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I just got 4 for $10 off of a guy and I think they're terrible what do you all think?
They are not as good as they used to be, having only two wounds makes them a bit pricey. But they are reliable and better than archers when you choose multiple shots. combined with curse of arrow attraction makes them really effective. And single bolts can kill lone characters and even monsters when you fire all of your four bolt throwers at them. I usually take at least three
i think they are great
RBT's are delicate machines, but they are one of the most versatile warmachines in the game.
Just like a HE warmachine should be.
Are they good at hunting warmachines?
Unfortunately, no. They used to be, when we could fire a spread and hope to kill a crewman or two every round, but now, even a single bolt has to roll against the target's toughness. I guess the short answer is that yes, you could use them to snipe other warmachines, but that's not their role on the field.
An RBT is a better option than the equivalent 10 archers. The RBT tends to do a little more damage, firing over half the number of shots, but with a slightly longer range (meaning less likelihood of a penalty) and a higher strength, allowing for more successful damage. All High Elf shooting is overpriced, however, the RBT is about as cheap as we're going to get. Conversely- a regiment of 10 Empire handgunners costs 20pts less than our RBT, has no access to the S6 shot, and trades Armor Piercing for 1pt of Ballistic Skill. The Handgunners are better, but an RBT is as close an the Elves are going to get.
I usually include 2 RBTs in my armies, and focus their fire together for 12 shots. It's rare that I use the single shot, as 6 will usually cause more damage (on average) than the single shot. There's a 50/50 chance that your single shot won't even connect, whereas 3 of your "spread" will contact on average.
No they can't blow everything apart like a cannon.
Only a cannon can do that.
No you won't win on a 2+, its Warhammer.
The strength of the boltthrower is in its both firing modes.
It can really decimate a unit of heavy armoured knights, when it gets in its flank. Or heavily damage a Dragon or Hydra.
But on the other side it can also kill a (small) skirmish unit that is threatening your rear line, or just soften up a large regiment you are going to charge next turn.
Bothhrowers work the best in pairs (or 2 pairs is even better). When you put them on your wide flanks you're sure to trap some of those knights with a Bolt from the side. Or you could keep them dead center and use them for massed fire.
CaptainSarathai has a very good tactica on the forum somewhere. It's a bit outdated, but the boltthrower part is mostly the same.
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Last edited by Byjugo; June 12th, 2011 at 19:51.
If you want to snipe enemy war machines, than bolt throwers are not that effective. If you really must shoot at the enemy war machines because you lack anything else to take them out (Eagles, shadow warriors etc). A big block of 20 archers or sea guard would be more effective because both need sixes to would. So more shots are better than less. But RBT are better than archers at shooting at other units.
So anything big like giants or warmachines your better of firing loads of normal arrows at it like archers or seaguard rather than single bolts from RBT
Heavy armoured or big blocks units, a RBt is probably better.