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I like 'em both. Those two are usually the ones, I have to try and decide between. Personally, if you've already got one Organ Gun, I'd go with the Cannon. The Organ Gun is just out of this world, but with the new rules, so is the Cannon. If the enemy have something big and feared, you can have them try and catch a cannonball with the head.
i personally like the cannon more for the fact you can put a rune on it and that grapeshot. Amazing in my book. And with a rune of forging I think it's way better than an organ gun, and for that 5 points more within 12 inches it acts like an organ gun, is magical, and you can re-roll those first misfires. We'll, that's my thought on it. AND it can destroy terrain, which I think can be very tactically advantageous.
Last edited by Mumm-Ra; February 8th, 2011 at 23:45.
I would go for the second organ gun. While the grapeshot can MIMIC an organ gun, the organ gun rolls for the number of HITS, while the grapeshot is the number of SHOTS, that must still roll to hit. While a runed up cannon can be extremely deadly, I think organ guns are much better at taking out large block units, which is what you'll see more and more with 8th edition.
Cannons are great for multi-wound or multi-part models. The new rules say that ALL parts of the model are hit rather than randomizing as before. So if you shoot that High Elf on a Dragon with a cannonball... that means the elf took a cannon to the face, and the dragon isn't feeling too good either. That being said, cannons are indispensible. But if there are no multi-wound or multi-part models (character sniping doesn't count because its so unreliable with the look out sir rolls) then the cannon can only kill one model per rank. 3-4 kills per shot... maybe 5? organ gun is going to average 6. It all comes down to play style really, but if you're not planning on facing alot of dragons/trees/big terrible beasties I would suggest a second organ gun before a second cannon.
I always make sure i have at least one organ gun and one grudge thrower/cannon, more a fan of the grudge thrower because u don't have to put an master engineer along it to do d6 wounds and i always roll hits:p But if i have to choose between organ gu and cannon i would go with the organ gun.