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I am currently building an Imperial Guard army based around a real army theme (maybe WWII era), and was just wondering whether Earthshaker Emplacements would be a useful and helpful addition to my army. They would fit nicely with the theme as I could model them defending some sort of church or supply depot, but i just wondered whether they would work or not?
if i placed another tank or infantry squad in front of it, it could easily be defended by other units, and still provide the long range support.
My thoughts are that 36" is a big chunk of table. In fact, if you place the Earthshaker at a corner of the table (impossible, since the entire gun must be on the table), you cannot fire on 29% of the table.
I'm not familiar with Earthshaker Emplacements, just the Basilisk.
On a side not, it appears that the Basilisk has lost the direct fire ability, although it is mentioned in the rules fluff for the Earthshaker. If that's the case, then I'm going to drop my Basilisk, since it is now easy to completely avoid it.
I kinda have answered my own question, i thought about it while having my dinner, and i think i will get one and place it in a one of the corners, then have either a leman russ or infantry squad deploy in the corner with it. this should hold out but i need to test it.
Normally you would have to get at least 2 to make it effective - one on each opposite table corners. So if the enemy gets within 36" of one, the other can still shoot at that enemy and vice versa. However, by doing so, you're taking 2 Heavy Support slots that could be better used to get other tanks.
No it hasn't. If you look in the main rule book for the section on Ordnance Barrage Weapons in the Vehicles Shooting section, it specifically states that if they fired directly at a target they ignore the minimum range restriction. This is why in the vehicles desriptions of the Colossus and the Griffon it specifically states they cannot be fired directly, hence they always have to obey minimum range restrictions
It also means that the Bassie is the only Ordinance Battery Unit that can fire both indirectly and on the move, since you cannot fire an Ordinance Barrage weapon indirectly if you moved.
Space Marines: W15/L7/D3
Imperial Guard: W6/L4/D0
The Basi suffers from the same problem the stock LRBT suffers from, it's a generalist. That was fine in our old codex, but now it presents us with tough choices.
We have so many choices. Griffion is superioir anti horde since it is cheap and accurate, Colossus pounds MEQ anywhere (no cover, ap3 and shorter minimum range), Medusa is superior at anti armor and anti horde.
I've been using the Colossus, but I find it's inability to fire direct (or move and shoot) to be somewhat limiting. So I have been debating on bringing back the Basi or just upgrading to a 3rd LRBT.