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I am trynig to do an army that has close fleet support and wated to have no vehicles. I figured that vehickes are the easiest way for an opponent to kill points. And i figure that MY infantry can provide plenty of anti-infantry. So for my 3 Heavy choices i either want to do 3 thunderbolts for anti-armor, or vultures for anti-armor/infantry.
So for those of you who have read IA please tell me what u think.
I own a Vulture equipped with Lascannons, Heavy Bolter and Six Heavy Smart Bombs. It can cause so much destruction that it's not even funny.
The Thunderbolt is a good plane too, however in the end I still prefer a Vulture over all other attack aircraft available from Forgeworld.
i think the vulture has better versatility...but the thunderbolt just looks way to awesome to pass over...its a pretty decent fighter too, what with the twin-linked autocannon and all the missiles...damn thats a sexy flyer
My 40K Armies:
- Thousand Sons
- Mordian Imperial Guard
- Dark Eldar
My Fantasy Armies:
- Lhamian Vampire Counts
Yeah, for what you need in your average game of 40K, Id definetly go with the Vultures.
I reckon they look cooler than Thunderbolts anyway.
where do you find the rules for these planes?
The Imperial Armour books carry stats for all Imperial Aircraft, variants of the Leman Russes, additional options for the Chimera, Super-Heavy tanks, and other Guard vehicles never featured in our codex. However the books are outrageously expensive, so unless you're willing to get raped and shell out entirely too much money for a simple book, or unless you find a bootlegged copy of the books, you're pretty much SOL for obtaining the stats for these vehicles.
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I'd get 1 Thunderbolt and 2 Vultures.
vultures......i have read imperial armor books and more and the vulture can peform any role, can hover and directly support ground troops, has better armor so can take more risks, and fits in fluff
a vulture is a direct close support aircraft.....that is it's purpose not a secondary ability like the thunderbolt because a thunderbolt will always be a heavy fighter but a vulture is made to support infantry more so than super heavy bombers
i have read in 40k fluff of regiments with acess to vultures and valkyries but thunderbolts are always controled by the imperial navy(ex of such regiments are groups such as drop troops and storm trooper regiments(inquisitors) and some other regiments too)
the vulture can also(short of a superheavy bomber)be the nastiest vehicle you can use against hordes(rocket pods- 8 small blasts that your opponent is scared of or 6x heavybombs- 6 large blasts of pinning death)
For anti-armor I'd go with the Thunder Bolts. TL Lascannons and up to 6x Hellstrike Missiles a piece can ruin someone's day.
Vultures have come IMO come across as anti-infantry aircraft. I'd like to take one with TL Autocannons and 2x racks of 3x Heavy Bombs.
the vulture gunship is far from an only anti infantry vehicle it can acomplish anything.............
it is the only aircraft i would risk a frontal attack against a predator annialator and a 2 obliterators(and survive) because of the armor value it can withstand boltgun fire and heavy bolter fire(need 3 6's to kill) it is perhaps not as prepared for anti tank but can do it as well as a thunderbolt, other then that goes the saying(Guard Infantry kill tanks, Guard tanks/vehicles kill infantry and i am a strong believer in that because other than the vanguisher and a few others we have no vehicles that are supposed to kill tanks not even the mighty thunderbolt is designed to kill tanks the only aircraft that is probably designed to is the Maruader Destroyer(3x twin linked autocannons, up to 8x hellstrikes, and a twin linked assault cannon designed to kill tanks...........dont forget the ballpoint heavy bolter for enemy aircraft)