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... and boy do I feel silly asking this. It's about 9 parts hope, and 1 part "Can I get this lucky?"
In the Codex, I noticed that all Sternguard Veterans can upgrade their boltguns to combi-plasma, combi-flamer, combi-melta, or storm bolter. Since the combi-weapons are all boltguns + specialty weapons (and therefore able to fire the Sternguard special ammunition), does it suggest that the storm bolter is also able to fire the special ammunition?
I can see it going either way. I know plenty of people will say "the rules state boltgun, not storm bolter," but... the storm bolter is just two boltguns stuck together... right?
Thanks in advance.
No, stormbolters are not boltguns, but think of it this way, the special issue ammo is all rapid fire, so it'd be tremendously pointless to use it with a storm bolter even if you could.
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I dont see why they couldnt shoot the special ammo. They are the same Bolt type gun. All a storm bolter is, is 2 boltgun attached together basically. I would think they would just fire 2 shots at the max range of the ammo. Otherwise, why take a storm bolter?
Because the entry for special ammo clearly specifies "Boltgun", not stormbolter, bolt pistol, or heavy bolter. Also, it would simply go to waste as the special ammo overrides the profile of the gun, so even if you could use a stormbolter, it would be firing as rapid-fire because that's the profile of the special ammo. And lastly, because sternguard are already damn good, and giving them 2 assault shots at max range would be just plain cheesy.
Boltguns and Storm Bolters are two totally different weapons. One is rapid fire, the other is assault.
The only weapon able to fire the special issue ammunition is of type "Boltgun".
When firing combi-weapons, their profile is replaced by the type of weapon you chose to fire. If you're firing the boltgun, you can choose to use the special issue ammunition and replace the boltgun normal profile with the one chosen. If firing the other, you just use the profile for that weapon and are not allowed to use the special issued ammunition.
well I personally can see the argument against the storm bolter because it is somewhat of a different animal.(I LOVE THEM THOUGH!)
But I do not see why the pistols should not benefit from the special ammunition because they are literally more compact bolt guns. When using a regular Bolt they have the exact same stat line but with the pistol range so why would the same not be true for any special issue ammo?