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This is a tactica that I wrote up about Imperial Guard mortars. A touch dry, but I hope you find it informative.
Not a bad article actually. You've managed to convince me to get a few once my IG army begins to take off.
some nice points that people dont get when just considering str, AP and straight forwards hit chance on mortars, I am going to add a squad to my Elysians anyway cos they are fluffy and we have limited access to heavy weapons, this has siomply reinforced my resolve
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I faced a squad of mortars and an indirect basilisk this evening with my footslogging Black Templars.
Harrassed all the way. Mortars were chipping away at my large squads, didnt pin anything but I was shocked when I reached the IG lines to find I only had half a squad (of 16). Squads were too large to hide.
Very alarming how effective a small amount of indirect fire helped his battle plan.
"But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity..."
I am wondering, however, as to if you would also address the issue of combining mortar fire with other weapons and tactics in your tacticia? A good thing to show would be your thoughts on mortars in different styles of IG armies, and how you could use them to best effect.
I personaly like running mortars in conjuction with nearby heavy bolter squads - the combination forces your opponent to either jam his squads close together behind terrain to avoid the heavy bolters (thus becoming juicy targets for the mortars), or he has to spread them out in the terrain (thus becoming viable targets for the heavy bolters). If I had only heavy bolters on their own, he would be able to simply hide without fear - likewise, if I had mortars on their own, the damage I could cause would be much less, on his scattered troops.
Meh. I meantioned bed earlier, and now it sounds like an even better idea than before. And as such, I hope my post wasn't useless due to tiredness....
Edit: Whoops! I just re-read some of your article, and I see you have already touched on this issue. Sorry!
Last edited by Cadaver Junkie; December 15th, 2007 at 14:14. Reason: me: the grand idiot!
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Adding a culexus can increase your pinning percentage and heavy bolters can cause a lot of wounds. That is a ton of leadership checks at Ld6 or 7. If you play it right you can get a good portion of your enemies army to be neutralized first turn with him infiltrating. He will be a prime target in later rounds, so you have to keep him alive by getting rid of targets outside of his soulless bubble where he is safer.
Nice tactics article,always loved mortars fluff wisenever thought they were that good but you bring up some nice points i always thought need artilary the basalisk is S9 AP3 and a larger blast. Also i was wondering what you classed as light and heavy infantry for working out your kills T Sv?
Pardon me but as I click the link it no longer work, I was wondering if anyone be so kind as to repost toward the new link of the mortar tactica ? I sure love to read it.
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