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Ok so I am playing dark angels and they are my first army so I need advice. I see people using a lot of transports and such but I dont really know how to use them correctly. It seems like they would blow up really easy (my predator gets killed almost every game) and that would kill an entire unit of guys with it at the same time. Basically my main question is how do I use them, what do I transport, and should I use rhinos or razorbacks for DA?
PS thanks for the advice
Transport veicles are usaly used to fet units up the field fast. They are not particuly well armoured or armed, however the razorback can be. If they get destroyed the don't always kill the squads in them, infact they rairly kill many squad member, but that depends on how far it has moved. Rhino is better for large units of men, but razorbacks are better for small units of men because of the heavy weapon, and the fact that they can only carry 6 men in it at a time. If you are going to be transporting terminators you are going to have to use a land raider or a land raider crusader, as the rhino or razorbach can't transport them.
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Units in power armor shouldn't be particularly worried about their transport exploding as they only suffer a wound on a 4+ which allows for armor saves. So even if your cardboard thin rhino gets shotwith a Railgun, a unit of ten will only take 5 wounds (7-8 if moving more than 6") and then only 1-2 of those models will die. Compare those casualties to having to spend an extra 2-3 turns running towards your opponent, being exposed directly to any incoming fire.
I run a Mech Sisters list, and rarely lost more a couple models from exploding transports. And remember, Smoke Lauchers are your best friend.
Once a Marine, always a Marine.
Also some players, as myself, don't ask lists before the game. This allows you to play a gamble... One Rhino moving too fast and it's empty would be a priority target...
Don't forget that a Land Raider, or a Land Raider Crusader, is always a priority one target... so use all the above advice and protect your valuable assets.
You can always use smoke launchers or reinforced armor on the vehicles you would like to be more protected... so move one round shoot smoke launchers and the other round move and disembark troops!
Thanks to all the people showing faith in me
I sometimes feel that everyone will leave me and they will be on their own...
Just wait for 5th Edition. If the rumours are true, transported troops will only have to make an Emergency Disembarkation if the transport is actually wrecked or destroyed (which usually requires a penetrating hit), and smoke launchers will give a saving throw against these results anyway!
These rules combined with the increased survivability of vehicles means that mechanised squads will become much more useful ingame - I know I'm going to be investing in a few more Rhinos in the near future!