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Jahred
23-01-2008, 18:54
Spoilers below about the book!















I picked up the book today and have just finished reading it. Am I the only one who is a bit annoyed with the 'inconsistencies' of the Imperium's tactics as written in the book? Its small stuff like they used Spaceship sensor's to find the missile silo's but didn't bother doing the same to find Tau Aircraft runways. Also, the fact that they didn't bother to use orbital bombardment once during the time they had superiority in space. Its just stuff like that which really bugged me when I was reading the background and stopped me enjoying it fully. I know it seems quite trivial but it does seem at times to smack of - "Tau must win!" :p

Chaplain of Chaos
23-01-2008, 18:58
I didn't read the the book that closely, but if what you say is true that is a bit foolish. It could be that those things happened they just weren't mentioned, but thats all I can really say.

Bregalad
23-01-2008, 20:04
When I read it, the Imperial strategy sounded logical. The Imperium wanted to win the planet back, not destroy it, so orbital bombardment could only have been limited. And the Tau forces were hidden and spread in the desert (and they are used to the desert and desert tactics!), so the Imperium didn't know where the enemy was. And I don't think that any tau aircraft needs a runway: The Orca certainly not (VTOL), all others should also have anti-grav technology. All have air caste pilots who don't like too much gravity, so it is possible that they were stationed in orbit.

MadDogMike
24-01-2008, 21:53
I can't remember off the top of my head, but I'm pretty sure the Tau had months if not years between fighting off the initial Space Marines assault and the actual full-on invasion. Give them that much time with a plan of "hide and draw the Imperium out" and I imagine they were heavily concealed by the time the Imperium arrived. They could have built underground airbases with that much time if need be. And orbital bombardment is iffy at the best of times, let alone fights against an enemy that suddenly pops up in the middle of you and then vanishes. The fleet was also engaged in trying to stop the new Tau ships that were lurking in the system, so I don't know that they had many ships for orbital bombardment.

Iracundus
25-01-2008, 07:27
The missile silos were from the days when it was still human controlled. Those fixed facilities would have been known and easy to scan for. The Tau airfields on the other hand were never found. They could have been underground or well camouflaged and shielded from sensor sweeps. The details are not said. The limited number of Imperial ships were also not just idly sitting overhead scanning every foot of desert. They had escort duty to perform for the supply convoys keeping the Imperial troops alive, so their time to actually find these airfields would have been quite limited, especially once they had to fight the Tau starships.

Space power is not some "I win" button in the 40K universe as people keep mistakenly assuming. It has its limitations.

Eetion
25-01-2008, 17:48
I seem to remember the mjority of the Imperial fleet being more concerned with protecting the convoys from the Tau fleet.... They were in a game of cat and mouse trying to track down the raiding tau in the system. Not ideal circumstances for orbital supremacy.

Easy E
25-01-2008, 18:00
I seem to remember the mjority of the Imperial fleet being more concerned with protecting the convoys from the Tau fleet.... They were in a game of cat and mouse trying to track down the raiding tau in the system. Not ideal circumstances for orbital supremacy.

I wouldn't call that Space Supremity at all. Sounds like things were still in the lurch.