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Okay I'm trying to set up an armoured sentinel squadron who's mission is to be a pain in the @$$ for the other player by flanking him and tying up his armor and heavy infantry while the rest of my army gets into position. Right now I'm trying to get a general consensus on what to equip them with.
2x Lascannons, 1x Flamer (for crowd control)
1x Lascannon, 2x Autocannons
Or 1 of each
Triple Autocannon. It's cheap and can crunch transports.
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Armoured sentinels aren't very useful as a "killing" unit. If your plan is to flank ad hit the enemy use scout sentinels, theycan scout move or outflank, and are much cheaper.
My favorite weapon combo for scout sentinels is autocannon HKM, it is cheap and can rip apart the side-rear armour of most enem vehicles.
Armoured sentinels are a tar pit unit, as only models with S6+ in combat can hurt them, and even models with krak grenades will need a 6+ to hit. If you plan on doing this take a heavy flamer, that way you can tie up the unit and take a few out before you do. It's also a cheap weapon, stuff like lascannons and plasma cannons are just too expensive.
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Triple Autocannon, cheap way of accomplishing what you want, versatile weapon that can handle a lot of targets.
Triple AC is the way to go. Flamers are best left to units like Chimeras that have the speed to deliver them.
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I'm all for the autocannon on scouts although outflanking heavy flamers can be effective depending on your foe. Armoured wise Plasma is fun although i play a lot of marrines so spamming plasma is just fun. To tie up in close combat you dont really need to buy it a weapon as it will mainly be roundhousing them in the face (more stomping but the mental image is funny)
Pretty much echoing what others have said: Triple AC, but I'll run my outflankers with triple HKMs, too. Nasty nasty unit that always makes its points back.
3 x autocannon armed sentinels, superb outflanking unit
You should try and keep your armoured Sentinels Cheap. They're already the same cost as a Chimera so don't make them any more expensive. Multilasers are good weapons and a full squadron can dish out alot of pain to infantry and light vehicles alike. Autocannons are a good choice as well for the price.
Stear clear of Lascannons and M-Launchers as Bs3 makes those high price guns not worth their cost. Flamers don't bother with as there are better ways to kill hoards than Sentinels. As for Plasma Cannons.......Waaaay to expensive. 2 Sentinels with Plasma Cannons is the same cost as a Leman Russ.
I know I'm just repeating what everyone else has said but I haven't posted in the Guard section for ages......
Borak brings up a good point. They make excellent tarpit units. Yes, bolters could kill one, but it's not likely. Instead, a squad of 3 Armoured Sentinels can dish out pain and still tarpit when required. Seems like a good deal in my books.