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Which would you prefer? Autocannon for harder hitting power? Or heavy bolter for more dakka. They bolt have the same AP so Im really torn between the two
If a Million Guardsmen die, that's a statistic. If one marine dies, that's a tragedy.
Without hesitation, I would take the autocannon. It can take out a rhino while the heavy bolter will really have a hard time.
Even against swarms the autocannon will be helpful because they usually something tough coming with the swarm (carnifex, hive tyrant, killer cans, avatar of khaine). The higher strength is always helpful.
"Iron Within, Iron Without"
Against mechanized lists, definitely autos.
Against swarms, preferably HB's.
Against footsloggin MEQ's, again I would go with HB's.
Autocannons are generally far more versatile, as only the absolute lightest of vehicles are vulnerable to the Heavy Bolter, and even against those the Autocannon is a more reliable weapon. Against a pure horde army, the Heavy Bolter is of course the way to go, but in a balanced list I would also suggest either Autocannons or a mixture of the two.
How many of you use heavy weapons in your squads?
Not trying to thread-jack, just curious.
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