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I am curious about others' experiences with the Demolitions doctrine for Vet squads. I personally have had great success with it. Being able to put out a STR8 AP2 ordnance blast when needed has proven very very useful for me. Dare I say even cost-effective! The blast almost always kills 30 points worth, unless it completely misses. The entire squad having melta bombs to threaten any vehicle within charge range is also a great addition. What are your opinions on this slightly expensive upgrade? Do you think it is worth its points? Have you been able to use it to great effect, or was it a waste?
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I love this doctrine, I use it for my "jack of all trades" veteran unit, 3 flamers, demolitions, chimera with ML HF. This unit almost never fails me, and if they do they don't cost much anyway. They're one of my 2 favorite units, up there with melta stormies. When I can I give my 3 GL chimera vet squad demolitions too, but thats only in 1k, 1.75k, 1.85k, and 2.5k+, I usuually play 1.5k or 2kpt games.
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I think it's a fun upgrade, but it's not on ==My== list of must-haves.
The potential for alpha striking out of a Valk into an immobile vehicle (or vehicles >) turn 1 is quite amusing though.
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I'd rather take Marbo and put it where I need it for a few more points. It's not bad but they really have to go in a Valk/Vend, Chimeras are to easy to slow and easy to cripple. Not really a must buy for me either.
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I think Marbo is a preferable way to deliver a demo charge.
Using a throw away special weapon squad in a chimera or valk is also fun. Put 2 flamers and a democharge or even add more demos to almost guarantee a wipe out (admitedly it could be you but the SWS is pritty expendable once the demo charges have been thrown).
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I field both Marbo & a 3 Flamer + Demo squad (whose sarge earned itself a powerfist after repeated heroics, including nearly chainsawing a godfex on his own. Ok so i was lucky on those rolls, but still.).
My "Firebat" squad as yet to fail me and has had a rather profound effect on my regular oponents (Terminators & Crisis Suits and other high points deepstrikers are afraid to get in it's strike range.), not to mention what they do to hordes or "camping in cover" units.
They are the first squad i include in my lists and i usually have my single Eviscerator priest tag along with them... Rerolling misses on melta bomb multi charges is hilarious.
Another potentially good user of Demo would be harker, infiltrate in terrain piece close enough to something and... drop the bomb or bombs for fun and profit.