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I have read a few posts recently discussing the merits of the Hellhound, and I just wanted to make my own post about the unique rule pertaining to its Inferno Cannon. As you know, when you use a normal flamer you place the narrow end of the template so that it is touching the base of the firing model and then try and cover as many enemy units with it as you can with the larger end pointed away from your model. I dont know if this is news to anyone here, but you dont have to do that when firing the Inferno Cannon.
Needless to say the Inferno Cannon has a longer range so the template wont be touching the Hellound in most circumstances. However, if you read the rules for the weapon they state that the whole template must be in range and in line of sight, but never make any mention about the orientation of the template. So, you can by the letter of the rules, turn the template sideways or backwards or however you want to cover as may enemy models as long as they are in range and line of sight. If an opponent or red shirt questions you on this you can show them the rules and defy them to produce any other rationale as to why the template must point that way (other than it does seem intuitively correct).
I have heard this rule explained as it being a representation of the massive range of the flames spouting forth from the Inferno Cannon and the ability of the gunner to "strafe" his gout of fire across a unit of enemy troops rather than simply firing a straight shot at them.
Again, I dont know if that is something everyone is already doing, but I do know that I have made a few people in my shop aware of it and they hadnt heard that before.
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basically a hellhound spouts fire up in a arc, and to for the sideways template thing, he turns it while he lobs it(imagine a water gun shooting near vertical, then slowly moving to the right, the splash will be the same as how it is with the hellhound
Hellhounds are good tanks
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Hmmm... Maybe you can send E-mails asking an article in a Withe Dwarf about these. I am sure that the writers welcome free ideas for new articles.
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I remember this rule being sprung on me by a redshirt while playing in a massive participation battle. The guard codex was due in a few days so nobody knew the new rules. And I remember telling people the hellhound would be safe to ignore for the first turn due to its very short range and paper thin armour. Then the redshirt places his template 24" away from the tank and burns up the squad of traitor guard controlled by the guy next to me, much to the shock of everyone on the chaos side.
Everyone controlling a squad of plague marines laughed it off while us stuck with a single squad of men were suddenly very worried!
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Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
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Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
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Great tank, hell incarnate for 'Nids though
I've always wondered, does the whole of the template have to be within LoS?
Ah, damn. *Looks guiltily around the room*
Originally Posted by Karmoon