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Just bought the Space Marine codex - Does anyone know what it means when some weapons (like the sniper rifle) are listed as Str X?
I can't recall the answer in the main rulebook, nor did I see where this is explained in the SM codex. Also, can't find an answer on this forums.
It means they always wound on a 4+ regardless. Dunno where in the rulebook this is though, so no reference, sorry.
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the strenght x is becuase that those guns have there own wounding rules.
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Yea, the gun automatically takes the strength of the opponents toughness. Hence it always wounds on a 4+.
Hellfire rounds and shells are also SX, they wound on a 2+ not a 4+.
It means that the weapons are effectively Strength zero, and they have special rules governing how they damage things. This usually means that they cause wounds on a fixed roll (NOTE: this does NOT mean that they take on their target's toughness, unless their rules say so!), and are of very little use against vehicles unless their rules say otherwise (like the Sniper rule's S3 vs. vehicles).
So while both Snipers and Hellfire shots are good at hurting flesh and blood, the Sniper has a hard time against tanks, and the Hellfire round is useless since it only gets a single D6 for armour penetration (it's designed specifically for hurting living things, not tanks!).
In short, if you see Strength X, check the weapon's rules to see how it works.