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I had to rub my eyes as i read this last night, new dex page 136 under Sternguard options. Without quoting upgrade prices, it states you can take two lascannon armed SG in a squad for a total squad cost of 155 points.
As a comparison, a devastator squad with two LasCan's costs 160 points.
Wow. I imagine using a 10 man SG unit that spilts into combat squads, a "home team" with two las cannons (on a local objective, in cover), and an "away team" providing mobile firepower, will be pretty effective.
Then again, i'm still fairly new and there may be far better allocations of resources. The key in this is, of course, using senior Pedro so the las-cannon armed cheaper-than-devastator-but-better squad remains a scoring unit.
Yeah, devastators are kind of redundant for lascannons due to tact squads and sternguard. However, I prefer for my lascannons to be on a predator for sure. This is by far the cheapest way.
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Anyway compare the pred annihilator (twin lascannon, 2 lascannons) to the destructor (autocannon, 2 heavy bolters) and the fact you can amost buy 2 destructors for the price of an annihilator and I'm wondering why you even give your pred lascannons.
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I guess my idea was more that a unit of 5 strong marines with two lascannons can now be a scoring unit for fairly cheap, and thought that might be a playble strategy.
Devastators have always been ridiculously over priced. The 5th ed codex makes them just silly compared to other options. And its bloody annoying.
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Meh 5 devs with 4 missiles isn't exactly something your opponent can ignore, especially with 5 squads. They're only 150pts each.
It's a nice idea, but seems like a waste of the Sternguard's potential (rapid-firing bolter death). If I take lascannons at all, it's either on a Dread or in Tactical Squads. They're too expensive in other places and meltas are just better. I still weep for ==My== Predator Annihilator, it is ridiculously overpriced and is in the process of being turned into a Razorback.
Devastators should never, ever, never be given lascannons. Missiles, heavy bolters, and plasma cannons all got a points break and taking 10 with 4 MLs is an awesome deal for the points (15 points cheaper than the DA version and with free signum).
If you want Sternguard to hunt tanks, give them combi-meltas. They keep their awesome bolters and mobility and can run around popping tanks for less than buying 2 lascannons. Or, better yet, use Attack Bikes. They are an amazing deal for the points.
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Attack (or any for that matter) bikes? You think that they are still a good deal in the new Dex?