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i had always been under the assumption that mortars caused pinning, but looking in the guard codex i cant see anything under the mortar entry where it mentions it.
was i mistaken, and does the mortar have any real use if not?
I wouldn't vouch for mortats barring a few special cases, because otherwise there's usually a better way to spend your points.
As for pinning, they're a barrage weapon which causes pinning as detailed in the BGB. Assuming I'm correct that is.
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barrage weapons cause pinning, so it's correct. otherwise the usefullness of mortars wouldn't even be discussable anymore.
One mortar, like a lasgun, is useless.
When you have them firing in clusters, the casualties start to pile up.
Given their strength and range, they can prove to be quite useful. Reach out and touch someone who is behind (or in) cover. I have wasted an entire squad of necrons with a mortar team (They got back up...but that isnt the point) and if they had been marines, it would have really put the hurt on them. (And made their points back in one volley. )
You have to conider them in tandem with other things. It doesn't work against everything, but if you know that terrain is something you have to worry about, mortars are very nice.
I use them for nuiscance purposes. Your opponent gets very worked up over things that he cannot shoot at.
Now, normally I use shadow weavers (Being an eldar player and all) But your mortars serve much the same purpose. Static firebase for harrassing enemy formations.
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Remember: Do not rely on mortars. They won't get you out of a dire situation or anything like that. They simply exist to cause some damage to the enemy, who is incapable of firing back at the mortars. Due to their pinning nature, they can be a real nuisance to swarm enemies, or any enemy that relies on lots of mobility. (such as tau battlesuits. Try and hide from my mortars now!
I play my 40k with friendly fire.
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