T’au Empire – Broadside Battlesuits
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Broadside Battlesuits

NoNAME  M WS BS S T W A Ld Sv Base
85
Broadside Shas’ui (base: 60mm)
0‑2
85
Broadside Shas’ui
5" 5+ 4+ 5 5 8 3 8 2+ 60mm
85
Broadside Shas’vre (base: 60mm)
1
85
Broadside Shas’vre
5" 5+ 4+ 5 5 8 4 9 2+ 60mm
If this unit contains 2 models, it has Power Rating 10. If this unit contains 3 models, it has Power Rating 15. Every model is equipped with: heavy rail rifle; crushing bulk.
WEAPON
RANGE
TYPE
S
AP
D
ABILITIES 
Heavy rail rifle
Heavy rail rifle
60"
Heavy 2
9
-4
D3+3
Each time a successful wound roll is made for an attack with this weapon, the target suffers 1 mortal wound in addition to any other damage.
Each time a successful wound roll is made for an attack with this weapon, the target suffers 1 mortal wound in addition to any other damage.
+10
High-yield missile pod
+10
High-yield missile pod
30"
Heavy 4
7
-2
2
-
+5
Seeker missile
+5
Seeker missile
72"
Heavy 1
9
-3
2D3
The bearer can only shoot with each seeker missile it is equipped with once per battle.
The bearer can only shoot with each seeker missile it is equipped with once per battle.
+10
Twin plasma rifle
+10
Twin plasma rifle
30"
Assault 2
8
-4
3
-
+15
Twin smart missile system
+15
Twin smart missile system
30"
Heavy 8
5
-1
1
Indirect Fire. This weapon can target units that are not visible to the bearer. Each time an attack is made with this weapon, the target does not receive the benefits of Light Cover against that attack.
Indirect Fire. This weapon can target units that are not visible to the bearer. Each time an attack is made with this weapon, the target does not receive the benefits of Light Cover against that attack.
Crushing bulk
Crushing bulk
Melee
Melee
+1
-1
1
-
OTHER WARGEAR
ABILITIES 
Advanced targeting system
Each time the bearer makes a ranged attack, an unmodified hit roll of 6 automatically wounds the target.
Advanced targeting system
Each time the bearer makes a ranged attack, an unmodified hit roll of 6 automatically wounds the target.
Early warning override
  • Each time the bearer fires Overwatch, it scores hits on unmodified hit rolls of 5+, instead of 6.
  • Each time you use the Fire Overwatch Stratagem, if the bearer is on the battlefield and its unit is selected to fire Overwatch, reduce the CP cost of that Stratagem by 1CP (to a minimum of 0CP). Note that the CP cost is only reduced by 1CP for that use of the Stratagem; any future usages of it cost the normal amount of CPs.
Early warning override
  • Each time the bearer fires Overwatch, it scores hits on unmodified hit rolls of 5+, instead of 6.
  • Each time you use the Fire Overwatch Stratagem, if the bearer is on the battlefield and its unit is selected to fire Overwatch, reduce the CP cost of that Stratagem by 1CP (to a minimum of 0CP). Note that the CP cost is only reduced by 1CP for that use of the Stratagem; any future usages of it cost the normal amount of CPs.
Multi-tracker
Each time a ranged attack made by the bearer targets a unit containing 6 or more models, an unmodified hit roll of 6 scores 1 additional hit. Maximum 1 per model.
Multi-tracker
Each time a ranged attack made by the bearer targets a unit containing 6 or more models, an unmodified hit roll of 6 scores 1 additional hit. Maximum 1 per model.
Stabilised optics
The bearer does not suffer the penalty to hit rolls incurred for firing Heavy weapons in the same turn that their unit has moved, and does not suffer the penalty to hit rolls incurred for firing Heavy weapons at a target that is within Engagement Range of their unit.
Stabilised optics
The bearer does not suffer the penalty to hit rolls incurred for firing Heavy weapons in the same turn that their unit has moved, and does not suffer the penalty to hit rolls incurred for firing Heavy weapons at a target that is within Engagement Range of their unit.
Velocity tracker
Each time a ranged attack is made by the bearer against a unit that can FLY, add 1 to that attack’s hit roll. Maximum 1 per model.
Velocity tracker
Each time a ranged attack is made by the bearer against a unit that can FLY, add 1 to that attack’s hit roll. Maximum 1 per model.
WARGEAR OPTIONS
WARGEAR OPTIONS
 • Any number of BATTLESUIT models can each have their heavy rail rifle replaced with 2 high-yield missile pods.
 • Any number of BATTLESUIT models can each be equipped with up to two of the following (duplicates on the same model are not allowed):
  ○ 1 advanced targeting system
  ○ 1 early warning override
  ○ 1 multi-tracker
  ○ 1 seeker missile
  ○ 1 stabilised optics
  ○ 1 twin plasma rifle
  ○ 1 twin smart missile system (cannot be equipped alongside twin plasma rifle)
  ○ 1 velocity tracker
Note: No model can be equipped with more than one of the following: early warning override; stabilised optics; twin plasma rifle; velocity tracker.
 • For every BATTLESUIT model in this unit, it can be equipped with up to two of the following, in any combination (Power Rating +1): 1 Gun Drone
+10
; 1 Marker Drone
+10
; 1 Missile Drone
+15
; 1 Shield Drone
+15
(see Drones).
ABILITIES
ABILITIES
Battlesuits
FACTION KEYWORDS: T’AU EMPIRE,
KEYWORDS: INFANTRY, BATTLESUIT, BROADSIDE BATTLESUITS

Datasheet-related Stratagems

EXPERIMENTAL WEAPONRY2CP
Bork’an – Epic Deed Stratagem

Bork’an scientists have distributed the latest prototype weapons amongst their sept’s Fire Caste contingents, optimised to increase range and accuracy.

Use this Stratagem in your shooting phase, when a BORK’AN unit from your army is selected to shoot. Select one model in that unit and one weapon that model is equipped with. Until the end of the phase, each time that model makes an attack with that weapon, invulnerable saving throws cannot be taken against that attack.
SAVIOUR PROTOCOLS1CP
T’au Empire – Epic Deed Stratagem

Drones will dive into the path of incoming fire without a second thought if it means protecting T’au lives.

Use this Stratagem in any phase, when a saving throw is failed for a model in a unit from your army. Select one friendly DRONE model within 3" of that unit, or within 6" of that unit if it contains a model equipped with a drone controller. That DRONE model is destroyed and the Damage characteristic of that attack is changed to 0.
FAIL-SAFE DETONATOR1CP
T’au Empire – Epic Deed Stratagem

The battlesuits of high value T’au operatives are equipped with a fail-safes that ensure the pilot cannot be taken alive for interrogation.

Use this Stratagem in any phase, when a BATTLESUIT model from your army is destroyed. Before removing that model from play, instead of using any rules that are triggered when that model is destroyed (e.g. the Explodes ability), roll one D6 for each unit within 3" of that model, adding 1 to the roll if the destroyed model has a Wounds characteristic of 12 or more: on a 3-5, that unit suffers D3 mortal wounds; on a 6+, that unit suffers 3 mortal wounds.
ORBITAL UPLINK1CP
Sa’cea – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

Sa’cean cadres maintain close contact with Air Caste spotters in low orbit whose intelligence scans augment the accuracy of the Fire Caste.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase. Select one enemy unit. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in a SA’CEA unit from your army makes a ranged attack against that enemy unit, the target does not receive the benefits of cover against that attack.
COORDINATED ENGAGEMENT1CP
T’au Empire – Strategic Ploy Stratagem

T’au combined arms groups are called Hunter Cadres for good reason. Working in close coordination, they hunt and destroy the most dangerous enemy targets.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, before selecting a unit to shoot with. Select one enemy unit and two units from your army that are within 18" of and visible to that enemy unit. Until the end of the phase, each time a model in one of those units makes an attack:
  • That attack can only target that enemy unit (and only if it is an eligible target).
  • Improve the Armour Penetration characteristic of that attack by 1.
FREQUENCY LOCK1CP
T’au Empire – Wargear Stratagem

Seeker missiles are designed to lock onto the remote targeting beacon provided by a markerlight beam and ride the signal all the way to their target, even bypassing and evading intervening terrain in the process.

Use this Stratagem in your Shooting phase, when a T’AU EMPIRE model from your army is selected to shoot. Until the end of the phase, each time that model makes an attack with a seeker missile, seeker missile rack or destroyer missile:
  • That attack can target units with one or more Markerlight tokens that are not visible to the attacking model.
  • Add 1 to that attack’s wound roll.
REPULSOR IMPACT FIELD1CP
T’au Empire – Wargear Stratagem

Detecting an incoming enemy assault, the pilot’s battlesuit unleashes a hammer-pulse of kinetic energy strong enough to shatter bone.

Use this Stratagem in your opponent’s Charge phase, when a BATTLESUIT unit from your army is selected as a target of a charge. Until the end of the phase, subtract 2 from charge rolls made for any unit that declares a charge against that BATTLESUIT unit. The charge roll modifier incurred via this Stratagem is not cumulative with any other negative modifier to a unit’s charge roll.
ASSAULT
Assault weapons fire so rapidly or indiscriminately that they can be shot from the hip as warriors dash forwards into combat.
If a unit includes any models equipped with Assault weapons, that unit is still eligible to shoot with in your Shooting phase even if it has Advanced this turn, but you can only resolve attacks using those Assault weapons when you select that unit to shoot with. If a model shoots an Assault weapon in the same turn in which its unit has Advanced, subtract 1 from hit rolls when resolving that weapon’s attacks.

  • Can be shot even if firing model’s unit Advanced.
  • Subtract 1 from hit rolls if the firing model’s unit Advanced.
HEAVY
Heavy weapons are amongst the biggest guns on the battlefield, but they require bracing to fire at full effect and are unwieldy to bring to bear at close quarters.
When an INFANTRY model shoots a Heavy weapon, subtract 1 from the hit rolls when resolving that weapon’s attacks if the firing model’s unit has moved for any reason this turn (e.g. it made a Normal Move this turn).

  • Subtract 1 from hit rolls if firing model is INFANTRY and its unit has moved this turn.
Hit Roll
When a model makes an attack, make one hit roll for that attack by rolling one D6. If the result of the hit roll is equal to or greater than the attacking model’s Ballistic Skill (BS) characteristic (if the attack is being made with a ranged weapon) or its Weapon Skill (WS) characteristic (if the attack is being made with a melee weapon), then that attack scores one hit against the target unit. If not, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends.

If an attack is made with a weapon that has an ability that says it ‘automatically hits the target’, no hit roll is made – that attack simply scores one hit on the target unit. An unmodified hit roll of 6 always scores a hit, and an unmodified hit roll of 1 always fails. A hit roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1. This means that if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a hit roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be -2 or worse, it is changed to be -1. Similarly, if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a hit roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be +2 or better, it is changed to be +1.
Mortal Wounds
Some attacks inflict mortal wounds – these are so powerful that no armour or force field can withstand their fury. Each mortal wound inflicts 1 point of damage on the target unit, and they are always applied one at a time. Do not make a wound roll or saving throw (including invulnerable saves) against a mortal wound – just allocate it as you would any other attack and inflict damage to a model in the target unit. Unlike damage inflicted by normal attacks, excess damage from mortal wounds is not lost. Instead, keep allocating damage to another model in the target unit until either all the damage has been allocated or the target unit is destroyed.

If an attack inflicts mortal wounds in addition to the normal damage, resolve the normal damage first. If an attack inflicts mortal wounds in addition to the normal damage, but the normal damage is subsequently saved, the target unit still suffers the mortal wounds, as described before. If an ability modifies the damage inflicted by a weapon, and that weapon can inflict mortal wounds in addition to the normal damage, the modifier does not apply to any mortal wounds that are inflicted (unless the rule specifically states otherwise).

  • Each mortal wound inflicted on a unit causes one model in the unit to lose one wound.
  • No saving throws can be made against mortal wounds.
  • Mortal wounds inflicted by attacks in addition to normal damage always apply, even if normal damage saved.

The MARKERLIGHT keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:


– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the MARKERLIGHT keyword.

The AIRCRAFT and MARKERLIGHT keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Lords of War

– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the MARKERLIGHT keyword.

The VEHICLE and MARKERLIGHT keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Fast Attack
Heavy Support
Lords of War

– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the MARKERLIGHT keyword.

The DRONE and MARKERLIGHT keywords are used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Heavy Support

– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the DRONE keyword.
– if equipped with the Markerlight the bearer gains the MARKERLIGHT keyword.

The T’AU AUXILIARY keyword is used in the following T’au Empire datasheets:

Markerlights
Units in your army can perform the following action:

Fire Markerlights (Action): One or more MARKERLIGHT units from your army can start to perform this action at the start of your Movement phase. AIRCRAFT MARKERLIGHT units can perform this action. The action is completed at the start of your next Shooting phase. If this action is successfully completed, for each model in that unit that is equipped with one or more markerlights, for each markerlight that model is equipped with, select one enemy unit within 36" of that model that would be an eligible target for that model if its unit had been selected to shoot, and roll one D6: on a 3+, that enemy unit gains one Markerlight token.’

While a VEHICLE or DRONE unit is performing the Fire Markerlights action, that unit can move without that action failing. If it does, until the end of the turn, models in that unit without the VEHICLE or DRONE keyword that are equipped with any markerlights are treated as not being equipped with any markerlights for the purpose of the Fire Markerlights action.

Each time a T’AU EMPIRE unit (excluding T’AU AUXILIARY units) is selected to shoot:
  • Each time a model in that unit makes a ranged attack against a unit with one or more Markerlight tokens, add 1 to that attack’s hit roll.
  • After that unit has finished making attacks, for each enemy unit targeted by those attacks, remove one Markerlight token from that enemy unit.
At the end of your Shooting phase, remove all Markerlight tokens from enemy units.
Saving Throw
The player commanding the target unit then makes one saving throw by rolling one D6 and modifying the roll by the Armour Penetration (AP) characteristic of the weapon that the attack was made with. For example, if the weapon has an AP of -1, then 1 is subtracted from the saving throw roll. If the result is equal to, or greater than, the Save (Sv) characteristic of the model the attack was allocated to, then the saving throw is successful and the attack sequence ends. If the result is less than the model’s Save characteristic, then the saving throw fails and the model suffers damage. An unmodified roll of 1 always fails.
Invulnerable Saves
Some models have an invulnerable save. Each time an attack is allocated to a model with an invulnerable save, you can choose to use either its normal Save (Sv) characteristic or its invulnerable save, but not both. If a model has more than one invulnerable save, it can only use one of them – choose which it will use. If you use a model’s invulnerable save, it is never modified by a weapon’s Armour Penetration value.

  • Invulnerable save: Saving throw that is never modified by attacking weapon’s AP.
  • A model with an invulnerable save can use it instead of its normal Sv.
Engagement Range
Engagement Range represents the zone of threat that models present to their enemies. While a model is within 1" horizontally and 5" vertically of an enemy model, those models are within Engagement Range of each other. While two enemy models are within Engagement Range of each other, those models’ units are also within Engagement Range of each other. Models cannot be set up within Engagement Range of enemy models.

  • Engagement Range: 1" horizontally + 5" vertically.
  • Models cannot be set up within Engagement Range of enemy models.
Charging with a Unit
Once you have chosen an eligible unit to declare a charge with, you must select one or more enemy units within 12" of it as the targets of its charge. The target(s) of this charge do not need to be visible to the charging unit. You then make a charge roll for your unit by rolling 2D6. This is the maximum number of inches each model in the charging unit can now be moved if they can make the charge move. To make a charge move, the unit’s charge roll must be sufficient that it is able to end that move in unit coherency and within Engagement Range of every unit that was a target of its charge, without moving within Engagement Range of any enemy units that were not a target of its charge. If this is possible, then the charge is successful and the models in the unit make a charge move so as to fulfil the above conditions. If this is impossible, the charge fails and no models in the charging unit move this phase.

  • Declare targets of the charge (must be within 12").
  • Charge roll = 2D6".
  • If insufficient to move charging unit into Engagement Range of all targets, charge fails.
  • If charge successful, models make their charge move.
  • Cannot make a charge move within Engagement Range of any unit that was not the target of the charge.
Wound Roll
Each time an attack scores a hit against a target unit, make a wound roll for that attack by rolling one D6 to see if that attack successfully wounds the target. The result required is determined by comparing the attacking weapon’s Strength (S) characteristic with the target’s Toughness (T) characteristic, as shown on the following table:

WOUND ROLL
ATTACK’S STRENGTH vs TARGET’S TOUGHNESSD6 ROLL REQUIRED
Is the Strength TWICE (or more) than the Toughness?2+
Is the Strength GREATER than the Toughness?3+
Is the Strength EQUAL to the Toughness?4+
Is the Strength LOWER than the Toughness?5+
Is the Strength HALF (or less) than the Toughness?6+

If the result of the wound roll is less than the required number, the attack fails and the attack sequence ends. An unmodified wound roll of 6 always successfully wounds the target, and an unmodified wound roll of 1 always fails. A wound roll can never be modified by more than -1 or +1. This means that if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a wound roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be -2 or worse, it is changed to be -1. Similarly, if, after all the cumulative modifiers to a wound roll have been calculated, the total modifier would be +2 or better, it is changed to be +1.
Light Cover
When an attack made with a ranged weapon wounds a model that is receiving the benefits of cover from this terrain feature, add 1 to the saving throw made against that attack (invulnerable saving throws are not affected).

  • +1 to saving throws against ranged weapons.
  • Invulnerable saving throws unaffected.
Terrain and Cover
Some pieces of terrain can provide certain bonuses to units in your army. Each bonus and how to acquire it is described in the Terrain Features section of the Core Rules. If a model has acquired such a bonus (to it's Save, Leadership or other characteristics), it is considered as receiving the benefit of cover. There are ways for some models to ignore such bonuses while making an attack, but it should be known what kind of benefit is ignored (see the Rare Rules for clarification).
Battlesuits
BATTLESUIT models in this unit can make attacks with ranged weapons even when their unit is within Engagement Range of enemy units, but they can only make such attacks against enemy units that they are within Engagement Range of. In such circumstances, those models can target an enemy unit even if other friendly units are within Engagement Range of the same enemy unit.

Note that if a BATTLESUIT model has more than one ranged weapon, you can still choose to target units that are not within Engagement Range of its unit, but it will only be able to make the attacks with that weapon if all enemy units within Engagement Range of its unit have been destroyed when you come to resolve those attacks. In addition, when a BATTLESUIT model shoots a Heavy weapon, subtract 1 from the hit rolls when resolving that weapon’s attacks while any enemy units are within Engagement Range of that model’s unit.
Indirect Fire Weapons
An Indirect Fire weapon is one that can target units that are not visible to the bearer (e.g. mortars, smart-missile systems, impaler cannons, etc.). If such a weapon targets a unit that is not visible (i.e. no models in a target unit are visible to the firing unit when you selected it as a target), then each time an attack is made with that weapon against that target this phase, worsen the Ballistic Skill characteristic of that attack by 1 and add 1 to any armour saving throws made against that attack.
Overwatch
Certain rules enable units to fire Overwatch at an enemy unit before it can charge. If an enemy unit declares a charge that targets one or more units from your army that have such a rule, each of those units can fire Overwatch before the charge roll is made. A unit cannot fire Overwatch if there are any enemy units within Engagement Range of it. Overwatch is resolved like a normal shooting attack (albeit one resolved in the Charge phase) and uses all the normal rules, except that an unmodified hit roll of 6 is always required for a successful hit roll, irrespective of the firing model’s Ballistic Skill or any hit roll modifiers. In addition, when a model fires Overwatch, it does so at the charging unit. Any rule that states the unit cannot be targeted unless it is the closest target (e.g. Look Out, Sir) does not apply when firing Overwatch.

  • Overwatch: Before charge roll made, all charge targets that can fire Overwatch can do so.
  • Can never fire Overwatch while enemy units are in Engagement Range.
  • When firing Overwatch, shoot with unit, but attacks only hit on unmodified 6s.
Flying
If a unit’s datasheet has the FLY keyword, then when it makes a Normal Move, an Advance or it Falls Back, its models can be moved across other models (and their bases) as if they were not there, and they can be moved within Engagement Range of enemy models. In addition, any vertical distance up and/or down that they make as part of that move is ignored. However, these models cannot finish their move either on top of another model (or its base) or within Engagement Range of any enemy models.

  • FLY models can move over other models when they make a Normal Move, an Advance or when they Fall Back.
  • FLY models ignore vertical distances when they make a Normal Move, an Advance or when they Fall Back.
FIRE OVERWATCH1CP
Core Stratagem
Use this Stratagem after an enemy unit has declared a charge against one or more units from your army. One of the units that was chosen as the target of that charge can fire Overwatch before the charge roll is made.
Command Points
The starting number of CPs each player starts with for Battle-forging their army depends on the size of the battle you are playing. This is usually defined in the mission pack that is being played, but if one is not presented in the mission pack, use the following table. Note that the total Power Level is based on the combined power of all the models used in the battle (so the combined Power Level of both your and your opponent's armies). If you are using a game that uses points values, then the points limit is the maximum points limit per side.

COMMAND POINTS
BATTLE SIZETOTAL POWER LEVELPOINTS LIMITCOMMAND POINTS
Combat PatrolUp to 50Up to 5003
Incursion51-100501-10006
Strike Force101-2001001-200012
Onslaught201-3002001-300018

  • Starting number of Command points varies with battle size.
Select Weapon
When a model makes a close combat attack, it must do so using a melee weapon (i.e. a weapon that has the ‘Melee’ type). The weapons a model is equipped with are described on its datasheet. If a model is not equipped with any melee weapons, or if it cannot make an attack with any of the melee weapons it is equipped with, then that model makes its attacks using a close combat weapon, which has the following profile:

WEAPONRANGETYPESAPD
Close combat weaponMeleeMeleeUser01

If a model has more than one melee weapon, select which it will use before resolving any attacks. If a model has more than one melee weapon and can make several attacks, it can split them between these weapons however you wish – declare which attacks are being made with which weapons before any attacks are resolved. If the selected weapon has more than one profile that you must choose between, you must declare which profile is being used at the same time. Different attacks made with such a weapon can be made using different profiles if you wish.

If your unit is making attacks with more than one melee weapon against a unit, and those weapons have different characteristics profiles, then after you have resolved an attack with one of those weapons you must, if any other weapons with the same characteristics profile are also being used to make attacks against that unit, resolve those attacks before resolving any attacks against the target with a weapon that has a different characteristics profile. Note that all the attacks you have declared are always resolved against the target unit even if, when you come to resolve an individual attack, no models in the target unit remain in range (this can happen because of models being destroyed and removed from the battlefield as the result of resolving other attacks made by the attacking model’s unit first).

  • Each close combat attack is made with a melee weapon.
  • A model makes attacks using the close combat weapon profile if it has no other melee weapons.
  • If a unit attacks with multiple weapons, all attacks made with weapons that have the same profile must be resolved before resolving attacks with the next.

This datasheet has Heavy Support Battlefield Role. Full list of T’au Empire units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:

High-yield missile pod used in the following datasheets:

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