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Due to some arbitrary limitation I put on myself for fluff, I can't find any reason to take a heavy choice in my Valkyrie-based army. At my shop people love to play 3000+ point games, so I want the room to expand.
So who can think of ways to include heavy support choices in a mostly air-cavalry list?
Is putting four autocannons on a Sentinel chassis to "counts-as" a Hydra going to far?
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yes I would say that it would be unless every opponent says yes then I would err on not doing it.
Primarily because of the footprint a hyrda leaves is different than the footprint a sent leaves.
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I would say if I'm going up against 6-9 Valkyries/Vendettas everything on the board better be 100% WYSIWYG...
It is a bit much to go that far in conversions. If you are worried about it, why not scratch-build some harness/graplings on the bottom of a Valk, to show as if the tank was air lifted/dropped onto the field. Or you could always cut away at the bottom of the Valk so you could carry the Hydra at the end, same as the SM gunship (the name eludes me) carrying a Land Raider
the only way would be to treat your aircav as cav
so a small force has been outgunned/ambushed and have called for valkyrie support, or you could do a armoured colum with valkyrie air support
the latter would be insanely powerful but one of the coolest looking armies ever assembled
oh and kid-blue i believe you refering to the thunderhawk
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In the old Imperial armour 3 elysian drop troop army list the heavy support options were the Vulture, Navy fighter (Thunderbolt or Lightning) or the tarantular automatic gun sentry things.
Adding tanks may not feel very air mobile but then supporting artillery units would be fine. Hydras could represent the point defence vehicles deployed around an airbase.
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Just think of Halo and their Pelicans, but rather than warthogs and big tanks, you're only dropping small tanks.
Hell, they even look the similar.
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As I'm actually stupid enough to be building my AirCav list for Cityfight, I will be taking a few Ord. Barrage weapons with Indirect Fire options in my list. Basically just sit back out of sight and bomb people into the stoneage.
Here is a question for scratch-building:
the griffon, collosus, manticore, hydra, etc are build using the chimera chassis base, BUT there is no official GW model yet (sorry Forgeworld is not official models). So the question is, how can anybody use "footprint" as an excuse prior to models being released?
Him-haw all you like about it this is an arbitrary call. The only thing I see actually preventing using a sentinel as a counts as is the fact it is a walker trying to be used as a tank description.
Though I admit I think putting two sentinel together to make a 4-legged chassis then 4 big guns for the Hydra.
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Another option would be a highly converted defiler (can look very guardlike with some work). Which would support many different tanks, and have a similar footprint, if you pull in the legs sufficiently. It would certainly fit with the highly mobile theme.