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Hi guys, I've been reading through the main 40k rulebook (getting the SM codex tonight), and I'm just wondering what the point is of taking a missile launcher in tactical squads, since it would seem to me (very limited table experience) that a weapon that you have to keep still to fire is not very good for a tactical squad unless you're sitting on an objective, and trying to be useful.
Can someone enlighten me on this?
I think its a good idea that tac marines stay mobile and avoid hanging back for the sake of 1 heavy weapon. 9 of those 10 guys are anti infantry, focus on other units to blow up tanks since they will probably do a much better job of it anyway. Since you get the heavy weapon for free might as well truck it along with the others. It can come in handy when the tac squad is close to the last man where movement is no longer an issue. (most of the time.)
That's true of all heavy weapons. Usually, it's useful for covering fire for other squads or obviously as a defense against vehicles or hordes. It also becomes extremely useful with the new combat squad rules, where half the squad can stay and sit on an objective or otherwise form a firebase while the other half does the fire and maneuver stuff that the marines are known for. It actually is a great deal more effective than might be gleaned from just the rulebook.
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Ah yes, I'd forgotten about the combat squad rules (actually I don't really know them, I've just heard about them on the boards). Luckily I'll have plenty of time to read this as I find time to paint up my AoBR marines.
when you're tryin to hold an objective it's always nice to use the blast marker to make a potshot on horde armies
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Well, it's free, so there's no point in passing it up. You have the option to split up, or sit still while huggin an objective to provide some extra heavy firepower.
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Yeah, I'd rather take the Missile Launcher for free than go for one Bolter. It's already paid itself off from the get go so if you kill one guy from the one shot you make with it all game, it's pretty much pure profit. And the ability to have a blast or one strong missile is really nice. If I had to have a Devastator Squad with all of one type of weapon, I'd choose the missile launcher. But I mix my dev's of course
the option between krak and frag is nice. never hurts to have them in tact. squads. I carry in my squads, with a plasma canon and a lascanon.
missile launchers are good but i prefer heavy bolters in a tact squad and give a dev's
2 missile launcher and 2 lascannons
I usually hang back for a turn and shoot my ML at the enemy vehicles. I play against orcs and dark eldar a lot so it help me take out the trucks ravengers and raiders.