 players 3x Harlequin’s caress
5 players 3x Harlequin’s caress
8 players 3x Harlequin’s caress
Shadowseer Mastery Level 2
Shadowseer Mastery Level 2
Shadowseer Mastery Level 2
Death Jester
Heavy Support

1 Corsair Prince Jetbike Voidsaber
1 Void Dreamer Mastery Level 3 Jetpack
6 Corsairs Reaver Band
5 Corsairs Reaver Band Jetpack 2 fusion guns
5 Corsairs Cloud Dancer Band 2 Shuriken Cannon
5 Corsairs Cloud Dancer Band 2 Shuriken Cannon
Corsair Falcon 2x Shuriken Cannon

Green Tau 1850pts
Commander x1
drone controller, shield generator, stimulant injector, iridium battlesuit

Breacher Team x10
Devilfish x1
Breacher Team x10
Devilfish x1

Fast Attack
Drones x12
Marker drones
Y’vahra Battlesuit x1
Early warning override, Stimulant injector

Lord of War
Stormsurge x2
early warning override, pulse driver cannon, shield generator, twin linked airburst gun


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22 Responses to “Short Form Battle Report #289 Harlequins vs Tau”

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    Ytook August 19, 2016 3:50 pm #

    Well that was just mean 😛

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    donthemagnificent August 19, 2016 4:23 pm #

    There goes Brandon again! You big meanie!

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    Heldericht August 19, 2016 4:36 pm #

    Love the short form battle reps, nice editing and kept the pace going. But the match was one sided because it was a dual stormsurge tourney level list vs a fairly unorthodox and almost casual Eldar list. No Wraithknight, Warp Spiders or any Hornets/Lynxes. It was a foregone conclusion.

    People are blaming the Tau for being too OP, but really the 2 lists should never have been matched up to begin with. Tau could have taken some more casual units or the eldar could have been matched against a more equal list in terms of power level. Interesting conversions for sure though, would love to see them painted up.

    Looking forward to more short form batreps though!

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      Harry Townsend August 19, 2016 6:56 pm #

      Yeah Brandon thought he was playing a much different list. I just played what I brought and in the future could change the list to make it a much closer game. It was no more the tau or Brandon’s fault than mine for bringing a casual list.

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        Reecius August 20, 2016 12:00 pm #

        Thank you for coming on short notice, Harry. You army will be awesome when it is done.

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        Happy_Inquisitor August 21, 2016 7:07 am #

        I love the modelling in your list and am definitely taking notes! I am really looking forward to seeing that when you are all finished and they are painted up.

        Probably needed a bit more pre-game communication to sort out what sort of game you had in mind. It is always a shame when there is a mismatch in list styles leading to a bit of a foregone conclusion.

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      David Alastair Hayden August 21, 2016 5:14 pm #

      Double Storm Surges and my Harlequins stay in the foam carrying case while I find someone else to play. 🙂

      I’m pretty confident running Harlequins or any underpowered army. I like the challenge of an uphill fight. But there’s a certain point where it goes beyond a big challenge to just no thanks.

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    Brandon August 19, 2016 5:34 pm #

    To be fair. I did think I was going up against Pablo’s nasty battlecompany and warp spiders list.

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      Heldericht August 19, 2016 8:07 pm #

      I’d like to see how that plays out!

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    Harry August 19, 2016 6:56 pm #

    Yeah Brandon thought he was playing a much different list. I just played what I brought and in the future could change the list to make it a much closer game. It was no more the tau or Brandon’s fault than mine for bringing a casual list.

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    Weidekuh August 19, 2016 9:56 pm #

    The misconception about what list was to be played aside, it is a very poor show for the 40k ruleset. Something like this should not be possible in any decent game. Casual or not. (except bad dice luck.)

    Aside from that, the Harlequin / Corsair Army looks really cool. You should show it again, after you’ve finished painting it.
    Tau was beautifully painted.

    And most importand I hope you two still had fun. 😉

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      Heldericht August 20, 2016 4:00 pm #

      It’s possible in many games. If you don’t bring the right tools to the table you’re not going to win.

      It’s like bringing a knife to a gunfight. The rules would play out just fine if the armies were on the same power level.

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        Weidekuh August 20, 2016 11:27 pm #

        Powerlevel is a product of rules and points. That’s what I was saying. 40k is extremely badly balanced and usually “just bring your army to fight” results in very bad game results. Only if you know in advance, how strong and what army your enemy might bring, can you have a mostly balanced game.

        All other games I play you still have a good chance to win with a “different” list. You don’t have to say “I’m bringing a tournament list” because it doesn’t matter that much. Of course if you genuinely try to make a very bad list it won’t work either. But you can mostly play what you like and still have a chance at winning, even if it’s a bit harder to pull off.

        This game was decided before any dice where rolled. And it was not just a small loss, it was a hardcore stomping. That’s (usually) not fun and it’s the main reason why people don’t get games in my area.
        “Oh you play this army? No one wants to play against you.” Fun times.

        I play a “weak” Eldar army. Weak on purpose, because else no one wants to play. It’s hard enough even like that to find players when they hear “Eldar”.

        Good thing Harlequins just got so cheap. They are a pretty weak army and I might get more games in…

        PS: Tournaments are actually very good for 40k, because you know that there will be mostly strong armies and so people are mentally or armywise prepared to face them. And this leads to much better and more fun games. This is an aspect those against tournaments often don’t understand.

        Anyway, rant over. Have fun. 😀

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          Fagerlund August 21, 2016 7:33 am #

          I’m curious to what other games that might be? I’ve played several different miniature games and I still haven’t found one where stomps like this will occur.

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            Weidekuh August 24, 2016 3:30 am

            Dropzone Commander and X-Wing

            Although i haven’t played X-WIng for some time. Might have changed with all the new additions.

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    Duz_ August 20, 2016 6:36 am #

    That’s a brutal Tau list dual stormsurge and yhvara

    I wouldn’t really want to face it with my dual IK and GK lost especially on hammer and anvil.

    Awesome Eldar theme army would love to see it all painted up

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    Painjunky August 20, 2016 5:33 pm #

    Wow… that was depressing.

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    Marandamir August 22, 2016 1:36 pm #

    This is why you don’t wedge units from apoc into 40k. It’s just silly to think about it but the fact that GW did it and people are embracing it is weak sauce. GW did it only to promote sales of their apoc inventory and its lame. Combining the games together just invalidates a ton of original 40k content because it is now not to scale with the LOW garbage people are bringing to tables.

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      abusepuppy August 24, 2016 3:49 am #

      The Stormsurge only barely qualifies as a LoW, really- it’s basically as tough as a Riptide against the vast majority of things (especially when looking at anything that doesn’t ignore 2+ armor.) Its only saving virtue is Stomp, which is a hilariously overpowered mechanic.

      T6/3+ is something armies have had to deal with since time immemorial. If you’re struggling with that, the problem is not the introduction of LoW models to the game (though admittedly I don’t think it was a good move.)

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    abusepuppy August 24, 2016 3:47 am #

    Man, people are getting really salty about this Tau list, but it’s actually not all that good at all. I mean, two Stormsurges, yeah, but it turns out that the Stormsurge is really not that hard to kill if you bring the right guns. If the Harlequins had focused a bit more on the psychic debuff powers, they could easily have wiped the unit and/or made it ineffective.

    The Tau list is running Breachers for its troops, for crying out loud, and only has one source of Markerlights in the whole army. It’s a long, long ways from optimized.

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      Sheit27 August 25, 2016 5:27 am #

      Tau stomps people who can’t out think them to win a game.

      Beating Tau is like a weed out class in college.

      I thought the list was a rather fair one when I read it as well, stormsurgers are surprisingly weak once they start taking 3 ups, and he’s paying for the worst transports in the game lol.

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        Brandon August 25, 2016 10:10 pm #

        The list was meant to be strong ish. Was supposed to be fun, but strong enough to handle some marines. Breachers in devilfish is not my version of competitive by any means.

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