This weeks unit in the Red Harvest Tactics really needs no introduction. It was one of the new units in our 5th edition Codex and, to many eye, looked a bit lackluster but soon developed a fiersome reputation: Annihilation Barge
There should be really no doubting the effieciency of this unit. I mean how often do you really get an AV13 skimmer which can dis out a crapload of S7 hits for less than 100 points? Many other Codices would sell their mothers to get access to this baby. Now I must admit that I am a bit biased: My current army list is of "Thunder and Lightning" style and basically built around the Anni Barges which I love dearly. In 6th edition, if anything, they got better. Now you can get a jink save for the babies and actually fire both weapons, although one with BS1 only. Still, the weapons loadout of the Barges is optimized for snapshots and you have two viable choices:
The Traditional "Thunderstorm" offers you the S7 Tesla Destructor and a secondary S6 Tesla Cannon which can, since it is Tesla, still do a bit of damage on Snapshot. I'm a great fan of this version for the simple versatility of Tesla Destructor and the fact that more dice usually tends to even out bad rolling and make good rolling even more awesome.
The "Marineslayer" version has the S7 Tesla Destructor but underneat is powerfull MEQ-killer: S5/AP3 Gauss Cannon. The catch here is that if you move you can still put out some really effective anti-MEQ fire by using the weapons so that you shoot the Gauss Cannon as your primary weapon (since it is AP3 but not twin-linked) and use the Tesla Destructor as your snapshot weapon (since it is Twin-linked AND Tesla). You will get off fewer shots, but against MEQ many of the shots will go straight through their power armour.
But lest hear about your experiences:
Do you use Annihilation Barges and how?
Tesla or Gauss Cannon?
How many Barges do you usually take?
What do you think about the Annhiliation Barges overall?