Even as an avid tau player, I've hesitated to use pathfinders in my games. I've found their low health to be somewhat of an... annoyance. Meaning my pathfinder teams are literally slaughtered before I can use their markerlight ability. whoop-pee-freakin'-doo. That an the fact I'd rather use their 2 infantry cap... elsewhere. For another firewarrior squad.
But I'm not proud enough to consider them a dead unit simply because i'm not good enough to use them yet (i'm not THAT arrogant). After all, perhaps I've been employing them wrongly. so I'd like to ask your advice on the tactical deployment of pathfinder squads. How many of them should be used? And at what point in the game? As soon as they become available? (meaning right after the path of enlightenment is complete)? Or a bit later? What units do they best complement? Firewarriors only? or any ranged units, including vehicles?
Any thoughts would be good.