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I was just wondering what everyone's opinion on plasma pistols on Khorne Berzerkers is. I've personally never fielded my troops with plasma pistols but have had a lot of success with Kharn's, and can see the benefit of them before assaulting, especially into a tougher unit. I understand there's the possibility of it killing the model but hey, I use Kharn!
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the odds of killing a MEQ with a single pistol are a bit over55%, assuming they don't have cover, which they likely will. The odds of killing yourself are 1-in-18.
Not really worth it, given their costs. For a bit more you have another Berserker, who has a 43% chance to kill a Marine regardless of cover, adds another ablative wound to keep the Fist Champ alive.
tl;dr: depends on how much cover you usually use, and how often you see things heavier than MEQ in numbers high enough to overwhelm your Defilers/Vindicators/etc.
My rule is, "Never, under any circumstance, use plasma pistols on Berzerkers." I used to try them, but I killed my guys to often. Bolt pistols seem to work fine for me.
Plasma pistols are simply overcosted. I keep hoping to see GW lower their price as revisions come but they never seem to clue in. If you don't mind the cost then go for them--they're an extra way for Berzerkers to damage fast-moving vehicles.
"My tanks have names, my men have numbers." -Col. Edmund Grahvess, 23rd Kronecker Prison Guard
I have 3 squads of 10 zerkers, with the 2 Plasmas... every time I write up a list, I have to shave points and the plasmas are the first things to go. So I've never used them... I rarely shoot anyway, as my major opponent is Space Marines, and I need to close the gap for assault. The ability to run is a make or break proposition for me. I have since gone to using squads of 8... so those 8 Bolt Pistol shots are a waste vs SM. I now have 3 squads of 8 Zerkers and I'm building up another 8 (all modeled with Plasma) just so I have a 4th squad if need be. If they weren't all painted up, I'd strip the plasma arms and replace 'em with BP.