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Hello! Easy question... I have 3 penitent engines in my army list (240 points) and never survive first turn!!!
Lascannon ---> kill first
Lascannon ---> kill second
Lascannon ---> kill third
There is any tactics to use them (initial position)???
If all your games involve running down the lascannon alley (or the railgun, or the tank-hunters' missiles for that matter) then just don't take them. I like penitent engines but, unfortunately, most armies I fight against have around 5-7 anti-tank guns in 1,000 points.
As for initial position, the best you can do is put them in ruins to get a possible hull-down or try placing them outside the LOS of your enemy. I usually play in city terrains and put them on a side-street.
The old 'Hide behind the Land Raider" trick might work
lol so wussy what hapens when the las cannons penerates the land raider and does d6 expolsion and destroys the penitent
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well, vehicles arent affected by the explosions of other vehicles. As suggested, be sneeky with your penitent engines. Keep them behind cover, or avoid line of sight. Remember, unlike your shooty adversary, YOU don't want your penitent engines to have direct line of sight.
Here is a very nice tactic to use:
All infantry: Your aponent usually expects you to have three exorcists, or vindicators(if space marines). Nothing makes a lascannon heavy army more useless than not having a sutable target.
It can be hard to hide Penitent Engines as they always charge toward the nearest enemy.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
You still need to be intelligent when using them. Obviously, an advance through a trench is going to be much more likely to succeed than an advance over an open feild under a hail of Lascannon fire.
If you place your penitent engines way in the back of your deployment zone, your enemy might over look them for the first half of the game ("they will never make it over here, I can forget about them for a round or two"). Your enemy might not have enough fire power to take them out after dealing with your first wave, thus leaving them vulnerable to even a light tank.
An exorcist or two might give the enemy something to think about.
Of course, the ultimate indignity then would be foot troopers taking pot shots with bolters against the engines - and scoring hits on them.
What I always find interesting about penitent engines is that they have won several battles for me by geting immobialized in the center of the table.
I once had a match where my last squad of battle sisters, and my aponents last unit (an ork warboss) spent the last three rounds in the center of the board playing "ring-around the Penitent Engine".
Just a basic question, You seem new, so are you new to 40K?
If so, are you remembering to demand that some sort of terrain be used?
Also, if you have a quizzie, get a callidus. The reason is you can move the lascannon squd to where they cannot fire at the engines on the first turn.
Split them into as many squads as possible.
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