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Which platform is better in a squad of troops, an autocannon or a heavy bolter? I can't decide which to get for my last platform. I already have one of each. Which should i get?
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I think he means in an regular infantry squad.
I prefer the autocannon. The higher strength is killer. The bolter gets more shots, but being weaker and at shorter range limits thier effectivemess, I find. If you expect to play a lot of tyranids or orks, the heavy bolter will probably be better suited to you, then. I mainly play MEQ armies, so the strength is more important for me. Sounds like a cop out, but, like most everything in this game, it all really depends on your situation.
in my opinion dont have one... instead use the infanry squad as a sorta mobile squad and put something like a assault weapon like a nade launcher or flamer or melta because there assaults. and in the squads with hvy weapons dont give them a special weapon because it is mostly infective...and wastes points, thats if ur a shooty swarmy sorta army...but other than that go for an auto cannon.
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The Autocannon is better over all multi purpose, higher strength, greater range, but if you have a squad that you know is going be in an infantry shoot out, the Heavy Bolter is better, plus the HB is cheaper.
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I like autocannons myself, but mostly because i face alot of Rhinoes and Razorbacks. If i use heavy bolters is either on veichles or in fire support squads.
The autocannon is great against light armed vehicles. While the hvy bolter is your infantry killer. So if you feel you will be facing razorbacks, rhinos,ork trucks, raiders then autocannon is best for you.
autocannon= light vehicles
hvy bolter= infantry
depends on what you want the squad to do, and the rest of your army.
i really like HBs. they're cheap and effective. they're better at taking MEQ than an AC and better at light infantry than a AC. and the shorter range does usually mean much do to the fact that infantry squads are usually closer to the enemy.
only real draw back is the fact that the AC is good at popping rhinos/raiders/etc.
but i don't usually use my infantry squads to do that.
of course, i'd rather have a MissleLauncher than an AC in my infantry squads.
side note: you should almost always give infanty squads a HW, at least a HB. it's the strength of IG, lots of HWs!
I hate autocannons. with only an AP4 round and guard balistics, well, I preffer the extra shot the HB supplies.
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Personally, a friend and I both think the multilaser should be a heavy option for squads. I mean..wtf since does it make to have a heavy BOLTER when we don't use boltguns, we use lasguns! 3 shots that wound marines on 2s...I love em.
But back on topic, heavy bolters are better overall, but an autocannon fire support squad can be nice to have against light vehicles sometimes
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