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Im sure most people have heard about the 2 new codex rumours which have sparked this statement.
1. Mortars are now stupidly cheap with a HW squad rumoured to be only 60 points.
2. Heavy Weapon Teams now count as scoring units.
Could we be looking at the beautiful unit that can stay on your home objective n drop things that go boom on the heads of ur enemy while staying out of LoS and being a low prioroty target?
I know the controversy over mortars and there uses but surly the cheapness of them makes u all warm inside?
So what u recon will we be seeing more mortars back in the standard guard army?
I think mortars are fun anyway but the new basic rules of no partials they have really done better (compared to before when they never really helped but to mildly frustrate the opponent). And now cheaper and scoring - it gets better and better. Now if they would only come out with plasma mortars...
Its certainly a fun option, though the mortar squad is only "holding" a home objective in the most technical sense. Killing three 2-wound models (as heavy weapon teams now are) with Guard stats is probably even easier than routing a squad of Grots defending an Ork objective. But its hard to argue against including a few mortars in your list now that they're so very cheap. Another interesting option would be a Conscript Platoon with Commander Chenkov, as the rumor says he has an order that can be applied for 75 points which basically gives that conscript platoon "Without Number." March the mob forward early on and use it as a bullet shield, then replace it late in the game and have it hold your rear objective.
Back on the topic of mortars (or related), I think Griffons will also see greater usage now that they've been reintroduced. 75 points for a Griffon and they can be taken in squadrons of up to 3 for just one Heavy Support slot. We used to pay that many points for a Chimera! Even MEQs have to be weary of havinga trio of strength 6 pie plates landing on their head each turn for a little over 200 points, and anything without a 3+ save is getting mashed. I know I'm gonna be trolling ebay to get a griffon or two.
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A 60 point mortar squad vs a 75 Griffion... I know which one i am taking (the Griffion).
In an objective game I am going to have plenty of scoring units.
Hell you can just slap a 5pt mortar on a command squad and do the same thing (hide out of LOS on an objective). Griffions, which are said to be able to reroll their scatter dice, will add much more power to your force imo (i plan on running a squad of 2).
They would have to increase the str or readjust the pinning rules for a mortar (to make it actually reliably pin units) in order for me to give them some serious consideration.
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