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Was just reading the Death Guard article in the Index Astartes when I came across this.
Is there a reason for why "the Death Guard have shown little regard for heavy weaponry...Ever since the Heresy..."?
I don't know whether this should go into the Fluff forums (if there IS one...), I've not visited in a LONG time...
You might find some joy on PG 51 of the chaos codex...
This is a question which has plagued me ever since I started my Nurgle marine warband. I mean, they're supper tough and resilient, one would reason that heavy weapons were made for such soldiers, but alas, it is not so. The only reasons I can see that they wouldn't use them are because A) they're harder to maintain, and so Nurgle marines would just let them rot. heavy weapons take down large amounts of troops, which is accomplished easily by the various contagions Death Guard spread, or vehicles and structures, taken care of by the rot which follows in their wake. I have no really evidence to back this up, just theories, but I hope I helped a bit.
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I've just had a thought.
Tactically, they don't need heavy weapons.
Anything tough with lots of wound is a big victim to plague bearers and plague sworded marines.
Any armour can be safely melta gunned.
For this reason, I totally agree with the final reason of Sonofslaanesh.
They may just seem like bolter toting fools, but when you get close you realise that they really aren't pleasant against monsters.
I think it's just part of mortarion's tactical doctrine.. He wanted his troops to be flexible, and you can't be very flexible if you're lugging a lascannon around.
They were trained to use their bolters one handed for the same reason (and nope, it's not just down to their undead bodies.. though that probably helps a bit.)
The thing that always confused me is on the Nurgle info page....the artwork is a Plague Marine...and he is BLATANTLY holding a heavy bolter!
what's up with that?
That is Artistic Freedom. The artist thought it would be cool to have a Heavy Bolter there. The thing is, when you are creating stuff like that, you really have a hard time staying inside the lines of fluff. Look at my drawings for god's sake ^^ Sanguinus has no wings ^^
I'll go out on a wild goose chase here if you don't mind.
Terminators can use the reaper autocannon, but marines cannot probably 'cause they're just gonna pop firing that thing. that would be silly.
THAT my friend would be the picture of the Lord of Decay Nurgle himself. if you have noticed, many of the pictures in the Chaos Codex do not match up with the armies rules. just being an example, pg 60 shows a Thousand Sons using a Plasma Gun. in the army rules though, rubic warriors (which IS what he is) are only able to carry Bolters. in the end, it doesn't really matter since the artist is allowed to freely draw what he wishes. also, on Pg 30 of their codex, it shows another picutre of an actual Plague Marine wielding a Hvy Bolter as well. like i said, artists a free to draw whatever they want.Originally Posted by Robizzle