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I'm curious as to where people prefer to use their Breath Weapons nowadays. I'm about the only person at my local GW who uses them regularly for shooting (can't remember when I last used one in combat actually). So I thought I'd post a poll up to see where you guys prefer to use yours.
In my experience it's very rare to actually get in range for a decent shot as the template is only about eight inches long. I generally use mine in combat, a bit risky and has been poor on many occasion, but occasionally it does kill enough models for you to win a combat by a fair amount, the only trouble then is steadfast.
The odd occassion when I do get a decent shot I take it, but that doesn't happen very often. It's simply easier and usually more convenient to use it as a combat resolution boost.
I find it relatively easy to get in position for Breath Weapons, I use them really as an anti-horde device: Get on the flank of an enemy unit about 1-2 inches away from it, with the enemy in ranks of 10 you can easily cover an entire unit with the template. Also being on the flank means the enemy either turns to face the Breath Weapon unit and exposes it's flank to my battle line, or soldiers on towards my battle line and takes a Hydra/Dragon etc to the flank/rear, or they panic and run away.
Also, a breath weapon used for shooting will, more often than not, cause more casualties than in combat (Example: I had a Hydra and a Dragon use their Breath weapons on two hordes of 50 Skaven Clanrats in shooting, causing 46 casualties across two units (25 and 21 respectively) a huge amount more than in combat).
While its true that it does more damage against horde style enemies in shooting, I still typically use mine in combat for the combat res. Since I actually still run warriors, I have an anti steadfast block, and with a hydra using its breath weapon it normally shifts combat well into my favor and I run down an enemy. 21 wounds on a unit of clan rats is dandy, killing the other 29 by running them down is priceless.
Haha, the other 29 ran off the board, taking their warlord and BSB with them.