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You might have noticed that one of the best anti artillery solution is to outflank near the artillery tank and then shoot or assault. Now, with that in mind, and knowing that most outflanking units are not so well armoured (except for chosens chaos space marines), I just think I might have found a relatively cheap solution to this problem :
The heavy flamer comes free on any artillery tank. What's good with a heavy flamer is that you don't need to roll to hit, you don't care about cover and you can hit a lot more model than with the standard heavy-bolter option, with the same strenght and AP.
So when a bunch of guys just pop out of the table side, you roll your basilisk / griffon / medusa / colossus / manticore / whatever near the unit and just flush it out of the boards (or at least thin their number a bit).
It might not work at every try, but it seems to be a good idea on paper at the least.
Anybody tried it before ?
Is it commom practice ?
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heavy flamers all the way. because flankers are usually not as well armoured. if you have deepstikes such as dreads and termis. then heavy flamer is still the best. because you will more than not often get more hits with the HF than a BS3 heavy bolter.
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Valkyries, Sentinels and Korsarro Khan come to mind. Besides, the outflankers will be guaranteed first strike and probably against side armor...with meltaguns. I don't see the point of expecting the artillery to survive unscathed. A disposable unit to meatshield the gun would cost points but be far more effective.outflanking units are not so well armoured
What kind of artillery are we talking about? Basilisks and Medusas can direct-fire their main weapons anyway. For the others, it comes to taste whether you want to use a flamer or a bolter as a backup. I prefer the heavy bolter, myself. Flamer range is die-next-turn range.
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Any Ordnance rear line Vehicle should have a heavy flamer, yes. It's not gonna get to shoot a Heavy Bolter, anyway.
On things like Hydras tho, might as well give them a bolter as it can be used with the main(s) guns.
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Heavy Bolters on Hydras, because it synchs well with the Autocannons for torrenting things. Lascannons on Standard Russes for tank popping.
For everything else, it's Heavy Flamers all the way!
I had a very amusing game (well, not for my opponent) this week vs. a drop-guard army from one of the Imperial Armor books. Thanks to all my Heavy Flamers, I just murdered him. I was killing, like, 5 squads per turn as they dropped. Heck, my Demolisher killed more guys with it's flamer than with it's cannon.