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Why do people use them? The most likely won't make there points back (shooting annyways) and a 1 pt weapon (Bolt Pistol or CCW) could get the same results in CC. So my question is why do I here of people dishing out the extra 9 pts so that there Aspiring Champions/ Chaos Lord can have a weapon that is potentially dangerous to themselves.
because if people get into a bit of trouble, like running into an enemy vehicle you still have a good chnce of destroying it. And against heavily armoured things like space marines, it gives a MUCH better chance of killing them then if you give them a bolt pistol.
You could even kit stuff out to go tank hunting, as it is the strongest weapon available from the armoury
It's useful against space marines as if you kill one of them it has made it's points back and usually i wind up killing more than one with my plasma pistols. Also you have to roll a one and then fail an armour save so the chances of you losing a wound to it are slim.
S7 AP2 V S4 AP5.
Roll out trying to kill a terminator with both, and you'll soon see why.
Plus, it's a plasma gun that you can charge after firing.
on an assault team they are handy. i have frequently destroyed armor with them. like exorcist and chimera's. for regular marines tho.