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Just the idea of a chimera with a big lascannon perched on top is amusing.
But don't forget; if you do fire that thing from the top, you suffer of the 'open-topped' modifiers for the next round.
could you add an armoured crew compartment, to stop it becoming open topped?
No, Enclosed Crew Compartment has no effect on the Chimera; normally, it is a standard closed vehicle, but to fire, the gun crews actually have to open the back hatches.
Although it's not the answer to the original question, one thing I am looking forwards to trying with the new rules is using a Chimera as a Special Weapon Squad carrier. With a couple of Grenade Launchers / Meltas and a Demo charge in there it's got quite a bite to it.
The other option I find amusing but am not sure is worth doing. Stick a AT Support Squad with Lascannons in it (or similiar) and use it as armour while firing 2 of them. Sure it'll be open topped, but if they are using AT against that they aren't firing it at your Leman Russ / Hellhounds / Sentinels etc.
Ooh! Drive by! Plasma Drive by! Rocket launcher driveby! Although I think only one can fire out the top.
I was thinking about that with the rockets....but hey, drive by with 3 plasma guns rapid firing is not what you would call 'gentle!'